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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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