At The Table November has a KILLER Lineup You Don’t Want to Miss!

Posted by Editor on October 23rd, 2014

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Jesse Feinberg, Chris Korn, Bizzaro and Jeff Prace!

11/5 – Jesse Feinberg is a creative soul who has consulted for some of the top names in magic including the one and only Criss Angel.

11/12 – Chris Korn is a true working pro. Having had numerous TV specials including one on A&E, Chris is considered to be one of the most entertaining sleight-of-hand magicians living today.

11/19 – Bizzaro is just that. Bizarre. His creations are absolutely genius and he plans on teaching never before published effects for the first time ever, along with lessons in creativity, prop making and even electronics tinkering.

11/26 – Jeff Prace, a 20 year old prodigy who has published effects in almost every major magic periodical that is out there has a lecture planned that will have you using more than just a deck of cards.

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Ben Hanlin Answers Fan Questions

Posted by Michael on October 24th, 2014

Ben Hanlin, of Tricked and Breaking Magic, takes a few minutes to answer fan questions. Ben seems to be big enough in England that iTricks would not be surprised if one of the US networks such as Discovery or Travel Channel picked up the rights to Tricked. Anyway, this is not a magic video so much as it is an example of the very new skill of connecting with fans through social media.

Cultivating Creativity

Posted by Michael on October 24th, 2014

Let’s kick off this week’s Video Friday with a talk by David Sturt at the recent TEDxSaltLakeCity. Sturt is not a magician, he is actually the author of New York Times bestseller Great Work: How to Make a Difference People Love. His topic is creativity, though, and that seems like a great way to start the day. After all, you might need to spend the rest of the weekend talking to strangers…

By the way, quick note about the site. Haven’t been able to get in and monitor the comments for a bit but suddenly (like magic) my password started working again and I think I caught up with everything.

Rob Zabrecky Holds Seance For Cast Of Oujia

Posted by Michael on October 23rd, 2014

The cast of the new horror movie Ouija and a few other Hollywood celebs attended a seance to promote the film conducted by Rob Zabrecky. The film, which stars Olivia Cooke, Ana Coto and others, will open this Friday, October 24. Emily Kinney (Beth in The Walking Dead) was denied any spoilers concerning the whereabouts of her character by the spirit world. (iTricks is not worried, though, because Daryl is on her trail again!) The clip above, by the way, does end with an ad for the film. You can read more about the seance here.

Vegas Magic, Halloween Shows And Orson Welles [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on October 23rd, 2014

Kicking off the Magic Bulletin today is the trailer for the new documentary about Orson Welles Magician. The film will be featured in next month’s AFI Fest.

If you do not regularly read Robin Leach’s column at the Las Vegas Sun website, you will want to check out yesterday’s posting. He reports on Murray SawChuck’s Tropicana exit and hears from Bill Malone on his NCIS LA acting gig.

The Savannah Morning News has an interview with Jimi Gibson, who is presenting a family friendly spook show in Savannah in the build up to Halloween.

If you are in the Phoenix area, you may want to check out Movement Source Dance Company’s Danse Macabre this Saturday (or next Tuesday). The zombie themed dance show features illusions by narrator and zombie wrangler Johnny Tuscadero. More info at their website.

More spooky Halloween magic is in store for the folks New York and Las Vegas courtesy of the Anti-Conjuror Dan Sperry. Check out the dates here.

Finally, it is not a Halloween show but if the new Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey show Legends comes to your town, catch it! I (Michael) recently saw it here in St. Louis and no one puts on a big show like The Greatest Show On Earth.

Amazing Johnathan’s Stunning ENTspeaks Revelation

Posted by Michael on October 23rd, 2014

John Katsilometes reports in the Las Vegas Sun that the Amazing Johnathan announced he has been given a year to live during his portion of the ENTspeaks presentation Tuesday night. He told the audience that his heart is failing.

Amazing Johnathan, also known as Johnathan Szeles, retired earlier this year officially citing ill health. He performed his final shows at the Castle this summer, but many were expecting him to return to the stage at least occasionally. Unfortunately, the situation appears to be much more serious than understood by his fans.

iTricks has no more information at this time. Doubtlessly, many magician will want to help Johnathan in some way and all we can suggest is visiting his official website and buying a book or DVD.

Gregg Blade: The Illusionist

Posted by Michael on October 22nd, 2014

We do not know much about Gregg Blade, but he has recently posted nine episodes of The Illusionist. He stars and directs the web series, which we are assuming is a school project of some sort. From the Flyers shirts and fact that he supports Union on his YouTube page we are guessing he is somewhere in the Philadelphia area. iTricks is all about supporting young magicians trying to get their start, so we are sharing his efforts with you.

The series has a few raw edges, but you have to give him credit for trying to figure out the ins and outs of TV magic. Anyone around iTricks can tell you how much work it is to create something like this and we tip our hats to him. We like that single camera shots are employed (and touted) as well as insets to remind the audience of selected cards. Also, there is a certain charm to the show… give it a chance.

If you would like to see more, you will find all nine episodes on Gregg’s YouTube page.