Australian radio host Angus O’Loughlin caught up with David Copperfield after a recent Vegas performance. He actually asks some different questions than other media, such as if David watches other magicians.
From last week’s Masters Of Illusion season premiere, Michael Grandinetti mixes up a standard illusion by performing it off stage and among the audience. A new Masters of Illusion airs tonight, along with a repeat episode and a repeat of Penn & Teller: Fool Us, on The CW. Check your local listings if you haven’t already set that DVR!
Just like brick and mortar magic shops, we have to support network magic shows if we want to see more magic on US television!
Today’s lead off video is Richards Jones’ semi-final performance on Britain’s Got Talent. It is the center of a new firestorm as he is accused of stealing the effect from Collins Key. Read about the controversy on CelebsNow and Metro with a response from Jones over on HuffPost. You can compare Jones to Key’s original performance by checking out this video on Collins’ YouTube page.
Not to downplay people swiping others’ material but something about this situation initially made me literally burst out in laughter. First of all, can’t y’all in England just watch BGT without some hint of scandal? It seems like there is some kind of outcry and outrage every single week! Then it struck me: if y’all ever find out how many times the Jaws of Death have appeared on various Got Talent shows your heads would explode! And on a more serious note, I think we have talked in the past about magicians being compared to contestants on Got Talent shows in other countries… looks like it is finally happening! I am sure that singers get compared to other singers who perform the same song but at least they don’t get automatically accused of stealing the tune!
The Mission Record has details on another magic show benefitting the victims of the Fort McMurray fires. The Fraser Valley Magic Circle will be putting on a special show May 30; details here.
Tommy Wind is going to be John Katsilometes’ guest on his KUNV radio show tonight at 8 PM PST. According to Katsilometes’ recent column on the show in the Sun they will discuss Tommy plans after comic Vinnie Favorito’s departure.
TV alert: new Masters of Illusions tonight, along with Fool Us re-runs. America’s Got Talent starts its new season Tuesday.
Finally, ZDNet has a very cool piece on Eric, the first humanoid robot built in Britain, and attempts by the London Science Museum’s plans to rebuild him.
Behold the trailer for 1961′s The Mask, shot partially in 3D and released on home video (3D glasses included) by Kino Lorber. I have been on a 3D kick lately and picked this up on DVD. Now you may remember this as one of the 3D films shown on syndicated television in the early 1980s, I sure do, and you may even remember that it was introduced by Harry Blackstone, who performed a little 3D magic. It was not mentioned in the description on that big river online store, but when the DVD showed up I was thrilled* to see that it included the 19 minute introduction/magic show performed by Harry Blackstone when The Mask was shown in television back in 1982.
* Read: squealed like that fanboy that I am
Around iTricks Tower Midwest we love magic (obviously) and fighting, so we are never going to pass up video of someone performing magic for a mixed martial arts fighter! This new video from Greg Devereaux sees him doing a little close up for Miesha Tate.
Richard Jones is a favorite to win Britain’s Got Talent, but he hit a bit of a stumble on This Morning when performing a bit of card magic with hostess Holly Willoughby. His effect went off without a hitch technically, but many viewers spotted something off on social media, especially after a bit of rewinding. The clip above (from this Mirror article, which explains it all). Social media, DVRs… this is kind of a modern magician’s worst nightmare!