The MASTER of close-up card magic and gambling techniques.

Posted by Editor on September 2nd, 2014
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Joining us At The Table on Wednesday, September 3rd
Download available within 48 hours after the live lecture.

This lecture will leave you wanting more, as he dives deeply into presentation, sleights and theory.

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FISM 2015: Registration Open, Free Ebook And More

Posted by Michael on September 2nd, 2014

Next July the world’s greatest magicians will converge on Remini, Italy for the next world championships of magic at FISM. The website (fismitaly2015.com) is now live and registrations are being taken. If you sign up for the email newsletter on the site, not only will you get access to free exclusive news, interviews and podcasts but also an ebook written by Richard Kaufman explaining John Scarne’s Cutting Aces.

FISM will be held from July 6 through 11 next year but registrations are expected to go quickly.

A Retro Comedy Interlude With Joan Rivers

Posted by Michael on September 2nd, 2014

As regular readers will know, sometimes we like to mix a little comedy into our little world of magic. We are particularly fond of the older stuff: the practiced vaudeville comics, the masterful radio wits and the wild funny men from the early days of TV. Today we thought it would be nice to feature Joan Rivers. We know that many iTricksters are only familiar with the free-wheeling, sharp tongued and uncensored Rivers of the cable era… an era where female comedians are not unusual. There was a time, though, that a female doing stand up was not normal and that was the time when Joan Rivers decided to become a stand up comic. This is a clip from 1967 when Joan was appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show.

For a great short documentary featuring Joan Rivers on her career, check out her Makers.com profile.

Houdini, Illusionists 2.0 And Magic On TV [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on September 2nd, 2014

Up top we have James More from The illusionists 2.0 speaking to Mike Hosking on Newstalk ZB (which is out of New Zealand). While the original line up preps for its North American tour (set to begin in November), the 2.0 crew is opening tonight in Auckland, New Zealand. Actually, given the time difference and all they are probably hitting the stage around the same time this article posts!

Houdini Part One premiered last night on History. If you missed it, it is on again tonight before Part Two (thanks to a massive storm and flickering electricity, I will be re-recording it). Overnight ratings are not out quite yet (the holiday will probably delay them until Wednesday), but the movie seemed to spark some nostalgia here and abroad. Time Magazine posted a slideshow of vintage Houdini photographs and The Derby Telegraph ran a story on Randolph Douglas, the Derbyshire teen who sold Houdini on the idea of upside straitjacket escapes.

Besides Houdini Part Two(which re-airs in its entirety on Saturday), there is a new episode of Wizard Wars tonight and America’s Got Talent will see performances by Mat Franco and Smoothini as they make their bid to join Mike Super and David and Leeman in the next round of competition. I do not know how y’all feel, but I am almost getting spoiled by all of the magic on television at the moment.

Speaking of Houdini, did anyone else catch Murray Sawchuck and Gay Blackstone on the special episode of Pawn Stars last night?

E! Online is reporting that Joan Rivers is making “small, but positive, steps” towards recovery. The pioneering comic and one time magician’s assistant remains on life support and in a coma.

Sleight of Hand at its Finest!

Posted by Editor on September 2nd, 2014
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Peregrine Pass by Daniel Prado from Dan and Dave on Vimeo.

“I don’t believe it! A perfect control to the top or bottom of the deck”

It’s not often we stumble upon a secret technique that looks as good as what is suppose to be happening, in this case – closing a spread of cards. With the Peregrine Pass, what happens “behind the scenes” when compared to the polished performance is night and day. This is sleight of hand at its finest!

UPDATE: Almost immediately after uploading the trailer to YouTube Daniel was accused of using “video editing” to hide the control. Here’s a “uncut performance” for the haters, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLYfMEpPG94

Learn how it’s done in this in-depth tutorial by professional magician, Daniel Prado.

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Before Brody: Five Well Known Actors To Portray Houdini

Posted by Michael on September 1st, 2014

Adrien Brody is a well established actor and a bona fide movie star, but he is not the only famous actor to play Harry Houdini.

Houdini, who dabbled in acting, we be undoubtedly pleased to learn that two Academy Award nominated actors had portrayed him in film. Other famous actors also took turns playing the world famous magician.

When Houdini premieres tonight on History, Adrien Brody will not only be the latest actor to portray Harry Houdini, he will be the first Oscar winner to step into the role. In the build up to the two part film’s release, much has been made of the fact that Brody himself performed magic as a young man. Although some have suspected this was played up for publicity, his mother actually wrote of it in The Village Voice over a dozen years ago when Brody was in contention for the Academy Award. Adrien Brody may be the most decorated actor to play Houdini, but he is not the only well known actor to play the role, not was he the one in Oscar contention.

It is probably fair to say that Tony Curtis’ portrayal of Houdini, in the film of the same name, is the best known. In fact, some think that it was his 1953 film that cemented Harry Houdini’s reputation as the world’s greatest magician. It is definitely responsible for the wide misconception that Houdini died as a result of a mishap in his Chinese Water Torture Cell act. That is not the only liberty taken with the magician’s life by the film, which blurred over many of the man’s rough edges and mixed up the chronology of events, such as his adoption of straightjacket escapes. The public was not concerned by the film’s accuracy, though. They embraced the light hearted biography, particularly the love story between Harry and Bess, who was played by Tony Curtis’ real life wife (at the time) Janet Leigh. Houdini was Curtis’ first real success as a leading man and he would go on to long a successful career, even getting an Academy Award nomination (Best Actor) for The Defiant Ones.

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The Amazing Randi: Still Going Strong

Posted by Michael on September 1st, 2014

The Miami Herald posted this video (and another, which you can see here) over the weekend in conjunction that they printed with James Randi. The 86 year old magician and South Florida resident was nominally interviewed because of the documentary about him, An Honest Liar, but it is barely mentioned. Instead, they were content to just let Randi perform magic, talk about his career and his debunking. You can read the full interview at the Herald’s website