Monday, May 30, 2011

This Week at the Magic Castle

I can't wait to see Kozmo and Chris Capehart. I also can't forget my two friends Kevin Viner and Nathan Gibson. They are awesome.




Saturday, May 28, 2011

Magic Magazine Preview For June 2011

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MAGIC Magazine June 2011 CoverMAGIC Magazine May 2011From The Editor

Here's the latest MAGIC Preview, offering a peek at what's in MAGIC Magazine for June. Hope you enjoy it!

If you're not a subscriber, please give us a try. Check out our risk-free, one-month-at-a-time subscription plan at the bottom of this email. Of course, we still offer our annual subscriptions as well.

MAGIC is also available for your iPad in the App Store. The cost is $3.99 and it arrives within a few minutes. And best of all, you only buy it once, then you own it forever and can enjoy it wherever you want (Internet connection not required!)

The big news around here is that MAGIC Live is coming together better than we could have hoped for. The dates are August 14-17, 2011. The place is Las Vegas, Nevada. The registration is $335, and the hotel rooms are only $36 per night. It's the bargain of the summer! Simply click here to register securely online.

And don't forget about the first MAGIC Magazine Film Festival. You could win a year's worth of the digital version of MAGIC and your very own iPad to enjoy it on. Entries must be in by July 1, so grab a camera
and some friends, and show us your creativity! Details are available here.

See you in August!

— Stan Allen








Stories in MAGIC this month:

Liu ChienCOVER: Liu Chien, The Most Famous Magician in the World
Words by Rory Johnston
Photos by Zakary Belamy
If your response to the title of this story is "Who? What? Never heard of him," the odds are you are not living in the Eastern Hemisphere of planet Earth. On that side of the world, however, there are well over a billion people who have seen this charming performer entertain them with close-up magic. No, that's not an exaggeration. And that was in just one night.
Liu Chien's rise to the top has been astounding — one might even say charmed — but this rock star-level sensation is anything but an overnight one, and most certainly not a product of luck. He is, instead, an example of determination, perseverance, focus, originality, and hard work. He's the template that many young performers will look up to for decades to come — an inspiration for future generations. And he's just turning 36 years old this month.

Black TentMagic Under the Black Tent
By John F. Polacsek
The Black Tent — a mystery on the midway, long forgotten in the annals of magic and circus alike. Yet, in the 1890s, crowds thronged to witness the fantastical illusions presented beneath the darkened canvas on the Barnum & Bailey lot. As a reporter forBrooklyn Eagle penned in 1889: "The 'black tent' was the great center of attraction before and after the [circus] performance. The illusions are the most remarkable ever produced merely by the influence of light and shade so manipulated as to deceive every eye."

Nothng Up Their SleevesNothing Up Their Sleeves
By Mark Nelson
The hand may be quicker than the eye, but these hands will remain to be eyed by magic enthusiasts for generations to come. The list of Kari Hendler's casts of famed fingers is impressive: Billy McComb, Carl Ballantine, Mark Wilson, Norm Nielsen, Channing Pollock, Marvyn Roy, Sylvan, Johnny Thompson, Harry Anderson, John Calvert, Jonathan Pendragon, and more. While she intends to exhibit the hands in the future, Kari really envisions them as a gift to magicians a hundred years from now.


Jewish Magic History on DisplayRichard Sanders Has Lost All His Gear
By Jamie D. Grant
His free-form performance style allows Richard Sanders to quickly adapt his magic and comedy to any situation — including a show where he lost all his props, which now seems to happen pretty much every time.

Jewish Magic History on Display
By Alan Howard
The Skirball Cultural Center in California is now playing host to the first-ever exhibition honoring the contributions to conjuring made by Jewish magicians. "Masters of Illusion" can be seen through the summer, along with an augmented touring exhibit of "Houdini: Art and Magic."

It's MagicIt's Magic Goes East
The Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, houses a 10,000-seat arena rated by Billboardmagazine as the fourth best venue in the world. It regularly hosts top acts including Billy Joel, Elton John, and Bon Jovi. On April 24, 2011, It's Magic joined that list, and the show's first east coast appearance in its 54-year history featured an all-star lineup.

A Million for Milbourne
Magic collectors were abuzz throughout the day on April 20 as the magic auction house of Martinka in New York City held a substantial sale of items from the Milbourne Christopher Collection. Commencing soon after 10 a.m., a total of 274 lots were offered; more than six hours later, Martinka had taken in slightly (if you consider nearly $39,000 to be "slight") over one million dollars.

Salute to MagicSalute to Magic
The Parent Assembly #1 of the Society of American Magicians presented its 102nd Salute to Magic show at the El Teatro at El Museo del Barrio (formerly the Heckscher Theatre). This year, the show was a presentation of Thomas Solomon's "one-man" show American Escape Artist. The Assembly presented its 2011 Magician of the Year award to Professor Bob Friedhoffer.

Plus...
Le Grand David celebrates its 35th season in Beverly, Massachusetts, and we say farewell to Tabby Crabb, Bill King, and Max Hapner.



Tricks and advice in MAGIC this month:
Talk About TricksCoffeehouse ConjuringClassic CorrespondenceDirections
TALK ABOUT TRICKS
By Joshua Jay
Pit Hartling demonstrates how to predict eight selected cards using just one card. Joe Diamond returns with a pleasant alternative for card-to-impossible location, and Jared Molten also shares a version of a similar plot. Dave Collins' Double Wide Riffle Shuffle is sure to be a popular submission, as it's a completely self-working false shuffle.

FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH: My Dirty Little Secret
By Mark Kornhauser
Greg Otto and I were chitchatting some time ago when he let slip a bit of gossip: Greg mentioned that he had worked recently on a cruise ship with a mutual friend. "How'd he do?" I had to ask. "Not that well. I couldn't believe it, but he actually performed the Paper Hat Tear." "Greg," I had to tell him, "I close with the Hat Tear."

COFFEEHOUSE CONJURING: Instant Coffee
By Gregory Wilson and David Gripenwaldt
You show two cups, one of which is empty and the other filled with clear hot water. A spectator drops a single coffee bean into the empty cup. When you pour the hot water over the bean, the water now looks, smells, and tastes like freshly brewed coffee — because it is!

CLASSIC CORRESPONDENCE: Robert Smithson to Al Munroe
By Mike Caveney
The orchestra stopped playing and the audience sat tense in their seats waiting the shot. He turned to the audience with an expressionless face and then gave the signal to fire. The assistants fired and two shots rang out like thunder. Chung Ling Soo cried out in a choked voice, "You have shot me." He staggered several feet and dropped near the foot lights. The curtains were dropped and the show was over.

DIRECTIONS: A Comedy of Styles
By Joanie Spina
Continuing on with the theme of style, this month we take a look at three different comedy magicians — Mark Kornhauser, Charlie Frye, and Dana Daniels — observing the styles that set them apart from one another and pointing out a few things we can learn from each of their performances.

REAL-WORLD METHODS: Magic that Moves
By Jordan Wright
There is a new movement happening on the Internet. It's drawing people out of their living rooms and away from their televisions. This trend has presented new opportunities to performing artists all over the world. The trend is viral video. For the past few years, Internet video has been an emerging medium with uncertain potential. People might post a humorous video of themselves or someone else doing something crazy, or showing an embarrassing moment caught on camera, and share it with their friends. Today we are seeing many of these videos being passed around and viewed by millions. This movement is empowering people to share what they want and connect with others all over the world.


In the Marketplace this month:

Fourteen products are reviewed this month by Michael Claxton, Peter Duffie, Jason England, Gabe Fajuri, John Lovick, and Francis Menotti:

Red Mirror by Helder Guimarães Powerful Rope Magic and Red Mirror
Instant Reset Card in Envelope in Wallet by Harry Robson
GrandMa Money by Anthony Miller
G.O.D. by Bob Solari
Legacy by Collin Miller & Jamie Badman
A.C.A.A.B. by Boris Wild
Bob's 3 Shell Boot Camp with Bob Sheets & Glen Morphew
The Maric Glass
Protection: The Sealed Book by Joseph Meyer
The Right Way to Do Wrong by Harry Houdini
The Three Types by Luke Jermay
The Great Lafayette by John Alexander & Christopher Brinson
Powerful Rope Magic by Jeremy Pei
Unspeakable Acts by Jim Magus


Click here to see the entire list of what's coming in the June issue of MAGIC Magazine.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

IMX 2011 (The International Magic Experience)

There was a lot of buzz this year for the International Magic Experience convention that was to take place at the Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas. It boasted 20+ performers in a three day experience. I took a chance when it was announced a year ago because I saw such notables as Shoot Ogawa, Ponte the Smith, Daniel Garcia and Michael Ammar, announced on the teaser website. Registration was as low as $109, it was too good to believe.


I arrived at the Orleans around 1:30 AM Monday, a day earlier than I planned, to find the hotel sold out for Sunday arrivals. I walked through the Casino and was greeted by Eric Jones and Chris Capehart. I chatted with them a while but had to cut the conversation short to find someone I knew to supply me with somewhere to sleep for the couple hours before registration. I found David Gabbay in the bowling alley. He was willing to shelter me and I got some needed rest.

In the morning, around 8am, I arrived at registration which was in one of the conference rooms. It was separated by groups of last names and it was very organized. I received a IMX tote bag which contained a yellow pad for notes, a couple pens, my personalized schedule I picked on the website, coupons for some of the magic vendors, a deck of cards and a small packet of M&M's.

The vendor room opened up at 9am with about 14 different retailers. I looked around for a bit, making a lit of items to purchase later. This was to be the death of my budget for the month.

The lectures started at 10am and I chose to attend Daniel Garcia's lecture. He called it 'Breaking the Rules with Daniel Garcia'. Before he started the lecture, he said it was OK to take pictures and shoot video as long as it didn't end up on the Internet. The lecture presented some old items such as Greed and some items from Symphony. There were a couple of new things as his effect Stretch and his utility move 'the One Point Reduction'. He had a great signed card to balloon effect with the utility move. There was an annoying issue with the camera and projector. It kept on turning off. This led to a lot of difficulty to explain the close-up effects.

At noon, I attended “Wayne Houchin in Concert”. Wayne opened up with Gypsy Thread and then went into his effect Thread. He also did Sinful. He was well rehearsed but it felt more a show for lay audiences than a room full of magicians. I have seen Wayne lecture before and have known him to be a creative mind. I think that is why I was a little underwhelmed by this performance.

Later I attended the IMX Opening Gala show. It had hosts Tim Ellis and Sue-Anne Webster introduced the acts including: Ivan Pecel a juggler from France, Boris Wild, Chris Capehart and Juliana Chen. The showroom was filled with the 300 attendees and the rest was filled with Casino visitors. Boris Wild did a tribute using linking rings. Chris Capehart made the audience bust out in laughter from his antics with the kids on stage. To close, Juliana Chen did a new levitation and a new type of substitution trunk.

As if this didn't seem enough magic for one weekend, this was only half the day. I headed to Oz Pearlman's lecture next. He taught his handling of Dennis Behr's Blossom Production. He performed and taught an effect called Twist and Shake which was close to Guy Hollingworth's Twisting the Kings. His last two effects were with business cards. One mental effect called What's in a Name which was followed up with Phantom Silhouette.

Scott Wells held a IMX/Magic Newswire get-together at 5:30 PM and recorded his podcast while prizes were given out by Silly Billy, Daniel Garcia, Brian Brushwood and C.J. Johnson. Scott asked what Dodd Vickers could do different things on his Magic Newswire Podcast. It was cool to see how many people had great ideas and it was nice to see the appreciation of all the people who donated products to give away.

There was a IMX Dinner with the Stars scheduled at 6pm but they scheduled it at the casino's buffet and unless you were in line with all the Stars supposed to chow with you. This was a let down but not a biggie since the first day was packing in many 90 minute lectures. There is so many places that serve food in this particular casino.

After dinner was the International Close-Up Gala with Helder Guimares amazing everyone with his card wizardry. Michael Ammar with his closeup and his cups and balls Simon Coronel produced Pit Hardling after his closeup coin work. Boris Wild performed his FISM winning Kiss act and Hayashi killed the audience with his matrix coin work.

Before the night was over, I attended Ponte the Smith lecture. He covered a lot from his DVD but he also talked about the path a coin should travel and the inertia of the coin by demonstrating with D-Lites. He then taught a silver coin to chinese coin to tea cup and then dumped out silver coins. Skill that is almost impossible to define in words.

Day two started out great especially because it started with me waking up in my own room. I was a little tired from the late night lectures and the other stuff that happens in Vegas. Nevertheless I got to attend the 10am lecture of Richard Sanders. He started out with a packet like effect called Flash Transposition and moved on to a mental trick with predicted card with an X on it and all others appeared blank. He then covered his commercial effects such as Extreme Burn, Fiber Optics and Interlaced.

At noon it was time for Paul Vigil in a Closeup Concert. Paul is very practiced in his presentation. His act was a bit of mentalism mixed with some card routines. The crowd seemed to enjoy the act.

I was curious of the 2:15pm talk Business of Business with Timothy Noonan. I have to say I have been in more than a couple marketing lectures but this one beet them all. Timothy Noonan poured on so much great knowledge I found myself filling up my notepad more than any other lecture. At the end, there was several of us giving him a standing ovation. He even emailed us his Powerpoint presentation.

In the afternoon, around 4pm, was the Skype connection with David Berglas. David Copperfield was there to introduce David Berglas and start the first questions. Then Banachek and Richard Kaufman took over the moderation. It was a beautiful look into a legend.

In the evening, it was time for the second round of the International Close-Up Gala which included Pit Hartling, Oz Pearlman, Ponta the Smith, Chris Capehart, David Acer and Stuart Lightbody. The camera work needed some improvments but the magic was outstanding. Most notable was the 'card memorization' of Pit Hartling, the unbelievable hands of Ponte and the very funny David Acer. There was a big downer that was announced during the show that the Bowling with the Stars was to be canceled because of the early rehearsal times and risk of hand injury. I was disappointed because it was always fun during the World Magic Seminar.

At 10pm I went to Simon Coronel's lecture. He discussed framing and pacing of movements. He showed this in reference to a coin vanish and re-appearance. He also covered what he called The Institute of Layman Studies. This covered subjects like Feedback and Blind Narration to describe a trick back to you to make sure things are clear and not confusing.

Day three started at 10am yet again but I felt I had enough of the adult magic and I decided to hit David Kaye lecture titled Six Most Important Principles. He covered comedy with children, entertaining the adults, extending the middle of an effect for an interesting ride for the children. He had clips to illustrate his presentation and a concept of interactions per minute. It was full of information that would be valuable to anyone who caters to a younger audience.

After the David Kaye lecture there was a lecture called Kidding Around with Chris Capehart. I expected another lecture about kid magic but it was more of a lecture of street performing and busking. I was pleasantly surprised. He also discussed his misers dream and linking rings. I liked his crowd control and his view on tricks to be used.

At 2pm was the final Closeup Gala with Richard Sanders, Shoot Ogawa,Tim Ellis, Daniel Garcia and Boris Wild. Shoot Ogawa was amazing as usual. Danny Garcia drank water containing Shoot's goldfish in it. He commented how it was the most disgusting thing he probably has done. He then performed a book test and Torn. Richard Sanders was very funny. He performed identity and some card routines. Boris performed a new version of his Kiss trick, 10 years later after Kiss.

The Closing Gala Show opened with David Acer hosting and then An Halim with his wonderful card manipulations. Hayashi with a blind samuri routine that scared a BBC host who volunteered. Banachek blew the audience away with his mentalism act. I do have to say he is the best I have seen. Pit Hartling performed as his alter ego Heinz. David Acer tried to do cups and balls with garbage pails. The closed with 'next generation' Jason Bishop. The illusions were ok but the presentation was lacking.

After the convention's last curtain, the organizers asked for everyone to gather upstairs.When we arrived we received a poster of all the stars of the convention and there was a table with about 30 seats were the performers waited to sign each poster. It was a nice souvenir of a super convention. I do hope they can match their wonderful results next year.

tommEE pickles is a street performer in Hollywood and member of the Magic Castle.

Monday, May 23, 2011

This Week at the Magic Castle

There is a powerhouse in the Close Up room this week and look for Ben in the Parlor, he's a performer that has inspired Dan Sperry and others.




Monday, May 16, 2011

Magic Castle This Week

I can't wait for this weeks performers. Farrell Dillion is one of my favorites. Fitzgerald is awesome and Tom Frank is a superstar. Don't forget Rob Zabrecky, Derek Hughes and Jon Armstrong too. Just an amazing week, I unfortunately can't see the weekend performers.





Tuesday, May 3, 2011

America’s Got Talent Returns To Vegas To Shoot

From Itricks.com


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The road show is over and now it’s time for this season of America’s Got Talent to whittle down the competition in Las Vegas. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, AGT will settle into Planet Hollywood this Wednesday for an eight-day shoot which will air in early July.

This means in real time, the magicians which we will fixate on this summer are about to really step their game up beyond their initial spot.

AGT season is officially upon us.


Monday, May 2, 2011

Magic Magazine Preview Finally Came Out

Now let see how long it takes the Magazine to get here. It's the 2nd of May already.

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MAGIC Magazine May 2011MAGIC Magazine May 2011From The Editor

Here’s the latest MAGIC Preview, offering a peek at what’s coming inMAGIC Magazine for May.

If you’re not a subscriber, please give us a try. Check out our risk-free, one-month-at-a-time subscription plan at the bottom of this email. Of course, we still offer our annual subscriptions as well.

If you are a subscriber, these MAGIC Previews give you an advance look at what’s en route to your mailbox. And, of course, you’ll still receive our exclusive MAGIC eUpdates with all the latest television news.

Feel free to forward these monthly Previews to your friends. If you received this from a friend and would like to be added to the list, please send an email to preview@MAGICmagazine.com.

Also feel free to post bits and pieces of this Preview onto magic websites. If you do, please give credit for where it came from, along with a link to www.MAGICmagazine.com. Thanks!

And finally, May marks the fifth installment of this magazine available for the iPad in the App Store. If you haven't tried it, you should. The cost is $3.99 and it arrives within a few minutes. And best of all, you only buy it once, then you own it forever and can enjoy it wherever you want (Internet connection not required!).

And now, here's May!

Stan Allen





Stories in MAGIC this month:

HelderCOVER: Helder
By Kevin Pang
To this day, his parents can hear the impact — a metallic, horrifying thud. Their twelve-year-old son, struck by a shocked driver, flew through the air and landed twenty feet away. He lay motionless for thirty seconds, and when he came to, he went into convulsions. People look back at their lives for clues that inform future ambitions. In this case, the accident presents a perverse silver lining: if not for the head injuries, Helder Guimarães, now 28, wouldn't have decided that a career in dentistry wasn't what he wanted. If Helder hadn't been nearly killed seventeen years ago, the magic community would not have what many consider to be one of the brightest thinkers and performers of his generation.

Words About WordsWords About Words
By Helder Guimarães
Does your script drive your show, or does your live performance help create the script? Either way, it helps to know what your audience should be aware of and when they become aware of it.

Voices of Our Hands
By Steve Marshall
The earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11 drastically affected the island nation. Looking for a way to help their countrymen, a group of Japanese magicians produced lecture notes to raise money for aid. Here, along with a sample effect from the notes, is their story.

In His Words: Dave GoodmanDave Goodman: In His Words
Interviewed by John Armato
What can magicians learn from a non-magician? A lot, when that non-magician has a track record of reinventing venues and shows for some of the top entertainment brands in the business, raising the bar on just about every measure of commercial success in the process. Dave Goodman is such a non-magician.

Hengry VargasHenry Vargas
By Mark Nelson
His act is a stylized magical courtship of an unattainable woman. It is filled with mystery, romance, music, and an inspiring, emotional finale. With this act he has been honored in competitions in many countries in South America. He has a passion for magic that is indisputable and, although he specializes in stage performance, he has been heavily influenced by two of magic's most renowned close-up artists.
Oh yes — he's nineteen years old. Welcome to the world of Henry Vargas.

The Puzzling Boxes of KarakuriThe Puzzling Boxes of Karakuri
By Brad Henderson
Traditional Japanese puzzle boxes consist of sliding panels and sections that must be first discovered and then moved in a particular sequence for the box to open. They were often used to hold important documents and money. The Karakuri Creation Group is a collective of craftspeople who have taken the notion of trick boxes to an incredible level of artistry, and they produce some of the cleverest secret boxes imaginable.

43rd AMA Awards43rd AMA Awards
On Sunday, April 10, 2011, near the famous intersection of Hollywood and Vine, the Avalon Theater was lavishly decorated in the style of the famed Moulin Rouge, with musicians, singers, dancers, and artists creating a deliciously decadent atmosphere in celebration of the 43rd Annual Academy of Magical Arts Awards. This year's award show paid tribute to the AMA's 2010 Fellowship Honorees and the Magicians of the Year from the Magic Castle showrooms, as voted on by the members of the Academy.

A Moment With... SuzanneA Moment with... Suzanne
Minneapolis-based magician Suzanne made history by becoming the first woman ever to win the Close-up Magician of the Year Award at the Academy of Magical Arts awards ceremony in Hollywood, California. The Avalon Theater exploded with excitement when Keith David announced her name. Suzanne made her way to the stage and breathlessly accepted the award, thanking her family and her mentors, such as Al Schneider. We asked Shawn McMaster to see if Suzanne's pulse had calmed down enough to answer some questions about the award and what's in store for her now.

UnrealUnreal Debut
Last month, Joshua Jay debuted Unreal, his new one-man show, in his hometown of Canton, Ohio, with a run of sixteen sold-out performances, April 7-16. The show is an avant-garde blend of magic, video interaction, and autobiography. He talks about the influences in his life; the artists, musicians, and filmmakers he admires. Plus, Josh does magic that deals with ex-girlfriends, his hand injury, and his travels.

Plus...
Coverage of the 2011 installment of Magic-Con in San Diego, California; the Hatch Academy of Magic & Music in Logan, Utah; and Backstage Magic with Mickey at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. We also say farewell to Dorothy Young, the last stage assistant to work with Houdini, and to Looy Simonoff, an icon on the Las Vegas magic scene.





Tricks and advice in MAGIC this month:

Talk About TricksCoffeehouse ConjuringClassic CorrespondenceDirectionsTALK ABOUT TRICKS
By Joshua Jay
The close-up effects taught this month are Rick Lax's Free Style Wrap, Jeff Prace'sMass Times Acceleration, Curtis Kam's Psychic Exchange, and Tyler Wilson's The Big O. Plus, there's an Expertalk by Josh on Aces by Proxy.

FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH: The Glitch Syndrome
By Mark Kornhauser
Imagine this: You are at the height of your performance, immersed in a sea of laughter. The invisible hand of the Comedy Muse leads you from one beat to the next. You are a killing machine. You indulge for a moment its sweetness; you are the bringer of joy. Your reward is the adulation of the masses. And then — there's a glitch. Consciousness narrows. Something is wrong. All that was sublime is now profane.

COFFEEHOUSE CONJURING: About Face
By Gregory Wilson and David Gripenwaldt
To pay for a $4.25 drink, you pick up one of the unactivated gift cards sitting on the counter. You rub a five-dollar bill against the card and then hand it to the barista. When she protests, you insist that she run the card through her register scanner. She does. Much to her astonishment, the card registers five dollars. After she rings up the drink, you squeeze and slide your fingers down the card, and three quarters fall into her awaiting hand — as a tip!

CLASSIC CORRESPONDENCE: James Airey to Gerald Heaney
By Mike Caveney
In 1920, Gerald Heaney purchased the entire stock of Will Lindhorst's magic company. Within a couple of years, he was advertising his firm as "Manufacturers — Jobbers — Importers, the Largest House of Its Kind in the Universe." His advertising appeared in most of the magic magazines, which in turn led to his catalog being widely distributed. One such catalog arrived at 902 Olive Street Shreveport, Louisiana, home of James Airey, a.k.a. Mystic Mastoid. "Orders filled same day as received," assured the catalog, so Mr. Airey composed a sizable order on March 24, 1923, and posted the order several days later. The moment he dropped the envelope in the mailbox, the agonizing wait began. After four months of excuses, wrong tricks shipped and returned, and weeks of silence, the gloves came off. Mr. Airey sat down at his typewriter, inserted a sheet of his professional stationery, and started typing.

DIRECTIONS: Got Style?
By Joanie Spina
What sets one performer apart from another? Style. But what, exactly, is style? Webster's dictionary defines style as "a distinctive manner of expression, as in writing or speech, or a particular manner or technique by which something is done, created, or performed." Style is what allows us to take the same trick, song, or script, and make it fresh and unique to our persona. This month, Joanie explores the styles of Marco Tempest, Romany, Ed Alonzo, Jeff Hobson, Kevin James, Rocco Silano, and Mike Michaels.


In the Marketplace this month:

Nineteen products are reviewed this month by Peter Duffie, Jason England, Gabe Fajuri, Greg Gleason, Brad Henderson, Will Houstoun, Bryce Kuhlman, John Lovick, and Francis Menotti:
Insider
Secret Agenda by Roberto Giobbi
Essential Magic Conference 2010
Cash Flow by Juan Pablo
High Flyer by Peter Eggink
Who Killed the King by Kostya Kimlat
F(9) by Calen Morelli
Drink Magic by Michael P. Lair
Mental Epic Pad by Alakazam Magic
Variations Revisited by Earl Nelson
Versatile Card Magic Revisited by Frank Simon
Insider by Jay Sankey World XCM Champions Vol. 1
Flexion by Jon Allen
The Big Book of Rising Cards by Claude Klingsor
Hands Off by Patrick Redford
Truly Monopolized by Jeffrey Bloom
The 52 vs. Joker Project by Gary Jones & Chris Congreave
De'vo vom Schattenreich Presents World XCM Champions Vol. 1
The World of Children's Magic compiled by Jeremy Le Poidevin
Shattered Reality by Lance Richardson


This Week at the Magic Castle

I am very excited to see Paul Draper and Johan Stahl this week. I am also waiting to see Shawn McMaster and others.




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