Bored Magician 3.16.2017

March 16, 2017

Derek Delgaudio in the New York Times

Jonah Weiner | New York Times

"DelGaudio, who is 32, has lived in Los Angeles since his 20s. A few years ago, Disney charged him with brainstorming magic-based attractions for its theme parks. He also worked as a consultant on Christopher Nolan’s magic-focused film, “The Prestige,” and, for one stage show, as an assistant to the masterful Ricky Jay, who turned his own prodigious gifts for banter and prestidigitation — not to mention an encyclopedic knowledge of magic history — into a run of hit shows and beloved books. Jay gave magic a newfound degree of artistic respectability, a feat that DelGaudio wants to achieve, too, in his own way. His admirers have come to include magicians’ magicians, like Eric Mead and Michael Weber, a mentor and business partner of Jay’s who told me, “When it comes to a deck of playing cards, I’d put Derek up against almost anyone.”"

READ The Magician Who Wants to Break Magic

Magical Thinking in the New Yorker

Reading is often the best cure for begin a #BoredMagician. The New Yorker has assembled some of its pieces related to magic and magicians. According to David Remnick:

Magic is alluring twice over. Watching a great trick, you think, How did they do that? Then—if you’re a certain kind of person—you wonder, Could I do it, too? The thrill of mystery meets the promise of mastery. This week, we bring you stories about magicians, their craft, and their fans. 

READ A Pickpocket's Tale


READ Secrets of the Magus

READ The Real Work

READ The Hofzinser Club