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With the premature passing of Tommy Wonder, Magic Magazine dug this 1999 unpublished interview out of their files, and found it a window on serveral fascinating sides of this complex and brilliant magician. Even though these words are seven years old, they still vibrate with the passion and wisdom of one of our masters.
Chris Kenner morphed from close-up creator to comedy act to Shark handler, running the world's largest touring magic show. The man who manages David Copperfield's organization leads a mysterious life... perhaps more mysterious than you'll believe. This ten-page cover story spins an intriguing tale of the man behind the man.
On June 21, Lance Burton presented his ten-year anniversary performance of Lance Burton: Master Magician to great fanfare at the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. From the moment guests arrived at the hotel it was clear that a special event was in progress.
There is no excuse for a magician of today to do the magic tricks of yesteryear. With ancient tricks, ancient presentations, and ancient props, magic cannot survive. Everyone has plenty of opportunity to find new ideas that will suit him or her and bring great success. Irrespective of whether you have a brainstorming team or work out your ideas on your own, you'll find the basis of new magic ideas from these four pages.
We call what we do "magic." We will often use phrases such as "If that was your card, it would be a miracle." Some of us even try to take our performance to the next level, adding stories to our routines in an effort to make them meaningful or even inspirational. But what if this art form allowed an experience of real magic? What if it created an authentic miracle? What if the story went well beyond the ordinary world of illusion and became deeply meaningful and truly inspiring? Allow us to introduce... Chad Juros.
French photographer Zakary Belamy lives in Paris. His photographs of magicians have been the subject of three exhibitions, including one at the French Magic Museum. His first book, Doubles Faces: Portraits De Magiciens, was published in 2004. Selections from his current project — a multi-year, worldwide tour to capture the public and private faces of all manner of noted magicians — will be on display at FISM in Stockholm this month... and on this amazing four-page spread in MAGIC.
MAGIC's expanded six-page "Update" edition is packed with news on Woody Allen's new movie, Scoop, in which he plays a vaudeville magician; Lance Burton's special Hollywood Reporter issue; the Larsen brothers upcoming star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; exactly why Lee Asher is giving away his Asher Twist DVD; the story of the magic and magicians in Disney Live! Mickey's Magic Show, as well as a complete touring schedule; "A Moment With... Nicholas Night" as to why he's retiring from magic; the buzz on the IBM Convention in Miami and the World Deaf Magicians Festival in Russia, and a final remembrance of Tommy Wonder.
Reviewed This Month:
• Gut Buster
• The Incredible Shrinking Finger
• Juan Hundred Dollar Bill Switch
• Time is Money
• Power Plays High Foltage Magic
• Mark Raffles The Legacy
• Theater Close-up Volumes 1 & 2
• Torn and Restored Tissue
Talk About Tricks
This month, Joshua presents a special Tom Frame issue, complete with four effects, an Expert Talk, and a mini-interview with the man.
• Single Handedly
• Blind Dates
• Kitchen Sync
• Expertalk: Tom Frame on the Misdirection Palm
And don't forget about Charlie Frye's Eccentricks! This month, the Naked Coin Vanish. You can only imagine...