This Week In Magic | 7th May 2020
By - Wednesday, May 6, 2020
An "Old Fashioned" Book
Chicago has a rich heritage of magic, and it's being continued with the incredible Chicago Magic Lounge. Founded in 2015 as an homage to the incredible Chicago bar and restaurant magic scene, the aim was to reintroduce close-up and parlor magic to an adult audience. And the author of our latest book was a founding ensemble member there and now is their Head Magician.
As you'd imagine, working every night in this kind of unusual and astounding setting gives a performer the chance to refine and hone material to perfection. To distill, if you will, every element of your magic. And that's exactly what Ryan Plunkett has done with our latest release. 220 pages that contain just 10 tricks. But a book that goes into such detail, such thought, such precision you know all you'll get is pure gold.
When you buy Distilled you'll be buying just the very best material taken straight out of this amazing magician's working repertoire. Tricks that have not only stood the test of time, but have been pruned, tweaked, improved to a state where every move, every thought, every beat is just, well, right. Devious methods, fresh plots and brilliant magic.
We'll leave you with what Harapan Ong had to say about the book: “Ryan Plunkett is my favorite type of magician. He thinks and analyzes his repertoire like a true professional, and his passion for his craft shines through in all of his work. This book contains some of his A-list material, and you'd be crazy not to check it out!”
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Trick of the Week: "Fragment"
In these strange times, we're all finding ourselves performing virtually more and more. After you've found the four aces a few times and done some color changes, what should you do next? This is what you do next. Michael Murray's thinking is next level and this is no exception. Yes, on the face of it, you can say it's an ACAAN. But it's so much more. Watch the trailer now. Watch the trailer now.
Book of the Week: Magic Mail
Do you remember how exciting the mail was when you were a kid? We do. Josh does. So he made the mail even more magical with his latest release. Every day for a month, your kid will “magically” get a new postcard or letter from Josh that teaches them about a different country. This is stunning. Buy it for your own children, or your friends. Or both!
Deck of the Week: Pop Star
Some people think you cannot mix mentalism with playing cards. But the possibilities these new Pop Star cards provide suggests those people may be wrong... You'll recognise the court cards as they feature musicians from Elvis to Snoop Dogg via Queen and Hendrix. Make perfect predictions, or simply enjoy the iconic design for magic or cardistry. Printed on premium crushed USPCC stock. Only 2,500 have been made.
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Today's guest is a actual real-life professor. An academic. A magician. A skeptic. A viral video creator. It's none other than the amazingly clever Professor Richard Wiseman.Listen to The Insider podcast
We hope you and yours are staying safe and well. If you want something to practise during these strange times, have a look at Instagram's @sleightlyobsessed's first release with us. A gorgeous, technical color change that's so much fun to learn. And has other applications, like a really sneaky card to pocket. Check it out here.
Andi Gladwin and Joshua Jay
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