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MAY 2009•$6

The Conjurors’ Magazine

Michael Caine: Never Too Old To Magish


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The Conjurors’ Magazine


Volume 72

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MAY 2009

Features 52 Michael Caine Digs Deep ... and Finds a Magician

Interviews by Richard Kaufman 54 Sir Michael Caine 60 Screenwriter Peter Harness 62 Technical Advisor Scott Penrose The Other Thurston by Gerald A. Schiller

by Dustin Stinett

31 Ali Bongo: A Personal Perspective by Anthony Owen

72 78 The 41st Academy of Magical Arts Award Show 30 In Memoriam: Ali Bongo by Brian Sibley

Columns 10 11 12 13 14 15 16



Genii Speaks by Richard Kaufman Now Performing in New York and Boston On the Slant by Jon Racherbaumer Now Performing at The Magic Castle and in Las Vegas Cryptic Crossword, No. 5 by Josh Mandel Max Maven’s Monthly Inquisition Magicana by David Acer


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Signed Quarter in Balloon by Michel Huot Totally Under Control by Scott Robinson Money Where Your Mouth Is by Daniel J. Millstein Until You’re Blue In The Face by Jack Parker The Genii Session: An Alternative Final Stage for Dai Vernon’s Cups and Balls Routine by Roberto Giobbi Tension, Focus, and Design: That’s It for the Other One (An Ace Assembly) by Aaron Fisher

Light from the Lamp 84 Books Reviewed by Jamy Ian Swiss

84 88 88

Finding Dariel Fitzkee: The Man with the Trick Brain by David Goodsell The Notebook by Anonymous The Magician: John Mulholland’s Secret Life by Ben Robinson


89 Tricks Reviewed by David Regal

89 90 90 90 91 92 92

Energy Bill by Andrew Gerard Skin by Benjamin Earl 357 by Tom Lauten The Gecko by Jim Rosenbaum The Card Shark Line of Replica Decks and Gimmicked Cards Intuition by Hondo Colossal Blizzard by Anthony Miller

93 Videos Reviewed by Dustin Stinett

93 93 94 94

The Master Sessions: Spring (Disc 2 of 4) by John Carney Search and Destroy: Featuring the Nowhere Pass by Aaron Fisher New York Coin Magic Seminar (Volumes 8, 9, 10) by M. Gallo, D. Roth, M. Rubinstein The Works by Steve Dobson

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