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52Kards deems Sucker Punch poker chips a winning hand

Asad Chaudhry of 52Kards has shared a video discussing Sucker Punch, a special set of poker chips for magic tricks designed by Mark Southworth. He offers a thorough assessment of the product, including the difficulty, the quality of instruction, and the cost. The product includes 16 chips and online instruction for six different effects taught …

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Mark Toland explains how small town life and zero back-up plan made him a pro magician

It all began with $50. That’s how magician and mentalist Mark Toland remembers his start in magic: a $50 magic kit that started him down the path that would become his career. From that familiar beginning, he tells GeniiOnline how his childhood and a fateful decision in college helped him turn from a hobbyist to …

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10 things you didn’t know about playing cards

Even as we barrel further into the high-tech, always-online landscape of the 21st century, we continue to return to the simple pack of cards. A virtually limitless source of entertainment, playing cards can provide hours of time-wasting fun among friends or high-stakes competition on ESPN. And even as magicians find new ways to amaze their …

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Justin Willman needs volunteers for a performance in LA TODAY

That headline kind of speaks for itself, doesn’t it? Here’s the tweet.  Because I can’t send you, my precious readers, off into the arms of some dude on twitter without doing at least a modicum of research, I did some journalism on this Justin Willman guy. Turns out he’s a pretty big deal. He’s appeared on …

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Shadow puppet master Gustavo Raley throws shade at nature, pop culture

I admit, I was going to open this article by making fun of Gustavo Raley’s frankly preposterous haircut, until, at about a minute into his shadow puppet set, he used it to form the feathers of a swan’s back. That’s a level of planning and dedication to one’s art that brooks no mockery. Given just …

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GeniiCon 2017: Randy Pitchford on the two kinds of magicians

When Randy Pitchford was just getting his start in magic, he quickly learned that there were two kinds of magicians: those who acted as mentors and helped budding performers like himself, and those who prefer to keep their knowledge close to their chests. In part four of our seven-part interview at GeniiCon 2017, Randy talks …

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Hang out with Gazzo, Michael Weber, Dan Harlan, and more at the Penguin Magic Experience and Expo in Atlanta on April 6-7

If you want your magic convention experience to be a bit shorter and more intimate, you need to get your tickets for the Penguin Magic Experience and Expo (or MAXX) ASAP. The two-day event takes place on April 6-7 at the Doubletree Atlanta Airport Hotel in Atlanta, GA, and there are only about 100 tickets …

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Get abducted by aliens at the Magic Castle this Halloween

Every year, the Magic Castle goes all-out for Halloween, and this year, the mansion will be transformed into a retro sci-fi wonderland. The Magic Castle calls this year’s Halloween extravaganza Invasion!, where 1950s celluloid classics like The Day the Earth Stood Still and Invasion of the Body Snatchers will come to life in a series …

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Mentalist Alain Nu knows that anything you think about can become reality

Magician and mentalist Alain Nu calls himself “The Man Who Knows.” If your immediate response to that statement is “…what you did last summer,” then welcome to the grumpy smartarse club, but cast your weary cynicism aside for a moment, because the guy has some serious magic chops. In an interesting interview with the Washington Post, Nu …

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Dan & Dave’s Private Reserve Deck will go down smooth thanks to latest promotion

Dan & Dave’s Private Reserve is a simply beautiful and beautifully simple deck of cards. There’s no gimmick, no theme: just classic good looks, understated design and quality card stock with a splash of gold foil on the back. The cards are printed by the United States Playing Card Company and housed in a classy …

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