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Don't miss this Holiday issue of Magic Magazine! Check the latest on gift ideas and read up on the Magic world. This month's (December 2006) cover story brings us pianist/barker/shill Richard Allen. "Welcome to The No Show! We call it The No Show because there's no other show like it in the world!" He boasts from the Palace of Mystery Stage of the Magic Castle in Hollywood.
Here he has just completed pounding out an overture of ragtime tunes on a dilapidated upright piano. Richard speaks the truth: there is no show like The No Show, because no show in the world is designed around the magic, juggling, and broad comic characterizations that jigsaw together into the 6-foot, 3-inch frame of Dana Daniels.
Iona the Enchantress
Her visage graced some of the most attractive and elegant magic posters of the early 1900s, yet little is known about Ionia the Enchantress. Magical journals, both past and present, title her as the youngest daughter of Charles de Vere. Her career as an illusionist is said to have ended against the historical backdrop of the Russian Revolution. Although this is a great story on which to build a legend, it's not true.
Getting The Gig!!
It has often been noted that "show business" is two words. And the better you handle the business, the more often you get to show. But today, it takes more than a great brochure, a clever business card, or a cool website to take your business to the next level. Here are five strategies to better show clients your business!
Mickey's Magic Show
A new large-scale illusion show presently touring the Americas is fronted by the world's most famous mouse. He's not only brought along his cartoon friends, but two human magicians and a well-pedigreed creative team to make the magic come to life.
This month's "Update" will give you a look at Dean Gunnarson's most challenging escape yet; show you how Houdini and Robert-Houdin continue to live on through books and DVDs; give you an inside look at the new Mindfreak car; fill you in on the magic lithographs and other items that sold for top dollar at the recent magic auction at New York's Swann Galleries; and bring you up to date information on the hit musical, Mary Poppins, which has now opened on Broadway and features Jim Steinmeyer illusions.
Books, videos and tricks reviewed:
• Tangled Web by Eric Mead
• Divine Time by Jason Palter
• Overlap by Joshua Jay
• Slasher by R. Shane
• Incredible Self-Working Card Tricks, Vols. 5 & 6 by Mike Maxwell
• Sign Off by Tony Clark and Austin Brooks
• Card College Light by Roberto Giobbi
• Hidden Numerical Forces by Thomas Henry
• Sudden Deck II by David Regal
Talk About Tricks
Joshua Jay ends the year with an unexpected surprise: a previously unpublished Bro. Hamman Ace location. He also details the strange sleights and routines given to him in Venezuela. You'll learn how to change a playing card into a bill, and you'll discover what happens when you fuse the "Card Under Drink" with "Any Card at Any Number."
Turn It Around
There continue to be more and more shows on television where famous actors are interviewed about acting. You can see these shows on networks like Bravo, A&E, E!, and many others. When an actor is asked why he agreed to be in a film, he often says, "It was a compelling story." The story, it's always the story. And so we arrive at this month's contribution. It is a great Christmas-time routine by Terry Parrett. What makes it so special is that the story is about what may be a child's worst fear, the possibility of not getting presents on Christmas!
Plus much more!