The World’s First “Un-Swami”.

Posted by Editor on May 21st, 2015

Free your fingers. Forget your worries. Focus on your performance.

Top mentalists and magicians know the power of the Swami; it’s hands down the single most astonishing way to do pure, direct, real-deal predictions.

But all the current versions of the Swami all have one major drawback: you have to hide the device on a finger or thumb. With a lot of practice this can be made to work reasonably well…but there’s always the fear of exposing the gimmick, dropping it, or having it not work exactly right every time.

Mark Allen’s Freedom Writer is the world’s first “Un-Swami.” It’s completely different and solves all your problems.

There’s never, ever anything attached to you — your hands and fingers are 100% free and empty at all times.

Available at your favorite Murphy’s dealer including:

Saturn Magic

Magic Castle Singapore

Magic Trick Store

Hocus Pocus


Goodbye, Dave

Posted by Michael on May 20th, 2015

David Letterman ends his run tonight. Not known as a fan of magic, he had a few great magic performances over the years (although he seemed to have more magicians on simply to poke fun at them). An appearance by Michael Ammar is remembered by many magicians as the first time a magician seemed to get any respect on the show. This appearance is from almost exactly six years ago, May 21, 2010.

After 33 years in late night television on two networks, it is kind of hard to imagine Dave not being on the air.

Troy Returns to SyFy

Posted by Michael on May 20th, 2015

SyFy fooled us last night by slipping Troy back into the lineup with new episodes, followed by repeats of Wizard Wars. Last night’s episode will be repeated Thursday morning and there will be another new episode next Tuesday night. Check your local listings.

Steve Cohen On Letterman

Posted by Michael on May 19th, 2015

There is only one more night of the Late Show with David Letterman. Dave was not known as a friend of magic, of course, but there are a few good clips from over the years, including this appearance by Steve Cohen from 2010.

See What Peter Turner is Teaching

Posted by Editor on May 19th, 2015

The man, the myth, the legend himself, Peter Turner joins us for an unforgettable At the Table Experience! Peter is currently consulting on countless TV shows across the world, applying his highly sought after mentalist mind to some of the world’s biggest stages. Peter is known for his bold approach to mentalism which has left nearly all of his material sold out within hours of release. From gritty street performances to completely baffling mind reading, we’ve got you covered! Don’t miss out on one of the most promising lectures of the year!

Available at your favorite Murphy’s Magic dealer including:
Diamond’s Magic
As de Trebol
Free Post Magic
Hocus Pocus


2015 Academy of Magical Arts Award Winners

Posted by Michael on May 19th, 2015

Here is the list of this year’s Academy of Magical Arts Award Winners (nicked directly from Pop Haydn’s blog, where we got that nifty picture of Pop you see to the left as well):

Lecturer: Steve Valentine
Close-Up: Richard Turner
Parlour: Rob Zabrecky
Stage: Pop Haydn
Junior Award of Merit: Sean Self
Junior Achievement Award: Mark A. Gibson
The Trustees Awarded Awards of Merit: Randy Pitchford and Alan Watson
The Trustees bestowed fellowships: Mark Setteducati, Creative, John Carney, Performing, Dan and David Buck, Literary and Media, Walter “Zaney” Blaney, Lifetime Achievement, Avner Eisenberg, Special, Silvan, Masters

The 2014 Magician of the Year: Michael Carbonaro

Houdini Plaza Getting Makeover, Steve Spill, Magic on the (Orlando) Fringe [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on May 19th, 2015

Green Bay’s NBC 26 is reporting that Appleton, Wisconsin’s Houdini Plaza is getting a makeover, complete with a new bust of Appleton’s most famous son which will be installed this summer. The making of the sculpture will be featured on the History Channel show Monuments Men.

Book Soup’s blog caught up with Steve Spill for six questions about his career, life and book.

Finally, the Orlando Sentinel has a review of Remy Connor’s show at the Orlando Fringe. There are two more performances over the next week.