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A two dimensional picture brought to life in a three dimensional production. Or how about an empty water bottle refilling itself in plain sight. These clips that have riddled the internet are the work of Cyril Takayama. In another of Cyril's productions, he goes incognito, performing physically impossible feats in everyday situations, under the guise of an elderly man. Passers-by cannot believe their eyes. Behold, the enigma of magic, captured by the young magician that is Cyril Takayama. Delve into the mind and magic of Cyril in Magic's ten-page cover story by Max Maven.
"I grew increasingly frustrated that there would be one kid-show lecture or none at all, yet when I talked to the attendees, they all told me they did kid shows. I kept thinking that somebody should do something about this? Well, that somebody turned out to be me," recalls Mark Daniel, creator of the IFCM, the International Festival of Children's Magicians. This later evolved into KIDabra, an event that educates and inspires children's entertainers from around the world. This year celebrates the 15th anniversary of the festival, and David Kaye was there to share in the spectacle.
Mentalism Hits the Strip
Born on Halloween, 1962, Gerry McCambridge grew up in Bayside, New York, the adopted son of a New York City police detective to whom he attributes some of his powers of intuition and observation. It's a good line from a man who claims not to be psychic, but to utilize "the reputable practices of hypnosis, observation, linguistics, nonverbal communication, interpretation of body language, statistics, leap-of-faith guessing, and memory" to entertain his audience and perform impossible-looking demonstrations of mind control. For 47 weeks, Gerry's show, The Mentalist, played at the Rampart Casino. His June 2nd opening at the Startdust Hotel makes him the first mentalist in Las Vegas to headline his own show on The Strip. Rory Johnston covers the plight of Gerry's mentalism to the strip.
Jason Alexander at the Magic Castle
by John Lovick
Robert-Houdin's oft-quoted and mis-translated line about a conjuror being an actor playing the part of a magician was probably referenced at the Magic Castle more during the last week of April than it has been during any seven-day period in the Castle's four-decade history. The reason was because the early Parlour magician was not only the most famous person to ever grace a stage at the Magic Castle, it was someone who is primarily known as an actor — Jason Alexander. Some questioned whether his appearance at the Castle was a lark or a goof or research for a part. It was none of the above; Jason has a lifelong love of magic, and his "professional debut as a magician" could rightly be called the fulfillment of a childhood dream. He openly talks about that dream, his love for magic, and his philosophies about performance, repertoire selection, and scripting.
• Electric Touch by Yigal Mesika
• The Conjuring Anthology by Jim Steinmeyer
• Self Tying Shoelace by Jay Noblezada
• Sessions with Simon DVD's
• The Hypercard Project by Tom Frame
• The Stealth Assassin by Peter Nardi
• Cheating at Hold 'em: The Essentials by David Malek
Joshua Jay gives tips on adding these tricks to your routine:
• Coin Meets Deck
• Step Right Up
• Bright Box
• The Fifth Element
• Expertalk: Jon Allen on the Cups & Balls
Don't miss Kevin James' monthly contribution of Choice Secrets. In this issue, he presents a simple method of producing hard to handle critters. Charlie Frye adds his 'Eccentricks' with the careful handling of snorting a rubber band up your nose and removing it from your mouth!