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Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017

Postby Richard Kaufman » February 3rd, 2017, 4:01 pm

Kaufman and Company publishing schedule this year:

1. Big book by Ryan Matney coming in the spring.

2. Big book by Harapan Santoso Ong coming in August at Magic Live.

3. Really really BIG book on Theodore DeLand coming in time for the Christmas holiday.
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Re: Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017

Postby Scott M. » February 3rd, 2017, 6:03 pm

Sounds great!

That huge stack of papers you held up in the More Genii Speaks column -- was that one of these, the Vernon book or something unannounced?

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Re: Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017

Postby Ted M » February 3rd, 2017, 6:04 pm

Exciting news!

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Re: Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017

Postby Richard Kaufman » February 3rd, 2017, 6:16 pm

I only answer questions about the three books announced. :)
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Re: Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017

Postby Brian Hebert » February 3rd, 2017, 6:19 pm

Jennings?

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Re: Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017

Postby PapaG » February 3rd, 2017, 6:42 pm

Jennings??

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Re: Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017

Postby Richard Kaufman » February 3rd, 2017, 8:08 pm

I really ought to get off my ass and finish that. The problem is that I have to relearn all 600 pages of material in order to pose for the 1500 photographs. That's months of work. I've been trying to years to figure out a way to get that done.
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Re: Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017

Postby Evan Shuster » February 3rd, 2017, 11:05 pm

Perhaps you can ask a number of "guests" to each take a piece or two (or three) and be featured in the book.

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Re: Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017

Postby PickaCard » February 3rd, 2017, 11:16 pm

There must be some young card star that would love to help you out with this.

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Re: Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017

Postby Richard Kaufman » February 3rd, 2017, 11:54 pm

I can't use a young guy. I need a mature guy who's an incredible sleight of hand expert with decent sized hands. And these are the easy tricks!
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Re: Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017

Postby PickaCard » February 4th, 2017, 11:08 am

You might want to publish the Jennings book before its fan base dies or grows to old to care after all these years. I see a lot of magicians in their 60s selling off most of their magic book libraries. I wonder how much demand exists for Jeninings in the younger demographic. You are potentially leaving a lot of money on the table...

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Postby Leonard Hevia » February 4th, 2017, 11:28 am

PickaCard wrote:You might want to publish the Jennings book before its fan base dies or grows to old to care after all these years. I see a lot of magicians in their 60s selling off most of their magic book libraries. I wonder how much demand exists for Jeninings in the younger demographic. You are potentially leaving a lot of money on the table...


Now THAT is an interesting observation. What will interest in Jennings be in another decade? In the meantime the auctions of the collections of old and deceased magicians continues unabated: Haversat & Ewing, International, and Potter & Potter.

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Re: Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017

Postby Ted M » February 4th, 2017, 11:50 am

Genii articles on Jennings and Vernon can keep the flame burning.

They're probably the only thing that will.

For reputations to endure, they must constantly be propagated.

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Re: Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017

Postby Anthony Vinson » February 4th, 2017, 1:13 pm

Big book by Ryan Matney? That's interesting. I thought he was set on publishing a series of small paperbacks on his own? I've purchased a couple and really like the guy's thinking and material, so I will most likely be pre-ordering.

BTW, thanks for the update, Richard!

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Re: Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017

Postby El Mystico » February 4th, 2017, 1:18 pm

I'm completely ignorant about the world of magical publishing; so I probably shouldn't even ask this; but - wouldn't sales of the Jennings book vastly outweigh sales of those others?

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Postby Richard Kaufman » February 4th, 2017, 3:12 pm

Perhaps, but perhaps not. No one can predict what will sell in the world of magic books anymore.
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Re: Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017

Postby erdnasephile » February 4th, 2017, 8:31 pm

PickaCard wrote:You might want to publish the Jennings book before its fan base dies or grows to old to care after all these years. I see a lot of magicians in their 60s selling off most of their magic book libraries. I wonder how much demand exists for Jeninings in the younger demographic. You are potentially leaving a lot of money on the table...


I never thought about that. To us, Mr. Jennings is a giant, but it would be interesting to poll some place like ellusionist to see if the younger set even knows (or cares) who he was.

I wonder if any of Jennings' protege's (e.g., Goodwin, Fisher) might be willing to lend a hand in posing for the photos.

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Re: Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017

Postby Joe Mckay » February 4th, 2017, 9:10 pm

Young people don't care about Jennings.

And card magic (among young people) is about visual effects (and flourishes) which you don't see very often in the work of Larry Jennings.

That is my opinion. I am 34. I have a foot in both camps. :-)

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Re: Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017

Postby Ted M » February 5th, 2017, 12:00 am

They can care about Jennings if Jennings' moves get used by the new generation.

Harapan Ong uses Jennings' Optical Add-On in his gorgeous Direct Triple Prediction in the December 2016 Genii.

There's also material for Mr Jennings Takes It Hard, yes? And that book will almost certainly never happen, right? So some of that material might potentially be put out in Genii to keep Jennings in the public eye...

Tribute projects by popular performers can also serve as a booster shot for the old masters. L&L's Malone Meets Marlo video set delivered a pile of Marlo material with a giant dose of charisma from Bill Malone.

A well done video trailer -- or even just releasing the performance-only video that often accompanies today's books -- might also be a useful marketing tool for books these days. I know people got excited about youtube video of So Sato performing his Bushfire Triumph. That sort of promotion might be something to deliberately harness.

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Re: Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017

Postby PapaG » February 5th, 2017, 8:23 am

I sympathise with what has happened to the Jennings books but, bloody hell, what a tragic waste.

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Re: Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017

Postby Richard Kaufman » February 5th, 2017, 10:04 am

Both books WILL be published!


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Re: Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017

Postby Ryan Matney » February 7th, 2017, 12:17 pm

Anthony Vinson wrote:Big book by Ryan Matney? That's interesting. I thought he was set on publishing a series of small paperbacks on his own? I've purchased a couple and really like the guy's thinking and material, so I will most likely be pre-ordering.

BTW, thanks for the update, Richard!


I'm sure I'll continue the small paperback books at some point in the future. And, my anthology series Ultramodern is still active.

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Re: Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017

Postby Marcus » March 9th, 2017, 8:24 am

Of course there are still young magicians who care about Jennings and his material. Are they in the majority? No, certainly not. But the ones who truly study an art form are never in the majority. (If we're going to paint people with as broad strokes as that we might as well just say that all magicians love corny stock jokes, ugly ties and have no social skills.)

I personally look forward to both Jennings books and the other three mentioned in this thread. If one may be so curious, can we get a hint about what a "big book" by Harapan Santoso Ong might contain?
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Postby Richard Kaufman » March 9th, 2017, 10:15 am

Almost 40 items.
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Re: Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017

Postby Marcus » March 9th, 2017, 1:34 pm

Well now I'm even more excited about it. :)
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