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Inside The Box- Issue 26 - Cat & Mouse 1 Reply

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Worlds Fastest Silk Vanish 1 Reply

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Inside The Box- Issue 24- Gender Reveal 6 Replies

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Inside The Box- Issue 23- As-U-Rah

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An exercise in concise scripting

Rick Maue turned me on to an exercise that helps with concise scripting. It's the Two Sentence Horror Story. I really like this exercise for multiple reasons. Below are some examples of ones I've written.

* I've never held a baby before.

Is this much blood normal?

* That face looks really familiar.

I just can't imagine why it's coming out of my wall.

* Getting out of prison was easy.

Killing myself to do so was the hard part.

* Her eyes…


Posted by James Short on September 24, 2023 at 11:45am — 1 Comment

Check Out the New Charlotte Pendragon Diaries

Check out Charlotte's new blog and podcast where she writes about her magical journey and talks about her beautiful experiences (and not-so-beautiful ones). https://charlottependragon. 

Posted by Jim Stott on September 22, 2023 at 9:25am — 4 Comments

Retail Therapy

I have more than enough magic to last a lifetime of someone much younger than me, so naturally I picked up the most recent Dani DaOrtiz book.

Posted by James Short on September 17, 2023 at 2:10pm — 1 Comment

What Can a Clown Teach You About Public Speaking?

What Can a Clown Teach You About Public Speaking?

As many of you know, this past week has been National Clown Week.

Just kidding - Most of you do not know it was National Clown Week.

It's 2023, and I've become known to many as a speaker, trainer, and entertainer, spending most of my time in front of the classroom or an audience. 

I have spent most of my life on…


Posted by Tommy Knucklehead on September 13, 2023 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

An exercise

I like to periodically set myself up with challenges to hone my abilities. Sometimes it's creating an effect, sometimes it's essays on my thoughts about magic, and sometimes it's coming up with a meaningful presentation for some effect I haven't scripted yet.

Like many magicians, I've had Nickels to Dimes for roughly forever. And like many magicians, I relegated it to the back of my junk drawer, for forever minus a few weeks. I decided it was time to add this back to my…


Posted by James Short on September 7, 2023 at 7:10am — 1 Comment

Theory and Action

I used to have long discussions on magical theory with a friend. We would talk about word usage, effect selection, performance persona, attitude, body language, whatever. He then took off to parts unknown (well, Malone's bar) to try his hand at being a professional magician. We've (sort of) kept in contact, and in one of his emails he seemed to discount those theoretical discussions as being of limited value. I'm hoping this is due to his enthusiasm for the current 'hands-on' nature of…


Posted by James Short on March 31, 2023 at 7:49am — 5 Comments


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Wild About Harry Houdini

Checkered flag photo identified at last!

This is a photo that has long vexed Houdini buffs. It appears on page 179 of Kenneth Silverman's Notes to Houdini!!! and shows Houdini flagging a race car. Most intriguingly, the photo is captioned:Inscribed on the back by N.J. Weiss, Houdini’s sister-in-law: “Worcester, Mass, King, driver, last picture of Harry, 1926″.Was this photo really taken in Worcester? Could it really be the last photo of

Start your engines

I just made a cool discovery. A long-time Houdini mystery solved. Working up a post and will share it tomorrow. In the meantime, here's a clue:

Houdini sighting in The Sentinel

Over the weekend I spotted two Houdini posters in the 1977 movie The Sentinel. This was made during the "Houdini Renaissance" of the 1970s, and the same year we got Houdini posters in Looking for Mr. Goodbar. I love this kind of thing.I caught this while watching my favorite Mystery Danakia Theater on Twitch.You can see more "Hidden Houdinis" from the 1970s below. Related: Houdini living on the

Haldane of the Secret Service turns 100

This week marks the 100th anniversary of the release of Houdini's Haldane of the Secret Service. I'm no longer sure of the exact release day. I've seen both Sept. 23 and Sept. 30 on F.B.O. trade advertisements. I suspect the 23rd was the ship date in anticipation of exhibitors having the movie ready for a Sept. 30 release. However, not many theaters did so. Haldane doesn't really start appearing

The Foolers play Houdini's Orpheum in Wichita

The Foolers will appear at the Wichita Orpheum Theater on October 5th as part of their 2023 Fall tour. Why is Wichita special? Because the Wichita Orpheum is where Houdini himself appeared during the week of November 25, 1923. The Wichita Daily Eagle, Nov. 25, 1923.The Orpheum wasn't the only place you could see Houdini that week. Haldane of the Secret Service was also playing at the Holland

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    SAM Podcasts!

    21. The S.A.M. History Book

    Editor David Charvet discusses the new book Magic in America: The Story of the Society of American Magicians written by David Goodsell. Get the behind the scenes story of the making of this monumental publication.

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    Hosted by Bruce Kalver, Backstage S.A.M. is a production of The Society of American Magicians.

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    20. Amy Kimlat Helps Girl Magicians

    Children's book author Amy Kimlat discusses her new book Hocus Pocus Practice Focus - The Making of a Magician.

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    19. Erdnase Who?

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

    On this episode, Director Hans Joachim Brucherseifer discuses his film The Expert at the Card Table - Looking for Erdnase and the mystery surrounding who the author truly was.

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    18. Ian Keable and the Century of Deception

    Ian Keable loves to do research. His latest book details 10 great hoaxes of the 18th century including a woman who gave birth to rabbits, ghosts who threw things around the house, and a man who proclaimed to be able to jump inside a pint bottle.


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    17: Out of the “Box” with Rory Rennick

    Henry Brown was a slave in the 1850’s who thought of a very novel and magical way to disappear. Magician Rory Rennick has done extensive research on this amazing piece of history.

    Backstage S.A.M. is hosted by Bruce Kalver and presented thanks to a grant from The Society of American Magicians Magic Endowment Fund. Support the podcast by joining the S.A.M. at

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