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Posted by Editor on September 30th, 2014
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John is a stand-up comedy magician from the UK. This guy was officially the FIRST person to fool Penn & Teller on the UK series: ‘Penn & Teller – Fool Us’. (It’s airing now in the US as well!) John has also appeared on award-winning CBBC network shows and even WRITES comedy for many other shows in the UK! Want to learn comedy and magic the RIGHT way? This lecture will focus on stand-up, close-up, – and easy, hard-hitting magic that will make you the life of any party!

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“Houdini” Helps Celebrate 3rd Anniversary Of Big Guy’s Magic

Posted by Michael on October 1st, 2014

iTricks loves the brick and mortar magic shops and is always happy to hear about new shops opening or the continued success of stores around the world. We bring you this video of a pantomime Harry Houdini performing at Big Guy’s Magic Shop because he was helping to celebrate their third year in operation. Big Guy’s is located in Peawaukee, Wisconsin (yeah, we had to check Mapquest to figure out where that was) and can be found on the web at BigGuysMagic.com.

Congratulations to Big Guy’s!

Ben Hanlin Is Everywhere, Comic Books And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on October 1st, 2014

Now that Ben Hanlin’s Tricked is back on TV, it seems like he is everywhere. The video above was something he did for the detergent company Persil. Yesterday, Yahoo News UK reported on his list of celebrities he would like to victimize (for his show), while Digital Spy covered his prank on Louie Spence (it did not, however, explain who Louie Spence is) and the Leicester Mercury tipped X Factor winner Sam Bailey’s appearance on the latest episode of Tricked. That’s a whole bunch of press for one day!

Speaking of TV, Yahoo is reporting (based on a Hollywood Reporter article) that Wizard Wars has been picked up for six more episodes. This seemed like a given after the second casting call, but even more interesting is the fact that they say the show will be back in January. They also say that after factoring in delayed viewing, the premiere at an audience of 1.3 million and the viewership has grown over the show’s run!

You know today is? Wednesday. You know what Wednesday means? Comic book day! Speaking on comic books, Bleeding Cool has a preview of the first issue of Sherlock Holmes vs Harry Houdini.

We posted a little video from the International Magic Festival in Delhi earlier and now we have found an English language article on the event from the Deccan Herald.

Old School Escapology Props [Magic On The Block]

Posted by Michael on October 1st, 2014

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Yesterday, we showed video proof that Houdini was something of a chick magnet. It was not the card tricks or even the elephant vanish that did it, either. We all know it was the escapes. This interesting set of escapology gear has just shown up on ebay, and it may be just what you need to get your Houdini on!

Chains, a wooden block and a thick leather belt add up to a real serious looking set of restraints. It would appear that the seller is not a magician, though so there is not a great deal of info as to any gimmicking or special features. And the three locks come without keys (but who needs keys, right?). Still, if you want a really impressive looking set for your escape act, this is a steal. The auction runs until October 7, the seller has attached a $14.25 shipping charge (which is not unreasonable considering the big leather belt and wooden stocks) and the current bid (at time of writing) is LESS THAN $10!

There are plenty more pictures available at the ebay offering. Good luck!

The Ladies Love Houdini

Posted by Michael on September 30th, 2014

This super short clip (posted by the Wild About Harry Blog a couple of years back) shows Harry Houdini surrounded by glamorous actresses, including Haldane of the Secret Service co-star Gladys Leslie. We are bringing you this little piece of movie history because Haldane was released 91 years ago today.

Bringing today kind of full circle (which was completely unplanned), today’s Wild About Harry post is a reprint of an interview with Nicholas Meyer on the upcoming home video release of History’s Houdini, which he wrote, from the official Star Trek website! Meyer is kind of a big deal in the Star Trek world since he directed Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (still the best Star Trek movie as fas as I am concerned) and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country as well as writing ST:VI and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. He reveals that the home video releases will include the international cut, which he feels was closer to his script and its intentions.

Mat Franco Behind The Scenes At Queen Latifah

Posted by Michael on September 30th, 2014

America’s Got Talent winner Mat Franco dropped by The Queen Latifah Show last week before his Vegas shows over the weekend. The video above shows him taking a little time to mystify a few of the Queen’s staff behind the scenes.

If you want a little more of Mat, check out his conversation with Robin Leach on the Las Vegas Sun website.

Cloaking Technology, Geller On iPhone Bending And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on September 30th, 2014

Our opening video this morning comes from the University of Rochester, where scientists are working on making the Romulan cloaking device a reality.

If you are worried about your new iPhone bending, you are probably even in more danger because Uri Geller believes that it is likely that the rash of bent iPhones is due the their owners awakening mind powers… You can read all about it on SlashGear.com. Luckily, damage due to Q-like mental powers is probably covered by the Apple warranty.

Neil Patrick Harris is making the rounds promoting his new film Gone Girl. He hit Letterman last night (no magic) and will be on with Seth Meyers tomorrow. I think I am out of Star Trek references. I even looked NPH up on IMDB to make sure I had not forgotten some appearance on one the shows.

The story of the magicians, puppeteers and other performers fighting to save their homes in the Kathputli artist colony located in Delhi is told in the documentary Tomorrow We Disappear, which is playing the Apsen FilmFest. The Aspen Times reports that the film is scheduled to play 20 more festivals.

Finally, Robin Leach reports in his latest Las Vegas Sun column that the International Magicians Society has awarded a Merlin to Boran Yu, who adds magic to the Palazzo’s Panda. Congratulations!