Genii Has a New Owner, and The Chief Genii Remains

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Genii Has a New Owner, and The Chief Genii Remains

Postby Richard Kaufman » March 3rd, 2016, 8:26 pm

I'm delighted to announce that Genii will shortly have a new owner, Randy Pitchford. I couldn't imagine a more delightful partner in our venture to improve Genii over the coming years. I will remain as editor, my wife will remain as Art Director, and things will continue as they have, but bigger and better.

Randy is the CEO of Gearbox Software, and is one of the most forward-thinking people I've ever met. He's a stupendously intelligent person and businessman. Spending a few hours with him is literally a mind-expanding experience. He is a visionary in addition to being a swell all-around guy who loves magic. Whenever we're together, we just have a plain old good time. And he's been a magician for most of his life, so he's "one of us." His belief in the value of Genii to the magic community will make possible both its longevity and many improvements in the coming years.

I was able to inform Irene Larsen of my plans before her untimely death, and since I owe my livelihood to her, I was thrilled at how delighted she was by the idea of Randy being the new owner. Her blessing of the deal was essential and it pleased her greatly.

As to what will happen at Genii, the answer is that things will continue as usual, but with more pages each month we'll be able to bring you additional stories and features. Feel free to join us at www.geniimagazine.com
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Re: Genii Has a New Owner, and The Chief Genii Remains

Postby observer » March 3rd, 2016, 9:54 pm

Richard Kaufman wrote:I will remain as editor


Well, I hope so. I think you've done an outstanding job, even if there is stuff I disagree with you about.

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Re: Genii Has a New Owner, and The Chief Genii Remains

Postby Tom Gilbert » March 3rd, 2016, 9:56 pm

Sounds like a win-win.

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Re: Genii Has a New Owner, and The Chief Genii Remains

Postby Ted M » March 3rd, 2016, 10:05 pm

I'm glad that Genii remains in good, caring hands, and has added more good hands in a forward-looking way.

And since the new owner runs a software company, I look forward to a fully working search function for the Genii archive!

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Postby Richard Kaufman » March 3rd, 2016, 10:25 pm

The search function for the Genii Archives will get fixed when we move from a Flash-based to an HTML 5 platform, which they've been working on for months.
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Re: Genii Has a New Owner, and The Chief Genii Remains

Postby Anthony Vinson » March 4th, 2016, 6:58 am

Interesting news. Congratulations, Richard. Glad you are remaining as Chief Genii and look forward to the new direction. Oh, and also looking forward to John G taking the helm at Magicana.

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Postby Marcus » March 4th, 2016, 8:20 am

Congratulations, Richard! I'm glad to hear you'll remain as editor. Will this mean more time for books for you, or will you still be putting as many hours into Genii work as before?
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Postby fred kirchner » March 4th, 2016, 10:04 am

What a great job you do and continue to do with genii and in magic...what do you have planned next..a long overdue rest?

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Re: Genii Has a New Owner, and The Chief Genii Remains

Postby JohnCox » March 4th, 2016, 10:08 am

Great news! Congrats Randy and Richard.

Now let's bring back the annual Houdini Memorial Issue in October and all will be ideal. :D
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Re: Genii Has a New Owner, and The Chief Genii Remains

Postby Richard Kaufman » March 4th, 2016, 12:33 pm

There will be no immediate changes other than the magazine getting larger. My work will continue. I'm always working on books anyway, and should have two or three out this year.
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Re: Genii Has a New Owner, and The Chief Genii Remains

Postby pixsmith » March 4th, 2016, 2:34 pm

This ought to be a great thing for magic! Plus, he's just a really great guy. Congratulations all around.


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