Beginning in Magic

Beginning in Magic

If you are interested in magic, you’ve come to the right place! The Conjuring Arts Research Center has over 15 thousand books on magic and related fields going back to the 1400s, many that are unavailable elsewhere. Additionally we try to keep up to date on all the latest and are well acquainted with many of the top magicians in the world. Currently we provide a free teaching program, the Hocus Pocus Project, that visits a number of New York City area hospitals, detention centers, and community centers. This rewarding experience has prompted us to offer some of this knowledge online in order to reach as many people as possible! Here are two of our teachers demonstrating an effect that we may perform at one of our sessions: Learning the real secret and how to perform this effectively will take some time, but, if you follow along with any nine cards and perform all the actions in the video the effect will work! Due to an amazing mathematical property, the selected card will always end up at the 5th position! Since we are a non-profit, we function solely through the generosity of others. If you liked the effect, please consider donating or perhaps purchasing some of our products! Books While videos offer a quick way to learn a few things, you will quickly find that many of the best secrets can only be found in books. Books offer the opportunity for you to use your own imagination to fill in the details and to make each effect your own. Additionally they offer a look backward into the history of...
The Future of Magic by David Blaine

The Future of Magic by David Blaine

To peer into the future of magic, it helps to start by looking at its past. If I were to perform for you the first known card trick to have been written down, it would be very likely to fool you just as it fooled audiences in Italy in 1478. The techniques behind it are still used today. Magicians have a long and secret history of preserving our best methods. But great magic requires more than merely mastering the mechanics. It requires mastering the audience. Take Harry Houdini. A century ago onlookers were gripped by the sight of a man in a straitjacket dangling from a skyscraper. Houdini’s escape act was brand new and thrilling, allowing his name to become synonymous with achieving the impossible. It was an innovative performance, but not the product of new technology. Instead, Houdini engaged his audience emotionally, by playing to their hopes and fears. That is why it worked so well. … Continued at the...
Ed Marlo in France!

Ed Marlo in France!

Recently, here at Conjuring Arts, we have been working on transcribing a large file of letters from Ed Marlo to Mel Brown. They span from 1954 to 1991 and are quite fascinating, containing gossip, reviews of books and videos, tricks and sleights, tips and finesses, etc. While the work on these is not finished, we thought we would whet the appetite by offering a small gallery of photos of Ed Marlo that we have in the archives. We believe that these were taken during his trip to Paris for Pierre Mayer’s convention. There is also video footage of Marlo that was taken during the trip which is available through Stevens Magic Emporium (Ed Marlo – A Private Lesson number 1 and number 2), if you want to see him in action during this period of his life. Visit the Gallery For those that do not know much about Marlo and would like to know more you should definitely check out the new collections being put out by Magic Inc. in Chicago; these are a trilogy of books, two of which have been published so far, Revolutionary Card Technique and Cardially Yours. There are also some video resources, most notably, Prime Time Marlo and It’s all in the Cards. Also I have assembled some interesting articles and tricks, with the help of Ask Alexander, which may be of value to the enthusiast: One of Marlo’s first publishing efforts was to enter into Tops magazine’s “It’s a Pip” contest. He entered three ideas into the contest, which is not surprising considering the vast creativity he would demonstrate for the rest of...

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