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JANUARY 2010•$6

The Conjurors’ Magazine



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301-652-5800 Editor

Richard Kaufman

The Conjurors’ Magazine

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Elizabeth Kaufman

Volume 73


Number 1 JANUARY 2010

Earle Oakes Photographers

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Margret Daham Columnists

David Acer David Britland Eugene Burger Al Cohen Roberto Giobbi Tony Giorgio Peter Lamont Max Maven Paul Osborne Jon Racherbaumer 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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R.A. Farmer


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 54 32 40

The 11th Los Angeles Conference on Magic History by Dustin Stinett It’s Magic by David Kaye Magic,1400s-1950s An Excerpt by Jim Steinmeyer

Columns 10 11 12 13 14

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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 In Memoriam:


Carl Ballantine, 1917-2009 by Joan Lawton John Booth, 1912-2009 by Clay Shevlin The Genii Session: Technical Writing by Roberto Giobbi Magicana by David Acer 18 Kentucky Fried Aces by Jack Parker 20 Lost Horizons: It Stands Alone by Max Maven 21 Stigmata by Ian Kendall 23 Scribbles of Destiny by Jeff Prace 24 Silly String of Death by Stéphane Bourgoin 86 Three Chances To Be Lucky by Pete McCabe

Light from the Lamp 76 Tricks Reviewed by Danny Orleans

76 76 77 77 78 78 78

Powerball 60 by Richard Sanders and Bill Abbott Secret Garden Feather and Spring Flowers by Keiko Muto Hand Out 500 by Steve Haynes In Half by Andrew Mayne The Perfect Vanish by Chris Kenworthey Switcher by Asi Wind e-case by Mark Mason


79 Videos Reviewed by Dustin Stinett

79 80

Master Works of Conjuring, Vols. 1 to 4 by Marc DeSouza Corinda’s 13 Steps to Mentalism by Richard Osterlind

82 Books Reviewed by Jamy Ian Swiss

82 83 84

Psychological Subtleties 3 by By Banachek Magic Matters: Tricks and Essays by Robert E. Neale The Magic in Books by Leo Behnke

88 Subscription Information /Advertisers Index


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