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– Stan Allen
Stories in MAGIC this month:
COVER: They're Going Out of Business, So Why are They Smiling?
By David Goodsell
I pull my car up to an address in Payson, Utah, a small town about sixty miles south of Salt Lake City. This residence is the unlikely headquarters of one of magic's most dynamic manufacturers. I have arrived at the home of Brian Daniel South and his wife, Rebekah, the founders and proprietors of Creative Magic. Everywhere I look, there are mailing boxes and long, sausage-shaped Styrofoam tubes, wooden dowels, black-and-white cloth sleeves, instruction pamphlets, and embroidered cloth bags. The garage and basement are packed with merchandise, and I'm told that even more product is stored offsite.
"It looks like you two are doing great!"
"We are," says Brian. "We were confident that Creative Magic would be successful, but we have exceeded our wildest expectations."
"I guess you need a bigger house."
Brian laughs. Then he stuns me with his reply: "No, we're getting this one back. We're going out of business!"
For a moment, I'm not sure I've heard him correctly.
"I know people will think we're crazy," Brian says, "but on June 24, 2011, Creative Magic will cease manufacturing and begin to liquidate its inventory."
My response: "You've got to be nuts!"
1001 Wonders — Firsthand
By Adele Friel Rhindress
By 1947, after over four decades entertaining the public, Harry Blackstone was unquestionably one of America's greatest and best-known magicians. It was in that year that seventeen-year-old Adele Friel was swept into Blackstone's world of magic, making the transition from solo song-and-dance act to one of "Mr. B's gorgeous girls" in the blink of an eye. For the next three seasons, she trouped with Blackstone, playing an integral role in his show, both onstage and backstage. What follows are excerpts from Adele's forthcoming book, Memoirs of an Elusive Moth. In it, she offers a rare glimpse behind the scenes of Blackstone's company, what is was like to work and perform in his illusion show, and tells her tales in a way no one else can: from a first person, "I lived it" perspective.
Fearless Farrell Dillon: Manic Manip
By Mark Nelson
Principally self-taught, Farrell Dillon first began learning to make playing cards obey his every command at the age of twelve. Most magicians perform their manipulation segments to music, impressing audiences with knuckle-busting moves that take years to master and earning well-deserved applause. But when Farrell appears before an audience, in addition to timely ovations, you hear a sound not usually heard during such magical exhibitions of skill: the sound of riotous laughter — not to mention Farrell's own running commentary.
Grand Magic in North Korea
By Dale Salwak
It was a show created to both entertain and unite the people of North Korea. The monumental Grand Magic production was mounted in a 150,000-seat stadium earlier this year, with massive illusions playing out before — and above — the crowds.
Claude Rix: More than Pearls and Tomatoes
By Richard Hatch
When his name comes up in conversation, it is most often in reference to his complete mastery of two classics of magic. These are by no means the only effects he does, but for more than fifty years Claude Rix of France has been known in international magic circles as "that fellow with the pearls" or "the man with the tomatoes." Though his reputation for definitive performances of both those effects is justified, he is — as we shall see — a man of many parts. Claude still performs and lectures, and in this issue provides two routines from his close-up repertoire, excerpted from the forthcoming Conjuring and Correspondence by Claude Rix and Hervé Pigny.
The International Magic Experience (IMX) took place at The Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas, May 23-25. This was the premiere convention for South African producer Craig Mitchell, and the reported attendance was over 400 for this lecture-driven event.
Collectors Collect in Chicago
The Magic Collectors Weekend, under the auspices David Ben's Magicana for the second year in a row, transpired at the Westin Hotel in Chicago, May 19--1. It was the 42nd such convening of scholarly talks and learned fellowship.
Copperfield in Paris
An exhibition focusing on the career of David Copperfield is currently on display at the Musée de la Magie in Paris, France. French writer Benoit Grenier, who previously authored a biography of Copperfield and worked on the museum project, says "The exhibition shows various aspects of David's life and career; it features programs, posters, memorabilia, previously unseen photos, and original costumes and props."
Guy Hollingworth brings his one-man show, The Expert at the Card Table, to Southern California for a month-long run; and a trio of singing magicians — Desimo, Helge Thun, and Topas — performSing Sala Bim.
Tricks and advice in MAGIC this month:
TALK ABOUT TRICKS
By Joshua Jay
John Lovick delivers a complex but powerful card routine suitable for large audiences. Curtis Kam offers a fruit production that could be the opener to your next close-up engagement. "Talk About Tricks" newcomers Ollie Meaning and Jonathan Davidson bring us some card ideas, and Jeff Prace returns with an Expertalk on Tilt.
FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH: Oh, My Wild-Eyed Pie in the Sky
By Mark Kornhauser
People tell me their wild-eyed, pie-in-the-sky ideas all the time.
"I'm thinking of having a horn surgically implanted in my forehead."
"Hmmm, kind of a unicorn routine?"
"Yeah. Maybe a Card Stab or something."
"People would remember me."
Everyone thinks their wild-eyed, pie-in-the-sky idea is great — if only they had the money and the resources. But there have been lots of shows with wild-eyed, pie-in-the-sky promises that spent plenty of money to get nowhere.
COFFEEHOUSE CONJURING: Stain Alive
By Gregory Wilson & David Gripenwaldt
After making a prediction on a napkin, you spill a few drops of coffee on the table and soak it up with a napkin. An irregular-shaped stain emerges through the napkin, which looks like Rorschach inkblot. Someone describes what the coffee stain looks like -- a bat or a butterfly or a break-dancing amoeba, maybe. You turn over the prediction-napkin to show the inked outline of a shape that accurately matches the randomly formed coffee stain.
CLASSIC CORRESPONDENCE: J.B. Hargett to Adelaide Herrmann
By Mike Caveney
The letter that is the focal point of this article is a bit of a departure from items featured here previously, in as much as the writer, J.B. Hargett, was not a magician. He was an expert at chirognomy — the art of character reading based on the shape and features of the hand. Upon hearing the news of Alexander Herrmann's death, Hargett immediately contacted Adelaide and requested permission to make an inked impression of her husband's hand. Perhaps sensing that this slightly creepy procedure would ensure her husband's place among the most famous names of the time, she acquiesced.
DIRECTIONS: It Takes A Team
In March 2011, Stephane Vanel had an opportunity to showcase at the Paris Hotel. They decided to give him a chance, and the show was set to open June 1. Stephane had two months to put together an hour-long show. That sounds like a lot of time, but it was a real challenge.
In the Marketplace this month:
Fifteen products are reviewed this month by Peter Duffie, Jason England, Gabe Fajuri, Brad Henderson, John Lovick, Francis Menotti, and Will Houstoun:
The Berglas Effects by Richard Kaufman
The Lost Symbol by Max Gordon
Shoe Business by Scott Alexander & Puck
Love Cards with Craig Petty and Russell Leeds
Deception Vol.1 by Dave Forrest
Newsflash 2.0 Universal by Axel Heckau
The Complete Jarrett by Jim Steinmeyer
Handcrafted Card Magic Vol. 2 by Denis Behr
Cagliostro's Wand by Allen Zingg & Blaine Harris
The Open Prediction Project by Tom Baxter
Kings Crossing by Nicolas Gignac
Psi-Poker by Ben Harris
Crafty Power by Kreis & I-Magic
TeleThought Wallet II by Chris Kenworthy & Tony Curtis
Sandwiches by Tony Chang
Click here to see the entire list of what's coming in the October issue of MAGIC Magazine.