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Issue Number: #1167
Date: Sunday 8th February 2015
Editor: Alan Watson QSM
E-mail: editor@magicnewzealand.com
Hi here is the latest news

1. Editor's Message
2. Vanish - International Magic Magazine #18
3. Behind The Scenes With Shawn Farquhar - Part One
4. Speaking With Joe Turner
5. February Linking Ring
6. 2015 I.B.M. Convention In Jacksonville
7. New Book And A Special Night With Mike Caveney
8. February 2015 Issue Of MAGIC Magazine
9. Conventions: Listening - #349 - Kyle Peron
10. In Conversation With Abigail Spinner McBride #2
11. What Paul Daniels Got Up To Last Year
12. The Asheville Magic Festival 2015
13. FISM 2015
14. Updates So Far This Week on VanishLive.com
15. Top Accolade For Marvin Berglas
16. Magic Books/Magazines For Sale
17. Patrick Page Auction Special
18. Magic Returns To Cape Cod - April 9-12, 2015
19. The Devil's Staircase
20. e-zine Archives
21. Privacy Policy and Copyright Notice

1. Editor's Message
After having a brief holiday down in Hawkes Bay (beautiful wine country) visiting retired magician Kris Kardo aka Kris Van Oeveren and his charming wife Christine also good friend Bill Read and his son Liam catching up to what's happening in magic in their patch I am pleased to be back in time to send out this week's very interesting e-zine - enjoy!

Bruce Kalver (USA) is doing a special project and is interested in hearing about funny stories relating to any S.A.M. convention please email him at: samtalkbruce@cox.net

For all those who would like to read the Magic New Zealand e-zine in a HTML format go to: http://www.magicnewzealand.com/ezine-archive/2015-Jan-to-Dec-2015/1167-Feb08-2015.html

Remember if you have any magic news drop me a line:

2. Vanish - International Magic Magazine #18
Message by Paul Romhany Editor - Vanish Magazine

Edition 18 will be available for free download this coming Saturday or you can get the APP from the iTunes store or GooglePlay. To find out how to get your free download with over 180 pages of the latest reviews, articles, tricks and interviews visit http://www.vanishmagazine.com

In this issue we feature Anthony Owen who is a UK magical creator, writer and producer. His work on television productions reads like a who's who of magic shows out of the UK including The Incredible Mr. Goodwin, Thomas Solomon: Escape Artist, The Real Hustle, The Secret World of Magic and all of Derren Brown's specials and series for Channel 4 since 2000.

He has been the Head of Magic at London based television production company Objective Productions since 2003 and is the creator and executive producer of CBBC's Help! My Supply Teacher's Magic. He is also the creator and executive producer of Killer Magic. If you want to find out information on how to get on Television then this is the interview to read.
As usual we have a jam packed issue including some great magic routines from Louie Fox, Wayne Rogers, Danny Archer, Josh Janousky and Charles Gauci.

3. Behind The Scenes With Shawn Farquhar - Part One
Message by Scott Wells, M.I.M.C. with Gold Star

The Magic Word Podcast #209

How did the arsonist's attack on Shawn's home lead him to working in the cinema as a special effects consultant? Did you know that Shawn was the body in the suit of one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Did you know that Shawn worked on dozens of feature films and television shows? Did you know that Shawn starred in his own television show performing magic as an adolescent?

There is probably a lot of stuff about I.B.M. International President Shawn Farquhar that you didn't know…and won't know until you listen to part one of our two part interview this week on The Magic Word. You can read the blog, watch video, see the photos, listen to the podcast online, or download the MP3 file at: http://themagicwordpodcast.com/scottwellsmagic/shawn-farquhar-part-one These podcasts are also available through the iTunes store.

Please join us on Facebook at http://facebook.com/themagicwordpodcast and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/magicwordpod Thanks for listening and for your support. To see how you can support The Magic Word, please visit http://patreon.com/themagicword You can also help by purchasing products from the online store on The Magic Word Podcast website.

4. Speaking With Joe Turner
Message by Scott Wells, M.I.M.C. with Gold Star

The Magic Word Podcast #208

In 2013 I talked with Joe Turner along with many other attendees at the annual I.B.M. convention in Phoenix (http://themagicwordpodcast.com/scottwellsmagic/2013-ibm-convention-day-1). Our short chat yielded a lot of great information and quite a bit of buzz, too. He talked about marketing, working the Magic Castle cruises, and more. So now, nearly two years later, we sat down for a proper chat that focused just on him and his ideas.

Joe Turner will be the incoming International President of the I.B.M. at this year's convention in Jacksonville, Florida. In our chat, he talks about how one can rise within the ranks of a magic organization and what it takes to make a magic club successful. Joe is also a member of the National Speaker's Association. As such, he is out delivering speeches on a fairly regular basis. He has a lot of advice for those who are interested in pursuing a speaking career to perhaps supplement their magic work. And if you didn't know it, Joe is more than just an accomplished, successful magician. He performs one of the best memorized deck routines I have seen. He lectures on the subject and here he shares some ideas on how to memorize the order. All this and more is on The Magic Word this week.

You can read a little more about Joe, see some photos, hear our chat or download the MP3 file at: http://themagicwordpodcast.com/scottwellsmagic/joe-turner Of course, if you are an Apple person, you can always download The Magic Word podcasts through the iTunes store.

5. February Linking Ring
Message by Dennis Schick (US)

February Linking Ring explains new IBM member benefit

Membership in the International Brotherhood of Magicians just keeps getting better. In the February issue of The Linking Ring the newest major benefit is explained -- free access to all past issues of the monthly magazine (plus many other magic publications), through the Ask Alexander database at the Conjuring Arts Research Center. That means members can view all past issues of The Linking Ring, and many other past magic publications, from The Jinx and The Sphinx, to Johnson-Smith Catalogs and past I.B.M. convention programs.

The cover story for February is Florida's Giovanni Livera -- Wonder Maker. Other featured stories include a major award to New Zealand's Alan Watson; Ring 244 (Long Island, New York), being named an Honor Ring; and a report on still another I.B.M. benefit -- the new J.A.M. (Just About Magic) free, one-day magic gatherings.

Readers may look forward to the columns by regular columnists Skip Way (Polishing the Rings -- "Fishing with Facebook"); Peter Scarlett (The London Eyes, what's happening in Ring 25, the I.B.M.'s largest ring); Bev Bergeron (Cutting Up Jackpots -- "The Great Lester, The Magic One"); as well as thoughts from editor Sammy Smith, and I.B.M. President Shawn Farquhar.

A special feature of the February issue is the Complete Index of Volume 94 of The Linking Ring. It is a tremendous effort to put this together each year, and we all owe a huge debt of gratitude to Roy V. Barnes for compiling it. Since The Linking Ring is an on-going History Of Magic, this nineteen-page index each year greatly helps in any history search.

As for tricks in this issue, leading the way is Canadian Ron Bell's One-Man Parade. This is his sixth One-Man Parade. In this one he shares thirteen of his original ideas. Of course Tony Dunn's wonderful illustrations are helpful in understanding each effect. Mike Powers turns over his column, The Card Corner, to Edward Marlo for "Ambitious Prologue." Joe Turner's Ways & Means column features "Pb" by fellow columnist Jeff Prace. Speaking of Jeff, his column -- The Expert at the Tech Table -- is called "Unplugged v2." In Jean Emmanuel Franzis' column Numismagic, we find "The Trapdoor" by Lawrens Godon. Andrew Woo's column Simple Diversions is called "Bermuda Triagain" this month. Finally, long-time columnist Ed Solomon, who died January 4 of this year, gives us one more column, "Any penny will do the trick."

The Hocus in Focus this month brings us reviews about thirteen effects, DVDs and other recent magic products for your consideration. And the Broken Wand pays tribute to ten people in magic who died recently, including long-time columnist for The Liking Ring, Ed Solomon.

6. 2015 I.B.M. Convention In Jacksonville
Message by Bill Wells (US)

David and Leeman Booked for 2015 I.B.M. Convention In Jacksonville

David and Leeman are award-winning magicians from Los Angeles, California. They made it all the way to the finals in the 2014 season of America's Got Talent. They have been called "Miraculous" by the L.A. Weekly, "Incredible" by the L.A. Examiner and a "Laugh riot" by the Tolucan Times, not to mention being called "Comedians" by Howie Mandel and "Entertainers" by Howard Stern. The duo has won "Best of the Fringe" at the Hollywood Fringe Festival three years in a row, as well as being awarded "Best Live Show" at the 2012 Los Angeles Comedy Festival. Their comedy and magic is edgy, cool and smart, and they do not own ruffled shirts.

Be sure to catch their comical magic antics as they perform their one-man (well…. two-men) show as part of the "Big Three" at the 2015 I.B.M. convention! Registration rates goes up on March 1 - Save money and register today!

7. New Book And A Special Night With Mike Caveney
Message by Mike Caveney (US)

Mike has recently published Volume 2 of his Classic Correspondence from Egyptian Hall Museum series. Here are 24 columns that originally appeared in MAGIC magazine but in book form you will find many additional photographs, posters and annotations. 378 pages, hardbound and printed entirely in full color. $75 plus postage. Peek inside this beautiful new book at: http://www.mcmagicwords.com/books_classic_correspondence_2.html

If you happen to be a member of the Magic Castle, on Wednesday February 18 beginning at 8:00 pm, Mike will turn the Castle's Inner Circle into a miniature version of Egyptian Hall Museum with an amazing display of vintage posters, photos and letters, all of which appear in the book. The pages of Classic Correspondence from Egyptian Hall Museum will come alive during Mike's fascinating talk and book signing.

8. February 2015 Issue Of MAGIC Magazine
Message by Stan Allen Editor MAGIC Magazine

The February 2015 issue of MAGIC Magazine is now out, both in print and digitally.

Our cover is Justin Flom, who has had his own theater in Branson, performed for years on ships, and is being seen more and more on television, yet it's his online presence that has brought him to the forefront.

We also look back at how The Piddingtons caused such a stir on the BBC in 1949, look forward to up-and-coming magician Bill Cook, and take a look to the side at how some of magic's most famous couples came together - plus so much more!

To see a complete listing of all the content in the February issue, visit

9. Conventions: Listening - #349 - Kyle Peron
Message by Kyle Peron (US)

One of the great pleasures of being a magician is the chance to attend conventions. Seeing the pros perform and the newest of products for sale. The rush of emotions after seeing a performance and learning from a lecture.

However, we often forget what the real purpose is or should be. That to me is the ability to learn and share with others. How often we get caught up in new purchases that we forget to sit back, take it all in and just listen.

Listening is such an amazing thing if we allow ourselves to do it more often while at conventions. The ability to network with folks is wonderful. Old friends are great but the chance to make new ones is something special.

Do not be afraid to talk to strangers. They may be physical strangers but they still share the same love for the art of magic.

We can learn so much from chatting with people we meet at conventions and just finding out more about them and what they do.

Do not be afraid though to listen to what they have to say. Ask a question and listen to their answer. Right or wrong does not matter. It is the ability to converse and share thoughts on the art, that make it so worthwhile.

You always can learn from anyone if you so choose to do so. Conversing allows us to share what we love to do and learn from each other. Do not be afraid to help or offer an opinion. Likewise do not be afraid to seek help from others.

Everyone at a convention is worth your time. Young or old. Beginner or pro. It doesn't matter. We all are brothers in the art and can share, learn, empower and promote.

Many times we allow ego to run things and that is never right. It is fine to be proud, but pride is different. Leave the ego at home and open yourself up to taking things in.

Too often we feel certain folks or types are too old for us or too young or too rebellious. Everyone has a story to tell and we all can learn from those stories.

So often people are afraid to simply talk to someone they do not know. Remember we all share a common love for magic and that alone is our ticket for open conversation.

We can all learn so much from simply opening ourselves up to enjoy a convention and enjoy the people that attend.

I hope this information has given you an idea of what can be done with working the Festival market. If you would like additional and detailed information on this topic, please see my book/eBook at: http://www.kpmagicproducts.com/Festival_Magic.html

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.

10. In Conversation With Abigail Spinner McBride #2
Message from Anthony Darkstone

Anthony Darkstone In Conversation With Abigail Spinner McBride

AD: Absolutely Abbi. I couldn't agree more! A classic example would be Eugene performing what is generally known as "The Gypsy Thread." It embodies all of those aspects that you referred to. The script, the candle flame, his voice, the drama… all of it embodies the Entertainment, the Mystery and the Mystical. I never tire of watching him perform that. Others have performed The Gypsy Thread but Eugene's perfectly encapsulates all of your words. I wish everyone gets to see it LIVE sometime. Not sure but I think there is a YouTube video. And speaking of videos, a few months ago you took an effect with silks called BEKOS (Best Ever Knots Off Silk), and turned it into exactly what I was conveying via my remarks about Eugene…

AM: Yes Tony I did. I have been studying belly dance for more than ten years. I frequently work with veils and silks. It was natural that I incorporate some dance and magic with silks into my Magic performances. It is called BEKOS and I have performed it at The Magic Castle, The WonderGround and other equally prestigious places. It is always well-received and several people had asked me if I would share. At first, I hesitated but after a conversation with Jeff, we decided it would be an act of kindness and generosity to share the secret.
AD: Is there a Link?

AM: Yes. Apart from the effect it also contains a good visual example of what we refer to at The Mystery School as The 3 Pillars. They are: Effect. Method. Script.

AD: Thanks Abbi. I'll jot that down and I'm also going to add a couple of you as a dancer and Singer. I am mesmerized by your performances. Here is a link with some delightful magical performances and the BEKOS effect can be seen starting at four minutes in:


A link to a recent dance performance.

Link to some of Abigail's musical magic:

Speaking of performances do you recall your introduction to Magic?

AM: Oh yes vividly. I was about 10 years old and a classmate called Adam did some tricks. I was so fascinated by them that I wanted to learn how they worked. When I asked I was told it was a secret. I knew he wouldn't ever tell them to me, so I offered to be his assistant. It worked.

AD: Hee! Hee! I bet it did! I guess it wasn't just knowing how a trick worked that intrigued you but the nature of its effect on an audience and the indeed the one performing it….reminds me of something I shared recently, "The Mystery, in its very nature, must show you what has never been seen, never been written, never been known, because before you were forged, it was impossible." Would it be fair to state that is exactly what draws you to the Art?

AM: A resounding "Yes" to that. I happen to think… no wait; I firmly believe that everything is Magical. The performance of an effect within the context of Entertainment merely highlights that; so when you quoted, that it was impossible before I was forged… before you were forged, before anyone was forged-- that taps into the process of making Magic real. We may use a gimmick, a sleight or any other methodology, be it modern or ancient, it really doesn't matter, because we are the co-creators in an emotional experience. That, in essence, is what is forged. Yes, "forged" is truly applicable in this case. It is, back to the Three Pillars that I referred to earlier.

End of Part 2 - Tune in next week for more.

11. What Paul Daniels Got Up To Last Year
Message by Debbie McGee (UK)

Hi Everyone

I thought I would drop you a few lines for those who would like to hear about what my husband, Paul Daniels, got up to last year.

Despite having won numerous awards throughout his long career last year was a very special one, as he was honoured to receive more than one award from the International magic world.

After a very successful Autumn 2013 tour of "Paul Daniels The First Farewell Tour", theatre managers who had not booked it initially bombarded Paul's agent to let them have it for their theatres in early 2014. Paul along with me, his wife Debbie McGee, Paul took the show back on the road for a sell out six weeks from late January, the final week being at the renowned Jermyn Street Theatre in the heart of London's Theatreland.

This was closely followed by Paul and I appearing in a superb production of a musical adaption of Alice in Wonderland. Paul played the role of Alice's Father, the King of Hearts. In this production Paul got to use his singing skills and dance (when he couldn't get out of the dance numbers) I was also in the show playing a glamorous White Rabbit and my first appearance in Scene 1 was a magical one, of course designed by Paul. Paul incorporated some magic into the story which worked beautifully. One particular piece the audience loved was when the King of Hearts made his first entrance and produced his business card from thin air, not just once but one for every character in the scene.

Not long after this at the end of May I accompanied Paul to San Vincente, Italy. The reason for this trip was for Paul to receive the coveted Golden Grolla Award. For those that do not know, The Golden Grolla Award is usually given to movie stars but can be given to other arts. Walter Rolfo arranged and presented Paul with the award in San Vincente. It was a wonderful presentation show, during Walter's convention which made it even more special. The convention is held in a magnificent hotel high in the mountains one hour from Turin, it is a magical location in itself. For those of you that have not had the pleasure of meeting Walter Rolfo, he is one of the good guys of the world, and I know he will do a wonderful job with FISM in Rimini, Italy this year. You HAVE to be there.

The summer was spent performing a few private shows but mostly designing and building a new show for the Autumn 2014 tour, called Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee - Back "Despite" Popular Demand. Paul keeps coming up with these crazy titles. Many people who saw this show commented that it was the best show they had seen Paul do. It had lots of new material in it along with Paul's "Trade Mark" tricks of the Chop Cup and Chair Routine.
I was honoured to perform lots of new tricks Paul had come up with for me including Luis de Matos' Floating Ball….thank you Luis.

To close the year Paul flew to Spain to receive a new award in Granada, Spain. The award is called "The Gran Hada" award. It has a special meaning in Spanish which is hard to describe. Paul received the award from the Mayor of Granada in his magnificent council buildings in the centre of Granada.

Many of the magicians attending the Granada convention attended and Paul was over whelmed to be the first person to receive this award.

Those Spanish magicians spoilt Paul and I for 5 wonderful days.

A highlight of 2014 was the release of "Bravura" a four DVD box set that Paul made in conjunction with Luis de Matos. Since then Paul has received nothing but praise for it from top magicians around the world.

My favourite comments were:
"This is the best book that was never written"
David Hemingway wrote "This is the only exposition on technique I have seen in sixty years, that completely equals a documentary film made by Michael Caine years ago (on screen acting) which actors as a profession acknowledge to be, and which several very successful ones have described as "the ultimate master-class in screen acting".

On how to be a good talking entertainer, that's exactly what "Bravura" is; the sole ultimate master-class.

It is now late January 2015 and Paul and I will be appearing at the magic convention in Columbus Ohio next week. Looking forward to catching up with our stateside magic friends and others who might drop in.

12. The Asheville Magic Festival 2015
Message by Jay Scott Berry

I am happy to report that we are full speed ahead for a fantastic weekend of magic, mystery and wonder in the beautiful city of Asheville, North Carolina. After last year's rave reviews, sold out shows and standing ovations, this is now the premier magic festival in the south.
To honor the occasion, Mayor Manheimer, will be issuing an Official Proclamation declaring May 1, 2 & 3 as "Magic Days in Asheville".

We have a stellar cast of International stars in place for this Celebration of Wonder. These include SAM National President, Ice McDonald, Multi-Award winning Ariann Black and Michael Goudeau, the most successful juggler in Las Vegas History! Joining our magical dream team are local stars, Ricky Boone, Chastain Criswell, Max Vega and Glen Yost, Magic Castle award winner, Ben Mack, and 4F sensations, Hannibal and Wayne Anderson. The line-up also spotlights three of Magic's most promising young talents Eric Stevens, Sean Rader and LizzyC

Unlike standard conventions, this is a family-friendly event, open to the public, showcasing a dazzling display of the Magical Arts from Close-up to Street and Stage. There are One-Man Shows, All-Star Galas and even a Magical Masquerade Ball, complete with string quartet.
All events are individually ticketed, starting at just $10, Festival Passes begin at $69 and many shows are free.

This is just one of 11 Magic Festivals that I'm producing this year, from Sedona, Portland and Woodstock to Belfast, Stockholm and Glastonbury.

Linking Ring Magazine has dedicated three feature articles to these, calling them, "Wildly successful…The Future of Magic Gatherings!"

Magicians are saying things like:
"The Asheville Magic Festival is hands down the finest magical gathering I've ever attended! - Charles Stonewick

"I've been to dozens of magic conventions and this first year's Festival was superb! With true world class talent, a variety of scheduling, this event should not be missed! - George Morrisey, Las Vegas

"I was at a Jay Scott Berry Magic Festival in Sacramento in October of 2014, and had a wonderful time! You should NOT miss a chance to attend these worldwide festivals of magic, amazement and pure wonder!" - Bitsy Lee

"Thank you for organizing this event. Your performance and interaction with the kids could not be beat. You put the magic in magic!" - Bill Fulton

You can follow the action of all the JSB Festivals on their dedicated Facebook Pages. For tickets, schedule and more information on Asheville, please visit the Festival website: www.AshevilleMagicFestival.com and FB Page www.Facebook.com/AshevilleMagicFestival

All for Wonder!

13. FISM 2015
Message by Joan Caesar (Canada)

Big Does Work!
I'm not sure I want to count the number of conventions I've attended over the years. It's well over 1000. Most have been wonderful. Over the years my views of a 'fantastic' convention have changed. First it depended only on the quality of the magic. Later, because I'd seen most of the good magicians numerous times, it became all about the people. The more conventions I attend, the more wonderful people I meet and get to know as friends.

Many of the same people attend each FISM no matter where it's held, and I look forward to seeing my FISM friends more than anything else. Sure, it's impossible to meet everyone. Why would you want to? The thing that makes 2000 registrants great is that it gives everyone an opportunity to meet a variety of people and eventually become a member of an intimate group you look forward to spending quality time with every 3 years. Simply put, the 2000 registrants make the convention something special.

I met Detlev and Karin Sparberg, a German couple, at my first FISM convention in 1997. They have become dear friends whom I look forward to seeing not only at FISM, but now also at Blackpool where I persuaded them to go, and occasionally at other conventions. They are a part of my magic family, and I would have never met them if we hadn't attended FISM.

The FISM competition is by far the best in the world. It's worthwhile seeing it in so many ways. It accepts only the best acts from each continent, so it's like a Gala Show each day. The winnings acts will be seen worldwide, so the chances of seeing those performances again are good. However, the many acts that don't win are also worth seeing, and the likelihood is that this will be one of the few opportunities to do so. If I had to choose one thing to see at FISM, I'd opt for the competition. You see the best new acts in the world, all at one time.

Of course the hired talent is also remarkable. With its high profile, FISM hires the best talent in the world. Certainly it's possible to see most of the performers at other times, but not all at the same convention.

Is the cost of FISM worth it? You bet!

14. Updates So Far This Week On VanishLive.com
Message by - Mick Peck (NZ)
Online Content Editor

Latest updates on VanishLive.com include:

- The Art and Science of Doing Nothing: Nick Lewin
- Joshua Jay's Apartment Profiled
- Magician Michael Jordan Back on Stage
- Raymond Crowe New Zealand Tour
- Review: Criss Angel At Easton State Theatre
- Cosentino Australian Tour
- Paul Romhany on Magician Business Podcast
- Conjuring Up Poetry For Top Magicians
- Broadway World Review: The Illusionists

Video of the Week: The latest from Richard Wiseman - The Incredible Candles

Daily magic news, articles from around the world and reviews from working professional magicians.

Visit us today at:

- Mick Peck
Online Content Editor

15. Top Accolade For Marvin Berglas
Message by Marvin Berglas (UK)

This week, Marvin Berglas followed up his 2014 BMS "Outstanding Achievement to Magic" trophy with the top award from the British Toy and Hobby Association.

This multi billion pound industry recognised Marvin's "Outstanding Contribution" and presented him with his prestigious accolade at a Gala Awards evening at the IMAX Theatre in London's Science Museum.

Marvin Berglas is the creator of Marvin's Magic....the number one brand for magic worldwide who have earned an international reputation for creating in store theatre and "retailtainment" ...the mixture of retail and entertainment through innovative demonstrations.

During the past 27 years Marvin's Magic have also been responsible for establishing and developing a distinct entire category for magic on the high street rather than just being the odd magic set found buried within a toyshop.

The Marvin's Magic demonstration team have consistently been the industry's yard stick for entertaining and highly effective instore theatre combined with admiral sales.
As a result, the Marvin's Magic products are consistently amongst the best sellers list every week in high profile stores around the world.

The business has now gone truly international exporting to 64 different countries and replicating the success in high profile stores worldwide.

Marvin Berglas has combined his magical abilities and show business roots with his flair for good design and product development along side an entrepreneurial spirit that has seen his company flourish to a multi million pound business.

His latest Marvin's iMagic ranges are creating lots of media attention and excitement at this years trade fairs.

Says Marvin "I am thrilled to receive this wonderful accolade by the industry. We compete for shelf space with some of the giant toy brands and it is very prestigious for us and magic in general to be recognised especially by our peers".

16. Magic Books/Magazines For Sale
Message by Barry Govan (Australia)

I am downsizing my library and if any of your readers would like a list of books and magazines you can email me at: barrygovan43@gmail.com

Some of the magazines include Genii, New Tops, MAGIC, The Gen, Mystics Quarterly, Magicol, Magic Collectors Bulletin from #1, Magic Sounds, Magic Cauldron, Precursor, Pabular….

17. Patrick Page Auction Special
Message by Janette Page (UK)

Sale of items relating to Chung Ling Soo, Houdini, Thurston, Kellar, Fred Karno and much more

We are selling some of our dad's collection of magic ephemera and as you are registered on our site, we wanted to let you know.

The sale will take place shortly on Saturday 7th February 2015 at Potter & Potter Auctions, the magic auctioneers in Chicago, USA. The sale starts at
10 am Chicago time.

Patrick Page was one of the magic world's great authorities on the history of magic. His collection of magic ephemera reflects his interest in those who went before him.

Many of the lots are Houdini related, there is a Chung Ling Soo signed performance contract (see photo at the bottom of the page), some Thurston and Keller items, and much more.

For more information please go to the website below or contact Gabe Fajuri at Potter & Potter. All the items have photographs. Pre-sale, telephone and on-line bids are also accepted.


18. Magic Returns To Cape Cod - April 9-12, 2015
Message by Angelique Steelgrave
Convention Co-Producer

Just a reminder that the 2nd Annual Oceanside Magic Invitational convention is only 10 weeks away! Magicians of all levels, magic lovers, hobbyists, collectors, students of magic...all are invited. There's still time to register for this year's event, which takes place literally "Oceanside" at the beautiful Red Jacket Beach Resort in South Yarmouth, MA, USA.

OMI is a friendly, welcoming weekend of magic and fellowship, featuring some of the brightest stars in the magic community. Following the 1st Annual OMI last April, this new convention was praised by virtually all of 2014's headliners and attendees, and word has been spreading. Jay Scott Berry proclaimed it "...quite simply one of the finest boutique conventions in the world."

SAM President Ice McDonald stated, "I had the best time at OMI. Markus and Angelique, the organizers, gave everyone who attended a wonderful experience. Go witness the Fun."

Craig Dickson of Wizard Craft Magic had this to say: "When I was SAM National President, I wrote a column entitled 'Straight from the Heart'. This testimonial certainly is. We have been to just about every convention in the world over the past 30+ years, and bigger is seldom better. What we seek is a place to meet new people, see some great magic, learn, share, laugh, meet up with old friends, relax, and be in a place we would like to go on a vacation, and is offered at a price a family can afford. This has it all and so much more. It is now in our top three, and I truly mean that. You can tell when things are done for the money, or done from the heart, with passion. OMI is one that is truly from the heart and by those with a true passion for magic. Do yourself a favor; make this a must attend, April 2015. Come home, and join the family. See you there...."

Past SAM President Bruce Kalver described OMI as "an intimate convention that is loaded with magic all the time. Something for everyone. One of my favorites this year!"

OMI 2015 features Lectures from:

Kozmo, Harry Allen, Losander, Ariann Black, Oscar Munoz, Andrew Pinard, Becky Blaney, and Kevin Heller, with a special presentation/discussion with Alan Wassilak, creator of the "Basil the Baffling and Chloe" cartoon in M-U-M.

There are also Stage and Cabaret Shows, all-you-can-eat buffet lunch on Friday and Saturday, an Auction, raffles, and more.

OMI's 2015 Dealers include:

Daytona Magic, Kozmo Magic/Reel Magic Magazine, Losander, Wizard Craft Magic, Diamond's Magic, Tailored Magic, Custom Magic Cards, and John Henry's World of Magic.

All activities (except for the Saturday show) are right at the Resort; the Saturday show is at the nearby Dennis-Yarmouth High School auditorium. This show is also open to the public-for those unable to make it to the whole convention, try to catch the show!

Visit www.oceansidemagic.com for Schedule, Performers/Shows, Dealers, and Registration info ($190 Magician, $135 Companion; daily rates also available). To reserve your room at the Resort, call 1-800-CAPE-COD and mention OMI for the special rate of $115 plus tax per night.

IBM President Shawn Farquhar also praised OMI after his appearance there: "I attend many conventions, and few really understand that the number one thing we want from the convention is community. We spend enough time alone in our rooms practicing and many spend plenty of time performing. It is rare to find a place where we can share and learn from each other in a comfortable and friendly environment. The Steelgraves really understand this fundamental need, and have created a special place in the world of magic."

It is indeed a special place! For all who missed it, here's a short glimpse of last year's OMI: http://youtu.be/7gtSjS2Epck

Don't miss this extraordinary event. Hope to see you on Cape Cod in April.

19. The Devil's Staircase
Written by New Zealand Magician Greg Chapman

Foreword by Sal Piacente

Hardcover, 223 pages, 50 plus detailed B&W illustrations

Full contents listing and more information can be found about the book here:

There is a sample effect video you can watch from the book here and there is a thread over on Latest and Greatest at the Magic Cafe with a bit of chatter about the book.

"This is an outstanding book and one which I feel all card men should study. Highly recommended." - Michael Vincent

"I had the pleasure of reading the section on memorized deck effects in Greg's book. If you have any interest in this area then I highly encourage you to purchase his book. The section I reviewed was well written. But outside of the excellent description of the trick, the most valuable part to me were the well thought out ideas and various gambits that he describes. As I read the chapter I often found myself saying, that's a great idea. Greg has not only described a reputation making effect but he gives you many ideas that will enable you to tailor your presentation to a variety of subjects. If you only got this one routine out of the book, you would have a blockbuster. " - Steve Ehlers

"Simply put, if you are a fan of John Guastaferro and/or David Regal, this book is a must buy. Greg artfully weaves the "why" into the "how" and the end product is nothing short of stunning. I feel that this book may well turn out to be the book of the year for 2014 and that's saying a lot considering that Simon Aronson's new book is due in November and the Complete Al Leech is already out - and I hope to buy those as well." - Joe Caracciolo

"I thoroughly enjoyed the chapter Memorized Deck Effects of your book and I learned a great deal that I haven't read anywhere else. I particularly enjoyed the mind reading section, especially the information on reading tells and how you tell how many cards are in the participant's packet. I can't wait to buy a copy from you when it's published, as I can see I'm only skimming the surface of this fascinating subject." - Richard Webster

"Greg Chapman's The Devil's Staircase is full of great ideas and superb routines. I found his work with shuffle stacking and the memorized deck especially insightful. Greg knows how to create strong, magical and entertaining effects and it is great that he is sharing his work with
all of us." - Eric Richardson

"Although being into memorized deck magic for decades I found new routines and extremely clever approaches for this tool. Superb brain food! My highest recommendation! - Jan Forster


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