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MAGIC - UNITY - MIGHT Editor
Editor EmeritusDavid Goodsell
Associate Editor W.S. Duncan
Proofreader & Copy EditorLindsay Smith
Art DirectorLisa Close
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Volume 103 Number 11
THIS MONTHS FEATURES24 Illusions of Grandeur by David Seebach26 I Left My Cards at Home by Steve Marshall28 The Dotted Line by Don Theo III32 Hit the Road by Scott Alexander34 For Your Consideration by George Parker36 COVER STORY by Christian Painter40 From The Carter Repertoire by Christopher Carter42 Nielsen Gallery by Tom Ewing44 Messing With Your Mind by Christopher Carter46 Not Just Kid Stuff by Jim Kleefeld49 Tech Tricks by Bruce Kalver50 The High Road by Mick Ayres52 Mysteries of the Houdini Grave by Dean Carnegie54 Ebook Nook: The Award-Winning Magic of John Cornelius 58 Cheats and Deceptions by Antonio M. Cabral60 Informed Opinion New Product Reviews 68 Salon de Magie by Ken Klosterman69 Inside Straight by Norman Beck70 Basil the Baffling by Alan Wassilak70 The Deans Diary by George Schindler
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S.A.M. NEWS 6 From the Editors Desk 8 From the Presidents Desk11 M-U-M Assembly News22 Good Cheer List23 Broken Wands31 Newsworthy69 Our Advertisers
Last month I told you that Christian Painter was ending his mentalism column, Mental Breakdown, but will continue to con-tribute to the magazine with a different column that will begin in May. I am very happy to announce that Christopher Carter, the gentleman lighting up the front cover, will be taking over the mentalism column, and he is eminently qualified to do so.
If you dont know who Christopher Carter is, dont feel bad. Chris doesnt spend a lot time at magic conventions or writing for magic publications; hes too busy working as one of the up-per-echelon performers on the college circuit. Christian Painter suggested Chris to take over the mentalism column, and he also wrote this months cover story. In addition, Chris contributed three tricks; two can be found following the cover story, and the third is in his first column.
I am delighted that Christopher Carter has joined the M-U-M team, and I know you will find his column to be useful and in-formative.
Speaking of tricks (yes, I am the Prince of Segues), consider this scenario. You are invited to a small party at a friends house. The conversation turns to psychic phenomena. You offer to demonstrate a few interesting experiments. Using a borrowed deck of cards, a borrowed handkerchief, some borrowed writing materials, and a borrowed cat, you are able to perform a thirty-minute show that includes design duplication, the psychic sorting of cards from a genuinely shuffled deck, a manifestation of a ghost under a handkerchief, and a spooky rising card effect in which the selected cards rise from a glass. Everything you need to accomplish these effects can be carried in your pockets: a small stack of business cards, a peek wallet (if you want to do the trick with the cat), and two very small gaffs.
Heres my question to you: Considering that all these effects can be done with a minimum of sleight-of-hand ability, how much would this set of effects be worth to you? Twenty-five dollars? Fifty dollars? With the way magic is marketed these days (and the plethora of one-trick DVDs that sell for thirty bucks), youd pay a hundred bucks or so for this information.
Heres the good news: Youll find all these routines in this issue of M-U-M. Where are these effects in the magazine? Im not going to tell you. Read and youll find them. I urge you to carefully read through each issue of M-U-M. In addition to practical advice that will make you a better magician and interesting discussions on magic theory, youll also find some great tricks.
And speaking of magic theory (the Prince strikes again), take a look at George Parkers For Your Consideration column this month. The suggestion George offers may be a little difficult to wrap your head around, but I think I understand what hes getting at. Stop for a moment, turn to Georges column (page 34), read through it once or twice, and then come back. Ill wait.
I had to go through Georges column a couple of times before I began to understand what he is going for, and I think hes on to something. His point is that when you want to bring something into existence (a magic show, a vacation, a book, or whatever) the
fact that you tend to visualize the entire thing can overwhelm you and render you incapable of action. You see the big picture and the goal seems unattainable. I have experienced this.
Instead of seeing the big picture, ask yourself what are the essential components of your desired goal. Then figure out a way to achieve a smaller version of that, a creation that still encom-passes the essential components you desire. In doing this you give yourself a feeling of accomplishment and this good feeling energizes you to continue the process.
For example, suppose you watch Mac Kings act (which Lisa, Ava, and I did last weekend). You see this seamless construction, with all the great magic and the myriad of jokes and callbacks, and you think, Id like to construct an act like that, but how in the world would I go about doing that? The answer is, you cant write an act like in one shot, and neither did Mac. It was the slow accrual of little bits and finesses and refinements over many years that got the act to that point. If you tried to write it all in one shot, youd get frustrated and overwhelmed, and youd give up.
Youd be better served by asking what components of a Mac-like act youd like to include and then designing just one routine a routine that contains those elements. This is doable, and if you can accomplish that, you will gain satisfaction and it will energize you to continue.
Thats my take on Georges article. I look forward to seeing how he applies this technique to a magic trick in his column next month.
RVP Eric DeCamps is doing a terrific job with his North Atlantic Region Newsletter. The Spring 2014 edition was eighteen pages long and contained articles on holiday events and Margaret Steeles shows in China, a review of Nothing to Hide, and a trick from Steve Cohen. The articles on the Houdini grave site on M-U-M this month on page 52 came from this issue of the newsletter.
Compeer Dave Eisler emailed me with the suggestion that assembly secretaries include information on upcoming special events in their assembly reports. In this way, a compeer traveling in the neighborhood of an assembly could make plans to attend those events. I agree that this is a fine idea. However, dont plug events that will happen within thirty days of submitting your report. The information will be outdated by the time the magazine reaches our members.
Michael with Mac King and his newest fan Ava Close
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This month I am writing this article in a hotel in Tucson, Arizona. We have just finished the Spring National Council Meeting and I am happy to report that great progress was made in planning the future of The Society of American Magicians. There are many exciting things in the works, but before I mention any of them I would like to thank Tucson Assembly 136 for being such fantastic hosts.
I have a long history with Assembly 136. Twenty-five years ago I brought my illusion show to the Gaslight Theater in Tucson for a two-week run. The owners of the theater had just converted the old Jerry Lewis movie house into a theater, and we were to be the inaugural act. We arrived in Tucson a week early to hang curtains and lights. I did not reach out to local magicians before arriving and no one except the theater owners knew we were coming in early. Before the engine of our truck cooled, members of Assembly 136 were there to welcome us to town, to help us unload, and to