First up, this week’s free high quality PDF download from the Conjuring Arts Research Center is Hugard and Braue’s Expert Card Technique. This is simply a must have for card work and will be available for free until Sunday. After that, like all of the Conjuring Arts Summer Reading Club books, it will still be available for purchase but no longer free. Read more about it and get your copy here.
Several sources are now reporting that Paul Daniels will not be appearing on the English version of Celebrity Big Brother. Perhaps the best source is Paul Daniels’ own Twitter account, where he posted “I have just seen the Sun newspaper. We are not going into Big Brother. AND their quotes are fiction. We have not talked to the Sun !!!” (Emphasis and exclamation points are Daniels’.)
The real hype on British TV lately, at least when it comes to magic, is the new (and final) series of Dynamo: Magician Impossible. The latest story The Mirror is reporting is that Prince Harry even offered him the Crown Jewels in exchange for his secrets.
The Westmoreland Gazette carried a nice piece on local magician Chris Cook and his success at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Hey, remember back before this season of America’s Got Talent started? There was an ad out that included a shot of a magician levitating off of a theater balcony. That audition was never featured in any of the shows, though, leaving iTricks to wonder exactly who was that high flying magician… until now. The Morning Call (of Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania) has answered our question with the story of David Caserta, his successful audition and mysterious omission from the show. That is David, above, doing a little more levitation from a video he posted a couple of years ago. AGT, of course, continues tomorrow night with the final of the first round of live shows. Smoothini the Ghetto Houdini will get his shot to advance along with Mat Franco and David and Leeman.
Also on tomorrow is the long awaited premiere of Wizard Wars on SyFy. Check your local listings.
Posted by Michael on August 14th, 2014
Mike Super was eliminated from America’s Got Talent last night, but he made a fight of it. He was among the two acts (4th and 5th in voting) whose fate was determined by the judges’ decision. Although he earned praise from judges, the acrobatic troupe Acro Army was chosen.
Mike may be off the show, but he has many appearances scheduled. It was recently announced that he will be appearing at a fundraiser in Pennsylvania for Community Action Southwest in October as well (iTricks always respects anyone performing for charity, especially at a time when they could be “cashing in” on attention). Of course, Mike already won a competition television show and the video above is from that successful run on NBC’s Phenomenon.
Tune in next week to see if Smoothini will join David and Leeman and Mat Franco in the next round of competition.
Posted by Michael on August 13th, 2014
Last night’s America’s Got Talent live show featured another appearance by Mike Super and his invisible helper Desmond. This time he used Mel B. as a subject for his demonstration, which saw her feeling the actions he took against a voodoo doll. Although the judges’ reactions were positive, Howard Stern did criticize Super for his Desmond “schtick,” saying Super’s children (appearing in the pre-performance piece not included on this video from NBC.com) appeared traumatized.
Tune in tonight on NBC to see if America has voted Mike Super through to the next round. Also, last year’s winner Kenichi Ebina will appear. He is billed as a dancer, but he is known to mix stage magic techniques into his multimedia dance performances.
Posted by Michael on August 12th, 2014
What! Marty McFly is back from the future and looks suspiciously like Stuart Edge. You gotta admit, it is a pretty good schtick for Comic Con.
RealScreen.com is reporting that now that Penn and Teller’s Fool Us has finally hit America, it is also headed to Asia (no countries specified) and the Balkans.
Gene Anderson, the king of the torn and restored newspaper, received the Order of Merlin at the recent IBM/Sam Convention in St. Louis and the Midland Daily News, his hometown paper, carried a picture and a short piece on the honor Monday.
I am currently doing a bit of traveling, tilting at windmills and such. Mainly I am testing my ability to put up with crappy cable and spotty Internet, but I will do my best to keep posting. Do not be surprised, though, if comments take a day or two to appear.
Don’t forget: Mike Super gets his chance to advance to the next round on tonight’s live America’s Got Talent on NBC!