Just a little something from John Pyka’s alter-ego Big Daddy Cool. If you have a couple of bucks consider helping John out with some of his medical bills.
You also might consider picking up one of his books… I personally recommend Theatrical Magic (check your favorite magic dealer)!
Have a great first weekend of fall everyone.
This is not going to be for everyone… but this is a really good example of what a children’s performer can do to promote himself while building an audience. More importantly, Canadian performer Magic Avi is promoting values that some parents will want to introduce and reinforce to their children while still entertaining the kids. Be sure to check out Magic Avi’s website, too. It is really will laid out with coloring pages, show information, videos and more.
I don’t know… he seems like a nice guy to me. Check out more at his website.
No lead off video today. Instead, a, well, not quite an endorsement because I haven’t purchased anything form them yet. Just a hearty “Hey, check these guys out!” We’ve known each other on the Internet for a while now, and I expect that you know I am really into Star Trek and science fiction, I am a big guy and I am very against magicians wearing the same hackneyed clothes. If you are looking for some cool t-shirts for your act or your everyday life you might want to check out Nerd Kung Fu. They have shirts up to size 7XL and they have some cool nerd/pop culture stuff… and some nice crossovers for magicians like the sweet Captain Kirk playing card design at the right. They have Spock and Uhuru card designs as well as cool stuff like Japanese Captain America shirts and this shirt that is just crying out to show up in someone’s street magic YouTube video! As if that isn’t enough, they have a great selection of licensed playing cards.
This is important: John Pyka, also known to many of you as Big Daddy Cool, is having some medical issues. He needs some help with his medical expenses and there is a GoFundMe page set up for him and I am sure you can also help by purchasing his novel.
The news out of the UK is that after all expenses were paid, the Paul Daniels estate was worth about half a million pounds (about $650,000). Read more in The Mirror.
According to this WRAL film review, Chris Pratt isn’t just distracting in the new version of The Magnificent Seven, he is a distracting amateur magician.
BroadwayWorld.com has information on the magic-related play Planchette at the Rochester Fringe Festival.
Finally, it isn’t quite magic but it might be affecting some of the Tricksters out there, so what is up with this whole scary clown thing? The Time Leader (out of Pennsylvania) has an editorial on clown sightings and GQ spoke to Wrinkles, a professional clown who is hired to scare bad kids!
Here is something a little different. This is the video introduction to illusionist Peter Marvey’s live show, as posted to the Internet by La Brega, the motion graphics design firm that worked with him. Remember, this is not a promotional piece but something to set the mood before a performance… Learn more about Peter on his official website.
We are opening today with a short film by John Allen (who spends his life traveling the country visiting national parks and making films) featuring Denver magician Edward Hammond. Read more about the film and all involved on BoingBoing.
Summer officially ends today! That means summer television shows are also ending… in fact, America’s Got Talent is already over. There was a new Penn & Teller: Fool Us last night, though, and Friday will see a new Masters of Illusion (as well as a repeat and a repeat Fool Us) all on The CW. Magic shows on The CW will continue through at least next week.
Vulture has a step by step card tutorial from Helder Guimarães, whose new show Verso opened this week in New York City.
The We Are Central PA website reports that Lee Terbosic is planning to recreate Houdini’s upside down-hanging-straight jacket in Pittsburgh on November 6, exactly 100 years after Houdini performed the escape.
Finally, the Society of American Magicians recently posted a video of Kalanag’s full show (circa 1956) on Vimeo. It is a long video, but very cool.