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  • Changes Coming to Magic.About.com

    Hello all. There are lots of exciting changes coming to the Magic.About.com page.

    To keep up with the latest magic news, submit to me the latest magic news and products and ask questions on magic-related topics, please "like" our Facebook page and "friend" me at Wayne Kawamoto.

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  • Comprehensive Treatment of the Double Turnover

    Review of The Double Lift Project

    Of course, the "double" is a vital tool in any card magician's arsenal of moves. And The Double Lift Project is a first rate DVD that teaches fourteen different double lifts as well as six "get readies" to prepare to execute the sleight. It's a comprehensive treatment of the topic that will appeal to both beginners and experienced card magicians.

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  • How technology, the Internet and the iPad are changing a magician's secret work

    Here's a fascinating story and video that profiles the work of Simon Pierro, who is known as the "iPad Magician."

    The premise of the story is that technology and the age-old, secretive art of magic are at conflict. But there are some magicians, such as Pierro, who are flourishing. It's an interesting read.

    You can read the story and watch the video here.

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  • Great Comedy With a Lie Detector

    Review of LIAR by Robert Baxt

    Robert Baxt is not only a great magician, he's a comic genius. With Liar, Baxt offers a treatise on the classic "lie detector" act, a routine that apparently dates back to vaudeville. This kit comes with a device that emits a noise when you want it to and the accompanying DVD teaches how to construct your own prop by incorporating the audio device. The DVD also features lots of first rate comedy material in the form of a PDF file and some performance footage.

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  • Franz Harary to Livestream Upcoming "Crash Course"

    Harary Trains a New Crew for an Upcoming Tour

    According to a recent press release, Franz Harary will be taking his Mega Magic stage show to China this summer. And before the highly anticipated tour and the debut of some stunning new illusions, he will need to train five new crew members in Laughlin, Nevada. Magic fans will be able to watch the evolution of his show through live streams provided through Harary's Mega Magic Channel.

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  • A True Memorized Deck

    I didn't know such a thing existed but a recent story in the Los Angeles Times profiles contestants and a memory competition where entrants try to commit an entire shuffled deck of cards to memory.

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  • Outside Becomes Inside and Vice Versa

    Review of Lubor's Gift by Lubor Fiedler

    Here's a brilliant effect with two simple boxes. It's an update to Fiedler's famous "Gozinta Boxes" and I think it's a fun, visual trick.

    I loved this effect and thought that it should play strong. I tried it out for about a week at my restaurants but it just didn't get the reactions that I anticipated. It came across as something of an odd puzzle and spectators were mostly left scratching their heads.

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  • Unmixing a Mixed Deck

    Review of Unshuffled by Anton James

    Here's a gimmicked deck of cards that allows you to first show a shuffled deck with the cards in random order and after closing the deck and waving your hand (or your favorite magic gesture) and then, the cards are displayed in new deck order.

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  • The Opposite of People by Michael Feldman

    Book Review

    It's a small book that's only teaches six routines, but the material by Michael Feldman in The Opposite of People is strong and compelling and based on some intriguing ideas.

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  • Amazing Johnathan Prepares Final Bows

    A recent article profiles Amazing Johnathan. The well known magician/comedian has been a longtime Las Vegas mainstay and the article talks about his upcoming retirement.

    "The famous comedy magician was diagnosed back in 2007 with a serious heart condition, cardiomyopathy..." says the story. Johnathan -- last name Szeles -- will perform in Toledo at Laffs, Inc. from May 1-3. Then he'll head to Los Angeles for a gig in Hollywood at the Magic Castle. And then ... that's it. He'll retire to Las Vegas and work on maintaining his health as long as possible."

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