I wrote a short review of Stephen Macknik's and (his wife) Susana Martinez-Conde's book "Sleight of Mind" on a mentalism forum several months back.
While the book is interesting, I then took umbrage with the authors' (and in his current Genii Magazine review, David Britland's) assertion that the good doctors "coined" the term "neuromagic," after conducting interviews and experiments with magicians over the previous year.
To the best of my knowledge, it was in fact I who coined the term in print, and have made reference to it many times over the last 30 years. In at least one of my instruction booklets written in the early 1990s, I talk about my "upcoming" collected works, entitled "NeuroMagical Presentations - Exercises in Psychic Illusion." On an older form of the Psychic Entertainers Association's online forum, I believe I made reference to the term several times as well. I designed a working cover (incorporating the NeuroMagical term) for the book, in the mid-1980s.
While our use of the term is, of course, broadly related by topic, my work (should it ever be published, due to my declining health) focuses more on, as the title suggests, "presentations." I will, however, mention neurological facts as they relate to deception in the (again, proposed) work. The book is intended to feature my best works (according to Barrie Richardson, Christopher Carter and a few others) in the areas of mentalism, stage hypnosis and "seance" or "bizarre" pieces.
In an unrelated matter, in his July, 2011 "Genii Speaks" column, Richard talks about the entertaining bits of Walt Disney actually performing (Thayer, as it happens) magic tricks on one of his early TV appearances. I've mentioned elsewhere (as Richard does) that one can view the entire Disney magical performance today by purchasing the "Disney Gold Classic" version of the animated film, "The Sword in the Stone." What Richard doesn't reference, and what many magicians are likely unaware of, is the fact that Walt and his then-best friend, upon collecting enough money for some props, actually set out to become full-time professional magicians (the "sleight-of-hand, magical props" variety), before Walt got into animation full-time.
The pair were miserable failures as magicians, and after just a few weeks, sold off the tricks, and went their separate ways (for the interim, anyway). Walt's fascination with all things magical is, of course, clearly evident in all of his works, parks and show themes over the years.
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