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Genii's 75th Anniversary Issue Delivers

By November 25, 2012

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It's the end of the traditional four-day, Thanksgiving holiday weekend here in the United States. I enjoyed a feast on Thursday, as is the tradition, and then found myself down with a bad cold on Friday. After cancelling a couple of appearances, I've been mostly in bed. Time to catch up on some movies - thanks to NetFlix - that I've been wanting to watch for some time: "The Artist," "Like Crazy" and "Sin Nombre" (all were great).

Fortunately, and the reason for this post, is that my special 75th Anniversary issue of Genii magazine arrived and it's been a fantastic diversion. An in-depth story by Max Maven recalls the first 75 years of the publication and it's not only a history of the revered Genii, it's a fascinating history of magic in the last century.

For me, most notably, the story places all of the various magazines and publications that I constantly hear about: Sphinx, Jinx, Tops, and more, and does an excellent job of giving a sense of the state of magic in each period (touring shows, vaudeville, early TV, "pocket magic" evolving into "close up" and more). I'm up to the early sixties when Genii promoted the debut of the Magic Castle. I can't help and compare what Walt Disney did a decade earlier using his Disneyland TV show to tout his upcoming theme park.

I'll be back to work tomorrow night (providing this fever breaks). But I've got lots of fascinating reading ahead, all thanks to Genii. Congratulations on 75 years.

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