"The Magic Coloring Book," a mainstay of kid show performers worldwide, is some four hundred and eighty years old ... probably more. "The Magic Storybook" was invented this year (2010) by a fifteen year old who has been studying magic since January of 2008. At first glance it seems like the same trick, but although the effects begin the same, with a book of blank pages, they proceed in a different direction guided by a different principle of operation. In "The Magic Storybook," a story page (with text and illustrations) appears, one page at a time. Between page appearances, the rest of the book is still able to be shown blank. Combine that with having the pages appear according to random choices by spectators, making each telling of the story different and unique, and you have something really new and special. The inventor is Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki (his magic name), who already has a long list of magic inventions to his credit, with no signs that he is running out of ideas. He has already come up with more variations on his own "Magic Storybook" effect by adding new magic principles and concepts, such as his "Pseudo-Magnetic Principle," and the "Consecutive Force Concept" found in his "Halloween Magic Storybook."
It is difficult for us old-timers to say good-bye to such greats as Ali-Bongo, Pat Page, Glen Falkenstein, Martin Gardner, and Tony Corinda, to name but a few of the recently departed. It is even more difficult to recognize new magic talent when it appears in a gangly adolescent. I suggest you might want to keep an eye on this youngster. He will be a kid show performer for a few more years as he learns his craft, but then who knows?