1930′s Martial Magic

Posted by Michael on April 24th, 2015

As we reach the end of another Video Friday, I beg the indulgence of the iTricksters for a moment. As many of you may know, tomorrow is World Taiqi and Qigong Day. This is an annual event to spread the messages of good health and wellbeing spread by these Chinese disciplines. To help promote World Taiqi Day 2015, we bring you this video originally from about 1937. It shows Chu Minyi demonstrating the Wu Style of taiqiquan (also known as tai chi). It may be the earliest film of that particular style.

Learn more about World Taiqi and Qigong Day here.

A Little Uncle Magic With Jeff Hobson

Posted by Michael on April 24th, 2015

In this little gem from last Halloween from The Illusionists, Jeff Hobson teaches one of my favorite bits of impromptu “uncle magic.” I believe I originally ran across this gem in Mac King’s highly underutilized Tricks With Your Head. You can check out other videos from The Illusionists on their YouTube Page.

Just a little performance tip: try this the next time you are in a grocery store line around small children!

Magicana Announces Allan Slaight Awards

Posted by Michael on April 24th, 2015

On behalf of the Slaight Family Foundation Magicana has announced a new annual magic award that will distribute over $250,000 in prize money over the next five years. The first award winners, for their 2014 work, will be announced on June 27 in Toronto. Categories include Lifetime Achievement, Sharing Wonder (performance innovation), Sharing Secrets (work that advances the study of magic), Canadian Rising Star and International Rising Star. Explanations of each category, and the award selection process, can be found on the Magicana website.

Allan Slaight, now in his 80s, is a life long magic enthusiast who transitioned from mentalist and illusionist to broadcaster, eventually creating the largest private owned radio broadcast network in Canada. He also hosts the 31 Faces North conference.

Reza Visits The Saints Locker Room

Posted by Michael on April 23rd, 2015

This new video from Reza features him doing the card on ceiling (a true modern classic) for players in the Saints locker room. We like this clip because it is a good reminder that when it comes to video magic, it is all about the reaction.

Reza is just finishing up a stint in Branson and will be heading to St. Louis this weekend. Catch all his upcoming dates on his website.

Linking Rings At The Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival

Posted by Michael on April 23rd, 2015

Here’s a new video of an old classic for Pop Haydn. I am a bit obsessed with the linking rings lately, so this seems a perfect Video Friday clip. Plus, I love me some Pop Haydn… he is like F Troop meets Howard Thurston.

Hey Pop, if you are reading this, how about coming on the iTricks Magic Week in Review Podcast?

Justin Willman’s Magical Digs

Posted by Michael on April 23rd, 2015

The Wall Street Journal recently went all HGTV on Justin Willman’s Hollywood Knolls home. They tell the story of its restoration, but the real interest to iTricksters will be Justin’s sweet magic collection. In addition to the video above, there is a seventeen pic slide show of Justin, his lovely fiancĂ©e Jillian Sipkins and some of his coolest collectibles in the full article, which you can see on their website.

Rich Ferguson And The TSA, IKEA Magic Show Protests And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on April 23rd, 2015

Rich Ferguson’s recent impromptu video of reporting “suspicious activity” is starting to get a little attention and was recently featured on Up To The Minute. You can monitor the suspicious activities of Rich on his YouTube page or website.

IKEA Singapore has been caught up in a bit of controversy after LGBT groups were upset over the store including discounts to a magic show starring an outspoken preacher in their customer loyalty offers. Asia One Singapore has a concise article explaining the situation for those interested.

Paul Scheer (Fresh Off The Boat, The League) keeps playing characters with a magic connection… So is he a magician? Or an actor playing the part of a magician? Patrick Strait of CityPages caught up with Scheer to find out in this recent interview.