Abbott’s Magic Virtual Easter Egg Hunt

Add these to the list of Free Magic, if you’re willing to spend the time looking for the Easter Eggs.

Abbott's Magic Virtual Easter Egg Hunt

Abbott’s Magic Virtual Easter Egg Hunt

  1. Holidaze
  2. Bally Prediction
  3. Simplex 4 Ace Trick
  4. TEN
  5. Who Done It
  6. A Box of Matches Trick
  7. 50 Kute Coin Tricks
  8. Zens 15 Card Trick
  9. 50 Tricks with a Paper Cone
  10. Come Good Spirits
  11. Magic Card Systems
  12. How To Be A Ventriloquist
  13. Tops Treasure of Ball Magic
  14. Staggered
  15. Sparky’s Balloon Act
  16. Super Psychic Mental Effects
  17. The Professional Touch
  18. Oracle
  19. Abbott’s First Catalog 1934
  20. Coin and Money Magic
  21. Kid Show Showmanship
  22. Dumbfounders with Cards
  23. Hit the Deck
  24. This is Magic
  25. Eddie Joseph Cups and Balls
  26. MagicSeen Magazine #1
  27. MagicSeen Magazine #10
  28. Einstein Theory
  29. Farmer & The Witch
  30. Magazine Test

By the way, Happy Easter, everyone!

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Tales from the Before Time: Finding Fandom

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The internet, as usual, has changed everything.

These days, any young sf/fantasy reader or watcher with access to a computer can connect with other likeminded souls in a matter of minutes, if not seconds. They may not be able to meet up face-to-face, but that’s not necessary, and wasn’t necessary even in the olden days. It’s enough, most of the time, just to know that there’s somebody else like you out there.

Back before the internet, things were harder. If you lived anywhere other than a major city, your chances of encountering another reader who shared your particular obsession were low. (I was fortunate; my best friend in high school also read sf, and the local news and magazine shop owner must have been a fan as well, because the shop carried all the new paperback releases and all of the major sf magazines, as well as some of the…

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Springtime Seasonal Special

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It’s time again for my traditional springtime special offer:

Sample Spring Gift Certificate2017

Yes.  From today through the 16th of April, my usual rate of $1500 for a line-edit and critique on a typical 80,000-100,00 word novel drops to $1000 (or $1030 for PayPal, to cover the fees for a non-personal transaction; using Google Wallet, if you’re set up for it, avoids this problem and is faster as well.)  You can purchase a springtime gift for a writer friend, or for yourself, and redeem it at any time between right now and whenever.

(If you’ve got a 100,000+ word doorstop of a manuscript, and still want to take advantage of the season, contact me and we can work out an appropriate discounted price for a longer work.)

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What to Bring to a Book-Signing

So you’re doing your first book-signing.

A handy list of things to put in the back of your car from our friends the Romance Writers (add or subtract according to your situation and preferences):

Mexican president signs Obama's guest book.

Probably not the kind of book-signing you’re going to get.

  • Tablecloth
  • Candies* and dish
  • Flowers
  • Props (e.g. if you have a nautical adventure, a model ship)
  • Scissors and tape (blue tape, duct tape, and cellophane tape.)
  • Pens — book-signing and other.  Make sure one is a Sharpie.
  • Mailing list
  • Bibliography
  • Book cover stickers
  • Business cards
  • Water/water bottle with screw-on cap
  • Change for parking meters
  • A brief biography for the person who will be introducing you
  • Emergency personal supplies/first aid kit
  • Book marks
  • Posters/flyers/advertisements
  • Loudspeaker announcements
  • Book stands
  • Blank card stock and marker
  • Presentation materials (projector, easel chart, etc.)
  • Lightweight table
  • Lightweight folding chair
  • Camera
  • Thank-you gift for store employee(s)

One month prior: Send out your own press releases, including cover flats.

Know the answers to the most frequently-asked questions: “Where are the bathrooms?” (“Right over there”) and “How much did you pay to get published?” (“Nothing. I don’t pay publishers; publishers pay me.”)

Arrive early.

Smile. Regardless.

* Candies are individually wrapped; e.g Hershey Kisses, Andes Mints, Starbursts, etc.

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Why Authors Go Mad, Reason Number I’ve-Lost-Track-By-Now

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Author Seanan McGuire (who is also Mira Grant and I think somebody else I’ve forgotten) has just received — on a tight deadline, of course — a beyond-the-copyedit-from-hell copyedit: The copyeditor did a global search and replace of “which” with “that.” Among other gross incompetencies.

And there isn’t time to scrap the copyedit and send the MS back out to somebody better.

People wonder why authors sometimes drink heavily. The amazing thing, actually, is that more of them don’t.

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Climate Change At Walden Pond

Climate change is real, it’s happening, it’s measurable, and humans are causing it.

Here’s some more primary date for anyone interested: a free e-book from the University of Chicago Press:

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Walden Warming: Climate Change Comes to Thoreau’s Woods
Richard B. Primack
In the late 1840s, Henry David Thoreau made copious notes about the natural world of Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts. He noted the date the ice left the pond, when birds arrived, leaves appeared, and the dates of first-flowering for three hundred plant species. These journals were never published, but when Richard B. Primack found them, he knew they would be useful for documenting changes in climate since Thoreau’s time. The highbush blueberry, for example, now blooms three to six weeks earlier than in the 1840s.
In our free e-book for April, Walden Warming: Climate Change Comes to Thoreau’s Woods, Primack carefully and compellingly reveals the scientific data in Thoreau’s writings and its implications for our own time. Get the e-book of Walden Warming free in April.
“Primack shares striking tales from the field and elucidates from an unnervingly close-to-home perspective the dynamics and impact of climate change on plants, birds, and myriad other species, including us.”—Donna Seaman, Booklist
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SFF Newgroup Posts

Accessing Newsgroup Archives by FTP

For a very limited time (now through through mid-morning April 2nd, 2017), you may access the newsgroup archives using FTP. Here are the settings you’ll need:

  • Host:
  • Protocol: FTP
  • Port: 21
  • Encryption: Explicit FTP (also known as FTPS)
  • Logon type: Normal/unencrypted
  • Username: your own SFF Net username
  • Password: your own SFF Net password

You will have access by FTP to the newsgroup archives according to the access you had to the newsgroups themselves when they were running. You’ll see an Access Denied error if you try to download a group to which you don’t have access.

Sometime on April 3rd, 2017, we will shut off FTP access and remove SFF Net usernames and passwords. Thereafter, the archives will be unavailable.

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Magic Show April 8th

Magic Show


APRIL 8, 2017



I’ll be one of the performers.  Y’all come.

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Crips Angle: Mind Frick

Okay, so who knew: there’s an entire sub-genre of Criss Angel parodies. (Not that there’s anything wrong with a guy who  makes a career in the performing arts, entertains people, and generally does no harm (except perhaps to the loonies who think that his Powers come from Satan and that he sold his soul, not that he spent his teenage years standing in front of a mirror front-and-back palming cards for hours on end while his friends were out partying….)

Anyway, the parodies:  Crips Angle, Mind Frick


Mad TV’s version:


And, finally, the (in my opinion) best:

Kipp Angle: Mime Freak (parts one, two, and three):



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Albacon, Upcoming

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Himself and I will be at Albacon in Albany NY this weekend — it’s at the western edge of our traveling periphery, and it’s a small, low-key convention that we’ve always enjoyed whenever we’ve been able to make it. All too often, it used to coincide with the Viable Paradise workshop, but now it’s moved back to the spring — which is tougher on our pocketbook but easier on our schedule.

Right now — such are the joys of the freelance life — it’s still up in the air as to whether we’ll be doing the con in shoestring mode or have a bit of leeway for nonessentials. (At least the con hotel’s complimentary full American breakfast takes care of two meals for the weekend, which helps to stretch out the shoestring.)

But if you’re in Albany NY this weekend in a congoing mood, you could always drop by and…

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