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“ICE” McDONALD Becomes SAM President

Here’s some news from across the pond.


Internationally known Master Magician “ICE” McDonald will make history on July 3, 2014 when he is inaugurated as the first African-American National President of The Society of American Magicians (S.A.M.), the world’s oldest and most prestigious magic organization in which famed magician Harry Houdini served as president from 1917 until his death in 1926. Founded in 1902 in Martinka’s famous magic shop in New York, S.A.M. has promoted the ideals shared by Kellar, Houdini, Thurston and more than 47,000 others world-wide who have held membership in the society. The historic and ground-breaking inauguration will take place on July 3, 2014 at the I.B.M./S.A.M. combined 2014 National Convention in St. Louis, Missouri

Considered a magician’s magician, Ice McDonald, is an award-winning entertainer who, for over 25 years has mesmerized audiences with his grand illusions including making doves appear through impossibly small objects and vanishing a dancing ballerina right before your eyes. Having had no formal training in magic and known for building his own elaborate illusions, Ice McDonald is one of a small number of professional African-American magicians in the world.

“It is an honor to be elected as National President and a privilege to take this step into history. My passion for and the belief in the Magical Arts is so strong, that if you were to cut me, I would bleed magic; it’s in my DNA. But the belief in myself to reach this monumental position is greater. I will serve as President with integrity and hard work, which are two pillars of my foundation” states Ice.

Ice McDonald has sold out performances at The Magic Castle in Hollywood, broken audience and box office records at Monday Night Magic in New York and has been featured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Masters of Illusion (series on PAX TV), the documentary The Art and Soul of Magic – The Story of America’s Black Magician and ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, UPN, BBC. He’s been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and in several international publications. His sheer mastery of illusion has astonished audiences in London, Wales, India, Singapore, Jamaica, Bahamas, and throughout the United Kingdom.
He has been featured in and graced the cover of numerous newspapers and magazines throughout the world including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Genii magazine and several international publications.

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Unwritten – Magic Review – Lyndon Jugalbot

Magic Review – Unwritten – Lyndon Jugalbot and Sans Minds

This a review for the effect Unwritten, which I recently bought and have mixed views on. Continue reading…

The Effect

This is a way to make any message appear written on the edge of the cards.
It could be a card revelation, but it doesn’t have to be.

You can either drop the deck onto the table or the spectator’s hands, or your shake the deck and the words appears.

I wanted to get it because I’ve seen Paul Gertner’s Unshuffled but that requires the correct faro shuffles, so this is a much easier method. Creating a personalised message for an event / promotion etc… is a major advantage to this type of routine. That’s why I got it.
Unshuffled is mentioned in the credits.

Included is the gimmick and the DVD.


I paid £17 from magicianfx.co.uk and I got free postage as I spent over £40 in total and a free DVD.
Other places are selling it for £24 + P+P. That’s expensive! I’ll explain why in a minute.


(1=easy to do, 2=No sleights, but not so easy, 3=Some sleights used,
4=Advanced sleights used, 5=Suitable for experienced magicians only)

2 or 3
You need to handle the gimmick correctly and you probably want to do a better card force than the one shown on the DVD.


I like the effect and I like the method. It’s simple to do, easy to repeat and I think it will get a good reaction. This is a trick that I can see myself performing.
It’s definitely a working routine if you have space for a new trick in your repertoire. You do have to bring the gimmick in and out though if you are going to be performing another card trick before or after.

Tip - I saw a friend of mine performed this for me before I got it and he only showed one side of the deck! That made me think that the writing was on the other side, even though I didn’t clearly see him turn the deck round. You can turn the deck around and show all sides. You should!

Here’s what I really don’t like. The DVD is 13 minutes long and about half of that is the introduction / performance / and then teaching a swing cut!
OK, I understand that people want to see the trick performed and that beginners might want to learn a simple control / force, but the DVD is just completely useless.

There’s also the ‘crafty bit’ where they tell you how to stick two cards together with tape. It’s so bleeding obvious, I didn’t need someone to show me! Not that you can easily make the gimmick yourself anyway.

I would have much preferred if they had posted the performance video online (for free) and then sold the gimmick alongside a one page printed instruction sheet (that’s all it takes to explain it – it’s that simple). The cost would have been reduced massively and they could have sold it for £5 and still made a profit.
Why does everything have to be on DVD – it’s a waste of money, it’s a waste of resources and it’s a waste of the space in my house.

People should learn to read and then this could have been in a book with twenty more great ideas.

Here’s another important consideration. If you’re going to use this a lot, you will want to buy a refill at some point. Three refills are $60 / £35 – That’s expensive for what it is, and considering that you have already presumably “paid for the secret.” I also worry that if you love this trick and want to do it for many years to come, how long before they stop making the gimmicks! You really do want to learn magic with props you can get consistently.


I like the trick, but I’m annoyed at the commercialisation of it.
6 / 10

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What’s so Great About News Anyway?

News Update

16th February 2014

Right now, I’m a bit bored posting the latest magic news weekly. I think I’ll focus more on the reviews, advice and comments. So there will still be some news on the site, but I’m going to post it as and when it’s required, rather than a set format each week? OK? Great, we’re all agreed.