Chris, I couldnt agree more, and while were on the subject, allow me to point out 7 of my own favorites from this years Magicana that some readers may have overlooked due to a lack of time, or illustrations, or simply as a statement against clear-cutting. Ive chosen 7 because I couldnt narrow it down to 5, and a 10 killed my father.
- 1) BOLDFINGER (Duc Nhien/Peter Kane)February, 2006: Duc was unaware that Peter Kane had published essentially the same finger-separation effect in a small booklet six years before Duc gave his version to Richard Kaufman for publication (sometime around 1998). Despite the paternity issue, it remains one of the most startling (and riveting) close-up geek tricks around, and I wouldnt be surprised to see it on a Criss Angel special one day.
2) OSMOSIS (Al Schneider)March, 2006: Richard e-mailed me at the last second to tell me he was making room in the next (March) issue for a great coin trick from Al Schneider. Its more than greatits groundbreaking, and were lucky Al wanted to publish it.
3) CARDBOARD METAMORPHOSIS (Rob James)May, 2006: Although it turned out to be far from the first published effect wherein a card transposition is framed by a substitution-trunk presentation (see http://geniimagazine.com/forum/cgi-bin/ ... 077#000000 for more on this), Robs handling is both original and inspired.
4) THE JACK PARKER ISSUEJune, 2006: With 9 astonishing card items and nearly 70 illustrations, this Magicana alone was easily worth the price of a years subscription. It has everything a cardman could wantkiller versions of old plots (e.g., Traveling Without Moving), mind-blowing new plots (e.g, Rabbits ), revolutionary approaches to time-honored sleights (e.g., No Fuss), and so much more.
5) PROGRESSIVE WILD COIN (Nathan Kranzo)October, 2006: I saw Nate perform this before he tipped the work and I was completely fooled. The changes flow logically and beautifully from one to the next, and by the end, the audience is left clueless.
6) BURGOONS BALLOONS (Tom Burgoon)November, 2006: A minimum of 5 hilarious minutes with nothing more than a Change Bag and some balloons. From a workers stand-point, quite possibly the gem of the year.
7) THE RING (Brian Nordstrom)December, 2006: If youre not averse to using your own (examinable) finger-ring for a ring-and-string routine, rather than borrowing one from a spectator, this is the quickest, cleanest, most magical version Ive seen. The ring is threaded onto the string, then unlinks, relinks, and finally vanishes from the middle of the string, only to reappear on the finger where it began.
No doubt everyone will have their own personal favorites from the past year, and my list has probably been skewed by the fact that I saw each of these picks being performed by its creator, but what the hellif you dont like it, make your own goddamn list.
(I told you Id be swearing more)