Magic at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World from 1998.
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The Magic Castle has a new owner, and he’s on the cover of the May issue. Read all about how Randy Pitchford became the Academy of Magical Arts’ new landlord. Dr. Will Houstoun, Dr. Richard Wiseman, and David Britland tell us the story behind story decks (you know, routines like “Sam the Bellhop”). David Regal does some coin and do-it-yourself work in “Material Concessions,” while Jim Steinmeyer gets poetic in “Conjuring.” In “Dealing with It,” John Bannon serves up a multi-effect showpiece with cards. Jon Racherbaumer unearths an almost self-working card trick in “Exhumations,” and this month’s “Magicana” has three items, including one that’s guaranteed no FUSS.
It turns out that Hannibal wanted to play the guitar. Fortunately for us he plays a deck of cards far better; read about it in “Happiness is the Road.” Krystyn Lambert shares a chance meeting with Paul Harris in “Stage as Studio.” It’s all about firsts in this month’s “Knights at The Magic Castle” with Shawn McMaster. Vanessa Armstrong casts “The Eye” of Genii on magic’s news. Finally, our reviewers in “Light from the Lamp” this month are Tom Frame with books, Brad Henderson on tricks, and Bill Wells discusses videos. We remember three fine men of magic in this issue: Pressley Guitar, Peter Galinskas, and David Goodsell. All that and more is on the inside. In the meantime, the countdown to MAGIC Live is on. We hope to see you there.
Despite the obvious and heavy editing of this segment, it was still an impressive audition.
If one of the top magicians in the world gives a class on magic, you better believe Genii Online is going to sign up! In an unprecedented move, David Blaine is doing an online course in (mostly) card magic that the trailer shows will teach good substantial sleights and tricks—the kind that will turn you into what your friends will believe to be an expert at sleight of hand and magic.
If you use this link to the Studio Classroom site you can save $20! 🙂
The Masked Singer(s) UNMASKED! It’s Penn & Teller as The Hydra.
David Kordansky Gallery is pleased to present Magic, Mystery & Legerdemain, the gallery’s first solo exhibition event by Derek Fordjour. Taking its title from the magician Black Herman’s 1938 autobiographical book Black Herman’s Secrets of Magic, Mystery and Legerdemain, the show provides a multifaceted forum in which Fordjour explores magic as it relates to power, race, and a myriad of illusions throughout American history. Magic, Mystery & Legerdemain will be on view March 26 through May 7, 2022, with magic performances by Kenrick “Ice” McDonald occurring daily at 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays during the run of the show. McDonald’s presentation is called The Legend of Black Herman, written and directed by Numa Perrier, in which he portrays Black Herman in a 20 minute performance. An opening reception will take place on Saturday, March 26 from 6 to 8 p.m., with the magic performance occurring at 7 p.m.
Amazing swell guy, billionaire, owner of Genii magazine, magician, and Gearbox Software genius Randy Pitchford has purchased The Magic Castle in Hollywood. For the very first time, the building, land, and intellectual property are owned by a single entity, saving the famous private club from almost certain doom in the coming years. Great things are coming! Read more at the links below.