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Genii 75th Birthday Bash : Day -2 (Part 2)

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 Richardがレジストレーションカウンターに持ってきた、その鞄の大きいことときたら!! そして、この重いこと!! ずっしりきます。

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比較としてバイシクルを置いてみました。

 そして、チャックを開けると中身はこんな感じ。

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 左が一段階開いた状態、右が完全に開いた状態。あちこちにあるポケットにいろいろなグッズが入っています。なんか、宝探しみたい!

 「どうだい、この鞄はカッパーフィールドからの寄付なんだよ!豪華になったなぁ」とRichard。仰る通りです。

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大会のパンフレットにメッセージが!



 全部で26種類のお土産がありました。その内容は…

Your Genii 75th Anniversary Birthday Bash Gift Bag

This folio containing your gifts was generously donated by my friend David Copperfield in celebration of Genii’s 75th anniversary.

Your gifts, a token of our appreciation for attending our celebration, are described below. Some items are readily visible in the folio, but others are hidden in various pockets. Have fun exploring! (One helpful hint: some of the instructions for the card tricks are in the zippered mesh compartment under the large flap on the left side.)
Thanks for attending our 75th Anniversary Bash and enjoy this wonderful folio of gifts donated by the many generous dealers, advertisers, and friends of Genii, The Conjurors’ Magazine.

Richard Kaufman

Juan Pair, donated by Juan Tamariz, Stephen Minch, and Genii
The publication of any new effect by the master Juan Tamariz is cause for celebration, but the publication of two, his handlings for an ungimmicked “Rising Cards” and Vernon’s “Travelers,” makes it a doubly special event. Written by Stephen Minch of Hermetic Press, these delightful routines will introduce you to a new culling technique by Juan as well as give you the usual Tamarizian lessons in the psychology of expert card handling.

The Blue Crown DVD Sampler, donated by The Blue Crown
Alex Pandrea, chief of The Blue Crown, has put together this special sampler of their DVD line just for our convention. It features David Roth performing and explaining his classic “Hanging Coins,” Tony Chang’s mind-banging “Sandwiches,” Richard Hucko’s clever “Hucko Steal,” and an excellent tutorial on The Turnover Pass by Pandrea, a true master of the sleight.

“Branded” donated by Tim Trono
Tim Trono’s amazing extension of Jack Tillar’s effect “Blister” will allow you to cause an ostensibly normal blister on your finger to visibly morph into the index of a chosen card—both the numeral and pip (and there are several to choose from). Your hands don’t go into your pockets and it’s something the spectator will never forget. This new handling contains a devilishly easy and deceptive force by Paul Wilson.

Lennart Green Deck (plus discount coupon for EMC products) donated by Luis de Matos and EMC
If there’s anyone who doesn’t think Lennart Green is cool I haven’t met him. And what better way to celebrate this Swedish maestro of the pasteboards than with a Lennart Green deck of cards, courtesy of Luis de Matos and the Essential Magic Collection. Don’t miss the wrapper on the deck because it offers you a 10 percent online discount off products from the Essential Magic Collection at essentialmagiccollection.com

“Olram Aces Plus,” donated by Jon Racherbaumer, Tim Trono, and Genii
There have been an untold number of versions of what most people think of as “McDonald’s Aces,” actually a routine of Johann Hofzinser’s dating back to 1850 called “The Power of Faith.” One of the best is Jon Racherbaumer’s “Olram Aces,” presented here in a new handling including the necessary gimmicked cards.

Big Blind Media DVD Sampler, donated by Big Blind Media
Owen Packard and Big Blind Media, purveyors of fine digital magic, have provided this DVD sampler which highlights their excellent YouTube channel and DVD sets, and has performances and explains of seven excellent effects from Cameron Francis, Joshua Jay, Terry Lagerould, Alan Rorrison, John Bannon, Dave Solomon, and Liam Montier.

“Moser’s Miracle Monte,” donated by Vanishing Inc.
Of all the Monte tricks inspired by Theodore DeLand’s “Pickitout” from 1907 (and that includes those by Eddie Taytelbaum, Mike Skinner, and Mike Rogers), the first real enhancement came from Harry Anderson. Wolfgang Moser’s handling takes that a step farther and is one of the most commercial tricks on the market. You receive the special cards and instructions.

“Intuition,” donated by Real Secrets
Since everything from Real Secrets is, well, a real secret, theoretically I can’t tell you about this. But that seems to be a contradiction since it’s being given to you in this gift bag! I guess I can tell you about it. One of the things which the Real Secrets team is very good at is disguising magical props as ordinary objects—in this case, an effect normally done with playing cards masquerades as one of those ubiquitous “blow-in” cards that are always falling out of magazines. “The Intuition Development Center” is going to help you expand your inner senses by separating red and black “squares.” I think you’ll be tickled by the method.

Reel Magic No.28 DVD, donated by Kozmo Magic
Reel Magic is a magazine-on-DVD, the only one of its kind in our field, and we’re very pleased that Kozmo, the brains behind it all, has donated the latest issue to all of you. The feature interview is with Josh Jay. The DVD features columns by Jon Armstrong, Garrett Thomas, and Simon Lovell; reviews by Wayne Kawamoto and David Regal; tricks explained by Josh Jay, David Acer, and Jim Loscutoff; and “move monkeys” with Steve Bargatze, Lou Carreon, and Kenny Shelton. Lots of fun stuff to watch and learn in this issue of Reel Magic.

Genii 75th Anniversary Magic Set donated by Hanky Panky Toys
Hanky Panky was very kind in donating a magic set for each one of you to celebrate Genii’s 75th birthday. As the only maker of magic sets endorsed by FISM, Hanky Panky has been making European magic sets for decades. For us, they have produced a miniature set containing half a dozen effects—all quite good, whether classic or new. Hanky Panky also manufactures custom magic sets for various magicians around the world.

Cheating at Cheating, donated by Magicana
After some generous words of welcome in which David Ben explains the mission of Magicana, his non-profit organization in Canada dedicated to the exploration of magic as a performing art, he treats us to a tricky bit of video titled “Cheating at Cheating.” In it he demonstrates but does not explain various bits of amazing card handling, much of which comes from The Expert at the Card Table. This is followed by an excerpt from a recent issue of Magicol titled “Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Erdnase.” Navigate through the excerpt using the arrow keys on your DVD remote control or computer keyboard (not your mouse). If you find viewing it on the screen inconvenient, you may download the article for free from www.magicana.com/geniibash.

Jay Sankey’s “The Fine Print,” donated by Elmwood Magic
Jay Sankey has created magic since the early 1980s, and I was pleased to write, illustrate, and publish his first two books Sankey Panky and 100% Sankey. This effect from Elmwood Magic emphasizes the simpler side of Sankey—a card force and the supplied special card produce a memorable miracle. Elmwood Magic will be having a drawing in the dealer room each night for a $100 gift certificate’s worth of products from their website.

Mahatma, donated by The Conjuring Arts Research Center
While magic had a rich history in Asia, the United Kingdom, and Europe, it was a bit of a slow-starter in the new United States, where the earliest magic dealers, the Lubins, C. Milton Chase’s father Nathaniel, and Joseph Hartz, didn’t open shops until somewhere between 1851 and 1860. The first magazine didn’t appear until 1895, but once it got going after a few false starts and different owners, Mahatma became an invaluable source of information and the progenitor of all American magic magazines that followed, including The Sphinx and, later, Genii. Published for 11 years, obtaining a full file of Mahatma over 100 years after it ceased publication was a Herculean task. The Conjuring Arts Research Center presents this CD-Rom containing every issue of Mahatma in full color, in fully-searchable PDF format. Note that this disc must be used in your computer, not a stand-alone DVD player.

“Alan Alan’s Dual Control” donated by L&L Publishing
“Dual Control” is an amazing utility gimmick. If you’ve ever wanted to perform the “Magnetized Pencils” or “Magnetized Cards,” where objects adhere to your skin as if by magic, or the “Rising Cards” with a borrowed deck, Alan’s handling of the Dual Control gimmick will enable you to do all that and more. I used to visit Alan Alan’s shop The Magic Spot and see him demonstrate this behind the counter and it always fooled me. Patrick Page hosts this DVD and also assists Alan with explaining the methods. It’s amusing to watch these two old pros (and friends) as Pat is trying to move Alan along during the explanations, with Alan having a hard time getting a word in. And take special note of the extra handling by Fred Kaps for the “Magnetized Pencil.”

“Mutanz” or “Headhunter,” donated by Robert Farmer
From the mysterious Mr. Farmer you’ll receive one of two of his most amazing packet tricks, both involving secretly gimmicked cards and mind-bending psychology for the utmost packeteer’s escape from reality.
※注:私のバッグにはHeadhunterが入っていました。昔買って良く遊んでたなぁ。

Jerry Andrus’s “Spook Blocks,” donated by Genii and the Estate of Jerry Andrus
I’ve always been a big fan of both of Jerry Andrus’s passions: magic and optical illusions. While I have published his optical illusion “Parabox” several times in the past, for our gift bag I sought out one of his more advanced items that has not been widely reproduced: “Spook Blocks.” It takes the simple optical effect of “Parabox,” where a concave three-dimensional item appears to become convex, and amplifies it, making your head spin with the impossibility of what you’re seeing.

The Magic of Méliès DVD, donated by Kino Video and Genii
Kino Video produces this wonderful DVD containing 15 films by Georges Méliès followed by a documentary George Méliès: Cinema Magician. Méliès was a magician and the manager of the Theatre Robert-Houdin, as well as one of the earliest film-makers and the discoverer of the special effect in cinema. In these films, some of which feature magical effects achieved through early special effects, you can still see the charm Méliès captured in his work. If you’ve seen Martin Scorsese’s extraordinary film Hugo, then get ready to experience the original Magic of Méliès.

“Dr. Sawa’s Fortune-Telling Card,” donated by Genii
When I published Sawa’s Library of Magic in the late 1980s, one of my favorite effects required a unique gimmicked card that allows you to reveal four predicted cards in different sizes and shapes. I’ve not seen a single person perform it even though it requires no sleight of hand and is unique in all of card magic. You’ll find new instructions herein along with the required special gimmick—please try it out.

“Scarne’s Ace Cutting,” donated by Ray Goulet
In his autobiography The Odds Against Me, John Scarne relates how he was able to cut to the Aces from a shuffled deck in the presence of well-known gamblers. The trick has been a legend for many years, and my guess is that Scarne used different methods based on the particular circumstance in which he found himself. Karl Fulves has published a riffle shuffle control that Scarne explained to him, and stated he used it for the Ace-cutting routine. Scarne tipped an entirely different method to Ray Goulet many decades ago. It is, Scarne told him, the technique he really used to cut to the Aces for Arnold Rothstein. Get ready to learn The Pinch.

Derek Dingle’s “Lightning Card to Wallet,” donated by Richard Kaufman
While later in life Derek Dingle, perhaps the greatest natural close-up sleight of hand artist of the 20th century, used the Card in Envelope style wallet usually credited to Paul LePaul, in the 1970s he used what is known as the Balducci/Kaps Wallet. Derek’s handling for the repeat Card to Wallet has never been published, and with it Dingle was able to load a wallet and bring it out of his pocket faster than anyone I’ve ever seen. I’ve kept this a secret for 30 years, but now it’s time to share it with you.

Theodore DeLand’s “Fadeaway Card,” donated by Genii
“The death of the back palm” trumpeted the ads by Theodore DeLand in The Sphinx magazine in 1908. The Back Palm did not die—far from it; it’s performed by magicians all around the world every day. But the principle behind DeLand’s “Fadeaway Card” has been a secret that some wily magicians have been using under the radar, even in FISM competitions. Yes, it really works, and the gimmick is now printed by the United States Playing Card Company to match a Bicycle deck. Don’t fool yourself by thinking that it doesn’t work!

Theodore DeLand’s “Eureka Card Trick,” donated by Genii
Theodore DeLand invented the principle of printing overlapping playing cards on the face of a single card for his “Phantom Card Trick” in 1907. With the “Eureka Card trick” of 1913, he combined the idea with a double ended card printed on the opposite side, creating a new dimension in card magic. The gimmick is printed by the United States Playing Card Company to match a Bicycle deck.

Tom Palmer’s “Insta-Flash!” Illusion, donated by Paul Osborne Illusion Systems
The late Tony Andruzzi’s real name (well, his second “real” name) was Tom Palmer, and he was one of the most creative and funny magicians of his time. Paul Osborne, illusion designer and a Genii columnist for many years, has drawn up a previously unpublished illusion concept by Palmer in honor of our 75th Anniversary.

Friendly Fire, donated by Ben Harris
This 142-page ebook is a compilation of magic and theory from Ben Harris’s New Directions Magazine, published from 1985 to 1987. The contributors include Jerry Andrus, Jon Racherbaumer, Jay Sankey, Steve Dusheck, Ian Baxter, Sixten Beme, Mike Gallo, Harry Lorayne, Ed Marlo, Richard Sanders and others. Locate the card in the folio with the URL and download the book. It expires on October 14, next Monday, so don’t wait!

PLF Marked ESP Cards, donated by Tannen’s Magic
I’ve been going to a magic shop owned by one of the Tannen brothers since the age of 7 or 8. First it was Mike Tannen’s Circle Magic, and then Lou Tannen’s at 1540 Broadway. Both were mystical places where dreams resided. Today Tannen’s Magic is owned and operated by Adam Blumenthal, an enterprising young man bringing back the great traditions of the company. Tannen’s Magic has donated a set of 5 specially-marked ParaLabs ESP symbol cards, which will allow you to perform some remarkable psychic miracles.

“All Roads Lead to Genii,” donated by … Genii (of course)
Hideo Kato’s ingenious effect “All Roads Lead to Rome” appears in the November 1986 issue of Genii. For our 75th Anniversary, I’ve produced a new and amusing version of this clever trick. No matter what magazine you try to read, all roads lead to Genii. But you already knew that or you wouldn’t be here!

The Lost Dai Vernon Lecture DVD, donated by Genii and The Estate of Dai Vernon
Every lecture that Dai Vernon gave was different, even if he was lecturing on the same effects and routines. This particular lecture (shot in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1976) has never been released before, and it offers yet again stunning proof of his masterful insight and ability in all areas of magic. It pleases me no end to be able to present this DVD to you because it contains some things that I saw Vernon do in 1983 when we first met and never thought I would see again, such as The Berg Knot and his masterful handling of The Bottom Change. The natural ease with which Vernon executes the extremely difficult card sleights in the second half really takes your breath away. This is a lecture to be treasured. The time codes indicate where each item begins.
“Cups and Balls” (3:10)
“Coins in Champaign Glass” (18:10)
Coin Star (24:00)
Various Coin Vanishes (25:00)
“The Tale of the Treasury-Worm” (28:19)
“The Daivergent Silk” (Color-Changing Handkerchiefs) (30:50)
The Berg Knot (33:10)
Vernon on the Card Index (36:00)
Vernon Handling of the “Sacks’ Dice Routine” (39:25)
“Salt Pour” (43:05)
“Four Balls in the Net” (46:34)
“The Peripatetic Walnuts” (57:23)
Double-Backed Cards and “The Trick that Fooled Houdini” (1:02)
Talk about the Double Lift, “The Progeny’s Transposition,” Leipzig’s Double Lift (1:05:30)
Talk about timing with the Pass and the Top Change (1:12:50)
Max Malini, Nail Nicking, and “The Siamese Aces” (1:13:45)
The Bottom Change (1:15:24)
The Top Change (1:16:24)
Color Changes, including Malini, Leipzig, and a Tenkai Palm Color Change (1:18:09)
Erdnase False Overhand Shuffle—Vernon Technique (1:21:27)
The Push-Through Shuffle and Cut (1:22:37)
Two Ways of Replacing a Palmed Card (1:23:53)
Riffle Pass, Diagonal Palm Shift, and Hand-Washing (1:25:43)
The Gambler’s Palm (1:27:30)
Time to Change Palm (1:28:47)
Video Loss of 4 Minutes While Audio Continues (1:30:35)
Erdnase Pushoff Second Deal (1:34:30)
The New Theory Second Deal (1:36:57)
Bottom Deal (1:38:40)
More Talk About The Double Lift (1:40:06)
A Loose Lift (1:42:23)
Double Lift Unload (1:42:56)
The Fingerprint Trick (1:44:30)
Controlling a Card to the Top or Bottom (1:49:50)
Leipzig Hindu Shuffle Force (1:51:15)
The Spectator Peek (1:52:09)
French Shuffle Bottom Control (1:53:18)
Brother Hamman’s “Pinochle Trick” (1:53:52)
Video Loss, though patter continues, and Vernon explains how he ends the trick cleanly.


…と、まぁとにかく豪華すぎるこの内容。Richardに「これ、後で売ったりするの? 売るとしたらいくらくらいになるの?」と聞いたら、「売る訳ないし、この内容だったら350ドル以下じゃ絶対に売れないね。売るだけこっちが損することになるからね!」と明快なお言葉。仰る通りです。



 私個人のハイライトは、こんな感じです。

(1)ミニチュアのマジック・キット

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 RichardがFISMで見つけてきたようで、馬鹿馬鹿しい感じがしますが素敵なマジックが入っています。

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 個人的にはコインの串刺し(写真の右上)、色の予言がお気に入り。早速演じてみましたが、結構いけます。

(2)“Juan Pair”と“Olram Aces Plus”

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 2冊の小冊子です。まずは、マジックの神様Juan Tamarizさんによる未発表の2作品が解説された“Juan Pair”。 作品そのものはレクチャーなどで実演されていますが、文章になるのは初めて。スティーブ・ミンチさんの明快な解説で非常に分かりやすくて、このうちの1つは練習してみたくなりました。
 これは近い将来Hermetic Press社から出版されるタマリッツさんの著作“flamenco”からの抜粋です。

 そして、"Olram Aces Plus"は、重鎮Jon Racherbaumerさんによる、エドワード・マルローさん風味の4枚のエースを使った名作です。それが、さらにグレードアップしています。

 この2冊のパンフレットは、アメリカ国内移動の時はずーっと読んでいました。

(3)パンフレット詰め合わせ

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 写真のように中身は大変豪華なのですが、特に名手ジョン・スカーニさんが演じて、その方法が知られていなかった“Scarne Aces”の秘密が明かされたのは本当にビックリ。後で実演を見せてもらったのですが、その不思議さにひっくり返りそうになりました。
 その他、デレック・ディングルの「財布の中に飛行するカード」の本当の方法や沢浩さんの素敵なカード当てなど、大変実用的で素晴らしい作品が詰まっています。

(4)Mahatma

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以前復刊されたものと共に。

アメリカ初の奇術専門誌『Mahatma』(1895年~1906年)がフルカラーのCD-ROMになりました。凄く面白い作品が沢山収録されている雑誌で、リサーチが非常に楽に出来ます。これ、The Conjuring Arts Research Centerから19.99ドルで発売されました。資料として持っておいて損はないです。

(5)The Lost Dai Vernon Lecture DVD

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ロベルト・ジォビさんのセミナーノートと共に。

 去年、マジックの神様Dai Vernonさんのレクチャー映像が新たに発掘されて、Magic-Con 2での目玉企画(シークレット・レクチャー扱いでした)となり、その後このDVDセットに収録されて私個人は狂喜乱舞しました。

 そうしたら、また新たなレクチャー映像が発掘されたのです。これにはRichardが狂喜乱舞。参加者の方でも「L&Lのレクチャーじゃね??」と勘違いされている方がいらっしゃいましたけど、世界初公開になるものです。

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あぁ、確かに見たことが無いや

 2時間にわたってみっちり様々な分野のマジックを神様ご本人がバリバリ演技、解説をされていきます。もう80歳近いはずなのに、完璧な演技なんですよね…。今まで実演を観た事がない作品もあって、もう口をぽかーんと開けながら観続けています。これだけで350ドルの価値があると思いました。



 あとは、“Intuition”という超能力的なマジックも大好きですね。これも数人の方に試していますが、凄く不思議に見えます。本当にこの内容をすべて消化するためにどれだけの時間が必要なんでしょう??

 この内容は、参加した775名+αの方々だけにシェアされたもの。その事実だけでも、なんか凄くウキウキしてしまいました。



 前田知洋さんと一緒にこのおみやげの内容と量の凄さに驚いていたら、一つ疑問が浮かびました。

「ねえ、Richard。これ、本当に凄いおみやげなんだけど、この鞄にこれだけのグッズを詰めるの誰がやったの? 凄く時間がかかったんじゃない??」
「うん、良い質問だ。誰がやったかって?まだやってないぞ。そして、やるのはお前さんだっ!!

…えっ!? 何も聞いていないよ?? そうか、だから「Yuki、時差ぼけもあるから2日前にはおいで」とRichardは言っていたのかぁ…orz 確かに「何でも手伝うから言ってね!」とは言ったものの…。

「Tomoはアーティストだから、明日はゆっくり過ごして身体のコンディションを整えてね。Yuki、お前は9時に本部集合で作業開始だ。遅れるなよ! 大丈夫だ、もっと仲間がいるからな! ロビーにあるスタバでコーヒーとサンドイッチ買ってくるの忘れるな!!」

 なんと突然の指令が下され、9時作業開始ならばもう寝ないといけません。こうして慌ただしく大会2日前が終わっていきました。

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