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Magicians Jade and Levit Take the Peller

Magicians Jade and Jonathan Levit take over Pellar Theatre at the Magic Castle this weekend.  They have been friends and colleagues for 30 years – so that means, Mr. Levit first became aware of Jade while she was in utero – and that’s fine by us.

It is no secret that Jade is not only an Inside Magic Favorite but also one of our personal favorite performers.  We have watched her perform in venues across the United States and have always hoped that one day we would be selected to assist in one of her fantastic routines.  Our hope was not rewarded this evening but again, that is fine by us.

In fact there is virtually nothing Jade could do that would not be fine by us.  We consider her three ring routine one of the best we have seen – and we have seen a bunch.  It is truly magic to watch.  Her grace and poise match the beauty of this historical effect.  We also saw a side of Jade we haven’t seen before.  She was working with Mr. Levit to perform “Simultaneous Mentalism.”  We just made up that term and may seek trademark protection so do not go throwing it around too loosely.

We do not want to spoil the effect and may have already done so by saying the words “simultaneous” and “mentalism” so forget we said those words.  Our point is, Jade and Mr. Levit performed at the same time and did an effect that was truly startling and exciting.

Mr. Levit has a wonderful on-stage personality.  We assume his off-stage is just as wonderful but we did not have a chance to talk to him post-performance.  He is likeable and talented and nimble in thought, words, and deeds.  His twist – see what we did there? – on the now very popular Rubik’s Cube effect was truly original and so well done.  He told a wonderful story to surround what in the hands of other performers is merely a stunt and a short stunt at that.  A stunted stunt.

Jade and Mr. Levit work together so well on stage that it appears they have been doing just that for years.  And yet, we learned this was their first time working together.

The Peller Theatre is always a wonderful venue for great magic just due to the sightlines and proximity to the performers but when the performers are as wonderful as Jade and Mr. Levit, it is truly a magic venue.  If you have a chance to visit the Magic Castle this weekend, be sure to check out the Peller.

But it is late now and time for us to start our night job.  We’ll tell you more about that in later entries.  It’s like Uber or Lyft but with a bicycle.

Inside Magic Review – Five out of Five – Our Highest!

SCAM Reviews – At Long Last

Introduction and Apologies

There are few things in life we enjoy more than attending the South Carolina Association of Magicians convention in beautiful Columbia, South Carolina.

We promised publication of this article/review several weeks ago but for some reason, we could not find ability to finish the project. This piece is a subset of several lengthy volumes summarizing, reviewing, and praising the weekend in Columbia.

We live by two doctrines in our writing: 1) lack of inhibition is not the same as talent; 2) the perfect is the enemy of the good and the good is a foe of the adequate.

So while this article is not as long as it has been, it is at least done. If you are bored, very bored, you can read the following to see how many different styles and approaches we tried and how poorly we have edited the various attempts into this final draft.

You can also take a big virtual marker and circle how many times the word “charm” or “charisma” is used.

We’re thinking of converting this article into a kid’s meal place mat for a chain of family restaurants and what better way to distract a hungry, sugar-crashing youngster than a good game of find the thematic inconsistencies?

SCAM is Special – But in a Good Way

When we left Mystic Hollow, Michigan, there was snow everywhere, the skies were gray and foreboding, ice made driving tricky, and we had just lost our glass eye in a crooked on-line poker game.

We looked forward to (albeit with lousy depth perception) South Carolina.

Our foster-grandmother used to tell us, “to make a tasty cake, you need to use tasty ingredients.” Her statement resonates in our horribly damaged soul as an example of her innate wisdom.

While the saying was also used to help prove up her marijuana smuggling conviction, it never took on the serious second meaning suggested by the prosecutor. To us kids, it was just a truism.

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