The End of Magicana! (2011)

Discuss the tricks and sleights which appear in Genii.

Postby David Acer » 12/17/11 10:42 PM

Just a quick note to thank all the outstanding contributors who contributed the many outstanding contributions that helped make this year's Magicana so outstanding. (I have to get a Thesaurus)

GUY CAMIRAND JASON DEAN PATRICK DUFFY STEVE DUPERR BOB FARMER FRANK FOGG CAMERON FRANCIS DAVID GABBAY BILL GOODWIN J.K. HARTMAN RICHARD HUCKO JOEY INCOLLINGO DAVID JADE/SALVATORE SUFRATE PATRIK KUFFS HARRY LORAYNE CHRIS MAYHEW/RYAN PILLING GENE MAZE ROBERT E. NEALE DAVID NEIGHBORS DANIELE NIGRIS ED OSCHMANN CHRIS RANDALL MATTHEW RIDER JOE RINDFLEISCH BRIAN ROBERTS RICHARD SANDERS JAY SANKEY JEFF STONE CHRIS WESTFALL

Of course that's not including all the great tricks from columnists MAX MAVEN, JIM STEINMEYER, and TOM STONE, or the one-man trick collections by cover magi BORIS WILD (June 2011), DAN & DAVE BUCK (October 2011), and DANI DA ORTIZ (November 2011).

See you in 2012 with more great magic!
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 12/17/11 11:30 PM

Let's thank the Magicana-Meister himself, Mr. Acer, who continues to do a great job!
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Postby Bob Farmer » 12/18/11 01:08 PM

And has just written a great book.
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Postby Anthony Vinson » 12/19/11 12:28 PM

Amen to that, Richard - Magicana rocks! Thanks, David.
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Postby David Acer » 12/23/11 11:43 PM

Thanks for the kind words. Allow me to express my appreciation through interpretive dance:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sw4YU3nmRbI
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 12/24/11 12:10 PM

You're so graceful, David, and you look much better with your head shaved and contacts instead of glasses.
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Postby Bob Farmer » 12/25/11 11:11 AM

A lot of people from Montreal look like that in the wintertime.
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Postby David Acer » 12/26/11 04:19 PM

Pertaining to Magicana 2011, it's interesting to note which tricks generate buzz when they're published versus those that enter (and exit?) quietly. I've had the pleasure of seeing most of this year's entries performed by their originators, and as a result, some of them stick out in my mind. For example:

Patrik Kuffs' TOSSED OUT RUBIK'S CUBE (January 2011): This is an ingenious way to force colors on a Rubik's Cube, embedded in a fun routine straight from Pat's act. And be sure to check out Bob Farmer's clever variation in the April, 2011 issue. Really and truly might be worth your subscription for the year.

Cameron Francis's SPACE SAVER (January 2011): I won't be surprised if Cameron puts this on the market. In an effort to conserve pocket space, you carry laminated photos of everything you would normally keep on your person, like keys, a lighter, change, etc. You offer to show how this system works and have an audience member choose a photo, then you magically pluck the object from that photo into the three-dimensional world. The photo is now objectless. It's a fun, memorable plot, and the magic is strong.

Joey Incollingo's THE ALMOST INVISIBLE BOTTLE (March 2011): A great walkaround trick using the top of a soda bottle and a silk. I get why this didn't generate much buzz - it's just a novel framework for a standard thumb-tip silk vanish - but the fun and funny premise elevates it to a whole new level.

Matthew Rider's THE FORTUNATE TRAVELLER (March 2011): The trick itself is new and novel, and I think Matthew's use of an origami fortune-teller as a forcing device has a lot of potential for other effects.

David Gabbay's SWEET (April 2011): It's a little "knacky," but when you develop the touch, there's no more convincing way to do a totally impromptu signed-coin-in-sugar-packet. www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCsI5CLNIeg&NR

Richard Sanders' MAKING CHANGE (May 2011): I'll try to record Richard doing this so you can see how magical it looks. A quarter is broken apart like peanut brittle into two dimes and a nickel.

Ed Oschmann's PSYCHIC FAIL (August 2011): A quick, easy card trick with built-in laughs and a surprising revelation of a chosen card. It's a walkaround alternative to the McCombical Prediction and a worker, plain and simple.

Chris Mayhew & Ryan Pilling's LULU'S LEMON (September 2011, with a correction in the October 2011 Genii Speaks): A streamlined approach to Paul Harris's "Lala's Lulu" that sets a new standard for this kind of transposition. This is really, really good.
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Postby Andres Reynoso » 12/29/11 05:50 PM

A great collection of magic tricks ;-D thanks David for your selection.
Reading online the January issue is really extrange to watch photos instead hand-draws.
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Postby rkosby » 12/29/11 11:53 PM

Bravo Dave! Great collection!
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Postby Matthew Field » 01/02/12 12:25 PM

Many thanks for all your work, David.
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