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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. 

In 1978 Jamy Ian Swiss thought "I may not know who this guy is, but I know I just saw one of the world’s greatest magicians."

Submitted Fri, 06/23/2017

The Canadian cardician who became known as “The Charming Cheat.” This week’s Take Two looks at the masterful sleight-of-hand of the late Martin Nash. 

Submitted Thu, 06/08/2017

Joseph Dunninger said, “If there’s a better all round magician I have yet to discover him!” Find out who he was talking about in this week’s instalment of Take Two.

Submitted Fri, 06/02/2017

A closer look at the magnetic and unforgettable character who had Jamy Ian Swiss "repeatedly fooled, up, down and sideways." Dive into the magical world of Del Ray. 

Submitted Mon, 05/29/2017

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

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