The Sorcerers Apprentice by Derek Selinger

Mickey Mouse Tried to Warn Us About A.I.The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is one of the most popular Disney animations of all time, based on a poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.  In the Disney version of the story, the master magician is growing weary from performing his magic. Turning bats into butterfly’s to be precise.He goes for a nap, leaving his hat behind.The apprentice (Mickey) takes the...

“Seasonal Sorcery” from Lynn Miner

Dear Mystery School Students, Can you help us help you? We are excited to announce that we are currently accepting submissions for our upcoming book, Seasonal Sorcery: A Mystery School Almanac.This compendium will include a collection of magic routines and effects submitted by you–Mystery School students and faculty. It focuses exclusively on incorporating magic into the public and...

Magic Words by Daryl Rogers

“Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic, capable of both inflicting injury and remedying it.” – Albus DumbledoreWords Create RealityAs magicians, we use words to create a reality for our audience. We carefully craft and edit our scripts to say exactly what we want to say in the manner we wish to say it, with no extraneous verbiage. The...

A Different Kind of Magical Fire

by Judge Gary Brown Charred remains of a Friedlander panel In the world of magic and collecting, cautionary tales abound: magicians and enthusiasts need to protect rare and expensive equipment, books and collectibles from numerous threats: light, moisture, water, mold, rust, theft and neglect.  This is a slightly different story, but one laden with important lessons. In 2019, a power surge...

Shamrock Shuffle by Lynn Miner

Effect: This three-phased jumbo card effect is an Irish-Themed Sidewalk Shuffle using ungimmicked cards. The spectator attempts to follow the Black Shamrock (Ace of Clubs) as it never appears in the chosen location. Props: Three jumbo Aces of Clubs and one blank face card. The backs must match. Set-Up: In this version, the Black Shamrock is the Ace of Clubs. From top to bottom, position the...

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