In November of last year I sent an email to 56 of my friends.
In it, I said there was a magic site I read regularly that was holding a contest looking for stories that recounted memorable magic performances. Ideally emotionally resonant ones. And I asked if they got the chance if they could let me know what trick I showed them that was the most memorable.
It was a bit of an odd email because I was pretending like I read some dumb magic site, when really I write some dumb magic site.
The purpose of the email was designed to elicit information for the forthcoming book.
50 of my friends responded and the list of effects that left the longest lasting impressions on them were pretty varied. Some of the effects weren't ones I created. And some have already been described in my first book or in The JAMM. But there were a number of routines that I haven't published anywhere yet and those routines will appear in Magic For Young Lovers, with excerpts from my friends' responses intro'ing the effect. MFYL is in the early stages, but I'm happy with how it's coming together.
One of the responses to my email request started:
"I don't know if it was 'emotionally' resonant but the one I'll never forget is the one where you sent me the licorice and picture of your dick in the mail."
To be clear, it was an artistic rendering of my dick.
And yes, that trick, Dickorice, will be in MFYL.