Review by Steve Vaughn
The Wizards Journal #5
On 01/28/06 Steve Vaughn reviewed The
Wizards' Journal #5 on his Internet Radio Show "Off The
Shelf", on http://www.magicbroadcast.com Here is a partial transcript containing the
essence of what he had to say (technical difficulties prevented
me from recording the entire review):
The Wizards' Journal is for magicians who like to build
stuff. You have to be willing to put in some effort to got out to
the hardware store or the dollar store and spend some time
putting things together. An example is Madame Zelda.
I don't know if they still have these things at the boardwalk
anymore. We used to be able to go up to the Gypsy Robot Machine
and ask questions. I think they got very popular again when the
movie "Big" came out with Tom Hanks where he becomes a
kid. He went up to a Gypsy Fortune Teller machine and made a wish
and she gives a message to him. That starts the movie where he
wants to be grown up.
The Journal (#5) also has got how to produce a dove if you're in
your swimming suit and other really interesting stuff like that.
You ought to go check it out.
I don't know how often this comes out, but it's really worth
looking into. It's interesting and it's not expensive. I've
gotten a lot worse and a lot less for $40 and for $10 it's kind
of hard to lose.
Spellbinder's note: Steve Vaughn was sent a copy of The
Wizards' Journal #5 when it was selling for $10. The price has
recently been raised to $20 to comply with some magic
organizations' rules about not charging less than $2 per trick.
Regarding skill level: Some of
it, you're going to have to put it together. I don't know how
many people are going to put the effort into building some of the
stuff that's in The Journal, but even if you're not at that
level, it's still very interesting reading. I don't know who
Spellbinder really is, but he's a go-getter. He puts out some
Recap: The Wizards' Journal is for
someone who is really ambitious. It's not a whole lot of work,
but if you make the effort to go out to the hardware store and
put it all together, you've got some pretty cool little stage
I will, again, say this. Is Spellbinder out there listening?
The one problem I have with what they put out is that they are
definitely in love with graphics programs to draw the
illustrations. In a lot of cases I think it's better to make your
illustration just by hand. The lines may be a little shaky and
whatever, but it's better than trying to force it all into the
squares. But it's very creative stuff, well written, and it's not
expensive. Go check it out.