Oz Races Forward On America’s Got Talent

Posted by Michael on July 29th, 2015

Last night’s America’s Got Talent featured magic from Dana Daniels and mentalism from Oz Pearlman but only Oz will be moving on to the live shows at Radio City Music Hall. He joins Piff the Magic Dragon in representing magic in the live portion of the show. Guest host Marlon Wayons used his golden buzzer privilege to advance ventriloquist Paul Zerdin. Next week brings the final round of the judges’ cuts and Piers Morgan (no friend of magic, we seem to recall) will return as a guest judge.

Mac King, Bird Flu And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on July 29th, 2015

We’ll lead of today with Yahoo’s TV In No Time covering this week’s episode of Fool Us, featuring Mac King and his guinea pig.

For a different perspective on Fool Us, check out the Live Design article on Pete’s Big TVs’ role in creating the look of the show.

Speaking of TV, we’ll recap the magic of AGT later.

College student and magician Michael Oz has been told that he cannot use his birds when he performs in the Iowa State fair Billy Riley Talent Search due to bird flu concerns. The ban is also affecting the animal shows. Read more about it in the Des Moines Daily Register.

Finally, much more information about the Christopher estate lawsuit from James Fanelli of DNAInfo New York.

Broken Wand: Lee Grabel

Posted by Michael on July 29th, 2015

As revealed on Lance Burton’s Twitter yesterday, Lee Grabel has passed away at the age of 96. It is a true understatement to call Lee an accomplished magician. He was actually named the successor of Dante, as a part of the “Royal Dynasty” that had originated with Kellar, passed to Thurston and then Dante. Lee later passed the honor to Lance Burton.

When he turned 90 a few years ago SF Gate interviewed Lee about his career and success, which he attributed to his wife and assistant Helen. You can read a short biography of Lee on the Lee Grabel Magic website. To really appreciate the work of Lee Grabel, visit the YouTube page of his daughter Katy where she has posted a handful of videos of her father in action.

Melinda: The First Lady Of Magic Swag [Magic on the Block]

Posted by Michael on July 28th, 2015

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Back in the hey day of the Gary Ouellet produced World’s Greatest Magic specials and their spin-offs, Melinda Saxe was THE First Lady Of Magic. She had giant billboards advertising her Vegas shows, made appearances beyond the WGM shows (like on Oprah), including headlining her own network special, popularized the Drill of Death and she didn’t even need a last name! She was Melinda, The First Lady Of Magic.

Currently up for grabs on eBay is a t-shirt from her ’90s Vegas show. Honestly, vintage t-shirts are probably an affordable entry into magic collecting and many well known performers put out souvenir shirts. Melinda’s, as seen to the right and sized XL, is currently available for $14.99 (plus $5 shipping) in a Buy It Now listing. Also available from other sellers are a sealed deck, promo card and an 8 by 10 from her special.

After a ten year break from performing, Melinda returned to Vegas in 2012 and can still be seen in V: The Ultimate Variety Show.

Alain Nu, Andrew Mayne, TV Magic And Christopher Estate Dispute [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on July 28th, 2015
DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Our lead off video today comes from Washington DC’s Fox affiliate WTTG. Alain Nu visited their studio earlier this month and showed off his mental powers.

Magician, author and all around tech nerd (I mean that in the nicest possible way) Andrew Mayne will be answering questions via Twitter today (Tuesday, July 28) starting at 3 PM Eastern. Just visit his Twitter page and fire away.

SPOILER ALERT: No one beat the boys on Fool Us last night, but there is plenty more magic on TV this week. Michael Carbonaro starts his new season on TruTV tomorrow night at 10/9 C, Don’t Blink has new episodes Thursday on Pop TV and Masters Of Illusion will be on The CW Friday night. We wonder if there will be any magic on AGT this week. If so, that will pretty much fill up the whole week!

Finally, a sad story in the New York Post details the lawsuit filed by Melbourne Christopher’s family against the executor of his estate.

Gabriel Carillo Makes Magic In China

Posted by Michael on July 28th, 2015

The English edition of CCTV News ran this story over the weekend on Argentinian magician Gabriel “Gaby” Carillo, who has been making his home and pursuing his career in China for over a decade.

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