Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Magic Magazine October 2011 Preview

It came out the same day as my magazine arrival... maybe they need my ex-roommate who is a project manager.


MAGIC Magazine October 2011 CoverMAGIC Magazine September 2011From The Editor

The October issue of MAGIC Magazine is now out, available both in print and on the iPad. If you haven't already received your copy, here's an advanced look at what's "between the covers."

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 only $3.99 and it arrives within a few minutes. Best of all, you only buy it once, then you own it forever and can enjoy it wherever you want.

— Stan Allen

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Stories in MAGIC this month:

Derek DelGaudioCOVER: The Kid at the Table
By Jack Lovick
... Derek is a surprising choice for a magazine article. He has the biggest reputation, based on the littlest amount of information of anyone I know. At a recent convention, nearly every time I mentioned his name to someone who lives outside of Los Angeles, the response was a wide-eyed, "Oh, I've been hearing about him a lot." There is a buzz about him that has literally spread around the world. He has managed — I believe carefully, and on purpose —to create a compelling, almost legendary, mythos about himself. He's done this despite — or more likely because of — his youth and great aversion to publicity and self-promotion. He has published very little. He rarely lectures or performs at magic conventions. He's doesn't put much emphasis on inventing tricks, and doesn't sell any. He's never released any DVDs. He regularly turns down requests for interviews, magazine articles, and television appearances. For personal reasons, he has stopped performing at the Magic Castle and no longer accepts walk-around gigs. There is almost nothing about him on the Internet, no YouTube videos, no forum posts, no flashy webpage. Google "Derek DelGaudio" and the second link is a thread on a magic bulletin board entitled "Who is Derek DelGaudio?"

MAGIC Live! High Five MAGIC! Live
Words by Mark Nelson
Photos by David Linsell
For four memorable days, deep in the heart of Orleans (the Las Vegas resort-casino, not the birthplace of jazz), top magicians from around the planet gathered once again to share knowledge, talent, and camaraderie at the fifth MAGIC Live convention, this year celebrating the twentieth anniversary of MAGIC Magazine.
Ten years earlier, in 2001, publisher Stan Allen and staff put together a commemorative "one time only, never to be repeated" convention in honor of the periodical's tenth anniversary, but notwithstanding the original tag line, there were follow-up conventions in '04, '07, and '09. Upon closer examination of each convention, however, one will find that Stan and company kept their word. Each subsequent Live demonstrated additional creativity, maturity, and a sense of audacity that kept the magic community coming back for more. Although similar in format, subsequent MAGIC Live events have differed enough in tone, content, and novelty that it has become one of the few conventions that non-invited magic luminaries actually pay to attend, as evidenced by the more than 1,300 registrants at this year's conference.

The Power of DarknessThe Power of Darkness
By Mike Caveney
As I stepped through the doorway, I couldn't see my hand in front of my face. If there hadn't been someone holding on to my arm and guiding my every step, I might still be stumbling around in the dark. The reason for my temporary blindness was that I was wearing a blindfold, as were about half the audience members who attended this unique show. The other half moved to their seats much more confidently, but only because they had spent their entire life negotiating their way through each day without the sense of sight. On this day, those of us bumping clumsily into chairs were the interlopers, for this was a magic show designed specifically for the blind.

Becoming BlackstoneBecoming Blackstone
By David Charvet
It all began May 20, 2011 on the Chicago "El." Mike Caveney, Bill Smith, and I were riding the train from the Magic Collectors' Weekend convention near O'Hare Airport to a White Sox versus Dodgers baseball game at US Cellular Field. During the trip, Mike and Bill looked at each other and then at me and said, "Blackstone!" That one word set in motion a string of events that culminated in my performance of Blackstone's Buzz Saw illusion at the recent MAGIC Live. It was one of the most challenging and exciting performances of my life.

Paul Romhany: Citizen of the World
By Jamie D. Grant
"So, do you actually perform walk-around magic in your Chaplin character?" while pouring way too much sugar into my coffee. And that's when he told me that he can do a two-hour walk-around gig without uttering a word. I can't even fathom that. With patter such an important part of close-up magic, Paul's ability to perform in that environment, without speaking, is a testament not only to his abilities but to his commitment to character — the character of Charlie Chaplin's Little Tramp.

Buss to Afghanistan
By Eric Buss
Eric BussYou never know when a phone call will change your life. I received one of these extra-special phone calls in late April. On the other end of the line was Chef Charles Carroll of the River Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas. He asked me if I wanted to join team Operation HOT (Honoring Our Troops) in traveling to Afghanistan to perform. He hadn't even finished telling me about the trip and I started repeating the word "Yes!" It sounded like the opportunity of a lifetime. Chef Carroll and his assistant, Hilmi Ahmed, had both been working on this project for over a year. It was now in its final stages of preparation. The goal was to entertain the finest troops in the world and bring them "a taste of home" with a home-cooked Cajun meal and a show. After what seemed like hundreds of emails, phone calls, texts, and smoke signals between Hilmi, Charles, and myself, I was officially onboard. Now all that was left were blood tests, security checks, and terrorism training quizzes. "I passed! Let's go!"

John CalvertSeventy-four Get-Togethers, and a Centenarian, Too
One of the longest-running conventions in the history of magic, The Abbott Magic Get-Together, celebrated its 74th anniversary with their annual four-day event in August. The real celebration was not for the convention itself but for John Calvert, who celebrated his 100th birthday on Friday, August 5th.

History of Magic in Europe
When was the first time that someone performed the Sawing in Half illusion? Who is the most prolific writer? Has the secret about Ionia been solved? These and many more questions were asked at the fourth European Magic History & Collections Congress in London.

Craig Ferguson and RafaelA Belgian on American TV in France
Having become a relatively recent convert to the world of conjuring, television host Craig Ferguson has since shared his enthusiasm for the art by bringing magicians onto his Late Late Show. Earlier this summer, Ferguson left California to film a week of shows on the streets of Paris. On the August 2 program, Belgian magician Rafael became a surprise guest.

Visiting with Erdnase
The first Erdnaseum was held on Friday and Saturday, August 26-27, at the Sanders Bed & Breakfast in Helena, Montana — the boyhood home of mining engineer Wilbur Edgerton Sanders, David Alexander's candidate for the elusive author.
Rob Zabrecky
A Message for the Moon
The Steve Allen Theater on Hollywood Boulevard was packed with an SRO crowd on Tuesday, September 6. Dozens of name magicians were present, all eagerly anticipating the opening moments of the second edition of An Evening with Rob Zabrecky.

Tricks and advice in MAGICthis month:

Talk About TricksCoffeehouse ConjuringClassic CorrespondenceDirectionsTALK ABOUT TRICKS: Back to the Source
By Joshua Jay
Frequent contributor Brett Bishop offers an unusual transposition between a marked coin and Kool-Aid, while Chris Congreave's transposition, Signature Interlude, uses something more conventional: playing cards. Charles Karelis makes his "Talk About Tricks" debut with a business card effect, and Kris Nevling makes a familiar color change even better.

FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH: You Will Want to Kill Again
By Mark Kornhauser
The difference between a performer and an aspiring performer is that a performer finds a stage — whether it's a theater, a comedy club, or Sally's Pizza — just as surely as a schmecker finds his man. (I think that means a heroin addict finding his dealer.)
The type of venue in which you choose to develop your craft is quite critical. I say "choose" as if you have a choice. In the daily grind, it's often simply that one job paid fifty dollars more than the other.

By Gregory Wilson & David Gripenwaldt
A cup of Starbucks coffee and a straw are introduced, but not formally. The magician picks up the straw and carefully removes the wrapper. The tiny piece of paper from the end is placed on top of the lid. Next, he waves the straw over the smidgen of paper and it magically adheres. He further demonstrates the wand's static power by waving it in front of the insulation sleeve/holder, causing it to quickly and mysteriously rise up the cup. Finally, he waves the wand over the cup, and the entire cup eerily slides backward, toward the magician.

CLASSIC CORRESPONDENCE: McDonald Birch to David Price
By Mike Caveney
The name George McDonald Birch is rarely mentioned in the same breath as Kellar, Thurston, Dante, or Blackstone, but a case can be made that if he wasn't part of this varsity team, he was certainly the first one off the bench.

DIRECTIONS: When the Shtick Hits The Fan
By Joanie Spina
For this year's Directions focus session at MAGIC Live, I worked with young, up-and-coming magician Chris Randall. Chris is a thirty-year-old, second-generation magician from Las Vegas. After rehearsing and implementing new ideas in his material, he performed the revised act at the MAGIC Live Directions session. This article may seem a little harsh, but Chris emerged on the other end with a new direction and "feeling good" about the changes.

In the Marketplace this month:

Seventeen products are reviewed this month by Michael Claxton, Farrell Dillon, Peter Duffie, Gabe Fajuri, Brad Henderson, Will Houstoun, and Francis Menotti:

Tortured TabletTortured Tablet by Doug Bennett
The Davenport Story Volume 3: The Life and Times
of a Magical Family 1939-2010
by Fergus Roy
Secrets of Wild Card
Mes(s)merize by Stefan Olschewski
Mind Mysteries Guide Book Volume 7 by Richard Osterlind
Bullet Party by John Bannon
Minimax Detector by Edo
Money Matters by Ed Solomon
Wild CardHoward Thurston's Card Tricks
Rameses: The Forgotten Star by Chris Woodward
Memoirs of an Elusive Moth by Adele Friel Rhindress
The Manual of Darkness by Enrique de Hériz
Industrial Revelation by Jamie D. Grant
The Aleph Wallet by Vernet
Beginnings by Johnny Mass
Presentation Magic! by Nick Fitzherbert

Monday, September 26, 2011

Holy Crap, I wouldn't have done this, I hope he gets it back


According to the New York Post:

An award given to magician David Copperfield disappeared into thin air, the old-fashioned way, from his Midtown penthouse. Copperfield recently received a “King of Magic” honor, bestowed by the Society of American Magicians, at a reception at his apartment. After an evening of toasts, cake and champagne to celebrate - (snip) Copperfield followed the crowd out the door and enjoyed a late dinner on the town. But when he got back home -- presto chango! -- he discovered his front door was wide open, and the cherished plaque was nowhere to be found. The magic man is now offering a $50,000 reward for its safe return.
I'm not accusing anyone of anything, but where was David's favorite "masked magician" at that time? ;-)

Magic Magazine Preview Didn't Come Out Yet But

Holy Crap, my neighbor is on the cover this month

MAGIC, The Magazine For Magicians
June 2011

April 2011 Contents

Magic Castle This Week

Some great magicians in the Magic Castle this week. In the Palace is the very funny Tom Burgoon. Don't miss John George in the Close Up Room. Talented Matt Marcy is in the late Parlor. Don't miss Rob Zabrecky in the Peller on Friday and Saturday.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Magic Castle This Week

Its another amazing week. You have Aye Jaye in the Parlor, Eric Buss in the Parlor. You have Shoot Ogawa in the Peller. You have the beautiful Misty Mew at the WC Field's Bar. Legendary Dana Daniels is in the Palace. An amazing week of Magic.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

David Copperfield crown Magician of the Century by S.A.M.


For Immediate release New York, NY (September 14, 2011)

The Society of American Magicians (S.A.M.) will award illusionist David Copperfield their highest honor today, “Magician of the Century”, and name him the ‘King of Magic,’ an award which has never before been given by the association. S.A.M., the oldest and most prestigious magic organization in the world founded in 1902 and led by past president Harry Houdini himself, is recognizing Copperfield for his efforts to preserve, promote and enhance the art of magic throughout his legendary career. Its esteemed national president, Vinny Grosso, says that Copperfield has, "accomplished more than anyone else in the field of magic today." Copperfield was named Magician of the Century for the last century, and Magician of the Millennium from other organizations.
Among his many achievements, S.A.M. highlighted Copperfield’s dedication to excellence which has earned him the Living Legend Award from The Library of Congress, the first Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame awarded to a living magician, a knighthood by the French government, 11 Guinness World Records and 21 Emmy awards. He has sold more tickets than any other solo artist in history and recently crossed $3 billion in ticket sales worldwide. In 1982, Copperfield created Project Magic, which teaches sleight-of-hand magic to those with disabilities as a method of physical and occupational therapy.
In addition, Copperfield is the creator and curator of the International Museum and Library of Conjuring Arts, which holds the world’s largest collection of historical magical artifacts, including Houdini's Water Torture Cell and Orson Welles' Buzz Saw Illusion.
The Society of American Magicians was founded on May 10, 1902 in Martinka's famous magic shop in New York City, New York. For over a century it has promoted the ideals shared by Kellar, Houdini, Thurston and over 45,000 others world-wide who have held membership in the society.
Copperfield said, “I’m humbled by the honor and grateful to be recognized by this great organization.”
Contact 718- 336 -0605

Monday, September 12, 2011

This week at the Magic Castle

Very excited to Toto this week. Its also awesome to see such power house magicians like Chipper Lowell and Dave Cox in the Peller Theater on Friday and Saturday.

Friday, September 9, 2011

MAKE BELIEVE will be released on DVD on September 20

The DVD is for sale now, and it features the film, extras, and 10 learn-them-yourself magic tricks taught by our young stars!

Make Believe Released On DVD September 20th


Breakout magic documentary hit Make Believe will be released on DVD September 20th. It will come with the following special features:

The special edition DVD features the film in 5.1 surround along with numerous never-before-seen extras, from learn-them-yourself magic tricks taught by our young stars to extra bits on each character and wisdom from magicians and stars like Lance Burton, Neil Patrick Harris, Jeff McBride, Eugene Burger, Andrew Goldenhersh, Justin Kredible, Armando Lucero, Ed Alonzo, and more.

Make sure you get your copy at the official Make Believe store.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

This Week at the Magic Castle

Johnny Ace Palmer is a great magician. Alfonso was just featured in Magic Magazine a little while ago. I just saw Danny Cole in Lake Tahoe and he was amazing.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Magic Magazine Preview For September 2011

If you were not at Magic Live or you have yet to get your copy of this months Magic Magazine, here is a peek. It's the 20th anniversary.


MAGIC Magazine September 2011 CoverMAGIC Magazine September 2011From The Editor

Here is a peek at the September issue, marking the 20th Anniversary of MAGIC Magazine. We've expanded to 116 pages to allow special coverage of our last decade of publishing.

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!).

Whether you're a year-round or month-to-month subscriber, whether you download us to your iPad, or whether you just read a friend's copy — I hope you enjoy our 20th Anniversary Issue.

Stan Allen

Stories in MAGIC this month:

COVER: A Second Decade of MAGICCOVER: A Second Decade of MAGIC
Ten more years; 122 more covers. Continuing on from the display of MAGICfront pages included in our 10th Anniversary issue, here is a look at all our covers from the past decade.

In His Words: Stan Allen
By Shawn McMaster
Twenty years after launching MAGIC, the publisher looks at past and future trends in magazines, digital as well as print, plus ten years of producing unconventional conventions.

Cover Story 2Cover Story 2
By John Moehring
Every picture tells a story, and the cover of a magazine also holds a tale of its own, beyond the feature it represents. Former MAGIC editor John Moehring delves into some of the history and trivia behind ten years of the images on the front.
Piff the Magic Dragon
Piff the Magic Dragon
By Charlie Burgess
You may have heard of his older brother, but it is Piff people are talking about now — a skilled, funny, conjuring creature. There is a man inside that dragon, and he is award-winning close-up magician John van der Put.

Tales from the Phone Room
By Mike Straka
For roughly forty years, from the 1950s to the '90s, touring magic shows used an effective method of promotion: the phone room. Often colorful characters, the phone promoters are remembered here by a man who worked with them for two decades.

Musical ChairsMusical Chairs
By Steve Daly
Too many people, not enough places to land when the music stops. Magicians in Las Vegas not only keep appearing and disappearing, but swapping places, running around town to find a venue.
SAM in the Steel City
SAM in the Steel City
Over 500 registrants attended the 2011 Society of American Magicians convention in Pittsburgh this past July. Headquartered at the Wyndham Grand Hotel, the event boasted a strong lineup of talent.

Magic Never DiesMagic Never Dies
Dutch illusionist Christian Farla is currently enjoying a seven-month engagement at the Phantasialand amusement park in Brühl, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. His large-scale illusion show, Seven: Magic Never Dies, opened on April 1 and plays through November 6, with performances daily — a run of 650 shows in the 1,100-seat Wintergarten Theatre.
A Magical Ceremony
A Moment With... David DaVinci
Dave Womach, a.k.a. David DaVinci, has been performing magic for the past 15 of his 28 years. From theme parks to cruise ships, his own show in Saipan to a two-year stint starring with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, he has accomplished many of his magic career goals, yet he recently announced that he will soon retire from performing.

Joseph Atmore brings his Dunninger radio show to life in San Francisco, Scott & Muriel take their "slapstick magic" to the Big Apple Circus, Richard Garriott gets married with a magical ceremony, and we bid farewell to Bill Andrews.

Tricks and advice this month:

Talk About TricksCoffeehouse ConjuringClassic CorrespondenceDirectionsTALK ABOUT TRICKS: My Tenth Anniversary Issue
By Joshua Jay
This month marks Joshua Jay's 120th installment of "Talk About Tricks" — its ten-year anniversary. That's 720 tricks so far, and more to come. As we dive into the second decade of trick talk, we'll explore some unpublished material from Joshua himself, including magic with cards and bills, and a strange effect that requires a body of water!

FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH: Succinctness
By Mark Kornhauser
Performing is fickle. You never really know what the audience is thinking. You can never really think like the audience members. You want to. You think you can. But you can't. One group of performers — let's call them "narcissists" — always think audiences love them. Their narcissism is reinforced when they judge themselves on video. But enough about narcissists, what about us?

By Gregory Wilson and David Gripenwaldt
The performer introduces an inverted coffee cup, places a quarter underneath and proposes that he can grab the coin without touching the cup. He does so in a very clever wordplay kinda way, and thus wins a free cup of coffee. Offering to go double-or-nothing, he repeats the effect and grabs the coin from under the cup in a magic kinda way. That's when the sleight of hand/con artist lifts the cup slowly to reveal the indebted second cup of coffee in the form of a Starbucks "Double Shot" can.

CLASSIC CORRESPONDENCE: Silent Mora to Mrs. Edward Maro
By Mike Caveney
September's installment offers a very sad story, not only because this letter was written a few days after Mrs. Maro's husband died, but because of the guilt that had consumed Silent Mora for years. The first bit of irony concerning this letter is just how well known Silent Mora is today, while Edward Maro is completely forgotten. One hundred years ago, the exact opposite was true.

DIRECTIONS: Slow Down, You Move Too Fast
By Joanie Spina
Dr. Shigeru Tashiro, president of the Japan Close-Up Magicians' Association, recently brought two of his young students to Pittsburgh for the FISM North American Championships of Magic hosted by the SAM and then to Las Vegas for an educational vacation. Joanie Spina had the opportunity to work with the students, and what transpired was most impressive.

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

Seventeen products are reviewed this month by Michael Claxton, Farrell Dillon, Peter Duffie, Jason England, Gabe Fajuri, Will Houstoun, and Francis Menotti:

Open Triumph by Dani DaOrtiz
Devious Standards by Jamy Ian Swiss
Invisible Pass by Chris Dugdale
Tug's Tales: My Magic Life in Variety
by Tug Wilson and Christopher Brinson
Bruce Bernstein's Linking Pins
incREDiBULL by Eric Buss
Streets by John Archer and Ivan Markovic
Pop Art by Mark Southworth
Adventures in Magic by Henry Ridgley Evans
Gambling Scams by Darwin Ortiz
A Cut Above by Msgr. Vincent Foy
The Dixon Drop
A Lifetime of Magic by Charles Gauci
Visible Chinese Coin Mystery System by Marcel and Tango Magic
Jumbo Backstage Monte by Devin Knight
BOLD by Russ Andrews
CHOP by Craig Petty

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