Issue Two of The Neat Review takes us to New York City. This issue presents a stark contrast with Issue One, and with the opinions shared by our London group. With Asi Wind we discuss magic and art as time-constrained events, and blurring the line between the elements of magic that are seen and unseen by an audience. Tony Chang considers Ken Krenzel’s Mechanical Reverse in the context of performance, a study on examining the movements we make in creating and performing sleight of hand, and discovering a new challenge in magic’s instructional form. In a series of excerpts from her book Elements of Surprise: Our Mental Limits and the Satisfactions of Plot, professor of cognitive science Vera Tobin describes what goes on in our minds when we experience plot twists, and the nature of surprise as it relates to fiction.
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“The Neat Review” has landed. Exclusively through Vanishing Inc. It’s called a “journal”, but it’s really a book. An exquisite, beautiful perfect bound 192 page book with an embossed linen cover.
What is “The Neat Review“?
“The Neat Review” is unusual. Each edition will be set in a different city around the world. Issue One, is set in London. There will be names you’re familiar with, like Derren Brown. Names you should be familiar with, like underground card legend Justin Higham. Names you might know from association with other magicians, like long time Derren Brown co-writer, Stephen Long (Hector Chadwick). And names you won’t know, but will immediately grow to love.
It contains 5 essays, 3 tricks, 2 new sleights and a massive interview with Derren Brown himself.
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