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Topic: ADVANCE to be published again?
Message: Posted by: MagicBus (Sep 22, 2012 08:25AM)
Duane Laflin is putting out a feeler to see if there would be any interest in him publishing a good ole solid paper (and mailed out) "ADVANCE" magazine like he did before. If you would be interested in getting this for $45 per year, send an email to Duane at advancegospel@yahoo.com If he gets enough positive interest, this could be a go. I say it is also Gospel magic GOLD. MagicBob and I already told Duane- we're in!. I loved his ADVANCE Gospel magic magazine and read every previous issue cover to cover. I still refer back to the ones I have stored away quite often. Well worth the price.

Hope to see many of you October 4-6 at the Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater, Michigan for the ADVANCE conference with Duane and Mary Laflin, Joey and Alexandra Evans, Gilbert Adams, Rick Fisher and many others. MagicBob and myself will be doing a short bit on the Saturday night program. For details: call Mary Laflin at 406-291-2004 or email her at Laflinmagic@yahoo.com Very reasonable prices: $45 for adult, $30 for spouse, $10 for teen/child. That's a real deal for a three day interactive Gospel magic and balloon event! And the Opera House site is fully restored and beautiful just to sit in. Be There!
Message: Posted by: Mark Boody Illusionist (Sep 22, 2012 03:03PM)
My wife & I also are "in" when it comes to the ADVANCE magazine, this is a bargain to receive top-notch material & advice from a working professional, EVERY gospel performer needs this! This is an investment in you & your show.

I just received an e-mail from Duane & Mary cancelling the ADVANCE conference in Coldwater Michigan. I very disappointed that this event won't be happeing!!! Hopefully they will be able to put this "special" event on sometime in the future. It was such a great learning oppurtunity for the gospel magician/illusionist!

Message: Posted by: Rodney Palmer (Sep 23, 2012 12:44AM)
NOTE: Coldwater Michigan Advance Conference has been CANCELLED due to lack of registrations.

Rodney Palmer
Message: Posted by: MagicBus (Sep 24, 2012 01:01PM)
So sorry that it was canceled, I was planning to be there for sure. The ADVANCE conference in Ohio is still ON per Duane. Absolute bummer, there just seems to not be many Gospel magicians in SW Michigan (or they cannot afford to take any time off).
Message: Posted by: Mark Boody Illusionist (Sep 24, 2012 03:30PM)
I was planning on going to Coldwater from Boston, however since the change in plans I will be heading to Canton Ohio. See you there.

Message: Posted by: MagicBus (Sep 26, 2012 09:27AM)
The Laflins are on the cover of the September/October 2012 issue of "The Voice of FCM" magazine. Terrific article- pages 6-10. The Advance Conference is set for October 26 and 27, 2012, at the Comfort Inn, 5346 Broadmoor Circle NW, Canton, Ohio 44709. Registration only $40: 406-291-2004 or email at Laflinmagic@yahoo.com Canton is also the home of the NFL Football Hall of Fame, pretty neat place to visit.
Message: Posted by: Mark Boody Illusionist (Sep 26, 2012 04:56PM)
I was able to see The Grand Magic Show in Custer SD this summer as my family & I travelled across the country. I also saw shows in Las Vegas & The Grand Magic Show equalled any magic show in Vegas.

Congratulations to Duane & Mary on the wonderful article in The Voice. If you are ever out near the Black Hills of SD go & see this show it is great treat!

We stayed in the area for a couple of days & talking with some of local residents they also spoke very highly of the show (I didn't let them know I was also a magician). Custer State Park, Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse Monument & The Grand Magic Show, these are ALL must see!

Message: Posted by: MagicBus (Oct 10, 2012 02:49PM)
Per an email received from Duane Laflin today: the magazine will be called "Grand Magic" and have a special section called ADVANCE which will be entirely devoted to Gospel magic. It will come out as a downloadable file/PDF monthly, will not be available initially via the mail. Each issue will be between 30-50 pages, first issue available December 1. The subscription price will be about $30 (check with David about that)- contact David and Teesha Laflin at http://www.laflinmagicstore.com for details and how to subscribe to this new GRAND MAGIC magazine.
Message: Posted by: MagicBus (Oct 11, 2012 10:41AM)
Laflin Magic reports that they are getting their web site/store set up to take orders for the downloadable magazine soon- probably will be ready to take them in as soon as ten days or so from now (if not earlier). :) I am not too proud to report that many of my favorite Gospel effects were purchased through or inspired by the Laflins (in their books, notes, DVDs, etc.) So well worth $30 to get a steady stream of new ideas coming in. So I hope most FCMers take advantage of this new resource.
Message: Posted by: MagicBus (Nov 6, 2012 11:18AM)
"Grand Magic" web magazine can now be ordered for $30 from http://www.laflinmagicstore.com This includes a %5 discount for future purchases. Every issue will include a section on Gospel magic.
Message: Posted by: Donald Dunphy (Nov 23, 2012 05:23PM)
I subscribed to "Grand Magic" today. The first issue is coming soon and I didn't want to miss out.

I heard about it from Duane and David first (that was my reason for signing up), but I thought I would chime in here.

- Donald
Message: Posted by: MagicBus (Nov 28, 2012 07:27AM)
I downloaded and printed out this morning the free "Look and Laugh" book and Issue #1 December of "Grand Magic" which you should have on your email if you subscribed to this web magazine. You can of course view the entire magazine in color without printing it out if you prefer.

All I can say is WOW WOW WOW- another outstanding work by Duane Laflin. I am doing an annual Christmas program for the local "camp" of the Gideons- all adults- so I was looking for new material to do for them as I did not want to repeat what I did last year. Found some great ideas already in Issue #1 which I hope to use right away in a few weeks. Thanks Duane and http://www.Laflinmagicstore.com A++++
Message: Posted by: MagicBus (Nov 28, 2012 07:38AM)
Just for clarification, there is a subscription price to obtain "Grand Magic" on your computer. When I subscribed, they were running a special that you could also then download Duane's excellent 81 page book "Look and Laugh" for free with your paid "Grand Magic" subscription. An incredible bargain in my view for all the very practical information received. Anytime Duane puts out a magazine, it almost never fails that I don't end up using an idea or buying something (if I don't want to make up the props myself) that he describes. I already ordered this morning the new 2+2=5 trick, I hope to be using in a few weeks at the Gideons party. Nice!
Message: Posted by: jamiedoyle (Nov 29, 2012 10:30AM)
I am thoroughly impressed that this magazine is stuffed full of great routines and performance practics and philosophy.
It's well worth the subscription as it comes to 2.50 per issue.
Message: Posted by: Doug Follett (Nov 29, 2012 06:59PM)
I agree with the positive posts regarding this magazine! Another class item from Duane and his family.
Message: Posted by: Rodney Palmer (Dec 3, 2012 12:49AM)

So am I the only one who did not receive my Grand Magic pdf? I paid for mine as soon as it was on the website and I got nothing.

Message: Posted by: MagicBus (Dec 3, 2012 09:16AM)
I'd contact http://www.laflinmagicstore.com I was sent a notification on my computer and already printed it out in black and white (although it is all in color- I was just trying to save the expensive color printer ink). I also saw Duane reference his new 2+2=5 trick in the first issue of "Grand Magic"- I already purchased it and received it- another really simple large card type/words trick with a good message that can be used in a variety of ways.
Message: Posted by: themagiciansapprentice (Dec 3, 2012 09:27AM)
Mine was ready on December 1st - great read and I'm already planning to use some of Duane's ideas

also trying to work out postage to UK and customs before purchasing the special offers
Message: Posted by: jamiedoyle (Dec 3, 2012 03:17PM)
You need to go to the website and open your account and it will be in the left hand column for you to download.
Message: Posted by: Rodney Palmer (Dec 4, 2012 12:10AM)

Thank You for the advice. David emailed me to let me know that I had purchased this but somehow I was not on the email list to receive it. It is now all worked out and I have my copy. I have not opened it yet but I am looking forward to it.

Message: Posted by: Mike Maturen (Dec 6, 2012 11:09AM)
Just subscribed as well. Looking forward to looking through it!
Message: Posted by: Mike Maturen (Dec 6, 2012 01:53PM)
Just got done leafing through it. Other than the large number of ads, I LOVE IT! The routines are great (in fact I plan to use at least one in a Knights of Columbus Christmas Party show on the 15th).

I think this will be in my top three or four favorite purchases of 2012!

...not complaining about the ads, by the way...I know they are necessary!
Message: Posted by: torben (Jan 4, 2013 09:35AM)
It's a wonderful magazine, more than worth the money. Lots of thanks to Duane Laflin + David and Teesha at http://www.Laflinmagicstore.com
Message: Posted by: Andrew_Jeffrey (Jan 4, 2013 11:24AM)
Excellent. Delighted to support this. I will sign up now. Am I too late for the freebie or is this still going?
Message: Posted by: themagiciansapprentice (Jan 4, 2013 12:20PM)
Read issue #2 and watched the five related videos

a great read, with lots of showmanship ideas (and four new routines)
Message: Posted by: MagicBus (Jan 16, 2013 05:16PM)
Another excellent issue put out by Duane. He stressed again the importance of Gospel magicians being up to date and professional- a challenge for us part-timers for sure.

Like all magic organizations including the FCM, IBM and SAM (I am a member of all three), the majority of the dues paying members are amatuers like myself who will never be "up" to the same public performing standards as the full time "pros" seen on the evening stages at the national conventions. Just read the monthly Ring reports in The Linking Ring or in MUM, some pretty standard stuff is generally being performed- and this is usually the norm rather than the notable exception. But I can still appreciate a hobbyist doing his best/having fun doing an old card trick which he just learned, whether in the FCM, IBM or SAM. Not mention too, I have also been at non-FCM conventions where all the acts were not always top notch either (just read the reviews of the FISM non-competition shows, there were boos apparently).

I do think the evening shows at the 2012 FCM convention were some of the best I have ever seen there, including from the "days way back when" in the early 70ties when IBM and FCM President Jimmy Lake performed every year (one of my favorites). Prez. Del and the convention planners have been working hard to get the best Christian talent they can muster, and I would hope that some of the younger pros that may in the past have been opting out at the FCM reconsider performing now and/or sharing with us/helping us in lectures to encourage us to continue to raise the bar and grow in all levels of performing excellence (e.g. as in last year's Ice lectures).

For those of us at the FCM convention in 2012, I can tell you, we saw some great quality acts equal to Abbott's or SAM national convention standards. Not to mention FCM has triple the number of actual planned lectures given for all age groups than any other national convention- and many of these lectures were also of that same good quality level. Plus, the FCM chooses to give more opportunities to perform at other times as well for all talent levels such as with The Late Show, Late Late Show, etc.- the opportunity for which does not normally exist at other conventions (unless one is in a graded competition or contest).

And dare I say it- sometimes the "old style" is still called for. I am quite glad it was an old hacker like me that was doing the Gideons Christmas program last year for an adult program specifically designed for their enjoyment- rather than some street ripped jeans dressed dude used to doing high school rock events showing up with a cross headband on with an "added on" Gospel afterthought (which I have also seen) which would have gone over like a lead balloon in that particular conservative setting. There is a time, a place, a setting, an age group, for any well done act.

See you all at the 2013 FCM convention in Nashville- Fired Up!- onward and upward! I think the FCM is moving in the right upstream direction for sure- be a part of this encouraging flow!
Message: Posted by: Russo (Jan 17, 2013 08:39AM)
"Easter Story" an Idea --you must know routine for "Die Box" - find your own 'Verses' -use your own "Quotes"(patter) - PROPS: 1. least expensive DIE BOX -repaint outside with STONE like spray---2. Die and gimmick-replace dots with a DOVE or??(dont like to use our Lords picture).-- 3. HAT -decorated with continents like a World Globe.---4. thick Blue Devils Hank (parden the name)---5. CROSS with a shelf at cross/pieces -large enough to hold Die SHELL. OK _ Hope you understand the following - if not PM me. PERFORMANCE; take die&shell that was sitting on top of the DieBox(TOMB)--place them into Hat(World)"Christ came into the World" -- take shell only-from hat and place on Shelf --"was crucified for our sins" ---take shell and place it into DieBox(tomb) -- "they came to anoint HIM" - do SUCKER EFFECT_ "but He was GONE-thought His body was stolen"- Now open WHOLE BOX_(TOMB) CHRIST arose -Divinity " --take whole die from Hat-"Saving the Worlds Beleivers from SIN"---- you can stop now - or - vanishBLOCK " Christ goes to Heaven to prepair a place for US" using BLUE -devis hank(pardon name)- Make it YOUR OWN-own patter-own Verses- someday I'll tell you about a PHONY Gospell Magician I once met. YOU CAN follow up with a Color Book type effect - with Pages of SIN - wipe it with a RED Silk(saviours Blood) Pages are now all WHITE (forgive) Any quetions -comments please PM me - HAVE FUN Blessing to ALL --- RALPJ .
Message: Posted by: Mike Maturen (Jan 17, 2013 09:15AM)
Pretty well though-out, Russo. You should submit it either to FCM for the Voice magazine, or to Duane for his online Grand Magic mag.
Message: Posted by: MagicBus (Jan 17, 2013 10:52AM)
I like Russo's "tomb" idea above/sucker effect- e.g. some skeptics may state that the body of Jesus was "stolen" or simply moved elsewhere (die sliding back and forth)- but was in fact actually gone (box shown empty).
Message: Posted by: MagicBus (Feb 20, 2013 10:13AM)
If you have not downloaded it already, Duane has put out Issue #3 (February, 2013) of "Grand Magic"- another excellent 57 page issue. I have no idea how he does it month after month. Duane will also be at the Ohio FCM Convention March 1 and 2 in Columbus. On pages 49-51 is Robert Utecht's "Resurrection Die Box" routine (written by Larry Belitz) which is excellent. MagicBob's version of this same effect can be viewed at More Than Magic! program #1, at the 23:38 mark at http://www.ChristianMagician.org
Message: Posted by: MagicBus (Mar 2, 2013 10:16AM)
The Issue #4, March, 2013 issue of "Grand Magic" is out now. Another job well done, includes some new items for sale that I do not remember seeing before. Duane and Mary will be at the Magicfor HIM Conference March 14-16 in Tampa, Florida- see http://www.MagicforHIM.com Gospel routines this month include for the Professor's Nightmare and the Prayer Vase.
Message: Posted by: MagicBus (Mar 2, 2013 11:45AM)
Just a total sidebar on the above, on page 12 Duane has an ad for his excellent "Tribute, Inspiration and Magical Legacy" book, very reasonably priced at $15. One of the magicians Duane writes about is Jay Marshall from Chicago. Someone on http://www.youtube.com posted Jay performing many of his signature effects from 1996 at Magic, Inc.- these are EXCELLENT. Just put "Jay Marshall magic" in the search box on youtube, and these videos will be displayed for free viewing. Many wonderful routines are there including Jay singing "If I Had My Way" with Lefty (priceless), his linking ring routine, his famous thumb tie, various forms of hat folding, etc.. It is amazing how Jay even as a senior citizen could still be extremely entertaining. Both the sound and video quality are good too before this very small audience probably in the back of the shop. Great stuff, I wish I could only be a fraction that good of a performer.
Message: Posted by: Terry Holley (Mar 2, 2013 12:20PM)
This is another sidebar to the thread topic, but I know that what I will share here is near and dear to Duane's heart.

I spoke to Jay Marshall at an FCM Annual Convention at Winona Lake back in the mid-80's. It was my understanding that this was his first FCM visit. He was there with a friend of his that was in the FCM. I believe his friend's name may have been Nick.

I asked Jay what he thought about the convention. He was positive as he stated that it was a very family-friendly convention. But then he said something that never left me.

He looked me in the eye and asked something along these lines: "If the message that the FCM has is as important as you all say it is, why do so many of the FCM performers wrap that message in such a poor package?"

Something for ALL of us to think about!

Message: Posted by: tbaer (Mar 2, 2013 12:32PM)
MagicBus, I also enjoy the "Grand Magic" Duane puts out. I just purchased the "2+2=5" routine. I knew how it worked even before I ordered it. I like how this simple routine of everyone agreeing when making a group decision, can lead right into "just because everyone else is doing it doesn't mean it's right" Matthew 7:13-14.

This routine wasn't in the "Grand Magic" March edition, but was sent in a separate email. If anyone got this email and watched the video demo, the card holder Duane used was made by Fairchild, according to David, and really looks nice. Whoever is on Duane's email list should have gotten this. Unfortuately the card holder doesn't come with the effect. I don't want to put a lot of money into a card holder that holds 8 cards, so does anyone have any ideas as to what can be used to hold 8 cards that doesn't cost an arm and a leg?
Message: Posted by: Terry Holley (Mar 2, 2013 02:41PM)
On 2013-03-02 13:32, tbaer wrote:
Unfortuately the card holder doesn't come with the effect. I don't want to put a lot of money into a card holder that holds 8 cards, so does anyone have any ideas as to what can be used to hold 8 cards that doesn't cost an arm and a leg?
An octopus? :winker:
Message: Posted by: tbaer (Mar 3, 2013 06:53PM)
Terry, an octopus would work out pretty good. I found a website that carries 15" card holders.
Message: Posted by: MagicBus (Apr 2, 2013 01:39PM)
The April issue of "Grand Magic" is now out, with pages 40-48 being about Gospel magic.

On page 42, there is a quote by Duane: "Is your vision about ministry through Gospel Magic as big as God would have it to be?" If you have that same question, I would encourage you to read "The Circle Maker" by Pastor Mark Batterson http://www.MarkBatterson.com - a great book regarding Christians praying more and what God specifically has done in the Washington DC area.

This month's routines are "What God Has Not Promised!" by Duane using a mouth coil based on Psalm 34:19 and Psalm 30:5. If you have an Abbott's church silk cabby (like I do), there is also an additional nice routine by Bob Utecht (shared by Larry Belitz of South Dakota) using that prop. A new feature also with "Grand Magic" is a a link to check out the videos that go with this month's issue.

I have not ever seen "Four Steps To The Right Conclusion" now available at http://www.laflinmagicstore.com , very reasonably priced at $12.50 list (less with a Grand Magic subscriber discount). Nice also to see a picture of musician Arthur Stead (he was Peter Frampton's keyboardist) in this issue as well, MagicBob and I shared a few laughs with Arthur at the 2011 FCM convention where Arthur was a lecturer. Never know who you'll run into at these conventions!
Message: Posted by: themagiciansapprentice (Apr 5, 2013 04:23AM)
From the April "Grand Magic Magazine",

I got my miser's coin pail, found I'd already got an aluminium flower pot from IKEA that is the same size.

Great read again this month, especially about not holding onto lines or tricks that need reworking or dropping.
Message: Posted by: MagicBus (Apr 5, 2013 08:11AM)
I have a big collection of Miser's Dream buckets. Bed, Bath and Beyond has a nice heavy utility bucket for about $10, but I prefer the less heavy utensil utility buckets from Wal-Mart- only about $5.00. They have two versions- the regular "steel" finish and another one I really like- it is a brown brushed finish and even comes with a glass lid! Kinda a neato look, and appears really normal as it even has the fitting lid. The Baxt Boy and a Bucket DVD is really good for a simple routine.
Message: Posted by: MagicBus (May 10, 2013 09:15AM)
Another 55 pager of ADVANCE is out (May issue). Good idea by clever Michigander Randy Craven (lives near E. Lansing) on the storage of the Palmo gimic. Duane's special preparation of adding machine rolls- nice!- that alone is worth the subscription price- to be used via a small dove pan type device that I have not seen before. Duane is an amazing guy to put these magazines out month after month while preparing for his illusion show season which begins again later this month.
Message: Posted by: Mike Maturen (May 10, 2013 10:15AM)
Plus, Roger, Duane is a stand-up guy! I have had a few PM conversations with him and he truly cares about others.

On the Miser's Dream: I am going to be using Baxt's routine for it. The bucket I intend to buy is a silverware container from Gordon Food Service. I have seen them in polished or brushed finish, and they are built to last.

I also just bought a "visible Miser's Dream tumbler here on the Café a few days ago, and may open with that and then switch to the bucket...or vice-versa.
Message: Posted by: MagicBus (May 10, 2013 11:22AM)
Duane I see per in the last issue of ADVANCE has now available on DVD his own 5 coin Miser's Dream routine. All can be purchased from http://www.LaflinMagicStore.com