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Issue 3 - Summer 2006 - The Magic Issue
Articles
Q&A
PARANORMAL TROOPER
The Israel Defense Forces is the only army in the world with an official magician. For him, we have some questions
EXCHANGE
THE MAN THEY CALL OFFICIALLY RETIRED
The following e-mail exchange — printed out, copiously highlighted, and folded in a Day-Timer agenda with a "Super Mom" sticker pasted on its cover — was found on the pavement outside the Om-a-Goodness yoga studio in Northbrook, Illinois, last Wednesday
ESSAY
MY FATHER, THE GOLEM
The metamorphosis came late in life
LETTER FROM ISRAEL
EVERYBODY DANCE NOW
With their vans blaring trance music, their bouncing street antics, their guerrilla graffiti, their disdain for rabbis, and their transcendental take on Judaism, one ultra-Orthodox sect is taking Messianism to new heights. It's beyond the establishment. A
FICTION
PLAGUED
And the Lord brought the Israelites out of Egypt. And one chose to stay behind
CHRONICLE
HITLER'S JEWISH PSYCHIC
Born to a family called Steinschneider, Erik Jan Hanussen arrived in decadent Berlin, and became the prophet of the Third Reich
SIDEBAR
"I SWEAR ON THE MEZUZAH THAT I AM A BRAHMIN"
More pre-war Jewish psychics
MEMOIR
THE 31st JEW OF DOVER
They gave my mother three months to live. They gave my baby a question mark. I located God, and for one miraculous year, it was me
MEMOIR
A LIFE IN CHICKENS
Close encounters with poultry
FICTION
RADICAL THERAPY
Life's a blank or else you die
PLAY
THE CENOTAPH
A scene from a play in progress
ARCHIVE
THE SORCERER'S STOCKIST
A collection of items unearthed at Tannen's, New York City's most legendary — and last remaining — store for magicians
ASK AN EXPERT
Q: ARE THERE JEWISH WITCHES IN THE BIBLE?
Rachel Havrelock on the sometimes sacrilegious seductresses of the sacred texts (only one of whom was turned into a donkey)
HEY, SOGGY! IT'S ME! THE UNDERMINER!
HEY, SOGGY! IT'S ME! THE UNDERMINER!
The king of passive aggression strikes up a conversation withh the famed illusionist David Blaine