The IBM/SAM being in Louisville has been great for us Lance Burton fans. When was the last time we got to see so many new videos of him performing? This latest video from the Courier-Journal is a great way to kick off a Thursday!

Don’t forget that there is a special America’s Got Talent tonight (still hoping to see Jibrizy actually perform) on NBC and season 4 of Penn & Teller: Fool Us kicks off tonight on The CW. You got local listings… check’em! Penn, by the way, is featured in an US Magazine piece about the new season.

Monday night Mat Franco officially got a theater named in his honor. John Katsilometes covered it for Review-Journal and you can read even more on the Vegas News site.

Finally, last week we mentioned the new Vanish Magazine is out (download it free from their site) and that Carisa Hendrix was on the cover. I often mention who is on the cover of magic mags like Genii or Vanish. I didn’t mention that Carisa was (tastefully) nude in a shot reminiscent of the film American Beauty. No offense to Carisa but I didn’t really think twice about it! It has stirred up a bit of controversy, though. Anastasia Synn is one of Carisa’s supporters and one of the organizers of a special women in magic photo shoot at the upcoming Magic Live. She told me yesterday via Facebook “We are planning a great photo shoot with the women of magic that are attending Magic Live and available that Tuesday night at 7. We will be doing three sets of photos. The first set will be for every working professional female magician who wants to be in a group nudity shot. It will be clever and quirky with magic props as our modesty shields. There will be another group shot for working professional female magicians who wish to remain clothed. There will be a group shot mixing the two that will be absolutely hilarious. For all non professional female magicians that are attending Magic Live we wish to get a giant group shot of every woman in magic whether they be a hobbyist or magician wannabe. We are supporting women in magic of all levels and invite them to come and be seen.”

This is my opinion (not those of my iTricks Overlords) but y’all know I am a big supporter of women in magic and also a think a performer needs to take charge of how they are portrayed. Man or woman, if you think being sexy or tough or dorky or scary is the way to go, do it. Be true to yourself!