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Hello everyone!

I subscribed to Genii last May and I have now decided to read through older issues just see if I can find some gold before my subscription runs out (Rudy's double sandwich also had me thinking about Genii again). I am curious if any of you regularly perform anything from Genii?

The May 2000 Japan special issue was a great read. There is a interesting "in the spectator's hands" trick by Hideo Kato involving making even stacks of cards that is really great. Two even piles of cards are dealt. An odd extra card is selected and inserted into one pile. The spectator recounts and the odd card is gone, but has jumped over to the other pile, which is now odd. It seems simple, but really fooled my fiance.

Anyways, just wonering if anyone else has something special they could could share with me.

All the best,
Alex

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Newer, not older, but John Bannon's series, Dealing With It, has been running every other month since last year (January '17) and there are several terrific items in the series. I perform Rendezvous and another effect the name of which escapes me (elevator plot) and love 'em both.

Also, you were aware that as a subscriber to Genii you also have access to all 20 years of MAGIC Magazine, right? What a deal!

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Bannon's column is great. 

I liked the column Caleb Wiles had a while ago, in particular a card trick called Color Heist. It's a Reset but with backs changing color as well as faces changing.
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Big fan of the C/S/B routine with a glass. I believe I posted it here sometime back.
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The May 2000 Japan special issue was a great read...
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Alex,

The previous effect (Automatic Ace Triumph by Kuniyasu Fujiwara) in that issue you mentioned is also a great effect.

And in the June 2003 issue, you can find "Really" which is a great Harry Lorayne effect.

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Alex,

The previous effect (Automatic Ace Triumph by Kuniyasu Fujiwara) in that issue you mentioned is also a great effect.

And in the June 2003 issue, you can find "Really" which is a great Harry Lorayne effect.


I saw that ace effect! But I feel like I have seen the same effect reprinted elsewhere. Its a good one.

I will take a look at Really! - thanks for the tips

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This is not my list, this is from David Acer posted on another forum way back in 2011, but I always remember it and go back to it once in a while. Nice survey and variety from the mid-00's.

A few stand-outs from a purely subjective point of view: 


VENETIAN DECK (Tom Stone), August, 2005: Is it a gag or a trick? Either way, in the new millennium, it's really the only way a working pro should be using the Electric Deck. Andi Gladwin told me Chris Mayhew said Tyler Wilson loved it. 

DIMINISHING RETURNS (Daryl), September, 2005: A new plot in money magic based on a mathematical riddle, and one of the most brain-busting bill routines I've ever seen. No gimmicks—just a stack of currency and some inspired handling. 

OSMOSIS (Al Schneider), March, 2006: This is Al at his best—a groundbreaking approach to the coins-through-silk. Three coins are magically plucked through a sheer scarf, one after the other, with no fiddling in between. 

JACK PARKER ONE-MAN MAGICANAS (June 2006 & June 2007): Two stellar Magicanas by the late, lamented Jack Parker full of new plots, new sleights, and some of the most interesting card magic to come along in years. 

RAZOR BURN (Eric LeClerc), October, 2006: This trick looks so good it doesn't have to make sense. The magician holds a disposable (i.e., Bic) razor at his fingertips, when suddenly, it morphs into a fully loaded matchbook. 

PROGRESSIVE WILD COIN (Nathan Kranzo), October, 2006: Three silver coins become copper coins, which then become Chinese coins, all at the magician's fingertips. 

BURGOON'S BALLOONS (Tom Burgoon), November, 2006: Five-plus minutes of entertainment using nothing more than a Change Bag stuffed with animal balloons, and that's before you blow one up and start making your favorite animal. Hilarious for kids and adults. 

THROUGH THE DRINKING GLASS (R. Paul Wilson), January, 2009: The holy grail of impromptu card transpositions. One card is placed under a drinking glass, another is placed on top of the glass, and a third is shown on the deck before all three change places. Based on a Peter Duffie two-card transpo. 

BALLOON BANK-NITE (Hiro Sakai), February, 2009: Tom Sellers' Bank Nite plot gets a makeover from Hiro Sakai, who performs it with a folded hundred-dollar bill in one of five inflated balloons hanging from a rope that's suspended between two mic stands. Easy to do, fills the stage, and you can carry the whole trick in a coin purse. (a big coin purse) 

INTERPLAY (Bro. John Hamman), March 2009: A fascinating handling for Twisting the Aces, followed by a transposition of all four cards with another four-card packet. This generated a lot of buzz on the Genii Forum when it first came out, and Bob Farmer has some great work on it that will be published in an upcoming Magicana. (Bob willing) 

SIGNED QUARTER IN BALLOON (Michek Huot), May 2009: Michel could have released this as a one-trick DVD, but he chose to send it to the magazine he loves. And when MAGIC rejected it, he sent it to Genii HEYOOOOOOOO! A spectator lobs his initialed quarter into the air, and when it hits an inflated, transparent balloon in your hands, it drops inside. The balloon is popped, the quarter is returned, and the audience is dumbfounded. 

PETE McCABE'S TWILIGHT ZONE (September 2009): Definitely a right-place-at-the-right-time kind of trick, but totally awesome nonetheless—you hold a coin at your fingertips a foot or so in front of a mirror on any wall (living room, hallway, whatever) and ask a spectator to point to the spot on the mirror where they see it, then you reach over with your free hand and pluck the coin from that spot. At that moment, the coin is no longer in your other hand. Like I said—awesome. 

YANNICK LACROIX'S BERMUDA TRIANGLE (September 2010): Three coins vanish and reappear on the table inside a makeshift triangle formed by the coins themselves. A natural follow-up (or lead-in) to Camille Gastine's "Trangulation," published in the December, 2005 issue. 
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Nice, handy list - Thanks for sharing, Barden!  (Or should I thank David instead?!)

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Thanks for the list! I love going back and discovering things I missed.

BTW - the new Genii came today. New Bannon item and Magicana by John G.

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Looks like i am visiting Magic inc soon, then
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Thanks for the list! I love going back and discovering things I missed.

BTW - the new Genii came today. New Bannon item and Magicana by John G.

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And the Bannon item is yet another killer! How does he do it?!

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Another Genii issue, actually article, not to be missed is the 75th anniversary double issue from November-December 2012. Max Maven's article covering 75 years of Genii history is interspersed with 69 tricks selected by Richard Kaufman with most being from the pre-Kaufman era. These are among Richards favorites and cover a little of everything from close-up to parlor to Stage and illusions. A great read.

Everyone should also go back and read all of the Charlie Miller Magicana articles including the intermissions. Fun stuff.

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Another Genii issue, actually article, not to be missed is the 75th anniversary double issue from November-December 2012...


Actually, that was the issue I started my subscription to Genii Magazine with...

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Thanks for the list! I love going back and discovering things I missed.

BTW - the new Genii came today. New Bannon item and Magicana by John G.

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Thanks Mike!

Personally, I did not care for any of the card routines, but the mentalism routine taught there is nice.

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Also - a favorite of mine is Lu Lu Lemon by Chris Mayhew. A very cool impromptu card trick. Its in the Sept 2011 Genii.
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The new column by Al Schneider is worth taking a serious look at. The trick with the pop under move is going into my performance set.
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Ditto on Al Schneider. Original stuff and always eye opening.
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If you go back to 1958-1962 or so, you’ll find trick columns by Bascom Jones, Larry Becker and others
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The upcoming Magicana book should be amazing, but it is all available online.(Getting the book anyway and I already have all the Magicanna articles.)
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