Okay, finished reading my first ever copy of Genii from cover to cover (four times over). It was a great read! I've been dipping into it virtually every day since i purchased it - a testimony to the fact that i probably won't quite be finished with this copy before the next one hits the local magic store's shelf.
To be honest, i hadn't heard of Mac King at all before i picked up the magazine and was pleasantly surprised to see that such a regular guy made it to the dizzying heights of magic stardom and, more importantly, doesn't appear to have allowed it to get to his head. His description of a magic fan as "that guy who knows two or three card tricks" (p.26) is spot on i think (i am that fan!). Pen Jillette's comments on Mac IMHO were a little overdone. But perhaps that's just how Penn is; maybe he always talks about his friends in such glowing, over-the-top terms. I much preferred the Lance Burton interview.
The two Mac King effects on pp.38-43 are superb (my favourite section so far). Both are quite strong, and once i get to grips with Ed Marlo's Direct Bottom Palm i'm gonna give that Card in Shoe effect a try. I guess the thing i liked most about Mac was that he appears to be an original thinker, refining his tricks and devising new ones.
Is this a regular feature of Genii: the portrayal of a magician's life and work to this level of detail?
Hey, Richard, you seem to be almost single-handedly keeping the Classified Ads section alive! Hope you find what you are looking for out there :)
I found the Genii forum before i found the magazine. I must say that they complement each other wonderfully. I shall certainly be buying the next edition.
p.s. Is that a typo on p.64? - "Setup: You need a duplicate of any black card in your deck - let's say it's the King of Spades. Before you begin this trick, get the real King of Clubs [King of Spades?] and your duplicate to the top..."