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Don’t miss this Valentine issue of Magic Magazine! Learn what many performers are doing to make their show unique and successful! This issue covers a variety of acts, all fresh to the scene! Also, interesting history makes this issue worth saving! History buffs beware, you'll learn something you didn't know!
From the moment John Archer walks onstage, he captivates his audience. In seconds, they realize that he's someone who bucks the used-and-abused magic stereotypes. "It's the rules of the Magic Circle that every magician must perform a card trick," he explains upon entering. "Otherwise, magic would become popular again and everyone would start doing it!" It's not the tricks that make this magician Ñ it's his personality. He has an infectious smile and a loveable Northern English accent that is reminiscent of one of the characters from The Full Monty. He's there to have fun, and he brings the audience along for the ride.
This month's "Update" will give you the inside information on R. Paul Wilson's consulting work for the new film Smokin' Aces, lets you experience the ups and downs of opening a live magic theatre when we spend "A Moment With Greg Frewin," and offers up such unlikely items as Ricky Jay on a CD of music devoted to poker and Nathan Burton's early run-in with the United States Secret Service. Plus, you'll read about shows and tours featuring magicians Tony Clark, The Spencers, and Cyril.
Every time magician Danny Cole steps on stage, he's taking a break. To the audience, for a few moments, Danny becomes a man possessed with the power to change his style of dress as easily as he changes his mind. His trendy suit changes color in the twinkling of an eye. Neckties vanish, reappear, switch hues. He battles fiercely independent inanimate objects, like coat hangers and chairs. To a subliminal and subversive beat, silver CDs materialize and dissolve at his fingertips, finally enveloping the magician in a swirl of silver snowflakes. Bowing to the applause, Danny leaves the stage... and gets back to work.
The Bamberg Dynasty consists of father/son performing magicians that extended from the early 1700s to 1974, a period of over 250 years, encompassing nine professional magicians. Tobias (Theodore) Leendert Bamberg, the eldest son in the sixth generation, forged a career as an innovator, craftsman, performer, and teacher, making the name Okito one of the most memorable the art of magic has ever known.
E-commerce has bulldozed the playing field in magicdom. Customers and products are being brought together faster than ever before. Information is shared, considered, and discarded at an ultra-quick digital pace. New products now overflow onto dealers' shelves, but more often, new images, videos, and descriptions of the here-today/gone-tomorrow "hot new thing" multiply at a seemingly ceaseless rate, filling web page after web page. As the world's pulse has quickened, so has that of the business of "selling secrets." For the supplier of magic, the knock of the Internet on the door has been long and loud. In fact, in recent years the Internet has kicked down the door of many a "brick-and-mortar" magic dealer. Exactly when and how did the digital revolution alter the popular concept of The Magic Shop?
Twelve items are reviewed this month by Gabe Fajuri, Brad Henderson, Peter Duffie, Jason England, John Lovick:
• Human Phone Number by Bob Kohler
• Gazzo's Street Cups DVD
• Brass Knuckles by Doug Edwards
• Kings Fool Business Card Trick by Kipp Sherry
• Sleightly Magical by Dan and Dave Buck
• Magic Under Fire by Harry Robson
• The Parakeet Gizmo by Dave Womach
• Dream Lock by Alan Wong
• Bloody Mary's Mirror by Jay Lee
Talk About Tricks
Joshua Jay shares some extremely strong and off-beat magic this month. Not the least of which is some work from Brother John Hamman on culling Cards. In addition, Diamond Jim Tyler shows how to make your card box play music, Luis Otero contributes a stunning coincidence effect with cards that could close any close-up set, and Ryan Schultz teaches a useful utility peek move.
Plus, don't miss tips from Jeff McBride, Anthony Owen, and Tobias Beckwith on how to improve your confidence, and ultimately, your show. Also, David Parr reveals the secret of the first skeptic philosopher!