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Issue Number: #1037
Date: Sunday 14th July 2013
Editor: Alan Watson
E-mail: editor@magicnewzealand.com
Hi here is the latest news

1. Editors Message
2. Magic 1400s-1950s - Amazon.com: $42.52
3. Covered This Week on Vanishlive.Com
4. S.A.M. Contests of Magic - 2013
5. IBM/SAM 2014 Combined Convention - July 1-5
6. Magicseen 51
7. Remarkable Magic #309 - Nick Lewin
8. Attending Conventions - #304 - Kyle Peron
9. MagiCelebration 2013 July 31- August 3rd Colon Michigan
10. Carney Magic Comedy & Magic Theater
11. The Amazing Kreskin
12. Davenport's Magic Kingdom
13. Tricky Business - Presented By the South African Magical Society
14. KIDabra Conference 2013
15. TMG Volume Two
16. Rick Lax - Tricky Business of Innovation
17. Wayne Houchins New Zealand lecture tour
18. Magic New Zealand App
19. e-zine Archives
20. Privacy Policy and Copyright Notice

1. Editors Message
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2. Magic 1400s-1950s - Amazon.com: $42.52
Article forwarded by Mel Kientz (US)

Taschen's collection of classic magician art is sinister and wondrous

by Charlie Jane Anders

If you want to spend the Fourth of July long weekend being transported to a world of vintage wonder, you should seriously consider picking up Magic: 1400s-1950s, a brand new printing from the art-book powerhouse Taschen. Check out some exclusive artwork from the book below.

Magic: 1400s-1950s is just what it sounds like: an overview of magicians from late Medieval manuscripts to the period just after World War II. The text is lovely, with essays and captions by Mike Caveney and Jim Steinmeyer that illuminate just how magicians were innovating in the field of special effects - and razzle dazzle - over a more than 500-year period. We learn that "magic is the oldest performing art," going back to the Egyptian pharoahs, and we discover why so many magicians wanted to surround themselves with mystical glamour and quasi-Satanic demon imagery.

Magic. 1400s-1950s
List Price: $69.99
Amazon.com: $42.52

But really, the star of the book is the artwork, which you could easily lose a few hours in paging through and noticing weird little details. There are page after page packed with images, many of them just like the cover of Glen Gold's Carter Beats the Devil. We're incredibly stoked to be able to feature some of the artwork here, including a couple of images that are featured exclusively at io9, including the full version of the one up top:

3. Covered This Week On Vanishlive.Com
Message by - Mick Peck
Online Content Editor

Jeff McBride on the Downsizing of Magic, Franz Harary debuts at the City of Dreams, a Talented Trickster Short on Charisma, David Copperfield's magical relationship with God and Judiasm, Criss Angel accuses Dynamo of stealing his tricks, James Franco on working with Lance Burton, Helder Guimaraes and Derek DelGaudio, the NEW series of Masters of Illusion and more!

VanishLive features DAILY updates of magic news from around the globe, plus regular contributions from Jeff McBride, Eugene Burger, Steve Spill, Nick Lewin, Keith Fields, Bizarro, Paul Romhany, Richard Webster and others.

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4. S.A.M. Contests of Magic - 2013
Message by Dr. Paul Critelli Close-Up Magic Contest Chairperson's

High Score Award and Silver Medal of Merit: Alberto Lorenzo - Florida
Second Highest Score Award: Davio Wu - Taiwan
The William Andrews Mystic Craig Award for Professional Promise: Yuri Terashima - Japan
Brad Jacobs People's Choice Award: Alberto Lorenzo - Florida
Originality Award: Davio Wu - Taiwan
Presidential Award: Alan Wu - Wisconsin

Father Cyprian Murray Stage Magic Contest
Chairperson's High Score Award: Chang Min Lee - South Korea
Second Highest Score Award: Trent James - Illinois
Brad Jacobs People's Choice Award: Trent James - Illinois
Originality Award: John Walton - Washington
Presidential Award: Steve Owens - California

4. IBM/SAM 2014 Combined Convention - July 1-5
I.B.M. and S.A.M. announce registration for blockbuster 2014 combined convention.

The world's two largest magic organizations will hold a combined convention in St. Louis, Missouri, on July 1-5, 2014. The convention will draw amateur and professional magic enthusiasts from every corner of the world and attendance will be limited to 1400 registrants.

Featured during the five day event will be the FISM North American Championships of Magic in close-up and stage with winners having the opportunity to compete in the FISM 2015 World Championships of Magic in Rimini, Italy. Competitors will also be competing in stage and close-up magic for the I.B.M. Gold Medal and Gold Cups, the S.A.M. Gold and Silver Medals of Honor, as well as the IBM/SAM Champion of Magic selected by People's Choice. Cash prizes and performing contracts for winners could exceed $20,000.

The convention, spanning the St, Louis Renaissance Grand Hotel and the Peabody and Ferrara Theaters, will also feature a welcome party, opening show, three gala evening shows, final contest show, a close-up gala show, international lecturers, dealers from around the world, an elegant banquet, awards presentations, farewell party, plus special events for members and spouses.

New for the 2014 Combined Convention will be the Lance Burton Young Magician's Seminar for magicians between the ages of 7 and 19 taking place two days before the official convention opening. When registering for the combined convention, young magicians can attend this exclusive event at no charge. Young magicians under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult (parent, relative or guardian) who is registered for the 2014 Combined Convention.

Registration information and forms, contest information and forms and a preliminary schedule overview can be found on the convention website www.ibmsam.com

6. Magicseen 51
Message by Chris Wasshuber

Cover: Kevin James

Welcome - editor's letter
Flukes - article - Christopher Congreave A Quick Catch Up with … Bob Swadling - Mark Leveridge News Pros and Cons - It's All a Metter of Opinion - Mark Leveridge
- Should you include games in your children's shows, or just magic?
Luca Volpe - Italy's Golden Boy
All In Character, Part 2 - Morgan and West In the Phone Box - with ace world record holder Thomas Blacke - Mark Leveridge So You Want to be a … Creative Magician - Mark Leveridge The Twins FX - Flying High (Without Wires) - interview Kevin James - The Man Who Knows Too Much! - cover article/interview by Graham Hey Agents and the 'Business of Show-Business' - Jay Fortune interviews Tobias Beckwith Fritz (with a 'Z') Alkemade - interview by George Luck Masterclass
- Moneyball - Fritz Alkemade
- Lettuce - Josh Janousky
Shed 7 with Greg Wilson
- Allegro - Miguel Puga (Magomigue) - DVD set
- Linkey - Alan Rorrison - effect on DVD
- Birthday Magic for Kid's Shows - Ian Adair - book
- Melting Point - Cashan Wallace - effect on DVD
- Clean Cash - Marc Oberon - money effect DVD with partial prop
- Tick Tock - Sean Goodman - effect DVD
- The Mirage - Dani DaOrtiz - effect DVD with deck
- To the Max - Keiron Johnson - effect DVD
- Vortex of Refreshment - David Regal - effect DVD with props
- Reading Writing - Ariel Frailich - book
- Portable Ink - Takel - card effect DVD with gimmick
- iUnlock Your Mind - Myke Phillips - iPhone App Zenon's Still the Man - Review: La Clique Show, Brighton, May 29th Next Time … Advertisers Listings Section Back Issues

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7. Remarkable Magic #309 - Nick Lewin
Message by Nick Lewin (US)

Looking forward to the PCAM.

August 1st-4th will be the PCAM (Pacific Coast Association of Magicians) convention. It is being held at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Hotel a healthy 'Toppit Throw' from the Burbank Airport. I am very excited to be attending the event.

The very first convention I attended in the USA was the PCAM and I had a blast, and I am expecting nothing less with the 2013 convention. For a smaller regional convention the talent line up is staggering, I guess the proximity to the Castle doesn't do any harm in this area.

The event kicks off on Thursday the 1st at 3.00pm and then moves into gear between 7.00-9.00 pm with a Welcome Party that features a No Host bar and a Nacho Bar. A Nacho Bar-you have got to love Los Angeles! No word on whether the Nacho Bar is hosted or not, but it will include a Larsen Family Tribute.

Mental note to self-Don't imbibe too heartily at either the alcoholic or nacho bar on that opening night party, there is a Dealers Show from 10.00-11.30 that night and I will be in it. I will be demonstrating some of the new items from my online magic store. I fondly remember how much fun and excitement Ken Brooke used to create at Dealers Shows when I was a youngster; if I avoid that second plate of nachos I hope to do the same.

The talent pool of lecturers is dazzling for this year's convention and features, Tim Mannix, David Gabbay, Howard Hamburg, Max Maven, Johnny H, Ice McDonald, Shawn Farquhar, David Regal and Paul Green. Read that list again and tell me that it doesn't make you want to rush to http://www.pcam2013.com and see about registering for the event. That is a mighty distinguished group of lecturers. There are also 'day' and 'event' passes available for interested local magicians.

Two major evening shows are being held on the Friday and Saturday night featuring; Jimmy H, Andrew Goldenhersh, Shawn Farquhar, Rob Zabreky, Trever & Lorena, Paul Green and Ice McDonald. There are many other great shows, contests and events to enjoy during the convention and they are all listed on the convention web site.

I am rather excited because my goal in attending the event is to do a live introduction of my new product line from Lewin Enterprises, my online magic home of the 'Nick Lewin Ultimate' line of magical releases. I have been busy lining up exciting props, books, DVDs and routines and this will be the first time I have presented them live.

I will be attending the PCAM convention with my wife and partner Susan; known to many magicians as 'Mrs. Nick,' joining us will be Rolando Medina. Rolando is head of visualization and chief 'Maker' for our product line. Medina has just relocated from San Antonio, Texas to Las Vegas, he is an awesome manufacturing wizard and we are proud to be working with him as our right hand man.

Visiting with us will be another key member of our team Steve Mitchell; we couldn't spend four days in Burbank and miss the opportunity to dine at 'The Smoke House' with Steve. Mitchell is a master of graphics, marketing, design and anything else artistic. Without Steve's involvement I would never have embarked on 'Lewin Enterprises.' Knowing Steve was right by my side to tell me when I am doing something dumb has been a wonderful and reassuring thing.

One member of our team who will not be in Burbank is Miko Montgomery, who is our head of Video Production. Miko is a really gifted filmmaker who I am thrilled to be working with. We just completed a DVD detailing the Slow Motion Newspaper Tear I have been closing my act with for thirty years. The video is just great and makes a really classic magic effect possible without most of the learning curve you would expect. The DVD will be available for the first time at PCAM 2013 and available online soon after.

If you are going to be at the convention stop by my dealer's booth and say "Hi" it is always a pleasure to meet up with old magic friends, and to make new ones. I will be writing a detailed run down of the event in 'Vanish' magazine and a couple of cameo interviews in 'Magic New Zealand ezine.'

Check out my blog at www.remarkablemagic.com for my latest releases and writings. My web site is the home of my online magic store at www.nicklewin.com

8. Attending Conventions - #304 - Kyle Peron
Message by Kyle Peron (US)

Well I just got back from yet another magic convention. I attended the 2013 Society of American Magicians Convention in Washington, DC. As I drove back home I started to ask myself why I go to conventions? What is it about magic conventions that appeals to me?

Certainly the shows are amazing with top-notch talent from all over the world. Getting a chance to see them perform live fuels my creativity and love for the art. It helps me to see the beauty of our art form and what others have done to create unique entertainment experiences.

The lectures are also amazing and perhaps they have the drawing power to me. Being able to learn from some of the best in the business appeals to me. It helps me to continue to learn and strive to push myself to be better for magic, better for my business and better for my audiences.

I even thought about location, special events, talent line up and the likes. The more I drove, the more I thought about all of this. What is it that appeals to me about conventions? Why do I go and come back wanting more?

Suddenly a smile came over my face. A single thought entered my head and I knew why. I knew clearly the one thing that draws me to a convention and keeps me coming back time and again. The more I smiled the more it made sense to me.

It was not the talent nor the shows it was not the lectures or the dealer room. It was none of these things. Sure they are all fun and they are important. However, to me there was a far greater reason. That reason was "friendship."

It sounds too easy or might come off sounding a bit odd to you. To me, friendship is why I go. Every time I get to meet old friends I only see once a year. I get to share stories with them and laugh with them and learn from them.

I also get to meet people I have never seen before and build long lasting friendships with them as well. Getting the chance to share in the art of magic with someone else is so refreshing and rewarding.

This sense of friendship is what draws me in and what empowers me year after year. The friends I meet and know become my magic family. Attending the S.A.M. National Convention made me realize all of this. It made me realize that attending is like attending a large family reunion year after year.

My magic family fills me with joy and happiness. My magic family teaches me and encourages me along my magical journey. So will I be back? Will I attend this convention and others? ABSOLUTELTY! Family sticks together and friendships last a lifetime.

As always, I encourage you the readers to let me know your thoughts. So if you have any thoughts on my articles or suggestions or comments, please feel free to e-mail me directly at magic4u02@aol.com. I would love to hear from you.

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9. MagiCelebration 2013 July 31- August 3rd Colon Michigan
Message by Rick Fisher (US)

Rabbits hereabouts are seeking shelter because the magicians are coming to town!

4 Days of Terrific Magic!

A different show at the air conditioned Colon High School every nite featuring: Charlie Frye & Company,Devlin,Dick Stoner,Rick Fisher,Baffling Bill, Aaron Balcom,Dave Pendleton,Danny Orleans,Sonny Fontana, Sylvester Jester, Gordo & Company, Norm Barnhart, Normondo!, Ron Jaxon

6 Lectures, Close Up Show - Our Youth Contest Is - Sold Out!

We cannot believe the amount of entrants that have registered for the $1000 prizes!

Unfortunately we had to turn some down because of the response.

Dealers - World's Largest Magic Flea market, FREE shows in the shop every day!

Special Magic History Tours - so much more!

Registration - is can you believe it - only $125.00 - spouse and youth only $75!!!

The best value magic convention on the planet! Special hotel rates - only $62.50 per nite at the America's Best Value Inn in Three Rivers...don't delay! Come check it out online - www.colonmichiganmagic.com

10. Carney Magic Comedy & Magic Theater
Message by John Carney (US)
Sunday matinees at 3pm
July 14 - Sept. 8

Magic Castle's Most Awarded Performer
As Seen on David Letterman's Late Show

Carney Magic is a theatre show that blends mind-blowing sleight of hand with intelligence, taste, and wit, into unique afternoon of pure entertainment. This is definitely NOT your typical "magic" show.

Carney's approach is smart, engaging, and often hilarious.

Amazing magic, crazy characters, and lots of audience participation and laughs.
This is a show that will amaze you, as it charms and delights.

More info at CarneyMagic.com
Tickets available at BrownPaperTickets.com

Tickets : All Ages $15

Two Roads Theater
4348 Tujunga Ave.
Studio City, Ca 91604

11. The Amazing Kreskin
Message by Wayne Alan

The Historic North Theatre
Performing Arts Center
Est. 1947
Main Theatre, Balcony Mini Theatre,
Restaurant & Bar, Gallery, Gift Shop and Celebrity B&B
629 North Main Street, Danville, VA 24540
Phone 434-793-SHOW (7469) www.TheNorthTheatre.com

Contact: Wayne Alan-434-793-SHOW (7469)

The Amazing Kreskin performs at the Historic North Theatre in Danville, VA.
He tells people things about themselves that only they can possible know!
Kreskin promises to find his hidden check or forfeit his fee!

{Danville VA.} The world's most famous mentalist, "The Amazing Kreskin" will be appearing at The Historic North Theatre Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 8 p.m. in Danville Virginia. He's 78 years young, still tours 45 weeks a year and has a new book titled "Conversations with Kreskin" with a special forward written by Roger Ailes of FOX News & Television. The theatre is located at 629 N.Main St.

Tickets sections range from $25.00, $20.00, $15.00 & $10.00. To purchase online go to: www.TheNorthTheatre.com or to purchase over the phone and for group sales and more information call: 434-793-SHOW{7469}

With a showman's flair, a comedian's wit, and the capacities of a bona fide Mentalist or thought reader, The Amazing Kreskin has, for 5 decades, dramatized the unique facets of the human mind, his own! His very name has become an integral part of pop culture throughout the world, invoked in comedy clubs, comic strips, print stories, and TV shows.

When Johnny Carson played the character "Carnac the Magnificent" on the "Tonight Show", he was spoofing the Amazing Kreskin. Kreskin a favorite guest on Johnny's show and Merv Griffin has also been a regular on Howard Stern, David Letterman, and "Regis & Kathy Lee." Currently he makes frequent appearances on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," and "Mike Huckabee.".

In 2008, Tom Hanks produced and co-starred with John Malkovich in "The Great Buck Howard" which was fashioned after the Amazing Kreskin's life. To quote David Letterman, "Kreskin should sue the producers of the TV show, "The Mentalist" for stealing his act. He's the best mentalist in the world and he's not acting!" Kreskin can tell people things about themselves that only they or a close friend would know!

For his performance at the theatre, Kreskin asks that his check be hidden by the audience somewhere in the theater during the show. He will attempt to find it and if he fails, he will forfeit his fee. Amazing Kreskin also offers $1,000,000.00 to anybody that can prove that he employs paid secret assistants or confederates in any phase of his program to help him perform his mentalist "effects."

12. Davenport's Magic Kingdom
Message by Donald Bevan (UK)

A Dream to Reality
Reviewed by Donald Bevan

Amazing! Incredible! Wonderful! Wow! These were some of the utterances emanating from the four-score invited guests to the official opening of Davenport's Magic Kingdom situated in North Walsham, Norfolk on Saturday July 6th. Yes, this fascinating exhibition, museum, entertainment venue actually opened for business a few weeks ago, but this was the 'Official' day.

Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee, Lord John MacGregor and a few other magicians attended, but the bulk of the guest list consisted of those involved in this 30-year dream - architects, builders, designers, financial advisers, artists and craftsmen. The local lady Mayor, attending with her family and some Councillors, told me how much they enjoyed the visit and that 'the children think it's wonderful!'

Company Director Fergus Roy welcomed everyone. He gave a detailed résumé of the journey throughout three decades. From an initial thought to the present, emphasising this was not the end of the trail, only the beginning as many more magical artefacts from the Davenport Collection and archives were yet to be restored, unveiled and added to the exhibition. Plus other entertaining ideas.

Fergus then introduced Managing Director Roy Davenport, whose unbounding energy, enthusiasm and cheer cussedness in the face of adversity had brought it all about. Roy extended named thanks to those mentioned above, then brought on his 'Mum' Betty Davenport, who briefly performed the 'opening ceremony' by unveiling a plaque marking the occasion.

Split into small groups, visitors were then introduced to the mysteriously cloaked Elizabeth, who taking us through a burning fireplace (shades of Harry Potter Floo powder!) invited us to enter an inner sanctum and view a First Edition of Scot's Discoverie of Witchcraft from 1584, followed by gruesome details of witch-hunts and even a trick or two. This was well scripted and performed.

From thereon we entered a wonderland of magical intrigue - impossible and pointless to describe in detail. Suffice to say that magicians with even the slightest interest in magical history will be intrigued. Within colourful displays are illusions and artefacts from such as Robert-Houdin, Maskelyne, Devant, Chung Ling Soo, Servais Le Roy, Murray, Chang, Oswald Williams, Dante, Lyle, Levante, Kalanag and more. Step into a 'room' and you can be photographed actually being levitated by Paul Daniels. Simply follow the instructions.

Other rooms show film of Cardini, David Nixon and Tommy Cooper; there's a full-size version of Houdini's Water Torture Cell, the trunk used in Maskelyne's illusionary sketch Will, the Witch and the Watch (or Watchman).

Posters of leading magicians abound. There are hundreds of magic catalogues on display (always a wondrous source of magical information) and there's even a motorcar - Lewis Davenport's 1920s Rolls Royce, which only in comparatively recent years came back into the family's possession. Other prized items include splendid armchairs from Egyptian Hall and a full size Grand Piano from St. George's Hall, which on this special day was expertly played by a young man, who had 'vanished' before I could get his name! If you fancy a break and a cuppa, there is an extensive cafeteria area in which to relax.

It is important to note that this exhibition/museum is not designed simply to attract magicians. Quite the opposite. The general public, 'lay' people, will be the mainstay of this quite exciting project, the Norfolk coast and surrounding areas being popular with holiday-makers. Thus there are all kinds of activities including a Headless Lady side-show illusion, occasional Punch and Judy shows and magicians performing close-up magic. There are 'magic shops' selling tricks and memorabilia (if you are into nostalgia, seek out Oliver who fronts an amazing display of yesteryear Davenport and other props). Incidentally, throughout the exhibition there are no exposures, no gimmicks or fakes on display.

In addition there are frequent 30-minute shows throughout the day in the small intimate theatre, with genuine theatre seating, by Roy Davenport and/or magical guests. We saw Roy replicating his great-grandfather Lewis Davenport's act: vanishing wand, mutilated sunshade, fast tambourine production of ribbons, billiard balls and thimbles, colour-change waistcoats and more, followed by a superb Miser's Dream and 'signature' Linking Rings.

To be an integral part of this venture, named donations are invited. For £120 you can 'Name a Seat' in the theatre; or for £25 have your name inscribed on a 'Wall of Friends'. Simply visit the website below, click on 'Friends' and follow the instructions.

This 'report' is long enough, but which I hope gives a 'feel' to what the Davenport family have achieved and their plans for the future - which include possible further expansion as they hold a long lease on substantial land. They deserve every support.

For booking and other details: www.davenportsmagickingdom.co.uk
01692 405254

© Donald Bevan, July 2013.

13. Tricky Business - Presented By the South African Magical Society
Review by Murray McGibbon

Tricky Business

At the Rhumbelow Theatre presented by the South African Magical Society (SAMS)

I was very fortunate to catch the last performance of Tricky Business, a fun-filled, family friendly magic show directed with style and panache by Ricki Gray, Vice President of SAMS.

While the magic on stage was of a high professional standard, there was also magic "in-the-air" as far as the audience was concerned, with "ooh's" and "aah's" abounding and deafening applause at some of the more intricate mysteries being performed.

Top honours must go to the show's producer and director Ricki Gray whose irrepressible energy and enthusiasm was clearly evident in the final, polished product. He certainly puts the "Energizer Bunny" in the shade. Literally!

Gray also served as a witty compere and master illusionist. He must be one of the most prominent unsung entertainers in the country, His record of accomplishments as a professional performer originally from the UK, with experience in ice shows, cruise ships, and a Royal Command performance for Queen Elizabeth leave him without equal.

The slick, fast-moving show opened with a magical dance sequence choreographed by Gray, featuring Dancers, Graeme Harpham (a doctor of chiropractic), Shelley Dady (an accountant) and Kirsty Randall. Adding variety and spice was the good-looking 17 year old saxophonist Charl Rossouw, from Westville Boys High School.

After setting the mood for the show, with Gray's "naughty but nice" comic business, the first magician to grace the stage was the engaging Bennie Matthee, the President of SAMS. I have seen his act before and noted a confidence and assurance that is developing with experience. Mathee, who works in computer web design, climaxed his act with an impressive razor blade swallowing routine. Younger members of the audience were suitably warned not to try this at home! Neatly costumed, his presentation would be enhanced by having his column-cum-table designed in such a way that can it can be effortlessly wheeled off stage.

I have watched Adi Paxton, now a full time children's entertainer, puppeteer, radio actress and clown (aka Cherry) for many years since she first started performing and it was gratifying to see the confidence and ease with which she wove her magical, whimsical thread though her performance. Being the only lady magician in the province, she has carved herself a unique niche.

Adrian Smith is another magician who has matured into a worthy magician of note. His act is much more controlled and elegant now, and it is hardly surprising he is making his living from magic. His Vegas card routine had a definite "how the hell did he do that?" quality. At the performance I saw he used a young boy from the audience to magically pull coins out of thin air, as well as from the boy's nose, ear and sundry other parts of the anatomy!

The look of astonishment and sheer, unbridled awe, on the boy's face, surely touched the life of that young audience member. I have no doubt that the young man in question was bitten by the "magic bug" and will be asking for a magic set next Christmas. This subtle, yet powerful performance intention gave the show an endearing quality as patrons were not only entertained, but educated, thereby nurturing new generations of audience members.

It is always a delight to see Keith Pettengell on stage. A busy specialist surgeon, magic has been a lifelong hobby of his. He brought an old school (but not old-fashioned) charm to the proceedings, with his impeccable, classical magician's apparel and props. His sardonic wit, and comic patter neatly complemented a deft card trick and an amusing egg and scarf routine. Clearly this is a performer totally in command of his art and his audience. Years of experience and practice is telling.

The final act of the evening featured Wayne Driver who manages a butchery for a living. I predict that he will become a successful professional magician, given the skill he demonstrated in Tricky Business. Using standard, classical magic props, he put his personal stamp on the mystifying multiplying bottles, and the best cut and restored rope routine I have seen in many a year. I particularly enjoyed his Chinese Linking Rings, which in the hands of a master craftsman appeared utterly effortless and truly impossible.

As an admittedly somewhat jaded audience member, I was swept away by the sincere commitment and involvement of the performers. The charming Rhumbelow Theatre, reminded me for 100 minutes of a small theatre in Paris where many years ago I saw a magic variety show. With sound by Andre Norden and Lighting by Derek and Kevin Pearce, the SAMS production of TRICKY BUSINESS provided a wonderful antidote to the gloom, doom and dismal news permeating the country. Everyone left with a spring in their step and a smile on their face, having been transported into a magical world of make-believe. Make sure you do not miss next year's annual show!


Murray McGibbon is the former Director of Drama for NAPAC and The Playhouse Company. He is currently Professor of Acting and Directing at Indiana University in the USA. He first became interested in magic at the age of three and has performed and judged magic competitions nationally and internationally. He was awarded the Order of Merlin with Shield by the International Brotherhood of Magicians (USA) and is a Member of The Magic Club of London and the South African Magical Society.

©Presto Theatre International, 2013

14. KIDabra Conference 2013
Message by Mark Daniel (US)

KIDabra Conference 2013
"The Must Attend KIDshow Performers Event of the Year!"
August 6-9, 2013
The Music Road Complex in the resort town of
Pigeon Forge, TN

Your invited to join the KIDshow World as we gather in August for the 22nd time: The Year of Amazing!

Join a who's who of KIDshow Superstars: Al Lampkin, UT o Danny Orleans, IL, Kimmo, England o Tommy James, MA, Jimbo, England o Tamar, England, Greg Britt, New Zealand, Leon McBride, VA o Marcela Murad, FL, Jolly Roger, AZ o Jan Rose, IL, Mat Fore, TN o Buster Balloon, CA, Todd Neufeld, NY o John Carlson, NJ, BJ Hickman, RI o Joe Romano, VA, Terry Evanswood, TN o Ken Scott, GA, Barry Mitchell, TN o Tim Sonefelt, SC, Brad Ross, NJ o Jozo Bozo, Croatia, Todd McKinney, TX o Bruce Amato, TN, Jim Kleefeld, OH o Jim Austin, IN, Max Howard, GA o David Farr, MN, Chris Weed, AZ o Gary Shelton, NC , Tate Elliott, NC o Skip Way, NC, Tim Gaines, LA o Tom Dowling, OH, John Bobik, PA, and Your Conference Hosts Mark and Tami Daniel

Plus the amazing KIDabra Dealers Room with Axtell Expressions, Jeff Jones- Magic Backdrops, Tommy James Magic, Tim Sonefelt's Wonder Imagery, Barry Mitchell Products, Happie Amps, Brad Ross- Make Money Magic, William's Magic, Mingus Magic ( Feather Flowers), Michael Messing Photography, The Riz (Dave Risley), Jim Kleefeld Magic, Bruce Amato Magic, Jim Austin Magic, Todd Neufeld and Buster Balloon, and ShowTime Magic- The New Home of The Joe Lefler Table!

However we're not complete until you're with us.

Register at kidabra.org and follow the excitement on The KIDabra International Members and Friends Group on Facebook

15. TMG Volume Two
Message by Salil Kumar "Solyl" Kundu (India)

This final issue of volume two of TGM is full of "meats"- please read the following and judge for yourself. It must have set a record by including articles from the pen of three past IBM Int'l Presidents-Don Wiberg, Jep Hostetler and Ray Mangle - simply a prestigious issue!
The contents are …
" Let's have a chat - here in this space TGM openly discuss its success, failures, good or bad and everything - even a scoop is here in this issue.
" Past Glory of India - SN Dey - the generous magician is the profile LK Roy sketched in this issue.
" Did you know ... learn 13 mysterious facts about Jeffery Atkins - a magic personality.
" Tricky Teaser - by Derek Lawrence is the magical crossword puzzle for you to solve.
" MagicsXposed - this issue caters a mélange of magic - ten, yes Ten tricks.
1. MAGICamera by Somya Deb is a cute card caper for all
2. With-a-Snap by Fabian is another card caper but not 'just another'-a brilliant one!
3. Floating Cigarette by Solyl Kundu - you don't have to be a smoker to float a lit cigarette.
4. Some Notions by Ali Bongo - is not a trick but a thoughtful 'dressing' of an excellent effect by Werry of Germany.
5. Can or Bottle of Pop Production by Don Wiberg - is Simple but stunning!
6. Cow to Chicken by Jep Hostetler - Entertain with just a handkerchief or a table napkin.
7. Super Rope through Finger by Ray Mangel - a penetration effect as the tile suggests.
8. Cornered by Aldo Colombini - A jumbo card effect that can be repeated without worry and the creator's name suggests the quality of the effect!
9. The Houdini Touch My way by Gora Datta - A Peter Warlock effect modernized by a modern magician - you can't afford to miss it!
10. Selected Suit Divination by Tom Craven - A competent creator and performer of repute gives you one of his pet card caper.
" News and View around the Magicdom - caters national and international news. "
In addition, Cartoons, Publicity Tips Etc.
Edited by Salil Kumar "Solyl" Kundu. E-mail: thegimmickmagizette@gmail.com
and solylkundu@gmail.com

37 pages

16. Rick Lax - Tricky Business of Innovation
Article forwarded by Mel Kientz (US)

The Tricky Business of Innovation: Can You Patent a Magic Trick?

by Rick Lax

Rick Lax is a licensed, non-practicing attorney who wrote the books Lawyer Boy and Fool Me Once. He currently creates magic tricks for theory11 and Penguin Magic.

I created a magic trick with a balloon. You stretch out the balloon's nozzle, rip it off, and then magically reattach it as the balloon deflates. No secret props, no extra pieces: just one balloon. I spent months developing this trick, perfecting the psychology and the physiology. Then I spent weeks filming and editing the trick with magic distributor Theory11.com. We released "Detach" in February of 2012.

Some company in Russia copied it a couple months later. But they didn't just copy my trick - move for move, beat for beat - they copied the look and feel of the marketing in the trailer, too. [You can see for yourself by comparing those two links.]

In the field of magic, theft is rampant. Close-up magic wholesalers steal from close-up magic wholesalers. Parlor manipulators steal from parlor manipulators. Large-scale illusionists steal from large-scale illusionists.

Why do they do it? . . . Because they can.

David Copperfield spends years developing illusions, perfecting patter, and mastering misdirection. And then lots of large-scale illusionists steal his style, his jokes, his presentations. "French law protects artists much better than U.S. law," Copperfield says. "In France, I sued someone who stole my Flying illusion, and I was successful. The lawsuit prevented him from performing it again without compensating me."

Here in America, intellectual property law offers less help to magicians.

Everyone Steals - And It's Not About Innovation

Since moving to Vegas six years ago, I've gotten to know a handful of notable magicians and every single one of them has been ripped off. Bizzaro makes and sells Color Changing Sponge Balls; two different manufacturers market it without his permission internationally. Losander created a big, beautiful $2,000 illusion floating table; you can now buy a crappy knockoff for $500. Jeff McBride spent years developing a manipulation act that incorporates masks with feathers, canes, umbrellas, and streamers; someone in Thailand copied the entire thing. And that company in Russia continued to copy my other tricks: a card trick, a headphones trick.

Unfortunately, none of this copying is about the kind of competition and innovation that one arguably sees in an industry like fashion.

Just last month, Criss Angel attempted an illusion very similar to one done by German illusionist Jan Rouven in 2009. It goes like this: Six swords are hung above a table, upon which the magician lies. Five swords are positioned to fall inches away from the magician's body; one is positioned over the heart. The swords' handles are connected to ropes and given to a spectator, who releases them, one by one, not knowing which rope is connected to the kill sword. After the magician survives the five drops, he gets off the table to demonstrate what would have happened if the spectator had released the kill sword. It plunges down to where the magician's heart just was.

Rouven tells me that his backstage manager caught Angel examining the prop after one of Rouven's shows, and apparently Angel never asked Rouven for permission to perform the trick. What Angel did do - here's where things get interesting - is get "permission" from fantasy/horror director Clive Barker, whose 1995 film Lord of Illusions contained a scene in which a magician performed a trick in which swords dropped onto a table upon which the magician lay. Angel's prop looked a lot like the one in Barker's movie (circular table, gold spiral, extra sword), not like Rouven's.

But the similarities between Angel's trick and the Lord of Illusions trick ended there. The Lord of Illusions trick was an escape demonstration in which the magician was locked to the table and every sword was positioned to fall on him. In the movie, the swords weren't released by ropes held by a spectator (they dropped automatically), and the table rotated in one direction while the hanging swords rotated in the other. None of these things applied to Angel's trick.

So Angel made a prop that looked like Barker's but functioned like Rouven's.

The irony? The trick malfunctioned (the kill sword didn't drop; the prop was repaired in full view of the live audience), and Angel's website later rewrote who owned the trick by stating, "Criss is the only magician to whom Clive has given his permission and blessing to recreate this illusion, and no one else should be performing it without Mr. Barker's permission."

The Tricks of the Law

Patents don't protect secrets; they reveal them. Plus, many magicians' tricks don't use special devices; they use misdirection and sleight-of-hand.

Patents don't protect secrets; they reveal them.

It's not like the rampant copying or stealing has led to any new innovations or advanced the field of magic.

If a magician invents a device that allows him to, say, teleport across the stage in the blink of an eye, he can patent the device. But the patents themselves are open to the public. Anyone can see them. When an R.J. Reynolds tobacco newspaper ad revealed Horace Goldin's "Sawing a Lady in Half" illusion and Golden sued for "unfair competition," the court sided with Reynolds, essentially arguing something like "if you wanted to keep it a secret you shouldn't have patented it."

What about trade secret law? (This is different than trademark law, which only lets you protect the name or logo of your trick.) Liability is found against only those who share secrets "improperly." That means you can't score a job as Copperfield's assistant, promise to keep his secrets, and then turn around and start performing his tricks yourself. However, if you figure out one of his illusions while sitting in the audience, trade secret law won't stop you from copying it and performing it.

Prolific magic creator Andre Kole sued the "Masked Magician" and FOX for exposing his "Table of Death" illusion. It didn't go well. The court said the trick was too similar to a trick that had been published in several magic books the 1800s, and that under trade secret law, the courts must consider the "ease or difficulty with which the information could be properly acquired or duplicated by others." Because if a trick is published in several books, it's easy to acquire the information.

Copyrighting Magic

Although the federal Copyright Act of 1976 protects original "dramatic works" and "choreographic works," you can't currently copyright a magic trick.

You can only copyright the "pantomimes" surrounding the trick. That's what Teller (of Penn & Teller) did with his "Shadows" illusion. When a Dutch magician started selling a knockoff version, Teller sued him for infringement, even though international litigation can get messy. The suit wasn't about revealing the props' secrets; it was about the stolen choreography.

But should it be?

Current copyright law for magic is like saying you need a gun to rob a bank effectively, so, actually, let's just make the whole robbery legal.
Let's say I invent a Magic Jacket. I show both sides of the jacket, front and back. Looks totally normal. I slip the jacket on and zip it up. I pull its hood over my head. Then I put my arms behind my back. I pause. And then, as if possessed, the zipper unzips, the hood flies back, and the jacket peels itself off my shoulders and drops to the ground. (Applause here.)

It's a trick jacket, obviously. It looks normal, but it's got all sorts of wires and bands and electronics inside. I might spent years testing and perfecting the mechanics, but when I go to the copyright office, the only thing I can protect is the bit about showing both sides of the jacket and the bit about putting my arms behind my back.

Now let's imagine a rival magician steals my trick. Performs it on TV, on YouTube, at a theater next to mine. So I head to court to enforce my copyright. I tell the judge, "He's showing both sides of the jacket and he's putting his arms behind his back! That's my copyrighted choreography!"

My rival can defend himself with the merger doctrine. He'll say that my choreography is the only way to do the jacket trick: He has to show both sides of the jacket to show that it's (ostensibly) normal. Of course he has to put his hands behind his back, so his audience doesn't think he's unzipping the jacket from the inside. He'll argue that he can't perform the uncopyrightable trick without the copyrightable choreography, and that he's therefore not liable for infringement. And his argument will probably hold up.

This is like saying: It should be legal to bring a gun to a bank robbery because you need a gun if you're going to rob a bank effectively, so, actually, let's just make the whole robbery legal.

In magic, the prop and what you do with it are inseparable.

Look at it like this: You can copyright a choreography, and you can copyright a dramatic monolog, and a magic trick is just a combination of the two. It's a series of particular movements - close-up magic is choreography of the hands - with a series of particular words. Just because some tricks incorporate special props (as the Magic Jacket trick would) doesn't mean they should be less protectable.

The special prop alone is not the "work"; the "work" is a combination of the prop and what you do with it. In magic, the two are inseparable. If you've got a Sawing a Woman in Half box, the only thing you can do with it is make it look like you're cutting a girl in two.

So what can magicians do? Is there any hope for magicians protecting their intellectual property?

Maybe. Hope may lie in Trade Dress law, which could prevent one magician for copying the look and feel of another magician's show. (Think back to the Apple/Samsung lawsuit - that's Trade Dress law.)

Or maybe hope lies within the magic community's informal, internal policing. That's what attorney Jacob Loshin argues in his paper "Secrets Revealed: How Magicians Protect Intellectual Property Without Law."

Loshin points out that good magic secrets are hard to come by, and that the penalty for improperly sharing them, while not court sanctioned, is severe:

"'Proprietary magic' remains difficult to access. At this level, access is far less formal and granted on a more ad hoc basis. One must impress magic's top practitioners and earn their trust and respect … Those who violate the norms [of exposure] lose the respect of their peers. And such esteem counts for much … Magicians who behave badly may not be invited to give lectures, perform in magic competitions, or be featured in magic trade publications."

And lastly, maybe hope for the magic community as a whole lies in the illusions that haven't yet been created - in innovating the art form.

At least, that's what Copperfield thinks: "I believe it's possible to achieve justice in the American court system, but it takes a lot of time, energy, and money. It's not always worth focusing important bandwidth on that when you can apply the same time and energy to creating something new and different."

17. Wayne Houchins New Zealand lecture tour
Friday July 12th - Lecture in Auckland
Monday July 15th - Lecture in Palmerston North
Tuesday July 16th - Lecture in Wellington
Thursday July 18th - Lecture Christchurch
Saturday July 20th - Lecture in Dunedin

Very important notice: To secure your place you must pre-register to attend these lectures by contacting:

Auckland - Keith Garrett - complink@xtra.co.nz
Palmerston North - Robin Lucas - mr.lucky@xtra.co.nz
Wellington - Nopera Whitley - noperaw@gmail.com
Christchurch - Mike Hines - mike@unusual.co.nz
Dunedin - Jonathan Usher - jonathan.usher@xtra.co.nz

18. Magic New Zealand App
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Go to: www.app.cat/magicnewzealand on your tablet to download the FREE Magic New Zealand app.

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