Be a Knitting Ninja!

Posted by Editor on September 3rd, 2015
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Turn the task of knitting into an outrageous looking miracle. People spend hours knitting scarves and socks, but you can do it in mere seconds with Knitting Ninja by Chad Long. Visual eye popping magic that can relate to spectators because they understand the task of knitting. Create a unique and unforgettable moment.

Available at your favorite Murphy’s Magic dealer including:

Hocus Pocus

Magisphere

Big Guys Magic

Saturn Magic

Magic Trick Store

When You Wish Magic

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“The BEST card control that I have EVER seen!” – Justin Miller

Posted by Editor on August 14th, 2015
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This really is card magic at its best.

Learn multiple moves including a move allowing you to control a selected card, anywhere in the deck, to the top.

This shift can also move multiple cards, at different depths in the deck, to the top in a blink of an eye. No breaks.

No passes. No disturbing the deck order. It’s silent, invisible and oh ya… it’s all done one handed.

Available at your favorite Murphy’s Magic dealer including:

The Magic Warehouse

Hocus Pocus

Alakazam

MJM Magic

When You Wish Magic

Himitsu Magic

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8 Lectures for Only $39.95!

Posted by Editor on August 28th, 2015
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8 DVDs…

Over 16 hours of material…

Learn from Peter Turner, Casshan Wallace, Joe Monti, Eric Ross and more…

All for only $39.95!

Available now at your favorite Murphy’s Magic dealer including:

Vanishing Inc

MJM Magic

Magic Trick Store

Magic Center Harri

Saturn Magic

Free Post Magic

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Groucho Sings In The Weekend

Posted by Michael on September 4th, 2015

We’re friends, right? Can I tell you something? This song has been stuck in my head all week. Believe it or not, Lydia The Tattooed Lady was written by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg (the guys who wrote the music in classic version of The Wizard Of Oz starring Judy Garland) for the Marx Brothers film At The Circus. It has been sung by many over the years, including Robin Williams (in The Fisher King), Michael Feinstein, Stubby Kaye and Kermit the Frog (on The Muppet Show). To be honest, though, it was the version by Rowlf the Dog (who, like Kermit, was voiced by Jim Henson) from the album Ol’Brown Ears Is Back that has been stuck in my head.

It was Groucho that introduced the song to the world, though, and it is Groucho who is singing us out of the work week. iTricks hopes everyone has a good and safe holiday weekend!

And Now For Something Different….

Posted by Michael on September 4th, 2015

Here is something you don’t see everyday. It is vintage water spouting from Hadgi Ali, the man who made this act famous on the vaudeville stage. This footage (which we found on David Blaine’s YouTube page) is from a Laurel and Hardy film, but I am not sure which one… Maybe A Haunting We Will Go.

Books, Poets, Burning Straitjackets And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on September 4th, 2015

Jonathan Goodwin’s escape from Wednesday’s America’s Got Talent results show will kick off this Friday-before-a-long-weekend edition of the Magic Bulletin. Hey, am I the only one that misses One Way Out?

Speaking of AGT, the Minneapolis Star Tribune was touting the success of not only St. Paul Derek Hughes on AGT this week but also Minnesota native Andy Erikson for advancing in NBC’s Last Comic Standing.

Speaking of Last Comic Standing, if you have been watching this season you may remember Friar Club member Harrison Greenbaum. Turns out Harrison is a magician as well as being the youngest Friar ever and will be appearing at Magi Fest 2016.

Meanwhile, Britain’s Got Talent alum Darcy Oake has released his debut book, according to the Manchester Evening News. Oake’s Behind The Illusion: Unlocking The 9 Types Of Magic is available on Amazon through third-party sellers if you are interested.

Finally, poet-magician Paul Hyland’s talk Trust Me, I’m A Magician will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4′s Four For Thought on October 14. It should be easily accessed on their website both as it airs live and as a podcast.

Street Magicians, Make-A-Wish, Dan Sperry And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on September 3rd, 2015

We will kick off today’s late edition Magic Bulletin with Dan Sperry’s contribution to America’s Got Talent last night. As you may recall, Dan was a competitor on AGT season 5.

Fosters.com has more information about, and pictures from, Seth Jones’ magic show last Friday. Seth is the seven year old paired with Norman Ng by Make-A-Wish to put on a professional magic show.

Las Vegas continues to think about new restrictions on street performers but according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal the discussion has been tabled until September 16.

Finally, iTricks can think of several magician/lawyers and now we need to add Jerome Levy to the list, according to the Tampa Tribune who profiled the attorney turned magician.

First Clip From Mat Franco’s Got Magic

Posted by Michael on September 3rd, 2015

Fresh off his premiere at The Linq, Mat Franco will be unveiling his new NBC special in just a couple of weeks. Mat Franco’s Got Magic will feature many celebrity guests including Penn and Teller, Heidi Klum, Neil Patrick Harris and Nicole Scherzinger (as seen above).

Mat Franco’s Got Magic will air at 9:00 Eastern, 8:00 Central on Thursday, September 17.

America’s Got Talent Semi-Finals Recap

Posted by Michael on September 3rd, 2015

Not much in the way of suspense last night on America’s Got Talent for magic fans as the first two contestants sent to the finals were Derek Hughes and Oz Pearlman. What the show lacked in suspense it made up for in magic, though, with The Illusionists kicking off the show (with the above piece) and appearing throughout the broadcast. Jonathan Goodwin even attempted to teach Howie Mandell how to perform escapes.

Next week, Piff the Magic Dragon will make his bid to continue in the competition.

If you want to make your bid to qualify for America’s Got Talent, the Season 11 auditions start in November. Figure you where you will be trying out by checking the schedule on the Business Wire website. The AGT Live: All Star tour has also been announced (featuring Smoothini); you can check dates here.