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Posted by Editor on August 21st, 2014
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Ode To Aldo by Ryan Bliss

Here he presents an epic, highly visual, multiple phase oil and water routine based on the work of the Late Aldo Colombini.

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Pro Football Player And Magician Jon Dorenbos

Posted by Michael on August 22nd, 2014

This clip from HBO’s Real Sports tells the story of Jon Dorenbos, the long snapper for the Philadelphia Eagles and avid magician. Dorenbos experienced the most horrible of tragedies as a child and credits magic with getting him through his darkest hours. It might seem terrible, but iTricks thinks remembering the real power of magic to change lives is a great way to end Video Friday and go into the weekend.

iTricks hopes you have a great weekend no matter what your plans, from practicing new material, presenting old favorites or just relaxing with friends.

More Ice Buckets, More Magicians

Posted by Michael on August 22nd, 2014

There have been so many magic related ice bucket challenges for ALS awareness that we can barely keep up with them. This one is from friend of iTricks Harris III (watch until the end) but if you want to see more magical takes on the challenge try the videos posted by Lazarus Benson, Rich Ferguson and Wayne Gonce. Sorry if we missed anyone, they are popping up like crazy! Don’t forget to visit ALSA.org.

Oh yeah, iTricks noticed on Twitter that AGT contestant Kelli Glover has issued the challenge to Smoothini…

Cardone the Magician’s Neverending Deck

Posted by Michael on August 22nd, 2014

Cardone the Magician, assisted by Marlena Dee, presents his Neverending Deck in this short piece from Circus Alchemikus. There is a little camera trickery, but the performer is really a magician. Cardone the Magician presents himself as the “Ultimate Vaudeville Magician” and you can learn more about his at his website. Circus Alchemikus is kind of hard to explain, so we will just quote their Facebook page: “A Circus performed on the camera lens, for easier injection into your subconscious mind.”

Jason Alan Does A Little Morning Show Magic

Posted by Michael on August 22nd, 2014

Good morning! Let’s kick off Video Friday with Jason Alan. I am not sure we will have a theme this week… but let’s see where the day takes us.

Jason Alan is performing a rare public show with Charles Peachock this Saturday August 23 at the Kent Stage in Kent, Ohio. To promote the event he stopped by the Fox 8 Cleveland morning show earlier this week. There is more magic to be seen at the Fox 8 website. You can learn more about Jason at his website.

Justin Willman Accepts The Challenge

Posted by Michael on August 21st, 2014

The latest magician to take up the ice bucket challenge is Justin WIllman. He, of course, find a way to have a little fun with it and throws down a challenge of his own. Michael Trixx, the rock n’ roll magician, Thomas Hayden and Brad Ross have also posted ice bucket challenge videos. Don’t forget, it is all to benefit ALS.org.

Magic Bus Reveal, Wizard Wars Success And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on August 21st, 2014

FC Bayern München has a new team bus. That might seem like a big deal, but apparently it is so they brought in a magician to help introduce the bus to the hometown crowd.

According to The Futon Critic, SyFy has a hit on its hands in the form of Wizard Wars. The show pulled in over a million viewers during its premiere episode on Tuesday, and will only add viewers with subsequent re-airings. Congratulations to Rick, Justin, Ellen and the entire Wizard Wars gang!

Speaking of Wizard Wars creator Rick Lax, he had an article about magicians and creativity in the Daily Beast earlier this week provocatively titled Cheap Trick: Most Magicians Are Lazy Hacks>. Rick emailed me and stated “I stand by everything I said in the piece, but I would like iTricks readers to know I didn’t title this piece and I definitely didn’t pick the Henning picture.”

And speaking of Wizard Wars judge Jason Latimer, he is featured in an article from the Del Mar Times about his show Perception: See Beyond The Illusion at the Fleet Science Center in San Diego.

Backstage caught up with Adrien Brody to chat about his upcoming portrayal of Houdini for the History Channel. In the piece Brody reveals that his first love was magic.

Don’t forget the Convenção Nacional de Mágicos em Oz will be held next weekend in Brazil. You can find out more at their website.

Magic Rules The Night On AGT

Posted by Michael on August 21st, 2014

The Illusionists took the stage of Radio City Music Hall during last night’s America’s Got Talent results show. AGT alums Kevin James and Dan Sperry were joined by fellow Illusionist Adam Trent for an action packed performance. Perhaps the best part of the performance was host Nick Cannon’s reaction when forced on to the stage with Kevin James and company.

The other important magic news to come out of last night’s show was the fate of the Ghetto Houdini himself, Smoothini. Despite a few problems with his performance Tuesday and some criticism from two of the judges, Smooth was voted through to the next round of the competition.