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Get this year's MAGIC Magazine collection going! This month's MAGIC (January 2007) starts your year off right! Magic history, past and present. Read about David Blaine's latest stunt, escaping a gyroscope suspended in air, after spinning inside for 53 hours. Joshua Jay's compiled a set of tricks to perform with a drinking glass, wine glass, shot glass, and a silk.
A black envelope arrives in the mail. There is no return address. Inside is a single playing card. Written on the back are the words: "Mangled Cats. The Man Soars. Can you Imagine?" What would you do if you received this cryptic missive in the mail? Friends of computer gaming creator Richard Garriott knew to look for clues, which led them to an elaborate magic themed party featuring a profusion of prestidigitators.
Jon Stetson is an enigma. He is very funny, but you can't call him a comedian because he does mentalism. Although he currently performs high-end corporate gigs, you can't solely categorize him as a corporate entertainer because he has also performed kid shows, appeared on cruise ships, and performed bar magic in locations all over the world, including FISM.
Reviewed this month by Gabe Fajuri, John Lovick, Peter Duffie, and Brad Henderson:
• Essential Robert-Houdin by Todd Karr
• Tom Stone Caught on Tape by Tom Stone
• Any Card at Any Number by Bill Nagler
• Salon de Magie by Ken Klosterman
• Enlightened Card Magic by Luis Otero
• My Best by John Mendoza
• The 21st Century Knight's Tour by Lior Manor
This month David Kaye reminds you to take another look at your props, specifically the props that you are getting one or two laughs from. Look at these props and see if there isn't a way to increase the time you spend with them, milk them for more laughs, and turn them from one-joke props into full-blown routines.