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Welcome to the Take Two archive, a rich and colourful collection of essays by Jamy Ian Swiss. The project was originally conceived to share the author’s insights on the appreciation for the art of magic. The archive houses seventy-one articles that examine the specific forms, or individual styles of magic and magicians, using two or more curatorial choices of magic videos to illustrate.

We invite you to dive in, at the beginning, or work your way backward, or if you are looking for a specific magician, perhaps, try one of these indexes.

In this, the seventy-first and final installment of the Take Two series by Jamy Ian Swiss, we get a glimpse of the prolific and ever-mysterious cardician, Ed Marlo.

Submitted Wed, 01/15/2020

“In 1976, I saw ten minutes of close-up magic that would, literally, change my life.” In this week’s Take Two, discover more about Jamy Ian Swiss’s friendship with Peter Samelson and how that association of more than forty years has born fruit in countless ways. 

Submitted Fri, 01/03/2020

In this installment of Take Two, Jamy Ian Swiss takes a slightly different approach and introduces you to his long-time friend and collaborator, Eric Mead—a man who performs beautiful magic, and a man with a lot of ideas. 

Submitted Tue, 10/29/2019

Meet one magic’s favorite sons: a veteran pro, a tremendously talented sleight-of-hand artist, and a magicians’ magician, John Carney.

Submitted Fri, 08/23/2019

There is no other magician quite like Rocco. Learn more about this unusual and creative performer as Jamy Ian Swiss introduces you to the Rocco Experience.

Submitted Mon, 07/08/2019

In this week’s Take Two, Jamy Ian Swiss showcases one of magic’s all-time greats—Juan Tamariz. Tamariz has had a profound influence on more than one generation of magicians. Find out what makes him so especial.

Submitted Wed, 06/05/2019

In this week’s Take Two, Jamy Ian Swiss takes a look back at the uniquely inventive magician, the late John Cornelius.

Submitted Thu, 05/02/2019

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

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

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