On the ethics of “cheating” in televised magic
Magic on television is back in a huge way, and Netflix recently put up Justin Willman’s series “Magic For Humans”. Now, before I go any further here, I’m super worried that people will read the title, see Justin’s name in the first paragraph, and assume I’m calling him out for cheating. I’m totally not doing that.
The Jerx Successfully Applies Lipstick To Pig’s Snout
Look, I’m not going to fault anybody for trying to deal with audience suspicions, but sometimes the cure is worse than the disease.
First Close-up Gig in 6 Years
Technically a ton of stuff I did in Korea could have qualified as “a close-up gig” but whatever, this one felt like I was right back at it properly, without the weight of also being an ESL teacher at the same time. (Apologies in advanced, a lot of me-talk coming up…)
Routining Your Magic
Was given the advice that the appendix to the Jolly Almanac of Card Knaveries could be heavily edited down, and it made some sense. So, this passage that talks exclusively about routining your set or act is being printed here, for free.
Some old “podcast”-type things with Tyler Erickson
These are some old podcast/audiolog/whatever type things that myself and Tyler Erickson (a clever magician in Minnesota) once did. I’m going to try to get him to do some more.
In today’s episode, Joshua Jay plays a researcher! (Part 2)
Following up on part 1, we get the second half of analysis on the research done by Joshua Jay and the College of New Jersey.
The Jerx Totally Misses Tommy Wonder’s Point On Misdirection
Yup, the emperor definitely doesn’t have any clothes.
In today’s episode, Joshua Jay plays a researcher! (Part 1)
And he doesn’t do a half-bad job. I’ll skip a summary of what his research was about since it’d make more sense for you to just go there yourself, watch…