Another no-camera trick effect.
Coin magic has always been the most difficult branch of magic for me. It takes me forever to learn a coin effect properly: I’ve been working on this one for the last ten years, and I still haven’t gotten it to the point I want it, but I thought it would be fun to share.
Now, about where to send that start-up money…
Click on the video to watch, and if you click in the lower right-hand corner, you can get to view it full screen.
With thanks, of course, to Greg Wilson.
The first regularly published magic magazine in the United States was Mahatma, which started in 1895 and continued for the next decade. It was a delightful magazine full of history, profiles, advertisements, and wonderful platform/stage effects. I’m not going to do a run-through, as I did previously with The Sphinx, because I’m really only here to tell you the good news that for a very limited time, you can get the full run of Mahatma for free from the Conjuring Arts Research Center. It’s a download of ten pdfs, one volume per file, and also included is an index that allows searches across all the volumes.
Be quick—it was there early this morning, I don’t know if it will still be there tomorrow.
As a small guide, here are some of the effects I enjoyed reading about in the first three volumes:
Knight’s Tour p. 25
The False finger p. 26
Coffee cup Balanced on the Point of a Knife p. 35
The Mysterious Trunk p. 77
Hand Shadows of Famous People p. 92
Spirit Cabinet p. 15
Light heavy chest p. 37
Magic Archery p. 111
The Electric Chair p. 122
The Modern William Tell p. 129
The Magic Water Bowl p. 11
The Spider Coin Catcher p. 14
Teaching a Dog Magic p.33
The Spelling Bee p.52, p.67
And of course, wonderful bios, ads, news, publicity shots and so on, a real treasure trove for the magic history buff. Thanks, CARC!
The problem: WBAI-99.5 FM in NYC, the radio station I work for, is a listener-sponsored, non-commercial radio station. In order to raise operating funds, we, like many other non-profit media outlets, hold on-air fund raisers wherein we give the listeners “thank-you gifts” as a reward for their donations. Some of those gifts are tickets to movies, plays, lectures, etc. The problem is that tickets are very perishable—if listeners don’t grab them by the event date, the tickets become worthless.
So how can we encourage more listeners to go to our website to buy tickets? One solution the station was able to use was the promo above I made. It was really fun to put this together. It took me less than an hour using Audacity, an open-source computer editing tool. Click on the grey triangle to hear the results.
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I’ve always been fascinated with the way images of live smiling animals are used to advertise the tastiness of the cooked product as if the animal itself were pleased as punch to be eaten. Here’s one example that caught my eye while traveling. Or is the sign referring to its customers…?