He has been hailed as one of THE most creative thinkers in magic

Posted by Editor on August 26th, 2014
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Greg Wilson At The Table Wednesday, September 27th.

Download available within 48 hours after the live streamed lecture.

What we’re particularly excited about here is the various effects Greg will tip that he typically does NOT discuss in his live lectures for magicians.

Saturn Magic

Vanishing Inc.

World Magic Shop

Magic Trick Store

Freepost Magic

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A Selection Of Vintage Poster Auctions On ebay [Magic on the Block]

Posted by Michael on August 27th, 2014

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It has been a while since we featured any ebay auctions, but today we have a couple different poster auctions, ranging from the affordable to the more than I paid for my big screen TV. Posters are, of course, one of the most popular items to collect in the world of magic so do not be surprised if these listings close early due to someone grabbing the “Buy It Now” offers.

First up, a window card (that’s 14″ by 22″) advertising a David Copperfield appearance in Cedar Rapids. Obviously, this will not only attract magic fans but collectors of Cedar Rapids memorabilia! In all seriousness, it is a nice looking grey scale image and the bidding starts at $29.99. The bidding goes until Sunday. Find out more here.

Next, an 18″ by 22″ ad for Pronk, the world’s premiere magician (at least that is what the ad says). This is a vintage piece, but it has a little wear and some folds. It has a nice retro look, though, and promises the world’s most beautiful models. This listing is a Buy It Now offering for $24.99 with free shipping.

If you have a little more cash to throw into your magic collecting, you may be interested in the linen backed Dante poster currently being offered. It is the “Have You Seen Dante?” design with a vivd red question marked shaped imp on a blue background. It is one of the more distinctive and sharper designs in magic posters. The listing goes until next Tuesday (September 2), and the bidding starts at $569.95 but there is a $759.95 Buy It Now option.

Finally, the last poster (from the same seller as the Dante) also ends on Tuesday. It is a Spanish poster for Oriental magician Li Chang. The bidding on this listing starts at $799.95 with a Buy It Now price of $1049.95.

Good luck and happy collecting!

Willman Heads Back To Food, Blaine Heads Back To Prison And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on August 27th, 2014

As promised, we are leading with last night’s AGT performance from Mike Super. Will it be enough to keep him in the competition? What about David and Leeman? Tune in tonight to find out.

Speaking of TV, Justin Willman is heading back to Food Network for another season of Halloween Wars. The spooky themed cake decorating show premieres Sunday, October 5.

Paul Daniels has revealed that he and his wife Debbie had to pass up on Celebrity Big Brother due to the illnesses in the family. He explains fully in a video on his YouTube Channel.

Bob James has re-opened a magic shop in downtown Elmhurst, Illinois. If you are in the area and would like to learn more, visit their website. You gotta love it whenever a new brick and mortar springs up.

Speaking of brick and mortar (and bars), the New York Post was first to report yesterday that David Blaine put on a special magic show for inmates at the Manhattan Detention Complex late last month. He has, of course, included prison performances in his past TV specials, but no mention was made of this being recorded for broadcast. According to the article, some guards were disappointed that the prisoners got the show and not them.

And on that note, news of Blaine’s good deed and our bad segue, we will draw today’s Magic Bulletin to a close.

Super Ditches Desmond, D&L Target Klum

Posted by Michael on August 27th, 2014

Last night’s live America’s Got Talent show featured not one but two magic acts, thanks to Howie Mandel bringing back Mike Super to join David and Leeman. Super was up first with a departure from his earlier acts, concentrating on magic and (taking Howard Stern’s advice) leaving his spiritual familiar Desmond out of the performance. The magic only act was a hit with the judges, winning over even Mel B., who seemed to be visibly upset with Super after participating in his last appearance (revisit the iTricks coverage here).

David and Leeman stated they decided to focus on Heidi Klum because she was the only judge not to stand after their last performance. What they did was a version of the smash and stab that gave each judge a chance to choose a bag. The judges were positive, although none stood this time. Howard Stern also did mention that he had seen this trick performed many times before, but did say that they do it best.

Since there were two magic acts on last night’s show, we have decided to post David and Leeman’s performance now and bring you Mike Super’s in a bit with today’s Magic Bulletin (although you can catch it on the NBC website now if you can not wait). Speaking of the NBC website, you can still vote there today until noon Eastern time.

Lance Burton Headlines Upcoming Charity Show

Posted by Michael on August 26th, 2014

If you want to see Lance Burton, you have to keep a sharp eye out for his occasional charity performances. From Ben Stone’s Twitter feed comes this poster, advertising a benefit show for the Heaven Can Wait animal shelter in Las Vegas. The show, Variety Live, features several magicians including Kevin James, Victoria and Sos, Stan Allen, Jan Rouven, Xavier Mortimer and Lance Burton. Non magic acts include Stone, Jasmine Trias and others. As sharp eyed iTricksters will also notice that the shows is also honoring Tihany. The show is at the Orleans in Las Vegas on September 14. Even though it is only a couple of weeks away (more or less), there is little information to be found about the show. We tried the Orleans site and Heaven Can Wait’s website, but we have not found out any more information than can be gleaned from the poster. Still, we figure that any chance to see Lance Burton is worth posting!

Adrien Brody Magic And Houdini Review

Posted by Michael on August 26th, 2014

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History’s Houdini premieres next week, with the first part on Labor Day and the second airing on Tuesday. Adrien Brody stopped by NBC’s Today Show to promote the show and even do a little magic. Perhaps more interesting is that reviews are beginning appear. The Hollywood Reporter is among the first, calling it a “fun but scattered biopic” and praising Brody’s performance as the Kings of Handcuffs. An interesting point in the review is that it mentions that the film uses animations to show how Houdini’s effects actually work, something which may rile up the magic community.

Houdini is based on the 1970s biography Houdini: A Mind in Chains: A Psychoanalytic Portrait by Bernard C. Meyer and it was adapted for the screen by his son Nicholas. It was directed by Udi Edel, whose film The Baader Meinhof Complex was nominated for an Academy Award. The movie’s soundtrack, by John Debney, is getting some praise and thanks to Yahoo Music, you can preview it here.

Mike Super Back On AGT, Murray On Wizard Wars And More TV News [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on August 26th, 2014

How much magic is on American TV right now? So much that we have an all TV themed Magic Bulletin today (and bumped some TV mini-series Houdini news into another post)!

Mike Super was eliminated from America’s Got Talent when the judges picked an acrobatic dance squad over him. Thanks to each judge getting to bring back an act, though, Super returns to the competition tonight. According to Super’s hometown paper the Observer-Reporter, Super owes his chance at redemption to Howie Mandel. Super will be on tonight’s episode along with magic duo David and Leeman. Next week will include Mat Franco and Smoothini.

Vegas News is reporting that Murray and Rob Anderson (above, getting attacked by a shark) will be among the contestants on tonight’s episode of Wizard Wars on SyFy. Be sure to watch and cheer on the two former iTricks Magic Week in Review guests.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s website has a feature on Rick Smith Jr, magician and card thrower, and his pocking appearance on Stan Lee’s Superhumans. He will be on the September 10th episode of the H2 series; check your local listings.