I've been a bit surprised by the lack of comment on the manuscripts given away in the Genii Bash portfolio. So here's my conversation starter.
There are some extraordinary highlights here, all printed in a limited edition of 775 (I believe that had to be increased at the last moment because of last-minute attendees).
I'll start with the most lavish of the items, "Juan Pair" by Stephen Minch and "Olram Aces" by Jon Racherbaumer.
"Juan Pair" consists of two related tricks by Juan Tamariz in a 15-page photo-illustrated booklet. "Worldly Rise" and "First Class Tourists" rely on the Tamariz Perpendicular Control (TPC) which is here newly and elegantly decribed, an improvement over the description and technique in "Sonata." The multiple card rise in the first item is imprssive (and gaff-less) with techniques that are inventive and well worth studying. Tamariz's variant of the Vernon classic "Travelers" in his second effect also contains techniques previously undescribed and most impressive.
Jon Racherbaumer's Olaram Aces is a revised and expanded handling of his effect which first saw print in 1976. The McDonald Aces variant is of the Slow Motion variety and each vanish is handled differently. It is a classic, and the trick came with the necessary gaffs!
There's lots more in the package, from Scarne to Dingle, but I wanted to get the ball rolling.
If I have one regret, it is that the material here will have such limited circulation.
And I haven't yet had a chance to get into the 8 DVDs in the portfolio, or the other manuscripts I obtained, such as two by Roberto Giobbi, on Vernon material and Deck Switches, and some Jim Steinmeyer notes (and his "Susequent Impuzlebilities," which is a gem.