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David Regal's Color Changing Knives

David Regal's Color Changing Knives 0

Review by Michael Close The Color-changing Knives effect goes back almost ninety years, to Ralph Hull’s effect, The Juggling Knives, marketed in 19...
The Conjuror's Conundrum by Jamy Ian Swiss

The Conjuror's Conundrum by Jamy Ian Swiss 0

Review by Michael Close Whether it is public speaking, the performance of magic, writing, the preparation of fine Italian cuisine, or expert mixolo...
Rubinstein Coin Magic by Dr. Michael Rubinstein

Rubinstein Coin Magic by Dr. Michael Rubinstein 0

The past few years have been boom times for coin magic enthusiasts. In 2017, the much-anticipated Geoff Latta: The Long Goodbye was released. The following year Giacomo Bertini’s System for Amazement arrived. Both of these books offered a plethora of new sleights and routines.

Then, in June of last year, the spirits of coin magicians were lifted by the publication of a huge new coin book, one rivaling J.B. Bobo’s New Modern Coin Magic in both physical size and scope. The book is Rubinstein Coin Magic by Dr. Michael Rubinstein, and it is sure to join Bobo’s book and David Roth’s Expert Coin Magic as one the three great pillars of coin conjuring.

Sleights & Insights By John Carney

Sleights & Insights By John Carney 0

By now, the name John Carney should be well known to you. He is an author, performer, sleight-of-hand virtuoso, actor, comedian, and Magic Castle multi-award winner. His material has been previously published in two books, Carneycopia by Stephen Minch and The Book of Secrets by John Carney.
Mr. Jennings Takes it Easy by Richard Kaufman

Mr. Jennings Takes it Easy by Richard Kaufman 1

On page fifteen of Mr. Jennings Takes it Easy, after the Acknowledgments, the Table of Contents, and the Dedication, is an almost blank page with the three most important words of the book on it: “Lightly, Gently, Gracefully.” Below these is the admonition, “Remember these words.”
Denny Haney: Collected Wisdom By Scott Alexander

Denny Haney: Collected Wisdom By Scott Alexander 1

Let me preface this review with a bit of backstory.

In the spring of 2012, while I was editor of M-U-M, I asked Scott Alexander to write a cover story on Denny Haney, who at that time was best known as the owner and proprietor of the Denny & Lee Magic Studio in Baltimore, Maryland. I felt it was important magicians understood Denny was much more than a magic dealer. Scott took the assignment, and the cover story appeared in the August 2012 issue.

Interpreting Magic by David Regal

Interpreting Magic by David Regal 1

It has been ten years since David Regal has gifted us with a big book of magic; that book was the wonderful Approaching Magic. His new book is Interpreting Magic, and it, too, is wonderful, with a wide variety of clever routines of all types (suitable for close-up, parlor, and stage), insightful essays, and interviews with a who’s-who of top creators and performers. There is literally something for everyone here.

The Long Goodbye - Latta on Coins Review

The Long Goodbye - Latta on Coins Review 0

Just about everyone who gets interested in close-up magic starts with two basic props: cards and coins. This makes sense, because cards and coins are relatively inexpensive objects (although not as inexpensive as when I was a kid), they are familiar, common objects (although perhaps not as familiar as in the days when card games were a family activity and silver dollars and half dollars were still being used in everyday transactions), and there are a large number of books and magazines (and now videos) devoted to card magic and coin magic.