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.

Comedian and magician Judy Carter has a new show now in Los Angeles. Take a look! Link to purchase tickets below.

Interview here:

Tickets here:

Press Release:
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.

Up and comer master magi Blake Vogt has been on Ellen quite a bit, and here’s his latest appearance.


When you think of close-up magic, it’s usually a person doing card and coin tricks. Did you know that people have been doing this for hundreds of years?


The literary icon Charles Dickens, famed British writer of the 19th century, also loved magic!

Charles Dickens was an amateur magician who often performed at his friends’ kids’ birthday parties.

Here’s Orson Welles appearing on Dean Martin’s TV show in the mid 1960s; they’re both having some fun. Welles was a true magician at heart.


The Library of Congress looks at the copyrights it holds filed by Harry Houdini for several of his illusions.

And here’s the wax cylinder recording Houdini did for his Water Torture Cell: