Nash Fung And A Glass Of Wine

Posted by Michael on February 17th, 2017

If you have a wine from Sleight Of Hand Cellars how can you resist using it for magic? How? Nash Fung couldn’t and we don’t blame him!

We’re coming up on a three day weekend here in the United States, so you may not hear from us again until Tuesday. Until then: have a safe weekend everyone!

Houdini’s Lost Escape?

Posted by Michael on February 17th, 2017

Danger Rope Hanging Escape from Jonathan David Bass on Vimeo.

To entertain us on this Video Friday Jonathan David Bass presents this escape which, as you will hear, he maintains was found in Houdini’s papers after the great man died.

You can learn more about Jonathan on his official website.

TV News, Bruce Lansbury Passes Away [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on February 17th, 2017

The video above is, as some of you will no doubt recognize, a montage of the three different openings used on the 1973 series The Magician, starring Bill Bixby. It followed Tony Blake, internationally famous and terribly successful stage illusionist, as he solved crimes either from his jet or his bachelor pad at the Magic Castle. In recent years it is probably best known as the answer to the trivia question “What television show was The X-Files‘ Fox Mulder watching when his sister mysteriously disappeared?”

We lead with The Magician today because Bruce Lansbury, creator of the show and brother of Angela Lansbury, passed away on Monday. Lansbury also produced Murder, She Wrote and helped to develop iconic shows such as Happy Days and The Brady Bunch. Read more about on the NY Daily News site.

Not much else to report today except Deadline has announced that in addition to the casting news from earlier in the week, the ABC pilot Deception has added Ilfenesh Hadera to the cast as a second FBI agent.

Finally: I just realized that since I have been sick, I completely missed everything coming out of Blackpool! Anybody have any good videos or stories? Send’em my way!

Harrison Greenbaum (Kinda) Has A New Special

Posted by Michael on February 16th, 2017

You may know Harrison Greenbaum from his Genii column or his TV appearances on shows such as Last Comic Standing. He sent us the first trailer from his new special What Just Happened? and, well, it is just a little bit different than other specials. First of all, it hasn’t actually been shot yet. Honestly, it is not terribly unusual for a project to have advance promotion even before being completed. The second thing is that nobody has actually asked him to do this special… you can follow his efforts to get his own special at his blog I Want A Netflix Special (But Seeso Or Amazon Is Cool, Too). There are even a couple of really easy things you can do to help Harrison achieve his dream… Help him achieve his dream of a Netflix special, people!

Feb Free Book, Awards, TV And Show News [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on February 15th, 2017

It is February, so there is a new book available to download for free in the Conjuring Arts Book Club. This month you can download a free, high quality PDF of The Memory Man by Datas. Originally published in 1932, Datas tells his life story and goes over his career performing an extraordinary memory act. Visit the Conjuring Arts Shop for your copy; later this month Asi Wind will lead an online discussion of the text.

Let’s get some housekeeping out of the way: I have been mentioning that I am sick lately and I am currently in the middle of doctor ordered bedrest due to pneumonia. I know I am missing stuff and, worse yet, letting down the iTricksters. As I feel better the next few days I will be making a post or two and hopefully by sometime next week everything will be back to normal.

Some TV news: the cast of the ABC pilot Deception, about a disgraced magician assisting the FBI, now includes Jack Cutmore-Scott in the main role, Amaury Nolasco as an FBI agent and Lenora Crichlow as the magician’s make up artist and producer. The team behind the show includes David Kwong.

Some award news: the BBC is reporting that Matthew Le Mottee is the 2017 Magic Circle Close Up Magician of the Year. They even have some video of him on their site. Meanwhile, back in the States NBC KTEN (Northeast Texas) is reporting that Eric Appel has been named this year’s Mr. Magico magician of the year. Mr. Magico, of course, was originally Joe Monte but in recent years Mr. Magico performers have been trained all over the country.

And some show news: Steve Valentine is performing his autobiographical show Life And Other Deceptions in Studio City Saturday night. Get tickets here. Meanwhile, on the other side of the country Derek DelGaudio’s In and Of Itself, which is produced by Neil Patrick Harris and directed by Frank Oz, will open off Broadway at the Daryl Roth Theater this spring. Variety reports that the engagement will last 10 weeks but does not yet have dates.

A Little Vent Work With Neville King

Posted by Michael on February 10th, 2017

Okay… not sure exactly what is going on here. Neville King, English ventriloquist, is performing on a show called Good Old Days circa 1975. The audience in costumes is the part that has us confused!

The Passing Zone Is Playing With Knives

Posted by Michael on February 10th, 2017

It’s Friday and ’round iTricks Tower Midwest we are thinking let’s watch some of magic’s cousins… starting with juggling. So we went to see what was new from The Passing Zone. Instead of juggling they are offering up some knife throwing… but that is cool, too!