The television network Lifetime produces a series of shorts titled Fempire Moments which celebrates positive characteristics of women (like Ben’s mom). Ben is not the only male to be featured, but he is one of only a few and the first magician. He performs in a second spot which you can see on YouTube.
Where have all the magic specials gone, you may ask, in this landscape of summer magic themed TV shows? Well, Criss Angel is coming back to A&E Wednesday, October 12 with his Supernaturalists for a one hour special titled Criss Angel: Trick’d Up. According to A&E the show will include several guest stars, including Andrew “Dice” Clay, Gary Oldman, Miles Brown, Paris Jackson, Belinda and UFC fighters Randy Couture, Frank Mir, Chuck Lidell and Paige VanZant (who is on the wrong side of Angel’s cutting a woman in half illusion in the promo). Check your local listings for airings.
Finally, we have a broken wand to report from Toledo. James Dyko, longtime magician and teacher who taught deaf students and sign language as a foreign language in Toldeo public schools for three decades has passed away at the age of 69 from a brain tumor. You can read his obituary on the Toledo Blade website.
The man known as The Godfather of Gore, the film maker behind classic drive in shock cinema such as Blood Feast, Two Thousand Maniacs and The Wizard Of Gore (trailer above) has passed away at the age of 87. His death was announced by the cult cinema DVD distribution company Something Weird and has been confirmed in Variety. Starting in the “nudie cutie” industry (“educational” films about the nudist lifestyle), Lewis pioneered excessively violent horror films that frequently borrowed techniques from midnight spook shows (such as the warning at the beginning of the Wizard of Gore trailer). Lewis retired from film in the late ’70s to direct advertising and write several books on marketing and copywriting before returning to the film industry in 2002 with a sequel to his classic Blood Feast.
Murray SawChuck is leaving pranks behind to find social media fame in the whole “food porn” world. Then he finds out that it is a world with even harsher critics than magic!
Remember how we mentioned last week that Chris Pratt’s character in the new Magnificent Seven remake is a gambler and magician? He showed off his card skills on Late Night With Seth Meyers last week. He also credits a high school teacher for teaching him magic tricks as a young man.
Steve Spill takes us on a tour of the botanical wonders of Hawaii in this new video. Steve is in Hawaii to attend the opening of Paul Kozak’s new Hawaiian venue Kozy’s Tiki Palace, which you can read all about in this West Hawaii Today article. It seems like magicians will have a new destination on the Hawaiian Islands.
Just a little something from John Pyka’s alter-ego Big Daddy Cool. If you have a couple of bucks consider helping John out with some of his medical bills.
You also might consider picking up one of his books… I personally recommend Theatrical Magic (check your favorite magic dealer)!
Have a great first weekend of fall everyone.