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Welcome to the Lyons Den Archive. This is a compendium of thirty-six product reviews, along with additional essays, all written by Jamy Ian Swiss. In 2016, Jamy began contributing to the Lyons Den column and the result is this intensely-packed, insightful and, sometimes provocative collection of writing. 

The essays take on a more personal journey as Jamy reflects on magic, how it is presented to the public, and what impact that has on the general view of magic today. The product reviews are more direct: they are deep analytical dives by the author, and surface as fully-explored breakdowns, offering readers insightful consideration.

Where to begin?

Follow the reviews, as they were posted here. Or, if you're looking for a particular title or author, perhaps you will find the two alphabetical indexes below useful. Either way, we are confident you will find the Lyons Den essays by Jamy insightful and interesting, and, most of all, informative. Enjoy!

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Visit the Lyons Den’s twin compendium; Take Two, The Collection, where you will find seventy-one rich and colourful essays by Jamy Ian Swiss. Here, the author shares his thoughts and insights on the appreciation for the performance of magic using two or more magic videos to illustrate.

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LYONS DEN ARCHIVE INDEX

ALPHABETICAL LIST BY TITLE

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A

A, B, Z’s of Magic by Rob Zabrecky

A Few Nights of Magic by Jamy Ian Swiss

The Aretalogy of Vanni Bossi by Stephen Minch

 

B

The Buena Vista Shuffle Club by Matt Baker

 

C

The Card Magic of Edward G. Brown by Trevor Hall

Coins and Other Fables by Luis Piedrahita

The Cups and Balls and Me by Jamy Ian Swiss

 

D

Diary of a Prison Magician by Joshua Jay

The Dream Card Revisited by David Malek

 

E

Eugene Burger: From Beyond by Lawrence Hass and Eugene Burger

 

G

Giacomo Bertini’s System for Amazement by Stephen Minch

 

H

Handcrafted Card Magic, Volume 3 by Denis Behr

The Performance Pieces & Divertissements of the Famous Handsome Jack, etc. AKA Handsome Jack, etc. by Handsome Jack, John Lovick

Hidden Agenda by Roberto Giobbi

How To Make Love the Steve Spill Way by Steve Spill

 

I

Interpreting Magic by David Regal

Is Wax Tacky (Card on Ceiling—DVD) by Jamy Ian Swiss

 

J

The Jerx, Volume One

Jack Adams — AKA Merlin by Jamy Ian Swiss

The "J-Pa Knows a Guy" Tour by Jamy Ian Swiss

 

L

Less is More by Benjamin Earl

 

M

Magic Is My Weed by Steve Spill 

Magic on Tap—Denis Behr [DVDs]

The Magic Rainbow by Juan Tamariz

Memorandum by Woody Aragón

 

P
 

The Paradigm Shift, Volume One, The Paradigm Shift,
Volume Two by Michael Close

Handsome Jack—The Performance Pieces &
Divertissements of the Famous Handsome Jack, etc.
AKA Handsome Jack, etc. by Handsome Jack, John
Lovick

 

R


Real Ace Cutting [DVD] by Benjamin Earl

Repertoire by Asi Wind with John Lovick

 

S

Scripting Magic 2 by Pete McCabe

A Secret Has Two Faces by A. Bandit

The Secret History of Magic: The True Story of  the Deceptive Art by Peter Lamont and Jim Steinmeyer

The Secrets of So Sato by So Sato & Richard Kaufman

Standup Card Magic by Roberto Giobbi

Study Guide—to The Card Magic of Edward G. Brown by Andi Gladwin 

 

T

 

The T.O.M. Epiphany by Michael Close

To Your Credit by Harapan Ong

The Top Change: Monarch of Card Sleights by “Magic” Christian Stelzel

The Trickster Spirit by Robert E. Neale

 

U

The Ultimate Ten-Card Poker Deal by David Malek

 

W

Wonders & The Conference Illusions by Mike Caveney

 

Alphabetical Listing By Author

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A

Memorandum by Woody Aragón

A Secret Has Two Faces by A. Bandit

 

B

The Buena Vista Shuffle Club by Matt Baker

Handcrafted Card Magic, Volume 3 by Denis Behr

Magic on Tap—Denis Behr [DVDs]

Eugene Burger: From Beyond by Lawrence Hass and Eugene Burger

 

C

Wonders & The Conference Illusions by Mike Caveney
 

The Paradigm Shift, Volume One, The Paradigm Shift,
Volume Two by Michael Close

The T.O.M. Epiphany by Michael Close

 

E

Less is More by Benjamin Earl


Real Ace Cutting [DVD] by Benjamin Earl

 

G

Hidden Agenda by Roberto Giobbi

Standup Card Magic by Roberto Giobbi

Study Guide—to The Card Magic of Edward G. Brown by Andi Gladwin 

 

H


The Card Magic of Edward G. Brown by Trevor Hall
 

Performance Pieces & Divertissements of the Famous Handsome Jack, etc. AKA Handsome Jack, etc. by Handsome Jack, John Lovick


Eugene Burger: From Beyond by Lawrence Hass and Eugene Burger

 

J

Diary of a Prison Magician by Joshua Jay

 

K

The Secrets of So Sato by So Sato & Richard Kaufman

 

L

The Secret History of Magic: The True Story of  the Deceptive Art by Peter Lamont and Jim Steinmeyer

Performance Pieces & Divertissements of the Famous Handsome Jack, etc. AKA Handsome Jack, etc. by Handsome Jack, John Lovick

Repertoire by Asi Wind with John Lovick

 

M

The Dream Card Revisited by David Malek

The Ultimate Ten-Card Poker Deal by David Malek

Scripting Magic 2 by Pete McCabe

The Aretalogy of Vanni Bossi by Stephen Minch

Giacomo Bertini’s System for Amazement by Stephen Minch

 

N

The Trickster Spirit by Robert E. Neale

 

O

To Your Credit by Harapan Ong

 

P

Coins and Other Fables by Luis Piedrahita

 

R

Interpreting Magic by David Regal

 

S

The Secrets of So Sato by So Sato & Richard Kaufman

How To Make Love the Steve Spill Way by Steve Spill

Magic Is My Weed by Steve Spill

The Secret History of Magic: The True Story of the 
Deceptive Art
 by Peter Lamont and Jim Steinmeyer

The Top Change: Monarch of Card Sleights by “Magic” Christian Stelzel

The Cups and Balls and Me by Jamy Ian Swiss

Jack Adams — AKA Merlin by Jamy Ian Swiss

Is Wax Tacky (Card on Ceiling DVD) by Jamy Ian Swiss

The "J-Pa Knows a Guy" Tour by Jamy Ian Swiss

 

T

The Magic Rainbow by Juan Tamariz

 

Repertoire by Asi Wind with John Lovick

 

Z

A, B, Z’s of Magic by Rob Zabrecky