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FREE Summer Reading Program – Book 11!

FREE Summer Reading Program – Book 11!

Our 10th FREE SummerReading Selection, the Complete Mahatma Magazine! Download the complete file of Mahatma Magazine for FREE! This is a newly scanned, COLOR, fully text-searchable edition of magic’s first magazine, published from 1895 to 1906. Over a 1000 pages. Valuable biographies and hundreds of historic illustrations, presented in easy-to-use PDF format. This valuable resource can cost as much as $30 elsewhere! You can use your Mahatma in a number of ways: not only can you open up a volume and browse away, or print off pages to read at your leisure, but you can also use the powerful index we have included. Locate the file called Mahatma.pdx and open this in any version of Adobe Acrobat (either Reader or Professional). It will allow you to search all of the issues at the same time. Once you’ve done your search, you can select from the list of hits and it will automatically open the appropriate document at the page where your search term was found. Please note that this download is a large .zip file and will take time to download. As an Added Bonus Enjoy 50% Off These Other Magic Magazines, This Week Only: Precursor – Between the Spring of 1983 and the Spring of 2006 William Miesel and Ed Eckl collected some of the most amazing and astonishing magic secrets ever and printed them in the Precursor. Don’t miss out on this Conjuring Arts Research Center exclusive as the Precursor is offered for the first time in PDF format. Intended from conception to be the heir of the venerable Ibidem, Miesel coaxed the most creative minds in magic to part...
Flibberty-Gibberty 5 by Jon Racherbaumer

Flibberty-Gibberty 5 by Jon Racherbaumer

MATT-INGLY YOURS Jon Racherbaumer   The taverns in Chicago, circa 1935-1960, were a fertile breeding ground for a special kind of close-up entertainment to gain traction. Prohibition led to speakeasies and after Prohibition was repealed, customers needed places to drink booze, and in the Windy City taverns (as they were often called) proliferated. There was one or two in almost every neighborhood. Also, where booze was served at a bar, you would likely find a dice cup, some dice, a cribbage board, and decks of cards. If these things were nearby, you would inevitably find players, gamblers, jokesters, drinkers, and tricksters and the City of Big Shoulders bred some of the best magicians: Bert Allerton, Johnny Paul, Matt Schulien, Jim Ryan, Don Alan, Heba Haba Al, Clarke “Senator” Crandall, Johnny Platt, Frank Everhardt, Johnny Thompson, and (for a brief time) even Ed Marlo. Don Alan was exposed to these magicians and the—shall we say—ecology of the Chicago Bar Venue. The word “ecology” is used here because it includes the relations and interactions of the people with the environment rather than just the physical environment or setting. Don learned a lot working at Schulien’s restaurant-tavern. He carefully watched Matt Schulien work the crowd. Matt stopped short of being officious, but he was cheerfully engaging. He was exuberant and fun loving. Don realized the power of this approach, and he made many mental notes. He also paid close attention to the personal performing styles of Bert Allerton and Johnny Paul, picking up many great bits of business and audience-pleasing tactics. More important, he assimilated enduring psychological principles and soon the true...
Hocus Pocus It’s Alan Kronzek

Hocus Pocus It’s Alan Kronzek

  Magic, Magic, Magic, and Its History “the hook for my show is the history of magic. I’m an academic at heart.” By Mark Segal | June 11, 2015 – 1:47pm Allan Zola Kronzek is not your stereotypical magician. During a recent conversation at his house in Sag Harbor, he neither pulled a rabbit out of a hat nor sawed his wife, Ruby Jackson, in half. It became clear very quickly that he is a scholar who has written four books, with a fifth on the way, and whose “act” is steeped in the history and psychology of magic. But he does tricks, too. He recently brought a relatively new program, “Magical Jews: The Life and Times of Great Jewish Magicians,” to Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor and the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan. “I’ve been doing it for about a year. There were a lot of Jewish magicians in the early=20th century. Houdini is the best known today, but at the time Alexander Herrmann was just as well known. And he was a better magician. Houdini was really more famous as an escape artist.” Because his preferred venues for his magic act are museums, libraries, and schools, “the hook for my show is the history of magic. I’m an academic at heart.” He works on Long Island and in the city, teaches magic at the Ross School summer camp, and sometimes does strolling magic at parties. “If I’m doing a history-of-magic show, I start by explaining that magic is not supernatural; it’s special effects. I then do an example by making salt disappear and then reappear elsewhere....
48 Hour Brick Sale!

48 Hour Brick Sale!

BEST SALE OF THE YEAR –  48 HOURS ONLY! UP TO 50% OFF when you buy one or more bricks! Stock up on these EPCC favorites and rare Conjuring Arts classics Quantities Limited Sale MUST end Friday, August 28th 1:00PM EST Prices are for 12 decks of the same kind/color/finish. No mixing. Shipping additional. Decks may not be shipped in actual brick boxes. Popular decks by Expert Playing Card Co.® 50% OFF Global Titans Gold: $29.99 (reg. $59.40) 50% OFF Global Titans Pearl White: $29.99 (reg. $59.40) 48% OFF Exquisite Blue: $49.99 (reg. $96.00) 45% OFF Evil Deck by Giovanni Meroni: $99.99 (reg. $179.40) 40% OFF Smith No. 3: $49.99 (reg. $84.00) 38% OFF Zen Black: $59.99 (reg. $95.40) 38% OFF Zen Pure Black: $59.99 (reg. $95.40) 38% OFF 52 Plus Joker by Jackson Robinson: $149.99 (reg. $239.40) 33% OFF NOCv3se SINGLE COLOR BRICKS: $39.99 (reg. $59.40) 25% OFF Chameleons by Asi Wind, Metallic Blue: $89.99 (reg. $119.40) 25% OFF Chameleons by Asi Wind, Metallic Red: $89.99 (reg. $119.40) 25% OFF Classic Twins (6 sets, 12 decks total): $44.99 (reg. $59.70) Early and Rare decks by Conjuring Arts – some SOLD OUT for years! 45% OFF Ask Alexander, Cambric finish only: $29.99 (reg. $53.88) 40% OFF Skull & Bones, Blood Red, Ivory finish only: $49.99 (reg. $84.00) 30% OFF Bicycle Silver: $49.99 (reg. $71.40) Buy...
Encarded Standard by Paul Carpenter

Encarded Standard by Paul Carpenter

  Paul Carpenter, creator of the Zenith deck, has graciously allowed us to release 500 of his beautiful new Encarded Standard playing cards. These are stunning and made to perfection by the Expert Playing Card Co. This is the First Edition of a special series of small runs. Each time a design in the Standard series sells out, Paul’s intention is to redesign the deck and re-release with a new deck color, so that there is always one of these beautiful decks in production. Should turn out to be quite a series! These cards feature a metallic blue back and an amazing tuck case with silver foil and embossing details. Get them quick, it is a rare opportunity to get the first in a series and, while we know that future decks will be just as amazing, these will always be the first!   Buy...
A Great Deal of Zen!

A Great Deal of Zen!

  A Dozen Decks in an Elegant Brick Box! As low as $84.95 pstpd! Some people only give you a moment of zen, since our Zen and Zen Pure playing cards are some of the best handling cards ever made, you get a whole lot of Zen with every deck. For a limited time, we are offering a special deal designed to make it as affordable as possible to have these great cards in quantity! Many great card experts recommend Eugen Herrigel’s Zen in the Art of Archery as a way of learning how to practice your sleight of hand effectively. We offer the tools you need to get that practice going! You get a dozen (6 Zen and 6 Zen Pure) decks in one of our luxury magnetic brick boxes postpaid for $84.95 domestic or $99.95 international! Buy...
Mat Franco

Mat Franco

The latest podcast from Dodd Vickers is an interview with Mat Franco of America’s Got Talent. Among the top stories of 2015 in the world of magic was Mat Franco’s winning the ninth season of “America’s Got Talent.” Keep on mind that 73 magicians or magic acts have appeared on the whow over the years including the Pendragons, Kevin James, Murray Sawchuck, Michael Grasso, Nathan Burton, Brett Daniels, Rudy Coby, Bizarro and many more. Mat became interested in magic after seeing a special featuring several magicians when he was only a few years old and immediately began performing for his class at show and tell.  The rest, as they say, is history.  ...
Sol Stone :: MNW338

Sol Stone :: MNW338

On this episode of the Magic Newswire Spirit of Magic podcast I am thrilled to be joined by the ultimate “Underground Magician.” For more than 50 years, Sol Stone has been referred to as “the magician’s magician.” In May of this year, Sol was named “Magician of the Year” by the Parent Assembly of the Society of American Magicians, Assembly #1 in NYC. Sol is best known as a coin magician, teacher and mentor to generatons of performers. Join David Roth, Jeff McBride, myself and other guests for this fascinating conversation. You will hear tales of Howard Thurston, Dai Vernon, Flosso, Paul LePaul, Jerry Openheimer, Ed Balducci, Tarbell, Jean Hugard, Slydini and many more! For more information about Sol Stone, and the magical goings on in NYC, please visit: Magic in New York Blog  ...
DAVID ROTH : MNW337

DAVID ROTH : MNW337

As I begin the 2014 season of the Magic Newswire’s “Spirit of Magic” podcast, I am thrilled to introduce you to the Master in Residence of the Conjuring Arts Research Center, the amazing David Roth. In this first in an ongoing series of conversations, David will discuss a wide array of topics including the relevance of magic with coins at a time where the quarter is the largest coin that most Americans will be familiar with; Dai Vernon’s circumcision ; the Spaghetti Sessions ; the identities of the El Cerrito Seven and so much more. Of Roth, Dai Vernon is quoted as saying, “”First let me state that David Roth has an amazing ability when performing with coins. He is truly a genius. I have been fortunate to have enjoyed the confidence and friendship of the leading exponents of coin manipulation of the past. T. Nelson Downs, Allan Shaw, Manuel and Welch Miller all specialized in this branch of the magical art. To the very best of my judgment, David’s ideas and execution far surpass any one of them. I feel quite certain that if they could witness his performance they would not only be astounded but realize that they had seen the master.”  ...
CHARLIE MILLER :: MNW336

CHARLIE MILLER :: MNW336

Sleight of Hand, Malini, Vernon and so much more. Charlie Miller is one of those name tossed around in the context of modern magic that I feel most f the community knows too little about. I hope that this conversation with some of his closest friends does something to rectify that. Our good friend Johnny Thompson is joined by two other legends in magic, Harry Riser and Bob White.    ...

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