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Topic: Magazine for Intermediate Magicians?
Message: Posted by: Doctor Xombie (May 22, 2010 08:16PM)
I would have posted in the 'The Magazine Rack' but it doesn't seem to have a 'general' forum for something not directly related to a specific magazine.

OK, I'm not a total beginner but I am not advanced or a professional either.
Is there a magazine geared toward someone of my skill level? Someone who does this not as a regular job and does not want to get inundated by adverts for pro illusions and and articles about stuff I'll never use?

Thanx
Message: Posted by: Spellbinder (May 22, 2010 08:41PM)
The day of the magic magazine that was actually about magic, instead of about celebrity magicians and advertisements for the latest props, has long gone. That's why I started the Wizards' Journal. Not only is it JUST about magic, but you can order each issue entire, or in bits and pieces and put together your own "magazine" with just the tricks you are interested in.
Message: Posted by: stijnhommes (May 24, 2010 07:49AM)
It depends a lot on what you call intermediate. There are a lot of non-professional magicians who have professional skill and an equal lot of professional ones who earn money with magic but have less skill. If I were you, I would challenge myself and try anything that isn't geared at beginners.

Spellbinder is right though, a lot of magazines are more about reviews and theory than they are about effects. Spellbinder's mag is a good place to start. Reel Magic Magazine is another good choice. If you can look through the non-effect content, you can consider Genii and Magic Magazine.
Message: Posted by: epoptika (May 24, 2010 09:45PM)
If you are just looking for tricks I'd say to take a look at the very first post in this forum - "magic books for beginners" which has excellent advice for books containing enough great magic to keep you busy the rest of your life. Then take your pick of Magic, Genii or Reel Magic magazine (a video magazine on DVD). Any or all of them will keep you informed on the current magic scene. If you join the IBM or SAM you can get their respective magic journals. You can find all the tricks you'll ever need in books or DVD's. One of the best thing magazines have to offer is the articles on presentation and theory from current magic thinkers. Personally, one of the first things I turn to are the book reviews. Generally the last thing I read are the tricks. But to each his own.
Message: Posted by: Doctor Xombie (May 25, 2010 12:31AM)
I'm not wanting the magazine for just 'tricks'... although a few would be nice.
I just am not interested in reading about grand illusions and what I can buy for my next big Las Vegas show. I'd like to study and learn... not buy new stuff. (Although I am aware that any paper published magazine pretty much requires some kind of adverts.)

I'm more interested in smaller groups and maybe some day I'll get to walk-around. For now I'd just like a nice 'do-it-yourself' kind of magazine with lots of small articles with tips that can help me become a better magician.

I haven't been able to look through any current magazines but they look like they would be geared toward the working professional.

I hope I'm making sense here. :P
Message: Posted by: Ronin (May 25, 2010 01:35AM)
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On 2010-05-25 01:31, Doctor Xombie wrote:
...I'd like to study and learn... not buy new stuff. (Although I am aware that any paper published magazine pretty much requires some kind of adverts.)

I'm more interested in smaller groups and maybe some day I'll get to walk-around. For now I'd just like a nice 'do-it-yourself' kind of magazine with lots of small articles with tips that can help me become a better magician.

I haven't been able to look through any current magazines but they look like they would be geared toward the working professional...

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If you're interested in learning about the art of magic, there's a lot in the mainstream magazines for you, with "tips that can help me become a better magician".

Jim Steinmeyer just began a new series of "Conjuring" columns in Genii. All of his pieces teach something about construction of presentation, creative use of method, and scripting. Whether or not you plan on using any of the routines in "Conjuring", there's a wealth of information for the serious student in the column. At least, that was the case with his original "Conjuring" series, (now collected in "The Conjuring Anthology"), and I'm sure this one will be no different.

Roberto Giobbi offers many useful "pearls of wisdom" in his Genii column. Eugene Burger's "Showmanship Interviews" have offered lots of useful insight from seasoned performers.

In MAGIC, there's Jeff McBride's "The Show Doctor" column. I see that Joanie Spina has just started a series of columns. A few years ago I subscribed to MAGIC,
M-U-M, AND Genii; I like all three, but could not really adequately read all three, and there was the problem of shelf space. I reluctantly dropped MAGIC, and immediately began missing David Kaye's column on kidshow magic--not because I do a lot of kidshows, but because I found the column to be a terrific source of original thinking about magic routining for all kinds of audiences.

I enjoyed MAGIC and Genii for years before I became a working professional. If you "haven't been able to look through any of the current magazines," I suggest you pick up an issue or two, and see what works for you. Contrary to what you seem to think, there's a lot of close-up and parlor material in these magazines (really very little on illusions), and it is possible to get useful insight from all kinds of performers--close-up workers, stand-up workers, illusionists, mentalists, kid-show magicians, comedy magicians, historians.
Message: Posted by: Harry Lorayne (May 26, 2010 03:58PM)
Amazing that nobody hear has heard of APOCALYPSE - a magazine that JUST TAUGHT AND TEACHES MAGIC EFFECTS AND ROUTINES. HARRY L. Go to my magic website, for God's sake and click on Magic Items, or whatever, until you find out about the APOCALYPSE volumes, among other things. The magic website is the third one listed under this post. HL.
Message: Posted by: epoptika (May 26, 2010 11:12PM)
Anyone here heard of this Harry Lorayne guy?
I saw the movie Apocalypse. Were you in that?
Message: Posted by: stijnhommes (May 27, 2010 06:22AM)
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On 2010-05-26 16:58, Harry Lorayne wrote:
Amazing that nobody hear has heard of APOCALYPSE - a magazine that JUST TAUGHT AND TEACHES MAGIC EFFECTS AND ROUTINES. HARRY L. Go to my magic website, for God's sake and click on Magic Items, or whatever, until you find out about the APOCALYPSE volumes, among other things. The magic website is the third one listed under this post. HL.[/quote] I'm ashamed. When I was thinking about magazines to recommend, The Apocalypse completely slipped my mind... Sorry.
Message: Posted by: Harry Lorayne (May 27, 2010 07:02AM)
No problem, Mac. As a matter of fact, it's a good thing - it opens things up for the really funny people like the guy just above you here. So funny!