Monday, May 5, 2014
As promised, I wanted to give equal time to MAGIC Magazine, after my article on Genii. This month (May) the cover story is about The Magic Show on Broadway 40 Years Later. It is a great article on how The Magic Show came about, what Doug Henning was like in the very early years, how the various touring versions came about and the actor/magicians who worked in those shows. Plus in the digital version of the magazine there is a video link to the first 7 minutes of the movie version of The Magic Show. But as great as all of that is, the icing on the cake a 25 minute long video taped interview that David Charvet did with Doug Henning, it was Doug's last interview. It is a MUST WATCH!
When it comes to history and MAGIC Magazine, there is one guy who has the corner on the market and that is Mike Caveney. His column is called Classic Correspondence and it always has some interesting gem. It's a relatively short column and yet it's packed with great historical content.
As for non magic columns, I always enjoy Mark Kornhauser's column called For What It's Worth, always funny observations on his life as a performer. Loving Mentalism by Ian Rowland has had some really stunning material in it lately. But the best of the bunch is Mike Bent's column called Bent on Deception. Mike is a comedy magician, kidshow performer and a truly creative guy.
By the way, Stan Allen has just introduced a NEW digital version of the magazine which you should really check out called M360. To find out more about MAGIC and to subscribe, go to http://www.magicmagazine.com/
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Mike Caveney* is a magical performer, talented comedian and one of the foremost scholars on magic history alive today. If you've ever seen Mike perform you know his material is hilarious and the magic is rock solid. Mike is also the publisher and occasionally writer of some of the finest magic history books of the last 40 years. A sampling of titles include: Walter Jeans-Illusioneer, Devant's Delightful Delusions, P.T. Selbit-Magical Innovator, Buatier DeKolta-Genius of Illusion, Carter the Great, Servais LeRoy-Monarch of Mystery and many other titles. Mike is also one of the producers of the Los Angeles Conference on Magic History. And now, for the first time, Mike Caveney is revealing ALL, and then some.
In my opinion, that volume alone is priceless. But Mike has taken this project even further by adding a second volume called "The Conference Illusions". This book details the various illusions from the Golden Age of Magic that Mike brought back to life during the Los Angeles Conference on Magic History. For many of us who have never had the good fortune to have attended the conference, this will be a detailed look into the history of the routines and all the work and research that went into recreating them. Some of the illusions Mike presented at the conference include: Dante's Sawing a Lady in Half, Selbit's Bricks, Carter's Million Dollar Mystery, The OH! Chair and many others. The information in this book will be invaluable to the magic historian.
Mike Caveney Wonders is 456 pages, The Conference Illusions is 256 pages and 900 photographs between the two volumes. Often in projects like this, there are two versions a regular version and a deluxe version. With this project there is ONLY a deluxe version which makes them even more special. Please note, this is not a review of the books. But judging by the quality of his previous publications, you can expect nothing short of two fantastic books.
You can pre-order the book from Mike's website right now! This link will take you directly to the page for the book http://mcmagicwords.com/books_mike_caveney_wonders.html
The books will make their debut at the upcoming MAGIC LIVE Convention in Las Vegas and the the orders for books will be shipped out after that.
*Most of us are well familiar with Mike Caveney. But I have a lot of readers who are new to magic history, so I like to give them as many details as I can. IF you are new to Mike, you're in for a real treat!
(above photos are courtesy of Mike Caveney)