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24 entries from June 2008

Crown Casino prints it's own money

I read in the paper the other day about how Crown Casino is getting the wrong end of the stick just because it's rewritten the rules of various casino games to increase the odds in favour of themselves.

Now some people have suggested that, if any other casino in the world tried to do that, there'd be outrage.

They even suggested that... somehow... the Victorian State Government allows Crown to get away with anything!

Almost implying they are above the law!

During the Grand Prix earlier this year I saw this display at the cinema entrance to the gaming floor of Crown Casino.


Yes, it's a car with thousands of dollars in cash coming out of it's exhaust.


So obviously, as Crown Casino would never do anything even the slightest bit against the law, it must now be legal to photocopy money here in Australia.

Schapelle's Show

Did you watch the documentary 'Schapelle Corby The Hidden Truth' last week on Channel Nine?

At times, I swore it was just another of Chris Lilley's 'We Can Be Heroes' mockumentaries. Some of the characters were so over the top that they had to be parodies...


Did you notice the two distinctly different personalities Schapelle had when A: In front of the court and B: In her cell talking to her defence team? She looked quite genuine discussing how she was going to try to cry to get the sympathy of the Australian public, while on the other hand her court appearances had the sort of authenticity about them you'd only find on quality Aussie shows like 'Neighbours' or 'Home & Away'.

Do you think we'll ever find out what really happened in this saga? Or is this a case where fiction much more exciting than fact?

New Magic Unlimited website on it's way!

Sorry for the less frequent posting over the last week or two.

With the amazing assistance of Brendan Croft I've been creating a new Magic Unlimited website in Joomla and it's unbelievably time consuming. So far it has over 300 pages of content (including over 100 pages for the Magic Unlimited artists we represent), and I'm still typing for anything from 4 to 14 hours a day.

The aim is to get the site up and running in about two weeks.

Ambitious, but doable...and it should be a marked improvement on our current FrontPage site (which, in turn, was a marked improvement of our previous Word website).

Anyway, I'll let you know when it's ready to be browsed and hopefully it will be much more functional, more attractive and less "home-made" than our current site.

We've been blogged!

We got an email out of the blue this morning from Amy Liu from BLOGGED. Apparently this company is constantly scouring the internet to "find better blogs". Somehow they came across us and Amy had this to say:

"Our editors recently reviewed your blog and have given it an 8.1 score out of (10) in the Entertainment category of

This is quite an achievement!

 We evaluated your blog based on the following criteria: Frequency of Updates, Relevance of Content, Site Design, and Writing Style.

After carefully reviewing each of these criteria, your site was given its 8.1 score.

We’ve also created score badges with your score prominently displayed.  Simply visit your website’s summary page on

Please accept my congratulations on a blog well-done!!"


They listed us here and we're proud to add their widget to our site!

Competing at 'The Magic Olympics'

Many people compete at FISM for many different reasons.

To win, to get seen, to showcase a new trick they hope to market... but Alex Stone, who competed in Close Up at the last FISM had perhaps the most unusual reason of all.

Alex is a journalist, and had never performed magic before, but wanted to write an article about the experience of competing in the "Magic Olympics".

Somehow, he managed to get sponsored by Richard Dooley of the SAM, and he presented what was one of the worst close up acts in FISM history.

Sue-Anne reviewed his act on her FISM blog:

Alex Stone entered and began talking about magic and science. He looked extremely nervous and then proceeded to do the worst sequence of jumbo coin manipulations I’ve ever seen. He was either nervous beyond belief of simply not competent, either way he was below FISM standard. He even dropped one coin and said “S#*t!” as he picked it up. He did a matrix with jumbo cards that showed no skill whatsoever, then asked Rich Bloch to name any card and, while Alex told us what was going to happen, he basically looked for the card and reversed it in the deck. He then spread the cards and showed Rich his card was the only one reversed in the spread. When he took the shuffled deck and proceeded to give them one more shuffle himself, below the level of the table, the audience was laughing so much in disbelief the judges pressed their buttons, the red light lit up, and he was asked to finish.

Well his "hard work" has paid off and his 13 page article has appeared in 'Harper's Magazine'.

I haven't had the chance to read the piece yet, but I rust Max Maven's comments in today's Genii Forum

The article is well written. It's a pity that the content is rather pathetic. The author's understanding of magic is severely limited, and there are motivations behind the piece, which exists primarily for self-aggrandizement. I was sorry to see this appear in one of my favorite magazines; they usually hold to a higher standard.

Personally, I think the concept of the story is great, but the story of an actual magician competing at FISM remains to be written.