Dantini the Magnificent

Dantini the Magnificent Dantini has become a bit of a hero to me. I never knew him and yet his life inspires me. Two of the images for this piece are paintings by the great Paul Moscatt. They are posted here by permission. Dantini was born Vincent Cierkes in 1906. He...

The Value of Magic and Mentalism

The Value of Magic and Mentalism I attended a Chamber of Commerce event recently. At my table was a person who owned her own real estate company, a commercial banker, a financial planner, and an attorney. As happens at these events, we introduced ourselves and spoke...

Selling Hope by Kristen O’Donnell Tubb: A Review

Selling Hope by Kristen O’Donnell Tubb: A Review I love magic, I love the history of magic. I love vaudeville and Buster Keaton. I went looking for a work of fiction that could draw me into the world of vaudeville and I found so much more.  I have always...

Generations

Generations I recently stumbled across an image of some young well-dressed magicians at the table with one of magic’s all-time greats – Howard Thurston. Among those young magicians was Bob Tilford and Phil Thomas. When I knew Bob and Phil, they were much older. They...

Chan Canasta

Chan Canasta by Ida Kar, vintage bromide print, late 1950s I think Derren Brown will be remembered as one of the all-time great mentalists. Fortunately for all of us he is still in his prime and if you want to, you can see him perform. He will certainly be the focal...