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Topic: Genii or Magic?
Message: Posted by: KapBoy77 (Jan 10, 2004 10:02PM)
I'm looking to subscribe to one of these. I used to receive both of them about 8 years ago. A lot changes in 8 years so perhaps somebody could tell me which of the two has more value.

I'm leaning towards Genii? Is that a good idea?

Message: Posted by: treysdaddy (Jan 11, 2004 10:13AM)
I think it depends on what you like. My favorite is Magic because I like the columnists (Joshua Jay, Silly Billy, and Michael Close) Genii seems to have more historical articles. I haven't subscribed to either. I buy both at my local shops.
Message: Posted by: MarkFarrar (Jan 11, 2004 10:37AM)
I've subscribed to Magic for quite a new years, but thought I'd swap over to Genii this year - after all, they say a change is as good as a rest!
Message: Posted by: denny_Corby (Jan 11, 2004 10:54AM)
Just get both. Both have there things that are better then the other one.
Message: Posted by: Larry Barnowsky (Jan 11, 2004 11:11AM)
I subscribe to both. MAGIC is slicker and has slightly better content than Genii.
Message: Posted by: KapBoy77 (Jan 11, 2004 12:51PM)
Mark: And since you've switched, are you glad you did or are you thinking of switching back?

Denny: I used to subscribe to both but then something happened. I moved out of my parents place! I'd love to have both but at the moment I can only pick one. (some married folks in here might know what I mean) :)

Andre :band:
Message: Posted by: Sven Rygh (Jan 11, 2004 01:20PM)
I have been subscribing to both, but lately only to Magic.
As some of the other have mentioned, both have things they are better than the other on.

I plan to take up again subscription also on Genii again

Message: Posted by: Close.Up.Dave (Jan 11, 2004 03:43PM)
I think Magic would be a better way to go.
Message: Posted by: cheesewrestler (Jan 11, 2004 04:00PM)
Both. That comes to, what, a dollar a week?
Message: Posted by: jasonchr (Jan 11, 2004 05:04PM)
If I had to choose, I'd go with Genii. Under Richard Kaufman, Genii has really flourished - both in terms of excellent articles and effects.

Message: Posted by: Gordon (Jan 11, 2004 10:20PM)
I subscribe to Genii, and pick up an occasional copy of Magic at the local dealer, if there is something that piques my curiosity.

In my opinion, Genii has the better articles, and their effect selection is about the same, overall. Any given issue might have something I want to learn/use, but if it doesn't than all the leaves is the articles. So, to ensure I get maximum value, I choose Genii.

Your mileage may vary.
Message: Posted by: Tony Venetico (Jan 11, 2004 11:55PM)
I personally like Magic better -- but get both
Message: Posted by: Gerben (Jan 12, 2004 06:09AM)
I also subscribe to both.
They're both good magazines in my opinion. Somehow Magic seems easier to read for me. I like it's lay out better than Genii's. Genii's articles and interviews are very long and very indepth usually, so you learn everything about a subject.

I don't think it would really me matter which one you'd choose. Like I said, they're both good.
Message: Posted by: Phred (Jan 12, 2004 11:45AM)
I used to subscribe to Magic, then changed to Genii (could only afford one at a time). I plan to renew my subscription to Magic.

Comparing the two my impressions are:

Genii: Has more Historical information. Articles are longer/more in depth. I get a feeling that they are trying to appeal more to the professional rather than the hobbiest. Reviews done by a panel so you get a broad variety of opinion, but may be inconsistent in their views. I do not like the coverage given to children's magic (what little there is).

Magic: More articles because they are not as long. "Slicker". I do mostly children's magic and I much prefer the coverage given to this area of magic. Reviews by one person. While there may be some personal bias in the reviews, I know that if Close likes it, I will too because we have similar likes/dislikes.

My two cents.
Message: Posted by: matinex (Jan 12, 2004 06:51PM)
I like the people who contribute to Genii a little better... David Regal, Richard Kaufman, etc. And I think the reviews in Genii are a little more in-depth. But for learning new tricks, I prefer Magic. I think they have a better variety and more are about at my skill level: beginner-intermediate.

Message: Posted by: Dallen (Jan 14, 2004 06:05AM)
If you can afford both, go with that route. You'll definitely gain something from both magazines. But if I had to just pick one, I would go with Magic.
Message: Posted by: korttihai_82 (Jan 14, 2004 10:07AM)
I like Magic better, mainly because Mike Closes rewiews. Lately Magic has had too many historic articles in my opinion and it has become quite booring to read. Still I like it more than Genii
Message: Posted by: Emily Belleranti (Jan 14, 2004 01:20PM)
I personally prefer Genii to Magic. I think that the articles are generally a little more in-depth. It seems to be more informative and not as commercial as Magic. As others have mentioned, Genii seems to have more historical articles and caters more to the serious magician. But that is just my opinion.

I definitely agree that if you can afford both, you should get both. But if you have to choose just one, I would recommend Genii.
Message: Posted by: Marshall Thornside (Jan 14, 2004 11:08PM)
MAGIC is ok.
Genii is better.

MAGIC has some really nice
historical features and features
on magicians. Genii would be almost
the equivalent to TOPS in a way.

I never had been a fan of MAGIC,
but since they are doing a feature
on my dad, my opinion might change.
Message: Posted by: Doomo (Jan 15, 2004 08:12AM)
Magic is pretty... it appeals to those who want pretty.. Genii is more for those who want serious stuff... Both in articles and effects... One is good bathroom read... the other sit in a quiet place and study read...

just my opinion...
Message: Posted by: Scott Ocheltree (Jan 17, 2004 05:35PM)
I subscribe to both. Every now and then I think I should drop one, but I can never decide which. I enjoy Genii's depth and perspective, but I have actually gotten more usable material out of MAGIC. I don't add new effects very rapidly and I'm not a slieght junky, but MAGIC published Simon Aronson's "Random Sample Shuffle-Bored" which was worth a year's subscription. And I used a bank night variation published by Jim Steinmyer in MAGIC called "Playing For Keeps".
Message: Posted by: eryanic (Jan 18, 2004 04:05AM)
Get both first..then after that you can decide which one you prefer!
Message: Posted by: Peo Olsson (Jan 18, 2004 06:30AM)
Magic get my vote, cause of its better read. I always start to read Michael Close's column.
But Genii isn't bad either, but Magic is better.
that's it. I Think. Im sooooo slow on sundays.