A small note pad is shown. Four spots are drawn in each corner of the pad with a sharpie. One by one with the rub of a finger the spots are visibly moved to end up in one corner of the pad. The top sheet with the spots on is now peeled off and given away to examine.
iTricks knows that many of our readers dream someday having their own Las Vegas magic act (and some of y’all already have), so we thought that this may give you a little inspiration. Jason Andrews is giving everyone a chance to see what it is like to work at the Crazy Horse Paris at the MGM Grand. This is what you are working towards… let it push you through a weekend of serious practice and earning your stripes! And thanks to Jason for giving everyone a chance to see what it is really like behind the scenes on The Strip.
The other day we mentioned a Canadian knife throwing club in the ol’ Magic Bulletin. We thought it would be fun to dig up some vintage knife throwing clips and, well, this is something special. Friendly Mr. Narrator tells us this is Louella Gallagher and she is flinging her blades at her own pre-school age daughters… pretty crazy. This video is from the Prelinger Archives of film on Archive.org and is only dated as “the 1950s.” Seems reasonable; iTricks guesses that is back when Child Services didn’t interfere with a little sideshow-style family bonding.
Christopher James is an offbeat magician who can often be found a few hours southwest of iTricks Tower Midwest on the Branson Belle Showboat. I have to admit, when I watch his stuff I am actually tempted to go down to Branson (although I am much more fervently hoping that I can catch him without going to Missouri’s wholesome, home-spun Vegas clone). This routine is Christopher’s signature and a darn good one. You can check out more of Christopher at his website FunnyHyperMagicBoy.com.
Early today we brought you an episode of Blackstone, The Magic Detective to commemorate the final episode of the series airing 65 years ago today. In the radio series, Blackstone (played by Ed Jerome) solved mysteries with his assistant Rhoda (Fran Carlon). This video is of real life assistant Adele Friel Rhindress speaking with Rory Feldman (Executive Director of the Museum of Magic) about her Elusive Moth act, which was captured on a film he now owns. We found it on Mr. Feldman’s YouTube page. Mrs. Rhindress also wrote a book about her time with Blackstone and you can learn more about it on her website.
Although there is a bit of confusion on the exact date (probably because it was a syndicated show), most old time radio scholars and enthusiasts agree that the final episode of Blackstone, The Magic Detective ended its run 65 years ago today with a case called The Gory Goldfish. Over its year and a half run on the Mutual Broadcasting Network, 79 quarter-hour episodes were produced of which about one-third have been lost. Although The Gory Goldfish is available, we could not find an embeddable copy. Instead, we present The Phantom Intermezzo.
It should be noted that although Harry Blackstone Sr., the famous stage magician, is the main character he did not actually play himself in the series. Instead, Blackstone was played by veteran radio actor Ed Jerome.
TouchVision describes itself as “firmly planted in the zone between “Pop Culture” goofiness and old school TV news” and they recently had the bright idea of hiring Dan Sperry as an office drone… which is our lead off video today.
It is a sad day for the world. Jeremy Clarkson is off Top Gear (although I will admit that I like James May about 1,000 times better and am sure the show can go on with someone else), that one guy who I never heard of quit One Direction and, worse yet, it is a slow news day in the world of magic. Everyone is still going on about Copperfield’s pool and Hezi Dean’s levitation stunt. We got a couple of things for you, though, that aren’t quite magic but we think will appeal to some of y’all crazy iTricksters.
Item one: if you are in Ottawa and need to hang out with like mind people who love flinging a bit of steel, you” want to see the Ottawa Citizen’s article on the city’s knife throwing club. If I was in the area, you can bet that I would be there with my Cold Steel True Flight!
Item two: If you are in the LA area and need some awesome stuff for your act, apartment decor or just your everyday life then you need to know that the Los Angeles Opera is having a costume sale this Saturday. Details in the LA Times… and if someone is willing to pick up an affordable Roman centurion helmet or some armor for me, let me know! (brownbagmagic AT swbell DOT net)
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