Magic Quotes #8

But it is well known that if magicians in general would pay more attention to the presentation of tricks they are using instead of continually looking for ‘something new’ they would be much better off —- and so would magic. 

Theo Annemann, 1936

Written in 1936 yet even today it’s not “well known”. 

Magic Quotes #7

No wonder wives and mothers tire of magic. They are always the first upon whom a new one is in- flicted. Besides, they invariably see them before it has been perfectly learned, and catching them call it all very silly. A man invariably tells of his wife’s accuteness at ‘catching on’. Do they realise that a wife or mother knows every little habit and gesture of a man? If he steps out of his self for a second in performing a trick, and makes a move foreign to his ordinary actions, she has i t every time. Allof which brings me to my case. My mother was tired of magic before I was fifteen. I asked her today i f she’d like to see a good one. Not having been pestered (in that manner) for a long time she consented. I told her she was to select a card with the deck in her own hands. As I handed It over I deftly palmed one from the top as per instructions and waited. Shuffling the deck a little, mother an off-hand manner, “I thought you said I was the one to take a card.”I quit right then. What price attainment?

Theo Annemann

The Jinx

Started reading “The Jinx” and am really enjoying every issue. Annemann had a great sense of humour, solid publishing ethics for a magazine and to top it all off he just so happens to be a creative genius. I think magic would benefit from a publication like the Jinx coming round again; something without news that concentrated on good tricks for real performers.

Loved this quote –

Mind you, I’m not kicking as I don’t give a hoot for all the curbstone magi in the world – and there are some good ones. But forcing magic on people who otherwise wouldn’t be bothered with buying i t is what helps hurt the bus iness. Let them become interested themselves and you’ll have a true subject who won’t kid or fool with the trick as a novelty and show i t to every- one he meets. And to paraphrase a remark that Fred Keating once made; “If Magic is dead, it is because it has been murdered.”

Magic Quotes #6

When I see someone spend $500 at a convention, or even $1000 for the trick with the little ball that gets into the glass, or the cup that gets into…whatever, it makes me sick. But when it’s books, thats the best possible investment.

Arturo de Ascanio

Magic Quotes #5

It is simply not true that you’re a better magician because you’re better informed. You may be luckier, or you may have more books, more money or more time. Maybe you’re a bit more knowledgeable, but you’re not a better magician.

Arturo de Ascanio

Magic Quotes #4

Do not be put off by friends telling you it’s not worth the effort to learn a second deal, as it has very little use in card magic, it is a sleight of considerable power which has not been used extensively, simply because not many people do it. It’s not that they cannot do it, but that they think they cannot do it. Once this mental block has been pushed aside progress will be rapid.

Roy Walton