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DOUG HENNING ON DVD -- In the July issue of Genii (whose Hiro Sakai trick section is one of the most exciting in recent memory), Richard Kaufman mentions that is selling a DVD called The Secrets of Magic, which in fact contains two Lance Burton specials and The Hidden Secrets of Magic. The latter contains a Bill Malone ace cutting sequence that alone is worth the reasonable asking price of $11, plus some nice second, bottom, and center dealing by Steve Forte. But, the really big news is that Amazon is also selling a DVD of Doug Henning in The Magic Show, his seminal Broadway hit that led to the tv specials and ushered in the modern golden age of magic. Before Doug Henning, all a magician could aspire to be was a variety act on Ed Sullivan. Doug made it possible for magicians to be star entertainers on equal footing with singers and actors. The Magic Show is only $14.99 and will begin shipping on July 24.

GOING TO THE CHAPEL -- And going to get married is ace bill morpher and watch stealer (among many other accomplishments) Kevin King. Kevin is scheduled to exchange vows with Jeanne Marie Witte on July 7, in Wisconsin. All best wishes for a long and magical life together.

June 2001

This month brings the sad news of the loss of one of my favorite friends in magic, Mike Rogers. Also on tap are a look at an astonishing new book of card magic by Simon Aronson and great news re DVD offerings from And hey, everyone: have a bitchin' summer.

MIKE ROGERS -- Mike Rogers passed away on June 11. To the legions of us who considered him a friend, and who were unaware of his recent illness, this news came as an incredible shock and is still quite difficult to accept. Mike needs no introduction here, as he is one of the giants of magic and arguably the giant in the trade show field. When I needed an introduction, many years ago, to my book Little Egypt Card Tricks, Mike graciously consented to write the Foreword. He also fiddled with some of the tricks therein and made substantial improvements. Mike had a way of reducing a trick to its cleanest, most practical ingredients. He would send people things in the mail. In my "Little Egypt Card Rise," I do the Devano rise to the old 60s Coasters hit, Little Egypt. Mike sent me a tape of Elvis doing the song. He was opinionated and proud of it. He was so very funny. He showed me the most obscene card trick I've ever seen. Its title, "The Cocksucker Kings," doesn't even begin to betray how politically incorrect it was. He told Milt Larsen he was performing it in the Close-up Gallery, Milt's eyes widening at every indecent turn of the cards. In print he could make me howl with laughter by the surprise use of some inappropriate word that only boys use. (He was, after all, a sailor. Mike and I shared Navy ties as well as San Diego ties.) We saw each other mostly at Joe Stevens' Desert Magic Seminars, where Mike made a habit of buying me breakfast. I shall so miss those morning get togethers. There has never been a better time to join Joe Stevens' Gemini site for only $20 a year, because 56 articles, stories, and tricks by Mike Rogers reside there, and they are delightful. Mike's book, The Complete Mike Rogers, is still in print at Magic, Inc. and is also only $20. And Jon Racherbaumer is working on Mike's trade show magnum opus. June 11 is also Dai Vernon's birthday. Wherever one's spirit goes after this life, it's a safe bet that Mike's and Vernon's will wind up in the same place. I can picture Vernon welcoming his old pal, with a slice of birthday cake waiting.

IMPOSSIBILITIES -- I had recently been bemoaning the fact that I hadn't encountered a new drop dead miracle card trick in over a year. That quest came to a happy end with the publication of Simon Aronson's new hardcover, Try the Impossible. The trick is "Prior Commitment," and it's one of several that exploit Simon's incredible UnDo Influence, to which he devotes 92 pages. The other two portions of the book include Eccen-tricks (a potpourri of items including two exceptional gaffed ace assemblies) and Unpacking the Aronson Stack (new uses for everyone's favorite memorized stack, but which don't require memorizing anything). All this plus a ring on rubber band effect. You can check out Simon's offerings (including a deal on the gaffed aces) at his new web site, at The book contains 290 pages and is only $40.

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Steve Bryant is an obscure magician and writer who generates this site from a computer in Bloomington, Indiana. He frequently journeys to and performs magic in Little Egypt, the local name for extreme southern Illinois, where the towns bear such names as Cairo, Thebes, and Karnak.

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