Ask Alexander Video Tutorials

We’ve put together a handful of video tutorials for some of Ask Alexander’s basic and advanced features. You can learn how to use the FREE RESEARCH TOOLS; use the BROWSE feature; conduct a BASIC SEARCH or an ADVANCED SEARCH; and how to build a COLLECTION. Hopefully this will answer a lot of questions about how to use Ask Alexander. When you’re ready to create an account with all of these features CLICK HERE and subscribe....
Ask Alexander Goes Public

Ask Alexander Goes Public

We frequently get phone calls and emails requesting further information about Ask Alexander. While magic requires a bit of secrecy and exclusivity, we understand that some people want to know what they are getting before they spend $95, $245, or $495 on a yearlong membership. For this reason we have made Ask Alexander publically searchable. While it is still necessary to have a subscription if you want to access articles, the public search feature allows non-members to search for their favorite magicians and effects in order to see what information is available at each membership level. This way you know exactly what you are getting before signing up. This also allows members with Bronze and Silver access to see what they’ve been missing. Additionally, we are offering instant subscriptions, so that new members can begin searching just seconds after joining. Both of these changes are part of an effort to make our database accessible to a greater variety of magicians, researchers, and curiosity...
Ask Alexander

Ask Alexander

Ask Alexander is the most valuable single resource in all of magic. The Conjuring Arts Research Center has worked hard to digitize materials in the public domain and make agreements with the rights holders of modern works. At present, it contains over two-million pages.  All access levels feature keyword search; instant translation into nearly fifty languages; and personal search history. In addition, you can easily create a personalized bookshelves and collections from your favorite documents. Bronze  Bronze access provides an incredible value for those who want a taste of what Ask Alexander contains. This level features: 500,000 pages of material Complete files of magazines such as the Sphinx, Genii, and Hugard’s Magic Monthly. Dozens of complete books by Jon Racherbaumer and the Miracle Factory. and much more Bronze level access is available as part of our Charlier level membership package (which includes special discounts and our journal, Gibecière). Silver With over 750,000 pages of material, Silver level provides superior access. Aside from all Bronze material, this level includes a great more books and magazines, many of which have only been made available by special arrangement with the authors and publishers. Highlights include: Stewart James correspondence Sid Lorraine’s incredible files Dozens of Max Maven books. Silver level Ask Alexander access is available as part of our Hofzinser level membership package (which includes special discounts and our journal, Gibecière). Gold Gold level features over 1,000,000 pages of material, the best outside of the library. Users will encounter vast troves of books, magazines, and rare items. This includes all of Bronze and Silver as well as: Rare books from before 1900’s Houdini Scrapbooks Hugard’s comprehensive personal...
David Roth: Master in Residence

David Roth: Master in Residence

Imagine a magician who drops coins into an ACME style portable hole only to remove them from a bagless change purse; or who ties a Japanese coin to a string and uses a paper fan to make the coin fly like a kite on a beach. Or imagine a magician who can pour the sound of jingling change from a glass, with empty hands, before turning the sound into solid silver coins. David Roth’s presentations with coins are technically innovative, playful, and exquisitely beautiful. Roth’s influence on coin magic has been so profound that it is hard to precisely quantify. The majority of professional close-up magicians carry at least one change purse filled with four, four-and-a-half, or five half-dollars. Most magic shops sell dozens of slick new DVD’s on how to make those four coins vanish, change, and teleport themselves. YouTube features hundreds of young magicians performing with their coins. All of these performers, whether they know it or not, are standing on the shoulders of a giant. Not including his own television appearances, Roth’s creations have been performed on Las Vegas stages, on an episode of The X-Files, and even during other magicians’ lectures. In Spain, magician and comedian Luis Piedrahita has presented a number of Roth’s routines on national television (acknowledging David by name as the creator). David’s work is not simply impressive, it is a reminder to other magicians of the lasting impact that they too can have on their craft. COINS BEFORE 1976                                                        ...
New Ask Alexander Features

New Ask Alexander Features

We are always looking for new ways to make Ask Alexander (our two and a half million page database) more accessible and easy to use. Here are two new projects that will make you want to go and play on Alex right now. Instant Translation   One of the library’s first and most consistently dazzling employees is Dr. Lori Pieper. Ms. Pieper has contributed numerous, monumental translations to Gibecière, and she frequently composes private translations for the use of other library employees. Despite Ms. Pieper’s abilities with French, Spanish, Italian, Latin, and German, however, she doesn’t quite have time to translate all of our foreign language documents into English. She also doesn’t have time to translate our English language books into all of the previously mentioned languages. And she doesn’t speak Swahili. For this reason we’ve developed a tool for Ask Alexander which allows any page to be instantly translated to or from 55 different languages. This opens up many new doors at every membership level. Charlier members can now read periodicals such as L’illusionniste, L’Escamoteur, Il prestigiatore moderno and quite a bit more. Erdnase members should probably clear their schedules for the day and read the complete file of Dani DaOrtiz’s El manuscrito. And those who don’t speak English or struggle with it now have a great excuse to subscribe.   Individual Genii Issues Genii Magazine just got easier to read. By a long shot. Until recently, the magazine was only divided up into volumes. This meant that all the issues from each year were crammed together into one long document. Searching through such documents was tiring and disorienting. With the help of our...

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