Memorized Magazine Demonstration

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Some Hints and Suggestions

Introduction

This is a venerable stunt and a reputation maker.

In over fifty years of being around platform speakers and magicians, I have only seen this stunt performed three times. This is not a demonstration which is mastered in a few hours, but it is not ten percent as difficult as most people believe.

There are several books and monographs which teach basic memory techniques such as a phonetic alphabet and memory pegs which must be mastered to do this stunt. One of the best I know of is The Art and Artifice of Memory by William Scott (1997, H&R Books). The chapter on the memorizing a magazine by William Tadlock is an excellent source.

My contribution is to share some practical ideas and tips that will help performers be successful in both preparing for the stunt and performing it.

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