In defense of Lior,
he is very correct in especially one aspect of what he says and that is that everything you really need is already in older magazines and books. That is very true. Most everything now is a rehash of older material. To quote T.a. Waters, there is enough good material in print right now that no two magicians anywhere in the world need do the same trick anytime or anywhere." He was right. He also used to say that if you were not creative enough to develop your own material, you should look through old magazines and books (at least 40 years old), find something of interest and that had possibilities, update it and you would have a brand new act that nobody else did. Again he was right.
As Lior points out, if you have a set of Tarbell, Jinx, Phoenix, Magick, Apocalypse, maybe a few others, what else do you really need?
Now in defense of the modern magazines (and the occasional book), it is nice to keep up to date with what is happening in the magic scene (not everyone likes to read a computer screen all day long), keep up with the latest tricks being sold as well as some of the newer variations of themse and sleights that are published in many different journals. The same with some book released. granted out of every 10 there may be one book worth reading and out of every 100 maybe only several worth keeping in order to re-read and study regularly BUT they do exist and continue to be published.
For some, especially the younger magicians, suchy books as World's Beyond (about Paul Curry) has introduced one of our most creative minds to a new generation and in fact reintroduced some old ideas to many that had forgotten them over time. This too is a good thing and a service to us all. I go back to my classics (like the ones I previously mentioned) and find new material or old material I had forgotten about and rework them. I also study some of the newer texts on a regular basis such as "Peek Performances" which has enough material to learn and study for a very long time.
Lior makes some very valid points. All through the history of the printing press, we have seen magazines, journals and publications come and go. The good ones will survive I beleive, the dreck will eventually fall to the way side because of the superior competition.
Paul Alberstat http://www.mindguy.com