Sad to hear the news of the recent passing of Dennis Loomis. A full obit will appear in our next issue.
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A mandala is an ancient and powerful magical symbol that transcends the boundaries of religion and art, unifies all, and leads one to true meaning in all one pursues. In seeking to embrace these qualities, …
Feature Story: How it’s Done:
Eric DeCamps Brings Pure Magic to Chicago:
Chicago is a theater town. For decades, the city has fostered an environment in which one-man shows have been born and grown, found audiences, and flourished. Enter Eric DeCamps, a New Yorker through-and-through. In October of 2012, with an eye on the city that welcomes one-man shows with open arms, DeCamps debuted his own production Pure Magic, in Chicago.
Feature Story: Deceiving the Deceivers:
What Happened at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory?
For over 30 years Hank Lee’s Magic Factory has been an icon in the magic supply industry setting themselves apart from other magic dealers early on in the game and creating a successful business. So what happened? We dig in and unearth some information and details that describe what led to the fall of the Factory.
Feature Story: DON LAWTON – THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN PUN by Steve Dick
In the early days of the Magic Castle, Don Lawton was a familiar face and popular host.. A part of the “rat pack” of magic that included such people as Clarke “The Senator” Crandall, Karrell Fox, Bob Lewis, and Jay Marshall, Don held his own mixing magic with silly and sometimes cornball humor that only served to endear him more to the people around him. Learn why this very punny man was beloved, not only by his magic peers, his clients, but also the many people who visited the Magic Castle
Feature Story: Howard Hamburg: Underground Magic, Loyal Friendships, and Cherished Memories by Brent Geris
Howard Hamburg has been around for decades, but it’s only recently that people have really started to take notice of his incredible card work or even heard his name. His close friendships make up a who’s-who of magic, and despite the fact that he is in his seventies, he is rapidly becoming the hippest cat in the room.
Feature Story: Justin Willman: Not Just Incredible
Whether you know him under his old moniker – Justin Kredible, or his real name – Justin Willman, you have to agree that his style of magic and personality are a force to be reckoned with. He is all over the place and constantly working on more. How did this guy come to be the host of numerous television shows? How did he gain recognition on such shows as Ellen and The Rachael Ray Show? How did he blow through two names? Writer Ryan Oakes explains it all.
Congratulations to the winners of our trailer contest. These three winners will receive a 1 year subscription to The Mandala.
3rd place Michael Ross
2nd place Matthew Noah Falk
1st place Richard Hatch who identified…
Here are the magicians we were looking for (and the timecode they first appear):
0:00 Joe Gold
0:00 Christopher Carter on poster
0:00 Servais LeRoy on poster
0:00 Thurston on poster
0:02 Houdini on poster
0:15 Jonathan Levit
0:16 Loch David Crane
0:20 Hiawatha Johnson, Jr.
0:23 Michael E. Johnson a.k.a. Magician Michael
0:24 Shin Lim
0:31 Presto the Digitator from Presto’s Magic Shop in Long Beach, CA
0:46 Felix Ryan
1:34 Alexander on poster
1:40 Peter Winch
1:44 Nich Dupoch
1:44 Carter Poster
1:45 Tom Meseroll
1:47 Chung Ling Soo on poster
1:49 William Draven
1:51 Akua Shin
1:56 Brian Gillis
1:59 Rob Zabrecky
2:05 Steve Wastell
2:05 Shawn McMaster
2:17 Hermann The Great on poster
2:18 Ed Alonzo on packaging of trick
We did not accept names of actors playing magicians. We only accepted names of people who consider themselves magicians.
watch the trailer again, and see if you can spot them:
Check back here tomorrow at noon for information on our upcoming contest where three winners will win a year’s subscription to The Mandala! You don’t want to miss this.
Feature Story: Miracles of Rare Device—The Theatrical Magic of Christian Cagigal
Christian Cagigal is a name you probably don’t recognize, but he has developed quite a following performing his unique theatrical magic presentations of a bizarre nature. David Hirata describes Christian’s journey to this place, the film that is in the works based on one of Christian’s shows, and his thoughts on bizarre and theatrical magic in general.