PUBLISHER Paul Romhany & Joomag
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF & DESIGN LAYOUT Paul Romhany
COVER ART Jim Westbrook
GUEST EDITORS Adam Fleischer and Vito Lupo
Adam Fleischer , Dr . Parag Mallick , Peter Prevos , John Harris , Michael Ammar , Jason Leddington , Paul Harris , Anthony Barnhart , Professor Richard Wiseman , Mark Setteducati , Jeanette Andrews , Stefan Thomke , Gustav Kuhn , Carlo Mariconda , Jamy Ian Swiss , Vito Lupo
ADVERTISING COORDINATOR Jennifer Holden
CREATIVE DESIGNER & LAYOUT Paul Romhany
VANISH CONVENTION DIRECTOR Steve Hocevar
CIRCULATION & SUBSCRIPTION Joomag
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EDITOR ’ S NOTE
SCIENCE & MAGIC
The connection between Science and Magic has been a fascination of mine for many years . You can imagine how excited I was when a few months ago I got a call from Adam Fleischer . I knew of Adam from The Magic Manuscript , magic ’ s first full-color glossy magazine that he launched and edited during the 1980s . It was a trend-setting publication and was part of what inspired my path in magic and in publishing and editing VANISH . During that period , Adam , along with America ’ s first FISM Champion Vito Lupo , also produced The New York Magic Symposium conventions in the 80s . The New York Magic Symposium was known to set a new bar for the quality of talent and production for magic conventions . The event featured some of the last appearances by the likes of Slydini and Dai Vernon .
Now , 25 years since the last Symposium , Adam and Vito are launching a new event . The International Magic Symposium
will be an academic conference on how magic inspires science , technology , teaching , and creativity to be held in Venice , Italy ( dates for the first event have yet to be announced ). While the event will feature a handful of the brightest minds in magic and a select group of top performers , the event ’ s attendees will predominantly be scientists , academics , and technologists . Driven by their interest in this area , both Vito and Adam collaborated with me to produce this special issue of VANISH on how magic inspires science and creativity . I ’ m fascinated by the confluence of magic with science and academia , and I think we have an issue chock full of articles that will be of interest to both scientifically inclined magicians as well as magically intrigued scientists and academics .
Paul Romhany Editor
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Science is magic that works . – Kurt Vonnegut