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“Magic is a theatrical performance in which one person surreptitiously cheats, so that everyone else can feel like they’re winning.”
Jim Steinmeyer
Jim Steinmeyer

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WHAT WE HIDE: DISHONESTY, TRUTH, AND THE RED CHAIRS

Is it a political scandal or a magic show? “Lessons in Dishonesty” was confession about truth and deception.

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WHAT WE HIDE: THE DREAM IN MID-AIR

The story behind Hilliard’s feud with Kellar, and the single word that allowed Hilliard to take his revenge!

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WHAT WE HIDE: DOUG HENNING’S BUMP BOWS

Doug Henning’s live show was closed with the distinctive “Bump Bows,” which brought the audience to its feet.

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WHAT WE HIDE: HOUDINI’S FINAL ILLUSION

Houdini’s Walking Through the North Pole was performed only once and remains a mystery; here’s a reconstruction.

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WHAT WE HIDE: CHEERS! (MAGICIANS POUR YOU A DRINK) PART TWO

Charles Hoffman was the most successful bartender in the world, and a vaudeville star. Here are his secrets.

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WHAT WE HIDE: CHEERS! (MAGICIANS POUR YOU A DRINK) PART ONE

Hospitality, a new version of an old bit of magic, was originally created for Doug Henning, and popularized by Lance Burton.

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WHAT WE HIDE: WHY AMAC DRANK

Amac specialized in exactly one trick… Find the Lady. When I recreated it, the illusion suddenly told me something about its creator.

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WHAT WE HIDE: JARRETT SPEAKS, PART FOUR

“Jarrett Speaks,” even today, by providing some of the most original, and most important, lessons in magic. Here is what Jarrett means.

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WHAT WE HIDE: JARRETT SPEAKS, PART THREE

Guy Jarrett and his ingenious Sawing in Half illusions, including the tale of his mysterious show. His illusions are finding new audiences.

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WHAT WE HIDE: JARRETT SPEAKS, PART TWO

Elements of Jarrett’s life and career, including some unexpected inventions, and some unknown magic.

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WHAT WE HIDE: JARRETT SPEAKS, PART ONE

Guy Jarrett, the legendary illusion inventor, did a short interview with Jay Marshall in 1956. Here’s a chance to hear Jarrett.

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WHAT WE HIDE: CHEATING AT CHEATING

All’s fair in love, war, and magic specials. After all, what’s a little cheating to a magician?

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WHAT WE HIDE: A MAGICIAN LOOKS AT ESPIONAGE

Tony Mendez, master spy, was an expert in deception and an amateur magician. Jim was asked to review his book.

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WHAT WE HIDE: THE MASTER MAGICIAN WHO DISAPPEARED

A recreation of Thomas Tobin’s amazing illusion, Palingenesia, which disappeared, along with the magician himself.

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WHAT WE HIDE: THE BRILLIANT ILLUSION THAT DISAPPEARED

A recreation of Thomas Tobin’s amazing illusion, Palingenesia, which disappeared, along with the magician himself.

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WHAT WE HIDE: A CHANCE TO WATCH KELLAR

Harry Kellar onstage at the Magic Castle in Hollywood: a recreation of classical mysteries.

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