First off, THE FUCKING SCOTT ROBINSON BOOK IS HERE!!!!1!!ONEONE!!!
When I heard that he quietly released this at the TRICS convention a few weeks ago, I literally sharted in anger that I wasn’t there to give him a huge fucking hug and a kiss on such a momentous occasion, and was overcome with relief that the wait is finally over…
PURE IMAGINATION IS HERE!
I first read about Scott in Steve Beam’s ‘The Trapdoor’ and fell in love with his unorthodox, yet amazingly elegant solutions to things like ‘Dr Daley’s Last Trick’, ‘Jack Syna(ps)ces’ and the ‘Ultra Mental deck’ AKA ‘The Invisible Deck’ (See ‘Riding the Wave’). If you’ve never seen any of Scott’s material, here’s a taste of what to expect.
I began to pore over everything he had released or published, including his ‘Sleight Club’ notes, contributions to Steve’s other major ongoing ‘Semi-Automatic Card Tricks’ series and waited patiently to hear when it was coming out. It’s here and I am so fucking grateful for it.
I just received my copy and it is absolutely gorgeous; smooth, purple satin fabric in the same shape as the retrospective edition of Jack Parker’s ’52 Memories’, which you should already own. Currently, it’s available from most magic dealers for approx $60 USD, this is one of THE magic books to get right now.
Next up is a freebie, but holy shit has this come out at the right time.
Harapan Ong’s ‘To Your Credit’.
Unfortunately, crediting in magic is often overlooked, misplaced or misguided when looking at the huge amounts of new (and old) material literally smacking you in the face every day. The reality is that if you were to just go on face value from the book/DVD or download you’re enjoying, you may not be getting the full picture or understanding of what you’re learning.
This is why GOOD, unadulterated crediting is so crucial in not only understanding a method, plot or effect’s genesis and evolution for yourself, but also for authors, creators and historians researching and having a consistent shared view as a community for what has come before. Too many magicians can now easily publish something without references, credits or acknowledgements and all it creates are historic tangents, devoid of purpose other than ego and dick-swinging.
Harapan’s 80 page e-book covers off the pitfalls and risks with improper crediting, while also identifying when, how and why you should credit and creating a need to research and understand what has come before, and why it’s important to ask those questions and seek out that information. Currently, this is only available as a download from Vanishing Inc for free, I highly recommend getting this and taking every lesson he shares to heart
Last but not least are some new books from the underground Chicago-based magician, Jeremiah Zuo
I met Jeremiah through Tom Dobrowolski almost 10 years ago when I was in Chicago and he fooled the fuck out of me. He recently released two new book projects, ‘Confessions of a Magic Fan’, a collection of his card magic routines and some of his moves, as well as ‘Hollingworth for Mortals’, a variation of Guy Hollingworth’s Reformation T&R.If you’re into Coin magic, definitely worth checking out his ‘Institutes of a Coin Magic Fan’.
Currently, the Coin/Card books are available for $25 USD plus postage each, and the Hollingworth variation is available for $15 plus postage. You can only get these from Jeremiah directly. Tell him Larry said Hi!