Archive for November, 2010

The difference between professional magicians to semi professional or amateur magicians is that professional magicians do magic shows for a living. It’s their bread and butter that make them survive everyday. They may have the same skills but they differ when it comes to financial gain. To read more about this, you can check out Leodini’s post regarding this matter.

This articles does not intend to down throttle anyone, this is just my opinion.

The hard part of being a professional magician especially if he is just starting to do it professionally is learning the ropes of the entertainment biz. As I observed there are ‘magicians’ out there that do magic as a profession by performing at kiddie parties with little knowledge on the artform itself. Yes they can produce a cane out of thin air, a dove out of a torn newspaper and make something float but as I ventured about them, they have little consideration to ‘magic study’. (more…)


This week’s video of the week is one of my favorites videos over at Youtube. I never get bored watching these guys perform perhaps its because of their witty and comical personalities. It’s as if these two are made for each other. Their tandem is one of the best when it comes to magic. If America got Penn and Teller, Scotland have their Barry and Stuart.

One good reason why I like this video is because they took the audience at of their comfort zone by performing something gory but in a lightly comedic manner. This video is called Suicide in C Sharp – a unique idea of using a great magical effect.

Those Japanese never fail to amaze me. One of the latest Jap mania is the Japanese virtual pop stars. Yes, you read it right – VIRTUAL POP STARS. But these pop stars are not being seen on TV alone but in real life, in a real environment, on a real stage and infront of real people.

This technology came from the Pepper’s Ghost Illusion which was developed by John Henry Pepper in the 1860’s. The Pepper’s Ghost technique uses a plate glass and other lightning apparatus in order to make an object appear or disappear and even make it turn into something else. This technique was used by magicians and seance performers during the olden days as if to manifest a wandering spirit. Today it is commonly used by horror houses like the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

The Japanese did a lot of thinking about this idea (more…)

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“Most magicians’s don’t perform a lot of coin magic. They may know a few moves, but they don’t take that next step and get to the point where coin magic is ‘go-to’ material. That’s a shame because there are so many moments each day that a little coin magic could make into memories. Coins are everywhere. To master coin magic is to have a passport to entertain at a moment’s notice, anywhere in the world.” — Jay Noblezada

My Take:

This DVD has taught me a lot for someone who is just getting into coin magic. There are a lot of reliable DVD’s out there on Coin Magic. It shows you the basic essentials of coin magic in a progressive manner. Starting from simple to more (more…)

So here’s my ambitious start for natemarx blog 2.0. Let’s talk magic. I’d like to begin discussing about one of my favorite card magic plots, The Cannibal Cards. I’ve been into card magic right from the start. I guess that’s where most young and young at heart magicians begin their magic journey nowadays. Simply, because you can buy a deck of playing cards almost anywhere. Finding one isn’t that difficult.

I love classic card magic compared to the new trend of card magic nowadays that are fast and furious like most young magicians perform. I don’t intend to down throttle the fans of the Buck twins, its just that I love the Dai Vernon type of card magic. Flourishing or XCM has never been my genre.

The reason why I love this effect it’s because it portrays a slightly creepy tale of murder and deceit. It has comedy, suspense and packs a good kicker. I love effects that involve a lot of patter since it can attract your audience to be more focused and involved in what you are doing. Moreover, it explains the mystery why sometimes there are cards that are missing from the deck though the explanation itself is a presentation of a mystery. (more…)

If you are an avid reader of then you might have noticed how indecisive I was about my blogging. Just realized that I don’t want to go through the same trouble and effort of creating backlinks and stuff to my site in order create traffic. I’ve been in and out of the blogosphere for quite some time since I’ve been busy with my online job, my magic group and my thesis.

This time I would like to focus on this site. If you noticed, I deleted the old posts that I made. Yes it was a lot of workload but I want to have a fresh start.

This is how I start things up. I try to remove the old stuff and go with the new ones. This blog will have a new appeal to it since I will be concentrating more on my passion and that is magic. Changes will gradually be implemented and new stuff will be introduced to give it a more magical appeal.

Hope you guys could bear with me.