Friday, 16 July 2010

Ha! I'm over a year late and I STILL beat Gambit Issue 2!

So here we are again, happy as can be, all good friends and jolly good company!

Well, we're here anyway. It's a start...

For reasons unknown I suddenly feel revitalised about donning the mantle of blogger, which is handy since I have tons of things to tell you about: good, bad and ugly. I will, of course, let you decide for yourself which is which.

This weekend's big news is the Essential Magic Conference and if you don't know what that is, or worse, you do know and you haven't signed up, then you are missing out BIG TIME.

Come back and read this blog some more later, but for now go and sign up for the conference:

Done? Good. So, as I said, I have lots more to share with you, but for now, here are three other things you should know about and you've got time to check out quickly before this evening's EMC lectures start:

Bargain of the week: Scott Guinn is having an 'all my ebooks are $5' sale. There are at least half-a-dozen that I think are fantastic and you really ought to take the plunge. Start off with Marked For Death, That's How We Do It and any random one of his card magic ebooks and take it from there:

Best trick I've learnt this week: Eric Jones's Audio. If you haven't seen this you are in for a treat! It's been a long time since I've wanted to add any new coin magic to the ol' Elsdon reperoire, but Audio is one of those effects that is simply too good not to learn. Regular coins + a bit of skill + brilliant thinking = killer trick. Well done Mr Jones!

Watch it here:

and then buy it here:

Best recent book that I'm annoyed that I still haven't made the time to start studying: Vortex by Tom Stone. Tom is a dreamer of dreams (only a very few of which are of the pipe variety), a keeper of notebooks, a student of the art and a creator of some considerable repute. I've thoroughly enjoyed reading his ebook releases over the last few years, adding several of his brilliant effects to my arsenal in the process, and I'm very pleased to have some of his work in more permanent form. The design, layout and artwork all look fantatstic and I know that the material is top-notch, so now all I've gotta do is sit down and actually read the thing... I'll report back as soon as I do.

Vortex available here: