Mark Haslam: A Class Act By Gordon
Bean Presenting magic that is both effective and entertaining, Mark Haslam is
not just a magician you will likely hear more about in the near future, he has
already been a busy international act and a favorite among other famous
magicians for several decades.
May I Have the Envelope, Please By Jaq
Greenspon This "Behind-the-Podium Look at Magic Awards" examines the
accolades given out to the international magic community each year by five
prominent organizations - recognitions that may have different impact among
magicians and the lay public.
Building a Career By Rory
Johnston Ventriloquist, magician, show producer and promoter, hypnotist, and
more, Daniel Summers may be best known as a designer and builder of illusions,
but what he has really been crafting is a career in numerous aspects of
Discover Magic - With Magic
By Rory Johnston Discover
Magic is more than just a series of packaged magic lessons for kids; Michael
Ammar, Brian South, and Michael Rosander have established a way to teach magic
with a new perspective. It is "a life-skills course camouflaged as a magic
Plus Updates on...
Sarlot & Eyed's Carnival of Illusion.
A new location for Magic Inc.
An exhibit and show on "150 Years of Jewish Magicians."
David Ben's new look to raise money for cancer research.
Remembrances of Jerry Mentzer and Jim Patton.
Bonus Content for
the March Issue...
Template for Martin Lewis' Grail stand.
All 24 of the products reviewed in the March issue, plus 567 reviews from
previous issues, are all now available at the fully searchable "Marketplace"
section of M360.
Marketplace Twenty-four products are
reviewed this month by Michael Claxton, Peter Duffie, Gabe Fajuri, Jared Kopf,
Francis Menotti, Peter Pitchford, John Wilson: Fred's Mental Miracle
by Barry Schor Anniversary Waltz Project by Doc Eason and Garrett
Thomas Implausibilities by Hudson Taylor Induction by
Spidey The Magicianary Position by Arron Jones Locked by Jim
Kleefeld Magic by Miller by Donald Croucher Contained by Jay
Sankey An Unexpected Triumph by Magician Anonymous Scarlet
Monte by Malcolm Norton The Complete Card Manipulation Set by
Vernet The Zig-Zag Girl by Robert Harbin Any Jacket Dove
Pocket by Daniel Ka Automatic Dove Bag by Daniel Ka Ultimate
Invisible Dove Harness by Daniel Ka Cash Converter by Richard
Griffin Exquisite by Michael Ammar and Dirk Losander Hustle
by Juan Marcos Decon by Danny Weiser Enlighten by Ravi
Mayar Transfuze by Peter Eggink Digital Twin by SansMinds
Creative Lab Intro to Sponge Balls by Michael Dardant Gift
Card by Constantinos Pantelias
Making Magic: The
Grail Martin Lewis This is my stage version of the Berglas Effect,
designed for lay audiences. I play fast and loose with the actual effect and use
dual reality, sleight of hand, and a neat little prop to accomplish it. An
oddity about the Any Card at Any Number plot is that while it fascinates
magicians, it doesn't appeal to laypeople so much. My presentation uses this to
create audience interest by giving them a look at what interests magicians. It
also features a lovely dramatic moment that really drives the effect
Loving Mentalism: Tossed Out Darts Ian Rowland Guest
contributor Patrik Kuffs submitted this month's item, which blends the familiar
Tossed Out Deck plot with divination via darts! It's a fun, versatile, and
creative piece of mental magic that plays well just about anywhere. If you don't
want to use cards, you don't have to. You can adapt the routine so there aren't
any playing cards involved. But what if you're not very good at throwing darts?
Relax. Patrik has all the angles covered, and he shows you how to bring the
routine to a successful conclusion even if you miss the intended
Bent on Deception: The Point of No Return Mike
Bent When you are performing magic for kids - or anyone, for that matter -
you need to put yourself into the helper's shoes and anticipate any problems
that can occur with a routine. And because it's impossible to anticipate
every problem, you need to learn from your mistakes and realize that they
are just that - your mistakes. Occasionally a volunteer can just be
difficult, but those occasions are rare and, again, partially your fault - you
picked them. We can also learn to avoid tricks that flirt with The Point of No
Return - tricks that once you start, you have to finish.
Way: Finally Final Aces Steve Reynolds I was on the phone with Jon
Racherbaumer in the mid '90s, and our conversation moved to Hamman's Final Aces.
Jon confided that his mentor had a version that could be done with no gimmicks,
no duplicates, with a borrowed deck, and performed surrounded. I've never seen
that version of Final Aces, but the idea of it stuck with me. Eventually, I had
a eureka moment when working through Marlo's Trilogy in Blue. This Technicolor
version had multiple phases and took full advantage of the assumptions of the
audience. Specifically, the audience assumes that the Aces have blue backs, and
the twelve indifferent cards are red. If the spectators see the face-up Aces,
they assume that the four cards have blue backs. By the same token, if they see
four blue backs, they assume that the cards are Aces. Marlo's approach spurred
this month's offering in "The Monk's Way," which uses a different strategy to
strengthen the assumptions.
Classic Correspondence: Kellar to
Thurston Mike Caveney This marks the 72nd letter that has appeared
under the "Classic Correspondence from Egyptian Hall Museum" banner. After many
months of writing about little-known or completely unknown magicians, I have
chosen to finish off this group of letters with two towering figures in American
magic. It would be difficult to imagine two more important names from the Golden
Age of Magic than Harry Kellar and Howard Thurston. Kellar became the
uncontested master of American magic, a role that he filled magnificently until
his retirement in 1908, naming Howard Thurston as his successor. Kellar stayed
in touch with his young protégé, wanting to know how his crowds were, suggesting
new material for his show, and passing along the latest gossip. His chatty
letters from this period were always handwritten on custom-printed notecards
that folded in half.
For What It's Worth: Clap For Me Mark
Kornhauser Forced applause is the scourge of the entertainment world. Forced
applause takes away the meaning from genuinely appreciative applause. Forced
applause means the entertainer cares more about the appearance of success than
the experience of a genuine connection. Even though natural appreciation is a
more gratifying experience for the audience, clap-addict performers insist that
the audience must continually demonstrate its approval. Standing ovations, also,
are often shrewdly manufactured. I've known a few magicians who do not feel it
beneath them to employ time-honored techniques to encourage a "Standing
Walkabout Soup: A7 Flyers: The Guerrilla Marketing Secret
Weapon Simon Coronel One of the best pieces of advice I was ever given
for promoting a show was to give a flyer to every human being you interact with.
Buying coffee? Give the barista flyer. Someone asks you for the time? Tell them,
then give them a flyer. You never know who will turn out to have a big group of
friends itching for a show to see. However, to do this, it helps to have flyers
on you at all times. Conventional postcard-sized flyers or postcards make this
tricky unless you're carrying a bag, and even then there will be moments when
you're bag-free and flyerless. The best flyer approach I've found is to design
your flyers in A7 size.