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Salute to our friend Daryl

Posted by Michael Close on

February of 2017 ended with horrible news – news that sent waves of shock and sorrow through the magic community. Daryl Easton – Daryl “The Magician’s Magician” – had taken his life. On social media expressions of grief were profound and sincere. For almost forty years Daryl had been a vibrant force, with performances and lectures for audiences around the world. He seemed to have an indefatigable enthusiasm for magic and magicians. That he would choose to depart the planet was a situation many (myself included) found hard to accept. I met Daryl in the late 1970s or early ‘80s....

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Thoughts on Magic Conventions

Posted by Michael Close on

These days, there are many magic conventions vying for your dollars. Many are large-scale affairs, with attendance ranging from five-hundred to sixteen-hundred magicians. You go, you sit and watch a close-up show projected on a big screen, you buy an expensive trick that ends up at the bottom of your magic drawer, and you never have the opportunity to talk to (much less spend time with) the magicians you could learn from. While I have attended my share of big conventions, my preference now is for smaller gatherings. In Canada, two gatherings have been particularly impactful. The first is a...

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Sorcerers Safari Magic Camp Ends

Posted by Michael Close on

On January 11, 2017, the following information was released by Mike and Jen Segal: “All great things must come to an end!” To all campers, friends, and family of Sorcerers Safari Magic Camp: After twenty amazing years of Magic Camp, it is with heavy hearts we announce that our amazing ride has come to an end. From the bottom of our hearts we want to thank all our staff, artists, sponsors, and special guests who made camp such a success. Please be proud of your contributions; together we fulfilled the dreams of many young magicians worldwide! We want to give...

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Sorcerers Safari Magic Camp 2016

Posted by Michael Close on

Sorcerers Safari Magic Camp is happening again this year; the camp runs from Sunday, August 7 through Friday, August 12. This is an earlier date than previous years, and I hope that means that a few more young American magicians can join us. We’re at a new camp site: Camp Northland, which has 650 wooded acres located on Moose Lake. The special guest this year is Suzanne, whom many of you may have seen on the second season of Penn & Teller: Fool Us. (She fooled Penn & Teller with her great version of the signed Band-Aid transposition.)I eagerly look...

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Why I love Magic Camp

Posted by Michael Close on

In a few days, Lisa, Ava, and I will be heading up north toward Haliburton, Ontario, to participate in the Sorcerers Safari Magic Camp. When we visited camp for a few days three years ago, I wasn’t sure that I would like it. But I loved it, and each year the three of us can’t wait to go back. I have a vivid memory of one moment during that first visit. Lee Asher asked me if I would discuss the faro shuffle with the campers in his card class. I was happy to do so. I talked about the shuffle...

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