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“The Bullfrog” magazine
Numéro Zéro
Routines by Yoann, Astone Cyrille, Father Alex, and “friends.”

Quarterly publication, by subscription.

I can’t remember where I saw it first, but it doesn’t really matter. The important thing here is that I DID see it SOMEWHERE, and I saw it in time to pick up the inaugural issue, prior to their full-blown, subscription-based release.

Okay… this is not going to appeal to everyone… particularly the spoon-fed “spell-it-out-for-me-with-pictures” crowd. You will require some of your own resource material, given that the authors will refer to specific source materials, but will not teach the referenced items (at least, not in this premier issue). You will need to know some better-than-basic- handlings. Even so, I give this a guarded “thumbs up.”

The material (5 items; 4 of which are related to cards) comes from a clever “brain-trust” of French magicians. I had always hoped for another “Five Times Five” from Richard Kaufman, on the magic of France, but I suppose that this is as close as we will ever come, at least in the present or near future.

Truth be told, I have no issue with the broken English in the descriptions. Frankly, I am thrilled to have a magazine from such a team of brilliant minds of French magicians, and I am extremely grateful to them for their efforts in translating their work into English. This is a HUGE benefit, not only to English speaking magicians, but to the magic world, as a whole.

I would, however, appreciate it if they would attend to some of the details: i.e.: correctly label each of the photos/diagrams if they are going to refer to them as “fig. 1,” "fig 2,” and "fig 3,” (granted, some do, but then again, some don’t), and I would especially appreciate it if they would provide source material for the items, sleights, etc., that are mentioned but not described.

Even though I have some issues with “issue #0,” I did go ahead and subscribe to the first year of quarterly offerings. Although I have my differences with the format and content of the premier issue, I still see the promise in what this team has to offer.

Looking forward to Issue #1…
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Thanks for the review Magiguy. I've been looking at this for a while trying to decide whether I want to take the plunge. I've always respected your posts and reviews, so I think I'll give it a shot! Truth be told, I'm glad it doesn't spoon feed - check out the thread on YouTube spoon feeding. Ughhh.

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Thanks, Vlad. Given what I think I know of your library (or at least your knowledge of resources, based on some of your posts) I think that you will enjoy this. I'll be interested to hear your opinion once you receive it.

Perhaps I also should have mentioned that the magazine and artwork are very well put together. The production quality is more like a well produced booklet than a magazine. 19 pages, saddle stitched.
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