Category Archives: A Periodic Decoction

Boiling art down and extracting the essence of what’s old in what’s new, a retroprospective reflecollection.

The Hand of Isaac Fawkes: Quicker than Hogarth’s Eye?

This article originally appeared in The Mandala Magazine (2:1), July 2011 The Hand of Isaac Fawkes: Quicker than Hogarth’s Eye? Isaac Fawkes is the earliest professional magician about whom we know anything substantial, and the sparse historical record is top-heavy with praise. He … Continue reading

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Houdini Now and Then – Caught on the Web

This article originally appeared in The Mandala Magazine (2:5), April 2012 Houdini Now and Then: Caught on the Web It’s tough being a fan of the Great Houdini. Your non-magician friends quickly grow tired of hearing you say “Watch me … Continue reading

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Dogged determination

I once heard Phil Leider say of Francisco Goya that he had only ever truly longed for two things: the career of Diego Velázquez and the love of the Duchess of Alba. Maybe that’s so. His last duchess Goya depicted … Continue reading

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