iGenii is NOW Available Online for All Genii Subscribers

Discuss aspects of the new digital access to all back issues of Genii and anything therein.

Postby Richard Kaufman » 10/18/10 02:24 PM

The November issue, which contains the following instructions, will start reaching people shortly. Assuming that you've saved your polybag from your October issue as instructed, you should have no trouble following the instructions below.

If it was 150 years ago, a lush Victorian red velvet curtain would whooosh open at this moment and reveal a small glowing screen? Just one of the many anachronisms that make modern life such a mash-up. This screen takes you on a journey through magic from the early 20th century all the way to the 21st, with technology unimaginable until recently. The screen is anywhere you are at that moment, with whatever type of computer, smart phone, or iPad-like tablet you have in your hand. On the screen is a blank line, waiting for you to type in anything you want to knowfill it in and start your journey.

Its iGenii: the entire archive of every issue of Genii from the first in 1936 through the end of 2008. In January we will add all of 2009, and so one each year. 800 issues, 10,000 tricks, illusions, articles, and who knows what else.

Pretty much everything thats happened in almost the last three-quarters of a century of magic is in Genii, and now its in iGeniifree for all subscribers.

In partnership with the Conjuring Arts Research Center, your subscription to the printed edition of Genii now brings you not just 12 issues, but access to almost 100,000 pages of everything you could ever want to know about magic. Why would anyone pay $54 to subscribe to a magic magazine and receive only 12 printed issues ever again?

So, loyal subscribers, please step onto my electronic magic carpet and let me whisk you into the future this is how you access iGenii:

1. You need the polybag in which your magazine is shippedI told you last month not to throw it away when you opened this months magazine. Your Activation Key is the number printed just above your name.

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2. Go to the following URL on the internet: http://askalexander.org/genii.cgi

3. Enter your email address where it asks for your Activation ID. Make sure its the same email address youve already provided to us.

4. Enter your Activation Key (thats your unique number just above your name on the address label on the polybag or envelope in which your magazine is shipped) in the space requested.

5. Click the Activate button. You will be brought to a new screen.

6. Enter your desired Account Name in the space provided: comprised of only letters and/or numbers, it must be five or more characters and is not case sensitive.
(Note that if you are already a member of the Conjuring Arts Research Center, please use the link provided on this screen, which will add Genii to your existing account.)

WRITE DOWN YOUR ACCOUNT NAME so you don't forget it. Please do not share it with anyone.

7. Create and enter a Password in the space provided: it must be six or more characters in length and can use any letters, numbers, or characters.

WRITE DOWN YOUR PASSWORD so you don't forget it. Please do not share it with anyone.

8. Click Log In to enter iGenii. You will be asked to re-enter your Account Name and Password. Then click enter.

You will find a screen with a line in the center which allows you to enter a word (or name, etc.), then search for all instances that word appears in every issue of Genii. If you are searching for a phrase or name, then you must put quotation marks around itDai Vernon or Elmsley Count for example.

If you wish to browse individual issues, then click on the Browse button in the navigation bar at the top and a list will appear. You have a choice of "Genii," "The Conjurors' Monthly," and "Erdnase."

Click on any one to move to a list of issues (or in the case of Expert at the Card Table, the ebook itself).

Click on any issue of a magazine to start reading on page 1.

You can move from page to page by clicking on the forward and backward arrows in the navigation bar at the upper right area of the screen.

All activation emails will have been sent by October 21. If you are a subscriber and have not received an email from us, check your junk mail inbox or spam folder. If you have a problem, click on the Problem button, fill out the form, and well get an email from you.

If you are a subscriber who would like to take advantage of iGenii and havent sent us your e-mail address yet, please do so (to: genii@geniimagazine.com).

If youre not a subscriber yet and would like to read all of this material, visit www.geniimagazine.com and subscribe today.

Welcome to the 21st century!
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Postby Jim Martin » 10/18/10 02:37 PM

Congratulations Richard - what an addition and a valuable research tool. It's nice to bring searchable issues up to 2008.

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Postby Anthony Vinson » 10/18/10 02:52 PM

Happy to be in the 21st century. Your directions were superb and sign-up was a piece of cake. A quick peek at all that's available was mind blowing!

Thanks, Richard, this is an outstanding service, one for which you could have easily charged an additional fee. Thanks also to everyone involved in making it happen.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 10/18/10 04:38 PM

This really hadn't occured to me before: does everyone's Activation ID have 5 digits? Someone just called and had a 3-digit ID that wouldn't work.

How many digits do you have in your Activation ID?
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Postby Anthony Vinson » 10/18/10 04:54 PM

Mine has four.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 10/18/10 05:26 PM

I have just heard from Grand Poohbah Joe that there are indeed Activation IDs with three, four, or five digits.
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Postby Joe Pecore » 10/18/10 06:50 PM

The screen you get when using the URL above should have the "iGenii @" logo and look like:



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Postby Steve Bryant » 10/18/10 08:02 PM

Four digits here. Works like a charm.
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Postby Evan Shuster » 10/18/10 10:08 PM

This is absolutely terrific! Many, many thanks to you, Richard!
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Postby Chris Aguilar » 10/18/10 10:21 PM

I was able to get in fine.

Understandably,the site seems a bit hammered right now and access is kind of slow for me.

---Ah sped up again and I've found some really neat stuff.
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Postby Travis » 10/18/10 11:02 PM

I successfully added iGenii to my existing Conjuring Arts account, but I don't see the "Genii" option anywhere when logged in.
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Postby Travis » 10/18/10 11:03 PM

Think I found it...
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Postby Joe Pecore » 10/18/10 11:48 PM

If you are already an AskAlexander member and added iGenii to your existing account, look under "My Alex->Preferences" to make sure that "Genii" is now in your list of subscriptions.
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Postby magicrobharv » 10/19/10 11:12 AM

Richard, you're a genius!!! The only bad thing is my "honey-to-do" list will never get done before my wife gets home. Oh well :) Thanks again. You're the best! Long live Genii !!!
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Postby Steve Bryant » 10/19/10 01:09 PM

There is soooo much good material in these pages. I've recently been musing over my favorites in anticipation of this breakthrough. I published a list of favorite issues from the Bill Larsen era in the December 2009 issue of Little Egypt Magic and a list of favorites that I contributed to in the (current) September 2010 issue. Great memories for lots of reasons.
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Postby P.T. Murphy » 10/19/10 01:31 PM

THIS IS F**KING COOL!
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 10/19/10 01:38 PM

A lot of the credit for the concept of digitizing magic literature goes to Bill Kalush, who formed The Conjuring Arts Research Center and Ask Alexander for that purpose. He had the foresight to start down this road years ago when the rest of us thought he was nuts. He pestered me for years about making Genii a digital reality. Now it is plain that he was a visionary in our field.
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Postby Donal Chayce » 10/19/10 03:04 PM

What, if anything, can someone do if he neglected to save the poly bag for the October issue?

Theoretically asking, of course... :whistle:
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 10/19/10 03:08 PM

Wait for the November issue to arrive.
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Postby magicalt » 10/19/10 03:25 PM

I just tried my four digit one and it did not work.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 10/19/10 04:33 PM

Are you sure that you have the proper email address--typed exactly as you gave it to us?

It doesn't matter how many digits are in your Activation Key.

Send me your email and Activation Key to moobooks@verizon.net and I'll give it a try.
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Postby Donal Chayce » 10/19/10 05:07 PM

Quote/Richard Kaufman: "Wait for the November issue to arrive."

That's what I thought--thanks.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 10/19/10 05:12 PM

If you are having trouble activating your account, please contact me at moobooks@verizon.net and include both your email address (the one you provided to us) as well as the Activation ID number from your mailing label.

We expect a few bumps as things ramp up!
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Postby naquada » 10/19/10 05:18 PM

richard what happens if we subscribe through someone like Alakazam in the UK... I've never seen any codes on the plastic wrap when we get the genii sent through from a UK service... we are effectively subscribers...

November issue hasn't arrive here yet... so apologises if theres already a solution explained in that issue.. :)

I've had CARC access for a few years... Genii would be a good extra resource in there for me...
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 10/19/10 05:19 PM

AH! We just found a bug. Fixing now.

Since we are going to constantly update the database to include new subscribers, changes of email, and so on, we can expect this to happen.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 10/19/10 05:38 PM

Fixed: everything should be working now. Post here if you have success activating your account and logging in.
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Postby John M. Dale » 10/19/10 07:30 PM

Success!

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Postby magicalt » 10/19/10 08:36 PM

Richard sorry that I am just responding to your earlier post had to go back to work. I just tried it right now and go in with no problem. Thanks
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Postby magicalt » 10/19/10 08:44 PM

Wow this is so cool. Now I know my wife is going to complain that I spend to much time on the web.
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Postby Chas Nigh » 10/19/10 09:55 PM

This site is state of the art. A whole lot of work. Much appreciated. Bug was fixed 5 minutes after sent email.
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Postby Donal Chayce » 10/20/10 03:51 AM

As luck would have it, the November issue--with my access code--was waiting for me when I got home tonight. I was able to activate my account and take a quick look around.

Wow!!!
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Postby Dr. O. » 10/20/10 03:58 PM

I haven't receive my activation email but I tried to activate my account without success. I'll send you an email with my infos
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Postby Kent Gunn » 10/20/10 10:09 PM

Even with my infinitesimal on-line skill set I managed to log on to Ask Alexander. The search function works well.

Unfortunately, sitting here on the wife's Mac, Alex is asking me for a plug-in. Which plug-in is required is not coming up. I click on the little lego icon or the pop-up bar at the top and no further information is forthcoming.

Did a little research . . .

Aha! My browser does not display pdfs. I remember someone posted that would be the format . . .

Found an extension for Firefox. I'm in there like swimwear!

This is freakin' incredible.

Thanks to all involved, many, many times over.
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Postby Tom Stone » 10/21/10 07:01 AM

Found an extension for Firefox.

With an Mac, use the Safari web browser.
To make it work with Firefox, you need to, as Kent said, get an extra plugin, which can be found at:
http://code.google.com/p/firefox-mac-pdf/
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Postby JR Russell » 10/21/10 08:12 AM

Absolutely Amazing! I find it hard to believe that all this magic is now at my fingertips. I also find it equally amazing that folks would not want to subscribe to Genii to have access to all this!
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Postby Chris Aguilar » 10/21/10 09:33 AM

If one simply installs Adobe's pdf reader, there is no need for any extra plugins/extensions/etc. The reader will configure itself to work inside most browsers automatically.

If you already have it (Reader) installed, but it's not working, then perhaps you installed your browser after the reader and it's time for a reinstall of the reader.
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Postby Tom Frame » 10/21/10 12:24 PM

Wow! This is a marvelous resource! Thank you, Richard.
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Postby Jeff Pierce Magic » 10/21/10 07:17 PM

Richard I received my latest Genii in a brown envelope so ther was no label on the polybag. How do I go about getting a subsription number?

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Postby Joe Pecore » 10/21/10 07:20 PM

Jeff, Was there a label on your envelope?
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 10/21/10 08:05 PM

Jeff, why would your Genii have come in a brown envelope? Unless Margret mailed one in an unusual way, there should be (as Joe asks) a printed label on it.
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