Have not only received but have READ the current issue, and it's a doozy. The big articles (Daryl including some cool tricks, Paul Wilson on The Takedown) are fine, but the small stuff to me was really special. I love it when something in a magazine gets me excited about magic and inspires me again, and this was the case with David Groves' delightfully written tale of his lecture tour and Carl Mercurio's piece on Simon Lovell's new show in NYC. Re Simon, it's inspiring to see someone take the "same old crap" (to use a Mac King phrase) he has always done and turn it into a full evening show with a theme, direction, etc. That of course is what Ricky Jay did as well. I saw him do most of what is in 52 Assistants 20 years earlier in a college show at San Diego State, but suddenly with direction and focus it's all new again, another "overnight success." Finally, I've never scored 100% on Max's Inquisition, but I came close this month, laughing all the way.
1. David Groves needs to start including photos of these waitresses he keeps meeting.
2. You need to insert a "the" in the URL to get to Jon Allen's web site. So it's http://www.thesilenttreatment.co.uk
. I know this was also in another thread, but whatever, it's a great trick. You'll love the video.
3. I was unfamiliar with Paul Osborne's The Ghost Walks illusion advertised, so visited his web site for the first time. Very nice. Has anyone seen his videos Nightmare from Magicland and The World's Worst Magicians? Parodies of famous magicians plus footage of just bad magicians. Sounds hilarious, but also scary: you could be on them!