For a mere ten smackers you can join legendary illusion designer and historian Jim Steinmeyer for a new lecture: Thurston the Great and How History Fools Us
The story of Howard Thurston, America’s greatest magician from 1908 to 1936, presents a number of intriguing puzzles. The people who knew him best seemed to have been completely deceived by his story. Jim Steinmeyer, Thurston’s biographer, explains what we “get wrong” with history, and why stories need to be told in different ways at different times.
Don’t miss this amazing opportunity!
The Time: March 2, 2022 at 7 PM EST.
The Place: Your favorite screen (on Zoom).
Presented by the American Museum of Magic in Marshall, MI
Many of us about the magical contributions of Harry Houdini or Dai Vernon; we know the famous posters for Charles Joseph Carter or Howard Thurston. But what about the women who have formed the backbone of magic history but always seem to end up in the background? Michigan native Jaina Taylor wants to shine a light on their lives with a free, public lecture in April.
The lecture, called “Those Magical Dames”, will take place on Tuesday, April 17 at 7pm at the North Central Michigan College Student and Community Resource Center gymnasium. Taylor, a graduate from the Chavez Studio of Magic, will discuss, according to the program description:
…six overlooked female magicians, starting with those that paved the way back in the 1800s, trouping shows by steamer ship and trains, then, as time went on, to those performing on modern-day stages. Audiences will get a peek at their trials and triumphs and will witness some of the magic that was performed in their shows. The lecture runs an hour with time for questions.
Doors open for the lecture at 6pm. While admission is free, you’ll need to secure your spot with a quick email to firstname.lastname@example.org or a phone call to (231) 348-6600.
If you’re looking to up your magic game on a budget, then you should check out this deal from Alakazam Academy. The magic shop/online lecture site is hosting a sale for all of its upcoming March courses, giving a 25% discount off the list price.
March courses include:
Like all Alakazam Academy courses, these lectures are live streamed right to your computer, and even include opportunities to ask questions directly to the lecturer. And if you miss a course or want to consult them in the future, all purchased lectures are available to download from your account. However, they won’t be available to purchase after the course is completed, so if you’re interested, be sure to book your spot ASAP.
The Montreal Magic Jam has been hosting lectures and breakout sessions for years now, and 2018 brings even more opportunities to learn. Caleb Wiles, who Penn Jillette called “so ******* good” back when he tried to fool them on their show in 2016, will kick off the year’s Jam sessions with a brand new lecture.
According to the event page, Wiles’ new lecture will be packed with explanations, advice, and presentations on several brand-new routines, as well as a breakdown of the trick Caleb performed on Penn & Teller: Fool Us seen in the video above). You’ll also have an opportunity to session with other magicians after the lecture.
The lecture will take place on Tuesday, February 6 at 7pm at the Theatre mainline in Montreal, Canada. Tickets are still available at the discounted price of $25 until January 30, when they will go up to $35. You can find out more information about this and other upcoming events, as well as purchase tickets directly from the Montreal Magic Jam website.