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IKEA’s secret language and other everyday codes for casual cyptologists

What do the Vikings, Disneyland, IKEA, an American TV drama from the 90s and budget airline EasyJet, have in common? Well, yes, they’re all known for invading foreign countries in search of riches, but they also share a noted fondness for cryptology, at least according to a very interesting piece on The Modern Rogue entitled “5 …

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Carat Case Creations’ founder really likes gold and metallics. (Who can blame him?)

Today’s dose of magical voyeurism is the latest installment of the Card Gear column from Kardify. The feature profiles some playing card professional from around the world and asks them what tools and gadgets comprise their daily work kit. The feature’s subject for the month of April is Sherman Tsao. He’s the founder of Carat …

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GeniiCon 2017: Curtis Kam’s simple rules for ending a magic trick

Finding the right ending is difficult for any narrative pursuit, whether you’re writing or performing magic. In the second part of our GeniiCon 2017 interview, Curtis Kam offers some advice on cliches to avoid when ending a trick, and tips on what to look for when coming up with an ending. For the rest of …

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The email from Teller that could change your life

Back in the primordial era of the mid 90’s, a young, creatively frustrated Brian Brushwood sent an email to one of his childhood heroes, Raymond Joseph Teller, asking the usual questions that young, creatively frustrated people ask: Where do you get your ideas? How did you find your style? How can I find mine? Teller …

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Penn Jillette’s ‘Director’s Cut’ to be released by Epic Pictures

In what is either the worst decision ever – or the best – but Epic Pictures will be releasing Penn Jillette’s “Director’s Cut,” the movie about a crazed superfan who goes to extreme lengths to make his own movie, perhaps as early as spring 2018. If you’re not familiar with the film, here’s the extremely …

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How Nick Roy became a serious magician thanks to Sharper Image

Many magicians’ origin stories begin with the gift of a magic set, and Chicago performer Nick Roy is no exception. He tells GeniiOnline the full story of how he became a magician, which started as a kid in a wizard hat and continued through some not-quite-legally-obtained instructional DVDs. For the rest of our interview with …

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GeniiCon 2017: For David Blaine, his bizarre live show is only phase one of his plan

David Blaine’s act has always been intense, but his career has evolved from card magic on the street to more strange and macabre acts of self-sacrifice. At GeniiCon 2017, a rare chat between Blaine and Genii Magazine editor-in-chief Richard Kaufman revealed that this only marks phase one of his career’s journey. Kaufman noticed that, while …

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Buy stuff, spin a wheel, win prizes all December at Theory11

Magic shops are all putting together their own holiday specials and contests, and the one Theory11 is running for the month of December has an added bonus of getting to spin a giant (virtual) wheel. For every item you purchase from Theory11 until January 1st, you get a token. You can redeem tokens for a …

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Fancy Christmas magic inside the British Embassy in Egypt

I’m sure everyone’s got their business and personal holiday parties lined up by now, but can you really call it a “party” without a magician? The British Embassy in Egypt certainly doesn’t think so, and hired Egyptian illusionist Moustapha Berjaoui to headline their little soiree. You can check out a little sample of his performance …

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UPDATE: Penn Jillette and Mike Jones’ jazz compilation from The Show Before The Show out now

Update (3/16/2018):  The album is here! You can pick up a physical or digital copy from Amazon, and digitally on iTunes or Apple Music right now.  Original story: For 16 years, lucky people who arrive early for Penn & Teller’s Las Vegas show have been treated to The Show Before the Show: a jazz performance with …

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