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The cheerful ironic distance, the stellar sleight of hand, the palpable intellect behind the sesquipedalian banter... Jamy Ian Swiss pays tribute to magic legend Ricky Jay.

Submitted Tue, 11/27/2018

Jamy Ian Swiss looks back at his early influences in magic: visiting Tannen’s, joining the famous Saturday-afternoon crowd at Governor's, and watching and learning from one of the chief-holders-of-court ... Harry Lorayne.

Submitted Thu, 11/08/2018

In this Take Two, Jamy Ian Swiss remembers the legendary Pat Page: a classic sleight-of-hand performer with sharp and funny banter packed in an outsized, charming and memorable character.

Submitted Fri, 11/02/2018

Jamy Ian Swiss remembers a true master of cabaret magic, Paul Potassy, in this week’s Take Two. If you didn’t know Potassy, you need to read this post. If you did know him, enjoy Jamy’s wonderful reflection of a fine gentleman and great magician.

Submitted Fri, 10/05/2018

With the release of the second printing of The Magic of Johnny Thompson, Jamy Ian Swiss takes a close look at five of the master’s choicest classic routines in the latest Take Two.

Submitted Mon, 09/10/2018

On July 2nd, 2018, magic lost one of its favorite sons. The professional magician, Brian Gillis, passed away from complications due to open heart surgery, the result of a major heart attack suffered two weeks prior. He was 71 years old. 

Submitted Wed, 07/11/2018

Silvan’s performing record as a “general practitioner” reflects a tremendously accomplished career, including as the author of a dozen books for both magicians and the public, not to mention the sale of more than a million magic kits for beginners.

Submitted Tue, 05/01/2018

What accounts for the longevity of this classic? A recent survey has been touted that suggests that the public supposedly dislikes the classics of magic. The results of this survey mean—well, absolutely nothing to me, because the survey simply measures participants’ preconceived notions about magic. I, for one, have no interest in creating art based on random surveys or focus groups; I’ll leave that to lousy summer blockbuster movies.

Submitted Tue, 04/24/2018

Dai Vernon described Charlie Miller as one of the best card handlers he had ever encountered. Although the two were a generation apart in age, they began a friendship that would last through their lifetimes. Miller would become a remarkable magical maestro in his own right.

Submitted Tue, 02/20/2018

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. 

Submitted Thu, 02/08/2018

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