The Journal of Magic
Research (JMR), a
new online publication dedicated to promoting scientific-based
research in magic. The Journal will feature articles from writers in the magic community
and other disciplines such as mathematics, neuroscience,
psychology, biology, physics, chemistry, et al. There will be
no charge to registered subscribers.
The soon-to-be-released premiere issue provides an overview of
the format and purpose of the
JMR, and presents a
brief historical review of selected examples of past and recent
applications of scientific processes to magic research. An
"Variables Effecting Gel-time of Superabsorbent Polymers,”
serves as an example of the type of research the
JMR seeks to publish.
issue also serves as an invitation for participation, outlining
the criteria for submitting articles to the
JMR. The intellectual
rights of all submissions will remain the sole property of the
If you would like to receive the first issue of the
JMR, or know of
others you think would be interested, please e-mail me at
Magical Spoonerisms came into existence in 1974 with three
publications -- ,
Over the years other effects have been
created and offered to the magic community. A number of new
products and publications are currently in progress and will be
released in the very near future.
“Magical Spoonerisms” is
a play on words. A “spoonerism”,
as defined in Webster’s dictionary, is a slip of the tongue.
Having the name Spooner,
it seemed logical to
call the magic effects created
“A Magical Spoonerism”, meaning
Spooner sleight-of-the-hand effect.
Current research and writings have stimulated a renewed
interest in re-marketing the original Magical Spoonerisms, as
well as new creations, and a limited number of other items for
the magic community. Several new products and publications are
currently in progress. Two books, The Lota Bowl – from
Ancient to Modern Times and Wands
of the Conjurers – A Study of Gimmicked Wands are well
underway. Dice Capers is a dice stacking and
magic routine. A Variation on a Knife Theme
contains a startling visible one handed color change. Watch for
the release of these publications in the near future.