On The Davenport Collectionwebsite which I mentioned and recommended a few days ago, I came across this funny bit in a fine article on “Booksellers, collectors, and rogues” by David Price (the British one) about the fine line between magic books and conjuring books, at least back in the Fifties:
I wonder whether similar “magic” code words exist(ed) in other languages as well?
Horst Vegas, self-proclaimed Senior Boy Wonder of Magic and an unfailing Lota Bowl of Wizzdom, shares another of his tinny-tiny Golden Showbiz Rules & Recommendations:
Most trick descriptions in magic magazines make three kinds of people happy: the authors, for seeing their name in print; the editors, for having filled at least two dreaded pages without much ado; and most readers, for thinking „I could have come up with something better (if only I would)!”
According to the latest buzz from overseas, card wizard and beer connoisseur Denis Behr has just been inducted into the Magic Beer Hall of Fame in Shaumkron, Illinois!
The press photo(shopped) below shows the inductee silently admiring snapshots from his own masterpiece, the world-famous Bierglas Effect (sadly often misspelled as “Berglas”), while soothing Herbert, the slightly envious rubber-band, inside his left pocket.
The other day, my eager apprentice, Heinrich the Magic Hare, and I tried to come up with a trick using a magic spinner for a trade press contest. Instead, however, he ended up having fun spinning and spinning for hours!
A very special Kickstarter project has just closed: It pledged to revitalize the already hopelessly overhyped Jerry’s Nugget Casino Playing Cards big style.
According to the project page, this one is run by the Expert Playing Card Company/Bill Kalush. The project also offers a long “special thanks to” list, featuring, among others, Lee Asher, Danny Garcia, the Buck Twins, David Blaine, Garrett Thomas, Harapan Ong, Michael Weber, and the Chief Genii, Richard Kaufman. Wondering what nuggets all theses gentlemen contributed?
And boy, this thing flew: When the hammer fell, this project had collected more than 477,000 Dollars from almost 4,100 supporters and had generated 1,200+ commentaries! Which comes to show again that us majishuns are a nostalgic, money-blowing herd of unimaginative copy cats, aren’t we? (Yet a lovable bunch!)
I’m afraid magic videos and magazine photos will soon be littered with this cheap, inelegant, eye-cancer causing design. Yuk! (Just my opinion. I better hide now before Jerry’s Nuggeteers spread all over me to cut me and palm me off!)
If you are slightly annoyed about this, too, you might want to try the Chicken Nugget Playing Cards instead (see below). Go find them on ebay if you think these are even more irresistable. I could see a great but meaningless mental card food trick coming up with these…
Obwohl Briten und nicht Amerikaner, haben sich Richard Wiseman und Will Houstoun gemeinsam und geschickt des 50. Jubiläums der Mondlandung durch Apollo 11 angenommen. Mit einem schönen, analogen Kartentrick – garantiert ohne CGI! – erzählen sie die Geschichte nach. Charmant!
Das erinnert mich an einen alten Päckchentrick mit Astronauten, den ich vor Jahrzehnten mal (bei Werry?) gekauft habe. Ich glaube, da ging es um den Wettlauf der Russen und Amerikaner zum Mond…
The other day, my eager apprentice, Heinrich the Magic Hare, was bound to familiarize himself with some old Werry plastic props. However, I could see in his face that he got carried away and fancied himself the Master of the Universe in his command center!