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Come celebrate with Magic Magazine as they release their 15th Anniversary Issue (September 2006). This special 150 page issue features a collection of prize interviews and valued information they have stashed over the last decade and a half. And if you weren't one of the 2,800 magicians who made it to Stockholm this year for the triennial FISM competition, Joshua Jay and Alan Howard bring it to us with their recap of the highlights, performances, and winners from each category. Find out what is considered the BEST in magic!
In Their Words: 15 Years of Conversation
Inventors, performers, producers, consultants, historians — the gamut has been run. From the all-time greats to the mere footnotes in history, many of magic's notable personalities have been interviewed in MAGIC. Celebrating our crystal anniversary, this issue offers excerpts both thoughtful and provocative — Simon Aronson, David Blaine & Bill Kalush, Lance Burton, Paul Daniels, Doug Henning, Max Maven, Penn & Teller, Siegfried & Roy, Jim Steinmeyer, Eddie Tullock, Valentino, Alan Wakeling, Don Wayne, Mark Wilson, and Dick Zimmerman — 15 interviews from the past 15 years.
Bobo: A Lifetime of Amazing the Masses
There are only a handful of magicians whose one-word names are instantly recognized throughout the world — Bobo is one of them. Adults throughout states adjoining his Texarkana, Texas home, and even across the country, remember him for bringing his magic shows to their schools when they were children. Magicians around the world own copies of his book on coin magic, universally agreed to be a seminal work on the subject. It seems fitting that upon the tenth anniversary of J.B. Bobo's death this month, our four-page story revisits the life and career of this charismatic magician.
Michael Finney's Cause...and Effect
Take a comedy and magic show masquerading as a golf tournament, add a charity auction and some sports celebrities, and what do you get? The Dry Heat Classic, entertaining their way to saving lives. Michael Finney decided ten years ago that he wanted to do something for the kids of Phoenix, and to date his foundation has raised over $600,000 for local charities.
Milt Larsen's "Stupid Little Show" turns 50
In the old Our Gang comedies, whenever Spanky and his pals decided to put on a show, all they ever seemed to require was a big banner and tickets to sell. Each one of his friends would pitch in with whatever they could do to help, and somehow, no matter how unlikely, the gang would prevail. Milt Larsen personifies this in everything he does, whether it's producing a magic show or creating a world-renowned magic clubhouse. With determination and a little help from his friends, he has always been able to envision a dream and make it come to fruition. Fifty years ago, Milt produced — in his words — "a stupid little magic show," and this month It's Magic celebrates its golden anniversary. And to help in that celebration, we've devoted six pages of behind-the-scenes story along with almost 50 images.
Marketplace- Reviewed this month:
• Third Degree Burn by Joason Palter
• Entourage by Gordon Bean
• Stigmata by Wayne Houchin
• Anatomy of Keys by Steven Price
• As I Recall (Slydini)
• Life of the Party by Kirk Demaris
• Power Plays High Foltage Magic
• Prime Cut / Phone from Bob Kohler
• Long Distance Card Trick by Chris Mitchell
• Just the Backs / Gambler's Wildest Dreams by Reed McClintock
• 100% Commercial with Andrew Normansell
• Long Distance Card Trick by Chris Mitchell
Talk About Tricks
This month, Joshua introduces new card work by Francis Menotti, Rafael Tubino, Max Maven, Karl Hein, and Luis Otero. Plus John Lovick offers a borrowed ring transposition out of his cabaret show, which the volunteer reading instructions printed in MAGIC magazine.
• Exdislycally Shunuffled
• Collect the Spread
• That's My Ring!
• Grandmother's BLT
Don't miss Charlie Frye's Eccentricks this month where he teaches you how to catch a penny out of the air between the prongs of a fork. Guaranteed to lighten up the dinner table!
MAGIC has added some new columns to their magazine aimed at building the base of magic and magicians. In Tobias Beckwith's Career Building 101, he helps the performer build a firm foundation in the business side of performing. And in The Magic Word, David Parr takes a word, this month is 'acceptance', and explores how it pertains to the enrichment of the magic world.
PLUS! Don't miss our new ad on page 52!