Issue 2 of The Journeyman is now available – either click the link at the top of the page or the image in the sidebar. Same as before – once payment has been received I will email you the pdf file.
This issue contains –
- Poker Dice Prediction – a spectator freely rolls five poker dice, the cards are then thoroughly shuffled. Several hand of cards are dealt and the spectators chosen hand contains the exact same cards as those shown on the dice.
- Poker Dice Prediction 2
- Four Wheeler – an excellent contribution from Scottish card man Gavin Ross.
- Switchless Switch
- Rising Aces – a three phase multiple ambitious aces routine.
- The Real Hindu Shuffle
- Switchless Leaper
So just putting the finishing touches to issue two which will be ready in the next few days.
Am very happy with how this one has turned out; now with two extra pages and bonus amateur illustrations. Issue 2 contains several new cards tricks, top tips, some interesting observations on the Hindu shuffle and more.
Usually the children here at the orphanage are very energetic and a little rowdy at times (just kids being kids) which is hard when you’re trying to teach ten at a time how to vanish a ball.
None of the children here have ever watched magic before so I showed them Yu Ho Jin’s incredible manipulation act and they were all completely mesmerized; literally silent and in awe the entire time; it really is a beautiful piece of magic.
Following this they wanted to see some card magic so on I popped Ricky Jay and his 52 assistants and here they are all silent and enthralled –
So I’ve been teaching children magic here in India and it’s been an incredibly rewarding experience. Beginners card magic I’ve found the most fun but I also bought some magic props for the younger kids.
This the state of the them after two days. Almost everything broken 🙂
I also forgot just how diverse a subject magic is – you have to learn the physical sleight of hand, have good memory skills, teach them how to present and get them to think about what to say.
The old number trick has been a help in practicing mental arithmetic –
Some of the kids are picking it up very quickly and a good test has been teaching a simple coin or ball vanish –
In issue 2 of the magazine I go into more detail on the card trick they are being taught and the methods I’m using to try and help them improve quickly.
Thanks to everyone who bought issue 1 – have had some nice feedback and am now beginning to put together issue 2 which will include a couple of contributions which is great.
I’ll be away in a remote region of India for the next two weeks so anyone who buys issue 1 will have to wait until the 19th May before I can send it.
Am working on some layout changes and also trying to include some illustrations which should help to make things clearer.
Issue one is now available and ready for purchase – please see the new page at the top or click here for details. Please send any comments etc to me either via this site or at the email address provided in the magazine.
Hope you enjoy :-).
The Journeyman Years perfectly sums up how I feel about my journey travelling and studying magic and is where I’ve got the title for the magazine – The Journeyman. I’ve completed 95% of the first installment and just have one or two tweaks to make until it’s ready.
I’ve been in a signal dead zone for the last week or so crossing the famous Nullabor plains which is why I haven’t been able to type any updates for a while. I was hoping to upload the finished issue today but realise that I’ll be entering another dead zone for the next week or so which means that anyone buying the magazine will have to wait until I have internet before I can send it – I’d rather wait until I can send it to you within 24 hours.
I’ve had a few questions asking whether or not the magazine will be free and if not then how much will it be – it’s not going to be free and it’s not going to be very expensive either. I think a fair and reasonable price is £2.50 per issue – that way only people who are genuinely interested will consider buying it and then whether or not you continue to do so will depend entirely on the merit of the first issue.
Thanks for your patience guys 🙂
Thanks to Joe McKay for letting me know about the release of volume 3. Am super excited about this – it’ll be a nice welcome home present for myself in the next year or so.
A go to routine for me is Pit Hartlings call to colours routine from his book “Card Fictions”. Just a tip for anyone who has the book to read this trick again as it’s a baffling method that’s delightful to perform.
Thanks to everyone who’s shown their support for the magazine.
Given the high percentage of favorable feedback I’m now putting the finishing touches to issue 1. It should be ready within the next week or so.
Stay tuned for another update shortly…