THE NEAT REVIEW is an ad-hoc journal published two to three times a year, exploring the crossovers between the worlds of magic and other arts. There is a fascinating dialogue that exists between the creative worlds, and magicians seem privy to the most unlikely interminglings of those worlds. Our contributors have magic as a hobby, but work professionally as photographers, visual artists, writers, graphic designers, teachers. In this issue we capture conversations between magic and photography, magic and painting, magic and philosophy, writing, and acting. Each world grows from that dialogue. There are five essays, three tricks, two card sleights, and a 26-page interview with quite possibly the best mind reader in the history of magic, Derren Brown.
Fully typeset in both Japanese and English, this issue of THE NEAT REVIEW prods its stick at what could be seen as a cliché: it’s not what you do, it’s how you do it. Clichés are normally boring, but not when THE NEAT REVIEW prods at them. To that end, through the lives and work of several of Japan’s best magicians, we explore cultural effects on the practice of and appreciation for sleight of hand. We visit these artists in their studios and discuss their worlds. We thank Cyril and Hide and Akira and Shimpei and Ponta and Takeshi and Ben and Tomoya and Kyohei and Takuma for helping us to make this issue of the journal. They are fierce.
Interviews, sleights, tricks and essays.
Issue Three is about magic and sleight of hand, of course, but it is also about language, culture, aesthetics. Issue Three is about people. Not everything needs to be explained. Not everything needs to be put into boxes. So, with care and with love, we take you to Tokyo for a good old chin wag with these magicians. Let us look together now.