February 2012: Happy Valentine's Day. Treats include a trip to London's Magic Circle, a trip to Ohio's 81st Magi-fest, a look at John Guastaferro's new e-book, and a happy birthday to Hermene Clarke.
January 2012: Happy New Year, reviewing a Christmas that brought Patrick Page's Magic Page by Page, Tom Stone's Maelstrom, David Acer's More Power to You, and Dani DaOrtiz's Utopia. Wow.
December 2011: We review Joshua Jay's lecture, The Book of Revelations by Lewis Jones, and Hugo by Martin Scorcese.
November 2011: We review Magical Mathematics by Persi Diaconis and Ron Graham and Flying Carpet by Tenyo and Lubor Fiedler.
October 2011: We review Dave Buck's If an Octopus Could Palm, Helder Guimaraes' Ontology Project, Steve Beam's The Trapdoor Volume Two, Roger Ebert's Life Itself, Kirk Demaris's Mail-Order Mysteries, and John Lovick on Who's Hoo.
September 2011: We review Woody Aragon's A Book in English, we market The Little Egypt Book of Numbers, we give a lecture in Chicago, and we receive a new Magic Castle card.
August 2011: We attend MAGIC Live! 2011, we love the Mac King Comedy Magic Show, and we perform a whole bunch of magic tricks at "Magic Monday."
July 2011: EMC 2011, Entity's 20 Tips for Seance Workers, Ireland's Trick Talk Spring 1962, and Dani DaOrtiz's Open Triumph.
June 2011: The Jeff McBride Experience in Indiana, Jamy Ian Swiss's Devious Standards, Jack Kodell's Kodell/Do Something Different, and Jim Magus's Unspeakable Acts.
May 2011: David Regal's lecture, Karl Fulves's Prolix Issue 8, Peter Tappan's The Impostress Princess, Ireland's Trick Talk 1959, Craig Conley's, Gordon Meyer's, and Fredrick Turner's Jinx Companion, and David Ben's MCW 42.
April 2011: Nick Trost's Subtle Card Creations Volume 3; John Bannon's Bullet Party; Steve Beam's The Trapdoor Volume 1; Patrick G. Redford's lecture, booklets, and pass; and Doc Eason headlines the Central Illinois Magic Get-together.
March 2011: EMC 2010 DVDs arrive, MAGIC Live is coming, Paul Vigil kills in a tattoo parlor, Tom Stone amazes, and Las Vegas features terrific magic acts.
February 2011: Derren Brown's Confessions of a Conjuror and his DVD box set Derren Brown Live Collection, Caleb Wiles' Six Pack, Peter Duffie's Card Magic U.S.A., and the Magic Castle's Who's Hoo. Happy Valentine's Day.
January 2011: A look at Andy Nyman's Bulletproof, Roberto Giobbi's Secret Agenda, Dick Cavett's Talk Show, and Stan Allen's app for MAGIC magazine.
December 2010: A look at a dozen top books for 2010, the digital revolution shakes up magic, and aloha, Ron Wilson.
November 2010: John Moehring's Del Ray America's Foremost, Danny Rudnick's Selec-trick Deck, Ian Keable's Magic Shows, and more wands from Harry Potter.
October 2010: J.K. Hartman's CAAN CRAFT, Ross Bertram in Magicana, Tim Burton collectibles, Dennis James accompanies The Bat, and Ring 43's Mentalism Night. Boo!
September 2010: Forty years of contributions to Genii and a visit with Todd Duff in Paducah.
August 2010: Marketing Lessons from the Grateful Dead, the 54th Midwest Magic Jubilee, John Guastaferro's One Degree, Ron Wilson's Tales from the Uncanny Scot, Elspeth Grant Huxley in The Magician Monthly, and Genii goes digital -- for free!
July 2010: We "attend" the Essential Magic Conference and try out some old magic tricks.
June 2010: Here lie three ways to enjoy the creations of Tom Stone, plus a look at the fantastical City Museum in St. Louis.
May 2010: We read Mac King's Campfire Magic, attend the 41st MCA conference in Chicago, cause cards to rise thanks to the genius of Upton/Smith, and watch five great close-up acts on Letterman.
April 2010: Doc Eason sweeps his Magic Castle categories, Josh Jay writes a book about Rune Klan, and Jim Pace lectures in Evanston, Illinois.
March 2010: David Ben's Magicana takes over the MCA, and we appreciate three volumes of P. Howard Lyons' Ibidem.
February 2010: Steve does Magi-fest, Jack White does zombies, Little Egypt Card Tricks returns, and John Lovick does the Buck twins. Happy Valentine's Day!
January 2010: Sandy Marshall writes Beating a Dead Horse, John Kennedy brews up some Mojoe, and we visit Chicago at Christmas. Happy New Year!
December 2009: Fifty years of Genii, Sandy Marshall's Beating a Dead Horse, and The J.C. Wagner Lecture. Merry Christmas!
November 2009: Jim Steinmeyer's and Mike Caveney's Magic 1400s-1950s, Volume 5 of the Bruce Cervon Castle Notebooks, Allan Zola Kronzek's 52 Ways to Cheat at Poker, the passing of Carl Ballantine, John Booth, and Neil Lester, and Cirque du Soleil's Banana Shpeel.
October 2009: Jim Steinmeyer's Technique & Understanding, Richard Turner in Chicago, and reel magic for your iPhone.
September 2009: Bluff controls from Joshua Jay, a Rising Card app from Chris Kenner on iTunes, Harry Anderson's and Jon Racherbaumer's anniversary issue of The Jinx, Paul Curry's Worlds Beyond, Ken Krenzel's Relaxed Impossibilities, Charlie Frye's Eccentricks, and Teller's Macbeth on DVD.
August 2009: MAGIC Live 2009 in Las Vegas, Daytona Magic in Florida, and Ray Witkowski's Tabman products.
July 2009: The IBM convention in Nashville and a look at the six-volume Malone Meets Marlo DVD set.
June 2009: A nostalgic look at influential softcover titles in magic, parodies of and by Debbie McGee, and the Mike Caveney and Chris Kenner issues of reel magic magazine.
May 2009: Martin Lewis lectures in Evanston, Caleb Wiles writes a book, Bruce Cervon notes come to light, the comics teach how to levitate a human being, Boris Karloff parties at the Magic Castle, Don Lawton has lots of friends, and the IBM lowers your parking fees.
April 2009: The Magic Collectors Association Weekend 2009, Mary Poppins in Chicago, online video of Ron Wilson, Slydini, and Doc Eason, and a peek at Mammoth Cave.
March 2009: The World Magic Seminar 2009, Simon Lovell performs and lectures at Magic, Inc., and It's Magic, the 1955 television series.
February 2009: Magi-Fest 2009, the You Asked For It DVDs, Don England's poker chip magic, Indian Conjuring from Project Gutenberg, Nick Trost's Subtle Card Creations Volume 2, and aloha to Freda Powell.
January 2009: Lloyd E. Jones' The Bat and Francis Carlyle on CD, Richard Kaufman's The Collected Almanac and The New Jinx, Harry Lorayne: The Classic Collection 2, Noel Daniel's The Circus:1870-1950, and more podcasts from Dodd Vickers.
December 2008: The black and white issue: A look back at magic in 2008, a few last-minute Christmas shopping ideas, and a wish list for magic in 2009.
November 2008: Christmas ads for The Little Egypt Book of Ghosts, Zarrow by David Ben, MAGIC by Joshua Jay, How Does the Show Go On? by Thomas Schumacher with Jeff Kurtti, and new magic sets from Melissa and Doug.
October 2008: The Little Egypt Book of Ghosts, more from Dodd Vickers' The Magic Newswire, Simon Drake's The Secret Cabaret DVD, his House of Magic, his Iron Maiden Raising Hell DVD, a magic-themed fundraiser for Barack Obama, and Koz's Reel Magic Quarterly, the Mac King issue.
September 2008: Spins and Needles/The Magic of Allan Slaight, Harry Anderson's Wise Guy script, Steve Cohen's Win the Crowd, Dodd Vickers' The Magic Newswire, David Acer's Gotcha, Edward Gorey's Fantod Pack, and Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour.
August 2008: Emergency announcement. Something terrifying is about to be unearthed ...
July 2008: The IBM/SAM 2008 combined convention, Dai Vernon's Revelation, and William V. Rauscher's Pleasant Nightmares.
June 2008: Summer vacation.
May 2008: The Magic Collectors' Weekend in Schaumburg 2008, David Regal's Approaching Magic, Gordon Bean's "Bikers," Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume Two, Chuck Romano's The Art of Deception, and news re Stan Allen's next convention.
April 2008: A new dvd on the Long Beach Mystics, Mike Powers' "Diminishing Returns," Gordon Bean's "Timecard," Tomas Blomberg's "Time After Time," Letterman with another magic week, Neil Patrick Harris on Ellen, shakeups at the Magic Castle, and Brett Daniels' amazing new show Wohscigam in Las Vegas.
March 2008: A new edition of Chuck Romano's The Art of Deception, a New Yorker piece on the magic scene, Mathieu Bich's "TnR," and deals such as Out of the Spook Cabinet from Byron Walker.
February 2008: Project F.O.R.K., Lance Pierce's Roger Klause in Concert, Tony Miller's "Pocket Space Plus," Pete McCabe's Scripted Magic, and the 2008 edition of the Columbus Magi-Fest.
January 2008: The Zarrow Shuffle on the cover of Genii, Mac King's Great Big Ol' Book-O-Magic, Dustin Stinett's Catching Up with Milo and Roger, Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1, Jim Haskins' and Kathleen Benson's Conjure Times, and notes on the internet.
December 2007: Amazing Johnathan's Wrong On Every Level hits dvd, Aaron Fisher vanishes a deck in "Panic," Max Maven becomes the Castle's solo Entertainment Director, Chris Kenner and David Saxe have home spreads in the magazines, magic sets for kids are the in thing, and some great conventions are coming for 2008. Season's greetings!
November 2007: Jon Armstrong lectures in Indianapolis, John Lovick interviews Jason Alexander on reel magic quarterly, Hermetic Press resurrects Juan Tamariz's The Five Points of Magic, and ye ed visits the West Baden Springs Hotel for Thanksgiving.
October 2007: Bill Malone's Here I Go Again! dvds, Mike Close's That Reminds Me, Lewis Jones's The Magic Gourmet, Tom Stone's Flatland Fever, Steve Martin in print and online, and the arrival of Audrey Elizabeth Beverton.
September 2007: Stan Allen's MAGIC Live III, Cardini by John Fisher from Todd Karr, two Paul Daniels performance dvds (An Audience with Paul Daniels and The Magic of Max Malini), David Solomon's The Wisdom of Solomon, J.K. Hartman's Card Dupery, a Mac King Show souvenir photo, and the 51st year of It's Magic!.
August 2007: Big news: The return of The Little Egypt Gazette, in a Special Edition honoring the 50th anniversary of It's Magic!, Milt Larsen's internationally famous hometown magic show. Also noted: an excellent Paul Cummins lecture tour and his and Doc Eason's multiple selection magnum opus, Fusillade.
July 2007: Denis Behr's Handcrafted Card Magic and his Book Index, Patrick G. Redford's Triangle, Mac King's and Peter Studebaker's "The Scorpion Moth," Aldo Colombini's "Draw a Blank," Brett Daniels' Wohscigam, Harry Allen's Daytona Festival of Magic, J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Alan Watson's e-zine, and Illini/NBA superstar Nick Anderson.
June 2007: Ian Rowland's Lecture Notes Blackpool 2007, Paul Malmont's The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril, Joseph K. Schmidt's New Card Control Systems, summer reading including a closer look at The Little Egypt Book of Numbers, the author will work for food (or celebrity girlfriends), and aloha, Bruce Cervon.
May 2007: The 38th annual Magic Collectors' Weekend, Chuck Romano's The Marshall Brodien Magic Set Collection and Jack Gwynne's Magical Scrapbook, and Chris Wilcox's Sleight Club.
April 2007: The 30th annual Central Illinois Magic Get-Together, U.F. Grant's Presto Clock Vanish, John Lovick's Handsome Jack web site, and the Magic Castle really is for sale.
March 2007: Harry Lorayne's Best of Friends III, the Mix N' Mingle with Shaun McCree dvd, lectures by Andi Gladwin, Tyler Wilson, and Caleb Wiles, Mac King's and Mickey Mouse's selection to lead Louisville's Pegasus Parade, Teller's nightmarish version of Macbeth, the Magic Castle's For Sale rumor, and a look ahead to spring conventions and publications.
February 2007: World Magic Seminar 30, Magi-Fest 76, Thunderstruck by Eric Larson, Andrew Mayne's iTricks, and Brother John Hamman on culling.
January 2007: Darwin Ortiz's Designing Miracles, a Scotty York box set of dvds, Paul Harris's, Bill Goodwin's, and David Jockisch's "Linking Laces," a Genii Blog, and The Secrets of the Zombie Ball.
December 2006: A look back at 2006, Larry Jennings/A Private Lesson, Larry Becker's and Lee Earle's "Postal!," Mark Lewis's The Long and Short of It, hot mathematical card tricks, and Christmas shopping tips.
November 2006: Eric Mead's Tangled Web, Stan Allen's MAGIC Calendar 2007, Amazing Johnathan's Wrong On Every Level, the Magic Castle's Magic Castle After Dark, and Linda Davis's Chas Addams/A Cartoonist's Life.
October 2006: Todd Karr's Essential Robert-Houdin, David Regal's "Sudden Deck II," Andrew Mayne's "Ghost Vision," Brent Braun's decks, lies, and videotape, Louis Falanga's new catalog, three magician-oriented movies (The Prestige, The Illusionist, and Scoop), and web clips of Simon Drake.
September 2006: Six days at the Magic Castle, five ways to have fun there, three act reviews (Doc Eason, Tony Picasso, Woody Pittman), Losander's floating table, decks of cards from Ellusionist, It's Magic! week in Hollywood, an article that could have been better, and aloha to Elizabeth Wilson and James G. Williams.
August 2006: Levent's and Todd Karr's Roy Benson by Starlight, Duvivier's "Deck That Shuffles Itself," a free Palingenesia dvd from Genii, Mac King gets extended, Max Maven gets appointed, and Ursula Martinez gets naked.
July 2006: The S.A.M. convention in Louisville introduces The Vernon Touch, Dai Vernon:A Biography, "Wow," and vent superstar Lynn Trefzger; honors David Goodsell; and welcomes home favorite son, Mac King, among other festivities.
June 2006: Gordon Bean's "Entourage," Richard Osterlind's Guide Book 1 and 2, Charlie Frye's Eccentricks 3, Andrew Mayne's "Gut Buster," Jason Palter's "Third Degree Burn," Joe Russell's "Dis Jointed," Sam Lane's "Can-Tastic," Karl Fulves's Prolix, hello, Fiona Bean, and way to go, Criss Angel.
May 2006: Jim Steinmeyer's The Conjuring Anthology, David Britland's The Mind & Magic of David Berglas, Chuck Romano's The Mechanics of Marvels, Mike Powers' Power Plays, John Lovick's Switch, Bryan Berg's Stacking the Deck, and aloha, Billy McComb.
April 2006: Anna Eva Fay, Jason Alexander, Dai Vernon, and John Moehring rate our attention.
March 2006: Columbus Magi-Fest and World Magic Seminar notes, Harry Riser's Secrets of an Escamoteur, One Hundred by Warlock, and aloha to Channing Pollock.
February 2006: Aloha, Mom.
January 2006: Slydini's As I Recall dvds, the Ultimate Marked Deck, and the Columbus Magi-Fest and World Magic Seminar announcements. Happy New Year.
December 2005: David Solomon's It's All in the Cards, John Bannon's Smoke and Mirrors, Francis Menotti's Prisn, the Off Color Series of Mentalism, and photographer Robert Scott Hooper. Merry Christmas!
November 2005: Summer vacation highlights (Disney/MGM snow, Max Maven lecture notes, Magic Masters, and Chad Long), Christmas shopping ideas, John Carney's Wonder Cabaret, The Protocols of the Elders of Magic, Mac King's magic kit, and a light-up Harry Potter wand.
October 2005: Portents: Criss Angel does Halloween, Princess Tenko does Las Vegas, Milt does It's Magic! edition 49, Minch takes a gamble, Penn and Teller get wet, and Subterfuge makes money disappear.
September 2005: Collections from Bill Goldman, Karl Fulves, and The New Yorker; Steve Forte in Genii; Hank Lee's "Pocket-Lev" and "Pen Thru Arm"; web sites from Mark Edward, David Parr, Jeff McBride, and the Magic Castle; and Google publishes everything.
August 2005: Todd Karr's House of Mystery, The Magic Science of David P. Abbott.
July 2005: Steve Forte's Casino Game Protection, the new magazine Magicseen, J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Barrie Richardson's Theater of the Mind Act Two, 10 Years of Steve Spill 1980-1990, and Paul Harris's "Deep Astonishment II."
June 2005: Marvyn Roy's Mister Electric Unplugged, John Bannon's Dear Mr. Fantasy, Pabular issues, a Larry Jennings tribute site, and tv notes (The Takedown and Mindfreak).
May 2005: Aloha to Jay Marshall and Duke Washam, Simon Lovell's Billion Dollar Bunko, Peter Duffie's "Dead Reckoning," and Bill Abbott's Bill Abbott Performs Stand-up Magic for Kids.
April 2005: Harry Lorayne's Lorayne:The Classic Collection, Peter Duffie's The Dave Campbell Legacy, Tabary's The Award-Winning Rope Magic of Francis Tabary, Mike Close's lecture tour, Mike Maxwell's "Toony Angels" and a dvd on how to use it, three Fooler Doolers from Daryl, and the movie Bright Young Things.
March 2005: Steve Skomp's Devious Deceptions, Lynetta Welch's fabric line, "Mastermind" from France, and why you shouldn't gamble in Las Vegas.
February 2005: WMS 2005, Max Maven's Prism, Ron Bauer's The Complete Don Alan's Chop Cup, Dean Dill's and Michael Weber's "A New World," Richard Turner's The Cheat on dvd, and Juan Tamariz's Lessons in Magic on dvd.
January 2005: New books by Bob Cassidy and Bill Goldman, Derren Brown in Genii, cool Harry Potter merchandise, a New Yorker cartoon, and farewell to Johnny Carson.
December 2004:Shawn McMaster on James Burks, Magic Castle news, a gift-giving hint, and a take on a Juan Tamariz card trick.
November 2004: David Copperfield on Houdini, John LeBlanc on whatever, a tour of Amazing Johnathan's house, and wedding bells for Penn Jillette and Todd Karr. The first issue produced with one hand.
October 2004: Michael Finney's Live at Lake Tahoe!, John Carney's On Palming, Steven Youell's "Weapons of Mass Destruction," and Mickey Silver's Retention Vanish.
September 2004: Juan Tamariz's Mnemonica, Lewis Jones's Encyclopedia of Impromptu Card Forces, Nelson's Ultra Perfect Clip Board, and Susanna Yorke's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell.
August 2004: MAGIC Live Two, Frank Zak takes on the Out to Lunch principle, and the passing of Frank Everhart, Sr., and John Novak.
July 2004: A look back at articles on Ricky Jay and Johnny Carson, at Doc Eason's performance video, and at Bill Malone's On the Loose dvds. A new look at David P. Abbott in Genii, at old-time mentalists on the radio, and a special sneak preview of The Little Egypt Book of Numbers.
June 2004: Michael Close's Closely Guarded Secrets, VEGAS on Stuart Townsend and magicians' assistants, Shade, Harry Potter 3, and the return of Jim Krenz with penetrating tips.
May 2004: Allan Ackerman and Lennart Green on cards, Scott Alexander on entertainment, Ken Weber on directing, and the great night clubs of the 20th century.
April 2004: The 27th Central Illinois Magic Get-Together, Steve Draun, a David Stone dvd, Bill Malone's web site makeover, and a vanishing bird cage for sale.
March 2004: Lewis Jones' Seventh Heaven, a Del Ray dvd, Indiana University appearances by Persi Diaconis and David Copperfield, MAGIC Live Lucky 13, and basketball news.
February 2004: Trouble at the Magic Castle, Derren Brown's The Devil's Picturebook and Pure Effect, Martin Lewis's Making Magic, Bill Abbott Performs Close-up for Kids, Jason Latimer in Genii, and Morgan's mom.
January 2004: The 2004 World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas, the January 2004 issue of Genii featuring Ian Rowland, and Andrew Mayne's Body Morphin'.
December 2003: Doc Eason's after all these years and a peek at the Little Egypt Magic office. Merry Christmas.
November 2003: David Regal's Premise, Power, and Participation, Dean Dill's Extreme Dean, Shoot Ogawa and Apollo Robbins's CulturalXChange 2, David Roth's Expert Coin Magic Made Easy, Magic Castle fellowships for 2003, Andrew Mayne's Mayhem, Michael Huot's Seven by 1, Ben Harris's Exit51, and Lee Asher's Catch 33.
October 2003: Nightmare on Eighth Street 2003, The Haunted Mansion, Criss Angel's Supernatural, Blaine and Steinmeyer at the bookstore,
and John Carney's The Video of Secrets and Carney on Ramsay.
September 2003: Derren Brown's Absolute Magic, Eugene Burger and Jeff McBride's Mystery School, Reed McClintock's The Coin Patriot and "Stars and Hexes," Vincenzo Ravina's Caffeine Rush,
Paul Daniels' Highlights of Paul Daniels Master Class and Inner Secrets of Professional
Magic, and Melinda is a mom!
August 2003: Geno Munari's The Lost Works of
Bro. John Hamman, The Flicking Fingers Present The Movie,
Peter Duffie and Robin Robertson's Card Conspiracy Volume 2,
Reed McClintock's Coin Ovations,
Simon Aronson in the Chicago Tribune, and Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and
July 2003: Cellini's Lord and Master of the Rings, Rich Marotta and Twila Zone's Dynamic Duo,
Carl Andrews' Magic from Maui,
Chuck Hickok's Mentalism, Incorporated,
Jason Latimer and Norbert Ferre win at FISM, and Maxwell Diego Bryant sees his shadow.
June 2003: David Britland and Gazzo's Phantoms of the Card Table; Roberto Giobbi's Card College Volume 5;
Sean Fields' "Fusion";
Andrew Mayne's Touching Sky; Docc Hilford's "Cassandra Deck," "Fem Fatal," and "Cards of Cairo"; and Jo Rowling's Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
May 2003: Geno Munari's The Legendary Repertoire of Michael Skinner on DVD Volume 3, Todd Karr's The Secret Ways of Al Baker,
and Lee Asher and Paul Wilson's Hit the Road.
April 2003: Ed Marlo's Revolutionary Card Technique, Paul Harris's "LipSmacker,"
Peter Duffie and Robin Robertson's Card Conspiracy Volume 1,
and Roger Klause on the cover of MAGIC.
March 2003: Phil Goldstein's Redivider, Shoot Ogawa's "Ninja Rings,"
Bill Goldman's Magic Bar & Grill, Docc Hilford's "Atta Girl,"
Peter Loughran's "Elevator," and Michael Close is Las Vegas Review-Journal's Staff Pick as Favorite Magician.
February 2003: John Carney's The Book of Secrets, Ron Bauer's "Chick Trick," Ross Bertram in Genii,
and Melinda is expecting.
January 2003: Money tricks ("Hypno-Bill," Richard Sanders' "Slow Burn," Docc Hilford's "Million Dollar Deck"), creepy tricks (Docc Hilford's Band of the Hand, The Sign of Four, At the Mountains of Madness, The Star Tradeshow Act, and the Lolita System), Paul Harris's "Reality Twister," Edwin A. Dawes' Stanley Collins Conjurer, Collector, and Iconoclast, Andrew Mayne's Shock FX, the World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas (including the infamous Amazing Johnathan roast), Harry Potter 5 is announced, and the Magic Castle turns 40, with special issues of Genii (mine), MAGIC (Max's), and the Magic Castle Newsletter (Erika's).
December 2002: Ian Rowland's The Full Facts Book of Cold Reading, David Solomon's Solomon's Mind - The Movie, Darwin Ortiz's Scams & Fantasies with Cards, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (the movie), and my look at the spooky side of the Magic Castle in Genii, January 2003 issue. Merry Christmas.
October 2002: Milt Larsen's Magic Castle ... The Inside Story, Docc Hilford's The Richey Technique Revealed plus Mephisto's Journey, Aaron Fisher's The Paper Engine, Phil Goldstein's "Psi-Con Ruse," Anders Moden's "Healed and Sealed," and Criss Angel Mindfreak appears on tv.
September 2002: James Hodges' Sexy Magic, Paul Harris's "Deep Astonishment," stuff that didn't make it into my Martin Lewis issue of Genii, Mike Close on the cover of MAGIC, and Milt Larsen launches another It's Magic and opens for Amazing Johnathan.
July-August 2002: Bill Malone's On the Loose, David Regal's Constant Fooling, Volumes 1 and 2, Jack Avis and Lewis Jones's Ahead of the Pack, Jack Avis's Vis a Vis, James Lewis Tips Doctor Sack's Amazing Dice Trick, a five-dollar Chop cup, and Hank Lee is a great guy.
June 2002: Karl Fulves's "Nothing Just Happened," Glen David Gold's Carter Beats the Devil, Darren Romeo on the cover of the Stevens catalog, I go to the beach, and aloha to Gary Ouellet, Gloria Marcom, and Billy McComb's son, Sean.
May 2002: A gratuitous photo of Kirsten Dunst (David Blaine is profiled in Rolling Stone), Donato Colucci's The Encyclopedia of Egg Magic, David Regal starts a new "overlooked tricks" column in Genii, Magic Castle awards are announced,
the New York "round table" gets a new home, Claudia Schiffer gets married, and aloha to Frances Ireland Marshall.
April 2002: John Lovick's What's the Rumpus? (or, earlier, The Skinny Lecture Notes), David Copperfield appears at Indiana University, and Ricky Jay is back on Broadway with On the Stem.
March 2002: Mac King reveals Tricks With Your Head, Geno Munari releases The Phoenix on CD-ROM, and The Penumbra opens its doors.
February 2002: I attend Magi-Fest, Genii features 11 pages from The Encyclopedia of Egg Magic, John Rogers sells fake cigars, the Magic Castle elects its Board, the Nocturnal Trio rock the Castle, and the Kodak Theatre upgrades the neighborhood.
January 2002: Geno Munari's The Legendary Repertoire of Michael Skinner Volumes 1 and 2, Valentine card cookies from Dean & Deluca, Biro posts photos from WMS 25, and J.K. Rowling gets profiled on A&E.
December 2001: Guy Hollingworth's Once Upon a Time, the Mac King issue of Genii, the Castle considers dumb moves, Bill Goodwin is profiled in MAGIC, I skip WMS, Joe Stevens shuts down Gemini, Al Cohen sells his shop, and aloha to Stanley Blumenthal. Merry Christmas (first card with a grandkid on it).
November 2001: Harry Lorayne's Personal Collection, Peter Duffie and Jerry Sadowitz's CardZones, David Remnick and Henry Finder's (eds) Fierce Pajamas , Ricky Jay takes a bullet in Heist, Penn and Teller are scheduled to host The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Harry Potter turns up in Brazil.
October 2001: Ray Bradbury's From the Dust Returned, Peter Duffie's By All Means (especially "Triple Humdinger"), online magazine The Spook , Dr. Jaks' "The Dictionary Trick," Harry Potter in Vanity Fair, and aloha to Eddie Fields.
September 2001: Frank Zak's A Baker's Dozen and On the Boards, Max Maven runs for the Magic Castle Board, The New Yorker praises Glen David Gold's Carter Beats the Devil, and Bunny Wilson does card tricks.
August 2001: MAGIC Live -- a complete review, Woody Allen's The Curse of the Jade Scorpion, Mac King on the cover of the Stevens catalog, Vixen and I do Vegas (Shark Reef, Steve Martin's art collection, Mystere, Siegfried and Roy, Mac King, and Penn and Teller), and money floats at Houdini's Magic Shop.
July 2001: Bodine Balasco on the cover of Genii, a look at Doug Henning's The Magic Show (DVD), Simon Lovell on VHS, Lewis Jones in print (Cardiograms, Lusions, and Con Sessions), Genii launches The Genii Forum, Kevin King gets married, and aloha to Mary Martinez.
June 2001: Simon Aronson's Try the Impossible, Doug Henning's The Magic Show (DVD), Kevin King's wedding announcement, and aloha to Mike Rogers.
May 2001: Karl Johnson's "The Magician and the Cardsharp" in American Heritage, Bodine Balasco Up Close and Personal, Ricky Jay cooks in State and Main, and aloha to Richard Ross.
April 2001: Lance Burton, Master Magician: On the Road, David Copperfield's Copperfield: Tornado of Fire, Oliver Erens' Concerto for Pasteboards, the Duvivier trilogy on VHS, Bob Kohler's "Ultimate Three-Fly," David Regal on DVD, and David Blaine chills out again.
March 2001: Gratutitous swimsuit photo (Siegfried and Roy in Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue), gratuitous photo of Billy McComb and Rip Taylor, Magic Castle nominees, impending tv specials (Lance Burton, Fielding West), "A Millennium Night's Dream," and we return from Brazil.
January 2001: "A Millennium Night's Dream" debuts in Genii's millennium issue, the World Magic Seminar at the Rio, Brett Daniels' Journey into the Unknown, Tom Mullica in Finding Forrester, and a visit to Magic Masters.
December 2000: Milt Larsen's Hollywood Illusion: Magic Castle, Gary Plants' "Rising Cards," The Little Egypt Gazette on CD-ROM, William Goldman on magical lingo.
November 2000: Eugene Burger's Mastering the Art of Magic, David Blaine: License to Chill, Dale Hindman in the Stevens catalog, the Lake Witch/Spirit Cabinet show at Smith and Groves, and a deal on The Little Egypt Gazette on CD-ROM.
October 2000: Nightmare on 8th Street, Invocational 90, Jon Racherbaumer and I lecture at the Magic Castle, and first announcement of The Little Egypt Gazette on CD-ROM.
September 2000: Richard Kaufman and Liz get married, Mac King and Jennifer have a baby, Amazing Johnathan Up Close and Personal, and an Amazing farewell (stuff that didn't fit into the AJ issue of Genii).
August 2000: Mike Caveney and George Daily buy the Egyptian Hall Museum, Marc Salem does Broadway, Monday Night Magic is the greatest, Chris Jackson (from Little Egypt) is Simba, and we update some links.
July 2000: Jerry Andrus's Andrus Card Control, Roberto Giobbi's Card College 4, Melinda opens at The Venetian, and Ricky Jay has a girfriend and a puppy (and a new show in the works).
June 2000: Penn and Teller appear on Broadway and in Disney's Fantasia 2000, Carl Andrews lectures locally, Steel and Silver and Strong Magic are reprinted, and Melinda marries Mark Evansvold.
May 2000: Robert Neale's Life, Death, and Other Card Tricks, I perform in a wrestling ring and see Brett Daniels' latest show, Kevin King starts Reel Magic, Apocalypse 1-5 appears, and Kreskin cameos in the cartoon Nancy.
April 2000: Kevin King's Watch Bandit, Michael Schwabe's "Voodoo Puppet Puncture," Copperfield responds to Claudia bashers and appears at IU, and Chris Kenner does the splits.
March 2000: Mark Edward's Restless Plots, last WMS at the Tropicana, Karl Fulves's latest magazines, and aloha to my dad.
February 2000: Guy Hollingworth's Quartet,
Norm Nielsen's mugs, H&R Magic Books' List 22, Peter Duffie's Area 52,
Grand Illusions' Shape Memory Alloy spoon, and aloha to Doug Henning and Charles Schulz.
January 2000: J.K. Hartman's Trickery Treats, David Remnick's (ed.) Life Stories/Profiles from The New Yorker featuring Ricky Jay;
Ricky Jay in Magnolia, The X-Files, and Court TV; "Executive Decision" briefcase stunner; David Copperfield escapes Moscow; and Brett Daniels launches his third big show in Tunica.
December 1999: Kevin King's Money Morph, James Swain's 21st Century Card Magic,
Is It Magic Or Is It Manilow, and throwing knives.
November 1999: Milt Kort's Kort, Cirque du Soleil's Quidam,
and Magic Moments opens in downtown Indianapolis.
October 1999: Barrie Richardson's Theater of the Mind, Josh Jay's Magic Atlas, "Ode to Sleepy Hallow," Tinker Bell gets stuck in Nightmare on 8th Street, and McCartney and Lennon track down a chord.
September 1999: Doug Henning surfaces in Genii, Cintra Wilson disses Las Vegas in Salon,
Bob Friedhoffer fools Stephen Hawking, and auf wiedersehen to Claudia Schiffer.
August 1999: Melinda graces Genii, Guy Hollingworth's Drawing Room Deceptions,
Melinda Up Close and Personal, and Urchin and I visit Las Vegas.
July 1999: Lee Asher's Well Done, Joe Stevens' The Egg Bag Teach-in Video, John Novak's The Egg Bag Book, Daniel Stashower on "Margery" (American History),
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban , and Siegfried and Roy take it all off for Vanity Fair.
June 1999: David Regal's Close-Up & Personal and
Michael Finney at Indiana University.
May 1999: Carl Andrews' Making a Living Performing Close-up Magic and Making a Living Performing Magic at Restaurants & Hotels,
Brett Daniels in Magique, "Hocus-Pocus" in Entertainment Weekly, and Cintra Wilson profiles David Blaine in Salon.
April 1999: James Hodges' The Great Stage Illusions of James Hodges, Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone,
Family Magic Day in Nashville IN, and aloha Don Alan.
March 1999: Le Carre's Single & Single, Mac King in Bloomington, The Great Houdini in Los Angeles, and the Brits storm Genii.
February 1999: Magi-Fest in Columbus, Lance Burton, Master Magician: Top Secret, I pass on WMS, and aloha to Peter Pit.
January 1999: Rene Lavand's The Mysteries of My Life, Milt Larsen's Hockman, the Great Exposes Himself, Pierre Lambert's Mickey Mouse,
Gary Ouellet's Champions III on tv, Mike Close's Very, Very Close, the final issue of The Looking Glass with that great Jack Birnman trick, I visit San Diego and Hollywood, and aloha to Hal Hale.
December 1998: The Flicking Fingers' The Book, or Don't Forget to Point and Bill Simon's Card Magic for Amateurs and Professionals. Merry Christmas.
November 1998: Gary Ouellet's World's Greatest Magic V,
Richard Kaufman takes the helm of Genii, MAGIC changes its format (with the "Card Tricks of the Rich and Famous" issue), and Melinda at Branson.
October 1998: Tim Harkleroad's The Complete Haunted House,
Joseph Pfeiffer's Give Them a Real Scare This Halloween,
H&R Magic Books' List 20, Steve Fearson's "Final Cut,"
gratuitous babes (FHM skewers magic and David Blaine predates John Edward in Detour), and nine (!) items from The Ron Bauer Collection.
September 1998: Mike Close's Very, Very Close,
Roberto Giobbi's Card College 3,
John Northern Hilliard and Stephen Crane, and two magic books make Steve Martin's (comic) list of "The 100 Greatest Books I've Ever Read" in The New Yorker.
August 1998: Martin Gardner on the Kruskal and Gilbreath Principles in Scientific American,
I visit Bill Malone's Magic Bar and Tim Glancey's Historic Hauntings seance,
Bill Malone's cruise ship is smoking, and Amy Stevens marries Barry Gordemer.
June 1998: Jay Sankey's Zen and the Art of Stand-Up Comedy,
David Parr's Brain Food,
and The Little Egypt Book of Numbers begins on Gemini.
May 1998: Chazpro's magnetic spirit slates, neat stuff on Gemini.
April 1998: Eugene Burger's Solomon's Mind, Doc Eason's Doc Eason's Bar Magic (video), Don Alan's Don Alan's Magic Ranch, Nick Lewin in Las Vegas along with the Desert Magic Seminar, and David Copperfield's Dreams and Nightmares.
Milt Larsen's Magical Mystery Tour, Gary Brown's The Coney Island Fakir, Martin Joyal's The Six-Hour Memorized Deck, Richard Kaufman's Jennings '67, Jon Racherbaumer and Ed Marlo's Arcade Dreams, Owen Magic Supreme's Catalog No. 12, and, a surprise Christmas gift, Chuck Romano's The Art of Deception.
December 1997: Season's Greetings 1997 (the Christmas poem).