Sundry Drive No. 14

I'm not even sure if I should tell you what happens in the video below. Actually, I think I have to, because if I don't mention it, you probably won't even notice it (I didn't notice it until the fourth time I watched it). It's the Masked Magician performing a card trick on some morning show somewhere. The card trick goes slightly wrong, but you would never know that because he covers it perfectly. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if he ended up performing it this way going forward because it's so much stronger. A real lesson in presentation from someone often derided in the magic community.

There's a documentary called "Women in Boxes" that came out a few years ago. It's all about magician's assistants. I think it was pretty good, but I don't really remember. I know it was definitely a little too long. 

If you're looking for a shorter exploration of what it's like to be a magician's assistant, this video really will tell you all you need to know. You should probably not watch it if you're at work, but hey, who am I to tell you how to run your life. This one concentrates much less on women in boxes, and more so the box in the woman.

Reader, Joe Mckay, was adamant that I point out that he brought this video to my attention. He clearly wants you all to know his sick, twisted porn habits for some reason, and wants his name associated with this video any time someone searches it on google. Okay, Joe, as you wish.

Here's friend of the site... well, actually, friend of a friend of the site, Jon Jacques, performing magic as part of a new series on Ellen Degeneres' video site.

I like how he asks, "Would you cash in your life's savings to open an animal shelter?" No. No I would not.

He also says he quit his full-time job in order to be a Periscope magician. I'm sure his parents were delighted.

There is no more 2015 thing to say than, "I'm going to do magic on Periscope for Ellentube." That would be the equivalent of saying, 30 years ago, "I'm going to get a new disease called AIDS and play Simon professionally." (I mean, like equivalent in it being tied to a particular moment in time. Not in what the future portends for both of those people.)

Before I write up an idea I try and google the components to see if it's been published before. With the origami-crane necklace routine I wrote up earlier this week, I wanted to double-check to make sure I hadn't been inspired by something that I had read about 10 years ago or something. So I googled "origami crane" + "magic cafe" + necklace. This produced a strange result.