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  • The King of Cards

    On my recent lec­ture tour, I spent a won­der­ful even­ing after the lec­ture din­ing with my friends. Sud­denly a small dis­cus­sion about Denis Behr’s new full even­ing pro­gram came up. Some guys had seen it…

  • Thoughts on the Goz­intha Box

    The Goz­intha Box inven­ted by Lub­or Fiedler is actu­ally a bril­liant inven­tion. Unfor­tu­nately, it has not been giv­en as much atten­tion and love as it deserves. In real­ity, this feat is not that…

  • Mak­ing Old Paper

    If you’re aim­ing to infuse a sense of genu­ine antiquity into your present­a­tion mater­i­als – wheth­er it be an old-style let­ter con­tain­ing cards, akin to those used in the Gipsy Curse, or perhaps…

  • The Blank Book Test

    As a magi­cian, I’m usu­ally reluct­ant to reveal the secrets of my craft to fel­low con­jur­ers, pre­fer­ring to keep these mys­ter­ies close to my chest. How­ever, giv­en my prom­ise to you, I’ll make…

  • Sub­tleties

    Sub­tleties are fine in magic routines, but they will not always work as inten­ded. Much depends on the audi­ence’s level of atten­tion and intel­li­gence, and their interest and focus on the performance.…

  • News­let­ter 01–2024

    The new year has waved its magic wand and cata­pul­ted us all into the next round. I hope you all had a magic­al end to the hol­i­days and are ready for what’s to come. Well,…

  • Ricky Jay

    R.I.P. With him, magic has lost one of the major cre­at­ive forces and an out­stand­ing per­former, cre­at­or, his­tor­i­an and ambas­sad­or of the art of magic. A truly out­stand­ing, ori­gin­al per­former and per­son­al­ity. Thank…

  • The Miss­ing Dol­lar Bill

    An intro­duct­ory present­a­tion for the Fred Kaps $11 Bill Trick: First tell the old story about the res­taur­ant and the 3 guests. The bill for the 3 cus­tom­ers is $30. Each pays $10. Later,…

  • Tables at Competitions

    One thing that sad­dens me when I see con­tests at (many) magic con­ven­tions : the tables of the close-up, card magic and par­lour cat­egor­ies. How often have we seen a simple, plain table decorated…

  • Roberto Giob­bi’s Name

    It is some­times dif­fi­cult for Eng­lish speak­ers to pro­nounce Itali­an or Span­ish names cor­rectly (as it is for us Ger­mans!). Recently I was doing some research and had to go through some of…

  • The Stand­ing Ovation

    In the past years, the SO (stand­ing ova­tion) seems to have become a “reg­u­lar” at magic con­ven­tions. The most recent example is the FISM in Busan. Wit­tus Witt remarked on his blog…

  • The Easy To Per­form Trap

    It is not uncom­mon to see the phrase “easy to per­form” used in advert­ise­ments for magic items. As some of my research in the magic com­munity has shown, the major­ity of magicians…

  • Kill With Magic

    In recent years, there seems to have been a trend in the magic of advert­ising: the way in which advert­ising copy is worded. More and more often we read words and sen­tences like these:…

  • Con­scious Selection

    One of the inter­est­ing things for me is to ana­lyze my buy­ing habits. As most of us, I went through the tedi­ous pro­cess of being remote con­trolled by the deal­ers’ cata­logues, the ads…

  • Enough

    Recently I acquired a very inter­est­ing read: John Naish’s book ‘Enough’. It’s main top­ics are about get­ting the idea of ‘hav­ing enough’. Whilst being a ‘non-magic’ book, it is a very inspir­ing and thought provoking…

  • My Idea Gadget

    People like giz­mos and gad­gets. So do I. The cra­zi­er, the bet­ter. I want to share with you my one of my ’idea techniques’.The photo shows my typ­ic­al idea work­space. I use the lightbulb,…