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Stay on top! MAGIC Magazine is full of tips and tricks to keep your magic fresh and entertaining! Read what fellow magicians are doing to stay at the top of their game. The latest acts, trends, and tricks are reviewed by the pros. Add a side of magic nostalgia, and you have a full course of everything MAGIC!
Seeing The Dark- Revitalize your magical soul:
In this series of essays, Bob Neale will look at what magic is: an understanding of magic as mastery of life over death. He will explore what our performance of stage magic does, and can do, in relation to death: casting five shadows. He will also present some of his new tricks to illustrate these shadows.
The Show Doctor- Advice from Jeff McBride:
Dear Show Doctor: “I am a strolling magician, and I would like to know the best ways to hand out business cards or marketing materials during strolling engagements. I want to make an unforgettable impression on people during my performances; yet, I’m getting very few responses from handing out my business cards and other materials. Why are people forgetting me and my show? Do you have any suggestions in this area?”
Getting Your Magic on TV
The 21st century has seen an explosion of magic on UK television and, as Head of Magic at Objective Productions, Anthony Owen has been responsible for producing much of it. In the past seven years, 35-year-old Anthony has overseen over 100 hours of magic programming, and more is on the way.
Reviewed this month:
• Seriously Silly Live by David Kaye
• Impossible Card in Rope by John Rivav & Juan Cáceres
• School Daze by Black's Magic
• The Bammo Dekronomicon by Bob Farmer
• Don Alan's Magic Ranch
• Ascension by Joshua Quinn
• System 88 by Dr. Lisa Chin and Docc Hilford
• BLANK!, Mental Influence, The Lady Travels, and PSY Color Change Deck DVDs by Kenton Knepper
• Civil by Sam Fitton
• Business Card-iographic by Brian Curry
• The Original Escapes of Arthur Coghlan by Arthur Coghlan
• Catching Up with Milo and Roger by Dustin Stinett
• Fingers of Fury Vol. 1 DVD by Alan Rorrison
• Bunko by Jim Steinmeyer
• That Reminds Me by Michael Close
• Heiny 500 by Karl Hein
Talk About Tricks- Tricks taught each issue!
This month, Josh Jay again features the work of a single magician, and guess what? There’s only one card trick. Eric Leclerc is a young professional from Ottawa, Canada. His first language is French, but he’s equally fluent in English. Eric recently took first place in close-up for the Canadian Association of Magicians 2006 competition (he won the stage contest in 2003). His offerings here feature drinking straws, drivers’ licenses, bic pens, doll hands, and vodka!
Charles Reynolds: His Own Words
He’s a magician, photographer, historian, author, and consultant for numerous television and Broadway productions. Charles Reynolds reflects on magicians he has known, and magic he has created. His work with Doug Henning and Harry Blackstone Jr. has earned him a shelf of prestigious awards.
Update: Current Magic Events
What happens when a magician’s wife trades places with another man’s wife, who is not so into magic as much as she is into perfection, meticulousness, and stability? That was the subject of an episode of ABC’s new season of Wife Swap. Read all about Andrew and Melissa Martin’s two-week ordeal that aired on network television in January. Also featured this month is a report on Teller’s bloody and mysterious production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth currently running; the closing of Triple Espresso; magic duo the Gamesters’ new sexy Las Vegas venture; “A Moment With…Max Maven” about his new position at the Magic Castle; and much more.