Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Dr. Lawrence Hass Lecture: Report

Dr. Lawrence Hass is a Professor of Philosophy and Theatre at Muhlenberg College. He is also the Founding Director of the Theory and Art of Magic program, which is designed to bring more awareness to the art of magic.

The material in the lecture was simple to perform yet strong. The main focus of the lecture was on the presentations of the various effects. During the lecture there were various discussions on the presentations involved. Those who missed the lecture lost an opportunity to improve their magic.

Check out Dr. Hass's book Transformations: Creating Magic Out Of Tricks.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Dan & Dave Buck and Chad Nelson Lecture: Report

At Tannen's Magic we had the opportunity to host Dan & Dave Buck and Chad Nelson for a lecture. We had a full house for the sold-out lecture and the lecturers did not disappoint. Using a novel approach the lecture did not begin with any tricks or methods.

The lecture began with finger exercises and tips on breaking in a new deck. Then the lecture shifted into sleigh-of-hand techniques and flourishes. The one of highlights of the lecture was Chad Nelson explaining his revolutionary Clip Shift technique from his Surfaced DVD. The move had been generating some buzz on the Internet and it was great to see the sleight done well live in person. His effect ‘Criterion’ is a sublime visual version of Roy Walton’s Collectors plot.

The Buck twins also performed various effects and flourishes from their The Trilogy and The System DVDs . The lecture was well organized with the presenters reviewing the material during the lecture on a laptop just prior to the actual presentations. The material was well taught. And it was clearly evident that these young men knew not only the material but the history as well.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Eric DeCamps Pure Magic: Returns for the Holidays

Earlier this year we had wrote about Eric DeCamps Pure Magic show at the The Metropolitan Room here in New York City. Well after a great opening run Mr. DeCamps is back for a hoilday run on Sundays from November 9th throug December 28th, 2008 at 4:00 PM.

The Metropolitan Room.
34 West 22nd Street (Betw. 5th & 6th Ave.)
New York, NY 10010
Tel: 212 206 0440
$25.00 Cover + 2 Beverage Minimum

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Reuben Moreland: Right At Home On Stage

Reuben Moreland hails from New York City, where he became interested in magic at the age of six. He joined the Manhattan chapter of the Society of Young Magicians in fifth grade, and has attended Tannen's Magic Camp for the past three summers. This past summer Reuben won first place in Tannen's 2008 Junior Stage Magic Competition with his rings and billiard balls act (and second place in 2007 with an original thimble and ball routine). He performs on closed-circuit TV with his SYM group for children at Mt. Sinai Hospital. He lives in Riverdale, NY and is a sophomore at the High School for American Studies at Lehman College. Reuben also enjoys juggling, bowling, architecture, movies and magic conventions.