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Ben Seidman

Ben Seidman is right where he wants to be

“What kept me in [magic] is that I have no other skills,” Ben Seidman says with a chuckle. Considering he just gave a performance at Magi-Fest 2018 that caused an entire room full of magicians to give him a standing ovation, it might be the only skill he needs.Seidman’s magic has ...read more

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Weekly Puzzle Solution: Sequence break

Welcome to GeniiOnline's Weekly Puzzle, powered by Art of Play! We'll bring you a new puzzle every Monday, then publish the solution on Tuesday.Here's the puzzle again if you missed it yesterday:  What is the next letter in this sequence: SENTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT__?  ANSWER: ...read more

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Weekly Puzzle: Sequence break

Welcome to GeniiOnline's Weekly Puzzle, powered by Art of Play! We'll bring you a new puzzle every Monday, then publish the solution on Tuesday.You'll have to flex your lateral thinking skills to solve this one. What is the next letter in this sequence: ...read more

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Discussion: Is it safe to use designer decks?

There's in an interesting discussion happening on Reddit about whether or not it's safe to use designer decks like this or this or even this when performing a card-based magic routine. The concern is that the audience is used to seeing tricks done with Bicycle cards, and anything ...read more

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Weekly Puzzle Solution: Leaky Faucet

Welcome to GeniiOnline's Weekly Puzzle, powered by Art of Play! We'll bring you a new puzzle every Monday, then publish the solution on Tuesday.Here's the puzzle again if you missed it yesterday: The faucet below is leaking. Which basin will fill up with water first?ANSWER:Come ...read more

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What the world needs now is Tom Stone's shoe

Everything is kind of terrible. More and more women are coming forward to talk about how Harvey Weinstein assaulted them and how their colleagues knew about it and just shrugged. Puerto Rico still doesn’t have power. Barbuda was basically scraped clean by Hurricane Irma. Napa is ...read more

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Weekly Puzzle: Leaky faucet

Welcome to GeniiOnline's Weekly Puzzle, powered by Art of Play! We'll bring you a new puzzle every Monday, then publish the solution on Tuesday.The faucet below is leaking. Which basin will fill up with water first? ...read more

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Why Penn & Teller’s Fool Us is so fun to watch

Here’s the thing about magic tricks: you desperately want to know how they're done. The moment you see one, your brain is automatically trying to figure out how it happened. You’ll rewind that YouTube video to study hand movements or scan for misdirection, or you’ll try to ...read more

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The Definition of Magic: Stooging

A mentalist claims they can read minds, and calls upon an audience member to say the first word that comes to them. The mentalist pulls out a slip of paper with the same word on it—impressive, right? After the show, you catch a glimpse of the mentalist giving the supposedly ...read more

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The Definition of Magic: Sleight of hand

There’s more to magic—and how to describe it—than just calling everything a ‘trick’. That’s why we’re highlighting and exploring important terms, concepts, and ideas every week with The Definition of Magic on GeniiOnline. A magician holds up a single coin between two fingers. She ...read more

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The Definition of Magic: Mentalism

There’s more to magic—and how to describe it—than just calling everything a ‘trick’. That’s why we’re highlighting and exploring important terms, concepts, and ideas every week with The Definition of Magic on GeniiOnline.Someone walks up to you on the street and asks you to think ...read more

Elmyr de Hory

5 of the world’s most successful art forgers

Fooling people isn’t just the purview of magicians. As long as there are people willing to part with large sums of money, there will be thieves, con artists, and forgers willing to take advantage of them. Art forgeries in particular are a great way to make a ton of cash—as long ...read more

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Weekly Puzzle Solution: Which way did they go?

Welcome to GeniiOnline's Weekly Puzzle, powered by Art of Play! We'll bring you a new puzzle every Monday, then publish the solution on Tuesday.Here's the puzzle again if you missed it yesterday:   Each set of tracks below was made by a different bicycle. Which direction was ...read more

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Weekly Puzzle: Which way did they go?

Welcome to GeniiOnline's Weekly Puzzle, powered by Art of Play! We'll bring you a new puzzle every Monday, then publish the solution on Tuesday. Each set of tracks below was made by a different bicycle. Which direction was each bicycle traveling—to the right or to the left? ...read more

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The Definition of Magic: Flash

There’s more to magic—and how to describe it—than just calling everything a ‘trick’. That’s why we’re highlighting and exploring important terms, concepts, and ideas every week with The Definition of Magic on GeniiOnline. Because magic is performed in a three-dimensional space in ...read more

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Weekly Puzzle Solution: Keep 'em separated

Welcome to GeniiOnline's Weekly Puzzle, powered by Art of Play! We'll bring you a new puzzle every Monday, then publish the solution on Tuesday.Here's the puzzle again if you missed it yesterday:ANSWER:You need a total of three lines, as seen in the image below:Come back next ...read more

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The Definition of Magic: Clean and Dirty

There’s more to magic—and how to describe it—than just calling everything a ‘trick’. That’s why we’re highlighting and exploring important terms, concepts, and ideas with The Definition of Magic on GeniiOnline.A friend is over at your house and asks if you have a random deck of ...read more

The Magic Misfits

Review: The Magic Misfits is worthy of applause

There is a time in a child’s life that is, for want of a better word, magical. That handful of years when they’re old enough to have their own ideas and motivations, but not yet so old that they’re too cool to hang out with their parents. It’s an age that Neil Patrick Harris has ...read more

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Weekly puzzle solution: This round's on us

Welcome to GeniiOnline's Weekly Puzzle, powered by Art of Play! We'll bring you a new puzzle every Monday, then publish the solution on Tuesday.In case you missed the puzzle yesterday, here it is again:  If a cup of wine costs $5, a cup of beer costs $4 and a cup of water costs ...read more

Young Magician

5 reasons why you should get your kid a magic set

There's no shortage of toys and gadgets for kids to play with these days. But amidst the technological wizardry of tablets and game consoles, branded dolls and action figures, and noise-making doo-dads lies the humble magic kit. Each kit is different, but all share one goal: to ...read more

Beer and Wine

Weekly Puzzle: This round's on us

Welcome to GeniiOnline's Weekly Puzzle, powered by Art of Play! We'll bring you a new puzzle every Monday, then publish the solution on Tuesday. If a cup of wine costs $5, a cup of beer costs $4 and a cup of water costs a quarter ($0.25), how many cups of wine, beer and water ...read more

Christmas Magic

20 gifts for the magic lover in your life

It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t like magic, but what do you get someone who loves magic? We’ve compiled a few of our favorite gift ideas from some of the most interesting corners of the internet for magic fans of any interest or skill level, whether they know how to do a ...read more