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Closing photos since 2007: Rotogravure
May 2020: Spend time with Dani DaOrtiz's Collection of Weapons; bide your time with broadcasts from David Sandy, Tim Elllis, and the Magic Castle's AMA; and bid adieux to Norm Nielsen, Roy Horn, and Little Richard.
April 2020: Dive into Morgan and West's Parlour Tricks, bid farewell to Joan Lawton, and thank the magicians who have been sharing on the internet.
March 2020: Enjoy Steve Forte's Gambling Sleight of Hand: Forte Years of Research, Lucy Darling's Indulgence at the Chicago Magic Lounge, and an article on Houdini by David Denby in The New Yorker.
February 2020: Take a look at Voodoo Needle by Peter Eggink and Aeon Sun, and bid farewell to E. Raymond Carlyle.
January 2020: Start the new year with Magi-fest 2020, Pepe Carroll's 52 Lovers Through the Looking Glass, and an epochal birthday is enjoyed.
December 2019: Enjoy the season with a 3-way mirror from Sean Yang, and have a moment of silence for Simon Aronson.
November 2019: Give thanks for Eugene Burger: From Beyond by Larry Hass, Carisa Hendrix LIVE from Penguin, and a rewind of Bill Malone LIVE.
October 2019: The fourth Genii convention in Orlando, David Regal's Interpreting Magic, David Regal Goes Psycho (bonus trick), and Steve Spill's Magic Is My Weed.
September 2019: Annemann's Enigma from The Miracle Factory, a Ricky Jay tribute issue of Gibeciere, Nick Trost's Subtle Card Miracles Volume 7, Mind Tricks with Max Major, and Simon Coronel's Magic Smackdown.
August 2019: Noel Britten's Bizarre Bath, close-up magic at the Magic Circle, and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, in London.
July 2019: Rob Zabrecky's Strange Cures, a Steve Spill YouTube stream, and farewell to Mad magazine.
June 2019: Free! Two new Amazing Johnathan documentaries and an SAM lecture by Rob Zabrecky. Plus a belated farewell to John Cornelius.
May 2019: We appreciate Mike Powers' new book Tesseract and four more tricks from Nick Trost's Subtle Card Creations Volume 7, and we introduce a new photo file called Rotogravure.
April 2019: We take a sneak peek at Nick Trost's Subtle Card Creations Volume 7 and a last H&R peek at The Little Egypt Book of Numbers, we visit Matt Baker's The Buena Vista Shuffle Club, and I bid goodbye to Doc Kobler who gave me Bob Dunn's Magic for All, sooo long ago.
March 2019: Consider the hit Broadway play Network and producer Sandy Marshall, NBA coach Bob Weiss, and bid farewell to Johnny Thompson, Gary Darwin, Steve Dusheck, James Hodges, and Marshall Brodien.
February 2019: We behold The Magic Rainbow from Juan Tamariz and enjoy Victorious Triumph from Jim Krenz.
January 2019: We attend Magi-fest 2019 and delve into Harapan Ong's Principia.
December 2018: At long last, Richard Kaufman's DeLand Mystery and Madness and Jim Steinmeyer's Further Impuzzibilities, and `good-bye to Ricky Jay.
November 2018: Be thankful for Steve Cohen's The Millionaires' Magician, Nick Trost's Subtle Card Creations Volume 1, Woody Aragon's Fortune Tarot, and Milt Larsen's Halloween radio broadcast.
October 2018: A look at Simon Coronel's play Glitches in Reality, at Geoff Latta's The Long Goodbye, and at Harry Lorayne's And Finally!
September 2018: A look at the goodies from the USPS, at the audience rapport of Pop Haydn and Lucy Darling, at the Decoded DVD from Morgan & West, and at the Allied Arts of top magicians.
August 2018: We attend MAGIC Live 2018, read Steve Spill's and Rob Zabrecky's new books, enjoy Justin Willman live and Danny Cole on the screen, and bid farewell to David Linsell.
July 2018: A look at a John Lovick linking ring routine, a farewell to Brian Gillis, and coming events to Indiana from Justin Willman and Simon Coronel.
June 2018: A look at my 50th wedding anniversary, at Juan Tamariz's "Chan-Tatachan" TV show, and at the script for Harry Anderson's Wise Guy.
May 2018: A look at Main Event: The Knockout Magic of Caleb Wiles, Harry Anderson LIVE, the Jinx tribute in Genii, internet clips of Harry Anderson, and Harry's high school days.
April 2018: A look at The Magic of Johnny Thompson, Harry Lorayne's Jawdroppers! lecture, and aloha to Harry Anderson.
March 2018: A look at Ed Marlo Secret Lecture, Ben Earl's Real Deck Switches, Andy Nyman's Ghost Stories, and a Little Egypt seance in Bloomington.
February 2018: A look at my non-magic book collection and at Lewis Jones's As If By Magic.
December 2017: Ryan Matney writes a great book, the Little Egypt folks are leaving the neighborhood, and Larry Jennings is fondly remembered.
November 2017: Reviews of Eugene Burger's and Larry Hass's Teaching Magic, J.K. Hartman's Card Devilry, Bob Farmer's The Bammo Gaffus Maximus, Jim Steinmeyer's Unexpected Impuzzibilities, and my Halloween seances, plus photos from and a link to the summer conventions 2017.
October 2017: Enjoy a 3/4 review of the Genii convention, a review of Harry Lorayne's Jaw Droppers! Two, a complete home seance, and a farewell to Philip Morris.
September 2017: I attend a Michael Carbonaro magic show, learn from a John Guastaferro download, and enjoy Glenn Morphew, Liberty Larsen, Steve Marshall, and R. Paul Wilson on flat screens.
August 2017: I conduct a book signing and spooky magic show at Barnes & Noble, and we bid and farewell to Eugene Burger.
July 2017: The IBM/SAM convention in Louisville, Magic, Inc.'s A New Angle and Conjuror at the Table, Allan Slaight's art collection in Illusions, Bob Farmer's Bammo Dekronomicon, and farewell to John Moehring.
June 2017: Bob Farmer's The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox, tempting new magic from The Jerx's JAMM, and Carol Marie's Magic Castle: Beyond the Smoke and Mirrors.
May 2017: John Bannon's Lucky., The Magic Depot's Deck of Slates, and a visit with horror meister Zacherley.
April 2017: Andy's JAMM issue 3, Carol Marie's Magic Castle: Beyond the Smoke and Mirrors, Little Door and other card tricks, and aloha to Chuck Berry.
March 2017: Nick Trost's Subtle Card Creations Volume 6, John Guastaferro's en route, and Happy birthday, Vixen and Bryant on Cards.
February 2017: Magi-fest 2017, Marty Kane's Card ChiKANEry, Bill Neff in Gent, and a new card trick. Happy Valentine's Day.
January 2017: Classic Correspondence from Egyptian Hall Museum Volumes I, II, and III, Curtis Kam Live, and literary Christmas loot from my family. Happy New Year.
December 2016: The Aretalogy of Vanni Bossi, the books of 2016, and classic books from Magic Inc.
November 2016: An alternate title for The Little Egypt Book of Numbers, The Jerx Monthly, a Horace Bennett four ace assembly, and two books for your Christmas shopping list. Your room is ready at McGrave's Hotel.
October 2016: The grand opening of McGrave's Hotel and Milt's 60th anniversary It's Magic! book, a eulogy for MAGIC magazine, and the bound volume of Jules Lenier's Talisman.
September 2016: A look at Handsome Jack etc., The Jerx Volume One, The Secrets of So Sato, Meir Yedid's Heavy Handed and Forces of Nature, and more images of MAGIC Live 2016.
August 2016: A look at MAGIC Live 2016, Chicago Magazine on Chicago magicians, John Bannon's Mentalissimo, Penguin's Bill Malone Live, and Caleb Wiles in concert.
July 2016: A look at the SAM 2016 convention in Indianapolis, at Raj Madhok's Mysteriouser, Mysteriouser, at Lewis Jones's Top Deck, at Angel Idigoras' Adventures of 51 magicians and a fakir, at Penguin Magic Monthly June 2016, and at Steve Valentine's tricks from the Magic Castle library.
June 2016: A look at John Hostler's Magnum Opossum, Dan and Dave Buck's Art of Magic web site, and Joe Stevens' Gemini archive.
May 2016: A look at new magazines from Karl Fulves, at Gene Anderson The Book, at a Penguin lecture from Eugene Burger, and at the cover for McGrave's Hotel.
April 2016: A look at a youngster starting in magic, at Milt Larsen on stage at age six, at a play about the life of Marc Summers, and at goodbyes to Irene Larsen and Paul Daniels.
March 2016: A look at Lewis Jones's Card Party, my first YouTube magic video, Jeff Baham's The Unauthorized Story of Walt Disney's Haunted Mansion, and tearful farewells to Tom Mullica and Irene Larsen.
February 2016: A look Magi-Fest 2016, at Andrew Mayne's magic & mischief, at Eric Leclerc's 3D Sports Paddle from Danny Orleans, and aloha, Jim Patton.
January 2016: A look at Richard Kaufman's Tenyo-ism, Bill Goodwin's Still Waters DVDs, Dan and Dave's "A Tribute to Vernon," a new ruse for Grandmother's Necklace, wishes for 2016 publications, and favorite gifts from Christmases past.
December 2015: A look at 20 years of Little Egypt Magic, at how to move Lucas Mackenzie and the London Midnight Ghost Show up the charts, and at Wladimir's Electric Deck Pro, Jim Steinmeyer's The Affirmative Code, and the Illusionists in London.
November 2015: A look at a streamlined version of Magic 1400s-1950s, Harry Lorayne's Jaw Droppers! and Before I Forget, Patrick G. Redford's Applesauce, the web site The Jerx, Michael Weber's Ten, an Indiana University talk on Sam Loyd, and Martin Gardner's Impromptu. Whew!
October 2015: We attend the Genii convention, The Illusionists/Live from Broadway at Indiana University, and we receive a Neff souvenir from the past.
September 2015: Congrats to Josh Jay and Andi Gladwin for new family members, and a look at Geno Munari's reprint of Advantage Card Playing and Draw Poker, MAGIC Live 2015: The Adventure, and back to Magic Monday with my friends.
August 2015: A retrospective of Stan Allen's first six MAGIC Live! conventions and a set of ebony Jumping Gems from Rich Hill.
July 2015: David Ben's The Experts at the Card Table, Andi Gladwin's Blomberg Laboratories, and Chris Philpott's sexy postcards.
June 2015: The Midwest Magic History Weekend, a wedding in the mountains, and an update on last month's cat illusion.
May 2015: Jim Steinmeyer's Nothing But Mystery and Devilish Impuzzibilities plus a cat illusion from Meir Yedid.
April 2015: Steve Spill's I Lie for Money and Robert Farmer's The Bammo Ten Card Deal Dossier.
March 2015: Lucas Mackenzie and The London Midnight Ghost Show is published, we look at a Scott Wells interview with Shawn Farquhar, a reel magic magazine interview with Brian Gillis, a Jeff Goldsmith podcast with Amazing Randi, and David Regal on YouTube, and Milt requests info for It's Magic! at sixty.
February 2015: Magi-fest 2015 is a winner, as are John Bannon's Destination Zero and Chuck Romano's new edition of Erdnase, plus video of Frank Garcia, Mac King, and Amazing Johnathan.
January 2015: Nick Trost's Subtle Card Creations Volume 5, Joshua Jay's Big Magic for Little Hands, Rich Hill's Magic and Fun Emporium, and Amazing Johnathan's burnunit.tv Final Episode 1 and 2.
December 2014: Michael Perovich's A Vernon Companion, The Skinner Tapes from Richard Kaufman, a Magicol bio of Paul Fox from David Ben, Eugene Burger as the Grinch, librarian and historian Lisa Cousins, and a peek at Lucas Mackenzie and The London Midnight Ghost Show.
November 2014: A delay in Lucas plus considered: Steinmeyer's Treacherous Impuzzibilities, Aronson's Art Decko, Levit's C4, Justin Willman in Bloomington, Giobbi on Twitter, my podcast on iTricks, and a tour of the Lilly Library.
October 2014: Unearthed: Lucas Mackenzie and The London Midnight Ghost Show by me along with McCombical by Billy McComb, Now You See Them, Now You Don't by Bill Weimer, and a YouTube clip of Cyril and a podcast with a presentation for Luna.
September 2014: David Ben's biography of Allan Slaight, Fitzgerald's Who's Hoo tribute to Johnny Carson, and Milt Larsen's new web site. Aloha to Phil Willmarth.
August 2014: Juan Tamariz's repub of The Magic Way, Tom Stone's Runes of Tomorrow, four books from Bill Abbott, Allan Slaight in a sci-fi novel, Burn Unit takes on Piff the Magic Dragon, and Woody Allen centers a film on a magician.
July 2014: The IBM/SAM Combined Convention in St. Louis, Abbott Magic's Dark Matter Secrets, Norman Gilbreath's Beyond Imagination, Al Leech's The Complete Al Leech, and Simon Lovell's Betcha!
June 2014: Indiana University's Lilly Library launches "Spiritualists, Sorcerers & Stage Magicians."
May 2014: A live lecture by Joshua Jay, a recorded lecture by Rob Zabrecky, Tenyo's Ring and Ribbon, Vanish magazine with an article by Steve Spill, an Amy Shumer video, and an Alex Ramon podcast.
April 2014: An April Fool's issue featuring tricks that have fooled me over the years, a Channel Four sitcom, photos of Tamariz at a Friday night Magi-fest session, a Who's Hoo visit with Todd Karr, and a new book, Playing Cards in Photographs.
March 2014: Steve Mayhew's Mayhew/What Women Want, by John Lovick; Stephen Hobbs' Technical Toolbox; Morgan & West's Transmission of Information; J.C. Wagner's 7 Secrets; and the Little Big Book Chandu, the Magician.
February 2014: Magi-fest 2014 takes over Columbus, John Guastaferro writes Seven Wonders, Linda Ronstadt writes Simple Dreams, and Jeff McBride visits Amazing Johnathan.
January 2014: The year begins with bargains: two Jim Steinmeyer books for less than $20 each, Volume 3 of The Vernon Chronicles for less than $10, a great reel magic event for the usual $5 per month, a free Dodd Vickers interview with David Roth, and a free Amazing Johnathan interview with Scott Land.
December 2013: Hofzinser arrives in two volumes, just in time for Christmas. Also: Jim Steinmeyer's The Science Behind the Ghost!, Ken Allen's Tricky Tray, Lance Pierce's Triple Change, Jerry Andrus's Injogto, Dan Castellaneta's and Deb Lacusta's The Banana Tree, and Scott Wells goes mental over "The Night Before Christmas."
November 2013: Another look at Mike Caveney's The Conference Illusions, at The Artful Mentalism of Bob Cassidy Volume II, at Glenn Morphew's Rub-a-Dub Deluxe Suite, at a James Thurber magic quote, at Brian Anderson's The Conjurers comic strip, and at some more photos from my Champaign trip. Highlight of the month: David Blaine's new special on ABC.
October 2013: A look at a Lego haunted house, at a Fulton deck from Dan and Dave, at Dallas and Co., at My Pet Boris, at a Haunted Mansion hourglass, at Ricky Jay's Deceptive Practice, at Steve Valentine's lecture part one, at a Magic Castle issue of Magicol, at the last issue of Prolix, at the Jim Steinmeyer reel magic magazine, at a Corinda e-book, at the new King-Mellencamp musical, at The Bat's and at Pete Biro's memories of the Francisco spook show, and at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign, Illinois.
September 2013: A look at Gaetan Bloom's Full Bloom, at John Bannon's High Caliber, at Scott Wells's Magic Word, at Fitzgerald's Who's Hoo with David Williamson and Orson Bean, and at Amazing Johnathan's Burn Unit with David Saxe and Jack Goldfinger.
August 2013: A look at Mike Caveney's magnum opus, at Richard Kaufman's Japan Ingenious, and at David Charvet's Jarrow.
July 2013: A trip back in time to the 2009 IBM Convention in Nashville and to magic from summers past.
June 2013: A look at the Louisville International Festival of Magic, Illusion, and the Unusual and at Neil Patrick Harris's performance as host of the 2013 Tonys.
May 2013: A look at Vanishing Inc.'s Magic in Mind, two new episodes of Amazing Johnathan's Burn Unit, a low-cost e-book of Don Alan's In a Class by Himself, Erika Larsen's Beyond Brookledge, and a return home for Magi-fest.
April 2013: A look at Amazing Johnathan's new talk show (Burn Unit), Lewis Jones's Persona, Roberto Giobbi's The Art of Switching Decks, Alan Watson's Magic New Zealand with Nick Lewin's Remarkable Magic, and farewell to Roger Ebert.
March 2013: A look at Scott Robinson's Pure Imagination, a new reel magic magazine format option, a shaggy-dog tale from Patrick Culliton, and Richard Wiseman's The Grid.
February 2013: A Happy Valentine's Day look at Magi-fest 2013, John Guastaferro's Discoveries and Deceptions, Darwin Ortiz's Lessons in Card Mastery, Dan and Dave Buck's Ultimate deck, nifty magic wands, and Mia's Magic Tricks from Legos.
January 2013: A look at Nick Trost's Subtle Card Creations Volume 4, Roberto Giobbi's Confidences, Florian Severin's What Lies Inside, and Guy Hollingworth's interview with Derren Brown for EMC 2012.
December 2012: An appraisal of Milt Larsen on the eve of the Magic Castle's 50th anniversary and on the publication of My Magical Journey, a look at the December 2012 issue of MAGIC, and a review of a Magic with a Christmas Theme.
November 2012: Maskelyne and Devant's Our Magic and Simon Lovell's Simon Says as e-books, the 75th Anniversary issue of Genii, Vincent Hedan's Mnemosyne and web site, and issue 30 of reel magic with reviews of Chad Long tricks.
October 2012: The 75th Anniversary Genii Bash, a magic fundraiser for President Obama, Steve Beam's Trapdoor 3, the new Magic Castle playing cards, and Dean Martin does card tricks.
September 2012: Vanishing, Inc. publishes J.K. Hartman's Card Dodgery, The Award-Winning Magic of John Cornelius becomes available as an e-book, and David Ben publishes a stunning issue of Magicol featuring The Joy of Posters.
August 2012: We attend Abbott's 75th Get-Together, and the third Essential Magic Conference, we perform a ton of cool magic tricks, and we install the Jinx Companion on our iPad. Thanks to David Linsell for awesome photos.
July 2012: We attend The False Deal convention in Columbus and acquire digital books from Senator Crandall and Jeff McBride along with a 90-minute lecture download from David Williamson.
June 2012: A look at Walt Disney World, at Daytona Magic, at some favorite Dani DaOrtiz tricks, at recent Genii, MAGIC, and reel magic issues, and aloha, Ray Bradbury.
May 2012: A look at the 43rd Magic Collectors Weekend, at Christiaan Lopez-Miro's Smoke and Mirrors, at Ireland's Yearbook 1961, at Charlie Frye's "The Man Behind the Chip," and at Karl Fulves's Prolix issue 9.
April 2012: A look at Bill Goodwin's Evolution, at Charlie Randall's The FFFF Book, at Illusionology, at Kozak/Inside Comedy, and at the new iPad app from Vanishing Inc.
March 2012: An "all babe" issue with Saratoga Ballantine on Who's Hoo, Tina Lenert with new lecture notes, Erin Morgenstern (author of The Night Circus), and the Mona Lisa.
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