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"Left-Handed" in 2017 will feature NONE of my own magic

Posted: December 18th, 2016, 1:26 pm
by prace
Hey guys -

Up until this point, all of the "Left-Handed" columns teach my original magic. (There is one exception; my illustrator taught one of his inventions in the September 2016 issue.) For all of 2017, I will feature unique magic from other young magicians. A baby shark is still a shark.

This month, I share a trick from one of my best friends, John Stessel. John is a 22-year-old kid from New Jersey who currently consults for Dan White’s show at the Nomad Hotel in New York City. It's an offbeat moment with a piece of popcorn, and you have to see the video to appreciate how stunning it is. As Richard writes in his column: "You may not think much of it until you watch the video of its creator, John Stessel, performing it—and then you’ll be shocked."

I'll keep this thread updated as the columns are published. I have been writing far ahead, and the upcoming tricks are amazing. The next items involve chewing gum, keys, and more wonderfully organic objects. If you have any comments or questions, I'm happy to answer!

Thanks,
Jeff

Re: "Left-Handed" in 2017 will feature NONE of my own magic

Posted: February 26th, 2017, 11:42 am
by prace
The March issue is now published, and that means a new trick from another rising star! This month, Nick Popa contributes a fun piece using chewing gum—an old method is repackaged into something brand new and fitting for the times.

"I've got some good competition coming up in a short amount of time. He is going to be great!” Criss Angel

Nick is 17 years old, and he is rapidly creating a name for himself. He has released several video downloads detailing his inventions, traveled around the country winning competitions at conventions, and presented at numerous events locally in Canton, Ohio. Criss Angel was not kidding when he said rivalry was on its way. And it is coming quickly.

This trick and John Stessel’s from the last column both involve moving food items from their receptacle to your mouth. I promise the next issue will not involve perishable goods or human orifices.

Enjoy the column, and be on the lookout for the next installment in May!

Re: "Left-Handed" in 2017 will feature NONE of my own magic

Posted: April 18th, 2017, 12:36 pm
by prace
We're half way through! The May issue details a clever, quick trick from Kevin Li. It's a visual moment that is self-contained on your key chain, so you're ready to perform at any time. I encourage you to watch the video performances in the digital edition.

Also, the issue contains images you can cut out (or scan and print) to create the gimmick. The designs were beautifully made by James Howells.

Kevin boasts numerous academic accomplishments that you can read about in the magazine. In his magical escapades, Kevin is a member and performer at the esteemed Magic Castle in Hollywood. His style resembles that of Paul Harris: astonishing pieces with objects that are not usually associated with magic. A selection of his creative designs is sold through Shin Lim and Murphy’s Magic, and I encourage all readers to explore his offerings.

How he managed all of this at 19 years old is an inspiring perplexity. Enjoy, and be ready for July!