Words of Wisdom (8): Lloyd E. Jones

I have just discovered this little nugget by Lloyd E. Jones, written in the introduction to his re-publication of The Four Full Hands by Charles T. Jordan in 1947:

The pleasure to be found in discovering principles or subtleties in print often surpasses the joy in performing, for to most magicians there is a greater opportunity to read good magic than there is to perform.

So true!


 

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Ever Noticed? (3)

Ever noticed? “Invisible Thread” is the greatest marketing ploy ever invented in magic. At least on a well-lit stage. Duh!

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Ever noticed? “Password” and “123456” are among the most widely used passwords in the world. And we do expect strangers to remember a playing card for two minutes? Really?

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Ever noticed? Even mentalists seem unable to predict the publishing dates of their forthcoming books correctly.


Words of Wisdom (5): Robbie Williams

„You can’t manufacture a miracle.“

Opening line from the song „Something Beautiful“, written by Guy Chambers and Robbie Williams. (You can find it on the album Escapology from 2003.)


And you can’t buy one either, I might add. Yes, there’s push-button tricks out there, but there is no such thing as self-working magic. Get over it!


A Word on The Jerx

Seriously, guys, gals, and fellow majishuns, there are a lot more sites out there which offer better magic entertainment, education and enlightenment than this one.

One of my favorites, which has thankfully seen a gorgeous revival recently, is a magic blog called The Jerx. (Those of you who deserve to be here will recognize at once the allusion to the time-honored The Jinx.) Its only “problem” to some may be the fact that most posts are pretty long and air deep thinking about magic methods and effects; thus, they are harder to digest than your average YouBurp video or tweet. But usually it’s well worth the effort. It’s also a lot of fun.

Here are two great recent “shorties” from Andi, the guy behind The Jerx:

The only way to improve the Repeat Bill in Lemon is to do the trick two less times.

If your premise involves anthropomorphizing something, you’re probably on your way to Shit City presentationally.

So true!