Gibecière 21, Volume 11, Number 1

Gibecière 21, Volume 11, Number 1

The Winter 2016 issue of Gibecière is getting ready to ship and we can’t wait to share it with you. Come travel the world with us as we track down magic in Japan, America, Austria and Persia. Mitsunobi Matsuyama has joined us again to present a fascinating look at “Metsuke-ji”, a centuries-old mathematical effect developed in Japan. Jerry Christensen sheds light on little-known Allan Shaw, a coin manipulator during the vaudeville era considered second only to T. Nelson Downs. Magic Christian continues his efforts to discover more about the fascinating life and accomplishments of Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser, overturning two commonly accepted opinions in his article, “The Truth.” Reza Saberi offers insight and a translation of two chapters of Tuhfat al-Ghraib, a medieval work by Muhammad ibn Ayyub Alhaseb Tabari. This work, whose title translates in English to The Gift of Wonder, falls into the genre of books of secrets more commonly found in the sixteenth-century Italian tradition. The Gift of Wonder however is an extraordinary find as it dates from the end of the tenth century to the beginning of the twelfth, and falls outside of both the date and geographic range typically associated with this genre of work. This issue will be sent out in the beginning of February to all members due to receive it. Not currently a member? Join before January 16th to receive this as the first of your two issues that will come with your...
Gibeciere Has It’s 10th Birthday!

Gibeciere Has It’s 10th Birthday!

  Today we are publishing our 19th issue of Gibecière, and it commemorates the beginning of the 10th year of Gibecière! Stephen Minch, our editor, has done a splendid job (as usual) and we are very proud of the issue. If you are an up-to-date member and due this issue, it has already been sent to you. If you have lapsed or not yet joined, please join/renew now here. Contents Include: The Legend of Donba-jutsu—Mitsunobu Matsuyama Conjurers around the Mediterranean Basin—Pierre Taillefer Jehan Dalmau—Pierre Taillefer Wilson on Wilson—Tyler Wilson The 52 Wonders—C. H. Wilson This issue is special for a number of reasons, but high on the list is introducing Pierre Taillefer to our readership. Pierre is a very serious scholar, versed in several languages and trained to do research. His article on ancient magic is brilliant, and the new information he’s discovered and confirmed about Dalmau in his second article is extremely important to the history of card magic. We are also pleased to introduce Tyler Wilson, who has discovered a previously unknown booklet, The 52 Wonders, that has one or two astonishing similarities to Artifice, Ruse and Subterfuge at the Card Table by S. W. Erdnase. Tyler tells us the story of how he found the booklet and its significance, and then we publish the whole work so the reader can decide for themselves. And last but most certainly not least, we have an excellent contribution from Mitsunobu Matsuyama about Donba-Jutsa, a mythical(?) effect from Japan. Here is a preview of the...
Gibecière 17, Volume 9, Number 1

Gibecière 17, Volume 9, Number 1

Gibecière 17, Volume 9, Number 1 Winter 2014 Gibecière number 17 is a fantastic issue, and we are very proud of it. We begin this issue with the tenth and final installment of the excellent and enlightening “Investigation into Magic in Japan after the Opening of the Country” by Mitsunobu Matsuyama. Mr. Matsuyama delves into the histories of some highly successful female magicians, amateur and professional magic societies, the sale of magic in department stores, and the early history of the Tenyo magic line as well as historical notes on Tenkai. Next we get acquainted with a largely unknown, but extremely intriguing and mysterious card handler in the fascinating “Moreau” by Jerry Christensen. Mr. Moreau was a French card magician who led a very luxurious life in the finest spots in France by doing card magic in restaurants and cafés. He is reputed to have been remarkable by very reliable sources and we are quite lucky to have this peek into his life and to learn about his work. Max Maven offers what we hope will be an ongoing series entitled “Tracking Slum Magic to Its Lair”. Here, Mr. Maven delves into the “Needle through Balloon” and we get to follow this popular “slum magic” effect from its clever beginnings, burgeoning popularity, and subsequent denigration. “Uncle Aficionado” by Enrique Jiménez-Martinez introduces the new translation, by Noah Levine, of Juan Mieg’s Curious Notices. Published anonymously, Juan Mieg was only recently connected with the authorship of this book, which features juggling, sword swallowing, speaking machines, human water-fountains, the feats of professional gluttons and conjuring performances, as well as some information on the...
Listen to the Piddington’s

Listen to the Piddington’s

Here’s a full recording of The Piddington’s – a husband and wife team who gained worldwide fame performing a telepathy routine that bordered on the supernatural. You can find out more about them by reading the  fascinating biographical piece that Barry Wiley contributed to our historical journal Gibecière, Vol. 8, No. 2. While listening to this vintage recording, consider that Sydney Piddington began to develop this act while he was interred at Changi Prison camp during World War II. During this time he became friends with other performers like Russell Braddon, and Fergus Anckorn (whose own story is described HERE). Under the harshest of conditions, they created act that follows....
Gibecière 16, Summer 2013, Vol. 8, No. 2

Gibecière 16, Summer 2013, Vol. 8, No. 2

Gibecière Vol. 8, No. 2 Now shipping! Summer 2013 issue of our flagship publication Gibecière! Our biggest issue yet (at 288 pages and nearly 2 lbs) opens with a long-anticipated piece by Barry Wiley on the Piddingtons. Syd Piddington was a magician who was captured and imprisoned as a POW in Changi prison, Singapore during World War II. During his captivity, with the help of Russell Braddon, Fergus Anckorn and others, he created one of the greatest mind reading acts ever staged. After the Japanese lost the war, Piddington toured the world and became a sensation. Mr. Wiley gives us the details he discovered from his firsthand interviews and excellent research. One of the world’s great historians and one of our favorite contributors, Enrique Jiménez, has truly outdone himself this time. We are proud to publish his expanded and greatly detailed checklist of Minguet’s classic Engaños a ojos vistas. In addition to more details on Minguet’s life and work, we are also ecstatic about being able to offer a full facsimile and translation of an outrageously rare Spanish booklet by Francisco Papuè. A reference to this early 18th century pamphlet was discovered a few years ago, but no copy could be located. Mr. Jiménez diligently scoured the world and found what might be the only copy; it was being held in a famous Spanish monastery. Upon request the monks made the book available to us, and now through Lori Pieper’s translation this wonderful little book is available to you. Our editor Stephen Minch has done his usual excellent job in creating what is one of our finest issues to date!...
Gibecière 17, Vol. 8, No. 1

Gibecière 17, Vol. 8, No. 1

Gibecière Vol. 8, No. 1 It’s kind of a big deal. Our 15th issue of Gibecière is our biggest issue ever! As with some previous issues of our journal, we are once again very proud to deliver a long lost manuscript that sheds refreshing light on our history while also unearthing some forgotten treasures. The Asti manuscript is estimated to have been written somewhere between 1670 – 1730 and, until recently, had been relegated to a storage closet housing a miscellany of things in the Biblioteca di Asti. Someone did discover the manuscript there and deemed it  worth being inventoried and catalogued, although they ultimately decided it was not of any major importance. It was Marco Aimone and Aurelio Paviato who learned of the manuscript and thought otherwise. Just a brief look at the first two items, and they knew they had found a new and important addition to magic literature. Here we find the earliest known descriptions of a sleight-of-hand color change and the under-the-spread force. In addition, there are unique effects described that would otherwise have been lost, as well as early precursors to now-classic effects. The forgotten effects may inspire you to breathe new life into them with modern methods, while the early handlings of classic effects could drive a well-worn plot in new directions. The manuscript has been painstakingly transcribed by Aurelio Paviato and then translated into English by Lori Pieper and  features sections on tricks with playing cards, sleight of hand with other objects and tricks with apparatus, and, finally,  tricks, stunts, and experiments. The author has included a plethora of clear and very...

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