Is it a Card Trick, or Mentalism?

Posted by Editor on October 30th, 2014
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Sensation is a mix between a card trick and a mentalism effect. To perform this effect you’ll need just a regular deck of cards. You can even borrow one. The effect is almost self working and so you will learn it right away. At the end of the effect spectators will fell the sensation to have done all the work. Sensation is a reputation maker effect that will fit in your repertoire.

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Video Friday Halloween Edition (NSFW)

Posted by Michael on October 31st, 2014

Happy Halloween, Merry Friday! Welcome to iTricks Video Friday Halloween Edition!

Kicking it off is the third and final of the trailers from my personal trio of films I watch every Halloween season. Versus, directed by Ryuhei Kitamura, might look like a standard gangster, escaped convict and mob hitman gun and martial arts battle royale that is not quite right for Halloween. And it is a battle royale but what the trailer artfully avoids mentioning is that this gun and sword mob grudge match takes place in the enchanted Forest of Resurrection so there are also legions of dead samurai and executed gangsters complicating matters. NICE!

The rest of the day we will not only stick with the ghoulish Halloween theme but make sure pretty much everything is also related to magic.

The Most Famous Radio Play In America

Posted by Michael on October 30th, 2014

The night before Halloween, 1938. Orson Welles and the Mercury Theater presented a radio adaptation of the HG Wells novel War Of The Worlds. The story was modernized and moved to the United States, but it was also presented with realistic sounding dramatized news reports that caught many listeners, especially those tuning in mid-broadcast, by surprise. The next day newspapers reported nationwide that a panic was caused. Of course, the radio play had been announced the week and listed in the radio schedules. The coverage may have been overblown, fueled more by newspaper concerns that they were being replaced by radio than actual facts, but it made the broadcast legendary. Other Mercury Theater notables heard in this story include Ray Collins and William Alland (who was also in Citizen Kane).

You can also download this classic from Archive.org for free.

It may be of interest to some that this was not the only “horror story” presented by the Mercury Theater On The Air (which continued on as the Campbell Playhouse after the War Of The Worlds controversy the large soup company as a sponsor). Their premiere episode on July 11, 1938 featured a dramatization of Dracula, which you can listen to or download here.

Chris Westfall Brings The Halloween Magic

Posted by Michael on October 30th, 2014

Chris Westfall has combined a few Instagram videos into a compilation of cool Halloween related tricks. He does classic scary magic like the spider on the hand as well as adapting magic to the Halloween theme. Over at #InstaTrickorTreat he has been posting a magic trick every day of October to celebrate Halloween.

Hammer Horror Halloween

Posted by Michael on October 30th, 2014

If you are among the handful of people who watched my ol’ Internet TV show Flying DVDs Of Death*, you know that there are three movies that I am sure to watch every Halloween. The first is the original Night Of The Living Dead, which we featured earlier in the week. The second is Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter. It was written and directed by Brian Clemens, who also wrote stories for The Avengers, The New Avengers, The Darkroom and movies such as The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad and Highlander II. Okay, that last one wasn’t so great but he still has enjoyed an amazing career. Captain Kronos was meant to be a series but, sadly, Hammer Film Productions held the film for almost two years and then did not make another film featuring the character. Tune in tomorrow for the last of my Every Halloween Trilogy.

*Not a shameless plug; we pulled that bad boy off the ol’ Interweb a long time ago.

Halloween Magic, Orson Welles And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on October 30th, 2014
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Kicking off our Halloween Eve Magic Bulletin is Dorian Strange doing a little magic in a cigar bar (best job ever) for WTVG ABC 13 in Toledo.

Orson Welles has been getting renewed attention lately thanks to the new documentary Magician, but Paste reports that he may soon have a new movie released. His film The Other Side Of The Wind has been tied up in litigation for years but may finally see theaters next year.

The New York CBS stations are reporting that New Jersey guidance counselor, ex-NBA referee and professional magician Edward Meier has been accused of sexually assaulting a minor.

The Argonaut Online, no doubt inspired by a certain TV show, has paid a visit to the Venice Beach Freakshow. They do have video…

Another Halloween Classic

Posted by Michael on October 29th, 2014

Despite the growing popularity of Halloween over the last couple of decades, Halloween TV specials were few and far between. Instead, broadcasters would turn to playing classic horror movies and such. The one exception, of course, is the Peanuts gang in It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. It is a true classic and will be broadcast in the US this year tomorrow night (Thursday the 30th) on ABC.