How’s this for good timing: hot off the announcement that Richard Turner’s life is being turned into a feature film comes a huge Genii Magazine review of the documentary that serves as its inspiration.
The ten-page cover story is a huge, in-depth analysis of Dealt, the documentary of Richard Turner’s life; a life of hardship, tenacity, and a dogged pursuit of perfection. Turner may be legally blind, but that hasn’t stopped him from becoming one of the greatest living cardsharps on the planet, and Jon Racherbaumer offers a unique perspective on the film and the magic found within it.
Also within this month’s pages are a story on ProMystic and the evolution of mentalism in the 21st century, correspondence from the 1920s featuring a Death Ray Gun built by the Great Leon, and tons of trick, DVD, and book reviews from a host of magical columnists.
Get instant digital access to this issue, plus an entire 80-year back catalog of Genii, along with the entire run of Magic Magazine, for only $35 a year. Or, you can pick up a physical issue at your favorite local magic establishment.
Did you know that Cy Endfield, director of films like Zulu, was also a magician who even crafted his own card tricks? Many of his tricks were compiled into a series of books called Cy Endfield’s Entertaining Card Tricks by Lewis Ganson, a writer with over 60 magic books to his credit and editor of an English periodical called The Gen.
This is only one of an infinite possible rabbit holes you can tumble into when you visit MagicPedia, an online information hub and resource hosted by Genii, The Conjuror’s Magazine. The wiki-style encyclopedia is filled with loads of articles and links to just about anything you could ever want to know about magic and the people who make the impossible happen.
Want to learn more about the history of the bullet catch, one of the most dangerous illusions ever devised? MagicPedia’s got a full rundown, along with a list of known performers who have attempted the trick. Or, you could check out a list of winners of the World Magic Championships held by FISM since 1948, complete with links to magicians who currently have their own page hosted on MagicPedia. The whole thing is built to sate your curiosity, as one link often leads into a dozen other topics, concepts, or magicians related to your chosen article.
And because it’s built in the style of Wikipedia, information on MagicPedia is compiled and sourced by its users, many of them dedicated magic fans, aficionados, and performers. As more of the history of magic is lost to time, it’s becoming more and more imperative to build a living and lasting way to document that information from as many available sources as possible. So if you’re sitting on out of print books or magazines, or anything else that could help enhance the world’s knowledge of the magical arts, don’t hesitate to help out by submitting an article of your own.
MagicPedia is truly unlike any other magical resource out there on the internet. Just make sure you set aside some time when you check it out; there’s no way you’re getting out of there without clicking on at least a half-dozen links.
Disclaimer: MagicPedia is owned and operated by Genii, The Conjuror’s Magazine, which is owned by Randy Pitchford along with GeniiOnline.
Let us review the harbingers of spring: Robins. Crocus. The March issue of Genii. At least one of these is currently out there.
The cover story this month is attorney, Marine colonel (awarded a purple heart), and outgoing president of the Academy of Magical Arts Randy Sinnott. Randy has done an enormous amount for both Genii and the Academy of Magical Arts during his term. The Magic Castle had a fire several years ago and was in pretty bad shape afterward, and it was Randy who led the charge to get the club rebuilt and back on its feet. Jim Steinmeyer profiles this remarkable man.
You can pick up the March issue of Genii at your local magic establishment, or if it’s still too cold where you are (we’re getting snow AGAIN?), you can always subscribe and have it brought right to you. $35 gets you a full year of Genii, plus access to 80 years of archives, plus all of Magic Magazine’s archives. That’s…kind of a ridiculous amount of magic info for your browsing pleasure.
With roots in both magic and game development, Randy Pitchford find himself in a unique position—which of course makes him the best person to take over for Genii Magazine and continue its legacy. In part two of our seven-part interview with Randy at GeniiCon 2017, he talks about inheriting the Genii brand, how he hopes to bridge the gap between the classic magic world and the modern, digital age, and how he attempts to find his own way beyond his own family’s magical legacy.
For more clips from the interview, check out the links below:
Part one: On his start in magic
Part four: On the two kinds of magicians
Part five: On curating his social media experience
Part seven: Randy Pitchford’s first time at the Magic Castle