Three Forewords to Classic Magic Books

I was tapped by Skyhorse Publishing to write new forewords to three classic magic instruction books, all by esteemed author Jean Hugard. The titles: Royal Road to Card Magic (Jean Hugard and Fred Braue), Mental Magic with Cards, and Modern Magic Manual. It was an honor to be considered for this project. The foreword to […]

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A Magical Birthday Cake at Lotte New York Palace

The Lotte New York Palace surprised me with a giant cake (enough for 80 people) to celebrate my 48th birthday. What a thoughtful gift, and I was happy to share the surprise with my entire audience!   The audience was just as surprised as me. This is the first year I didn’t mind performing on […]

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2018 Year in Review

One of the joys of being a close-up magician is the ability to observe the glistening, pure excitement in the eyes of my audience. I hope they can sense the equal joy in mine! Every weekend I turn the historic Lotte New York Palace hotel into my personal playground. Even after nineteen years of presenting […]

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R.I.P. Illustrator Gino D’Achille

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I just read the news that artist Gino D’Achille passed away, and want to pay tribute to his brilliance. Although this memorial comes over one year late, it is nevertheless heartfelt. Gino D’Achille was a renowned Italian oil painter who came to my attention when I was performing Chamber Magic in London. His period-perfect cover paintings […]

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Max Malini Memorabilia Collection

In his landmark book, Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women, Ricky Jay devoted a chapter to my favorite magician Max Malini. When I heard the news that Ricky had died (or as he might have put it “joined the silent majority”), I recalled that my initial exposure to Malini and his escapades were contained in that book. If […]

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Book Signing Event at Tannen’s Magic Shop

Book signing event at Tannen’s Magic Shop! Join us next Thursday (November 15) for a FREE special event to celebrate my new graphic novel. November 15 (Thursday) 5:30-7:00PM Special performance starting at 6:00   “The best ever graphic novel dealing with the subject of magic” – Michael Uslan (Batman film producer)   At 6:00PM I […]

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Graphic Novel Official Release Date is Today

“The best ever graphic novel dealing with the subject of magic.” – Michael Uslan, originator and executive producer of BATMAN film franchise     “Not an illusion – this graphic novel is engaging and breathtakingly real.” – Chip Kidd, Penguin Random House Book Cover Designer   “What Steve Cohen does is flatly impossible. Don’t believe […]

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Coming Soon: The Millionaires’ Magician Graphic Novel

  “The best ever graphic novel dealing with the subject of magic.” – Michael Uslan (Originator and Executive Producer of BATMAN film franchise)     “Not an illusion – this graphic novel is engaging and breathtakingly real.” – Chip Kidd     “What Steve Cohen does is flatly impossible. Don’t believe me? Well, read this […]

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Al Hirschfeld’s magicians – UPDATED

I have fond memories of Sunday mornings as a boy, searching the Arts page of the NY Times for the “Nina’s” hidden in Al Hirschfeld’s illustrations. It was a clever game of hide-and-go-seek, since Hirschfeld hid his daughter’s name so well, and in such whimsically obscure spots – in the folds of a coat sleeve, […]

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