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Great article on Siegfried and Roy in this month's MagicSeen Magazine!
Richard Kaufman just got a nice shout out on #Sharemagiclive
Bonjour à tous. Je suis sous le choc. Dominique n'est plus. Il nous a quitté hier dimanche 2 février 2020 à 88 ans. Sa vie professionnelle fut exceptionnelle. Qu'il repose en paix. Good morning, everyone. I am in shock. My friend Dominique died. He passed away yesterday, Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 88 years old. His professional life was exceptional. Rest in peace Dominique.
Is there a market for old Genii or Magic magazines? I have in the thousands.
We have about 3 decades of your magazine from 1970, 1980 and 1990 and some in the sixties. Great shape, any interest?
Genii magic convention 2019 registration available. I have purchased and paid in full, one registration for this convention. I will not be able to attend. Contact me if you are interested in this registration ticket.
Can you purchase tickets for the gala show in Orlando,? Is there a fee to go into dealers room at convention?
What issue was that had the factory misprint double face card?
The oldest and Greatest independent magazine of magic!
Thanks Richard Kaufman for the invite. Cheers from the Philippines!
Thanks for the invite.
Interesting place, this. Thank you for the invitation.

Genii, The Conjurors' Magazine, is the best selling magazine for magicians in the world. We publish the best tricks, feature articles, and more.

Genii, The Conjurors' Magazine. Genii is the premier magazine in the world of magic. It's the oldest, the most respected, and has the best articles, tricks, and reviews. If you're even remotely interested in learning not just how to do magic, but also about the world of magic and magicians, you can't afford not to receive Genii each month.

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On a trip to Las Vegas a few summers ago I saw David Goldrake’s show Illusionarium at the Tropicana. We’d met just a day or two earlier; he invited me and it was excellent. Bursting with ideas; more than could be accommodated in its modest production. Davis is a swell guy, a sweet guy who really cares about every aspect of his shows. The hotels and casinos on the Vegas strip were just starting to fully recover from the last recession when the mass shooting, and then the novel coronavirus, decimated business. Getting a show remounted in these times will be difficult, but I believe David Goldrake is the guy who can make it happen. Chloe Olewitz drags the man from Luxembourg out of his shell.

A clever sleight flows from the fingers of David Britland in this month’s “Cardopolis”

Jim Steinmeyer stays one ahead of the folks waiting to win big money in “Conjuring”

A potpourri from David Kaye in “Expert at the Kids’ Table”

Jon Racherbaumer excavates and examines an old favorite in “Exhumations”

In this month’s “Chamber of Secrets” John Gaughan displays one of the strangest tricks I’ve ever seen

Jeff Prace takes his final bow in “Left-Handed”

Roberto Mansilla makes three jumbo cards fly in “Artifices”

Do you like your audiences? Helge Thun likes his this month

Chloe Olewitz brings us virus-tainted news in “The Eye”

Libby Ward brings us a pandemic special in “Knights at The Magic Castle”

Books, Tricks, and Videos are reviewed by David Britland, Danny Orleans, and Joe M. Turner.

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You’re a professional magician, sideshow artist, children’s entertainer, bubble performer, and you’ve been plugging along under the radar for over a decade. Then one day a character forms in your mind, and on another day that character emerges onstage with a life of its own, and suddenly your live is transformed. That’s the story of Carisa Hendrix, on our cover this month, whose creation of “Lucy Darling” has taken her to many new gigs around the world.

Richard Wiseman, professor and all-around cool guy, has released a new mindreading comic book with interesting stories about famous magicians of the past (“Hocus Pocus is a new ongoing comic series about magic, history, psychology, and the paranormal”), and we have an article and lengthy excerpt for you this month.

Long time beloved Magic Castle fixture Joan Lawton died on April 5th. She was fondly remembered for her many kindnesses and endless work on behalf of the Academy of Magical Arts and its membership. Her obituary by Dustin Stinett appears in our issue.

Our columnists this month include John Bannon cause Jokers and Queens to converge in “Dealing with It”; Mike Caveney exhumes a 1912 letter from Owen Clark to Fred Culpitt in “Classic Correspondence”; Hannibal deals with the good and the bad in “Happiness is the Road; Jon Racherbaumer does a little bit of math and counts down in the second installment of his new bit of fun “Exhumations”; and a new column debuts this month, written by one of our premier female magicians Krystyn Lambert. Titled “Stage as Studio,” it’s different than the usual trick-based columns we have, and I hope you enjoy it.

And of course Chloe Olewitz brings you news in “The Eye”; Jonathan Friedman brings you tricks in “Magicana”; and we have reviews of tricks, books, and videos with Brad Henderson, Tom Frame, and Bill Wells.

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It’s not every day our cover is graced by an official “master,” but this month a genuine Renaissance man, Master Payne, proclaims great things in an article written by Jonathan Friedman, and it even includes his extremely clever “The Mona Lisa Trick.”

Our columnists are the best! This month you will read “Conjuring” by Jim Steinmeyer, “Cardopolis” by David Britland, “The Expert at the Kids’ Table” by David Kaye; “Magic Monologue” by Helge Thun, “Artifices” by Roberto Mansilla, “Chamber of Secrets” by John Gaughan, “Left-Handed” by Jeff Prace, and the final installment of Jonathan Neal’s “Secrets within Secrets.” It’s been a great run and when Jonathan’s book comes out, you should definitely make a point of purchasing it. Chloe Olewitz brings us the always-interesting “Eye,” and reviews by David Regal, Ryan Matney, and Francis Menotti complete the issue.

[03/20/20]   The April issue of Genii will go live tomorrow morning, March 20.

Watch the full show right now for free! – Carisa Hendrix | Award Winning Magician, Circus Stunt Girl & Fire Eater | Calgary & Edmonton

Our soon to be cover girl Carisa Hendrix has posted a one hour show of her performing as Lucy Darling for FREE for all of us to watch during this troubled time. Enjoy it! Indulgence A semi-improvised comedy magic show with Lucy Darling Recorded December 2019 at the Chicago Magic Lounge and present to you as a small gesture of kindness In a time of massive event cancelations, self-quarantines, and social distancing, there is little performers can do to help except try...

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As a young man, I met and interacted with many close-up magicians. All were males, until I met Lisa Menna at a New York Magic Symposium convention in 1984. A girl who was better than many of the boys, with a bubbly personality and sparkling presentation. And she could do sleight of hand. She also created her own material—things that utilized distinctly feminine props or aspects of her wardrobe such as a card stab with her high-heeled shoe. Starting as a young birthday party magician, then easing into close-up magic, then an illusionist at corporate shows, and a trade-show magician, and pretty much everything else. We’re proud to feature her on our cover this month with Chloe Olewitz doing the deep dive.

Our secondary story is a long interview with gambling expert and cardman extraordinaire Steve Forte. Norman Beck sat down with Steve on the occasion of the publication of his latest book, Gambling Sleight of Hand.

New columns from Al Schneider, John Bannon, Mike Caveney, and Hannibal will titillate you, while the latest installments of “Magicana” and “The Eye” will thrill you. This month marks Jason Andrew Davidson’s final “Knights at The Magic Castle” column in Genii. He’s done a yeoman job for two years, but wants to give a fresh voice a chance. There will be a new knight reporting from The Magic Castle next month. * We round out the issue with reviews of books, tricks, and videos from Elliott Terral, Danny Orleans, and Nathan Coe Marsh.

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Let’s take a little trip to Las Vegas this month and meet Murray SawChuck aka Magic Murray. With a crazy bleached blond hairstyle, an award-winning act manipulating CDs, and his current residency at the Tropicana on the Vegas strip, not to mention his numerous TV appearances (he acquitted himself particularly well on Penn & Teller: Fool Us when performing Marvyn Roy’s famous “Milk in Lightbulb”), Murray is ubiquitous. You’ll learn lots more about his magical life in this month’s cover story. * Next is a piece by Carl Mercurio about an usual magic venue: The Comix Roadhouse at the Mohegan Sun casino—a country-themed saloon with mechanical bull riding, music, and women dancing on the bar. There’s also a 300-seat club for live comedy and magic, and in that room is where our story takes place.

We unveil a new column from Jon Racherbaumer this issue. As an archeologist of magic’s past, he’s the perfect person to write the new trick column he titled, “Exhumations.”

Our regular bi-monthly roster of columnists sparkle this month!

David Britland digs into an elusive mystery by Trevor Hall, whose method was long lost

Jim Steinmeyer has a mysterious encounter with “That Thing in the Envelope”

David Kaye reinforces the fact that repetition is funny. Did you know that repetition is funny? I’ll repeat it again if you promise to chuckle;

Jeff Prace divulges an extremely clever and “of-the-moment” trick in which Apple Airpods magically transpose while being worn by a spectator

Jonathan Neal dusts off the classic Sympathetic Silks and gives you a clean convincing handling

Helge Thun ponders the act of disappearance

Roberto Mansilla returns to the silk that changes color with a truly swift dye-tube ditch

Our monthly articles “Knights at The Magic Castle” and “The Eye” keep you up to date

David Britland, Brad Henderson, and Joe M. Turner clean it all up with reviews of books, tricks, and videos.

2019 In Review - The Genii Forum

Dustin Stinett has been writing wonderful "The Year in Magic" pieces on The Genii Forum for many years. I think you will enjoy the latest one, posted today.

From all of us at Genii to all of you, we wish you the very best for the holidays and the coming year.

A Merry Christmas to all! 🎄

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On the cover of our first issue of 2020 is magician Yuji Wada from Japan. I’d like to tell you exactly where he works in Tokyo but I can’t. I can tell you that he’s the head of Tenyo operations at the location, and that if you know a bit about me you know that these theme parks are places I’m fond of visiting. Yuji calls himself an office worker, and there is certainly part of his job that fits that title, however most of the time he is one of the hardest working magicians in the world. Working in a magic shop in a famous “resort,” he does certain tricks hundreds and hundreds of time per day. And then per year, and then per decade. I would guess that as a magician and magic demonstrator, he has likely sold more products than anyone else in the world because of where the magic shop is located. And they’re all Tenyo tricks, so he’s proud to sell them. But he’s not just a “magic demonstrator.” As you will read in Dustin Stinett’s article, Yuji has been doing magic since his youth, mingling with the most famous magicians in the world, and he’s a damn fine sleight of hand artist. He fools me, which I enjoy immensely. It’s my pleasure to feature him on our cover.

We begin the magazine with “The Eye,” by Chloe Olewitz (you can look forward to a new cover story by her next issue). I have no idea how she digs up so many interesting tidbits of news that haven’t been overexposed on the internet before you read them here.

Jeff Prace went to a recent Cardistry convention, which if you did not know these things exist you really should. Cardistry initially had a rocky mix-in to the world of magic, but both sides have matured and progressed, and occasionally overlapped. Look at the superb photos by Benjamin Bratt and you can’t help but be impressed the enthusiasm of hundreds of kids in an immense room manipulating playing cards.

We haven’t heard from Shawn McMaster for a while, but he’s here this month with an article that may scratch an itch of curiosity if you’ve heard about a “new Magic Castle” by Milt Larsen and want to know that that really means.

The ability to pour various drinks called for from a single vessel is many hundreds of years old. Bottles, barrels, funnels, it frequently shows up in French magic sets in the mid to late 1800s. Along the way the container became a tea kettle, and thus our story this month about one of the earlier tea kettles constructed, for the famed British magician David Devant. It now resides in the hands of New York’s favorite thinker-drinker, Steve Cohen, and he is now “The Keeper of the Kettle.”

Two masters of the golden age of magic, one an inventor, the other a performer, write to one another in “Classic Correspondence” by Mike Caveney; Hannibal leaps into the sky in “Happiness is the Road”; John Bannon presents a terrific trick by Jack Tigne and gets to eat Lemon Pie, too, in “Dealing with It”; Jonathan Friedman explains four handy sleights in this month’s “Magicana”; and Jason Andrew Davidson takes you to The Magic Castle for another three months, after which we have a new correspondent. John Lovick returns temporarily as book reviewer; we welcome Bill Wells as a new video reviewer; David Regal reviews the tricks.

Kaufman and Company UPDATES

Holiday 2019 Kaufman and Company Book Sale

* All books must be ordered via PayPal only to [email protected]. (DeLand and Tenyoism must be ordered off the website.) Since we all know each other, friends and family is preferred.
* All sales final.
* First come first served.
* Every order of three books or more will include FREE copies of Jay Sankey’s 100% Sankey AND Ryan Matney’s Spoiler Alert. That’s two free books with each order of three, an $80 value. Please add $8 postage for these to ANY order.
* Aside from the $8 postage for the two free books, postage is included in the prices below except for DeLand: Madness and Mystery and Tenyoism. The postage for these is detailed at the website from which you will order only these two books.
* Do not order any other books from the Kaufman and Company website because they are only listed there at full price.
* Where you see a number in parenthesis after the title of a book, that is exactly how many copies I have left. If any book is already sold out when you order it, your money will be promptly refunded. The price after the parenthesis is the cost of ONE book.

Tenyoism (Fewer than 100 left). $250. The first four orders will receive a box with some of the items from the deluxe edition. Order at:
DeLand: Mystery and Madness $150 (includes one deck of cards with gimmicks). Order at
David Roth’s Expert Coin Magic (7) $75
The Lost Notebooks of John Northern Hilliard (4) $50
Talisman (4) $50
100 by Warlock (3) $50
Aftercraft (10) $45
Aftercraft Deluxe Edition (4) $75
Trickery Treats (10) $45
Séance (1) $75
The Collected Almanac (12) $60
Publisher’s Copies of The Berglas Effects, signed by Berglas and myself in slipcase (5) $200
Jennings ’67 Signed by Jennings in Slipcase (2) $75
The Berglas Effects (2) Regular edition. Now out of print and unlikely to be reprinted. $120
The Complete Works of Derek Dingle (2) $100
David Roth’s Expert Coin Magic (7) $100
Williamson’s Wonders (1) $100
The Secrets of So Sato $30
Sankey Pankey $30
Vis a Vis $30
5 x 5: Japan $30
CardMagic $30
Greater Artful Dodges of Eddie Fields $30
Greater Artful Dodges of Eddie Fields DELUXE, Signed by Fields and Racherbaumer, in slipcase (3) $100
Invocation Vol.3 (2) $100
Folding Money Fooling $30
The New Jinx $40
Gary Kurtz: Unexplainable Acts $30
Labyrinth $40
Mastering the Art of Magic $40
New Magic of Japan $30
Eugene Burger’s Experience of Magic (1) $75
Eugene Burger’s Performance of Close-Up Magic $35
Eugene Burger’s Strange Ceremonies $30
David Kaye’s Seriously Silly (2) $70
David Kaye’s Super Sized Silly $40
Swami/Mantra $40
Amazing Miracles of Shigeo Takagi $40
The Magic of Edward Victor’s Hands $35

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Genii!

Genii, The Conjurors' Magazine

The December 2019 issue concludes our 20th year as stewards of Genii. We sincerely hope you are enjoying the magazine. If you don’t already subscribe, but you join us now, your subscription will start with the January issue. Of course, all of our back issues, and all back issues of MAGIC magazine, are online for you to read. For only $35 you get tens of thousands of pages of the best our field has to offer.

Derren Brown is a mentalist, magician, hypnotist, mind-controlling star earning accolades on Broadway. In Britain he’s a huge (GIGANTIC, REALLY BIG!) star and a household name. People in the United States are starting to fall under Brown’s spell, which you can sample right now on Netflix, which picked up some of his U.K. specials. In addition to his many stage and TV shows and series, he’s also written a number of book for both magicians and the public. Derren is an incredibly talented and likable man, and even Chloe Olewitz fell under his spell when she interviewed him for our cover story.

Oh boy, did we have a convention … a big convention! 30 artists, 640 attendees. I’m still tired. You can read all about why you should have been there this month.

It is the time of year when the new tricks from Tenyo sneak out into your editor’s hands before their general release outside Japan. The Tenyo 2020 has six tricks, most great, and I’ll give you the guided tour, which includes the official demonstration vides.

Alexander de Cova is a most clever fellow. When I read this month’s installment of his column “Notizen,” I saw a thing of genius. A simple alteration in the cutting of the secret slot in a coin envelope has created an achingly clever template for folding the bill you insert within into eighths. Quickly, too, and no monkey business from the front.

Do you like the idea of the “Card Duck,” but are rather less excited about the daffy-looking apparatus? (See what I did there?) Jim Steinmeyer conjures up an Origami-inspired method that does not require a decoy … or a Daffy Duck.

Roberto Mansilla traces the cracks between pieces of pottery, and wonders if the material used to fill them is more important than the original piece, and how this intersects with the notion of filling in the moments in tricks that are normally empty.

It’s an amazing thing when you can roll a Sharpie over a face-up card on the table and it changes as the marker moves across the face. Jeff Prace explains this more-than-worthwhile addition by Jeremiah Zuo to a classic card sleight in “Left-Handed.”

Did you eat glue or paste as a kid? I did. Sometimes Playdoh, too. And once in kindergarten even sand from the sandbox. Anyway, David Kaye has some fun with Oreo cookies, kids, and white glue (non-toxic, of course) in “The Expert at the Kids’ Table.”

From Germany we have yet another odd essay by Helge Thun, whose meandering thoughts this time run to the topic of CONTROL, said in all caps and with a big hearty yell.

In “Cardopolis,” David Britland takes a look at three items Malini was known to perform and speculates—as is often necessary with Malini, a man who set up elaborate climaxes to tricks (tricks that people would remember their entire lives) which he sometimes never got around to performing. Sometimes with a pork chop.

I saw something in these pages this month that made me look twice, and then again—a strange gimmick which you can find in John Gaughan’s “Chamber of Secrets.” If you have a few ribs removed, it might make you a star with a billiard ball act.
This month Jonathan Friedman does something in “Magicana” that is unusual: he devotes the whole column to one person. Who has the creativity and talent to carry that off? Why it’s Nathan Kranzo!

Yes, we have news in “The Eye”; yes, we have reviews of books, tricks, and videos from Tom Frame, Danny Orleans, and Ryan Matney. WHO WRITES FOR GENII? More Stars Than There are in the Heavens. Tom Stone Jim Steinmeyer David Kaye Max Maven Dani DaOrtiz David Britland Jon Racherbaumer Jeff Prace Jonathan Pendragon Kainoa Harbottle Helder Guimarães John Gaughan John Lovick Dustin Stinett Danny Orleans John Guastaferro 80 YEARS ...

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