I've released a completely re-imagined version of the Map of Chicago Magic. I hope you enjoy the new site. Contributions and corrections are welcome.
My review of Wonder Worm is now available.
My review of Alan Wong's Silicone Egg is now available.
Magicians always run the risk of seeming archaic, but perhaps the suggestions for Giving Kick-Ass Presentations In The Age Of Social Media might help avoid that.
This week, on May 2, 2012, I'll be performing in Magic Chicago. Also in this month's show are Eugene Burger, Steve Vaught, and Magic Sam.
Not too long ago I attended a Joshua Jay lecture at the "Chicago" Ring 43. I just got my copy of The Linking Ring, and to my surprise, I'm in the photo they ran! Whoo-hoo!
Last month I was really happy to find something worthwhile in The Linking Ring. Alas, the latest issue arrived and undid most of that goodwill. In the Parade from the British Ring, there's a trick where a member of the audience is instructed to remove a piece of paper from an envelope they've been handed. Here's what they find:
Now I suppose an apologist might dismiss this as "British humor," but in my view the I.B.M. should not be encouraging this kind of audience abuse by featuring this routine in their journal.
I certainly haven't hesitated to criticize The Linking Ring, so to be fair, I'd like to point out Walter "Zaney" Blaney's parade in the December issue. When a longtime working pro tips routines right out of his family shows, it's worth your attention. Some of the routines need updating (such as the one that uses fire), but look past that to see their practicality.
Next week, on October 5, 2011, I'll be performing in Magic Chicago. There are three magicians on the bill this month, and my segment will be brief, but I'm cooking up something to welcome the start of the Hallowe'en season.