MyMagic eNewsletter #1,124
July 29, 2023
I am proud to introduce the new book I just published in partnership with Rolando H. Santos. It is Ed Solomon’s Meaningful Conjuring which is a collection of 125 of his Linking Ring columns plus some bonus features.
For those of you who are not familiar with Solomon’s work he was an early part of the Bizzarist movement and was instrumental in pushing the movement toward a more palatable story telling community. His columns are mostly simple and known tricks presented with short stories. But not just any stories.
It is difficult to explain the type of presentations he gravitated to, but many are similar in style to what was featured in the Twilight Zone TV series. They are offbeat, have surprise endings, and teach a lesson.
For more precise information you can read my introduction, Rolando’s foreword, and the table of contents for free: HERE
I also want to mention one thing. I am not a storyteller by nature, so I approached this book in a different way. I looked for angles, premises, conversation starters, plots, and plot twists, to add to my magic and the routines I already perform. These columns can be inspiring and in a small way can push us into thinking about making our magic more meaningful.
I should also mention that this is a limited hardcover edition. We only printed 250 copies and around 225 of them are available for sale.
Ed Solomon, who was also known as DeNomolos, was a master storyteller who used magic to emphasize the point or moral of his stories. He wanted his magic to appeal to the intellect and touch the soul of his audiences, or as he put it: “People may not remember my name or the magic that I performed, but they will remember how it made them feel.”
Between 2004 and 2015 Ed wrote 125 columns in The Linking Ring magazine that featured short stories that used simple magic to highlight their messages. All those columns are included in this book along with some bonus tricks, essays, and more.
If you ever wanted to elevate your magic from just being a series of puzzles into meaningful moments of magic, this book may inspire you to think along those lines. Remember that all good magic revolves around solid stories and premises and this book is full of both.
Watch and buy: HERE
►OUR PREVIOUS RELEASE:
►All Is Foreseen:
The routine is based around the premise of whether we have free will or everything in life has been foreseen.
You begin with a quote from an ancient book which theorizes that “Everything is foreseen, yet free will is given.” You then show a picture of a scale which will be used as a pointer when the spectator weighs their choices.
Three cards are then introduced bearing the words Chance, Choice, and Fate. Your friend is asked to move the scale to the one word that is most meaningful for them… or of how their lives have unraveled so far. Was it their choice, was it just a matter of chance, or was it fate.
They of course have a free choice, and you will show that their choice was predicted… was foreseen… So, did they really have a choice in what they chose?
Watch and buy: HERE
►August 6-9: Exhibiting at Magic Live! in Las Vegas. Info: HERE
►Sunday August 20: Performing at Comix @ Mohegan Sun Casino. Tickets: HERE
Stay happy, Meir
PS: I will have a couple of cases of books at Magic Live if you want to pick one up. But be warned they weigh around 2 lbs. each!
“There is more to magic than just tricks. There are those precious moments we can create with our words that lift our very beings and stir deep inner feelings that we don’t often want to recognize.”
…Ed Solomon (Meaningful Conjuring, 2023)