The Lantern ran a very cool story about the P3 Magic Theater in Columbus, Ohio. That is where, every Tuesday night, shows are held to work out material and shoot footage for Penguin Magic releases. Check it out here.
VegasNews.com is reporting that Murray SawChuck will be adding another magician to his show this fall. Rob Anderson, his Wizard Wars team mate, will join the show at the Laugh Factory in the Tropicana.
Speaking of Wizard Wars, it was the subject of a Fast Company article yesterday. They spoke with Penn Jillette as well as contestants Adam Trent and Dan Sperry about magic and why it remains relevant in the 21st century. Over at JerseyNews.com, Mark Calabrese (who competed on the show last night with John Stessel against Billy Kidd and Leon Ettiene) was the subject of a nice profile.
David Blaine is touring Asia right now and Malaysian news site The Edge reviewed his show. He was joined by Yann Frisch and Todd Robbins.
Congratulations to Tony Chris who, as discussed in a recent Tri Cities Now article, won a silver for mentalism and the gold for stage magic at the recent Pacific Coast Association of Magicians competition.
Finally, Mike Super’s performance from last night’s America’s Got Talent is running above… tonight’s results show will reveal the fate of Super, David and Leeman and Mat Franco but it is scheduled to run at the same time as President Obama’s address to the nation in the Eastern and Central time zones. At time of writing, there was no word from NBC on whether the episode would be shown after the address or simply rescheduled.
Posted by Michael on September 10th, 2014
Last night during the his introduction of Mike Super, America’s Got Talent host Nick Cannon proclaimed in the “Year of the Magician.” With one quarter of the finalist being magic acts, it seems a more than fair statement! We will bring you all three acts on iTricks today, in the order they appeared on the show last night.
The second act of the evening was the magic duo of David and Leeman. They presented a lottery themed prediction that impressed the judges after a comedic introduction piece that showed them not being recognized as AGT performers. In a strategy employed by all three acts, they were sure to include Howard Stern in their act. Towards the middle of the show Mike Super took his turn on the stage, this week performing straight magic (again without Desmond). His act was essentially a double prediction of a randomly selected bill’s serial number using a deck of cards and a sealed envelope Super delivered to Howard Stern on the set of his radio program. There were some very minor technical issues with a lighter, but he got through them and also left the judges spellbound. Mat Franco took the penultimate spot. He started by employing a cannon to do a card on the ceiling bit. Franco then took a deck of cards and had Howard Stern sign a card, which was buried in the deck only to jump to the top several times before ending up in a box that had been placed under Mel B.’s phone earlier in the performance. Franco also received high praise from the judges.
Did any, or even all, of the magic acts do well enough to make it to next week’s finale? We will find out tonight in a results show that will also include AGT alum Jackie Evancho and The Muppets. You can still vote on NBC.com until noon Eastern.
Posted by Michael on September 4th, 2014
After a performance by Maroon 5, America’s Got Talent announced the fifth, sixth and seventh place vote getters because those three acts were again put into the Snapple Save voting on Google. The acts included magician Smoothini the Ghetto Houdini, multi-media dance dup Blue Journey and hand balancers Christian and his dogs. Tough spot for Smoothini… nobody wants to go up against a puppy in audience votes!
In the regular results it was announced that Mat Franco had made it through to the next round of the competition, guaranteeing at least three of the Top Twelve acts would be magicians. The Snapple Save voters selected Blue Journey, leaving the judges to decide between Smoothini and Christian. Both had received some criticism from Howard Stern the previous evening. The first judge to vote was Mel B, who voted for Christian as did Howard Stern. Howie Mandell sealed Smoothini’s fate with a third vote for the hand balancer and his dog. It turns out no one wants to be up against a puppy in judges’ voting, either.
Still, three of the Top Twelve acts will be magicians when America’s Got Talent returns next week in the season’s second to last show. With a quarter of the finalists being magic acts, this could be magic’s year to claim the top prize, which includes two nights headlining in Las Vegas.