Whatever Happened To Masters Of Illusion?

Posted by Michael on September 24th, 2021

The CW originally announced a new season of Masters of Illusion would start airing last month. With Penn and Teller: Fool Us returning on October 1 (and re-runs hitting the schedule before that) it made me wonder what, exactly, happened to MofI
It seems like the new season has been postponed, but that is about all I could find. The Masters of Illusion Live Tour is continuing across the US and Canada through November (see above video). When I hear something about new episodes returning to the CW’s line up you’ll be the first to know!

5 News Spotlights Megan Swann

Posted by Michael on September 24th, 2021

5 News met up with Megan Swann, the historic first woman president (and youngest president) of the prestigious Magic Circle.

Tommy Cooper On Sullivan

Posted by Michael on September 24th, 2021

We have probably played this before… I can’t imagine we haven’t. But I was flipping channels last Sunday night and ran across this very performance on an airing of the best of Ed Sullivan compilation program run on ME-TV. Check your local listings not only for Ed Sullivan shows (I believe the Decades networks also play these best of shows) but for Johnny Carson on AntennaTV. Lots of great old magic out there!

Xavier Mortimer Back At The Strat

Posted by Michael on September 24th, 2021

Las Vegas CBS affiliate joined Xavier Mortimer at The Strat to celebrate his return to live shows.

Dustin Tavella On Ellen

Posted by Michael on September 23rd, 2021

Current AGT champion Dustin Tavella stopped by The Ellen Show because, in his words, “you get on AGT you get on Ellen.”

Megan Swann Elected Magic Circle President

Posted by Michael on September 23rd, 2021

Environmentally themed magician Megan Swann has just been elected the new president of the Magic Circle. She is the first woman president of the Magic Circle and at 28 she is also the youngest president in the organization’s history. Her historical presidency was even featured in The Daily Mail and The Times.

Congratulations to Megan Swann.

Allan Slaight Passes Away [Broken Wand]

Posted by Michael on September 23rd, 2021

Allan Slaight, Canadian media magnate and namesake of the Allan Slaight Magic Awards, has passed away at the age of 90. You can read (or listen) to his obituary on the Globe and Mail website.

The video above is Gordon Lightfoot paying tribute to Mr. Slaight at the 2005 Juno Awards. I chose this video because, despite of Allan Slaight’s extraordinary impact on arts and media in Canada (and beyond), I could find no video, no interview, no feature on him. Put Allan Slaight in a YouTube search and you will get hundreds, probably thousands, of results. But they all are associated with the many awards and programs endowed by Mr. Slaight… and honestly, that is probably the greatest obituary for him.