Let’s End The Week With Animals

Posted by Michael on January 20th, 2017

This video, from a few years ago, shows a couple of the Owenhouse tigers. Jay Owenhouse is in Columbia, Missouri this weekend with his full illusion show despite a University of Missouri student organized petition to try to stop the show over his use of exotic animals.

Watching these two jump around and play seems like a great way to end the week and drift into a relaxing weekend. Have fun and be safe everyone!

Chris Kendall Shares Details On His Socks Life

Posted by Michael on January 20th, 2017

I was recently advocating elsewhere that a great way to maintain one’s martial arts training on a daily basis was to get dressed, socks included, while standing. I didn’t consider that it could be something to keep your magic sharp, but UK magician Chris Kendall sure did!

See more of Chris over on his official website.

Magicians: Life In The Impossible

Posted by Michael on January 20th, 2017
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We may have run this in the past, but since we mentioned Magicians: Life In The Impossible earlier today in the Magic Bulletin, we figured it was a good time to post the trailer for the documentary. You can buy the documentary through iTunes, Amazon and Google on its website.

IndyFringe, Magic Documentary, Magic TV And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on January 20th, 2017

Alex Boyce gave WISH-TV a preview of IndyFringe this week with a little bit of magic. For more information, visit the WISH-TV website.

Magicians: Life In The Impossible, the new documentary from filmmaker Marcie Hume (and executive producer Lance Burton) is getting a big screen airing next week in Boulder. Get all the screening info from the Daily Camera News and see more about the film on its official website (you can already purchase a digital copy).

The Mirror spoke to Debbie McGee recently at a fundraiser for Brain Tumor Research; she tells of missing Paul every day, rabbits and the new magic themed badge she designed asa fundraiser for the group.

Variety is reporting that ABC has ordered a pilot for Deception from Greg Berlanti (Supergirl and most of the CW prime time schedule), which tells the story of a disgraced superstar magician working with the FBI. Magician David Kwong (Blindspot) and Martin Gero (Blindspot, Stargate Atlantis, SGU) are also involved with the project.

Finally, the CIA has released 930,000 declassified files to the Internet (on their own; no Russian hackers involved). Why should you care? Could question. Some of the files include systems for sending/reading covert written messages, CIA experiments into psychic powers (the Stargate Project which explored remote viewing) and CIA dealing with Uri Geller… who the CIA seemed to think had some type of real ability. Read more on Live Science and then check out some of those files for yourself!

Joe Garsetti and Wolf (and Wolf’s Shoe)

Posted by Michael on January 19th, 2017

Magician Joe Garsetti demonstrating their new NanoBrite machine from Joe Garsetti on Vimeo.

Sometimes the magic is in picking the right volunteer. This is even more critical (and difficult) when dealing with children. Joe Garsetti posted this performance clip on Vimeo not too long ago that really stresses the importance of getting someone who will follow directions, react but not over react and who can handle the stage experience. In the clip Joe works with Wolf, who can’t be very old, and Wolf’s shoe, which is new.

See more of Joe on his official website.

Mat Ricardo At The Castle

Posted by Michael on January 19th, 2017

Short spot by Mat Ricardo at the Magic Castle, Hollywood from Mat Ricardo on Vimeo.

Got ten minutes or ssh to watch some magic? It’s okay; the boss isn’t around! Mat Ricardo just posted this video of him performing at the Castle… or as he described it:

Me, doing my stupid thing, at one of my favourite places in the world to do it, the Palace of Mystery at Hollywood’s legendary Magic Castle.

If you like Mat doing his stupid thing be sure to check out his official website.

Tiger Trouble, Touring Magicians, Jay Tribute [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on January 19th, 2017

Today’s lead off video is some off the mic footage from Jamie Raven’s recent appearance on radio station The Bay with Derren Milby. Yes, it breaks one of the guidelines we mentioned not too long ago for what we look for in video… and it reminded us of another: try to get some decent lighting. Bright is generally good, especially when shooting with a cell phone!

Jay Owenhouse is set to perform this weekend at the University of Missouri (in Columbia, MO) but a student has started a petition to block the show because of Owenhouse’s use of tigers. The Columbia Daily Tribune spoke to Owenhouse about his tigers and the show, which he does not plan to cancel. As SEC fans will already know, the University of Missouri is ironically home of the Missouri Tigers.

In brighter news, Ricky Jay will be honored this weekend at SF Sketchfest. You can get all the details about the comedy festivals tribute to Jay on the SF Gate website.

Mass Live talked to Mike Super ahead of his show next week at the Springfield Symphony Hall and Bill Blagg shared how he is often confused for sing Billy Bragg with The Argus Leader.

Finally, auditioning for America’s Got Talent this year? Howie Mandel has some advice for you, courtesy of the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Mike Weatherford.