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Start of the New Year with this year's first issue of MAGIC Magazine! There isn't a better time to start your collection. Featuring MAGIC's first interview with magic phenom, Cyril, and an inside look at the life and magic of the legendary Robert Harbin. From the street to the stage, this issue offers insight to each venue!
It was thirty years ago this month that the magic world mourned the passing of Robert Harbin. His good friend Alan Shaxon recounts some of the highlights of Harbin’s life, from his start in South Africa to becoming one of Britain’s greatest magical luminaries. Two items from the master are included: Harbin’s Card in Bottle and Harbin’s Roll-on Table.
For most people in the US, their first chance to see Cyril was not at a theater or on television; they were probably sitting in front of their computer when a friend sent a clip of an innovative young magician using a shadow to make two chopsticks separate, or putting his hand through an aquarium, or taking a bite out of a hamburger just pulled into three dimensions from a photo. Michael Weber interviewed Cyril onstage at MAGIC Live! in Las Vegas, August 21, 2007.
In the very first issue, MAGIC featured the magic of Boston. Two issues after that, they visited Atlanta. Now, a mere 194 issues later, they turn to yet another city and bring you a glimpse into the thriving magic life of Houston, Texas.
David Minkin has become a successful full-time magician, won first place in the IBM close-up competition, and landed a job as writer and performer on the MTV show, Room 401. All this, and more, in just the past two years.
Reviewed this month:
• Here I Go Again! DVDs with Bill Malone
• Welded by Brent Geris and Brian Hebert
• Honest Cheat by Alan Bursky
• Bootlegs & B-Sides Vol. 1 DVD by Sean Fields
• The Roadrunner Cull DVD with Kostya Kimlat
• The Essential Stewart James Edited by Allan Slaight
• Trespass DVD by Dan Army
• Half & Half DVDs, Vols. 1 and 2 by Doug Brewer
• The Master Deck by Marc Oberon
• Covert Coins DVD by Charlie Justice
• Pure Filth by David Regal
Talk About Tricks
This month you’ll see that Talk About Tricks continues its redesign. Josh offers more than trick descriptions; each item features an interview with the contributor so you can better understand the structure, origin, psychology, and subtleties of the routines being taught — which enhances the learning experience. And, for January, the entire column is devoted to the creations of Tyler Wilson, a stand-up comedian and professional magician, whose humor permeates his magic and his writing.
Diagnosis: Hot Flashes
“I am a close-up magician who is now making a transition to stage magic. I am interested in fire-eating, fire-spinning, and using pyrotechnics and flash powders in my show to create more excitement. I’ve heard that these can be dangerous, though. What do you recommend?”