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Issue Number: #1173
Date: Sunday 22nd February 2015
Editor: Alan Watson QSM
E-mail: editor@magicnewzealand.com
Hi here is the latest news

1. Editor's Message
2. Nick Lewin - A Brit Under The Brim
3. Gene Anderson Will Attend FISM In Rimini
4. Register For Jacksonville Now And Save Money!
5. Raymond Crowe The Unusualist - February Tour Dates
6. Stars Of Tomorrow
7. Remarkable Magic #380 - Nick Lewin
8. History - Blue and Gold Banquet - #351 - Kyle Peron
9. In Conversation With Abigail Spinner McBride #4
10. Monday Night Magic - The Story
11. Review Of Raymond Crowe's Show
12. The March Issue of Genii Is Now Available
13. Peter Samelson Evening
14. Innovention Convention in Liverpool
15. Broken Wand - John Jennings
16. Daytona Beach Festival of Magic
17. AbraCORNdabra
18. The South Tyneside International Magic Festival
19. New York "Magician of the Year"
20. Wellington Convention - Win back your Registration Fee!
21. e-zine Archives
22. Privacy Policy and Copyright Notice

1. Editor's Message
Michele and I were very impressed with Raymond Crowe's one man Unusualist Show in Auckland and it was great to see the audience scattered with children really drawn in to his many sides of creative magic. Peter Samelson and his partner Karen St Pierre spent the week with us busy with a lecture and a private show, and meeting up Ray Crowe in Hamilton. (See article 11) They now join Crystal Cruise ship 'Serenity' in Auckland for a busy voyage to perform magic and holiday … as Karen says they are living the dream!

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-2015/1173-Feb22-2015.html

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

2. Nick Lewin - A Brit Under The Brim
Message by Scott Wells, M.I.M.C. with Gold Star

Nick Lewin is one of those working magicians who has "been around the block" more than a couple times. All of you who read this fine New Zealand e-zine are familiar with Nick's continuing contributions with his "Remarkable Magicians" series that appears weekly. He is also a contributing editor to VANISH magazine.

But there are perhaps many other sides to Nick you may not know such as that he was the first, afternoon magic show in Las Vegas for many years, pre-dating Mac King. In fact, Mac took Nick's place as he returned to the high seas. Over his many years (and I say "many" because he just passed another one recently with a birthday last week - Happy Birthday, buddy) he has befriended many great magicians including Maurice Fogel, Billy McComb, Ken Brooke and others.

On this week's podcast, Nick tells us story after story of his "storied" life which I know you will find fascinating plus I think you might even learn a thing or two along the way. You can read the blog, see some photos, hear the podcast, or download the MP3 file at: http://themagicwordpodcast.com/scottwellsmagic/nick-lewin Of course, and as usual, you can always download the podcast through the iTunes store.

And if you have two minutes to spare, please watch the new video at http://patreon.com/themagicword and the appeal to help fund The Magic Word. Your donations go to help pay for ongoing domain charges, software, travel, microphones and other expenses related to producing these podcasts. If you enjoy The Magic Word and get anything out of them at all, your support will be greatly appreciated. And you will also appear on the website as a "Friend of The Magic Word".

I appreciate your support, and thanks for listening.

3. Gene Anderson Will Attend FISM In Rimini
Message by Joan Caesar (Canada)

Gene Anderson will attend FISM in Rimini
Gene grew up on a farm in northern Minnesota. Other than seeing three school show magicians while a youth, he met no other magicians until he was in college. As a result the magic he developed was different and novel. With no mentoring, and no local magic stores, Gene found books in the library and developed his own unique repertoire of magic. Because of this, he can precede or follow anybody on a show. No one else performs the same material.

Performance skills are as important for a magician as mastering the tricks, and young Anderson spent time performing for his extended family. His father was one of 17 children, and Gene had 63 first cousins. Every Sunday was visit-relatives day and Gene started performing magic at these family get-togethers. He attended and competed at his very first magic convention while in graduate school at the University of Texas and won the originality trophy for his newspaper act. Later he developed the Gene Anderson Torn and Restored Newspaper. It's performed by more magicians than any other newspaper effect in the world.
Anderson has been awarded seven first-prize trophies in magic competitions for stage, comedy, close-up and originality, and he was the co- Guest of Honor, with Dan Garrett, at the 4F convention in 2005.

Gene is almost always at Abbott's Get Together, and at FISM. He simply loves magic and his friends in the magic community. Gene has performed at almost every major magic convention in America and many in Europe. His "Newspaper Magic" book is now in its twelfth printing, and he's currently writing what he calls his "legacy" book. He has performed magic professionally in 21 countries on six continents. He coined the term "part-time professional" to describe a person who performs magic on a professional level but has a different full-time occupation.

Gene is looking forward to his tenth FISM convention where he'll spend time with friends and of course become immersed in some of the best magic in the world. Don't forget to say 'hello' to Gene in Rimini.

4. Register For Jacksonville Now And Save Money!
Message from Bill Well (US)

Registration rates increase on March 1, so get your registration now in order to avoid higher fees next month. The Jacksonville I.B.M. Convention will be exciting with exclusive events, top talent and excellent facilities. In addition to I.B.M. exclusive events such as the Big Three - close up - lecture - one man show; the Six Pack Sessions -where experts give specialized lectures on single topics; the Gold Medal and Gold Cups competitions for the coveted awards of excellence and over $14,500 in cash prizes; and the Internationally acclaimed Lance Burton Teen Seminar for magicians from 13 to 19 on July 13 -15 and free to any teen registered for the convention. The seminar will be facilitated by McBride Magic and Mystery School faculty, Eugene Burger and Larry Haas, and assisted by I.B.M. luminaries Shawn Farquhar and Oscar Munoz.

Stan Allen will be presenting a special follow up session to the Summit Gathering presented in Las Vegas last year. This "Summit-Up" will offer advice and ideas for improving your Ring meetings and should be attended by all TVPs and Ring Representatives.
There will be nine magic lectures, spouse events, welcome and farewell parties, the Merlin Breakfast and the Grande Banquet & Show. Finally, there will be three evening stage shows featuring world class magic and novelty entertainers in the beautiful Florida Theatre which is only two blocks from the Hyatt Riverside Hotel.

Join us in a very, very special event honoring Fantasio with a well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award.

Go to www.magician.org and click on the Convention Banner for additional information and registration for what will be the best U.S.A. convention this summer!! Do it now and save money before the rates increase!

5. Raymond Crowe The Unusualist - February Tour Dates
Message by Raymond Crowe The Unusualist (Australia)

New Zealand February 2015 New Zealand Tour Dates:
Mon 23rd - Civic Theatre - Invercargill
Tickets through Ticket Direct www.ticketdirect.co.nz Ph: 0800 224 224
Tues 24th - Regent Theatre - Dunedin
Tickets through Ticket Direct www.ticketdirect.co.nz Ph: 0800 224 224
Thurs 26th - Theatre Royal - Timaru
Tickets through www.ticketek.com Ph:0800 842 538
Fri 27th - Isaac Theatre Royal - Christchurch
Tickets through www.ticketek.com Ph: 0800 842 538
Sat 28th - College - Nelson

Tickets through Ticket Direct www.ticketdirect.co.nz Ph: 0800 224 224

6. Stars Of Tomorrow
Message by George Schindler (US)

The Society of American Magicians is seeking to hire talented, young magicians ages 7 through 17 for the 2015 S.A.M. National Convention. In Philadelphia.. Membership in the S.A.M. or S.Y.M. is not mandatory.

The Society will hire seven young magicians to appear in the "Stars of Tomorrow" stage show and six young magicians to perform as "Close-up Stars of Tomorrow."

Those selected will receive a stipend, full convention registrations for the act plus one guardian, and a one year free membership in the Society of Young Magicians (S.Y.M.).
Deadline for submission is April 1, 2015. Further information and applications for the "Stars of Tomorrow" are available on the S.A.M. website, http://magicsam.com or by emailing: StarsofTomorrowSAM@gmail.com

The Society of American Magicians has also named a NEW team of producers for the "Stars of Tomorrow" shows. This new team promise many exciting surprises! Our new team includes Kayla Drescher and David Oliver, Stage Producers and Arlen Solomon, Close-Up Producer.

7. Remarkable Magic #380 - Nick Lewin
Message by Nick Lewin (US)

Steve Spill. This Guy tells lies for money!

I have been doing my prep work for an upcoming story about Steve Spill for Vanish Magazine and just last night finished reading his new book "I tell lies for money." I don't want to pre-empt my own story, which is going to be presented in a Playboy style 20 questions format, but I do want to write a Magic New Zealand column to recommend this fabulous book to all our readers.

I first met Spill about 40 years ago when I arrived as a young magician in Los Angeles, and have been a fan of his work ever since. Steve and I haven't really got to spend a whole bunch of time hanging out together as we are both fairly fanatically hard working and prolific performers. We are usually busy doing what we do. However I have always been interested and kept a close eye on what he is doing because it is usually of enormous interest and always totally unique.

I was a close friend of Steve's dad Sandy at the Magic Castle, who proudly kept me up to date on his son's slightly crazed antics as he cut a swath across the magic scene. The first time I had actually met Steve was when we were both performing our auditions together to become Castle performers. I was excited because I had just bought a copy of Spill's first book, "My hands can be your hands." I still own it--- it is probably worth some serious bucks these days!

Steve's most recent book is due for official release in May and you can check out the details and order a copy from Amazon by clicking on http://www.amazon.com/Lie-Money-Outrageous.../dp/1632204924 I can safely guarantee that you will not be disappointed with it if you are a fan of magical history. Steve has mixed with and learned from the greats over the years and shares some marvelous stories about his friends and mentors such as Dai Vernon, Charlie Miller, Bob Sheets and Penn & Teller.

As you turn the pages of the book you will travel along the amazing timeline that Steve has walked like a tightrope, stretched between his prodigious skills as a magician and his flamboyantly eccentric gifts as a showman. From his early residency with Bob Sheets at the Jolly Jester in uber-hip Aspen, right though to his 17 plus years owning and (still) operating "Magicopolis" in Santa Monica. It has been a fascinating journey. I am pretty darn sure that this is just going to be volume one of his autobiography, and feel confident that Spill will be zigzagging towards even bigger and more eccentric goals in years to come. He is that kind of guy.

Reading the book you will be able to explore Steve's signature tricks and singular approach to creating magic that stands out from everyone else in the field. While there are no tricks explained or taught in its pages--- it would take a mighty un-resourceful magician not to learn a great deal from this book. However, don't look at it this way--- just settle back and enjoy the stories and anecdotes that are scattered throughout the 30 chapters that comprise the book. It is a fine and funny read.

As many of you know I feel very strongly that for all the magic books that feature tricks and moves, there are not nearly enough that help document the day-to-day events and characters that make our industry such a unique one. It was my goal when I started to write this column nearly eight years ago to help to rectify that situation. I am delighted to recommend this book to all our readers and heartily suggest you buy or download a copy at your soonest opportunity. It achieves this end superbly.

I say this in spite of the fact that Steve's book dedicates an entire chapter to the entirely amazing "Dr. Qs Hypnotic Act." This routine is one of the greatest secrets ever to have been available and almost universally ignored by magicians over the years. I've used a variation of it for years and I have frankly been delighted that it has never been performed much by the magic fraternity at large. Well I guess the cat may well be out of the bag now...

Once again you can access "I lie for money" via the Amazon site at http://www.amazon.com/Lie-Money-Outrageous.../dp/1632204924
You can also discover the details of Steve's cult magic club "Magicopolis" by visiting it's website at http://www.magicopolis.com

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8. History - Blue and Gold Banquet - #351 - Kyle Peron
Message by Kyle Peron (US)

I find it important that in order to be able to offer the best possible solutions to any client, you must really understand them, their wants and their needs. To do this one must research the market and begin to understand some of the history behind the market you are getting into. So let us delve a bit into the history of Scouting and the Blue and Gold dinner.

The Boy Scouts of America website says this about the origins of scouting: "Scouting's history goes back to the turn of the 20th century to a British Army officer, Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell. While stationed in India, he discovered that his men did not know basic first aid or the elementary means of survival in the outdoors. Baden-Powell realized he needed to teach his men many frontier skills, so he wrote a small handbook called Aids to Scouting, which emphasized resourcefulness, adaptability, and the qualities of leadership that frontier conditions demanded.

After returning from the Boer War, where he became famous by protecting the small town of Mafeking for 217 days, Baden-Powell was amazed to find that his little handbook had caught the interest of English boys. They were using it to play the game of scouting.

Baden-Powell had the vision to see some new possibilities, and he decided to test his ideas to boys. In August 1907, he gathered about 20 boys and took them to Brownsea Island in a sheltered bay off England's southern coast.

They set up a makeshift camp that would be their home for the next 12 days. The boys had a great time! They divided into patrols and played games, went on hikes, and learned stalking and pioneering. They learned to cook outdoors without utensils. Scouting began on that island and would sweep the globe in a few years.

The next year, Baden-Powell published his book Scouting for Boys, and Scouting continued to grow. That same year, more than 10,000 Boy Scouts attended a rally held at the Crystal Palace; a mere two years later, membership in Boy Scouts had tripled."

Over the years, Scouting had developed into two main areas; Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting. For Blue and Gold dinners, we will concentrate on Cub Scouting.

Cub Scouting is a year-round family program designed for boys who are about 7-10 years old on average. Parents, leaders and organizations work together to achieve the purposes of Cub Scouting.

Cub scouting means "doing." Everything in Cub Scouting is designed to have the boys doing things. Activities are used to achieve the aims of scouting, citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness. Many of the activities happen right in the den and pack. The most important are the weekly den meetings and the monthly pack meetings.

It is at the pack meetings where the Blue and Gold banquet is held each year. I researched some on the origins of the Blue and Gold banquet and found the following information very helpful.

"In 1933 "Cub Leaders' Round Table" suggested parent / cub dinners. Soon thereafter, Pack 1 of Michigan City started a tradition of pot-lucks where the dads were to bring utensils made of wood; whittled by the Cub with his dad. In the 1930s father / son 'bean dinners' and 'Cub family dinners' began to become commonplace. Finally, in 1943 the name "Blue and Gold Banquet" first appeared in BSA literature, and became synonymous with "celebrating the birthday of Scouting."

Today, the Blue and Gold banquet is one of the highlights of the program year. It brings together your pack's families for a dinner and an evening of fun. The meal is important, but even more important is he warm, congenial atmosphere created as families enjoy each other's company."

So we can clearly see that everything during the course of the scouts year leads up to the blue and gold banquet. This is the culmination of the year's activities and a time where they celebrate as a group the accomplishments of the scouts.

Blue and gold banquets usually happen in the months of February and March of every year. This is to coincide with the birthday of the founder of scouting. What is wonderful is realizing that there are packs all over the place. Each pack has a blue and gold dinner and each of them would love YOU being the solution to their entertainment need. This means a huge potential for you to be able to land multiple shows during a typically slower time of the year.

It is also a great opportunity for the family entertainer to land a few shows, make some money and have a great time in the processes.

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.

9. In Conversation With Abigail Spinner McBride #4
Message from Anthony Darkstone

Anthony Darkstone In Conversation With Abigail Spinner McBride

AD: I know exactly what you mean. There is, language aside, not much difference between a group of Israelis sitting around a fire, singing and drumming and many Native American Peoples (Tribes) doing much the same. It goes beyond mere worship; it is a Magical Prayer session. Now I happen to know that you have done all that and more. You are familiar with many cultures and have absorbed from them making you who are today. So, rather than ask you to talk about that I approached some mutual friends who are excellent performers in their own right and who know you better than most; I asked them to send me a few words about you:

I love this woman with all of my heart!!!

I first met Mrs. Abigail "Spinner" McBride in the early 90's, during the second year of Jeff McBride's Mystery School, which was held at an ashram in NY. This was long before she and Jeff knew they would fall in love and be married, and at the time were just amazing friends. Back then Abigail was only known as Spinner, [of] which she still is to me, and to many others.

This amazing woman has been so inspirational in my life in so many ways. It was Spinner who first put a djembe in my hands all those years ago, and it was love at first beat! After Mystery School, a few of us were with Jeff at his parents' property near a lake. We sat around a fire for hours drumming, and singing the chants that she wrote. I have been a percussionist ever since, and have spent many nights around the sacred fire with this magical woman drumming, singing and dancing until sunrise. As her name suggests, Spinner has woven an inspirational web of creativity within my life that has spun out into our community of family in so many ways. - Samina Ocean Spirit loves beauty.

Many years ago Spinner was coming over to my house for a jam session. I opened my door to check for her and was stopped in my tracks. In the distance I could see a mythic figure approaching. Of course it turned out to be her! After arriving I asked her why she was motivated to look so wonderful just to play music at a friend's house. After a brief pause she replied, "Spirit loves beauty."

I feel that she mindfully cultivates beauty within and without, as well as in the people and environment around her. She diligently grows her arts including songwriting, singing, dancing, massage and magic. When problem solving, her compassion and intelligence make her a master of discovering win-win solutions. This clever and compassionate way of finding solutions extends into the foods she eats and how she treats the environment. She has an incredibly high level of integrity. Her word is gold.

If she has agreed to something there is absolutely no question that it will be accomplished! She encourages and strives to help others achieve their highest vision. She is truly a unique and exceptional woman. I feel incredibly blessed that our paths crossed so many years ago and that she is an important part of my life in Las Vegas today! - Deborah Nervig-Levin

AD: I was tempted (in a moment you will see why) to tidy this grammatically and linguistically. However, I felt the charm, the warmth and affection would be lost. Here it is exactly as I received it:

Hello Anthony,
I do not speak good English, I speak Spanish. But I made a paragraph in English that I hope you can understand. I'm friend of Abbi, I love her, and she and Jeff are very special to me.
Thank you!

I met Abbi when I decided to come to Las Vegas to live in 2007. I have worked with Abbi during 7 years in Wonderground of Jeff McBride. I think Abbi is an attraction for everyone when she dances, when she talks, when she says her opinion about a topic, why? Because Abbi is an intelligent woman, she is a talented and interesting woman that everyone would like to know. Every little thing she does is magic; I feel that Abbi is a very positive person, she has very good energy, Abbi is a good human being and nice friend; she is happy and creative woman.

Abbi as an artist is versatile because she is actress, dancer, musician, songwriter, designer, she is the right hand of the great magician and artist Jeff McBride, so Abbi is magician also. Jeff McBride is a great man and behind every great man is a great woman, in this case the name of the great woman is Abbi McBride. - Circe Martinez

AD: I think that pretty much sums you up neatly. Further words from me would be superfluous. Except to add that it has been a true delight and joyous experience conversing with you. I look forward to many more meet-ups with you. Thank you sincerely for spending time with me and sharing so generously of yourself. Thank you Abbi. Many Blessings.

AM: You are very welcome Tony. I have enjoyed our conversation too and look forward to seeing you in Vegas again soon. As Jeff has told you, "your tribe awaits." Many Blessings to you too.

10. Monday Night Magic - The Story
Message by Peter Samelson (US)

"Monday Night Magic," New York's longest-running Off-Broadway magic show, is produced by Michael Chaut, Todd Robbins, Peter Samelson, and Jamy Ian Swiss. (Frank Brents, now deceased, was part of the original producing team).

In 1997, New York City was, for the first time in more than 20 years, without a venue featuring live magic. Given New York's longstanding and significant magical history - it had once been the home of Dai Vernon, the most influential sleight-of-hand artist of the 20th century - Michael Chaut decided that it was time to do something to remedy that situation. He began by assembling a team of expert counselors to assist him in his mission, who collectively totaled over a century's worth of performing experience between them.

Chaut began by approaching the artistically innovative and influential magician Peter Samelson, who had been a regular performer at the Magic Towne House in the 1970s. Samelson in turn referred Michael to magician's magician and author Jamy Ian Swiss, who had been a regular at a later NYC magic venue, Mostly Magic. Swiss brought in Todd Robbins, the Coney Island Wonder Worker, with whom Swiss had worked at Mostly Magic. Chaut then invited on board his longtime mentor, Frank Brents, a world-class veteran with 40 years of performing experience, who had toured the world multiple times and performed for royalty and presidents. And for a time, Magic Towne House regular, magician and film actor Peter Maloney, also served as an early advisor.

The team set to work and after a handful of early experiments, "Monday Night Magic" debuted in Greenwich Village. The weekly show began at The Sullivan Street Playhouse, the home of America's longest-running musical, "The Fantasticks." Although it was difficult at first to find acts, and it took time to work the kinks out of the format, eventually the show began to take consistent shape, and was already established as New York's home for magic before its first relocation, after more than four years at Sullivan Street.

In the aftermath of September 11th, five Broadway shows closed within a week, and the entire theatre industry was economically devastated for more than a year to come. During this period, "Monday Night Magic" moved uptown to smaller quarters at the McGinn-Cazale Theatre on the Upper West Side, surviving the downturn.

In May 2003, Monday Night Magic returned to its downtown haunts with a move to the larger Soho Playhouse, not far from the original Sullivan Street location. After a stay of several years in the 160-seat St. Clement's Theatre on West 46th Street, just up the street from Manhattan's Restaurant Row, the show finally reached its current home at the Bleecker Street Theatre, located near our downtown roots in the trendy East Village.

Since its inception, "Monday Night Magic" has provided a first-class setting for the presentation and enjoyment of magic that eschews the use of giant props, scantily clad assistants, wild animals, and Las Vegas frills. Rather, the show features professional entertainers who perform skillful magic accompanied by distinctive personalities. While families are welcome, "Monday Night Magic" is not a children's show - it's an evening of sophisticated performance for adult audiences. Each week the theatre is filled with a mix of both newcomers and repeat customers, New York City locals and international tourists, all seeking - and finding! - A unique evening of unusual and original performance.

Every show features four performers on stage featuring diverse performing styles and types of magic; during the extended intermission, at least two magicians in various locations throughout the theatre presenting intimate close-up magic. The roster is a veritable Who's Who of Magic, as witnessed by the biographies found elsewhere on the Monday Night Magic website. By the same token, "Monday Night Magic" has provided unique opportunities for young performers to earn their stripes and get a chance to be seen by the public. The producers are proud of the many young performers who made some of their earliest appearances at Monday Night Magic, and are now not only regular performers at the weekly show, but are operating as successful full-time professionals in New York City and across the country.

By presenting a carefully assembled program of select performers in ideal theatrical circumstances, the underlying message communicated to every patron is that magic is a unique and legitimate art form - as powerful as a medium of original artistic expression as it is effective as commercial entertainment. The show makes new magic fans each and every week, and also serves longstanding fans and welcomes visiting magicians from around the world. Monday Night Magic is truly New York City's home for magic.

And so it is magic but it's no miracle that "Monday Night Magic" has thrived, and, now in its 18th year, has returned to the Greenwich Village and can be found at the Players Theatre, located at 115 Macdougal St., between West 3rd St. and Bleecker.

With more than 700 performances under its award-winning belt, the show has been featured in virtually every major press and media outlet in New York, was singled out as "New York's Best Magical Venue" by "TimeOut NY" magazine, awarded a "Best of Manhattan" by the "New York Press," and its performers have been featured in countless television appearances, including on national programs like "Good Morning America" and repeat appearances on "The Today Show." No wonder that the producers, via the show's parent firm, Magical Nights Inc., provide magic and more for top corporate and private events, with a client list that starts with the Fortune-100 and ends with hundreds of satisfied clients from coast to coast and beyond.

So what are you waiting for? Come and spend the most magical night New York City has to offer at "Monday Night Magic." We've got a seat with your name on it - prepare to be amazed. It's a night of magic you will never forget!

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11. Review Of Raymond Crowe's Show
Message by Bernard Reid (NZ)

Due to a mix up in tickets I missed Raymond Crowe's show in Auckland but was determined to catch it somewhere. It is all magic this week as apart from Raymond, Peter Samelson from New York, a wonderful professional magician and old friend is in town with his partner, Karen St. Pierre. They also wanted to see Raymond's show so courtesy of Alan Watson we all took off for Hamilton. Despite the fact I was in severe pain the whole time from my sciatica I was determined and it was wonderful as the 90 minute drive down and back gave me quality time with Peter and Karen to catch up. The last time we had actually seen each other was when I was performing in New York many years ago.

We all caught up with Raymond a couple of hours before show time and then retired to have dinner before show time while Raymond did his pre-show set up. I had seen Raymond work many times before but it was always snippets.....never his full one-man show. Having seen his complete show last night I felt compelled to write a review in the hope that all magicians will read it.

I pondered for some time trying to find the three words that most accurately conveyed the true sense of this brilliant performer.


Professional performers tend to look at other professionals with a very critical eye but are also the first to give accolades when performances shine. Shine indeed, does this performer from his unique opening from hand shadows until his closing two hours later (with a 15 minute interval). There are so many gems packed into this show it is impossible to cover them all in detail so from a magician's perspective let's cover the important points.

Valuable lessons we can all learn from watching Raymond. First, his handling of audience participants. There is only one word here - Perfect - There is considerable audience participation in the show and in every instance the participants were handled with finesse and dignity. There was absolutely no fear or apprehension about getting involved by anyone requested as Raymond had shown at the outset that he valued and respected participation. One actually WANTED to be asked to volunteer and his handling of a little eight year old girl was pure charm that would have won over the most hardened of audiences.

Raymond is a dedicated performer who demands perfection and so the show contains so much variety. The pacing is such that you really wonder where that two hours went. I sat enthralled forgetting my pain completely as Raymond took the audience on various journeys by weaving little playlets around each effect. He wasn't "doing tricks" he was recalling incidents from his childhood around his Aerial Fishing routine, or he was paying tribute to past masters for contributions they had made to our art by performing a classic, there are so many gems in the show it is hard to pick a favourite, but the one thing that does stand out is that every single thing he performs has an original freshness about it.

During my time in the business I have seen Fred Kaps and Finn Jonn do their versions of the "Salt Pour" and believed I had seen the epitome. You haven't seen a "Salt Pour" until you have seen Raymond's. The best I have witnessed. His Butterfly routine which dates back to the 19th century is as fresh, charming and effective today, in his hands, as it was then and I loved his inclusion of a modern, overworked, trick at the end of it that shows precisely how something like that should be used. NOT as a trick on its own. Bravo !

His dancing jacket is pure theatre and an absolute joy to behold.

This review may start to sound like a mutual admiration society with not a negative. From Raymond's point of view and performance there is not a negative but there is a flaw with the production which is out of Raymond's hands. I have discussed it privately with him and he concurs completely and I feel it unfair to bring it up here.

To all New Zealand magicians I have only one thing to say. If he is coming to your town, DON'T MISS HIM. If you have other commitments that night, cancel them, Raymond may not be through here again in the near future and from him we can all learn so much. The very fact that he can hold a full theatre of people totally spellbound for two hours speaks volumes.

A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALAN WATSON FOR YOUR COURTESIES LAST NIGHT. Well Raymond Crowe last night and now Peter Samelson tonight. What a week!

12. The March Issue of Genii Is Now Available
Message by Richard Kaufman - Editor Genii Magazine

On our cover is one of the world's greatest living film makers, Woody Allen, in a marvelous interview and article written by John Lovick. This is not a gratuitous exercise just to get a famous face on our cover-Woody Allen was, and is a cardman. He loves magic and always has since he was bitten by the same bug as all of us as a young teen.

It's hard to imagine someone invoking Maynard G. Krebs, Aristophanes, Cyrano de Bergerac, Neil Gaiman, Shakespeare, Homer (not Simpson), Disneyland, Nebraska, and Quantum Mechanics in a column about magic … and it's not Mr. Racherbaumer! The perpetrator is Jonathan Pendragon, and you'll have to read this month's "Panmagium" to sort it all out.

David Kaye, in "The Expert at the Kids' Table," talks about the end of childhood and the demise of the Tooth Fairy and Santa. A bit of innocence lost … and how a kids' show magician should handle it.

Roberto Giobbi is in love with "gestalt." It's not something to be spread on rye bread, you know. Or even something to be taken lightly.

Gestalt (in our field) is the nexus where all the various bits and bobs of which magic consist come together and whirl into some greater whole … in "The Genii Session."

In "Lost Horizons" Max Maven, with the help of the sinister specter of a deceased black cat, raises a bit of a ruckus … séance style.

This month Jon Racherbaumer continues his cultural explorations through literature, and David Oliver, John Lovick, and Dustin Stinett write our reviews of "stuff" in all forms.

We have audio columns from Max Maven (about his recent trip to the site of this summer's FISM in Italy) and Jon Racherbaumer (who ponders never-to-be-answered questions about Erdnase). There is a funny 18 minute video of my trip around the dealer's room at the Columbus Magi-Fest; video in Magicana, and more surprises.

Subscribe at www.geniimagazine.com and receive your digital issue for free when you subscribe to our paper edition.

13. Peter Samelson Evening
Message by George Lucas

I still have happy memories of Peter Samelson's last visit to New Zealand 21 years ago, and was thrilled when Richard and Margaret Webster invited me to an evening to see him perform. He entranced the audience with his delightful stories, and charming magic. I was particularly taken with his presentation of the Gypsy Thread with its theme of lost love. I think everyone in the audience related to it.

Peter chose his helpers well, and the couple who helped him in a routine where Peter "lost" their wedding ring and found it again were a delight. Peter finished with his famous Snowstorm in China routine and received a well-deserved standing ovation. Please come back soon, Peter! Thank you very much Richard and Margaret for your hospitality. You put on yet another unforgettable evening.

14. Innovention Convention In Liverpool
Message by Paul Stone

We've recently deliberately kept quiet about the Innovention Convention taking place in Liverpool from 14th - 16th July. As we limited the number of attendees to just 100 we decided to let word of mouth and personal recommendation from anyone who came to our two previous Innovention Conventions spread the word for us.

In case you haven't already heard, the line-up of talent is outstanding and features performers that you won't see at any other magic convention this year, either at FISM, Magic Live, IBM, or Genii. Every one of the performers at the Innovention is a top professional with literally thousands of major shows to their names.

The undoubted headliner from Las Vegas is Jeff Hobson, Star of the hugely successful Illusionists Show which just played six amazing weeks on Broadway. Jeff has established himself as one of the greatest comedy magicians in the entertainment world and at the Innovention he will not only be performing his hilarious stage act but will also be lecturing on what it takes to become a successful entertainer. Jeff will talk about how to add comedy into your act including choosing the right material and how to deliver it. Jeff will also cover all the secrets of becoming an Emcee, and how it can be a very lucrative additional skill to master. This alone will be worth more than the price of admission.

Michael Goudeau is another fantastic performer travelling over from Las Vegas and will be making his British Magic Convention debut. Michael was the Guest Star and only other act in the superb Lance Burton Show at both the Hacienda and Monte Carlo Hotel & Casinos for nearly 20 years. Michael performed well over 5000 shows with Lance. Not only that, Michael is a multi Emmy nominated comedy writer and wrote much of the material in Penn & Teller's 'Bullshit' TV Shows. Michael will perform his stage act which has served him so well for many years, and he will talk about his experiences of working for so long with Lance, and will present a specific session on how to write your own comedy material.

Scott Alexander is a very busy working pro from USA and spends most of his time either performing on cruise ships or at corporate events. Scott is well known in the magic world for creating solid, commercial routines and together with Bob Kohler he has marketed several effects, many of which are regularly used by pros around the world. Scott's stage act is a lesson on how to develop standard effects and turn them into highly commercial and entertaining routines. In his lecture he will cover the increasingly popular market of cruise ship magic, and what is required to do well in that very specialised market. Scott has also never before appeared in UK, and so he too will be making his British Convention debut.

Next week I will tell you about some of the other outstanding performers who will be appearing in Liverpool including Bob Kohler, Graham P. Jolley, and John Fealey, but for now I wanted to finish by emphasising why the Innovention Convention is so different to any other magic convention. At the Innovention everyone will have a great seat for every session or show and an unrivalled opportunity to access and spend time with some of the very best and most successful magic and variety performers in the world today. You'll also be able to find out exactly what it takes to become a top professional performer and how you can use that information to improve your own shows and command higher fees.

The Innovention Headquarters Hotel is the fabulous Beatles themed 'Hard Day's Night' Hotel located right in the heart of Liverpool City Centre, and it is the ideal venue for this intimate and special event. Unlike FISM or Magic Live where you are just one of thousands of magicians, at the Innovention you genuinely will be treated like a VIP. Registration for the Innovention costs £175. We do still have some places available but we expect to fill them up soon, so if you are considering being in Liverpool with us for what promises to be an exciting and unique few days of magic and you don't want to miss out then you should email us as soon as possible at info@Innoventionliverpool.com for full details on how to register. Please remember that when registrations reach 100, we will not accept any more. This is one Convention you really do not want to miss.

15. Broken Wand - John Jennings
Message by Phil Milstead (US)

Just heard from Liz, John's wife. John Jennings passed away at about 2:20 pm today (Monday) with a deck of cards in his hands. His wife and son were at his bedside at the time. Funeral and other arrangements are in the planning stage with no date/time set yet.

John Jennings was a great guy and an excellent S.A.M. Deputy for Virginia.
John loved magic and was proud to represent S.A.M. He was also a member of IBM. We'll all miss him.

John suffered for the last few years with cancer. A few weeks ago, he was diagnosed with cancer in his spinal fluids where it spread into his brain.

John was a fire investigator. To help with family finances, the local firefighters and magicians established a fund. Please go to www.gofundme.com/johnjennings and help with a contribution. Share this website with others.

16. Daytona Beach Festival Of Magic
Message by Harry Allen (US)

If you were not at last year's Daytona Beach Festival of Magic you missed a GREAT one!

Look who is booked so far for 2015. (Detail: www.daytona magic.com

Click on "convention".) November 6-7-8 2015 Phone 386-252-6767

Michael Finney
Murray (Las Vegas)
Tom Burgoon
Shin Lim
T.C. Tahoe
Scott Pepper (Illusionist)
The Reed Sisiers
Doc Swan
Jim Vines
Tom Yurasits
Erik Olson
Scott Humston
Harry Allen

More to come.................

17. AbraCORNdabra
Message by Steve Daly (US)

Have you heard about the Midwest's fastest growing magic convention?
This year we celebrate our fifth year of AbraCORNdabra ~ Iowa's largest Magic Convention! Want to see a short 2-min video clip about AbraCORNdabra?

Check it out here:
Located in the capitol city of Iowa, Des Moines. Held at the spacious Airport Holiday Inn (*Directly across the street from the Des Moines International Airport!), with 24/7 Free shuttle service. The Magical dates are May 15 - 17, 2015
Easy to remember date - 5/15/15

We have an outstanding cast of National & International stars coming in for this amazing weekend of magic, including an all-female close-up show with:
* The uniquely unusual magic of Randi Rain (Texas)
* A regular at the famed Magic Castle in Hollywood, the Bizarre magic of Suzanne The Magician (Minnesota)
* Houston, Texas' famed Magic Island's only Female Close-up artist & America's most $ucce$$ful female Birthday Party Magician, Trixie Bond (Texas)
* And rounding out this all-star Female Cast, direct from her appearances at the Magic Castle close-up parlor, Lupe Nielsen (Nevada).
Add to this mix:
* The Illusionary Magic of Tops Magic Magazine writer, David Seebach (Wisconsin)
* America's busiest Corporate & College Market Mentalist, Christopher Carter (Illinios)
* Celebrity Comedy Magician Murray Sawchuck (Nevada), as seen on Television's hit shows ~ Pawn Stars, Reno 911, America's Got Talent, Celebracadabra, Last Comic Standing, Celebrity Blind Date, War of the Worlds 2: The Next Wave, and Ring of Darkness. Currently appearing daily in his own show at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.
* Our mystery magician is a "name" in Magicdom, known for his amazing career that spans the Globe.

Who is it?
Come to Abracorndabra and find out! The "Mystery Magician" for 2015 will be revealed at the convention!
* The "Cherry on the top" of this "Who's Who" of magic, all assembled under one resort hotel weekend roof, is the clown prince of magic himself, the incredible Tom Mullica (Nevada).
Tom will not only lecture, He will also perform his brand-new close-up show, as was recently unveiled at the Magic Castle's Founders Day Celebration in Hollywood. Tom will also be our master of ceremonies for the public Gala Show which also features former Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus Clowns, appearing courtesy of the Clown CORNvention.
The Clown CORNvention is a separate convention for Clowns that is held in the same building as AbraCORNdabra, sharing the "Midway of Deals" Dealers room (Filled with Unique Dealers - no two tables are alike!)
Tom will be bringing to life, for one of the last times in his career, his flawless impersonations of Mr. Red Skelton during the Gala Show. This is something you won't want to miss!

Unlike most conventions, this is a very family-friendly weekend of magic, with special attention given to our younger magi. In fact, we feature "The Kernels Young Magicians Showcase Show" - magicians aged 21 and younger are given FREE registration in trade for a 5-min performance in the Showcase Show! *(If this interests you - contact Steve Daly today! - See the Website)

Over 50 and want to be in the world's first & only Magic Contest for Senior Magicians Only? Then sign up to be in The Magimasters 2015 Seniors Magic Tournament! Winner takes home the coveted Magimaster's Jacket, Hat, & Trophy!

There is so much more crammed into this three-day weekend of Midwestern Magical Fun! Flea Market (it gets bigger and bigger every
year!), a huge dealers room, silent auction, raffles, free gifts, snacks, Shows, Parties, and introducing this year - a first at any Magic Convention anywhere...
"The Show & Tell Sideshow" ~ Eight performers (not listed above) presenting a baffling trick in their own sideshow booth, then teaching you the secret!

We are also giving a nod to the late, great Dia Vernon with our special guest fine artist - Kathryn Flocken (Florida). Kathryn is Walt Disney World's premier Paper Silhoutte Artist! She can cut out a paper Silhoutte of you in 2-minutes or less! Kathryn has agreed to TEACH this amazing art form that "the professor" so enjoyed doing while seated at his loveseat in the Magic Castle. Come learn a cool skill that is quickly becoming a "lost art"....

Are you a street performer or busker - ever wondered how to become a successful street performer or busker? Then Grndl's Bskng Schl is for you! This is an event that is not part of AbraCORNdabra's registration - rather a separate event happening the day before the magic convention begins! This 10-hour school (2 pm to 10 pm Thursday May 14th & 9:30 am to 11:30 am Friday May 15th) is an additional cost of $150 (IF, you are not attending AbraCORNdabra Magic Convention. Special offer ~ If you register for AbraCORNdabra - you can attend this fantastic "Busking School" for just $50! More info is on the AbraCORNdabra Website - check it out!

Please Note: AbraCORNdabra Registration is limited to just 200 attendees.
Sure, we could easily allow more to come, but we truly believe in allowing everyone who attends AbraCORNdabra a spacious, fun time, we don't "sardine can" you into a hot banquet room for a long, drawn out lecture... By limiting registration, we are allowing each person ample time to spend chatting one-on-one with their favorite magical stars. Past Magicians AbraCORNdabra has hosted include Jade, Oscar Munoz, Banachek, Alex Ramon, Johnny & Pam Thompson, Losander, Tom Bergoon, Ben Ulin, Fielding West, John Carney, Stan Allen, Michael Goudeau, Wayne Houchin, Allan Ackerman, and so many others...

Magicians are saying things like:
"finally, an affordable magic convention with lots of magic stars!" - Michael Ozman, Ames

"A very fun convention with an uncomfortable name" - Michael Goudeau, Las Vegas

"Steve Daly produces the best conventions making US feel important, that's why we asked him to do one for clowns! Thank goodness he did, it is the best Clown Convention I have ever been to!" - Sweetie Pie, Des Moines

"Thanks to my years performing in the Kernels Show, I was able to hone my act to where it is today. And now, I am taking that act to FISM in Italy!" - Trent James, Chicago

Check out the AbraCORNdabra website for registration information and other info.

********** Special Offer For Magic New Zealand Readers **********
Mention Magic New Zealand on your registration form (Hand write it in at the top of the form) and get a Free Hopper Pass! This gives you the freedom to go between the AbraCORNdabra Magic Convention and The Clown CORNvention. Allowing you to pick and choose which lectures, shows, and events you would like to see!

Come visit us in the "Cornfields of Iowa" at Iowa's largest Magic Convention ~ AbraCORNdabra!

18. The South Tyneside International Magic Festival
Message by Claire Buchan

The South Tyneside International Magic Festival returns for its 12th spellbinding year this March, including a three-day convention for professional magicians

A number of this year's international performers are available for interview and I wondered whether you'd be interested in a phone conversation, or one of your set features, with any of the artists listed below?

Michael Finney (USA) - multi award-winning, comedy magician, with more than 30 years in the business. He performed at the 2004 Inaugural Gala for President George W Bush and is returning to the Magic Festival's twelfth year this year after performing there 10 years ago. He also has his own charitable foundation.

John Archer (UK) - star of children's television show, Help My Supply Teacher is Still Magic, award-winning magician John has been assisting with the organisation of this year's festival and will also be performing

Luke Jermay (UK) - probably the most incredible man you've never heard of, Luke's mind reading powers have earned him high profile fans, including Uri Gellar, Dynamo and Derren Brown

Russ Brown (UK) - winner of CBBC show, The Slammer, Russ' unique style combining crazy gags, great music and lots of audience participation has made him a firm favourite with all ages

High Jinx (UK) - award-winning illusionists, made up of young, newlyweds Michael and Tamsyn Jordan. Michael has appeared on various TV shows, while Tamsyn is a trained actress, dancer and singer

The Great Nardini (Scotland) - developed by duo Paul and Mhairi Nardini, the act has picked up many awards including British Magical champion and World Champion of Comedy Magic.

Atlas (USA) and Looch (UK) - two of the world's greatest mind-readers, who have joined forces to transmit and receive thoughts with unnerving accuracy

John Carey (UK) - a passionate magician, specialising in sleight of hand, with five critically acclaimed DVDS to his name

Diamond and Jade (UK) - this Liverpool-based duo perform large-scale illusions. It was founded by Michael Diamond, who devises many of his own tricks and illusions and has authored two books on magic

I look forward to hearing from you soon


Claire Buchan
Senior PR Consultant

Sorted Public Relations and Event Management Ltd
Suite 3, Maling Studios, Hoults Estate, Walker Road, Newcastle, NE6 2HL

Tel 0191 265 6111
Fax 0191 265 6011

Email claire@sortedpr.com
Web www.sortedpr.com

19. New York "Magician Of The Year"
Message by George Schindler (US)

Congratulations to the Society of American Magicians PA#1 # 2015 "Magician of the Year" - Jerry Oppenheimer. Jerry has been a member for more than 44 years and has served the New York club in many capacities including six years as Editor of the Spellbinder Newsletter, Secretary and President. He has been a regular at the Magic Table, and was featured prominently in the recent feature on the today show. The formal award presentation will be made in the Spring at he "Salute to Magic" the date to be announced.

20. Wellington Convention - Win back your Registration Fee!
Message by Nopera Whitley (NZ)

Wellington Magic Convention - October 24th - 26th, 2015

Win back your Registration Fee!

One lucky person will win back the cost of their registration fee within the first hour of the Convention!

How To Enter:
All you have to do is register before October 24th, 2015.
Register before 10th of November, 2014 and get 3 entries into the draw
Register before 1st of May, 2015 and get 2 entries into the draw
Register before 24th of October, 2015 and get 1 entry into the draw
The earlier you register, the more entries you get!

Refer A Friend For Extra Entries:
If you have registered and refer a friend, you can gain an extra two entries per person that you refer.

For every person that writes down your name as the referee, during registration, you will get an additional 2 entries!

For conditions and more information, go towww.wellingtonmagic.co.nz/raffle

Registration is Open!

We have an "Early-Bird" rate for those who register before the 1st of May, 2015.
- Seniors: $290
- Juniors, Parents & Partners: $190
Register online at www.wellingtonmagic.co.nz to download the registration form.

Headliners already confirmed include:
- Charlie Frye and his partner Sherry
- Phil Cass and his partner Philippa
- Nick Nickolas

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For more information, or to get in touch, visit us at www.wellingtonmagic.co.nz

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