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Channing Pollock tribute edition of Magic Magazine! Our fellowship lost too many of its finest this year, and this issue (May, 2006) is dedicated to the life and magic of Channing Pollock, magician extraordinaire. Learn about his accomplished career and the later years in his quest for spiritual enlightenment.
Channing Pollock...In His Words
He enjoyed a meteoric career, unparalleled in the history of magic. His elegant style and innovative methods influenced almost every sleight-of-hand artist that followed. One of those, Lance Burton, interviewed Channing at MAGIC Live! in 2001, capturing the legend forever in his own words.
Channing Pollock...In His Friends' Words
Channing Pollock was a shy and quiet man, who was content to keep his social circle small. A few of those within that circle offer remembrances of their friend. Letters of appreciation from Norm Nielsen, Patrick Martin, Irene Larsen, John Thompson, Mike Caveney, James Dimmare, and Lance Burton.
Learning magic and enjoying a typical Canadian summer camp may sound like an unlikely double bill, but at Sorcerers Safari, now entering its tenth year, it's just the ticket. Located for the last five years in Haliburton, Ontario at Camp White Pine an extremely well-appointed yet still outdoorsy summer camp during the main season Sorcerer's Safari is an annual end-of-summer tradition for many young magicians, both seasoned and apprenticing.
Impressions of the Magic Castle Banquet
The 38th Annual Academy of Magic Arts Awards Banquet was held on April Fools Day at the posh Beverly Hilton Hotel. Attending were award-winners Criss Angel, Paul Daniels, Flip, Ed Alonzo, Danny Cole, Michael Finney, Whit Haydn, Shoot Ogawa, and Rich Bloch. Jonathan Levit shares his views of the evening's "highlights and the lackluster moments."
Marion Trikosko, an assistant with the Dante show in the early 1940s, observed not only the wonders on stage but also the complexities that made the magic happen. As he recalls, one of Dante's more spectacular pieces of stagecraft was the Japanese water spectacle, which filled the stage with jets of glittering water. It looked stunning... and the cast hated it!
The Unholy Three: An Unlikely Alliance
Rob Zabrecky, Fitzgerald, and David Lovering combined their talents into one show in 2003, billed themselves as The Unholy Three, and have since then been presenting this off-beat and quirky offering once a week, each week, for one late-night Friday show in the Peller Theatre of the Magic Castle. Sort of The Magic Land of Allakazam meets The Addams Family, The Unholy Three's show is a palatable blend of science fiction, unusual magic, and macabre humor that showcases each member's transcendental take on the art of magic. Each individual member of the Three perform an act so unlike the others' that any sane producer would never group this trio together in one show. Yet in watching the performance, there seems to be some otherworldly cohesiveness that makes it all work, and, yes, even make sense... in a bizarre kind of way.
Reviewed this month:
R. Paul Wilson on The Royal Road to Card Magic
The RaMa Deck
Mind Mysteries Too
Sudoko, the Ultimate Mental Workout
Subterfuge Magic System
Magic Words: a Dictionary
Break it Down
Talk About Tricks
Joshua Jay shares tricks from Jason England & Thomas Blomberg, Derek DelGaudio, John Lovick, Gregory Wilson, Martin Gardner:
Take it or Sleeve it
The 100th Dollar Bill Change
Expertalk: Martin Gardner on the Hindu Shuffle