We are leading off with Joe Diamond… more on him in a second.

Margot Robbie can be seen playing a con artist/thief in the new Will Smith film Focus. According to Contact Music she practiced the pickpocketing skills she learned from Apollo Robbins on members of the film crew.

KTNV ABC 13 in Las Vegas is reporting that the USDA has cited illusionist Dirk Arthur for some issues with his tiger pens and that PETA is calling on The Riviera to end the show. Read their coverage here; the hotel has not issued a statement and a statement through Dirk Arthur’s publicist said the illusionist commended the USDA inspectors and always immediately addresses their concerns.

Speaking of The Riviera, John Katsilometes of the Las Vegas Sun is weighing in with his thoughts on the closing of The Riviera. You can read his column here and the Sun’s official story on the May 4 closing and demolition of the venerable Vegas hotel and casino here.

Joe Diamond and David Parr have stopped by Groupon to share a few simple tricks for kids and promote their Chicago show The Magic Cabaret (Wednesdays at the Greenhouse Theater Center). Check it out on Groupon. Joe is, of course, at the top of the post trying to get votes for his video on EllenTube. Click here to go right to it.

Disturbing news from England, The Mirror is reporting convicted sex offender Robert Cox is again performing under the name Robin Winters. They confronted the man about his career and his references to the Magic Circle; learn more on their website.

Finally, to restore your faith in humanity, the South China Morning Post has an interview with retired opera singer turned hospital clown and magician Liu Jinjun.

  • JoeDiamond

    Thanks to tricks for the Groupon mention, as well as helping spread the word about my Ellen audition! And thank you to all who have been watching and sharing the video!