PUBLISHER Paul Romhany & Joomag
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF & DESIGN LAYOUT Paul Romhany
COVER PHOTO Photo by Perry Gallagher
BACK COVER PHOTO Thanks to Solange Kardinaly
THANK YOU TO Chipper Lowell
SENIOR ASSOCIATE EDITOR Nick Lewin
ASSOCIATE EDITORS Hal Meyers , Ben Robinson
Paul Romhany , Dan Stapleton , Louie Fox , Nick Lewin , Connie Boyd , Pierre Hamon & Gus , Dave Attwood , Hal Meyers , David Regal , Romany , Puck , Alain Nu , Chuck Jones , Jeff Scanlan , Dibya Guha
ADVERTISING COORDINATOR Jennifer Holden
CREATIVE DESIGNER & LAYOUT Paul Romhany
VANISH CONVENTION DIRECTOR Steve Hocevar
CIRCULATION & SUBSCRIPTION Joomag
FROM THE EDITOR
BACK IN CANADA
Another incredibly busy month here at VANISH as I arrived back in Vancouver , Canada to live . Somehow , despite moving around the world I was able to get this issue of VANISH out on time , thanks to all the contributors who got me their articles in on time . I will have a new mailing address in April and that is where any review items will need to be sent .
I have admired the creativity and inventiveness of Arthur Trace for many years , and he has become one of my favorite performers . It is an honor to have him on the cover and to get an insight in to his magic and how he creates so many wonderful routines for his act . Thank you to David Regal for the interview .
I am still in shock at the passing of Scott Alexander . It just doesn ' t seem real , as we are both similar in age and I ' ve been in contact with him about getting him to The Magical Mystery Show in Hawaii of which I am the booking agent . I have known Scott for many years and admired him for everything he has done . His legacy will live on through his amazing books , downloads and tricks he has left us with . When you bought a routine from him you knew it was tested in the real world and it would be a hit of your own show . This was a great loss to us all but even more so to his family and close friends . I ' d like to thank Chuck , Puck and Alain for sharing their special thoughts with us about Scott . In the tribute section of this issue , you will see a GO FUND ME link to help support his wife and children . Let ' s get together as a magic community and show our support for somebody who was one our best and most giving magicians .
I ' d like to acknowledge the passing of Robert ' Bob ' Orben this past week . If you don ' t know who he was make sure you Google him and find out . He was a legend comedy writer and magician who supplied comedy lines to every working magician in the day , and pretty much lines that are being used to this day ! He further moved to politics where he started working as a speechwriter to the Vice President Gerald R . Ford and went on to become the special assistant and director of speechwriting department at the White House .
" Every morning I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America . If I ’ m not there , I go to work ." - Robert Orben
The Great Pokkus
BY PIERRE HAMON AND GUS