Real Craftsmen in Magic

IF YOU LOOK AROUND TODAY AT MAGIC that is sold by the ton to the fraternity, there are hundreds of gizmo cards,  bits of cardboard, fake coins, routines and things that are cooked up from such sources as stationers, hardware shops and the like. There are few pieces of beautifully handmade magic that are created and […]

Eastbourne – The Geoffrey Durham Memorial Lecture.

 THE IBM HAVE HAD SOME GREAT AND DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS at this highlight event – John Fisher, John Calvert, Michael Bailey, Gay Blackstone, Alan Shaxon and others. This  presentation  commemorates their former secretary Jeffrey Atkins and this year’s lecture was outstanding and one of the best. Geoffrey Durham, superb actor, director and long standing professional magician gave a masterly lecture with an […]

Climax to The Linking Rings

EVERYBODY DOES THE LINKING RINGS at some time in their magic career. Some presentations are serious a la Ching Ling Soo some are funny a la Whit Haydn. But either way, in the right hands it is a great trick – which is why so many of us do it. The usual climax is the mass […]

Al Koran – The Early Years

I KNEW AL WHEN HE WAS EDWARD DOE  a gentleman’s hairdresser at The Ritz Hotel in London. That was in the ’50’s when he used to meet up with our group – Jack Avis, Alex Elmsley, Roy Walton, Ted Danson,. Bobby Bernard and myself on Saturdays when we hounded the magic stores. He was mad […]