The Multiplying Books

It’s springtime in Magic Bookie Land, new titles just keep popping up everywhere like mushrooms on a wet day!

Just about two weeks ago, Penguin Magic brought out Juan Tamariz‘s opus magnum, The Magic Rainbow. You may want to GET THIS NOW. Yes, it’s 149 Euro, but it has almost 600 pages and costs about what you paid for the last four or five “latest wonders” or overpriced one trick DVDs, so why worry? This one is likely to serve you a lifetime supply of brain food to understand magic better and to make you a much better performer.

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Last week, Dover published a Kindle edition of How to Make a Living as a Professional Magician: Business First, Sleight-of-Hand Later by Matt Patterson. It’s an updated version of his 1997 manual, Blood, Sweat, and Pinky Breaks, which I had been unaware of before. The price is 12,45 Euro.

Only today I noticed a revised and extended edition of JosePepe” Carroll‘s two volume modern card magic classic, 52 Lovers, now advertised as 52 Lovers Through the Looking-Glass over at Vanishing Inc. The price is 70 Dollars.

Vanishing Inc. have also just started a new line of booklets called Astonishing Essays, which are pigeon-holed somewhere between lecture notes and books. The first three out of ten booklets planned feature Steve Cohen, Rob Zabrecky and an unnamed Prison Magician (with a lifetime sentence).

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By the way, Steve Cohen also put out a fine graphic novel just recently, The Millionaires’ Magician. The price is 24,99 Dollar, and you can catch a full online preview here.

Oh, and not to forget our very own Pit Hartling, who has just republished his acclaimed first book, Card Fictions, and his more recent, but quickly-out-of-print mem deck oeuvre, In Order to Amaze. Prices are 35 and 52 Euro.

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Für unsere deutschsprachigen Zauberfreunde: Thorsten Havener hat ganz frisch ein neues Buch am Markt. Sag es keinem weiter: Warum wir Geheimnisse brauchen beginnt mit einer sehr berührenden, persönlichen Geschichte des Autors. Danch reitet er flott durch einen Wust von Gedanken und Anekdoten, Studienergebnissen und Info-Häppchen. Im Mittelteil dürften dann auch viele Zauberfreunde auf ihre Kosten kommen und manchem vertrauten Namen und Prinzip begegnen. Der Preis: 16 Euro.

Erdnase

Bei Amazon ist am 11. Februar Der Experte am Kartentisch von S.W Erdnase auf deutsch erschienen. Der Untertitel: “Wie Sie erfolgreich manipulieren und meisterhaft zaubern”. Nun ja. Ob es sich bei dieser Veröffentlichung des Nikol Verlages um die bekannte Übersetzung von Christian Scherer handelt, konnte ich noch nicht feststellen. Der Preis: 7,95 Euro.


 

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Magic Exhibitions in London

Speaking of magic exhibitions: “Staging Magic” has opened in London and promises to tell “the story behind the illusion.” It will be enhanced by special events and film screenings. You can see it at the Senate House Library, which is part of the University of London, until June 15th.

Staging Magic London

Another exhibition, “Smoke and Mirrors”, will open April 11th at the Wellcome Collection in London and run until September 15th. On that occasion, a new book on magic will be published: “Spectacle of Illusion” by Matthew Tompkins, who, according to the site, “recently became the first member of the Magic Circle to be admitted on the basis of a peer-reviewed scientific publication.”

Spec of Illusion


 

We blinded them with science

Recent years have seen a surge in scientific research around the hidden forces of deception. Names like Kuhn, Wiseman, Fraps, Martinez-Conde and Machnik come to mind. Soon, another book by Dr. Kuhn will appear on our bookshelf:

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Read more about it here.

BTW, the next Science of Magic Conference will be held in Chicago in July, more details to be found here.

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Woooooooooowwwww!!!!!

Simply amazing: My birthday’s coming up, and this book is coming out! Finally, after years and years and decades of waiting: 600 pages of pure insight and wisdom (I guess), by magic’s biggest treasure alive and our most beloved Maestro, Mr. Juan Tamariz.

Screw those flying unicorns; I want THIS rainbow!

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Update: Got mine! About 100 pages in, and I find myself nodding and nodding again… Transcendental lucidity!


 

New Directions (4): Some Weird Magic Books and Movies and Songs

Books

Some books probably only magicians would like to read:

  1. Woofle Dust Memories by Woody Allen
  2. Harry’s Potter Index by Jon Racherbaumer
  3. Gone With the Wind: A Loose Encyclopedia of Outdoor Silk Magic by Asi Wind
Movies

Some movies surely only majishuns would go see at their local theater:

  1. B’Waveheart starring Mel Gibson and Max Maven
  2. Card Rebel Without a Case with James Dean and Dean Dill (and without Justin Case)
  3. Card Wars featuring Darth Sadowitz and Richard Skywalker
Songs

Some pop songs probably only magicians would enjoy:

  1. “Anniversary Waltzing Matilda” (Tom Waits)
  2. “Sultans of Swing Cuts” (Dire Straits)
  3. “Shine On You Crazy Ace of Diamond” (Pink Floyd)
  4. “Alive and Shuffling” (Simple Minds)
  5. “You’ve Lost That Pinkie Feelin'” (The Righteous Brothers)
  6. “I Still Haven’t Found (The Card I Was Looking For)” (U2)
  7. “All You Zombies Hide Your Traces” (The Hooters)

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New Directions: The Books & DVD Department

Geniial and untiring columnist Jon Drachenbaumer briefly suffered from acute bookitis and had had an appendix removed. He’s doing better now, as he writes and wrings in his latest ebook tome of 16 pages, Onward Journées.

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As the electronic mentalism craze is dwindling, rumour has it that master mentalists Luke Warm and Richard Osterhas are joining forces on the next big thing: a groundbreaking 5 DVD set, Feather Flowers and Balloon Animals in Mentalism.

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We are also eagerly awaiting the colorful autobiography of New York City’s own Meshug A. Klutz, Fun, Games, and Schnitzels: 30 Years of Cutting Edge at My Mitzvah Magic Bar.