The nature of the variety arts is such that there have always been, and shall always be, unsung heroes. I can tick off a list of performers who had significant impact on me in the course of my life in magic, whose names would mostly be recognized by locals who shared the same geography.
On the first weekend of January, my partner, Ann Coleman, and I took my twin stepsons, Dexter and Grayson, now 14 years old, to Los Angeles for a three-day adventure, in the concluding days of their winter break before returning to ninth grade. This was the “J-Pa Knows A Guy” road trip (a sort of running family joke about me), that included magic, music, meals and more.
Spending time with Luis, I quickly became aware of his intelligence, passion, knowledge of magic, and what I can only describe as a deeply artistic spirit. He is very much a product of the influence of Tamariz and the Spanish School, but also, like Juan, he has tremendous experience as both a stage and television performer.
"When it comes to card magic at the dawn of the twenty-first century, it’s the Spaniards’ world, and we just live in it. ... Woody Aragón is an innovative thinker about card magic, deeply influenced by his mentor Tamariz, but like a number of these creative acolytes, he has developed a substantial body of original work, and is an accomplished performer in live venues and on television in his native Spain."
This is in fact a set of two books, written by Mike Caveney, and issued together as a package. ... They comprise a record of his entire body of work as a performer—his creative performing legacy—and deliver an invaluable and timeless collection for present and future generations of magic and magicians. And they are a joy to read.
Jamy Ian Swiss returns home to visit New York City, one of the magic capitols of the world, and spends his nights taking in distinctive magic performances from Noah Levine, Derek Delgaudio and Derren Brown.
Get an early preview of two soon-to-be-released titles from Ben Earl—Less is More (book) and Real Ace Cutting (DVD): “Both are filled with techniques that are sophisticated, utilitarian, and well described, while being executed by an accomplished expert.”
Detailed reviews by Jamy Ian Swiss of not one but two recent titles by Roberto Giobbi: Stand-Up Card Magic and Hidden Agenda.
In this month's Lyon's Den feature, Jamy Ian Swiss dives into the thoughtful and textured plots and innovative methods of So Sato, Discover "The Secrets of So Sato" by So Sato and Richard Kaufman.
In the December Lyon's Den feature, Jamy Ian Swiss reviews The Aretalogy of Vanni Bossi by Stephen Minch, and explores the innovative methods, clever sleight-of-hand, and magical plots created by the Italian maestro of close-up magic, Vanni Bossi.