JINX Companion - Craig Conley, Gordon Meyer & Fredrick Turner

JINX Companion

By Craig Conley, Gordon Meyer & Fredrick Turner

  • Release Date: 2011-02-22
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Size: 19.86 MB

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It’s usually spoken in hushed tones and with a sly smile: “It’s in The JINX.”  It’s exactly the sort of answer an experienced magician loves to give for the source of a just-performed killer trick.  Not only are some of today’s “new” tricks derived from items originally published in The JINX (1934-42), but its creator Theodore Annemann was the original magic blogger.  Every month, in his spirited editorial column, Annemann praised — and more often condemned — magic and magicians.
Working as a professional mind reader, and known to the magic community through his prolific early publications and contributions, Annemann became ensconced in a scene that was the center of American magic.  His legacy is a landmark work.  Its thousand pages stand like a massive, intricately forged armored door with no easily detectable keyhole among myriad distractions.  It’s easy to get overwhelmed.  Uncovering the priceless subtleties contained within The JINX demands about a year’s intensive study — or the right lock picking set. 
Each chapter of the JINX Companion could be likened to a lock picking tool.  Its introduction is a torsion wrench, establishing a “constant” while the reader shifts into a proper feel for the material.  Its “Secrets and Mysteries” chapters are half-diamond picks, offering easy access to vital individual elements (such as long-forgotten methods ripe for revival — gems of a practical nature).  Its “Signs and Wonders” chapters are warded picks (a.k.a. skeleton keys), allowing for internal manipulations (compelling notional springboards such as mind-expanding aphorisms and mythological allusions — gems of a cerebral nature).