Hollingworth Collection

Posted by Editor on January 27th, 2015

The Hollingworth Collection from Dan and Dave on Vimeo.

Six years ago we began a voyage to produce a project that possessed potential to transform the world of magic. Today that journey culminates with the release of the Hollingworth Collection, and needless to say, our groundbreaking expectations have been far surpassed.

“Guy is the finest card magician in Britain and amongst the top two or three in the world. Every move and moment exudes consummate sophistication and wit; effortless, natural, matchless. This compilation is a magnificent, hilarious treat and will have you grinning and shouting with glee. You not only admire him, you want desperately to be him.” – Derren Brown

Guy Hollingworth, undoubtedly one of the most sophisticated magicians of our time, first released his VHS The Reformation in 1994. This remarkable first publication gave way to releases exhibiting not only Guy’s ingenuity, but his elegant and refined style of performance. In truth, Guy’s integral contributions to magic shaped our aesthetic approach to the craft.

Without him, we wouldn’t be who we are today.

“I’ve known Guy Hollingworth for over 20 years and he’s one of the greatest proponents of sleight of hand I’ve ever met. This exclusive set is a must have.” – Bill Kalush

With the aid of the Hollingworth Collection, a compendium of original and updated material spanning The London Collection, Routines, and The Reformation, we are confident that Guy will influence you, much like he did us, for the better.

“Guy’s magic is ingenious, baffling and as refined as his wardrobe. My highest recommendation.” – R. Paul Wilson

Each set boasts eight hours of in depth footage and an exclusive pack of commemorative playing cards. The seasoned students of Guy will appreciate his use of STUD playing cards, not for their design but for how thin they were.

Working closely with the USPCC, we’ve created a deck like no other. Each pack feels extremely thin in the hands while still upholding our strict standard of quality. In addition to how the cards handle, the backs parallel early twentieth century art deco, shimmering gold in the light of the sun. If they weren’t in the hands of Hollingworth, they’d be in Jay Gatsby’s. Owning a set is the only way to treasure such an extraordinary deck in such an exquisite form.

Whether it be your first experience or yet another encounter, we are pleased to invite you to join our journey with Guy as our guide.

Signed and limited to 1,000 copies.

Available exclusively at, http://shop.dananddave.com/hollingworth-collection.html


Dani DaOrtiz Will Melt Your Mind…

Posted by Editor on January 26th, 2015

Live event Wednesday, January 28th at 4pm, PST
Download available within 48 hours after the live event

We have seen Dani DaOrtiz MELT the minds of his fellow magicians during late-night sessions at conventions time and time again. With a mix of his unique approach to magic thinking, influences from names like Tamariz and Ascanio, and his unconventional and always massively entertaining presentations it is no surprise that Dani is in demand all over the world.

Here’s your chance to be inspired, fooled, taught and amazed by one of the most entertaining magicians alive – Be a part of the At The Table Experience this January!

Join in on the fun Wednesday, January 28th at 4pm, PST
Get the first 20 minutes for FREE at http://www.murphysmagic.com/free20/
Ask Dani questions live by adding us on Skype
Skype Name: At_The_Table

Available at your favorite Murphy’s Magic dealer including:
Discount Magic
Abbott’s Magic
Hocus Pocus


Why We Need Magic TEDxYouth Talk

Posted by Michael on January 26th, 2015

Matt Decovsky is a physics and chemistry teacher at the Amsterdam International Community School but he is also an advocate for embracing the magic in life. His talk entitled “Why We Need Magic” is from a TEDxYouth event at the AICS. The talk itself is actually a little science demonstration heavy at times but we thought a science teacher encouraging young people to embrace magic and the sense of wonder accompanying it was interesting.

The New York Mets Gain A Wizard

Posted by Michael on January 26th, 2015

Outfielder Michael Cuddyer signed with the New York Mets in November. As this video shows, even though spring training has not started he is already in uniform and entertaining the fans. In this video from MLB.com, though, he is using his sleight of hand skills to impress the kids from PS 92 in Queens during a visit to the Mets clubhouse.

Slightly NSFW All Television News [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on January 26th, 2015

Blake Shelton was the guest on NBC’s Saturday Night Live over the weekend. The lead video, from the NBC website, is a potentially NSFW sketch featuring him as a heckler turned believer at a magic show.

Speaking of magic on television, Rubik’s cube magician and friend of iTricks Steven Brundage will be on today’s Steve Harvey Show. You will have to check your local listings to see when the syndicated show airs in your market.

Speaking of magic on British television (and eventually PBS), The Dorset Echo caught up with Midsommer Murders star Gwilym Lee. The focus is on superfans of the series, but they tip an upcoming episode involving stage magician and Lee learning a bit of magic himself. The article does not mention who served as Lee’s magic coach.

Finally, and still speaking magic on TV, Wizard Wars returns to SyFy with new episodes this Thursday night (along with the premiere of Close Up Kings). VegasNews.com talked to Rick Lax and has some photographs from the set as well as details on a Wizard Wars viewing party at The Sand Dollar. By the way, big shot producer Rick Lax returns to the iTricks podcast later this week.

Kreskin: King Of Kards?

Posted by Michael on January 23rd, 2015

The Amazing Kreskin, who recently turned 80, is known as a mentalist but like almost all of us magic types, he started with a deck of cards. This recent clip from the CBC’s George Stroumboulopoulus shows something that is rarely seen: Kreskin’s skills with a deck of cards. I have to say, this might be my favorite Kreskin clip ever; it really highlights his gift with patter and his natural flare.

What better way to bring this week’s Video Friday to a close? Don’t despair, though, iTricksters! The end of a Video Friday means the beginning of a Hustler’s Weekend. Time to get out there and hustle… whether that means working or refining that new effect or jamming with your own magic circle*. Whatever it is, get out there, hustle and have a great weekend.

* Yeah, that is pretty lame, I admit… I think I mentioned I have been hitting the cold medicine pretty hard this week. The first draft of this actually said “jamming with your own magic posse” and that was just too ’80s, too wrong in general and magic circle is best I could do.

It’s been a long week.

Louis Yan, One Of Hong Kong’s Faces

Posted by Michael on January 23rd, 2015

This appears to be from a 2012 ad campaign promoting the city of Hong Kong. It features magician Louis Yan on stage and street. It starts silent and when Louis starts speaking (and reminding some of us how rusty our Cantonese has gotten) there are English subtitles.

Our theme-free Video Friday is coming to a close but stick around for one more video a little later. Something a little different…