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The Web is littered with magic-related sites. You don’t need me to find them. But here’s a few I consider note-worthy.


Genii Magazine http://www.geniimagazine.com
The Genii Forum http://www.geniimagazine.com/forum/

I’ve been a columnist for Genii since 1994, and I’m proud to be associated with this longtime staple of the magic community. I’ve been reading the magazine since I was a boy, and since Richard Kaufman took over the masthead he has done a superb job of continuing that great tradition. If you haven’t taken a look at Genii lately, you’re missing out on the most intelligent and content-driven magazine in all of magic – and also with great magic tricks you won’t find anywhere else.

Although I’m not much of a fan of online chat groups – I don’t listen to talk radio or watch talk television either – nevertheless I confess that thanks to some smart and restrained moderating, the Genii Forum continues as one of the smartest on the net. It’s free, so if you haven’t checked it out, you should.


Stephen Minch http://www.hermeticpress.com

Stephen is probably the greatest technical writer (that is, describer of other magician’s material) of our time, if not of all time. His Hermetic Press also is the publisher of consistently superb magic books, maintaining the highest standards of both content and design. He’s also a dear friend of many years, and I’m extremely pleased that Hermetic is publishing my first major book project, Shattering Illusions.


The Learned Pig Project: An on-line repository of magical documents
     http://www.thelearnedpig.freeservers.com

Electronic media is an important tool for rescuing magic’s literature from the past. The Learned Pig Project is one of the most important and interesting of these efforts.


Magical-Pastimes: The On-Line Journal of Magic History
     http://www.uelectric.com/pastimes/

George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” A magician without history is a magician without foundation or depth. Here’s a great site to keep up on the latest information about our important and collective past.


Meir Yedid http://www.magictimes.com

From the past to the present: this is magic’s number one site for breaking news. Bookmark it and check it often.


Monday Night Magic http://www.mondaynightmagic.com
Magical Nights Inc. http://www.magicalnights.com

I am a co-producer of Monday Night Magic, New York’s longest-running Off-Broadway magic show, now in its 6th year. You can sign up for our weekly emails at the site – the show changes every week. Monday Night Magic is produced by Magical Nights, the pre-eminent source for high quality magical entertainment for sophisticated audiences. We provide magic and more for events from 10 to 10,000.


Christoph Wasshuber http://www.lybrary.com

Another publisher of electronic books, rescuing magic’s literature from the past. Lybrary.com is also the publisher of my CD-ROM collection of Genii book reviews. See http://www.jamyianswiss.com/shop.html for ordering information.


The Unofficial Caesars Magical Empire site
     http://home.earthlink.net/~hrburdette/

Although I haven’t been back for years, I did two long engagements at Caesars, the first only a couple of months after they opened. And I can prove it: I’m listed on this unofficial fan site!



MAGICIANS

I’m sure I’m leaving somebody important off this list, but I’m a fan of every one of my magician friends on this list, and you should be too.

Lee Asher http://www.leeasher.com
Simon Aronson http://www.simonaronson.net
David Ben http://www.davidben.com
Eugene Burger http://www.magicbeard.com
Lance Burton http://www.lanceburton.com
Michael Close http://www.michaelclose.com
Tim Conover http://www.timconover.com
Chris Ivanovich http://www.blacklagoon.org
Mac King http://www.mackingshow.com
Jon LeClair http://www.leclairanimator.com
Max Maven http://www.maxmaven.com
Jeff McBride http://www.mcbridemagic.com
Brian Morton http://www.liesofbrian.com
Danny Orleans http://www.orleansmagic.com
Penn & Teller http://www.pennandteller.com
James Randi http://www.randi.org
Marco Tempest http://www.newmagic.com



I’m often asked to provide sources for new and used magic books. Here’s an incomplete list. (In alphabetical order – no favoritism is intended or implied.)

NEW & USED

Denny & Lee Magic Studio
325 South Marlyn Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21221
W: 410 686 3914
FAX: 410 686 6953
ORDERS: 888 207 8374
E-mail: dennymagic@aol.com
http://www.dennymagic.com


Richard Hatch
Charlie Randall
H&R Magic Books
3839 Liles Lane
Humble, TX 77396-4088
Work: (281) 454-7219
Fax: (281) 540-4443
E-mail: richard@magicbookshop.com
charlie@magicbookshop.com
http://www.magicbookshop.com


PRIMARILY USED

Bradbury Associates
3318 Karnes Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64111
E-Mail: dbjb@sky.net
http://www.bradburybooks.com


Michael Canick Booksellers
Work: 200 East 83rd Street
New York, NY 10028
(212) 585-2990
Fax: (212) 585-2986
E-mail: canick@panix.com
http://www.abebooks.com/home/CANICK/


Mario Carrandi
Work: (908) 874-0630
122 Monroe Ave.
Bell Mead, NJ 18502
http://www.carrandimagic.com


John A. "Andy" Greget
5575 E. Sheena Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ 85254-2961
(602) 404-3100


Byron Walker
PO Box 3186
San Leandro, CA 94578
(510) 276-1854

 

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