The IBM Tribute Montage For Fantasio

Posted by Michael on July 31st, 2015

Sadly, I did not make the IBM convention this year. Fantasio was presented with a lifetime achievement award and this montage celebrating his work was shown at the convention. Born in Buenos Aires in 1936, Ricardo Roucau caught the magic bug after seeing a the film Three Little Words. After marrying Monica, a dancer, he built an act around them performing as a couple. They originally toured America as “Larry and Daisy” in 1964, but soon became known as Fantasio and Monica and were a hit. The pair played the Sullivan show five times! Only a couple of years after coming to the United States Fantasio began marketing his best known effects, the appearing candles and cane. To this day his name is synonymous with the props!

We will let Fantasio wrap up this edition of Video Friday and, for that matter, July. Have a great weekend!

Hats Off To Chapeaugraphy [Not Quite Magic, But...]

Posted by Michael on July 31st, 2015

I have long been fascinated with chapeaugraphy for reasons I cannot quite explain. Sadly, there are not a lot of chapeaugraphy videos out there to be found. To start my new campaign to bring this odd little related art back to the arsenal of magicians, I present you with this video highlighting “The Incredible Magic Hat Show.” Now, go dig out those copies of Francis Marshall’s Chapeau Show For Kids!

SAM President, Critics, The Magicians’ Oath And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on July 31st, 2015

Our lead off video is from Brain Stuff How Stuff Works and, um, presented without comment.

Meet the new Society Of American Magicians David Bowers in this Public Opinion Online piece.

Alan Hudson has penned an open letter to magic critics over on Magic reviews can be a rare thing and it does make one wonder what makes one qualified to review magic as opposed to a film or play.

The UK version of OK! is reporting that BGT winners Jules and Matisse will be starring in their own children’s show. Given the track record of AGT winners (sorry, Mat, but it is true) this probably makes the dog act more successful than most of the American winners!

On second thought, Mat Franco’s upcoming NBC special probably makes him more successful than most AGT winners. Have any of the singers that won found any success? Don’t say Jackie Evancho… she didn’t win! Mat has a Vegas show about to open as well, of course, and John Katsilometes got a peek at the preparations. Read about it on the Las Vegas Weekly website.

Get Reading reported that Paul Daniels and Debbie Magee were to visit Reading silhouette artist Charles Burns last night to celebrate the release of the new documentary Secret Silhouettes, which is about Burns and features Daniels. Learn more about the film here. Cutting silhouettes was, of course, a large part of how Dai Vernon earned a living.

Finally, good news from which reports on the founding of IBM Ring 392, formed in honor of Bill Spooner.

Lance Burton And More Lance Burton

Posted by Michael on July 31st, 2015

Lance Burton was a guest host on KNTV’s Valley View Live earlier this week. This is the first of two videos from the show; catch the rest here. He was also a guest on the Talk For Two podcast earlier this month, which you can find here. What better way to start a Video Friday than Lance Burton?

A Truly Examinable Torn & Restored Newspaper

Posted by Editor on July 30th, 2015

Paul Harris Presents Examiner by John Graham is the truly examinable torn and restored newspaper effect. It even has options for the newspaper to be examined before and after. What more could you ask for? This is perfect for a stage act.

· Works with a normal newspaper

· No glues

· No wires

· No magnets

· No palming or pulls

· Nothing to ditch into pockets or clothing

· Can be marked with spectator’s initials before the tear

· No special clothing requirements

Preorder now as it will be available beginning July 31st at your favorite Murphy’s Magic dealer including:

Hocus Pocus

Merchant of Magic

When You Wish Magic

Magic Offreco

The Magic Warehouse



Kostya Kimlat’s Magic Camp

Posted by Michael on July 30th, 2015

News 13 // Summer Magic Camp at Dr. Phillips Center // See Magic Live from Kostya Kimlat on Vimeo.

Adult Classes This Fall:

Hire a See Magic Live magician: 407-367-4133

Kostya Kimlat’s been busy with the summer magic camp for the tween set (as featured in this news clip), but he will soon be offering adult classes at the Dr. Phillips Center For The Performing Arts in Orlando in September. For more information, check the Dr. Phillips Center website.

Jeff McBride On Masters Of Illusion

Posted by Michael on July 30th, 2015

Jeff McBride – Solo Version of Kabuki Fantasia, from Masters of Illusion from Tobias Beckwith on Vimeo.

Magician Jeff McBride performing his Kabuki Fantasia for the Masters of Illusion TV show.

We are pretty sure this performance is not from the current incarnation of Masters Of Illusion but the My Network TV version which aired back in 2009.