Jason Alexander talks about magic, his one man show and sprouting hair in an effort to escape the image of George from Seinfeld in an interview with the Modesto Bee. Alexander might have one of this year’s greatest quotes about magic: “The only reason there isn’t any magic in my touring show is because it’s a pain in the ass to carry the things you need to bring to have a magic show. But magic is very much a part of my life, to my wife’s great chagrin.”
The America’s Got Talent Live Tour (promo video above) is under way. They are in Reno tonight (Friday, October 18) and will then head to San Francisco, Fresno, San Diego, Las Vegas, LA before heading to the Midwest and ending on the East Coast. Included on the bill on AGT winner Kenichi Ebina (we still say he is a magician), magician/mentalist Collins Key and aspiring one hit wonder Tone the Chiefrocca.
Speaking of America’s Got Talent, season nine auditions start next week in Miami followed by live auditions in six other cities across the country. Online auditions are also available. There are some real mixed feelings in the magic world about the show, but it still remains one of the few national platforms for a new magic act to get on television. If you want to try your luck in front of the judges, visit AGTAuditions.com.
Halloween is approaching and it is a great time of year for live magic shows. From libraries to haunted houses, many event organizers see magicians as a family friendly form of entertainment that can tie into the season without being too scary. iTricks would like to encourage everyone to support live magic in your area; maybe it will even encourage more live magic all year long!
Posted by Michael on October 8th, 2013
Collins Key recently visited Hallmark’s online clip show InspireWire (catch the full episode here). They posted some extra effects, including the one playing above, on their official YouTube account sans post-production magic.
Posted by Michael on October 2nd, 2013
Collins Key is currently on the America’s Got Talent live tour with other finalists and he is taking advantage of the tour to meet his fans. While in York, Pennsylvania earlier this week he stopped by the local middle school on an off day to encourage the kids to follow their dreams and share a little magic. The York Dispatch covered his visit and posted the above video.
Posted by Michael on September 20th, 2013
Phenomenon winner Mike Super is doing a special show this Saturday in Frisco, Texas for the Chloe Duyck Memorial Fund, a charity devoted to congenital heart disease research. Those in that part of the Lone Star State may want to catch his show at the Dr. Pepper Arena and everyone who wants to learn more about the Chloe Duyck Memorial Fund should visit magicofhope.com.
iTricks wasn’t the only high powered media outlet to notice that Kenichi Ebina is a magician as well as a dancer. The UPI’s coverage of his AGT victory referred to him as “Dancer and illusionist Kenichi Ebina!”
Speaking of AGT, Kathie Lee and Hoda talked to Today’s Carson Daly about their surprise appearance as Collins Key’s lovely assistants. You can catch their comments in the video at the top of this post.
The UK version of Yahoo’s OMG caught up with Ali Cook (right) Thursday and talked to him about his new film project and current tour, Principles and Deceptions. You can check it out here.
Spokane, Washington magician Jay Owenhouse will be trying to break Houdini’s straightjacket escape record of 90 seconds, according to KREM TV. The channel reports that the attempt will take place in River Park Square while hanging upside in the Jaws of Death.
Posted by Michael on September 20th, 2013
Raymond Crowe, thanks to this week’s audition which has propelled him to the next round, is currently competing on AGT. No, not America’s Got Talent: Australia’s Got Talent. You can tell the difference because they have Ginger Spice, not Scary Spice. Raymond, a former Magic Magazine cover boy, has plenty up his sleeve for future rounds, including his signature shadowgraphy routine. Good luck, Raymond; we think you’ll go far.
Posted by Michael on September 18th, 2013
The Hollywood Reporter has announced that the cast of the History Channel’s upcoming Houdini mini-series will include Kristen Connolly (House of Cards) as Bess and Evan Jones (Gangster Squad) as an assistant. The man himself, of course, will be played by Adrien Brody.
Penn Jillette has been trooping around lately to help promote the new documentary Tim’s Vermeer, but he has also been getting some press about his new podcast Penn’s Sunday School. You can check it out here but be warned, Penn and company throw around language that would make your gramma blush!
Hey, is it just us or is America’s Got Talent’s Kenichi Eniba a magician as much as he is a dancer? There were at least two effects in last night’s routine (showing above) and he has used a few other familiar looking effects in the past, too!
Posted by Editor on September 11th, 2013
Collins Key has advanced to the season 8 final of America’s Got Talent, making him the first magician in the history of the show to do show.