First up is video from The Tennessean introducing Daniel Torres. He is a 14 year old magician from Nashville mentored by Stephen Bargatze. You can read more about him (Daniel, not Stephen) here.

According to The Murray Mail, magician Lawson Reeves is heading to the Australian version of Big Brother.

As reported yesterday, The Illusionists 2.0 has opened in New Zealand and that country’s version of Stuff has posted a positive, but short, review. Check it out here.

Speaking of reviews, The Village Voice has mainly good things to say about Thunder and The House of Magic, the 3D animated tale of a stray cat who joins a magician’s company. It opens in limited release Friday and hits Blu-Ray on the 30th in the US.

Justin Flom is scheduled to join The Today Show’s Hoda and Kathie Lee this Friday morning (and their segment is also repeated late nights in many markets). Check your local listings for times.

Finally, in the “I ain’t making this up” category, there is a different kind of magician in Santa Cruz, California. A shoplifter caught on tape in the act has been dubbed “El Mustachio the Magician” by local authorities. According to the Santa Cruz police blog, they will even give anyone supplying information that helps capture the thief a mustache emblazoned pint glass as a reward.