I wonder how many thousands of kids were introduced to the joy of magic from buying TV Magic Cards after watching this commercial that ran on TV ad nauseum in the early 1970s.
Magician/pitchman Marshall Brodien delivered his enthralling patter in a flat Midwest accent that has stuck in my mind for decades (he pronounced "card" as "cared"). The cards' effect was wondrous, at least to my 10-year-old imagination.A dollar ninety-eight was too dear for me, but I finally got a deck for my birthday. They truly were as wonderful as I'd hoped. I thought the way the cards actually worked was even cooler than the effects you could do with them.
Gareth Branwyn reminded me of this deck after he reviewed my new book, Trick Decks, at Make. He had the cards, too!
The cards are still available today, with the same cool shared-A logo on the cover! The price, $6.75 on Amazon, is cheaper than the original price when you adjust it for inflation. I just bought a deck for my daughter Jane. She's going to love it.
Tenyo is a Japanese magic trick company that’s been around since 1960. They are well known for making clever props. (My friend Richard Kaufman, who often writes for Boing Boing, wrote a 1,400-page two-volume set about the company, called Tenyoism) Here’s a Tenyo puzzle trick called The Perpetual Puzzle (It’s available on Amazon). You start […]
I became interested in magic when I was a young teenager, then dropped out for one reason or another. About five years ago I started getting interested again, this time in card magic (as opposed to stage magic). I had fun making doctored cards to use in my tricks, so in 2015 I wrote and […]
Emory Williams Sr., 82, has been performing magic for 70 years. He owns and operates a tiny roadside magic shop east of Tucson, Arizona. Scott Craven of the Arizona Republic profiled Williams, and took photos of his place. He also took a video of Williams performing a trick. Calling it a shop is giving it […]
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