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New routine

While trying (and failing) to nap, a routine popped into my head. It's going to be called Thinking Traps, and will deal with beliefs, confirmation bias, and cognitive dissonance.

Stay tuned for further developments.

Posted by James Short on February 21, 2024 at 1:54pm — 1 Comment

Free magic resources I like

  • Vanish Magazine
  • Imagine Magazine
  • Michael Close newsletter
  • Denis Behr's Conjuring Archive
  • Knowledge Base and TLPP effects at lybrary.com

Posted by James Short on February 3, 2024 at 11:35am — 3 Comments

A nice routine from the December Linking Ring

In the December Linking Ring there is a great, easy-to-do routine in Mike Powers' column "The Card Corner". It's called "Leader-hosen" by Gary Ward. I love the ending particularly.

I adapted the middle Oil and Water phase to an effect I already do. Mr. Ward's ending plays particularly well in the script I already had for my routine.

Posted by James Short on January 20, 2024 at 12:05pm — 1 Comment

Dal Sanders Video

Amazing to see so many old standards being used to sell the technology of that time. More amazing is to see how technology has changed over the years. What's a VHS and the cabinet to store them in?

Posted by Don Wiberg on December 22, 2023 at 1:13pm — 1 Comment

“Jumping to Conclusions” by Harapan Ong - A Review

Richard Kaufman has been responsible for a number of fantastic compilations. One of those was Richard's Almanac. Vol. 2 No. 20 of that work was a Max Maven issue. Mr. Maven had a number of really good effects in there, among them a delightful word test called "Drawing Conclusions". The participant freely (!) chose a symbol, and some of the other symbols were used as a reveal.

Cut to 2023. Harapan Ong released "Jumping to Conclusions".

Harapan, with permission from Mr.…

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Posted by James Short on December 15, 2023 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Experts

There are plenty of experts on the internet. If you don't believe they're experts just ask 'em. The qualifications for "expert" baffle me.



An example from a now-obsolete online forum: A young gentleman went on to several magic groups asking how to get booked. He was given several pieces of advice, ranging from really bad to...adequate. A week later this same young man came back to the same groups touting himself as an expert, saying he was going to put out a…

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Posted by James Short on November 14, 2023 at 3:26pm — 2 Comments

 

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Wild About Harry Houdini

Leap Day Dash

While we know Hardeen was born on March 4, 1876, in Budapest, like his famous brother, he later claimed Appleton as his birthplace and changed his birthdate. The date Dash chose was February 29 (Leap Day), showing he had a sense of humor about all this. As it only happens once every four years, let's celebrate Hardeen's "birthday" today with some dashing posters.Below is one of my all-time

Holmes & Houdini Issue 2

The dynamic duo of Holmes & Houdini are back in issue 2 of this three-part series from Zenescope written by Honor Vincent with artwork by Oliver Borges. Girls get it done...again!The die has been cast, the game is afoot, and this thrilling journey has begun to unfold! Spencer Holmes and Erica Houdini’s lives would never have crossed-paths or so they thought. But when a plot that involves

Jasper Blakeley presents CHARLATAN

Award-winning magician Jasper Blakeley presents a Houdini-themed magic and mentalism show at The Small Space in Wales beginning March 1, 2024. Details below.Enjoy a full 90 minute show of astounding magic and laughs from World-Class Magician and entertainer Jasper Blakeley. 'CHARLATAN' is Jasper's most ambitious show to date and centres around the history of the con artist world of

Sunset Harry

Our friend Dean Carnegie recently shared this image on his Instagram. Yes, I know I just did a post about how A.I. can't get Houdini right. But in this case it did, and offers us a glimpse at what could have been. It's kinda moving, actually. View this post on Instagram A post shared by carnegiemagic (@carnegiemagic) Related: Houdini agedWhat if Houdini didn't die in 1926?

Talking Houdini on The Macabre World Podcast

This week, I had the great pleasure of being interviewed by Raquel Digati on The Macabre World Podcast. "Rocky" had some great questions and we covered a lot of ground in a short amount of time. You can listen at the Dark Art Studio, Spotify, Amazon Music, or via your favorite podcatcher.Follow The Macabre World Podcast on Facebook and Instagram.Thank you, Rocky! Related: Episode 146: A Voice

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    They thought they had a sure thing with a Halloween show that would bring in hundreds of people. They soon found out that luck was not on their side. Listen to a funny tale of a time when things didn't turn out the way they expected. Guest Joe Givan of Theater of Dreams in Castle Rock Colorado tells the Story

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    The Expert at the Card Table is defined by many as the definitive book on sleight of hand card magic.

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