Author Archives: Andrew Pinard

Harrington Grand Quick Step

Well, the reports of my demise have been greatly exaggerated. While I will return to my history of Card Magic literature at some point (it’s mostly written); I got distracted by other things. In the meantime, I have been performing … Continue reading

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Research Tips & Techniques

I originally wrote this for a meeting of the New England Magic Collectors Association (of which I am a member and Editor of The Yankee Magic Collector), but it might be of interest to some of my readers. Since, I … Continue reading

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RESPECT (Thanks to Scot Grassette and Aretha…)

My buddy, Scot Grassette, owns a performing arts venue up in Rumford, ME and has been performing for decades. 49 Franklin Reception Hall and Mystic Theater (http://www.49franklin.com/) was a former church and has been lovingly transformed into a cultural center with … Continue reading

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Magical “Talent”?

Much moaning and wailing has been made on the “magic” interwebs of late on the success of a British magician on Britain’s Got Talent who performed commercially available (as opposed to commercial) effects with the implication that this might be, … Continue reading

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An Incomplete History of Card Magic Literature: The Early Years

While magic books have always included sections on card magic (call them “general books” on magic) – going back to Reginald Scot‘s The Discoverie of Witchcraft (1584), it was likely that one of the first dedicated solely to card tricks written … Continue reading

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An Incomplete History of Card Magic Literature: Intro

An article of this type is destined for failure. I started this endeavor as a response to an online poll of card books with status similar to J. B. Bobo‘s New Modern Coin Magic (1966), itself a revised and expanded … Continue reading

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Seeking advice

I participate (well, mostly lurk) in many online magic forums where “magicians help magicians” (more on that later). This morning, I responded to a request from someone looking for information on a particular effect. Now they weren’t looking for the … Continue reading

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The Vernon Companion – Review Part II

It has been many years since I have sat down and read a magic book from cover to cover in only a few days, but it just happened with Michael Perovich’s The Vernon Companion. The book arrived Saturday, I began … Continue reading

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The Vernon Companion (with apologies for my absence)

It has been a busy fall, with magic of diverse varieties: the second season of my monthly show, Discovering Magic, has been graciously received; The Yankee Magic Collector #16 (I am the editor and producer) has come out with sixteen contributors … Continue reading

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Choices & Process

The summer of 2014 has been a remarkable one for me as a performer. I have traveled more frequently, presented more (and varied) programs and had the opportunity to work with people whose work I respect. Even though I post … Continue reading

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