Doc Dixon is a Renaissance Man…

Posted by Editor on September 16th, 2014
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Don’t miss Doc Dixon Live At The Table this Wednesday at 4pm PST!
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Cards, coins, and even paper balls, Doc Dixon is truly well-rounded in magic. In this lecture, Doc is going to keep you laughing while sharing with you some of the secrets that has made him so successful over the years. Prepare to be entertained with Doc Dixon!

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Naked Magicians, Blaine, Franco And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on September 17th, 2014

First up is Mat Franco’s second performance from last night’s episode of America’s Got Talent. Tonight’s results show will see each of the finalist performance with a celebrity and all have been announced except for who will be joining Mat Franco. Birthday boy David Copperfield (maybe)? David Blaine (we think he is still in Asia)? Penn and Teller (probably not; they would be running against their own show in many markets)? Kathie Lee and Hoda (again)? Tune in tonight to find out.

Speaking of TV, we still have Fool Us and Masters of Illusions to look forward to in the US this week. Did you see Wizard Wars last night? Great line up, another solid show.

Speaking of David Blaine, he is still in the Philippines and there was another write up of his show on the site Inquirer.net. Apparently he was joined in his underwater breath holding demonstration by a skeptical young lady from the audience… He clocked over ten minutes and she lasted “a few seconds!”

Robin Leach’s Strip Scribbles column in the Las Vegas Sun has a bit on the Naked Magicians, who will be making a limited run at the Tommy Wind Theatre in Vegas late October.

Finally, The Hollywood Reporter has a review of Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles, which just played Telluride. You may want to catch it when it comes to your town (or favorite video on demand outlet).

Franco Goes For A Million

Posted by Michael on September 17th, 2014

Season nine of America’s Got Talent comes to a close tonight when this year’s winner is revealed. Last night the six finalists each took the stage twice, once with a new act and once with a repeat of their “breakout” performance from earlier in the season. While for the singers and dance/acrobatic squad AcroArmy this meant actually redoing a song or routine, magician Mat Franco was allowed to perform something that recalled the spirit of an earlier effect without being required to repeat a trick he had already performed. He chose to go back to his original audition, which was a story driven card routine that ended with the judges’ pictures appearing on playing cards, and perform a story driven cups and balls routine (above).

For his second appearance on the program Mat went big. A stage full of volunteers were brought up from the audience, each holding a jumbo sized covered card. While Mel B. was tasked with using her ESP to divide the volunteers between black and red cards, Howard Stern was asked to do the same with a face down deck of standard Bicycles. Despite working independently, the two judges produced mirror results (we will bring you that video a little later). Howard Stern then told Mat Franco he deserved to win (although that was said more than once in the course of the show).

Was it actually enough for Mat Franco to be the first magician to win America’s Got Talent? All will be revealed tonight on the live final. You can still vote for Mat at NBC.com until noon Eastern today.

Mat Franco On The Today Show

Posted by Michael on September 16th, 2014

Matt Franco appeared on The Today Show this weekend, performing out on their famous plaza. Of course, Mat is the last magician standing on America’s Got Talent which airs its final competition show of the season tonight. If the show follows the format used in previous seasons, he will probably perform twice on tonight’s show including one performance with some type of celebrity. You may remember last year when teen magician Collins Key was assisted by NBC’s Hoda and Kathie Lee.

Voting will be open after the show tonight on NBC.com. The million dollar winner will be revealed tomorrow.

Vegas News And Misty Lee [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on September 16th, 2014

It may only be September (or, as they say in German “September“) but the Hofbrauhaus in Las Vegas is already starting Oktoberfest! The video above (from KNTV) shows them kicking it off last Friday with special guest keg tappers Siegfried and Roy. It is always good to see the the Masters Of The Impossible!

Speaking of Vegas, Robin Leach in The Las Vegas Sun recently mentioned that Murray SawChuck made a surprise appearance at Deanna Martin’s show to welcome her back to Sin City.

Magic Castle medium (and voice actress) Misty Lee is scheduled for Thursday’s episode of Today’s Inspiring Women with Deanne DeMarco. The show airs at Noon Pacific and you should be able to listen live (or for a while as an archive) the the show’s official VoiceAmerica website.

Finally, Mat Franco on NBC’s America’s Got Talent (with the final tomorrow) and new episode of SyFy’s Wizard Wars tonight, Penn and Teller’s Fool Us tomorrow and new Masters of Illusions (both on The CW) Friday. Looking ahead, next week brings a double shot of Fool Us!

Happy Birthday David Copperfield

Posted by Michael on September 16th, 2014

Today David Copperfield, the most successful magician of our times, turns 58. He shares a birthday with BB King (who is 89), Mickey Rourke (also 58) and Nick Jonas (22).

What should we post to celebrate the Copperfield’s birthday? That was a real dilemma… so we decided to go with this clip of him hanging with Oprah a couple of years ago on one of her OWN shows.

Sleight of Hand at its Finest!

Posted by Editor on September 15th, 2014
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Peregrine Pass by Daniel Prado from Dan and Dave on Vimeo.

“I don’t believe it! A perfect control to the top or bottom of the deck”

It’s not often we stumble upon a secret technique that looks as good as what is suppose to be happening, in this case – closing a spread of cards. With the Peregrine Pass, what happens “behind the scenes” when compared to the polished performance is night and day. This is sleight of hand at its finest!

UPDATE: Almost immediately after uploading the trailer to YouTube Daniel was accused of using “video editing” to hide the control. Here’s a “uncut performance” for the haters, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLYfMEpPG94

Learn how it’s done in this in-depth tutorial by professional magician, Daniel Prado.

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