Tag: Inside Magic Favorite

Magician and Teacher Jay Sankey Rocks

This will seem like more like an endorsement than Magic News.  And it is an endorsement but not paid or even asked for by Jay Sankey.

Mr. Sankey has released, by our last count, a billion or more effects on the market and has very effective email and Twitter campaigns.  It could be that he also is in Instasnap, Facegroup or the other sites the kids use to share important selfies and ponderings about their selfies but we don’t have accounts on those services because we are very old – at least over 24 – and so are, as the kids say, “not down with them.”

We could have written this endorsement and fanboy tract at any time but we were struck by the beauty of a force taught for free by Mr. Sankey last night.  You can see it for yourself here.  We had never considered the very simple move taught but will now use it frequently.

The force taught is like most of the things offered by Mr. Sankey: easy to perform, effective and highly commercial.  We know he lectures like no other from our personal attendance at several of his teaching sessions over the years.  His prices are fair; maybe even a little low for the volume of effects and moves you receive.  His instructions are clear; even we can understand and use them with relatively little practice time.  Keep in mind that it took us 30 years to learn how to effectively perform a push-off second deal and we still cannot perform a pressure fan – much to our embarrassment and shame amongst the professionals with whom we associate.

If you haven’t heard of Mr. Sankey, it could be that you are new to magic or don’t have friends in magic or have never used the internet to look up “magic.”  That doesn’t make you a bad person – there may be other things that could be the basis for such an accusation about your character.  Perhaps you cut in line, make questionably shaped balloon animals for your own private enjoyment, or copy DVDs purchased by others.  But we assume readers of Inside Magic are good people.  The kind who would never do such things.  We also assume readers of Inside Magic understand we often stray from our main topic and do not have our text properly reviewed by a team of editors to remove such strayings.  For instance, we don’t even thing “strayings” is a word but our editor quit over a wage dispute.  She wanted to be paid for her work and would not accept our promise to pay when we sold the insidemagic.com domain.

Anyway, back to Mr. Sankey.  We have attended lectures where he spent extra time to help the slow among the audience – primarily us – to learn his effects even though the tricks were not ones he was selling.  He just did it because … well, we don’t know why.  Perhaps he likes to teach magic.  As a community, magicians are fortunate that this is his motive.  He does it well and often.

You can check out his site here.  You can learn the force we mentioned by going here.

Mr. Sankey didn’t ask us to write this and certainly didn’t pay us – otherwise we would still have our editor.

Jay Sankey is an official Inside Magic Favorite.

Pop Haydn in Paperback: Master Magician Tells All

Consummate magician and Inside Magic All-Time Favorite Whit “Pop” Haydn has a new book out, Stories of a Street Performer: Over 40 Years of Performing Magic .

It is available on Amazon.com in both paperback and as an ebook. We ordered the paperback late last night and are downloading the digital rendition as we type this very line.

To say that we worship Mr. Haydn is to grossly misstate our true feelings. He is not just an incredible magician with enviable skills and perfect timing; he is a great person as well. Mr. Haydn has supported Inside Magic since its very earliest days. In fact, his was the very first Inside Magic Celebrity Interview and still one of the most read.

We will give a full review of the new book as soon as the download is complete and our uploading (reading) is finished.

You can check out the review of the book on Jason Stack’s page here.

Jinger’s Homecoming: Magic Duo Appear at Mohegan Sun This Weekend

Jinger of Inside Magic Favorite Kalin & Jinger is celebrated in her hometown newspaper today in advance of the duo's shows this weekend at the beautiful Mohegan Sun Casino. 

The couple will perform two shows at the 10,000 seat Sun Arena as stars of the Master of Illusion Live tour. 

Jinger is a favorite daughter of Bridgeport, Connecticut and her parents still reside in the Nutmeg State.  

The lithe and talented performer told the local media, “It's great to perform in front of people you know. It makes it special.”

"Special" is the perfect adjective for Kalin & Jinger's act and career.  We had the distinct honor of sitting next to Jinger as a committee person for their Spirit Cabinet performance.  As you loyal and disloyal readers of Inside Magic are aware, we will never expose the secrets of any magic effect unless it somehow makes us look good, smart or could serve up more internet hits to boost our ad revenue. 

We can say that while being immediately next to Jinger was thrilling and magical in its own right, we were unable to learn their secret.  We assisted in tying charming and beautiful better half of the Kalin & Jinger show and then sat as close as possible to her whilst the curtains closed around us. 

Perhaps we were still unnaturally giddy being so close to someone of such renown and talent, intoxicated by her incredible beauty or startled by the rapid-fire succession of events, but we remain clueless as to how she was able to manifest the loud, chaotic spirit that literally filled the ad hoc cabinet, put a bucket on our disproportionately large skull and pulled up our pant legs all within no more than five to ten seconds.   

You can read our full review of that fateful night here. Inside Magic Review: Mark Kalin & Jinger (November 25, 2006).

Jinger began as a dancer at the age of four and by 15, she was in demand around the United States.  She worked with Disney, Fuji Television and Southern California dinner theaters and bestowed with the a scholarship to the “Young Americans' College of Performing Arts.”

Mark and Jinger became a couple when she filled in as his assistant while performing in Guam. 

If you have not seen the couple perform — and that seems unlikely given their exposure through nationalize televised shows like NBC's “Word's Greatest Magicians”, “Hidden Secrets of Magic,” Fox Family's “Magic on the Edge,” Fox TV's “World Magic Awards” and  “Entertainment Tonight”, CBS and ABC — you need to make the trip to the Sun Arena this weekend or one of their upcoming performances.

They perform true magic. 

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Cannon’s Great Escapes to Shutter

We received some very disappointing news from Inside Magic Favorites Mark and Shelia Cannon, owners of our favorite place to shop for escape gear. Mark Cannon has brought fear and exhilaration to the plaque encrusted and otherwise jaded hearts of magicians and laity worldwide.

The good news: Mark and Shelia Cannon will continue to perform.

The bad news: Cannon’s Great Escapes will vanish forever at the end of this month. (Remember that June has only 30 days when calculating your cash flow / opportunity cost ratios).

The good news (for them): by closing the shop, Shelia will be able to focus on her work as a vacation specialist.

The good news (for Shelia’s clients): Mark and Shelia Cannon have performed almost everywhere on this allegedly round planet. They know the good, the bad, and the poorly maintained villas and outposts. Armed with this knowledge, Shelia can guide her clients to an enjoyable respite and avoid the traps set for those booking with less-experienced agents.

The shop will shutter forever in a little more than two weeks but the goods are going quickly. They will not be ordering additional stock and many items are completely sold out; and the additional markdowns only encourage the frenetic “shark smells blood, shark follows blood, shark creates more blood” behavior shopkeepers love.

We lusted for their Cannon’s Strong Box Escape for years. When we heard the store was closing, we rushed to the site as fast as our gas-powered laptop would go. Alas, we were too late. This incredible escape was gone. We cursed aloud because we were miffed, positively ticked that we waited too long to get something we knew we wanted. We hoped this taught us a lesson for the future. It serves us right.

Mark and Shelia Cannon are two of our very favorites. They have always been helpful and cooperative with this on-line scandal sheet. We have thanked them and their attorneys several times for their willingness to drop otherwise meritorious lawsuits in exchange for our issuing a retraction or clarification – or, when it got really bad, openly weeping in a YouTube appeal to their better natures.
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How Cool: Tudor Magic Newsletter Feb. 2011

John Tudor is one of the all-time favorites of the Inside Magic Favorites.

This guy does magic — real magic.  We’re not speaking metaphorically or making a vague comparison for impact.

We mean it.

John Tudor has the apparent powers to do real magic.

John Tudor is an actor playing the part of a magician who is playing the part of an actor playing a magician.

He has, as we say on Broadway, skills.

We feel as if we have been transported back into the Golden Days of Magic when we watch him perform.

He brings a majesty to the stage while maintaining his friendly, charming persona.

Plus, he has always been nice to us and never hit us in a way that would cause unsightly bruising visible during our performance.
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Steve Dacri Passes

Norm Clarke has a very nice piece about the great Steve Dacri in today’s Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Steve Dacri was a friend of Inside Magic and always quick to respond to our often bothersome emails about what was happening in Vegas.

From Norm Clarke’s column:

His quick wit helped him reach the big stage during his career. There were late-night show appearances with Merv Griffin, Johnny Carson, Dick Cavett and Mike Douglas. After almost four decades at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, Las Vegas became his home in 2003 with his wife, Jan.

Steve Dacri was always encouraging and positive.  He had every right to be condescending or haughty but those traits did not seem to be in his nature.  He was kind.  He was nice.  It is a shame those two words sound so trite — perhaps because they are used so carelessly.

We will miss Steve.  Magic is less without him and his smile.

Read Norm Clarke’s column in today’s Las Vegas Review Journal:

Dacri exited life his way, optimistically” – News – ReviewJournal.com.

Terry Seabrooke Passes – Incredible Wit and Wonder

The Waterford Observer (UK) is reporting that Inside Magic Favorite Terry Seabrooke, passed away this morning with his family at his side.

Terry Seabrooke was 78.

He enjoyed nearly half a century in the professional limelight, performing twice at The London Palladium, three times for The Queen at Buckingham Palace, and even to troops in the Falklands Islands after the 1982 war.

He continued performing until the final year of his life and was awarded one of the Magic Circle’s highest accolades in November 2009 for his services to British magic.

In receiving the highly coveted Maskelyne Award, named after renowned 19th Century magician and inventor John Nevil Maskelyne, he will forever be remembered alongside household names such as Paul Daniels, David Nixon and Ali Bongo.

Terry Seabrooke told reporters in his last interview:

“Magic has been very kind to me and has given me a great life. I have travelled the world and met some wonderful people along the way.

“When I started all those years ago I never thought I would go this far. It was really just a hobby that took off.

“I realised I was quite good at what I was doing and had the ability to make people laugh. Then all of a sudden people started throwing money at me to perform.

“I was working full-time in insurance sales but soon found I was earning more from the magic and decided to go full-time.

“It’s the best decision I’ve ever made.”

We offer our condolences and prayers to his family and friends.  He will be missed greatly.

Colombinis Farewell Tour Announced – Revised

We have spent the last few days in much discussion regarding the future. We are happy that healthwise we are now ok, however this year has taught us many things and we have come to a major decision.

We have decided that the time has come for us to spend as much quality time together as we can. We do this with a heavy heart as we have had so much fun and joy travelling and meeting old friends and new but the time has come for change.

We are announcing the COLOMBINI’S FAREWELL TOUR OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA.  This will be the last time the Colombini’s will lecture in the continental US and Canada (we reserve the right to appear at conventions). After this we will not lecture again.

There will be a special reduced fee of $250 for the lecture plus one nights hotel accom. The lecture period will start April 1st 2011. All products will be $10 as usual but there will also be special edition full color “Last Tour” Lecture Notes available for $25.

After the end of the tour we will stay home based and will continue to produce DVD’s,books and tricks. All enquiries to be directed to acmagic@mindspring.com for available dates.

We hope that we do not disappoint too many people with this news and we hope to see many of or friends and newcomers on this tour.

All our love always
Rachel & Aldo

Today in Magic History: Houdini is Born

According to The New York Times, March 24, 1874 is the birthday of Erich Weiss. The paper was not so prescient as to cover the birth of the child who would one day become the foremost performer of his time and, for our money, for all time.

The Times pegs today as Houdini’s birthday in retrospect, through its obituary published on November 1, 1926 – a day after the magician’s death in Detroit.

Much of the article was likely prepared in advance of his death; perhaps during ten days he endured the certainly inhuman pain of the virulent infection wracking his body.

We owe a debt to the unnamed author of the piece identified as a “Special to The New York Times” likely written by a freelance reporter for the paper. He or she included new – at least to us – anecdotes about Houdini and his rise to world fame.

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Truly Grand: Boston’s Le Grand David Featured

The Boston Globe provides an excellent retrospective on one of the unique stars of our craft.

As, Le Grand David celebrates its 33rd year, The Globe asks how much longer it can exist.

The show, the theater, the performers, and the audience are an anachronism to a time that may have never existed.

The Globe asked Magic Magazine Editor, Stan Allen to speculate on the show within a show’s future.

That’s a very big question,” he said.  “Le Grand David is very unusual, and the way the show came about is very unusual. There isn’t anything usual about it.  It is as close to Brigadoon as anything in magic that we have.  It doesn’t pack up its tent and go away.”

Like the mythical Scottish village that appears for one day each century, Le Grand David has been a constant but almost ethereal presence in Magic.

Be sure to check out the full article in The Globe.

Visit the show’s web site for great images, information, and show schedule.