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Magic Magazine is cram-packed with material this month! The cover story is a preview of Hans Klok's big-budget spectacular opening in May at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip! Checkout what you can do with a nearly limitless budget! Plus!! Complete coverage on the latest in the exhumation of Harry Houdini's body. "Time to take a second look," says grandnephew George Hardeen.
In the news this month are Criss Angel promoting his upcoming Cirque show and new book, the return of The Masked Magician, coverage on the surprising announcement that the Magic Castle is up for sale, and a report on a school for magicians' assistants. Also, you'll spend "A Moment With" Roy Raphaeli, better known as Magic Roy, who earned $14,000 performing magic online.
Working on a show?
President of the "Association of International Magical Spectators" (AIMS), Bob Loomis feels the time has come to alert magicians to what can happen when they place their reputations in the hands of spectators. After watching spectators watching magi for more years than he cares to remember, Bob has evolved 28 guiding principles.
May 14th marks the tenth anniversary of the death of Harry Blackstone, Jr. at age 62. His passing was a shock to the magic community, who considered him to be not only the direct link to his famous father, but also to the grand style of magic's golden age. On this tenth anniversary of his passing, those who knew him best share their own favorite memories of the man.
Tricks reviewed this month:
• The Lost Tapes with Earl Nelson
• Chris Capehart: The Miser's Dream
• Uncovered by John Luka
• Will Rock Presents by Leo Behnke
• 2wo faced by David Forrest
• Expert At the Card Table by S.W. Erdnase
• Chameleon Change Tuxedo Shirt
• Miracles with a Short Card by Peter Cassford
• From Old to New Vol. 3 by Dominique Duvivier
• Relaxing Sudoku by Curtis Frye
• Bubble Gum Magic by Nicholas Byrd & James Coats
Tricks to learn!!
The months close-up tutorial kicks off with a fresh take on one of the great impromptu dollar-bill tricks: the Torn-and-Restored Bill. Due to the popularity of the January issue on John Scarne's Two Card Transposition, Joshua describes two new versions by Darwin Ortiz and Joel Givens. Throw in a deck switch, a deck production, and blank deck, and you've got another exciting column!
New routine for an old gimmick!
Although this month's routine is for the Fortune Telling Fish, the big picture is really about the fact that you can do great things with simple, inexpensive props. In his excellent lecture, Barrie Richardson teaches: "The method is not the thing. And the prop is not the thing. It is what you get out of it that matters most: the entertainment, the comedy, and the mystery."