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Two words for this week’s Take Two: Channing Pollock. Jamy Ian Swiss discusses the often-imitated dove worker who’s inimitable performance set the standard for excellence... in fact, one dares to say, perfection. 

Submitted Tue, 03/05/2019

How amazing? Jamy Ian Swiss declares this to be “a book of coin magic that reflects genuine innovation, useful sleights, and beautiful magic routines—a substantial and unarguably important addition to the literature of coin magic.”

Submitted Wed, 02/27/2019

To accompany his latest download on the Card on Ceiling, Jamy Ian Swiss provides this essay as “liner notes” to explore the powerful impact of this classic effect. He shares personal insights, observations... and some great stories.

Submitted Tue, 02/12/2019

Join Jamy Ian Swiss as he casts a look back at the work of Larry Jennings, a technical innovator with “monster chops,” and an amateur magician who left a substantial impact on the world of sleight-of-hand magic.

Submitted Mon, 02/04/2019

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

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.

Submitted Thu, 11/15/2018

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

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.”

Submitted Fri, 10/19/2018

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

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