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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
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  • Michael Close newsletter
  • Denis Behr's Conjuring Archive
  • Knowledge Base and TLPP effects at

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.…


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


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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Wild About Harry Houdini

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 website HERE or via your favorite podcatcher.Follow The Macabre World Podcast on Facebook and Instagram.Thank you, Rocky! Related: Episode 146: A Voice from Beyond

Houdini, the Magician's Code, and the Talking Tea Kettle scandal revisited

Recently, magician Murray Sawchuck has been posting magic exposure videos on his social media. Scott Wells posted an interview with Murray in which he defends his actions. Scott also posted an interview with David Sandy, Bill Smith, and Mark Holstein explaining why magicians should protect magic secrets. I thought this was a good time to update this post from 2012 about when Houdini found himself

Reviews and pics from 'Houdini's Greatest Escape'

Houdini's Greatest Escape, the new play from New Old Friends in association with Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, is currently touring the UK through June 30, 2024. It offers a humorous take on Houdini's story. Below are links to some reviews.What's Good To DoFairy Powered ProductionsRobbie's Backstage BantsWest End Best FriendBroadway World(If you've reviewed this play, please send me the link&

Houdini's war on fake mediums began 100 years ago today

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the start of Houdini's first lecture tour exposing the practices of fake spirit mediums. The tour kicked off at the Plaza Theatre in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, on February 18, 1924. The only reason I know this is thanks to a program in the Harry Ransom Center that Houdini himself annotated as being "very rare."Houdini's first tour ran for five weeks. He

The next, next stop

What would Houdini's life have been like had he lived beyond Halloween 1926? We can only speculate. But we do have a good idea of what his November would have looked like. Houdini had planned to play his "3 Shows in One" for two weeks at the Garrick Theater in Detroit. His second week would have commenced on Halloween. He would then have traveled to Cleveland and the Hanna Theater for a one-week.

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

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