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No matter your skill level or experience, this month's Genii (July 2006) has something for you to advance your magic to the next level! Hobbiest or professional, this issue promises to unveil something you don't already know.
Keith Barry: Extraordinary
Magicians are weirdos. Television has helped this stereotype by airing Criss Angel and David Blaine, but what CBS wanted was someone who did not fit the 'Mindfreak' mold. They found their answer in Keith Barry. Keith comes across as a fun, entertaining 'normal' guy. There is nothing normal, however, about his magic. He mixes magic and mentalism in brilliant new ways. Using celebrities to omit the idea he uses stooges, Keith bewilders Hollywood's elite. Genii takes you back to his humble beginnings in Ireland, and follows his career to his American breakthrough with his CBS special in this extensive article and interview.
Presto! A School for Magic Creates Hope Out of Thin Air
by Michael Wines,
The New York Times
In South Africa's most impoverished community, David Gore gives children an invaluable opportunity to earn a degree...in magic! His rationale was that magic would inspire young people who could use a push on the road to a better life. In a town that has 6 out of 10 adults with no steady income, the school offers a way for children with little acquaintance with success to learn patience, discipline, and communication skills. Learn how you too could sponsor a scholarship for these children.
Jason Alexander Works The Castle
The lines at the Magic Castle wound through the halls, filled the lobby, and wrapped around the building. They actually had to shut the doors due to maximum capacity. The masses showed up to see Seinfeld star, Jason Alexander, try his hand at magic in the Parlour of Prestidigitation. Can a television star really step into the magical Mecca and perform our illustrious art? According to David Regal, Mr. Alexander did just that, and did it quite well. Using his ability to entertain and enthrall, learn how Mr. Alexander took the stage in the Magic Castle and brought the house down. David Regal lists the line up of tricks Mr. Alexander performed, and tells just how well he pulled them off.
The Technological Magic of Fabrice Delaure
While magic clings to its traditional methods, Fabrice Delaure takes it decades ahead with his hi-tech approach to conjuring miracles. While some would be afraid to make their gimmicks too complicated, Fabrice was the first to mark a card with a microchip that can be digitally read. Magic's elite all over the world requests his workmanship. "I could have become a millionaire if I had built all the 'Zig-Zag' illusions I have been asked to build. But I don't do that!" Instead he experiments on the cutting edge of technology to create effects just ahead of what the public knows even exists. His innovation, coupled with his willingness to take risks, seems to push him forward; finding more ways to use, and push, modern technology to create new magic.
This month's shared secrets by David Acer:
•Constant Returns by Brian Nordstrom
•Simplified Swain, Plus by Harry Lorayne
•The Other Month: Cache by Max Maven
•The Schneider Technique: Wedding Ring Thing by Al Schneider
•The Webbmaster: Close-Up Parasol Act by Gregg Webb
•Flim-FlamMagic: Bummer (Bob’s Hummer) by Bob Farmer
Light From the Lamp
Videos Reviewed by Dustin Stinett
•The Torn and Restored Tissue by Bob White
•Stars of Magic by Various Artists
•The Rick Merrill Lecture by Rick Merrill
Books Reviewed by Jamy Ian Swiss
•Dai Vernon: A Biography by David Ben
Tricks Reviewed by Danny Orleans
•“Dracula” by Alexander Black and Troy Cherry
•“Houdini’s Tooth” by Chris Marshall
•“Chrysalis” by Joe Rindfleisch
•“Electric Touch” by Yigal Mesika and Zeev Fleischman
•“Your Personal Key” by El Duco
Plus monthly columns by Richard Kaufman, Jon Racherbaumer, Max Maven and more. And don't miss our ad on page 38!!