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Sometimes it’s tough to find the motivation to follow through with things, even when you enjoy them. You don’t email your college roommate enough, you haven’t been to the park in who knows how long, and the closest you’ve come to traveling is watching Game of Thrones. Hidden Agenda won’t help you with any of …

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News & Events
Huge collection of magic memorabilia from the Keith Abson Collection up for auction

Keith Abson spent his life obsessed with magic, performing  throughout Australia and collecting a variety of posters, books, flyers and more, which he kept in an ever-growing scrapbook – and now that collection is up for auction at Lawson’s. The collection features a variety of curios from the golden age of magic, including old issues …

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Videos
Lazarus Benson’s TV appearance is so good it wrecks the sound system

What you’re about to see is hard to watch. Not because it’s gruesome, even though it is about learning magic in time for Halloween, but because the delighted shrieks of the hosts blow out their body mics. Clip mics pick up every rustle of clothing or tiny exhalation of breath, so when Lazarus Benson does …

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How-To
How to force a card using a ring + how to throw a ring through your finger

This video is a two-fer of ring tutorials brought to you by Chris Ramsay. The first one is courtesy of Nevin Sanchez, and it’s the perfect example of a simple trick that’s elevated through loads and loads and loads of practice. After that, Chris demos an elegant way to use a ring to help force …

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Videos
Steve Valentine goes back to basics with his ROYALLY FLUSHED routine

Note for Genii readers: the password is the same as for previous videos, but in all lower case. Not a Genii reader? Here’s how you can fix that.  We here at GeniiOnline have been faithful disciples of Steve Valentine over the past month, dutifully passing on his wisdom when it comes to pulling coins from bread …

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News & Events
Who was the most hated magician of the 1800’s and when is it reasonable to pay for a magic performance with grain?

Last Thursday, the Cache Valley Historical Society was entertained with tricks and stories from local professional magician and amateur magic historian, Richard Hatch.  The presentation, Pioneers of Prestidigitation: Magicians in Early Utah, only included the highlights of Hatch’s research into the area’s recently digitized local papers, but still included a few interesting finds.  One such …

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News & Events
The Stained Glass Phoenix deck has soared past its Kickstarter goal

As a rule, I’m all about the minimalism when it comes to decks (like this amazing cardistry deck I wrote about earlier today) but I’ll go for busier decks if they’e pretty, and the Bicycle Stained Glass Phoenix deck is very, very pretty.  The card designs are rich and intricate, and clever color choices give …

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News & Events
Have a capital time at Magi-Whirl, the convention from the D.C.-area IBM chapter

The International Brotherhood of Magicians puts on a massive convention each year (and registration is still open for the 2018 bash in Grand Rapids, Michigan). But plenty also happens at the regional level thanks to dedicated work by I.B.M. chapters around the world. Magi-Whirl is one such event. Magi-Whirl is the work of Ring 50, …

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Articles
Weekly Puzzle: Keep ’em separated

Welcome to GeniiOnline’s Weekly Puzzle, powered by Art of Play! We’ll bring you a new puzzle every Monday, then publish the solution on Tuesday. Another visual puzzle this week. Don’t let it get to your head!

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News & Events
Harry Potter: A History of Magic is now available online, proving that magic is at least a little real

We may not have the ability to create potions or wands made with unicorn tail hairs, but the modern world does have some little hints of magic to it. For example, the British Library‚Äôs exhibit for Harry Potter: A History of Magic is now available as part of the Google Arts & Culture app. That …

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