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by Zig Zagger
May 16th, 2017, 4:25 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magic catalogs w/ stereotypical Asian images. References pls
Replies: 21
Views: 5407

Re: Magic catalogs w/ stereotypical Asian images. References pls

Zig Zagger, your website crashed my Firefox browser. Sorry to hear that, Richard! However, I have a standard WordPress licence and have been using Firefox myself for years without any problems... So I'm afraid I have no clue whether it was my website and how or why...? Also, it appears that you are...
by Zig Zagger
April 19th, 2017, 4:36 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Incidents and accidents that created great magic
Replies: 14
Views: 1631

Re: Incidents and accidents that created great magic

Thank you for pointing that out, Mr. Maven. I wasn't aware of this. However, I think the point is still valid that Auzinger's (re-)discovery was an interesting case of accidental discovery of a magic principle. It would be great if you cared to share an opinion or example on this from your own vast ...
by Zig Zagger
April 17th, 2017, 3:19 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Incidents and accidents that created great magic
Replies: 14
Views: 1631

Re: Incidents and accidents that created great magic

Another interesting aspect is creation out of necessity or abundant supply. Think about corporate gigs which demand a special integration of a product into a routine or two (and hopefully lead to better ideas than just pulling them out of a Square Circle). In "Magic Page by Page", Patrick ...
by Zig Zagger
April 16th, 2017, 12:10 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Steve Cohen's Tycoons Cards: New Marked Edition?
Replies: 0
Views: 487

Steve Cohen's Tycoons Cards: New Marked Edition?

In this interesting older interview Steve Cohen speaks about the creation of his own brand of playing cards, their design and features. http://www.herbsmagic.com/magic-in-new-york-blog/steve-cohen-interview-on-the-making-of-tycoons I am particularly intrigued by his choice to package the cards in a ...
by Zig Zagger
April 16th, 2017, 11:53 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Interview with David Williamson
Replies: 3
Views: 813

Re: Interview with David Williamson

Thank you, Herb! I particularly enjoyed the part about David's "magic crisis" and how he ended up rediscovering card magic as a hobby.

I found your older interviews with Steve Cohen and Jeff Prace also very insightful.
by Zig Zagger
April 16th, 2017, 7:06 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Incidents and accidents that created great magic
Replies: 14
Views: 1631

Re: Incidents and accidents that created great magic

Interesting examples, gentlemen. Please keep them coming! Okito, by the way, wrote a very colorful account about his discovery in his book "Okito on Magic" (1952, p.93f). It opens with a great line: If the late Joe Klein had not suffered from indigestion, I should never have invented the O...
by Zig Zagger
April 16th, 2017, 6:56 am
Forum: General
Topic: What separates the pro from the amateur?
Replies: 49
Views: 3512

Re: What separates the pro from the amateur?

I think I have just found a very good quote on this matter from Henry Hay (June Barrows Mussey). In his great "Cyclopedia of Magic" (1949, p.10) he writes under the entry "Amateur Magicians": Many amateurs excel the average professional not only in invention but in dexterity; the...
by Zig Zagger
April 15th, 2017, 5:58 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Craig Petty is Back with New Reviews and Rants
Replies: 2
Views: 487

Craig Petty is Back with New Reviews and Rants

Mr Petty, the louder half of Penn & Petty of former "Wizard Product Review" fame, is back with a new low-tech one-man talk labeled "Nothing But the Truth." It is announced to appear at irregular intervals. Episode 1 is a critical review of Nicholas Einhorn's "Insta-Chang...
by Zig Zagger
April 15th, 2017, 5:13 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Incidents and accidents that created great magic
Replies: 14
Views: 1631

Re: Incidents and accidents that created great magic

Magic lore has it that Okito discovered what later became the Okito Box by chance when toying around with a regular (but specific) pill box. Max Auzinger developed the "Black Art" principle when he realized during rehearsal for a play (he was a director) that all he could see from the blac...
by Zig Zagger
April 15th, 2017, 4:56 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card-Shark Warehouse Fire
Replies: 31
Views: 3852

Re: Card-Shark Warehouse Fire

O tempora, o mores! Magic dealers trying to actually SELL their stuff. Magic dealers declining to share secrets or product details prior to purchase. Magic dealers publishing rehashed or reinvented tricks or concepts (often inadvertently). If you wanted to see the store of every magic dealer who has...
by Zig Zagger
April 13th, 2017, 5:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Heard some exciting news ...
Replies: 47
Views: 5838

Re: Heard some exciting news ...

...Too bad it's not my place to spill it here. But it's exciting! Let's see... - Hans Klok putting the final touches on his opus magnum, "An Encyclopedia of Hair Blowers in Magic," which will surely take the world of illusionists by storm? - Or Criss Angel starring in Las Vegas again as o...
by Zig Zagger
April 13th, 2017, 5:06 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Incidents and accidents that created great magic
Replies: 14
Views: 1631

Incidents and accidents that created great magic

I have always found it amazing how new tricks, ideas, or routines come into this world. Sheer luck and mere chance seem to play a far greater role in their conception and delivery than any logical thinker could ever imagine. Take the following example about Joe Karson’s creation of the famous “Zombi...
by Zig Zagger
April 13th, 2017, 4:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card-Shark Warehouse Fire
Replies: 31
Views: 3852

Re: Card-Shark Warehouse Fire

My order for Christian is in and I wish him all the best in rebuilding his business quickly. In my view, he deserves a lot of credit and support for what he has built and given to the magic community within just a few years. And even if you disagree, you may want to consider helping a magic buddy in...
by Zig Zagger
March 31st, 2017, 2:35 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What separates the pro from the amateur?
Replies: 49
Views: 3512

Re: What separates the pro from the amateur?

Thank you for your comments and observations, folks! It seems that I could have avoided some detours if I had simply asked for some more factors that set apart a great performance from a weak one, without touching that touchy "pro vs. amateur" thing... However, it also seems striking to me...
by Zig Zagger
March 31st, 2017, 2:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic News in Italy
Replies: 2
Views: 493

Re: Magic News in Italy

Ciao Andrea, your website looks quite ambitious and interesting! Too bad I don't speak any Italian. It takes a lot of steam to carry on as a one man show. Keep up the spirit! My own little blog over at http://www.zzzauber.com is not really news-related, rather observational, historical, and fun. How...
by Zig Zagger
March 26th, 2017, 3:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What separates the pro from the amateur?
Replies: 49
Views: 3512

Re: What separates the pro from the amateur?

Your points are well taken, definitions aside, Zig. What you discuss is really a level of table of compentancy in the art form. One would hope that level is higher in pros than in amateurs; but he long history of magic shows that some of our greatest magicians were not "working professionals&q...
by Zig Zagger
March 26th, 2017, 2:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 28019

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

Leonard Hevia wrote:
Zig Zagger wrote:Just like his famous red knot jumping onto a white rope


The Jumping Knot of Pakistan.


Well, that's right, but I didn't want to use that old name. Seems like it got blown away by the winds of political overcorrectness one day.
Later it was simply renamed "Daryl's Amazing Acrobatic Knot."
by Zig Zagger
March 26th, 2017, 7:51 am
Forum: General
Topic: What separates the pro from the amateur?
Replies: 49
Views: 3512

What separates the pro from the amateur?

In a recent discussion, we tried to nail some of the most important aspects which separate the consummate pro from the magic amateur when it comes down to performing. The purpose of course not being to blame any amateurs, but to help them realize what they probably need to work on most to become bet...
by Zig Zagger
March 26th, 2017, 7:20 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 28019

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

Oh boy, it’s been a month already, but I am still shocked about the demise of Daryl. While his hair cut has arguably improved over the years, his magic with cards, coins, cups and ropes has always been impeccable, fresh, and engaging. I am a proud owner of his rare Ambitious Card Omnibus, of some gr...
by Zig Zagger
November 25th, 2016, 5:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeremy Le Poidevin R.I.P.
Replies: 6
Views: 1516

Re: Jeremy Le Poidevin R.I.P.

I am very saddened to hear and read about the sudden passing of Jeremy Le Poidevin. Not that I have known him well; but I have bought some fabulous children’s magic tricks from him, have corresponded with him on a few trick ideas and tips, and have always immensely enjoyed both his fireside chats (w...
by Zig Zagger
October 18th, 2015, 1:32 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magic catalogs w/ stereotypical Asian images. References pls
Replies: 21
Views: 5407

Re: Magic catalogs w/ stereotypical Asian images. References

For those of you who are interested, I have added about a dozen more stereotypical depictions of Chinese magi from the pages of various European magic catalogs. You can take a look at them here at my magic blog: https://zzzauber.wordpress.com/2015/10/18/stereotypes-in-magic-catalogs-2/ I am also pre...
by Zig Zagger
October 15th, 2015, 3:49 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Exploring Art in Magic and Magic in Art
Replies: 8
Views: 1915

Re: Exploring Art in Magic and Magic in Art

I have added quite a few more entries recently. As of now, these artists are mentioned in my link list: Ian Baker, Zakary Belamy, Derren Brown, Thomas Cameron, Chan Canasta, Dean Alan Carnegie, Steve Cohen, Daryl, Annabel de Vetten, Fabrini, Henry Hay, Alan Howard, Volker Huber, Glenn Kaino, Ken Kno...
by Zig Zagger
October 13th, 2015, 4:02 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Death Camp Magicians
Replies: 4
Views: 1554

Re: Death Camp Magicians

This is a wonderful story of hope and humanity from the darkest of times. It has apparently gained a lot of traction over recent years. You can read more about it on William V. Rauscher's website http://www.mysticlightpress.com/index.php?page_id=126 (this text pretty much covers his two articles fro...
by Zig Zagger
September 29th, 2015, 4:11 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Weird tricks that constitute "meta magic"?
Replies: 0
Views: 500

Weird tricks that constitute "meta magic"?

I'm sure you have already come across some of the following phenomena in your magic life. But I'm not sure though whether there is a name for these. For the lack of a better term, I will call this thing "meta magic". In a nutshell, meta magic is magic about itself, within itself or out of ...
by Zig Zagger
September 28th, 2015, 1:41 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Michael and I Tried
Replies: 46
Views: 10795

Re: Michael and I Tried

I have always found it remarkable that even top mentalists seem unable to predict the publishing dates of their forthcoming books correctly... So what can we expect from lesser minds? ;)
by Zig Zagger
September 28th, 2015, 1:32 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magic catalogs w/ stereotypical Asian images. References pls
Replies: 21
Views: 5407

Re: Magic catalogs w/ stereotypical Asian images. References

I have extracted a dozen of these Chinese depictions under discussion. So if you do not own any magic catalogs, you can have a look at them over at my magic blog: https://zzzauber.wordpress.com/2015/09/28/stereotypes-in-magic-catalogs/ As an extra, I also display “Eeny-Meeney-Miney-Mo!” presenting “...
by Zig Zagger
September 27th, 2015, 12:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Version of Hippity Hop Rabbits
Replies: 11
Views: 1749

Re: New Version of Hippity Hop Rabbits

I agree, that's a wonderful design!

Her interesting performance style might be called Gothic Kids Magic...maybe the next big thing after decades of (1) Uncle Charlie magic and then (2) all these street-smart, hip-hop, new-kool-kids-on-the-magic-block majishuns lately? :o
by Zig Zagger
September 27th, 2015, 11:12 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sleight-of-Tongue
Replies: 2
Views: 797

Re: Sleight-of-Tongue

Thank you for sharing your ideas, John!

I like the start and look forward to reading and seeing more of them.
by Zig Zagger
September 27th, 2015, 10:03 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Exploring Art in Magic and Magic in Art
Replies: 8
Views: 1915

Re: Exploring Art in Magic and Magic in Art

Great find, Joe, thank you! I wasn't aware of this artist. Yet the first Cardini portrait looks familiar. Maybe from a book cover? From cover of Magic Magazine, August 2007: http://www.themagicdepot.com/product_info.php?products_id=6100 Ah, yes, even have it in my files! Also just noticed that the ...
by Zig Zagger
September 27th, 2015, 9:57 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Exploring Art in Magic and Magic in Art
Replies: 8
Views: 1915

Re: Exploring Art in Magic and Magic in Art

Jack Shalom wrote:This may be of interest:

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/view ... 7&forum=32

You'll need to scroll down a bit.


Another great caricaturist! I will add Mr. Rubiales to my list. Thank you, Jack.
by Zig Zagger
September 27th, 2015, 7:35 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Exploring Art in Magic and Magic in Art
Replies: 8
Views: 1915

Re: Exploring Art in Magic and Magic in Art

Great find, Joe, thank you!

I wasn't aware of this artist. Yet the first Cardini portrait looks familiar. Maybe from a book cover?
by Zig Zagger
September 27th, 2015, 7:27 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Al Seckel
Replies: 10
Views: 1897

Re: RIP Al Seckel

A fascinating read, especially the Oppenheimer article, about a man who seems to have created an entire world of optical and verbal illusions around himself.

Thank you for sharing these links!
by Zig Zagger
September 27th, 2015, 7:09 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Exploring Art in Magic and Magic in Art
Replies: 8
Views: 1915

Re: Exploring Art in Magic and Magic in Art

I have already managed to add a few more, including a three-dimensional portrait of Ricky Jay made out of playing cards by Glenn Kaino, a portrait of Roy Walton (recently mentioned in another thread here) by Thomas Cameron, and several great caricatures of Juan Tamariz. Check them out here: https://...
by Zig Zagger
September 26th, 2015, 12:23 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Exploring Art in Magic and Magic in Art
Replies: 8
Views: 1915

Exploring Art in Magic and Magic in Art

Over the last weeks I have collected a few links and pieces of information on art in magic and magic in art for my English-German magic blog http://www.zzzauber.com (which translates like m-m-magic). The links include books, exhibitions and shops. I intend to expand this quite a bit in the near futu...
by Zig Zagger
September 20th, 2015, 12:47 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magic catalogs w/ stereotypical Asian images. References pls
Replies: 21
Views: 5407

Re: Magic catalogs w/ stereotypical Asian images. References

erdnasephile, I think almost any magic catalog will give you similar results, as it was common to reproduce the illustrations provided by the trick producers. I have before me Abbott's Catalog No. 6 from 1940, Tannen's Catalog No. 6 from 1966 and the Supreme Magic Catalogue from 1989. All of them fe...
by Zig Zagger
September 19th, 2015, 7:26 am
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: Magic's Plastic Religion: Tenyoism
Replies: 24
Views: 4392

Re: Magic's Plastic Religion: Tenyoism

Maybe Jiu-Jitsuism? I have just come across a list of almost 900 -isms in the English language (five of them beginning with 'j'): http://www.morewords.com/ends-with/ism/ I guess I have to accept that this has nothing to do with my initial post and the questions asked; yet it is quite fun and enlight...
by Zig Zagger
September 15th, 2015, 3:15 pm
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: Magic's Plastic Religion: Tenyoism
Replies: 24
Views: 4392

Re: Magic's Plastic Religion: Tenyoism

Eventually, I will! (Only waiting for a rising Euro vs. Dollar.) Your reply is all about capitalism (which is fine). Since Buddhism is also about "cultivation of higher wisdom and discernment" (according to Wikipedia), I feel it would be nice to share some insights here, though. Any other ...
by Zig Zagger
September 14th, 2015, 3:38 pm
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: Magic's Plastic Religion: Tenyoism
Replies: 24
Views: 4392

Re: Magic's Plastic Religion: Tenyoism

Valid point. I just started with the first -isms I could think of and developed the introduction from there. However, some of their cornerstones may apply to both Buddhism and Tenyoism as well.

I'm curious: What would be traits of Buddhism in your personal Tenyoism, Mr. Kaufman?
by Zig Zagger
September 14th, 2015, 1:48 pm
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: Magic's Plastic Religion: Tenyoism
Replies: 24
Views: 4392

Magic's Plastic Religion: Tenyoism

In general, the suffix “-ism” tends to indicate the ending of a rather unpleasant word, think fascism, communism, racism, or FISM (disclaimer: no relations between these). Beyond that, many -isms seem to have in common that they describe a hierarchial belief system which is based on a strict yet sim...
by Zig Zagger
September 9th, 2015, 6:13 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Robert-Houdin books
Replies: 16
Views: 2876

Re: Robert-Houdin books

Just noticed the little irony that Torrini was supposedly a noble man by the name of de Grisy - and this thread was started by degrisy! :)

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