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The Conjurors’ Magazine




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The Conjurors’ Magazine

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Volume 74


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Advertising & Office Manager

Margret Daham Columnists

David Acer Harry Anderson David Britland Eugene Burger De’vo Al Cohen John Gaughan Roberto Giobbi Tony Giorgio Patrik Kuffs Peter Lamont Max Maven Jon Racherbaumer Jim Steinmeyer Tom Stone Reviews David Britland Eric Mead David Oliver Danny Orleans David Regal Dustin Stinett Jamy Ian Swiss Joe M. Turner Online manager

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Richard Kaufman Elizabeth Kaufman Daniel Solomon Jane Solomon Printed in memory of William Larsen, Sr. & William Larsen, Jr. Publisher Emerita Irene Larsen Editor Emerita Erika Larsen

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Features 52 Decoding Thurston by Jim Steinmeyer 58 Excerpt from The Last Greatest Magician In the World 70 Stylometry and the Search for S.W. Erdnase by Richard Wiseman and David Holmes 77 Tenyo 2011 by Richard Kaufman

Columns 10 12 13 14

Genii Speaks by Richard Kaufman Now Performing On the Slant by Jon Racherbaumer In Memoriam

14 15 16

by Harry Anderson

22 23 25 93

by David Britland

by John Gaughan

by De’vo Vom Schattenreich 44 Hot Dogging It With Relish by Jerry Cestkowski 46 The Cross Cut by SeVyrn

Bob Elliott by David Oliver Ron Wilson by Paul Wilson David Alexander by Tom Baxter

18 Fast and Loose You Go Yaweh, and I’ll Go Maui 20 Magicana by David Acer 20 No Assembly Required by David Neighbors


Erdnase2 by Richard Hucko See It Slant by Robert E. Neale Movin’ On Up Redux by Ryan Pilling and David Acer Mind Stunts: Drawing a Blank by Patrik Kuffs

26 Conjuring The Three Book Experiment by Jim Steinmeyer 33 Lost Horizons Con-Test by Max Maven 36 Cardopolis The Trick That Cannot Be Explained 39 The Chamber of Secrets The French Money Maker

44 XCM: The Art of Extreme Card Manipulation

Light from the Lamp 82 Tricks Reviewed by David Regal

82 82 82 82 83 83 83 83 84 84 84 84 84 84 85 85

Double Back by Jon Allen Flexion by Jon Allen Psypher by Robert Smith Impossible Envelope by Paul Stockman Fasten by J.P. Vallarino Signed Card Thru Window by J.P. Vallarino Nothing in Transit by Dave Forrest Sub Zero by Spidey & Amir Latif Flight Case by Peter Eggink Kyoto Deck by Yuji Murakami Gion Deck by Yuji Murakami Phantasm by Jamie Daws The Key by Andrew Mayne Trick Photography by Steve Gore Biokinesis by Berk Eratay Kartis Visible Bill Change by Kartis


85 Videos Reviewed by Joe M. Turner 85 87 88 88

Opening Minds by Colin McLeod Magic at the Bar and Chris Randall Live at the Magic Castle by Chris Randall Animate Me by Losander World XCM Champions, Vol. 1(2-DVD set) by Max Vlassenko, J.S. Lin, Jerry Cestkowski

88 Books Reviewed by David Britland 88 89 89 90 90 91

Classic Correspondence from Egyptian Hall Museum by Mike Caveney Subsequent Impuzzibilities by Jim Steinmeyer Above the Fold by Rich Aviles Magic Shows by Ian Keable Destroyers by Troy Hooser and Joshua Jay Moments by Troy Hooser and Joshua Jay

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Genii Magazine - February 2011  
Genii Magazine - February 2011  

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