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by Jeffrey Cowan
July 25th, 2019, 7:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Los Angeles Times review of Magic Castle food
Replies: 0
Views: 320

Los Angeles Times review of Magic Castle food

Fresh off the presses (but not a copycat of the New York Times article; this has been in the works for at least two months).

https://www.latimes.com/food/story/2019 ... BLxikvWdA#
by Jeffrey Cowan
June 7th, 2019, 8:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Blaine overreaches in Europe ?
Replies: 14
Views: 3244

Re: Blaine overreaches in Europe ?

David Blaine hit the ball out of the park and got a deserved standing ovation for his talk at the 2017 Genii Convention (which included two effects that are part of what I understand is his working repertoire). He has evolved and grown immensely from his first tv special and -- as Richard says -- ca...
by Jeffrey Cowan
June 3rd, 2019, 2:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: June 2019 ABA Journal Profile
Replies: 1
Views: 296

June 2019 ABA Journal Profile

Some of you may get a kick from this profile interview that the ABA Journal decided to run about my work representing magicians in its June 2019 issue. [Back-up set of Paul Fox cups in photo courtesy of Bob Kohler 25-30 years ago.] http://dashboard.mazsystems.com/webreader/61383?page=14 Best, Jeffrey
by Jeffrey Cowan
June 3rd, 2019, 1:30 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Question about Card in Wallet routine in The Book of John
Replies: 30
Views: 3274

Re: Question about Card in Wallet routine in The Book of John

It really depends on the routine. Jeff Haas: you foreshadow my comment. I regularly performed for laymen the routine of which I believe you're thinking -- John Bannon's Oz Deposit -- for 15+ years (until I became a dad and stopped having time for part-time pro stuff). No one ever surmised that the c...
by Jeffrey Cowan
June 1st, 2019, 6:31 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: running Anton's Magic Multimedia CD (Windows 95)
Replies: 2
Views: 398

running Anton's Magic Multimedia CD (Windows 95)

Anyone able to help me figure out how to run on my Windows 10 PC the Windows 95 "Magic Multimedia" program of Anton the Magician that Kevin James used to sell back in the day? It's designed to let you print a person's photo on a court card. I was lucky enough to receive one probably 20 yea...
by Jeffrey Cowan
May 22nd, 2019, 10:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Werner Reich - Death Camp Conjuror
Replies: 4
Views: 1025

Re: Werner Reich - Death Camp Conjuror

The New York Times did a great feature article on them a few years ago: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/05/nyregion/auschwitz-magician-nivelli-war-play.html Huffington Post also did an article: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/werner-reich-and-the-magi_b_3037452?guccounter=1 Props to Scott for ensurin...
by Jeffrey Cowan
February 27th, 2019, 4:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts
Replies: 40
Views: 3720

Re: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts

Richard Kaufman wrote:It's so easy for an editor to pick a photo that makes a magician look like an idiot. Poor Amos Lefkovitch.


Indeed. Amos was a superb magician, and often got a good reaction from lay audiences when he chose to make expressions like that one.
by Jeffrey Cowan
February 17th, 2019, 2:27 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for zipper purse
Replies: 2
Views: 338

Re: Looking for zipper purse

Thanks! Problem solved. Greatly appreciate the help.
by Jeffrey Cowan
February 16th, 2019, 4:05 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for zipper purse
Replies: 2
Views: 338

Looking for zipper purse

Anyone not using one of the small red purses that unzipped into a full zipper (or started as a zipper and could be folded/zipped into a purse? I think Hank Lee (perhaps among others) marketed/sold them; and Scotty York used them in a few of his published routines. Thanks for your help in tracking do...
by Jeffrey Cowan
January 9th, 2019, 4:09 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: What magical demonstrations have truly impressed you?
Replies: 20
Views: 977

Re: What magical demonstrations have truly impressed you?

Many of the greats who made impressions on me are gone (e.g., Slydini, Del Ray, Goshman, Conover, Marlo), but I strongly recommend that you capitalize on any opportunities to see the following greats in person if you have not already done so: Bob Kohler, David Williamson, Bill Malone, Armando Lucero...
by Jeffrey Cowan
October 24th, 2018, 8:36 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Here's one of the strongest effects from GAME CHANGER!
Replies: 43
Views: 5438

Re: Here's one of the strongest effects from GAME CHANGER!

I try to add a Ten Card Deal phase to everything I do even the balloon animal routine where I end with an endangered species then the balloon bursts and I tell the kids that means that all the penguins are now dead. Through their tears I pull out the cards and end strong by beating the birthday chi...
by Jeffrey Cowan
July 26th, 2018, 8:44 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Purse Frames
Replies: 9
Views: 913

Re: purse frames

Anyone know someone who can attach soft leather on one of these purse frames so that it is a real purse that would match an empty frame? I have no idea what kind of crafts/trades person to approach? [I'm trying to create a matching set; the purse frame from the set I've been using for 30 years wore ...
by Jeffrey Cowan
July 20th, 2018, 6:32 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Registration of Magic Live 2018 for sale
Replies: 1
Views: 446

Re: Registration of Magic Live 2018 for sale

This is now sold.
by Jeffrey Cowan
July 20th, 2018, 2:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Original Art by Barry Ross from Now You See it, Now You Don't for Sale!
Replies: 3
Views: 738

Re: Original Art by Barry Ross from Now You See it, Now You Don't for Sale!

Thank you for the heads up, Richard. I just got one for my office.

- Jeffrey
by Jeffrey Cowan
July 19th, 2018, 11:06 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Registration of Magic Live 2018 for sale
Replies: 1
Views: 446

Registration of Magic Live 2018 for sale

A jury trial whose date has changed several times is going to keep me from attending Magic Live. If you're interested in buying my registration, let me know. [I also can try to transfer my hotel reservation at the discounted rate to you.] Best way to reach me is via direct email: jeffrey at cowan-la...
by Jeffrey Cowan
July 14th, 2018, 1:44 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Doing copper silver transpositions
Replies: 57
Views: 3475

Re: Doing copper silver transpositions

I like it very much, Al. Seems like a step forward from Milt Kort's copper-silver routine in Bobo.
by Jeffrey Cowan
July 12th, 2018, 5:38 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Slydini's material
Replies: 30
Views: 3377

Re: Slydini's material

Concur with Richard, but you want the relatively recent annotated version of The Magic of Slydini. Gene Matsura adds some great tips and details that Lewis Ganson missed (or Tony didn't share with him). I recommend that you first buy/study the Magic of Slydini and The Best of Slydini and More before...
by Jeffrey Cowan
July 10th, 2018, 12:58 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM 2018 - Day One
Replies: 7
Views: 1524

Re: FISM 2018 - Day One

Craig, many thanks for your detailed, candid reviews. I always appreciate them when I'm unable to attend FISM (as is again the case this year).
by Jeffrey Cowan
June 6th, 2018, 1:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Art Emerson R.I.P.
Replies: 10
Views: 1865

Re: Art Emerson R.I.P.

I laughed too.
by Jeffrey Cowan
May 25th, 2018, 5:48 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Secret Lexicon is here
Replies: 1
Views: 1156

Secret Lexicon is here

FYI, I received my Secret Lexicon in the mail today from Todd Karr.
by Jeffrey Cowan
May 16th, 2018, 10:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: DC Testimony
Replies: 11
Views: 3134

Re: DC Testimony

That was hard to watch. I would be curious what the lawyers out there think of the plaintiff's lawyer's examination of DC. He seemed overly hostile in tone and sarcastic ("when they ask you softballs", "Are you going to answer any of my questions?"). The lawyer keeps seemingly a...
by Jeffrey Cowan
April 30th, 2018, 6:28 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Video link not working for Magicana
Replies: 3
Views: 2975

Re: Video link not working for Magicana in platest digital edition. Richard Turner on cover

I'm not getting any audio on the video files this month. Don't think anything happened to my Ipad. Any easy technical fixes?
by Jeffrey Cowan
April 6th, 2018, 5:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 118
Views: 24262

Re: New John Thompson Book

Mine arrived today in Los Angeles. Looks great; looking forward to digesting it.
by Jeffrey Cowan
January 18th, 2018, 4:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM 2021 - Canada or Spain
Replies: 7
Views: 1628

Re: FISM 2021 - Canada or Spain

I'm pulling for Spain. My opportunity/excuse to finally visit it!
by Jeffrey Cowan
November 3rd, 2017, 3:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 118
Views: 24262

Re: New John Thompson Book

For those on the fence: I attended a workshop that Johnny gave at the Magic Castle this fall. I left blown away by the breadth of Johnny's knowledge and expertise. [Plus, he is a great guy and was most patient, helpful and friendly with a room of magicians whose experience and interests varied broad...
by Jeffrey Cowan
July 15th, 2017, 3:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Frank Garcia on Dick Cavett
Replies: 20
Views: 2886

Re: Frank Garcia on Dick Cavett

Thanks for uploading that, Max. I remember that episode; great that it's available.
by Jeffrey Cowan
March 15th, 2017, 1:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New York Times profile today on Derek Delgaudio
Replies: 17
Views: 2861

New York Times profile today on Derek Delgaudio

Nice profile in the New York Times (dated today) about Derek Delgaudio. [Factoid: my college buddy Marc Lacey, who is the NYT's deputy managing editor, used to act as my "bent corner" shill back in the day when we were socializing with women in bars and I deemed it strategic to do the 3 ca...
by Jeffrey Cowan
February 27th, 2017, 4:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 41444

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

There is little to speculate over. The official finding is suicide. See http://mec.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/mec/main/home/caseinformation/casedetail?CaseNum=2017-01586 Sadly, Daryl's death is the 2nd time in recent years that a major figure has succumbed to his mental health demons (Tim Conover's sui...
by Jeffrey Cowan
December 8th, 2016, 9:29 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: I know all, see all and will tell all!
Replies: 60
Views: 11489

Re: I know all, see all and will tell all!

Excellent demo of palm/cold reading, Mark. And I can vouch for how commercial it is from my days in the trenches 25-30 years ago when I was doing strolling gigs regularly. One corporate gig stands out. I was doing close-up at a station, and a woman asked when I finished a trick if I also could read ...
by Jeffrey Cowan
March 16th, 2016, 11:43 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: new show for Derek DelGaudio
Replies: 0
Views: 898

new show for Derek DelGaudio

Kudos to Derek for teaming up with such talented collaborators.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/ar ... story.html
by Jeffrey Cowan
November 3rd, 2015, 11:25 pm
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Book of the Month: Fechter: The Magic of Eddie Fechter
Replies: 51
Views: 32425

Re: Book of the Month: Fechter: The Magic of Eddie Fechter

Mark Lewis, thank you very much for posting and pointing out this footage of Eddie Fechter.
by Jeffrey Cowan
July 8th, 2015, 4:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM Day 3
Replies: 10
Views: 3682

Re: FISM Day 3

Where are Ian and Mike posting? [I'm loving Craig's reports, but would enjoy reading other's perspetives too.]
by Jeffrey Cowan
July 6th, 2015, 1:27 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM - Day 0
Replies: 8
Views: 3237

Re: FISM - Day 0

Thanks Craig -- and please continue with the reports.
by Jeffrey Cowan
June 29th, 2015, 12:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bjorn Hanson in the WSJ
Replies: 0
Views: 471

Bjorn Hanson in the WSJ

Last week's Wall Street Journal had a lovely feature on Bjorn Hanson. See http://www.wsj.com/articles/its-all-in-the-cards-a-lifelong-obsession-garners-rare-honor-1435312803 There also is a related video here: http://www.wsj.com/video/for-magician-it-all-in-the-cards/460654A4-8D55-4048-9B98-CEA78F70...
by Jeffrey Cowan
June 9th, 2015, 11:49 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Favorite Coin Routines
Replies: 115
Views: 26622

Re: Favorite Coin Routines

Your question lacks context for performing conditions. Are you talking about a stand-up routine or one in which the performer may be seated? Is a close-up mat (or comparable surface) part of the performing conditions? There is lots of superb coin routines, but favorites invariable are tied to condit...
by Jeffrey Cowan
April 18th, 2015, 9:00 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: David Lederman
Replies: 4
Views: 2136

Re: David Lederman

I got to know Dave quite well in the mid-late 1980s when he was living in suburban DC. He was friendly (as was his wife) and most generous and helpful. I can't speak to what Dave was like in his younger years, but curmudgeon is the last word I would describe how he treated me and others with a serio...
by Jeffrey Cowan
November 14th, 2014, 5:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bobby Bernard R.I.P.
Replies: 16
Views: 4589

Re: Bobby Bernard R.I.P.

I met Bobby Bernard at the Magic Circle in the summer of 1987 when I was a very young guy passing through London during my two year adventure of being a full-time magician (pre-law school). After I showed Bobby and Pat Page some coin tricks, he was most kind and generous with his time. He also share...
by Jeffrey Cowan
October 24th, 2014, 1:40 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Magic of Ivan Amodei
Replies: 3
Views: 1282

Re: The Magic of Ivan Amodei

Ivan was on the Arsenio Hall show in the last year or so (a Google search should yield a link). He has excellent chops and does some strong and original magic (he took 2nd place in the IBM close-up contest the year John George won it).
by Jeffrey Cowan
August 23rd, 2014, 2:56 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Things of magical interest in New York
Replies: 14
Views: 3351

Re: Things of magical interest in New York

Any guy tossing 3 cards on a cardboard box with at least 2 people watching and winning. Or playing the shell game with bottle tops. I've seen some terrific performances (laudable skill; too bad they really were cheating (greedy/dumb) people out of some serious coin).
by Jeffrey Cowan
May 11th, 2014, 8:04 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Selling My Magic books through Amazon
Replies: 4
Views: 1838

Re: Selling My Magic books through Amazon

Your name/stuff does not come up when I searched "Mickey Photos & More"

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