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Re: Genii Convention Schedule Online

Okay, so here's a bit of a news flash. My lecture on Thursday night is brand new, and it is not about conjuring. The lecture content - theory and new tricks - is drawn from the all new lecture manuscript entitled: "Dichotomies: Mentalism, Mental Magic, and the Difference."

So there.
by Jamy Ian Swiss
10/04/12 02:50 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Genii Convention Schedule Online
Replies: 40
Views: 3716

Re: NY Times review of Alex Stone's FOOLING HOUDINI

Precisely the point I was trying to make, David. I do not mean "technique" in the narrow sense of technical skill, nor do I think Tommy intended it that way. But rather in the broader artistic sense -- everything that totals up to mean craft and art is part of the artist's "technique....
by Jamy Ian Swiss
06/24/12 04:59 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NY Times review of Alex Stone's FOOLING HOUDINI
Replies: 118
Views: 15868

Re: NY Times review of Alex Stone's FOOLING HOUDINI

I believe that while your comment about the standing of magic is accurate, David (and timeless -- see Makelyne in "Our Magic"), it generally applies to variety arts. And I think that the real problem -- timeless and frustrating and insurmountable -- is Tommy Wonder's point in "The Boo...
by Jamy Ian Swiss
06/24/12 04:19 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NY Times review of Alex Stone's FOOLING HOUDINI
Replies: 118
Views: 15868

Re: Tony Giorgio Has Died

Tony Giorgio was a treasure. A one-of-a-kind, bona fide, indelible, inimitable, larger than life character. Intelligent, articulate, well read, a lifetime of experiences that would seem like fiction to most. He was great company, great to be around, great to spend late nights with at Cantor's Deli (...
by Jamy Ian Swiss
02/03/12 04:54 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tony Giorgio Has Died
Replies: 23
Views: 3882

Re: TABBY CRABB, AKA TABMAN HAS LEFT US

Tabby Crabb was the best magic pal I ever had whom I'd never met. We met online in the early 90s. We hit it off and remained friends ever since. Tabby was the first person thanked in my acknowledgments in my book, "Shattering Illusions," where I explained that he was responsible for my wri...
by Jamy Ian Swiss
04/19/11 03:40 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: TABBY CRABB, AKA TABMAN HAS LEFT US
Replies: 19
Views: 2975

"Shattering Illusions" back in print

In case anyone missed the ad in the December (or upcoming in January) issue of Genii, my book, "Shattering Illusions," is now back in print and available at <!-- w --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.lulu.com">www.lulu.com</a><!-- w -->. Search on the title, or my name, and you'll find...
by Jamy Ian Swiss
12/23/10 04:30 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: "Shattering Illusions" back in print
Replies: 7
Views: 1658

Re: December Issue of Genii Cover and Table of Contents Now Online

Earl, thankyou so much for that lovely detail. I mistakenly wrote Walking Liberty halves in the article.

(And thankyou for the magnificent illustrations for my trick, "The Flowering"!

Jamy
by Jamy Ian Swiss
11/25/10 09:28 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: December Issue of Genii Cover and Table of Contents Now Online
Replies: 20
Views: 2388

Shattering Illusions by Jamy Ian Swiss

Since I'm always being asked about this, thought I'd post this auction I came across:

http://cgi.ebay.com/OOP-book-Jamy-Ian-S ... 0526196941

Good luck!

Jamy
by Jamy Ian Swiss
10/05/10 05:19 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Shattering Illusions by Jamy Ian Swiss
Replies: 0
Views: 346

Re: Bob Cassidy

You might be an editor, but you can't even spell my name. You might be an historian, but I guess you're unaware that Bob Cassidy has appeared on our stage at Monday Night Magic, New York's longest-running magic show. And you might be a mentalist, but you surely have no idea what I'm thinking, becaus...
by Jamy Ian Swiss
09/24/09 01:40 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bob Cassidy
Replies: 9
Views: 1154

Re: Mahka Tendo is Dead at 49

I too had heard that he had cancer, but the news is no less shocking. Mahka was an astonishing magician, who created original card manipulations that stunned the magic world. He was as gracious and delighful a gentleman and colleague as he was a talented artist. It's a terrible and untimely loss.
by Jamy Ian Swiss
05/26/09 12:06 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mahka Tendo is Dead at 49
Replies: 12
Views: 3652

Re: Vanni Bossi from Italy passed away

This is very sad news, indeed. I was privileged to know Vanni for perhaps 20 years. He was a truly marvelous man, mind, and magician - a genuine Renaissance man. Gracious, stylish, intellectual, scholarly, and one of the cleverest magical creators and performs imaginable - an unsung maestro. Those t...
by Jamy Ian Swiss
12/06/08 05:14 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Vanni Bossi from Italy passed away
Replies: 17
Views: 4046

Re: Geoff Latta has Died at Age 51

I have not commented here about Geoff, partly because I am writing something for Genii, partly because it's simply very difficult for me. I knew him well, very well, for a very long time, not only as a magician but as an intimate friend, and I would not exist as the magician I am without him. But I ...
by Jamy Ian Swiss
09/22/08 09:09 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Geoff Latta has Died at Age 51
Replies: 44
Views: 11790

"Shattering Illusions" on ebay

Since my book is out of print and I get a lot of queries looking it, I thought I'd mention here that there is a signed copy currently on on ebay.
by Jamy Ian Swiss
04/23/08 10:17 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: "Shattering Illusions" on ebay
Replies: 6
Views: 1056

Re: Richard Pryor is gone

My opinion is clearly stated in 1364 words on my website. Anyone who cares to read it might discern that Mr. Crouch and I disagree.
by Jamy Ian Swiss
12/17/05 02:09 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Richard Pryor is gone
Replies: 68
Views: 1874

Re: Richard Pryor is gone

Crouch is a zealot and a fool -- blinded and deafened by a bizarre personal ideology. He is not merely in the minority on this, he is out on some bizarre fringe -- that, quite appropriately, no one with any knowledge of the subject, much less any taste, could possibly give the slightest damn about. ...
by Jamy Ian Swiss
12/17/05 02:06 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Richard Pryor is gone
Replies: 68
Views: 1874

Re: Secrets of an Escamoteur

The book went to the printer last week (it was waiting for the last of three contributed introductions, by Teller, Mike Close, and that last one written by ... um ... me). So my guess is we might see it in six to eight weeks, but at present Stephen Minch is away in Italy, so that's not authoritative...
by Jamy Ian Swiss
12/17/05 12:14 PM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Secrets of an Escamoteur
Replies: 8
Views: 1333

Re: Richard Pryor is gone

Thanks for reading, and for your thinking, gentlemen. Ah, Bob Newhart -- sometimes I catch an old monologue of his on the in-flight comedy stations the airlines offer. A deadpan master. I vaguely recall Ace Trucking - they used to do Carson a lot. Fred Willard was a member. Thanks, guys. Glad the pi...
by Jamy Ian Swiss
12/17/05 12:10 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Richard Pryor is gone
Replies: 68
Views: 1874

Re: Richard Pryor is gone

I've often had my doubts about Crouch, but that does it. He is grotesquely misguided. Pryor will long be revered after Crouch is a pseudo-academic footnote.
by Jamy Ian Swiss
12/16/05 01:39 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Richard Pryor is gone
Replies: 68
Views: 1874

Richard Pryor is gone

For any who might be interested ... to note the passing of one of the greatest performing artists of our time, I have posted an appreciation of Richard Pryor on my website. You can click from the appropriate "news" item on the home page at www.jamyianswiss.com.
by Jamy Ian Swiss
12/15/05 10:51 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Richard Pryor is gone
Replies: 68
Views: 1874

Re: Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief

This is from my friend Bruce Walstad. You may have come across his name before -- among many other things, he's an amateur magician and very active with his local magic club. He's a retired Illinois detective who is one of the country's leading experts on bunco crime, i.e., con games, scams, and wit...
by Jamy Ian Swiss
09/06/05 05:37 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief
Replies: 25
Views: 374

Re: Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief

OPERATION USA is an experienced, on-the-ground, hands-on rescue and relief organization that is actively taking part in relief efforts in Louisiana and the gulf. They have no religious affiliation, and have regretably not been included on the highly politicized (and religious) list that FEMA publish...
by Jamy Ian Swiss
09/05/05 12:30 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief
Replies: 25
Views: 374

Re: jamy ian swiss: live in london

Boys, boys, let's not argue ... Kidding. Thanks for the kind words, Nathan. But as I'm sure you're aware if you have my manuscript, "Theurgical Thread," I always thoroughly credit Al Baker, and I provide the reference (to "The Rising Ring" in Baker's "Pet Secrets") in t...
by Jamy Ian Swiss
07/15/05 11:43 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: jamy ian swiss: live in london
Replies: 13
Views: 298

Re: jamy ian swiss: live in london

Thanks very much, Tabman, for the kind remarks. I'm pleased you liked the lecture video. I of course agree with you about canned music, but it's difficult to avoid unless you arrange to have original music scored, which for this limited purpose simply wasn't worth the expense and effort. But you mak...
by Jamy Ian Swiss
07/15/05 10:44 AM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: jamy ian swiss: live in london
Replies: 13
Views: 298

Re: Palm switch problems

For the record, the palm-to-palm switch (adapted from a hustler's dice move), is the invention of the wonderful and highly influential New York magician, Earl "Presto" Johnson. Presto taught the move to Scott York during a chance encounter at Al's Magic in Washington DC, and Scott showed i...
by Jamy Ian Swiss
07/08/05 01:06 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Palm switch problems
Replies: 10
Views: 413

Re: In defense of the Color Monte and packet tricks

Anyone who thinks my review presented objections to the use of gaffed cards must not have read the same review I wrote. For further details on my position concerning that subject, please see my extended essay in the first issue of Antinomy. For further details on my position concerning the use of no...
by Jamy Ian Swiss
07/01/05 11:03 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: In defense of the Color Monte and packet tricks
Replies: 57
Views: 1003

Jamy lecturing in Philly and NYC

Hey, gang. I don't do many local lectures these days outside of conventions, so thought I'd post this brief note to let you know that this Thursday, June 16th, I will be lecturing in Philadelphia for Marc DaSouza. For reservations contact him directly at: marc@impossibilities.biz And on Thursday, Ju...
by Jamy Ian Swiss
06/14/05 10:04 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jamy lecturing in Philly and NYC
Replies: 0
Views: 59

Re: What would you do with my coin?

Dustin, you're dangerously close to "What the Professor might have done" territory ... ! Oh, if only the poor man had had the benefit of our genius ...
by Jamy Ian Swiss
06/08/05 11:55 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What would you do with my coin?
Replies: 26
Views: 1449

Re: What would you do with my coin?

Well, Dustin, JR could also do that marketed item where you tear a card and find the coin inside it. How's that for satisfying both sides?

Now, if we could work in a billiard ball ...
by Jamy Ian Swiss
06/07/05 10:05 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What would you do with my coin?
Replies: 26
Views: 1449

Re: What would you do with my coin?

BTW, Hindu shuffles are virtually always unnatural (at least in the U.S.). And mixing shuffles is generally a bad idea. Let's not be showing off our catalog of shuffling skills. Most laymen develop a habit and stick with it. I do think you mix overhands and in-the-hand riffles from time to time, but...
by Jamy Ian Swiss
06/07/05 07:46 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What would you do with my coin?
Replies: 26
Views: 1449

Re: What would you do with my coin?

Oh, please. One selection is returned; as spread is closed, take break with X card above, control to top by any method, for example, Double Undercut. Now spread for second return, break spread at last moment (when spectator is about to insert card -- whatI call Classic Forcing the return), take next...
by Jamy Ian Swiss
06/07/05 07:42 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What would you do with my coin?
Replies: 26
Views: 1449

Re: How was latest Card Clinic in DC?

Future Clinic plans that are under consideration include: Close-up Clinic w/David Ben -- this September in NYC For 2006: Card Clinic w/Roberto Giobbi Stack Clinic w/Michael Close For the 2006 Clinics, one would be in NYC and the other in Las Vegas. I do not intend to produce future Clinics outside o...
by Jamy Ian Swiss
06/07/05 10:31 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How was latest Card Clinic in DC?
Replies: 16
Views: 278

Re: How was latest Card Clinic in DC?

The 4th Card Clinic, in Washington DC, is now history. As you can likely gather from Kevin's post, Howie Schwarzman was the enthusiastically received mystery lecturer. Richard Kaufman was also on hand for much of the Clinic. Posts from other Clinicians past and present are welcome here. Hope to see ...
by Jamy Ian Swiss
06/07/05 08:47 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How was latest Card Clinic in DC?
Replies: 16
Views: 278

Re: The Next Card Clinic!

Latest update: Card Clinic in Concert, the public show. The next Card Clinic is only weeks away. On Friday night, June 3rd, we will present our public show, "Card Clinic in Concert," featuring Roberto Giobbi and Jamy Ian Swiss. This is a rare opportunity to see these two contemporary sleig...
by Jamy Ian Swiss
05/14/05 09:13 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Next Card Clinic!
Replies: 40
Views: 628

Re: The Next Card Clinic!

Well, it is true that we try to present old-timers.
by Jamy Ian Swiss
05/07/05 12:25 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Next Card Clinic!
Replies: 40
Views: 628

Re: The Next Card Clinic!

As ever, the estimable Mr. Gallo is a bottomless well of invaluable wisdom.
by Jamy Ian Swiss
05/07/05 12:23 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Next Card Clinic!
Replies: 40
Views: 628

Re: The Next Card Clinic!

Thanks very much for the kind words, Joe. A gratifying reminder to me that one of the best parts of Card Clinic is the relationships that develop, among registrants and organizers alike. Thanks.
by Jamy Ian Swiss
05/05/05 07:16 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Next Card Clinic!
Replies: 40
Views: 628

Re: The Next Card Clinic!

Well, one never does, does ...

Ah, the hell with it. This time, one knows!
by Jamy Ian Swiss
04/23/05 01:04 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Next Card Clinic!
Replies: 40
Views: 628

Re: The Next Card Clinic!

And thank-you for the good words, Jeff.
by Jamy Ian Swiss
04/23/05 01:04 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Next Card Clinic!
Replies: 40
Views: 628

Re: The Next Card Clinic!

Six weeks and counting until the next Card Clinic featuring Roberto Giobbi, the only such Clinic planned for 2005. Registrations are mounting and we have no more than six spaces available. It's an interesting and eclectic group that has signed up for this next Clinic - and there's still time to be a...
by Jamy Ian Swiss
04/22/05 02:23 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Next Card Clinic!
Replies: 40
Views: 628

Re: The Next Card Clinic!

So it's time for a brief update: Plans are moving forward on the next Card Clinic, June 3 - 5, in Washington DC. We have a terrific guest Mystery Lecturer now confirmed, someone I've been looking forward to inviting since the inception of Card Clinic, who will continue in the classical traditions of...
by Jamy Ian Swiss
04/15/05 11:35 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Next Card Clinic!
Replies: 40
Views: 628
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