The Petrosyans: New Generations and Quick Change
By Alan Howard
Sos & Victoria Petrosyan are known as one of the busiest quick change acts in the world, keeping up a fast pace onstage and off. Yet they also find plenty of time for family — and the next generation of their family, sons Sos Jr. and Tigran, have already become acclaimed magicians in their own right.
Magic at the Fringe: Part One
By Chris Philpott
Fringe festivals can provide a unique way for a magician to reach an audience, along with unusual challenges. For this first of two articles, Chris Philpott talked with several magicians who have lived on the fringes, either to move on from there or to embrace the genre and return for more.
By Rory Johnston
Growing up in Texas the son of free-spirited parents, Jimi (named after Hendrix) Robinson was exposed to all manner of entertainment. He gravitated to magic and has been making a name for himself in the business — and that name is literally Bizzaro.
Luminato and Louisville: Festivals for the Rest of Us
By Gabe Fajuri
This year marked the fourth year for magic at the Luminato festival in Toronto, and the first incarnation of a magic festival in Kentucky. Both events showcased diverse conjuring styles in shows for the general public, as well as entertaining and educating other magicians.
Plus Updates on…
- The spooky, magical, creepy, artistic, and diverse event that was Beyond Brookledge.
- The past and future of The Illusionists from producer Simon Painter.
- Magic coming to television around the world.
- MAGIC Magazine "Conventions at a Glance."
- A remembrance of Amos Levkovitch.
Bonus Content in MAGIC Plus…
- Sos & Victoria performance video.
- Videos of Sos Jr. and Tigran from 2011 MAGIC Live!
- Sos Jr. teaching his multiple card production.
- Additional photographs from Beyond Brookledge.
- "Walk About Tricks" videos with Jason England.
- Convention Podcasts: MagiCelebration, Abbott's Get-Together, MAGIC Live!, Mid-West Magic Jubilee, Daytona Festival of Magic, and TAOM.
Edited by Gabe Fajuri
Fifteen products are reviewed this month by Peter Duffie, Jared Brandon Kopf, Francis Menotti, Arthur Trace:
Product by Name
The Mirage by Dani DaOrtiz
DVS by Mark Calabrese
Dusheck's Diminishing Cards
Skycap by Luke Dancy, Paul Harris, Uday Jadugar, and Alex Linian
Nine Uneasy Pieces by Robert E. Neale
Deliverance by Jay Sankey
PET by Richard Pinner
More iCandy Volumes 1 & 2
Morrison Pill Box
The Web by Lance Richardson
Paper Prophecies by David Parr
LinKey by Allan Rorrison
Packs Small Plays Massive Vols. 1 & 2 with Jamie Allan
Portable Ink by Takel
Melting Point by Casshan Wallace
Talk About Tricks
Joshua JaySay What?
This month of Talk About Tricks kicks off with an unusual coin effect in which you cause a picture of a coin to become a real coin. Bank on 64th Street is a novel effect in which a spectator "chooses" an array of money for you. Timothy Paul, Alfredo Alvarez, and Daniel Chard round out the issue with three excellent card contributions.
Gaëtan Bloom & Kevin JamesThe Tennis Court
In this effect, you see two people playing tennis on a court, like you would on a big televised match. The magician is near the camera, in frame and commenting on the game. You can see a wide-open court. At some point the two players stop playing and look up at the camera and at the magician. He comments that the player on the far side of the court could really use some backup. The magician shows a playing card that is taped to a chopstick. He slowly brings it edgewise towards the camera, making sure you can always see the space on the court around the card. He then tilts it vertically so it obscures the net. A few seconds later, he tips the card edgewise again to reveal fifteen tennis players, all on the far end of the court ready to help the one player having trouble!
Ian RowlandOver The Brainbow
This months "Loving Mentalism" item is a simple yet ingenious mystery about colors. The theme is that of impossible coincidence. You give a spectator eight simple cards each bearing a different color. With the cards in his own hands, the spectator first mixes them up and then chooses one at random. Despite the obvious fairness of this procedure, it turns out that you predicted exactly the color he would choose — including a physical prediction he can take away! The ingenious principle behind the mystery is one that can be adapted to many different themes and routines.
Bent on Deception
Mike BentComedy, We Have a Problem
"Heckler" is a comedy term that oversimplifies a complex problem. It's no surprise that the cliché of the heckler that everyone has seen in movies or on television shows doesn't mirror comedy in real life. In fact, Hollywood never seems to get the realities of being a comedian right. They usually show the one loudmouth boor in the back of the audience, yelling barbs at a flustered comic. Or they depict the birthday magician doing a show for a group of smart-ass kids wearing party hats who know how all the tricks are done. Those situations are rare in real life; the real situations are way more complex. However, if you handle them correctly, they're not nearly as painful.
50 Years at the Castle
Milt LarsenNo Room for Expansion? Place Your Bets — Double or Nothing!
Eleven years after we opened the Castle, 1974 was the start of something big. In 1972, we had literally run out of space at the Magic Castle. Every inch of the old mansion had been utilized. We even made rooms where there were no rooms. By digging out the dirt floor of the original basement, the Hat N' Hare Pub was created. Our tiny "Palace of Mystery" had been the old furnace room. The old baggage storage area in the third floor attic had been turned into the library. Porches were enclosed, but there was simply no more additional space for expansion. The Mrs. Winchester in me was frustrated, I couldn't find anything at the Castle to build or destroy…
Larry ThorntonA Brief Dissertation Plucked out of Thin Air
When we say that a magician made a rabbit — or doves, or his assistant — "disappear into thin air," what exactly are we talking about?
For What It's Worth
Mark KornhauserKids Don't Learn Nothing
Oh, they will be there. They will be at MAGIC Live. They will hang out in the hallways, show each other endless half-practiced flourishes, watch the shows with a mixture of admiration and envy, and maybe go home with the Next Great Idea. "They" are the young twenty-something, stubborn, chattering, inattentive, inexperienced, over-confident, aimless magicians who are the future of magic. I worry about these aspiring magi.
PayneFanning the Fire
When I start putting together an act, I rarely seek out the advice of other magicians. Not necessarily because they are fans, but because the way magicians see magic is completely different from the way non-magicians see it. Magicians are more concerned with moves, feints, and sleights than motivation and character. They will accept blindly the use of certain props or routine structures that non-magicians would automatically question. We know why we can't show the tube and the box of a Square Circle empty at the same time. That's just the way it works, so we never question it. And because we never question it, we never think there might be a better way for it to work. We just keep doing it the same old way, never considering that it might look very odd and suspect to our audiences.