Be Infamous

Posted by Editor on April 17th, 2014

Plant a seemingly random word in your spectators minds… Then reveal exactly how you did it! This is INFAMOUS!

Infamous is a book test like no other.
Where other book tests end, you’re only just getting started!
Infamous is a routine with a kicker climax that brings things full circle.

What is the difference between the Standard and Deluxe packages?
Both packages contain the DVD and special cards that allow you to perform the core routine as seen in the trailer. With the Standard package you will need to supply your own book (almost any book will work), and you will need to create your own gimmick (instruction is included on the DVD to guide you through this). The Deluxe package contains a book and a gimmick. After assembly you will be ready to go in about 5 minutes. The book contained in the Deluxe package has been specially prepared to allow you to perform a number of bonus effects that will not be possible without it.

I am terrible at arts and crafts. Will I have trouble assembling the gimmicks?
I doubt it! It is extremely simple and uses standard items you are likely to have lying around the house.

How examinable is the Deluxe package’s book?
The book is extremely examinable. It contains over 300 pages of text from the real book and it has been specially modified so that you could read it cover to cover and not discover the secret. It contains a well-known principle in a new way to tie in with the Infamous premise.

Will there be an option so that purchasers of the Standard package can later upgrade to the Deluxe package?
While there is no immediate option for this, something might be made available in the future. However, the best deal will be to buy the Deluxe package at the outset.

Is this suitable for walk-around?
This was developed with the walk-around performer in mind. The book contained in the Deluxe package is the ideal size to be carried in a jacket pocket. While the effect will play out the same each time, the word selected by the participant can be varied each time.


TGIF: Let’s Watch Nick Paul’s Magic Show (And Not Work)

Posted by Michael on April 18th, 2014

It is Friday and we here at iTricks know that those of you at work really don’t want to work anymore and those of you all not at work are probably just getting up and not feeling like doing much yet either. So here is the deal: let’s watch a magic show. Remember the other day when we mentioned Nick Paul? He was one of the magicians featured in an Orlando Weekly article. Since then he has posted his show up on the YouTube. Let’s check it out!

Want more Nick? Check out his website.

Have a good weekend, y’all.

CW Officially Schedules Magic Shows!

Posted by Michael on April 18th, 2014

According to The Hollywood Reporter the CW has officially released its summer schedule and we finally know when Masters of Illusion and Penn and Teller’s Fool Us will air. Starting Wednesday, July 30 at 8:00 PM Eastern Americans will finally be able to legally watch Fool Us. Two nights later, on Friday, August 1, Masters of Illusion will premiere, also at 8:00 PM Eastern. It has also been confirmed that former Superman Dean Cain will host the magic variety show.

The 2014 AMA Awards

Posted by Michael on April 18th, 2014

Maybe you are hearing it here last, but we finally saw something that we can call an “official” reporting of the Academy of Magical Arts Awards. It was reported a couple of days ago but not on the Castle website or even Facebook but on the Genii Forum by Dustin Stinnett. Congratulations to all! Since we ran footage of Magician of the Year Yu Ho-Jin the other day, today we are including a vintage clip of Masters Fellowship recipient Fantasio.

Magician of the Year – Yu Ho-Jin

Lecturer – Steve Valentine
Close-Up – Bill Goodwin
Parlour – Johnny Ace Palmer
Stage – Mike Caveney

Award of Merit – Neil Patrick Harris
Special Fellowship – Joanie Spina
Special Fellowship – Robert Neale
Literary and Media – Steve Beam
Creative – David Regal
Performing – David “Silly Billy” Kaye
Life Achievement Award – Ray Goulet
Masters Fellowship – Fantasio

Junior Achievement Awards –
Akinobu Mitsui
Hyuma Miyahara
John Accardo
Kyle Eschen

Magical, Musical Automaton

Posted by Michael on April 17th, 2014

We do not know much about Douglas Fisher but he really seems to love vintage automatons. His YouTube channel is pretty much dedicated to them. If you like these old clockwork marvels, you really should take a minute to visit because he has over one hundred well shot videos featuring scores of automatons. His latest video features a charming little lady who performs a little magic with a die. She also plays music (which is a bit tinny and high, so you may want to turn you sound down a bit).

Coldplay BTS, Harris III And PhD Illusionist [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on April 17th, 2014

Earlier we brought you news of the new Coldplay video for Magic. Running above is the new behind the scenes look at the video’s production released by the band. Now everyone will know how to levitate (as long as they have effects editors to remove the wires)!

Many would be magicians have been counseled by their parents to have a back-up plan… you know, just in case. Well, Italian magician and Guinness World Record Holder for the largest card reveal Alexis Arts has a great option: he is finishing his PhD in economics at Cambridge. Read about the collision of finances and legerdemain in the recent Cambridge News feature on the soon to be Dr. Arts.

Former iTricks Magic Week in Review guest Harris III has a new book coming out titled The Illusion of More. You can learn more about it in his recent YouTube video on the project.

Alfred DeLage Visits To Tell The Truth

Posted by Michael on April 17th, 2014

Here is a clip from To Tell The Truth that originally aired back in 1960 featuring three gentlemen claiming to be magician Alfred DeLage. As Mr. DeLage is not terribly well known today, even though he had a long and successful career, we’re betting most of you will not recognize him. So play along and see if you can determine who is telling the truth!