Editor’s Note: This article is the third in a new, weekly series by Jason England: MYSTERIUM. Each article in this series will be posted on Wednesday at 11:00am EST – every post on a different subject. This week, it’s all about one question: why?
Mysterium: Why Am I Here? – By Jason England
I’ve often thought about my job as a magician in relation to the job that a filmmaker has. I see a lot of parallels between magic and film. In fact, I think there are a lot of parallels between magic and theater in general. Naturally, there are some significant differences as well. Let me explain what I think my “job” as a performing magician is. (more…)
The PERFECT Valentine’s Day Gift. Love Me Playing Cards, inspired by Curtis Kulig’s global street art campaign. An elegant design and universal message.
Curtis Kulig’s art began on the streets of LA with one simple phrase: “Love Me”. Today, that signature statement has transcended the street to become the latest trend in fashion, art exhibitions, and now – playing cards. Love Me Playing Cards feature an original Ace of Spades, Joker, Back Design, Box Design, Sticker Seal, and Ace of Hearts – renamed the Ace of Love.
Editor’s Note: This article is the second in a new, weekly series by Jason England: MYSTERIUM. Each article in this series will be posted on Wednesday at 11:00am EST – every post on a different subject. This week’s article is all about the count…
Mysterium: Card Counting History & Methods – By Jason England
Within the realm of gambling games using playing cards, the concept of keeping track of cards that have been played has been around for centuries. In some games, mechanical devices have been used to assist the player by displaying the number of cards of a given value that have appeared.
The game of faro comes to mind. The faro ‘casekeeper’ is a wooden frame that resembles an abacus. Beads of wood or ivory were used to keep track of the number of cards that had been removed from the deck as the game progressed.
After the deck was exhausted, the beads were moved back to their starting positions and the next game started anew. (more…)
With this post, so begins a new series of articles presented by Jason England every week, as a sort of digital “column” here on theory11. For those curious as to what each post will contain – the answer is anything and everything.
Our goal is to present a diverse array of topics, from sleight of hand to card cheating, interviews, inspiration, and everywhere in between. Check back every Wednesday for the latest post, and feel free to comment and ask questions in the forums. Our hope is for this series to be less of a monologue, and more of a dialogue. So on that note – let’s get started!
Mysterium: On Tangential Subjects – By Jason England
I’m frequently asked for a list of the best magic books to improve one’s technique, effect construction, presentation, routining or showmanship. The answers for technique depend largely on the specific techniques in question, but classics like Expert Card Technique and the Card College series frequently make the lists. For good effect construction advice I always point people to Darwin Ortiz’s Designing Miracles, and to his Strong Magic for advice on showmanship and presentational ideas. (more…)