man should value his friends and praise them for their achievements”
- Anthony Darkstone
It has been some time since I have changed this section but as
our CEO says,” We have a thing about deadlines !”
seems to be quite literally hundreds of magic reviews that have
proliferated over the last 12 months. Some excellent, some mediocre
and some …well, let’s just say ….written by
reviewers whose only asset is that they possess a keyboard.
Those of you
who kindly read my work on magic will know that I am very objective
in my assessments and that I generally follow the rule that if
I don’t think something is worth writing about and is just
another rip-off or copy I just ignore it.
I come across truly worthwhile material that enhances the Art
of Magic then I am happy to lavish praise. It is doubly pleasurable
when the people involved our friends of mine.
The more astute
Members of The Society of American Magicians will have seen the
references made to Steve Dacri and Jon Racherbaumer in the September
2006 issue of M-U-M.
are considered, (by those of us who have some years of experience)
as living legends and icons of the Art of Magic. That means when
they offer something to the magic world it would be prudent to
pay close attention. Neither gentleman is given to unnecessary
hyperbole and after many years of excellent experience as true
Professionals, they both have much to offer any serious performer.
mentioned that I was an objective person in my analysis of things.
I believe this to be extremely important when assessing and/or
evaluating the work of others. I can proudly state that I have
never allowed my own personal feelings to cloud or prejudice my
professional judgment. Nevertheless, I am happy to also state
that when my personal re-actions and objective professional re-actions
coincide it is an absolute delight. It gets better when the people
involved are good friends as well.
it gives me very great pleasure to draw your attention to the
recent work of Steve Dacri and Jon Racherbaumer.
I have already
written several articles on these gentlemen and I don’t
propose to wax lyrical here again. If you haven’t as yet,
please check out my “In Conversation with Steve Dacri”
by clicking this link. Both Steve have Jon have graced the covers
of prestigious Magic magazines and have appeared many times in
In the last
few months Steve was on the cover of ‘The Linking Ring’
and on the L&L Publishing brochure and as mentioned earlier,
his work was reviewed in the this month’s M-U-M by the equally
legendary Bill Palmer.
If you are
truly serious about developing your technical and performance
skills and simultaneously learning some awesome magic then you
should get ‘ The Magic of Steve Dacri- No Filler’.
It is packed
with truly great magic but not only……there’s
more. Because Steve and his wife Jan are both highly experienced
in filming, studio and presentation techniques these DVD’s
reflect a level of Professionalism that is rarely found on Magic
DVD’s. Those of you who have experience of filming and Production
techniques will agree with me that we are watching a Master at
propose to go into elaborate detail about the effects as that
has been superbly done elsewhere but I can tell you that someone
at L& L must be in a generous mood as they are only charging
$99.95 for the 3 DVD set. Worth every penny and more! Is this
a blatant plug? You bet it is! Once you see what you get I defy
any serious magician not to agree with me.
I had the
privilege of watching Steve perform nightly in Vegas and if you
teach yourself to perform with coins and sponge balls half as
well as him, you will make jaws drop and get more applause than
you can handle.
were invented for Jon Racherbaumer. There are not many people
who have been gifted with the skills of a brilliant writer. Even
fewer people have the talent to write about Magic and Magicians.
Jon Racherbaumer knows how to use words. He knows a great deal
about Magic and Magicians. When it comes to writing about Magic
and Magicians Jon Racherbaumer is the acknowledged leader.
His name is
well known to the magic world and hence also to the readers of
The Linking Ring, M-U-M, Magic and Genii. He has written almost
60 books, and to date, over a million meaningful words on magic.
He has the unique ability and genius to make the esoteric understandable.
He is, without any doubt, the most prolific writer on Magic. With
the excellent use of language and vocabulary, he brings passion
and value to our ancient art.
I am honored
to be on the same Panel of Advisors with him on the Magic Web
Channel and it was a distinct honor for me to be on the Close-Up
Panel of Judges with him at the SAM 2001 Convention in his home
town of New Orleans. Together with my friend and Co-Host Dan Garrett
I was proud to feature him on World Class Magic. I am honored
to be his friend and Number 1 fan. I have had the privilege of
spending fun times with Jon and I enjoy referring to him as The
Thesaurus. He has always been a great source of inspiration to
me and I'm indebted to him for several reasons.
Jon is a gentleman in every sense of the word. My son and I are
indebted to him for his advice and friendship over the years.
Not only related to magic but also to other matters. I am honored
that Jon has shared his thoughts and indeed his vast encyclopedic
knowledge with me on a variety of occasions. When I put together
a stacking system based on a card game by Spanish and Portuguese
sailors in the 16th Century my first point of reference prior
to lecturing was to seek Jon’s opinion. He generously gave
of his time and friendship once again to help and advise me on
my adaptation of a card force from a formula by Pythagoras.
Right at the
top of your favorites make sure you add:
you will look at his site and its links anything else I have to
say would be simply superfluous.
Tony Brook - Director of International Operations
Magic Web Channel