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Items to be added to my repertoire

I'm working on two effects these days: "The Trick That Cannot Be Explained" a la Eugene Burger, and "Kismet Connection" in Ted Lesley's Paramiracles.

Posted by James Short on April 14, 2024 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Arkansas Magic Convention

I was just at the Arkansas Cavalcade of Magic and I had a great time, plus I picked up a few neat goodies. My first purchase was a Tommy Wonder take on Wild Card called "The Tamed Cards". It came with a DVD and preassembled props. At an auction I got Harry Robson's Worker's Dream wallet at less than half the retail value. And finally I picked up "Challenge Name-A Card" by Mark Strivings.

I have a few takeaways from the convention:

  • The hotel was nice. The room was clean…
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Posted by James Short on March 29, 2024 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Looking for Illusionists for a viral video idea based on a TikTok Trend

Hello Everyone, 

I am looking for illusionists, magicians and assistants (hate using that term, I prefer stage partners) to help design a video to go viral. On Tiktok, there's a trend where people are saying "I'm (we're) a ____________, of course I (we) ____________". I have a couple of these for "I'm a magician, of course I ________________", so I want to get a bunch of magicians and illusionists to video one illusion or trick each and have them say the line. I want to put…

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Posted by Vinnie Spano on March 8, 2024 at 4:11pm — 3 Comments

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

 

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Wild About Harry Houdini

Deconstructing Houdini '53: Genie in a Bottle

Continuing my scene-by-scene dissection of the 1953 biopic HOUDINI starring Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh. Last time, Houdini defended himself in court. Now, he completes a strange pilgrimage.Chapter 15: Genie in a BottleThe next scene in Houdini '53 takes us to the home of the elusive Herr Von Schweger and begins the movie's turn to a somewhat darker tone. While one might think this scene is pure

Just Wild About Harry: Houdini in Detroit, May 28

The Dearborn Heights City Libraries presents "Just Wild About Harry: Houdini in Detroit" on Tuesday, May 28, at the Caroline Kennedy Library from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Details below.Harry Houdini played Detroit 19 times between 1894 and 1926. Local audiences witnessed nearly all of his increasingly dangerous signature tricks first hand, and saw his star rise from the bottom of show bills to very top.

Did Houdini escape from Scrubs?

This photo sold over the weekend in Haversat & Ewing Galleries Auction #45 for $354. The auction description says it came from the Houdini family in the 1990s. On it, we see a notion in Houdini's hand reading: "Wormwood Scrubs Jail entrance London."Still in operation today, Wormwood Scrubs is located in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. Houdini did perform at the Hammersmith

See 'From Russia With Love' in a Houdini theater

Some of you may know that James Bond is another passion (and blog) of mine. But 007 and Houdini rarely intersect. Until now!On June 15, the Bond classic From Russia With Love (1963) will screen in 35mm at the Palace Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Of course, the Palace was originally the Orphuem where Houdini himself appeared in 1915 and 1923. The screening will be followed by a Q&A about

Houdini gives Lila Lee a thrill

It's a shame none of the actors who worked with Houdini in his movies were ever properly interviewed (to my knowledge). Many of these actors lived long lives. A good case in point is Lila Lee, Houdini's co-star in Terror Island, who died in 1973. One wonders if biographers like Milbourne Christopher ever attempted to track her down. So much could have been learned.Today the best we have is

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    24. How Magic Saved My Life - Part 1

    All magicians have a story on how they became a magician. We found someone who has an unusual story that will show you that the art of magic is truly magical. Vee Sovann tells how magic turned his life around in a very dramatic way. 

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    23. The Trivia of Magic Babylon

    This episode discusses the new magic trivia book Magic Babylon with it's author Joe Hernandez. You can find the book on Amazon.com

    Be sure to also check out the new S.A.M. history book at magicsam.com/historybook.

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    22. Joe Givan's Halloween Disaster

    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

    You can learn more about Theater of Dreams at www.amazingshows.com

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

    To learn more about The Society of American Magicians. please visit www.magicSAM.com

    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.

    You can learn more about the book and how to order at www.magicsam.com/historybook

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

    To learn more about The Society of American Magicians. please visit www.magicSAM.com

    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.

    The book is available on www.amykimlat.com

     

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