May 2013 | Volume 22 | Number 9

Doc Eason: Connecting With Magic

By Alan Howard

Doc Eason

It's not about the magic. It's not about the drinks. It's all about the people, the relationships, and the memories for Doc Eason — experiences and insights he's gained in more than a quarter century at the legendary Tower magic bar, and beyond.

Revealing Masters

By Alan Howard

Revealing Masters

Ricky Jay and René Lavand are masters of magic from North and South America, respectively. The lives of each have now been captured by filmmakers in documentaries that explore their craft, but leave audiences even more in awe of their work.

A Garden of Art: The Magic of Markus Zink

By Wittus Witt

The Magic of Markus Zink

German magician Markus Zink is an original. A student of magic, art, and the art of magic, his unusual contraptions and surreal presentations make his theatrical shows truly unique.

The Many Editions of Harry Houdini

By Bill Winters

The Many Editions of Harry Houdini

Arthur Moses not only collects Houdiniana, he specializes in Houdini in print — every edition of Houdini literature in print. Plus, Moses shares the story of the complete known Houdini voice recordings, along with a transcript.

Plus Updates on…

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  • The 45th annual Academy of Magical Arts Awards
  • Penn & Teller's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Magic 360° in Madrid
  • Indy Magic Monthly's fifth anniversary
  • FLASOMA 2013 in Santiago, Chile
  • Remembrances of Alexander Adrion, De Yip Loo, Hans Moretti, Johnny Lonn, and Peter Reveen


Edited by Gabe Fajuri

EMC The UNmemorized Deck

Fourteen products are reviewed this month by Peter Duffie, Jared Brandon Kopf, Francis Menotti, Arthur Trace:

The Classic Collection 4 by Harry Lorayne
EMC (Essential Magic Conference) 2012
More Memory Man by Joel Givens
Dave's Magical Mysteries Revealed
     with David Williamson
Reswindled by Caleb Wiles
The UNmemorized Deck with Marcelo Insúa
Guerilla Q&A by Jerome Finley
How It's Done by Edward Litzau
Mental Magic by Al Baker
21 with Shin Lim, Donald Carlson, Jose Morales
Tom Stone Lecture
Deluxe Nest of Wallets by Nicholas Einhorn
The Quest for Mastery by Michael Vincent
Street Magic Secrets 1 & 2 by David Penn

Talk About Tricks

Joshua Jay

Talk About Tricks Unconditional Impossibility

We begin with an offbeat method to vanish a pack of cards by Michael Boden, and then explore clever card creations from Kyle MacNeill, J.K. Hartman, and Andrew Hillcoat. Finally, Philip Bynorth delivers a solid Expertalk piece on a useful false cutting sequence.

Les Amis

Gaëtan Bloom & Kevin James

Les Amis A Pure Racket

This is a strange, visual, nearly surrealistic effect. One card is freely chosen and returned to the deck, which is shuffled and then placed on top of a tennis racket. Just by slightly shaking the racket, the cards start to melt through the strings. All of the cards penetrate except for one, and that's the chosen card.

Loving Mentalism

Ian Rowland

Loving Mentalism Printed Prediction

It's a prediction trick this month, but one with a twist. In the majority of prediction effects, the prediction is not seen — and cannot be seen — until the climax of the routine. Also, in many cases, the prediction is seen to be handwritten, which might trigger some suspicions as to when it was created. This month, we have a routine in which a printed prediction is openly displayed right at the start. When later read out by a spectator, the printed prediction contains numerous specific details that no one could have foreseen.

Bent on Deception

Mike Bent

Bent on Deception Sack to the Future, or How an Ugly Prop Redefined the 20th Century

Some magicians might think that the 20th Century Silks should have been left in the 20th century, but to me it's still a great trick. It just needs a facelift. Invented and originally sold by Frank Ducrot in early 1900 — hence the name — it is seldom used in adult shows anymore. Unfortunately, its bastard progeny, the Baffling Bra and 20th Century Shorts, are still thriving in that medium. But the original has become a staple of shows for kids and families. Why? It's a great "bare bones" trick, a nifty skeleton just waiting to be dressed up with a good story. And that's this month's offering (cue trumpets) — The Royal Magic Trick.

50 Years at the Castle

Milt Larsen

50 Years at the Castle Lights, Camera, Reaction — Shrum's Standing Sets

Over the fifty years of the Magic Castle, many films, TV shows, and commercials have used the Castle space as a location. NBC's top art director, John Shrum, designed the Castle from its inception. The Magic Castle was not just a building to John. To him, it was his "standing set." In movie parlance, that's a permanent building on the soundstage or back lot. Every nook and cranny of the Castle was designed with an eye to the camera.

For What It's Worth

Mark Kornhauser

For What It's Worth No Breakfast for the Dead

When the Shakespearean actor Edmund Kean was sick and dying, he famously said to his friends who were taking pity on him, "Dying is easy; comedy is hard." That might be a pretty funny thing to say to your cronies when you are on your deathbed, but there are some real disadvantages to dying. With comedy, you can have a bad set and still go out for breakfast afterwards. But there's no breakfast for the dead.

Paynefully Obvious


Paynefully Obvious Knock it Off

Intellectual property is a subject that's been bandied about quite a bit these days in the magic community, especially online. Scarcely a day goes by that there isn't a post to be found condemning a blatant, yet very reasonably priced rip-off of a trick, or a lengthy discussion about someone selling knockoffs of a recently released DVD, complete with the link so everyone can go see the offending site for themselves. And woe be it to the fledgling illusionist who unwittingly uploads a video of himself performing with a prop that wasn't made by one of its authorized builders. The ensuing firestorm of outrage and indignation just might set his magic career back by several years, if not end it altogether.

Creative Play

Tracy Atteberry & David Parr

Creative Play Collectors

Ideas and inspiration are a bit like bristles from a street sweeper. They can be found all over the place, but first we have to open our awareness and really perceive what's around us. The search for useful information — information that might lead to a new idea — begins with having a keen awareness of our environment.

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