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Kickstarter Cards With Carter: March 23rd, 2018

Kickstarter Cards with Carter is our daily column about playing card Kickstarter campaigns. Remember, Kickstarter pledges are not pre-orders and results are not guaranteed.   Regular readers of GeniiOnline will have no doubt noticed the recent influx of articles about Kicktarter campaigns infesting every corner of the site. I take full responsibility for those articles. It …

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Study shows how dice may have evolved to reflect role of fate in cultural beliefs

Dice seem like one of the fairest tools of chance ever designed. Six sides, each one equal size and smoothness, with pips distributed in such a way that the sides opposite each other all add up to seven. As long as everyone’s honest, the only thing controlling them are your own throws, physics, and gravity. …

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A peek at the past: Magic Magazine recaps the first magic trick in space

There are all sorts of environmental conditions that can make a trick harder to pull off, but a lack of gravity is certainly one of the more unusual challenges a magician has ever faced. The following article from the September 1991 issue of Magic Magazine recapped the very first extraterrestrial card trick to ever be …

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Appearing this week at the Magic Castle: Magic of Spain Week

Thanksgiving is here, but that doesn’t mean the Magic Castle is taking time off. On the contrary, it’s Magic of Spain week at the Castle, and some of the best acts from the country will be in attendance, including the close-up magic of Inés and Fool Us winner Javi Benitez.  Performances take place every evening from November …

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For Dennis Watkins, Chicago magic is all about the up-close and personal touch

When you think of Las Vegas magic, your mind immediately turns to the opulent stages and extravagant productions of the biggest names in the business. Chicago magic, however, is a bit different. In the second part of our interview with Dennis Watkins, he talks about his definition of Chicago magic, and the personal, collaborative process …

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Cruise magic is where “acts go to die”, but for David Williamson, it was an opportunity

When performers think of cruise liners, one thought often crosses their mind: career suicide. David Williamson thought much the same thing—that is, until the economy tanked and forced his hand into accepting a gig on a Disney cruise ship. In an interview at Magic Live 2017 (viewable in its entirety at the Magic Live website), …

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Lloyd Barnes takes Discourse in Magic listeners behind the scenes at Ellusionist

Ellusionist is one of the top spots for magicians to buy and sell their best tricks, and Lloyd Barnes makes sure you’re only seeing the best. He watches many of the submissions to the retailer, and he talks about his work on the latest episode of the Discourse in Magic podcast. If there’s one takeaway …

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Chris Ramsay isn’t doing magic tutorials any more, but after this vid you shouldn’t need them

YouTube magician Chris Ramsay isn’t doing magic tutorials any more after accidentally plagiarizing another performer’s trick, among other reasons. The move has been met with some consternation from Ramsay’s subscribers, many of whom initially followed him for the tutorials.  In the spirit of teaching a man to fish, Ramsay has begun this new chapter of …

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Appearing this week at the Magic Castle: Will Houstoun, Jon Stetson, Chris Mitchell, and more

Another week, another great roster at the Magic Castle. This week will include Will Houstoun bringing his award-winning magic from across the pond to the Close-Up Gallery. Jon Stetson will have his mentalism act on stage at the Parlour of Prestidigitation as a counterpoint to the comedy magic of Chris Mitchell. Performances take place every …

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Where magic meets motivation, you’ll find Steve Harmer

Steve Harmer takes magic performance to the next level with his Motivational Magic program. In these shows, Harmer isn’t just doing card tricks and pulling rabbits out of hats. He also teaches kids about complex ideas like resilience, leadership, and bully prevention through the act. “Kids love magic. It captures their imagination,” Harmer told the …

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