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Something really good….for free?

It’s not often that something really good comes along for free in magic. Tricks and effects aren’t cheap – and quite right as you’re buying secrets and often many years of development. But here’s something that really is free and invaluable if you love magic. Josh Jay at Vanishing Inc has spent three years putting together an ebook, “Magic In Mind”, with some of the greatest writers in magic:

Tommy Wonder
Charles Reynolds
Simon Aronson
Paul Harris
John Carney
Jamy Ian Swiss
Dariel Fitzke
Peter Samelson
Derren Brown
Michael Close
Pit Hartling
Eugene Burger
S.H. Sharpe
René Lavand
Robert-Houdin
Henning Nelms
Juan Tamariz
Rick Johnsson
Tom Stone
Darwin Ortiz
Milt Kort
Arturo de Ascanio
David Regal
Doug Conn
Ken Weber
David Kaye
Roberto Giobbi
Eberhard Riese
Brian Brushwood
Teller
Whit Haydn
Max Maven
Nevil Maskelyne

Trust me when I say you need to get this. It’s free. It’s inspiring. Get it here:

http://www.vanishingincmagic.com/magic-downloads/free-magic-downloads/magic-in-mind/

I don’t really like to use this blog to sell stuff on behalf of others but, hey, this is free and Josh is a decent guy and he’s put this together for the right reasons.

Enjoy.

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A new host and hopefully more blogs

The old Tricktopia hosting site, Posterous, is about to shut down at the end of April so I’ve moved back to WordPress. With the move come an impetus to really keep this blog alive once more. 

We’ve just finished another sell out run of An Evening of Deception so that’s given me a push to write some more stuff. 

Thanks for bearing with me – those of you that actually read this stuff.

Stay Tuned

Steve

Annual update

Like so many blogs this one has fallen by the wayside. Why? To be honest, it’s time. The best intentions I had at the beginning were fuelled by a lot happening for me with magic. But the last year it’s gone quiet because I’ve been tied up with the other things in my life. No bad reasons – family, work, music etc.

BUT, last year was good for magic. The Session was a blast – the Chris Kenner interview was fascinating. And the sell-out run of An Evening of Deception was our best yet. In fact, we’re back again this year – so here’s a plug. Check out the Facebook page for An Evening of Deception for details about the new show.  

This week I’m off to see one of our great performers from last years show, Peter Clifford, in his regular Christmas Show at The Tobacco Factory in Bristol. Pete’s magic is always original and this year’s show, Magic Matters, has attracted some great reviews.

Next weekend the Session is back in Cheltenham and it’ll be great to catch up with some friends who I only see once a year! Some great performers this year as well.

Maybe I’ll get back to writing stuff from my hobbyist point of view again soon. I know what I’ve written in the past has been enjoyed by many and irrritated a precious few. That, to me, is a success!

Bye for now.

 

 

 

Getting ready to Session?

I mentioned this in my last post, but this time The Session really is nearly here – just five days away in fact. For the first time in decades, an international magic convention is taking place in Cheltenham, the birthplace of the legendary victorian magician, JN Maskelyne.

For those of us interested in magic, the line-up is going to be difficult to top. My friend, and fabulous local magician, Andi Gladwin, has worked really hard with co-organiser, New York magician, Joshua Jay, to bring a fantastic line-up to the session. 

Over the past few days I’ve been working on the event that I’m helping out with – interviewing Las Vegas magician, Chris Kenner. Chris is a major influence on magic today and will be here to pick up the Session’s Lifetime Achievement award. Not bad considering he’s not yet 50. He’s made major strides in shaping modern magic – starting as a close up and stand up magic comedian to now working as David Copperfield’s Executive Producer. He’s also supportive of young magicians – again shaping the future of magic. But he’s also blatantly outspoken about what is right and wrong with magic today, so expect a home truths. 

Such is his influence, and the calibre of the other performers (I’m really looking forward to seeing Dani Daortiz from Spain as well as Penn and Teller Fool Us magician’s John Archer and Piff The Magic Dragon) that magicians are flying in from around the world to be in Cheltenham.

Anyway, back to the research…

 

 

The Session Convention is nearly here

It’s regular date in my calendar now and The Session is back in January. Organised by my good friend, and all round top magician, Andi Gladwin it’s a fantastic two day event and in 2012 will move to a new venue in Cheltenham. Closer to home. Nice. Magicians fly in from all over the world to be there – it’s a real chance to see the cream of the conjuring crop. Regular readers will know that last year I interviewed David Berglas at the Session for their lifetime achievement award. I’m more than pleased to say that I’ll be doing the same again for this year’s recipient, Chris Kenner. Chris is a major influence in magic today – notable for his incredible close-up work, he went on to become the Executive Producer for David Copperfield in Las Vegas. He’s also passionate about encouraging young people to get into and improve their magic. I’m really looking forward to finding out more about his life and views on magic. I’m reading as much as I can about his work at the moment and, even though I’m not a finger flicking sleight of hand artist, I know it’s going to a great event. See you there?