Vanish Magic Magazine Dangerfest SPECIAL EDITION - Page 3
Paul Romhany & Joomag
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF & DESIGN LAYOUT
THANK YOU TO
ASSOCIATE EDITOR / LAYOUT FEATURE
Ben Robinson who put this edition
together and atteneded Dangerfest.
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Hal Meyers, Ben Robinson
Paul Romhany & Sydnie Anderson
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When Ben Robinson pitched me about a special edition for VANISH on
Dangerfest I was very excited. If you have watched any knife throwing experts
on YouTube or seen them on television you will be aware of the incredible
skill required. Knife throwing is an art, sport, combat skill, or variously an
entertainment technique, involving an artist skilled in the art of throwing
knives, the weapons thrown, and a target. Magicians will understand the
similarities between spending years mastering skills needed to perform
incredible manipulation magic and those of the knife thrower. As entertainers
we can all learn a lot from each others art forms.
The art and sport of knife throwing has been practiced throughout the history
by many people, but only few historical documents are available.
Most commonly known is perhaps the fact that soldiers in the American civil
war trained knife throwing as a pastime (there is a famous painting of this
scene). Quite some African tribes are also known to engage in knife throwing.
But in most cases, these “Hunga munga” are too big and either used only to
scare an enemy or for ritual functions.
As a means of self defense, throwing a knife is not a good option, as you will
give your opponent a weapon. And in a difficult situation, you will most likely
not be able to throw the knife accurately enough to wound and not enrage
your opponent. This is why most martial arts experts are opposed to using this
option in a non-desperate situation.
Today, knife throwing has of course followers in the circus arts who perform
so called impalement acts, where they frame their assistant (mostly female,
hence the term target girl) with knives or do other stunts. But the sport has
become attractive to a larger audience, who
throw knives as a pastime in their backyard,
and even gather for conventions and
Enjoy this amazing SPECIAL EDITION of
VANISH MAGIC MAGAZINE and a very
special thank you to Ben Robinson and the
Dangerfest people who were very open to
Ben interviewing and hanging out with them
SPECIAL | 2020