Zu den angekündigten Auktionen der gewaltigen Sammlungen von Ken Klosterman und Ricky Jay gibt es nun nähere Informationen. Bei Potter&Potter ist der Katalog zu Klostermans Kostbarkeiten (Teil 1) jetzt online. Die Anschlagzettel, Bücher und Plakate von Jay hingegen sind alle einzeln bei Sotheby’s gelistet. Unter den mehr als 630 Loten, die einen Millionenbetrag einbringen dürften, befinden sich auch einige Stücke in deutscher Sprache, etwa Programmzettel von Bosco und Hofzinser sowie Houdinis berühmtes Plakat mit der “Ehrenerklärung”. Zur Versteigerung kommen auch fast 40 (!) Werke von und zu Matthias Buchinger, dem “kleinen Mann von Nürnberg”, dem Jay ja auch ein eigenes Buch gewidmet hat.
Man darf es getrost als Sensation bezeichnen, aber zugleich auch als “Ankommen in der Wirklichkeit” begrüßen: Der altehrwürdige Magic Circle in London hat nach internen Querelen einen neuen Präsidenten gewählt – und dieser ist tatsächlich weiblich, 28 Jahre jung und heißt Megan Swann. Auch das Amt des Vizepräsidenten besetzt mit Katherine Rhodes nun eine Frau. Bis 1991 war Frauen noch nicht einmal eine Mitgliedschaft im Magic Circle möglich. Kurios: In der Aufregung nennt die Meldung auf der vereinseigenen Webseite nicht mal ihren Vornamen…
Da ging es doch fast unter, dass kürzlich auch – in digitaler Zeremonie – die jährlichen Magic Circle Awards verliehen wurden.
Die Science of Magic Association (SOMA) lädt heute zu einem weiteren kostenlosen Webinar in der Reihe “Conversations on Science Magic and Society”. Diesmal lautet das Thema “Magic & Creativity”. Beginn ist um 2 Uhr EST, es wird aber auch im Nachgang eine Aufzeichnung der Diskussion bereitgestellt. Nähere Informationen gibt es hier.
Wie Richard Kaufman vermeldet, hat Tenyo erst gestern ein YouTube-Video mit den kommenden Tricks hochgeladen:
Borettihat diese Woche die 900. Ausgabe seines “Wortes zum Sonntag” herausgegeben. Der Newsletter mit Nachrichten, Links, Angeboten und mitunter kontroversen Diskussionsthemen erscheint seit 2002 beinahe jede Woche. Herzlichen Glückwunsch zu dieser eindrucksvollen Leistung!
Bei Chris Wasshubers Lybrary.com sind die Genii-Jahrgänge von 1936 bis 2012 nun auch einzeln in digitaler Form käuflich zu erwerben. Der Preis beträgt jeweils 25 Dollar.
Christian Knudsen hat jetzt für seinen Online-Zauberhandel auch eine englischsprachige Webseite aufgesetzt. Sie ist erreichbar unter Heartblood Magic.
Nicht ganz neu, aber dieser “zauberhafte” Werbespot für Airwaves Kaugummi wurde mir zumindest vor ein paar Tagen zum ersten Mal bei YouTube eingespielt.
Or take the time to read Paco Nagata‘s fine book, The Passion of an Amateur Card Magician, which is an enlightening labor of love on 554 pages. It’s huge, and you can download it for free here.
Jamy Ian Swiss wrote 71 (!) masterful essays for Magicana featuring and analyzing many of the leading practitioners of magic, accompanied by carefully selected performance videos. You can find them here.
The Science of Magic Association has provided their newsletter readers with a lovely list of “SOMA’s Social Isolation Suggestions,” which includes several links both to videos and interesting websites. Check it out here.
Magic historian and publisher Marco Pusterla kindly offers you free access to any back issue of his Ye Olde Magic Mag.Learn here how to get access.
The Conjuring Arts Research Center has just started their “FREE Quarantine Book Club” which offers six classic books of magic while you are stuck ast home.
Or check out Paul Romhany‘s VANISH magazine. It’s a change bag full of diverse topics, and I feel there’s always at least one interesting piece in each issue. The eight latest issues can be downloaded for free here. No. 69 also contains some corona quarantine tips from various magicians (plus a nifty card trick of mine!).
Go see my recent post on some of my personal heroes and wizards of the world wide web. There’s a lot more free stuff to get and to digest via the links I have compiled there.
Head over to lybrary.com or to any other magic dealer. Check out their free downloads, but also try to spend a few bucks, if you can, to help support the magic community in this new age of anxiety. And get some new books, manuscripts, or tricks in order to learn and improve in the arts. Just two examples that will keep you busy for a while:
Lybrary.com offers, among many other things, three volumes of Lives of the Conjurers by Professor Solomonfor free here. Hundreds of pages for a nice and easy read. In fact, they currently have a total of 135 (!) publications that you can get for free – see them all here.
Vanishing Inc. has, among other things, Magic in Mind for free. A few years ago, Joshua Jay “set out to assemble some of the most important, influential, and helpful essays on magic ever written, and make them available to all serious students of magic for free.” That’s 500 pages of great thinking and inspiration!
Whoops, we have just missed a weekend of free access to Kozmo‘s site, Reel Magic, which he offered in order to “enjoy the weekend, learn some magic and forget about all of this crap that’s happening around us.” Nice! However, one issue of of his DVD series (No. 41) remains accessible for free. Check it out here.
Chris Michael and Danny Orleans (the latter a co-founder of AmazeKids) are working on a preschool theme show. In their words, it’s “about how to prevent the spread of the virus. You can bet it’ll be a perfect program for them when schools re-open.” Both are currently writing a complete script for it, but they allow you to create your own themed show based around their ideas, which I find quite amazing, kids, and very generous. The Title is “Scrub-a-Dub-Dub” and you can download a free outline here.
Nick Lewin shares “Five ways to be positive” in these times in his blog post here.
Silly Billy (David Kaye) was quick in putting together a free ebook called 11 Things Every Performer Should Do During The Coronavirus Quarantine. It’s useful and a quick, fun read.
Magician and magic publisher Wittus Witt and FISM Honorary President Eric Eswin are sharing their thoughts on the magic future after COVID-19 in a special issue of Witt’s magic magazine. Their text is printed in English, Spanish, French and German, and it comes with a nice paper-cutting trick to make corona virus disappear from our planet. You can download the issue for free here.
Videos: As the Portland Magic Jam also had to be cancelled, each of the four headliners (Max Maven, Shawn Farquhar, Stephen Bargatze, and John Shryock) kindly agreed to do a small online video lecture – for free. It’s scheduled for Saturday, March 28, 1:00 p.m. in Portland, Oregon (which should be Pacific Standard Time).
Tim Ellis currently interviews other magicians nightly from his Laneway Theatre in Melbourne, Australia. Recent guests have included Michael Close, David Regal, and Gaston.
Haven’t heard much from the UK’s Magiflix project recently, but they do have a small free video section available here where you can learn the “Pre-Prefiguration” card trick (by Jennings/Elsdon), which is astonishing, simple, and totally impromptu.
Carisa Hendrix shares her lovely magic comedy stage show “Indulgence” with her alter ego, Lucy Darling, for free here.
If you are more into High Brow entertainment, why don’t you check outTeller‘s production of Macbeth, which he directed a few years ago?
There are two magic streaming events coming up – and they are free of charge. But please consider donating to the artists or to charities which help coping with corona!
Vanishing Inc. will be hosting “ShareMagic:Live” on April 5th at 12 pm NYC time. You need to register in advance for the event. Artists include Morgan and West, Harapan Ong, Caroline Ravn, Jim Krenz, Daniel Garcia, Andi Gladwin, Joshua Jay, and more.
Update: If you missed it, you can now download and watch the entire session for free here.
German magicians Marcus Weissenberg and Till Frömmel have also gathered together a great line-up of artists for their “Magic at Home Livestreamfestival” on YouTube and Instagram. It will run on three consecutive nights from April 3rd to 5th, always starting at 6 pm German time. Featured artists include Topas, Wolfgang Moser, Gaston Florin, Simon Pierro, Moritz Müller, and many others more. Follow the event here (Day 1).
Plus: Already looking forward to this treas(h)ure from Milk Can Magic Motion Pictures!
NOT FREE, BUT…
Many famous pros and teachers like Alexander de Cova or Roberto Giobbi are using the current hiatus to offer or intensify paid private coachings. Check them out if you have the time and the money to improve on your techniques, scripts, or creativity!
Do you remember the world’s first magic online convention a decade ago? The Essential Magic Conference ran for three consecutive years, with an amazing line-up of talents, and produced a total of 97 lectures on 48 hours of tape. You can get the entire Trilogy set of 24 DVDs currently with a 50% Covid discount here.
Upcoming: The Magicians Forum will be running a Live gathering on Friday, May 15 and 16th. Its a 2 day virtual event with a nice line up and break out sessions. Performers include Rafael Benatar, Allan Ackerman and Mike Powers. Registration is $5.99 per person. You can find out more about it here.
This is probably how the late great Ricky Jay would have attacked and killed the coronavirus:
Work on new ideas, thoughts, moves, tricks, and presentations! Time is on your hands. Bingeviewing may make you happy, bingeforumsurfing may make you miserable, but both options won’t make you much smarter or better in anything…
Read or learn other stuff outside of magic. The other day, my younger boy created this fine rendition for me of America’s Premier Illusionist, Master Showman Deceptionist, Mindblowing Mentalillist, Global Bizarrist and Super-Factual Contortionist, THE GREAT DONALDILI (and it just took him a few minutes). Pure magic! I’d like to learn that, too! So far, I can only cut out and move around stuff in Powerpoint…
Maybe you are more into arts and craft? Then check out the art of Orimoto. It’s about cutting and folding book pages in order to create relief-like images or words. Barbara Giobbi does them beautifully, and they are for sale. Learn more about it here.
Make plans for the future, or at least give it a thought: How will we emerge from this global crisis? What changes are likely to happen in your personal environment, your business or maybe in your career? Do you already have a plan B? What do you want to change?
There may be lots of problems ahead; but what about the opportunities? If you’re a magician, conjure up some good spirit for yourself and for others and get to work!
Finally: Use your head! Be cautious, be sensible, take care of your loved ones and yourself, and please stay safe!
Within a few days, another major work on Erdnase has been announced, this time by Todd Karr. He claims nothing less than a “massive new biography of the actual author” including “rare photos of the author performing moves from the book” plus “the author’s own annotations to The Expert at the Card Table,” and “all evidence carefully documented; no speculation.”
Quite a promise! Let’s see if Karr delivers and if his two-volume book will actually be “coming summer 2020”!
Richard Kaufman has just called Karr’s candidate “beyond preposterous,” though. And Denis Behr writes, “I’m fascinated, but skeptical.”
I’ll sit back and enjoy the upcoming skirmishes and revelations, but I certainly won’t break any of my Golden Rules of Magic:
(1) The secret is not the secret.
(2) Be prepared.
(3) Be natural.
(4) You cannot buy miracles.
(5) Never preorder.
Nonetheless, it’s probably time to lay our bets on the table now and to take sides before these two exciting books will be out!
As far as I’m concerned, I’d love to learn one day that Dr. JameS W. E lliott, known both as “Champion Card Manipulator of the World” amongst magicians and “The Boston Kid” amongst card sharps, was in fact ErDmaSe…uumm…Erdnase! Not the most improbable candidate I have seen… Maybe research should shift more towards him?
1954 erfand und vermarktete Werner Geissler-Werry das “Schlangenseil” – ein Seil, das in eine Tüte voller Spielkarten gehalten wird und dort eine vorher gewählte Karte in einer Schlinge “einfängt”. Das Kunststück ist bis heute in Variationen auf dem magischen Markt erhältlich. Nun, ganze 66 Jahre später, kommt es auch in der 2020-Kollektion von Tenyo zu neuen Ehren, unter dem Titel “Miracle Fishing” (T-293) und mit einem neuen Gimmick von Kenichi Komiya.
Schade nur, dass Richard Kaufman im aktuellen Genii Magazine (Dezember 2019) den Urheber fälschlich als “Werry Geissler” bezeichnet…
Alle neuen Tenyo-Tricks für 2020 gibt es hier zu sehen.
In general, the suffix “-ism” tends to indicate the ending of a rather unpleasant word, think fascism, communism, racism, or FISM (disclaimer: no relations between these). Beyond that, many -isms seem to have in common that they describe a hierarchial belief system which is based on a strict yet simple manifesto with (pseudo) religious undertones; their proponents feel chosen and superior and, therefore, air dedication and determination; they share strong convictions, a simplistic “we vs. them” view of the world and, sadly, a tendency to sentence, banish or even harm dissenters.
The same applies, along less violent terms, to Tenyoism, which roughly translates as the plastic ersatz religion of arousing childlike pleasure by immersing yourself into buying, hoarding, displaying or playing with Tenyo miniature magic props, which are cheap and colorful, sometimes ingenious, and often a bit shabby and embarrassing. (In other words, a bit like sex toys, only for older boys.)
Collectors drip and drivel when you casually mention strange lingo like “Parabox” or “Magic Coin Case”. They are also willing to pay serious money for rare pieces in perfect condition, which often means “unopened”, which in itself signifies the eternal conflict of burning desire vs. cool self-restraint: by buying the desired item but refraining from opening it, you transcend the cheap urge to play or to perform. Instead, you purify yourself by worshipping The Prop for its sheer presence and beauty in and out of itself.
Despite their cheap appeal you cannot help but admire many of these Tenyo creations. They foreshadow redemption from us majishuns’ eternal search for the next “real” big thing that we can actually perform, as they promise the perfect miracle in your hands: easy to do, instant reset, usually very visible magic, and sometimes even examinable props. In a few cases, Tenyo tricks are just that: Some of the best close-up miracles you will ever find and ever do.
Besides, magic masters like Tom Stone and many others ably demonstrate what’s in a toy and how to develop great routines that go well beyond Tenyo’s brief instruction sheets.
Take a look, for example, at this clever, organic performance of Tenyo’s Zig Zag Cig (T-110) here:
Like every religion, this one has their bible, too. It’s a two-volume hardbound book teaching and preaching the gospel, published by Richard Kaufman only recently, and it’s aptly called, well, Tenyo-ism. Buy it!
Some links on Tenyo to further whet your appetite: