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BY JAMY IAN SWISS | Welcome to Take TwoEvery Friday I'll be posting a pair of magic performance videos, accompanied by commentary—in essence a projection of curation—with a goal to pen 52 posts. I encourage non-magicians to enjoy these clips along with the magic community, as I intend to avoid outright discussion of methods. All this is subject to some adjustment over time and experience, but these are the goals at the start. 

He's so good, we need another look! See a trio of clips in the Lyons Den for this week's Take Two, featuring the exceptional close-up magic of Albert Goshman.

Submitted Thu, 05/18/2017

Who is the greatest close-up magic entertainer you’ve seen? Tough one? Not for Lyons Den author, Jamy Ian Swiss. Meet his favorite in this week’s Take Two.

Submitted Thu, 05/11/2017

A masterful and inventive sleight-of-hand artist who redefined close-up magic for a generation of performers in New York City and around the world. Taking a closer look at Derek Dingle.

Submitted Fri, 05/05/2017

What makes a legend, well, a legend? Jamy Ian Swiss looks at one such celebrated and revered magician, the remarkable Michael Skinner. 

Submitted Thu, 04/27/2017

The continuation of Jamy Ian Swiss’ exploration of modern magic busking—that is, street magic—and how those traditions have forged some of magic’s more memorable performers.

Submitted Fri, 04/14/2017

This week's Take Two looks at performers whose "stage" is the street—from 1502, to the 1970s, and right up to the present day. 

Submitted Fri, 04/07/2017

Take Two treats you to a master class session on the Not So Ancient, Maybe Not So Chinese, Linking Rings. Learn the value of presenting classics of magic.

Submitted Thu, 03/30/2017

In this week's instalment, Jamy explores the magical innovations of a true creative genius, French magician, Gaëtan Bloom. 

Submitted Fri, 03/24/2017

This week, Jamy Ian Swiss reflects on an extraordinary pair of performers, “who blasted the doors off of Las Vegas to make way for the revolution in magic’s popularity”—the dynamic team known as Siegfried & Roy.

Submitted Fri, 03/17/2017

Although card flourishes have been a part of card magic for a long time, the world of cardistry is relatively young. But is it magic or juggling? Or both?

Submitted Thu, 03/09/2017

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