The Tao of Don Alan By Tim Glander

(This article is an update of a presentation Tim made at the 2015 Magic and Meaning Conference. While the Chinese philosophy of “Tao” – pronounced “dao” – has multiple definitions, it is used in this context to mean the philosophy and pathway that reflects Don Alan, a premier close-up magician. Tim’s relationship with Don began 1975 when he audio recorded Don’s “Ethics in Magic” lecture at the...
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How to Turn a To-Do List into a Ta-Da List! By Craig Conley

(Craig Conley is author of HarperCollins’ One-Letter Words: A Dictionary, Weiser Books’ Magic Words: A Dictionary, and most recently The Young Wizard’s Hexopedia.  His more arcane publications include A Field Guide to Identifying Unicorns By Sound, A Guide to Séance Parlor Feng Shui, and A Manual on the Care and Feeding Of A Spirit Board. In this article, he systematically extends Bob Neale’s...
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Romany, the Magical Mistress of Ceremonies- part 2

Part Two of Two (In pursuit of her dream of becoming a great performer of magic, she decided to enter magic competitions because they deadlines forced her to practice; she held no thought of actually winning, In reality, Romany swept the board of awards. In this article, she tells the back story of the bumpy adventures behind the prizes. This article, part one of two, blends several of Romany’s...
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Hello 2016, From Lynn Miner

  Whether you call them “resolutions” or “goals,” many people make often make them without much thought and find them quickly broken. Nevertheless, January is a great time to think about your “big picture” for the year. Where are you headed, long-term, with your magic goals? We can’t make them for you, that’s your responsibility. However, we can ask some questions that you ought to be answering...
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TOUCHING MAGIC by Butzi, Magicien

Have you ever lost control of a group in a table hopping situation? Or maybe you were not satisfied of your audience reactions. What could have happened? Why is it that some magicians can easily win a group over while other struggle? With some reflection, it appeared to me that you have to be accepted in the group before anything. THEN you need to take control in the first 5 minutes. This...
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