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Dusting #64


Earlier than we go additional I wish to make clear the upcoming schedule for present and (potential) future supporters of the location. “Make clear” is likely to be the mistaken phrase. I wish to “finalize” the schedule as a result of what I’ve mentioned lately has been somewhat up within the air because of sure elements. However right here, as of now, is the deliberate schedule:

This Weekend – An e mail will exit to supporters gathering their delivery price and present handle for the help rewards bundle.

Subsequent Week Through The Finish of the Month – The help packages will ship out.

Could 2nd – The brand new help “season” will begin, with a brand new help construction in place. Present supporters could have first dibs on the out there supporter slots. Relying on the curiosity of present supporters, I’ll resolve if I’m going to maintain going with the location and related content material. In that case…

Could sixth – Unclaimed supporter slots can be made out there by way of this website.

That’s the plan.


With my considerations concerning the provide chain setting again the manufacturing of the books and decks this yr, one factor I failed to contemplate was that it might have a damaging impact on my means to get packaging. In previous years, I’ve had custom-sized packaging printed for all of the orders. This yr that was going to set us again weeks. So, sadly, supporters received’t obtain your guide in a field like this

Or final yr’s field which was cleverly disguised as a field of “luxurious pinecones.”

Fortuitously, the packaging we are utilizing does a fair higher job at defending the guide, regardless of being a lot easier than what we used prior to now (a field constructed to the specs of the guide, inside a padded envelope).

For those who look intently at this gif of a dryer, you will note two issues inside. The primary is a seaside towel. The second is stiff white envelope inside which is that this yr’s guide and deck of playing cards.

I used to be testing the brand new packaging in a dryer to simulate a guide being tossed round by careless postal employees. (The bathtub towel is there as a result of that’s what I used to sneak the bundle into the laundromat. I didn’t need folks seeing me toss a bundle instantly into the dryer like a goddamn sociopath. “Younger man, that’s not a mailbox.”)

Once I took the guide out of the bundle it was in wonderful situation. So the packaging won’t be as enjoyable this yr however it’s going to do the job of packaging, a minimum of.


Julien Losa is releasing Ted Annemann’s Jinx journal, with a brand new format and format for about seven bucks a month.

As he describes it:

Each Friday, one problem of The Jinx, retyped, corrected, with a greater format/design, making it a extra comfy expertise to find or rediscover the perfect magic and mindreading journal of all time ! + Two movies a month with demos/ideas of some methods of The Jinx !

At first I believed, is that this actually essential? However now I believe it’s in all probability a reasonably good concept.

I’ve the three-volume Tannen’s (?) set of the Jinx and whereas the fabric is nice, it actually isn’t the perfect studying expertise—small font, and leaping round to complete an article and stuff like that. This might be thought-about a part of the attraction of studying the Jinx. Nevertheless it additionally might simply be thought-about a ache within the ass.

I believe Julien’s enterprise is worth it, particularly in the event you’ve by no means labored your manner by means of the Jinx. Getting one problem per week might be a enjoyable method to do it.

Right here is the first problem of Julien’s re-formatting, so you’ll be able to see if that is one thing you is likely to be involved in. In that case, you’ll be able to enroll right here.


Bear in mind final yr after I did per week or so of posts on synthetic intelligence? And I even had a contest for folks to make movies impressed by these posts?

Effectively, one way or the other this video on the best way to be a magician was not a type of contest movies. It is a actual factor, put out by an actual youtube channel, presumably to be a useful useful resource to folks.

It’s a loopy video. Not as loopy because the content material created by the AI that I used to be utilizing for these posts final yr. Nevertheless it’s one way or the other weirder in a manner. Like among the recommendation is on the border of being authentic/helpful. After which thee’s stuff like, “Ensure your vest pockets are massive so you’ll be able to vanish plates.” I’m not 100% if the video was written by a robotic, or only a very boring fool.

Oh, and that very same youtube channel put out the video under on the best way to french kiss. I figured a loser like you can in all probability use this. It’s three minutes longer than the video on the best way to turn out to be a magician. I assume that speaks to the relative issue of every enterprise.

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