f you are reading this editorial then I'd like to thank you for either the purchase of this issue or for subscribing to VANISH. I’ve decided that after eight years putting VANISH out, keeping it a free publication, it was time to start charging. The cost of running VANISH is quite steep and I have personally covered the expenses. The yearly overhead was approximately $15,000 (US) which included the software, online advertising and fee’s from three different online outlets. As you know COVID has hit the entertainment world hard and to keep VANISH going I decided a minimal charge would help cover costs. The fee I am asking for, under US $12.00 a year for 12 issues, amounts to less than two cups of coffee. With your help and valued support we can keep VANISH going and maintain the quality.
One of the objectives of VANISH has always been to let the feature artist have their own voice when it comes to their article. I want them to have the freedom to have their opinions and voices be heard. Our main feature is James Galea who shot to fame a few years back with an incredible performance that went viral. From there he had his own TV show and more recently his own production which was presented at the famous Australian Opera House. This was a tremendous undertaking which was incredibly well received. Be warned that some of the language may offend, however, I wanted to keep it as is to reflect as closely as possible the content of Jame's show. Kevin Blake did a wonderful job interviewing James and writing the article which captures the shows message. This isn't your typical magic show with dancing girls, top hats and rabbits!!
Billy Kidd is featured in the Women In Magic series by Connie Boyd. I believe she is one of Canada's biggest stars right now, if you aren’t familiar with her you will be hearing a lot more in the near future. Keep your eyes open because she is somebody to watch out for in the world of magic as she continues to astound and amaze audiences.
One of the popular parts of any magic magazine are the 'tricks' you can perform. Louie Foxx has been providing material from the very early days of VANISH and he continues to amaze me with his creativity. This month he shares a terrific routine just in time for Halloween, the perfect thing to do when kids come knocking at your door and want candy AND a trick.
And, yes, its Halloween - again - only the times have changed drastically. John Bundy and Morgan are offering up something spectacular for the season.
We are still covering topics dealing with the current world-wide situation and are pleased to have insight from Alain Nu and his top FIVE tips for doing on-line shows. Nick Lewin also offers a wonderful insight as to what may come next for performers and the world of magic. Kevin Bethea continues to present additional voices concerning Black Lives Matter in the world of magic, thoughts on the past, present and our future.
Our business/entertainment is always about … what’s NEXT … therefore lets all try to continue to look forward to a better and brighter tomorrow.