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Chicago Bar Magic DVD

by Various Artists

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Category: Close Up
Media Type: DVD
Publisher: Randy Wakeman

Product Description

Over the 1950's, 1960's and through the 1970's a brand of bold and direct close-up magic was developed in Chicago, Illinois. These effects were punctuated by simplicity, clarity and strength of effect, and the powerful response they elicited.

Chicago magical legends Don Alan, 'Heba Haba Al' Anducci, 'Senator' Clarke Crandall, Frank Everhart, Jack Murray, Johnny Paul, James Patrick Ryan, and Matt Schulien forged their reputations with these effects, and now you can too.

While these quick, direct, simple, baffling effects were common in Chicago for decades, they were far less widely known and practiced outside of Chicago's nightlife venues. Many of these wonderful pieces have evaporated into the ether, for no other reason than they are not the 'latest.' To say that you could make your living performing these eternal impossibilities is beyond dispute. Many of our talented trailblazers have done precisely that. Now is your chance. If you are just getting your feet wet in close-up entertainment, let this information serve as your magical springboard. If you are a close-up veteran, you'll find yourself wondering why you aren't performing these gems regularly.

Contents include: Davebury Delusion; Exploding Aces; Stacked Impact; Standing Ten Count; Red Hot Mama; The Big Stop; I Chink So; The Chicago Stab. All this, and much more, including a truly invisible handling of the Johnny Paul / Jim Ryan Bill Tear. All performed before impromptu audiences and clearly taught.
Date Added: Jan 30th, 2004


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Official Review

September 20th, 2006 10:48pm
Reviewed by P.T. Murphy
Having grown up in Chicago I am very familiar with many of the routines on this DVD. Watching Randy Wakeman perform these classic effects brought back many happy memories.

One particular memory involved going to see Bill Malone perform at a restaurant he and his wife owned and operated on Chicago's Southside. That night I got a very special introduction to the world of Chicago Bar Magic.

That was almost 25 years ago! And believe it or not these routines are still being performed today by Chicago bar magicians such as Al James and Jimmy Krzak.

On Chicago Bar Magic Randy Wakeman conjures up the gho sts of Chicago’s magical past as he performs classic effects such as Red Hot Momma, The Big Stop and a very practical and EASY handling of the classic card stab routine titled The Chicago Stab. All of the routines, as well as the others presented on this DVD, were reputation makers for Chicago magic legends like Don Alan, Jim Ryan and Johnny Paul.

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