Where Do Little Magic Dragons Come From?

Posted by Michael on March 23rd, 2017

This video, from earlier this year, assures us that the next generation is coming along just fine.

See more of the original, and larger, Piff the Magic Dragon at his website.

This Month’s Free Book Download From Conjuring Arts

Posted by Michael on March 23rd, 2017

This time around the good folks at Conjuring Arts have put an undisputed classic up as this month’s free to download Book Club entry. One of the indispensable textbooks of card magic, The Royal Road to Card Magic by Jean Hugard and Frederick Brau, is now available to download for free for a limited time. All you have to do is visit the Conjuring Arts Store to claim your high quality PDF download. As if that isn’t enough, they have also arranged for a live, streamed discussion on the text lead by R. Paul Wilson. Follow Conjuring Arts’ social media (like Twitter or Facebook) for more information.

DaVinci Needs Help, American Museum Of Magic And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on March 23rd, 2017

Today’s opening clip is of David DaVinci. You may know him from his Magic Master Summit or as the Thrillusionist. While performing on cruise ships, his wife and main assistant Jamie fell from one of their illusions and shattered her wrist. It sounds like his act’s liability insurance and the cruise ship are letting them down and now Jamie is in Spain needing wrist surgery that will have to be paid up front. For the next few days David is selling lifetime access to the Magic Master Summit for $97 (a $200 discount) to try to raise the money for the surgery. You can also make a PayPal donation or just buy one of the DaVinci DVDs. For the best updates on Jamie’s condition, head to FaceBook.

The Battle Creek Enquirer has details on the new season of magic at the American Museum of Magic, which is scheduled to begin April 1st. That is also their 39th anniversary!

The Hollywood Reporter has details from a fundraiser at the Improv that ended up seeing Andy Dick interviewing Andrew Goldenhersh about Daryl Easton’s recent death and some of Goldenhersh’s statements have contradicted popularly reported news of the unfortunate death.

Behind The Scenes With Steve Barcellona

Posted by Michael on March 22nd, 2017

Okay, I might be at iTricks Tower Midwest V2.0 outside of Kansas City, but I am still a St. Louis boy at heart (and legally, until I sell a house…). So it makes me very happy to keep up the “behind the scenes” theme we started with our last post and present a St. Louis magician! Steve Barcellona recently posted this backstage peek as he gets ready for a show. In the interest of full disclosure, I am 99% sure I met Steve at the one Midwest Magic Jubilee I have ever attended maybe a dozen years ago… You can meet Steve virtually over at his official website.

What Is It Like To Be A BGT Winning Magician?

Posted by Michael on March 22nd, 2017

This behind the scenes video from Richard Jones, who won Britain’s Got Talent in 2016, will show you exactly what his life is like now! You can see more of Richard on his official website.

Travis Nye, The Great Nivelli And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on March 22nd, 2017

We mentioned today’s lead off video yesterday but couldn’t re-post it here. Luckily, Travis Nye put his appearance on KDLT TV on YouTube so we can go ahead and show you the anchor’s hilarious reaction to a classic effect. See more of Travis over on his website.

Lawyer George Khoury breaks down the elements of the lawsuit agains David Copperfield over on the Find Law blogs.

Broadway World has the real life story behind Nivelli’s War, which is making its US debut off Broadway in April. The play tells the the story of a magician in the World War II concentration camps and a fellow prisoner he inspires to pursue magic.

Finally, the Lake County News-Sun (part of the Chicago Tribune network) has the story of elementary school teacher turned full time magician Bill Blagg.

David Ben’s Magical Start

Posted by Michael on March 21st, 2017

David Ben is this month’s Genii cover boy so we decided to look for some of his clips on the ol’ YouTube. What we found was this video from a couple of months ago with him telling his “how I got started” story.

See more of David on his website.