There really was a good deal of news this weekend, so we decided to split it into two parts, so this is not a sequel so much as a continuation… like how they split The Godfather into two movies.
First up is new of the Choo Mantar 2014 convention in India. The Economic Times sent an unnamed reporter to the event, who spoke with magic Academy president Samala Venu, who opined that magicians should get bus passes when asked what type of support he felt the field needed.
Running up top is Indian magician Gowtham Shola’s take on the magical transformation of money for the homeless videos. You can read more about it at NDTV.com.
The Vancouver Sun had a nice piece on Trevor and Lorena Watters, who are fresh off their competition win at the IBM/SAM and are heading to compete at FISM next year. iTricks would love to interview the Watters, too, as their act was a highlight of the convention, but they never responded to our interview request… But the offer still stands.
The London Evening Standard had interview Troy Von Scheibner about his new gig as a model. The English magician, who starred in his own TV show earlier this year, was featured in photographs for the French Connection Fall/Winter line and says magic has had some low points “But keeping it in the 21st century, keeping it current, it’s making magic more cool.”
Finally, The Beverly Hills Courier is reporting that a magician who performs under the name Magic Joe is suing a photographer after an attempt to shoot the magician on fire went horribly wrong in 2012. We hope Magic Joe has recovered from his burns and would like to remind everyone (once again) that playing with fire takes training and requires serious safety measures!