Tom Mullica's tragic death in February cut short a return to magic by a legendary comedian and sleight-of-hand artist.
Bonus Content for the April Issue...
Fourteen products are reviewed this month by Peter Duffie, Jason England, Gabe Fajuri, Rory Johnston, Jared Kopf, Francis Menotti, Peter Pitchford, John Wilson: Tenyoism
by Richard Kaufman Helix
by Tom Elderfield Gone Deck
by Shin Lim Money, Money!
by Justin Pablo Cold Case
by Gregory Wilson Adventures of a Kid Magician
by Scott Flom & Judy Flom Hill The Full Monty
by Liam Montier Stapled
by Adam BurtonOkito Coin Box
by Dan Alex Camera Tricks
by Casshan Wallace Contrast
by Victor Sanz Sweet Penetration
by Jabrizy Taylor Force of Will
by Dave Hooper
First Look: In Order to Amaze
The memorized deck holds a special place in my repertoire. Ever since I first got in touch with it sometime in the mid '90s, a performance of card magic for me usually involves two decks - one shuffled and one memorized. My first book covered some of my work with the shuffled deck; the time has now come to have a look at the other one. Physics tells us that lifting an object increases its potential energy. Similarly, I like to imagine that every time we arrange our cards in memorized order, we are really charging the pack. In Order to Amaze, then, suggests a number of ways to turn this energy into amazement. The following trick, Catch Me If You Can, is a two-deck, two-phase sandwich routine that contrasts sleight of hand with hands-off test conditions. It also uses a somewhat offbeat method that makes me smile every time I do it.
First Look: Patrick Page Audio Archive
When Patrick Page died in 2010, he left behind a legacy in magic, including a series of interviews conducted in the UK in 1977. This archive contains over forty hours of largely unreleased interviews with Page's friends, may of whom are magic legends. Patrick's daughter Janette Page says, "My dad was a great interviewer because of his knowledge of his subjects. They all talk about their careers, the tricks they did, and why. Plus he prods them a bit on personal stuff, too. It is a very large snapshot of a wonderful and fertile period of magic history, and has so many fascinating insights of the greats then, to be heard again now." What follows are brief excerpts from recordings with Jay Marshall, Cy Enfield, and Maurice Fogel.
Making Magic: Bank Job
Bank Job is designed to allow you to easily write a custom presentation tailored for your clients. It's the kind of personal touch that gets you remembered and leads to repeat bookings. The effect has one of my favorite magical moments. Right up to the end, the audience thinks they have the trick figured out. Then you sweep the rug from under their feet - a demonstration of the "not perfect enough" theory in action. Here is my presentation for magicians, in which I poke fun at six of our magical peers. But you can easily customize the effect for any interest group by simply changing a few names.
Loving Mentalism: Prediction Backwards
Guest contributor Art Vanderlay has come up with a delightful new twist on standard prediction effects: it's a routine in which you predict the future backwards! More specifically, it's an intriguing and highly entertaining item in which you apparently receive a phone call from yourself in the future, giving you all the information you need to make a successful "prediction." It sounds weird - and it is - but it takes your audience on a fascinating excursion into temporal paradox. What's more, it's easy to do, and the one thing you need to make it work is free!
Bent on Deception: I'm a Loner, Dottie. A Rebel.
I think my "Mike Bent: Illusionist" phase was a common experience for magicians of my generation. There was so much cool magic going on, and I wanted to be part of it. I think it's the same reason why everyone in a more recent generation wanted to become "street magicians." Fortunately, I figured out early on that I wasn't cut out to be the next David Copperfield. That harsh realization was softened by a resurgence of comedy magic, fueled by people like Larry Wilson, Harry Anderson, and Penn & Teller. I felt that in them I had found my "tribe," and I haven't looked back. But every now and then, I do miss one thing from my box-pushing days: assistants.
The Monk's Way: Techless Multiplex Reset
Developing a subtle approach to a Multiple Cards to Pocket, Interchange, Ambidextrous combination sounds improbable. However, by applying the loose tenets of the Monk's Way, I cobbled together the following working model. In this effect, the four Kings and Deuces are shown and signed. The Kings are each placed in four different pockets. One at a time, the Deuces change to Kings. The Deuces are shown in each pocket and replaced. Next, the Kings in your hands change to Deuces, and the Kings are shown in the four pockets. The Kings are then placed on top of the four Deuces. The packet is pressed and the Deuces are shown to have vanished and are removed from the four pockets.
For What It's Worth: Eight Seconds
Microsoft recently released a study intended to make their customers a little more comprehensible to their marketers. In 2000, the average human attention span, they claimed, was twelve seconds. In 2013, the average human attention span was eight seconds. Eight seconds may seem like a lifetime if you are riding a bull, but performers have to think about sixty minutes of riding a bull - so to speak.
Walkabout Soup: Advice for Young Magicians
I recently went to the Magi-Fest convention in Columbus, Ohio, and enjoyed myself. It was a good convention, solidly run and well organized. One thing that particularly impressed me was the level of attention given to encouraging and supporting young magicians. There was an event specifically focused on advice for younger magicians, and a large blank section of wall where experienced magicians were encouraged to write down advice they had for younger ones. Being so busy with other things at the convention, I didn't have time to think about what I wanted to write. Now that I've had more time to chew it over, this is what I would say to young people interested in magic.