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.
It’s a big one! If you have any interest in card magic, then you must read this double review by Jamy Ian Swiss of Denis Behr’s recent book Handcrafted Card Magic Vol. 3 and four-disc DVD set Magic on Tap. In a word, it’s all about… taste.
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.
They're here... all ten crates, weighing nearly 4,500 lbs (over 2,000 kg), of moving pictures, arriving in Toronto.
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.
To change or to top change... is that the question? Either way, if you have any interest in sleight-of-hand card technique, you will want to read Jamy Ian Swiss’s review of “the first book dedicated entirely to a study of the Top Change, its variants and their proper execution.”
Magicana is delighted to announce our acquisition of the McIlhany Film Archive of historical magic film and videos.
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.
“How long? Believe it or not, a long time. In fact, Johnny’s known me longer than I’ve known Johnny...” Julie Eng looks back on her long friendship with magical legend Johnny Thompson.
Authors Jim Steinmeyer and Peter Lamont take on The Secret History of Magic exploring and dispelling myths long associated with magic and its history. Is this book for you? Jamy Ian Swiss shares his thoughts in the latest Lyons Den review.