Lots of Free Magic Stuff for Your Corona Quarantine

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Lots of Free Magic Stuff for Your Corona Quarantine

Postby Zig Zagger » March 22nd, 2020, 2:58 pm

Beyond the generous free offers from Mssrs. Kaufman, Regal and others I have compiled some other interesting links in my blog. They will easily add up to 2,000+ pages of magic: (card) tricks, thoughts and essays, history, and more. And it's all FREE:

https://zzzauber.wordpress.com/2020/03/ ... uarantine/

Use your time wisely in this crazy global corona crisis. Speed up your magic knowledge while the world is slowing down. Stay safe and please stay at home as much as you can!
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Re: Lots of Free Magic Stuff for Your Corona Quarantine

Postby Grippo's Wish » March 23rd, 2020, 2:04 pm

Thanks! I'll give it a look

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Re: Lots of Free Magic Stuff for Your Corona Quarantine

Postby Zig Zagger » March 23rd, 2020, 4:36 pm

Thank you for your interest!

I've added a few more links to free magic offers which have been brought to my attention by kind readers.

Please keep them coming or post them directly here.
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Re: Lots of Free Magic Stuff for Your Corona Quarantine

Postby Richard Hatch » March 23rd, 2020, 10:24 pm

Greg Moreland has had to cancel his much anticipated Portland Magic Jam due to the Coronavirus, so has lined up a short, free virtual version with the four headliners (Max Maven, Shawn Farquhar, Steven Bargatze and John Shryock) offering short lectures at 1 p.m. Portland time this Saturday:
https://pdxmagicjam.com/virtual-pmj

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Re: Lots of Free Magic Stuff for Your Corona Quarantine

Postby Steve Bryant » March 24th, 2020, 11:45 am

David Kaye has created a great little ebook for the situation:
https://www.sillymagic.com/product/coronavirus-ebook/



http://littleegyptmagic.com/magic.html

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Re: Lots of Free Magic Stuff for Your Corona Quarantine

Postby Zig Zagger » March 24th, 2020, 6:35 pm

Thank you, Dick and Steve!

I have included your links plus a few other ideas.

Don't miss out on the hilarious Virus Trick of the inimitable Monsieur Stone!

https://zzzauber.wordpress.com/2020/03/ ... uarantine/
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Re: Lots of Free Magic Stuff for Your Corona Quarantine

Postby Joe Lyons » March 24th, 2020, 7:33 pm

More Magic In the time of cholera.

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Re: Lots of Free Magic Stuff for Your Corona Quarantine

Postby Bill Mullins » March 26th, 2020, 3:26 pm

The Internet Archive has loosened many of the restrictions they had on reading online books. Their collection includes works by Karl Fulves, Jim Steinmeyer, Nicholas Einhorn, George Schindler, Ricky Jay, Annemann, Walter Gibson, Blackstone, Bruce Elliott, Jean Hugard, Scarne dozens of books on Houdini, Paul Curry, Martin Gardner, and more.

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Re: Lots of Free Magic Stuff for Your Corona Quarantine

Postby Richard Kaufman » March 26th, 2020, 3:41 pm

How can they do that, Bill?
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Re: Lots of Free Magic Stuff for Your Corona Quarantine

Postby Brad Jeffers » March 26th, 2020, 11:01 pm

Bill Mullins wrote: Their collection includes works by Karl Fulves, Jim Steinmeyer, Nicholas Einhorn, George Schindler, Ricky Jay, Annemann, Walter Gibson, Blackstone, Bruce Elliott, Jean Hugard, Scarne dozens of books on Houdini, Paul Curry, Martin Gardner, and more.
You'll also find a book written by Richard Kaufman.

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Re: Lots of Free Magic Stuff for Your Corona Quarantine

Postby Bill Mullins » March 27th, 2020, 12:51 am

Richard Kaufman wrote:How can they do that, Bill?


The short answer is, anything you want is legal under the copyright law up until you get sued, and no one has sued them yet.

The long answer is a combination of § 108 of the Copyright Law, which gives libraries some interesting privileges, and the fact that Brewster Kahle (the head of the Internet Archive) has some expansive views on copyright which no one has yet successfully challenged (I think there may be a reluctance to sue him, for fear of losing and setting an unwanted precedent).

(note, I am not a lawyer, if you want a legal opinion, send Sara Crasson a check)
§ 108 says essentially that a library or archive is authorized to make "a" copy of a book, and (presumably) loan that out instead. The Internet Archive makes digital copies and loans them out. They have warehouses of physical copies of books which they have scanned. They will "loan" (give access for 2 weeks) you the digital copy, and normally no one else can "borrow" it while you have access. If you want to see, for example, their copy of Richard Kaufman's Knack Magic, you register, go through a process of "checking it out" as you would do at a conventional library, and you have access to a copy-protected digital version at the IA website for two weeks. If someone else wants to see it while you have it "checked out", they have to get on a wait list, and when the two weeks are up, your access ceases and they get a turn.

All this strikes me as a reasonable way to replicate the functions of a library in the digital age. It is called Controlled Digital Lending, and it has not been explored in the courts (as far as I know) -- whether it is legal or not has yet to be determined. The author is no worse off than he would have been if the physical copy of the book was loaned out (they got paid their royalty when the original physical copy was sold), and the contents of the book are made available to readers (which is the purpose of the copyright law anyway -- the author's rights are only a means to that end). Some grey areas are that the law doesn't specifically say that you can make a digital copy (it doesn't specifically say otherwise . . .) and that allowing me to read the digital copy makes a new additional (possibly unauthorized) copy on my computer (I'm not smart enough to save and download it to a permanent file, but I'm sure it could be done).

The news in what I linked to above is that the IA has turned off the waitlist for the duration of the current Coronavirus emergency, while nearly all public and school libraries are closed. They claim that it is "fair use" to allow multiple readers to have access to a work at once in these circumstances, since there is currently no access to physical libraries. This is a new claim of "fair use", and if they got sued over it, they might lose.

They also allow authors and copyright holders to opt their books out of this process. If Richard doesn't like the fact that I can read Knack Magic online at the same time as some other reader like this, he can email the IA and have the book set back to a "one digital copy only" status.

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Re: Lots of Free Magic Stuff for Your Corona Quarantine

Postby MagicbyAlfred » March 27th, 2020, 10:37 am

I would attribute good and sincere motives to what the Internet Archive is doing, even if it might be outside the letter of the law. Compassion for others and attempts to give them both a lift and a diversion during the challenges we all face right now is important and laudable.

The digital, IT and online age has created a new frontier for intellectual property law (which was super-complicated to begin with). It's like the "Wild West" period in U.S. history, and there are obvious difficulties in attempting to retrofit what is fast becoming an antiquated area of the law in order to accommodate legal issues never before seen, or even anticipated. And while the technology is moving at the veritable speed of light, law-makers and courts, comparatively speaking, are moving at the speed of...

...snail.

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Re: Lots of Free Magic Stuff for Your Corona Quarantine

Postby Zig Zagger » March 27th, 2020, 1:47 pm

With your kind input, I've added a few more items.

Please don't miss out on coin master and all-around wondrous wizard and wordsmith Helge Thun, who keeps us spellbound with his Chinese-American Corona Virus Coin War!

https://zzzauber.wordpress.com/2020/03/ ... uarantine/
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Re: Lots of Free Magic Stuff for Your Corona Quarantine

Postby McKitterick » March 27th, 2020, 6:19 pm

Richard Kaufman wrote:How can they do that, Bill?

A bit further information:

https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-tu ... everywhere

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Re: Lots of Free Magic Stuff for Your Corona Quarantine

Postby erdnasephile » March 28th, 2020, 8:25 pm

It's not exactly free (unless you have Amazon Prime), but Episode 5 is worth a look (unless your initials are B.F. ;) )

https://www.amazon.com/Inside-Hypnotic- ... deo&sr=1-8

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Re: Lots of Free Magic Stuff for Your Corona Quarantine

Postby Bill Mullins » March 28th, 2020, 9:24 pm

McKitterick wrote:
Richard Kaufman wrote:How can they do that, Bill?

A bit further information:

https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-tu ... everywhere


The Author's Guild does not agree with the Internet Archive's position.

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Re: Lots of Free Magic Stuff for Your Corona Quarantine

Postby Zig Zagger » March 29th, 2020, 9:10 am

Update to my growing list:

There are two magic live streaming festivals coming up next week, and both are free to watch.

Also, you can catch up with the four online lectures from the Virtual Mini Portland Magic Jam now.

Find out more here: https://zzzauber.wordpress.com/2020/03/ ... uarantine/
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Re: Lots of Free Magic Stuff for Your Corona Quarantine

Postby Zig Zagger » March 30th, 2020, 4:17 pm

Some more free magic added, including six classic magic books kindly offered by the Conjuring Arts Research Center.

Also, don't miss how the late great Ricky Jay might have attacked the corona virus!
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Re: Lots of Free Magic Stuff for Your Corona Quarantine

Postby Bill Mullins » April 3rd, 2020, 1:16 pm

Not magic, but SiriusXM is offering free access to their streaming service for a while.

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Re: Lots of Free Magic Stuff for Your Corona Quarantine

Postby Charlie Randall » April 6th, 2020, 3:50 pm

A lot of the local magic clubs are doing their meetings on-line. Not sure if they'd all want outside magicians joining in, but I'm sure some would.

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Re: Lots of Free Magic Stuff for Your Corona Quarantine

Postby Zig Zagger » April 28th, 2020, 4:19 pm

About a dozen more offers added to my list, some free, some to be paid, but all worth your time or consideration, I believe.

For example, you can download and watch the entire recent ShareMagic: Live event by Joshua Jay and Andi Gladwin for free now.

There is also an interesting outlook on the world of magic after coronavirus by Wittus Witt and Eris Eswin, published in English, Spanish, French and German in a special issue of Witt's magic magazine, which you can also download for free:

https://zzzauber.wordpress.com/2020/03/ ... uarantine/
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Re: Lots of Free Magic Stuff for Your Corona Quarantine

Postby Paco Nagata » April 29th, 2020, 9:08 pm

Yesterday I tried the "Corona Card Trick" by David Stone for my wife and my son... Almost exactly as he did in his Youtube video...

Well, it was hilarilaus! (^o^) they both spent a good time laughing and laughing! : - D

Thank you very much for sharing it, Zig Zagger!
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