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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. www.geniimagazine.com

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.

geniimagazine.com 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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As this is our October issue, our cover story is suitably bizarre. A petite girl in an oddly dated dress, a ratty doll her only companion. She rarely speaks, but twitches frequently. She brings evil. She is the most famous bizarre magician in the world, and her name is The Sacred Riana. She is also a construct—the end product of a team of creatives and producers looking to recast an ordinary female magician into an attention-getting shriek show. It worked. After many months of failed attempts, I was finally allowed to interview The Sacred Riana … but she refused to speak. Instead, her disheveled doll named Riani spoke for her. Well, how much is a doll going to say?

Coverage of MAGIC Live by our two Associate Editors, Dustin Stinett and Chloe Olewitz.

We see a lot of people doing the Linking Rings, but we rarely read innovative new material with them. (The recent "Hevia Proof" published here was an exception.) This month Jim Steinmeyer, gives us something new and good with the rings in "Conjuring."

You don’t see a lot of magic with silks published or performed these days, as Jonathan Neal pointed out several months ago in his column. And if we did publish a silk trick, you would not expect it to come from Roberto Mansilla. A Halloween surprise, perhaps?

David Britland meets Mickey MacDougall in "Cardopolis" and wrestles with one of his Ace assemblies.

If I toss out the phrase “Card Tripod,” you would most likely look at me oddly. John Gaughan knows what a Card Tripod is, and he lets you into his "Chamber of Secrets" to find out.

Linking Finger Ring routines are widely popular and have been so for a decades. Many variations have been published and they differ widely in the details. I particularly like the five-ring version Jonathan Neal shares this month in "Secrets Within Secrets."

My new book Tricks for Toddlers is coming out next week. In it I reveal the secret to my success … change diapers rarely, lots of sugary drinks, and mucho screen time. Ahem. It should be obvious that I know nothing about doing tricks for toddlers, but the world’s best kids magician does, and that’s the subject of David Kaye’s column this month.

Ben Williams balances something on his fingertip in "Left-Handed."

Alexander de Cova knows a lot about the psychology of magic, and this month digs deep into what we call a “false transfer” in "Notizen."

"The Eye" brings us interesting news from the world of magic via Ms. Olewitz, and books, videos, and tricks are reviewed by David Britland, Joe M. Turner, and John Lovick.

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On the cover of Genii this month is Tom Gagnon, a man of many talents. Now in his seventies, he has spent the last 40 years doing a deep dive into card techniques using a ribbon spread. Stated coldly like that, it sounds about as exciting as warm ice cream, but in fact there’s brilliance at work here. Tom does things that are radically different which deeply fool magicians. You don’t see any monkey business, and I’ll prove it to you. In addition to the story, written by Jon Racherbaumer, we’re printing three items of Tom’s. Watch the videos before you read the methods.

Columns this month? We got ’em. Al Schneider does some thinking about styles of magic and then explains an exciting handling of “Expansion of Texture”; Hannibal goes west, part 2, in which he enters B-movie hell in real life; John Bannon smacks the one-ahead principle upside the head with his routine “Infinitum”; Mike Caveney introduces us to Charles Carter’s son, and the phrase “assititus”; Andi Gladwin goes pro on the subject of “bootstrapping”; Traipsing across four pages of newsiness is Chloe Olewitz as our watcher in “The Eye.” We end with reviews of books, videos, and tricks by David Britland, Shiv Duggal, and David Regal. And I guarantee that reading this issue will make your August more pleasing.

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Wednesday October 2
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm Extra Charge Workshop with Hector Mancha
3:00 pm: Registration Opens
3:00 pm to 8:00 pm Dealers Open
7:00 pm to 7:45 pm Tom Gagnon LECTURE
8:00 pm to 8:45 pm Paul Vigil LECTURE
9:00 pm to 9:20 pm Sara Crasson LECTURE
9:30 pm to 10:15 pm Jonathan Neal LECTURE
10:30 pm to 11:15 pm Akira Fujii LECTURE

Thursday October 3
8:00 am: Registration Opens
12:00 pm to 7:00 pm Dealers Open
8:30 am to 9:15 am Ian Kendall BASIC TRAINING BREAKFAST
10:00 am to 10:45 am Mickaël Chatelain LECTURE
11:00 am to 12:00 pm Hector Mancha LECTURE
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm 49 Boxes
1:45 pm to 2:30 pm Jim Steinmeyer LECTURE
2:45 pm to 3:45 pm Paul Vigil ONE MAN SHOW
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm Nick Diffatte ONE MAN SHOW
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm 49 Boxes
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm GALA SHOW
Rob Zabrecky, Lucy Darling, Hector Mancha
9:00 pm to 10:00 pm Eric Jones
10:15 pm to 11:00 pm Rob Zabrecky Spiritualism LECTURE

Friday October 4
12:00 pm to 7:00 pm Dealers Open
8:30 am to 9:15 am Ian Kendall BASIC TRAINING BREAKFAST
9:30 am to 10:30 am Gaëtan Bloom LECTURE
10:45 am to 11:45 am Bill Cheung FISM ACT and LECTURE
11:45 am to 12:45 pm 49 Boxes
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm CLOSE-UP SHOW 1
Your Host: Michael Weber
Michael Vincent, Hector Mancha, Alexandra Duvivier, Akira Fujii
3:15 pm to 4:00 pm Hannibal ONE MAN SHOW
4:15 pm to 6:00 pm Penn & Teller
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm 49 Boxes
8:00 pm to 10:10 pm GALA SHOW
Your Host: Pat Hazell
Pat Hazell, Jonathan Neal, Jonathan Pendragon
10:45 pm to 11:35 pm Piff the Magic Dragon Late Show For Adults

Saturday October 5
12:00 am to 7:00 pm Dealers Open
8:15 am to 9:00 am BASIC TRAINING BREAKFAST Ian Kendall
9:15 am to 10:15 pm David Kaye SHOW/LECTURE
10:30 am to 11:30 am Michael Vincent LECTURE
11:30 am to 12:30 pm 49 Boxes
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm CLOSE-UP SHOW 2
Your Host: Michael Weber
John Lovick, Gaëtan Bloom, Anna DeGuzman, Eric Jones
2:45 pm to 3:30 pm Dominique and Alexandra Duvivier DUO SHOW
4:00 pm to 4:50 pm Ben Seidman ONE MAN SHOW
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm 49 Boxes
7:00 pm to 9:15 pm GALA SHOW
Your Hosts: Nick Diffatte and Lucy Darling
Romany, David Kovac, Jay Johnson, John Archer
9:45 pm to 10:45 pm Dominique Duvivier LECTURE

Sunday October 6
Extra Charge Workshops (Traditions)
9:00 am to 12:00 pm Tom Gagnon
LUNCH 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Max Maven

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I was reading the New York Times in early January when I happened upon the story of Olmedini El Mago and Jaime Permuth, the photographer who befriended Olmedini years earlier. Olmedini is an elderly magician, and New York City’s subways are his preferred stage. This is elderly magician is blind. He is remarkable man doing dove productions on the subway! Chloe Olewitz rode the rails and tells us the tale.

A famous female magician of the past, Suzy Wandas grew up in the early 1900s in Brussels, Belgium, went into circus work early on (no school for these kids). Listen to this good luck: she met T. Nelson Downs in 1906 and got some tips on handling; in 1910 she saw LeRoy, Talma, and Bosco. It was Talma who caught her attention and she decided to become a manipulator. Shortly after 1911, she met José Frakson, who manipulated cigarettes. Yes, she was young, but she got a lot of practice because she started early. She performed throughout Europe for many decades, eventually marrying Dr. Zina B. Bennett and moving to the United States late in life. I’m fairly certain most of you know little to nothing about Suzy Wandas, so let’s fix that. She was said to be one of the greatest manipulators of her day. Dustin Stinett wrangled the original text into shape for you.

Not done yet. On June 14th, not uncoincidentally Flag Day, David Copperfield performed a magical playlet about Americana and the Star-Spangled Banner at the Smithsonian Museum of American History here in Washington, D.C. How can you perform an illusion with an enormous piece of fabric that is so fragile it’s in a sealed low-oxygen room you cannot enter? David, along with his behind-the-scenes sprites Chris Kenner and Homer Liwag, managed something almost impossible. David tells us more about it, through our Genii spirit guide Ms. Olewitz, along with photos and video.

The rest of our columnists are here, toiling through the heat and humidity for your pleasure. In Jim Steinmeyer’s “Conjuring,” cards fly from one place to another with no sleight of hand; in Jonathan Neal’s “Secrets Within Secrets,” the handiest man in magic explains how to make acro cards; David Britland will explain how to but to the four Aces without breaking a sweat in “Cardopolis”; John Gaughan’s prize this month in “Chamber of Secrets” is something he knows nothing about; David Kaye doesn’t get enough space in “The Expert at the Kid’s Table” to really explain how to create magic from scratch; Jeff Prace explains some sort of fancy envelope thingy in “Left-Handed”; Helge Thun says something in German about “Secrets”; Chloe Olewitz brings us the latest in magic from around the world in “The Eye”; we wrap it up with reviews of books, tricks, and videos from Tom Frame, Brad Henderson, and Ryan Matney. Keep your sweat to yourself—we’re only halfway through summer.

Penn & Teller Show Off a Lying, Cheating, Swindling Card Trick

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Meeting this month’s cover subject, Ton Onosaka, in the early 1980s was the start of an extremely long friendship between us that lasts to this day. He is now 86. I began working with Ton closely in 1985 (at age 25) and his wisdom and manner of approaching life was markedly different than anyone I’d met before. He did not lecture, but taught by example. As if by osmosis, the more time you spend with Ton, the more you learn about how to live life in a generous manner. Ton is perhaps the most truly altruistic person I’ve ever met. He wants nothing for himself, only to give to others. Only to help others learn about life and magic, for magic is his greatest love (next to his wife Mama-san). He leads you in a gentle way toward a path of learning that is difficult to fully grasp until you’ve personally felt it. I am not special—everyone loves Ton; every Japanese boy and girl he’s introduced to magic and nurtured until they blossom with their own thinking about magic; every magician from the West whom he’s brought to Japan to plant seeds from which Japanese magicians can then grow; and pretty much every one of you. For without Ton, there would be virtually no books on Japanese magic in English. Few of the group of Japanese magicians he mentored would have come to the west. He is mostly responsible for the cross pollination between magicians in Japan and the United States and Europe, which has been extremely influential to both cultures. For all of this he asks nothing. This issue we celebrate Ton with an interview conducted by Max Maven and the publication of Ton’s original version of the card index (which you can make at home).

Connie Boyd was one of the early female solo magicians in Las Vegas, and she is well remembered for, among other things, a beautiful floating ball routine where she surprisingly floated up to the ball at the end. While still performing, most of her time is spent teaching and organizing her female recruits who she has coached into full-time illusionists and sent out on the road in their own shows. Chloe Olewitz floats up to Ms. Boyd for a few questions.

Al Schneider’s latest “Broadcast from Nowhere” explains yet another wonderful routine, this time with bills; In “Classic Correspondence” Mike Caveney writes about the shameless crazy Alexander (the guy who knows); Dr. Gustav Kuhn completes his three-part series on science and magic by asking how one can advance the other; Hannibal goes West (Part One) in “Happiness is the Road”; In Part Four of “Going Pro,” Andi Gladwin takes a look at how some of his friends did exactly that; John Bannon describes a great trick by Cameron Francis in this month’s “Dealing With It”; In “Magicana” Jonathan Friedman divulges a coin routine that will make you cry, and Bob Farmer’s latest bit of cleverness, for which we supply the prop; our monthly features round out the issue: “Knights at the Magic Castle,” “On the Slant,” “The Eye,” and “Light from the Lamp” with reviews by Francis Menotti (books), Danny Orleans (tricks), and Nathan Coe March (videos). Counting down to the Genii Convention in just a few months!

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