Archive for the 'America’s Got Talent' Category

Illusionists, Houdini DVD Release, Jokes And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on August 20th, 2014

We are leading off today’s Afternoon Edition of the iTricks Magic Bulletin with a little interactive magic from Dan Sperry with shades of Max Maven on The World’s Greatest Magic. According to Broadway World, he will be appearing tonight on America’s Got Talent with fellow Illusionist cast members Kevin James and Adam Trent. We will also find out if Smoothini made it through to the next round and if any magicians will br returned to the competition by the judges.

Don’t have cable and worried about how you are going to see History’s Houdini? Or are you already so excited about it you know you need your own copy? The movie geeks over at We Are Movie Geeks are reporting that the movie will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray October 7. According to the geeks, special extended versions and digital downloads will be available as well.

We got new ice bucket challenges from magicians Perry Maynard and Nick Paul. It is all for ALS and you can donate here.

The Smoky Mountain News recently interviewed Michael Turco (who can be caught on Masters of Illusion) in anticipation of his appearance at the Harrah’s Cherokee. He talked about his start and achieving his dreams.

Congratulations to Missouri girl, Pussycat Doll and Celebracadabra contestant Kimberly Wyatt who has announced she is five months pregnant with a baby girl.

Finally, Edinburgh Fringe was not in the cards for you this year, the Mirror will help you feel like you were there with the top 100 jokes (some of which are not PC).

Will Smoothini’s Bar Magic Play Big Enough With America?

Posted by Michael on August 20th, 2014

America’s Got Talent fans finally got their second look at Smoothini the Ghetto Houdini on last night’s show. He pulled two of the judges up on stage for a little close up magic, which left two of the other judges feeling a little left out. Of course, at this point, it is in America’s hands not the judges but did the camerawork play against him on his initial bill switch and closing production? Will Team Smoothini be strong enough to pull him through to the next round? We will find out tonight when the results air. The show will also feature a performance from three of The Illusionists (we do not have any inside information, but AGT alum Dan Sperry and Kevin James seem likely).

Also on tonight’s show each judge will select an eliminated act to bring back into the competition, giving hope to favorites such as Mike Super to return to the stage.

Ice Buckets, Spina Obituary And Magic On TV [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on August 19th, 2014

First up, Isaac Haber’s take on the ice bucket challenge for ALS awareness. He challenges all magicians to take up the bucket, but specifically names Dan White, Blake Vogt, and Jonathan Bayme. You can donate to ALS, by the way, here.

The Las Vegas Sun published its obituary for longtime Vegas resident Joanie Spina yesterday.

You probably already know that Smoothini the Ghetto Houdini is making attempt tonight to get to the next round of America’s Got Talent. What you may not know is that The Illusionists will be making an appearance on Wednesday’s result show.

In other TV news, The Hollywood Reporter has an early review on Wizards Wars. You can check it out here. Wizard Wars premieres tonight on SyFy… stay tuned to iTricks for more Wizard Wars coverage later today.

Just a shot in the dark, but is it possible that 2014 has been the greatest year for magic in the history of American television? How many new magic shows have there been this year? There are more to come, too, including the new Reelz Channel show Sons of Houdini with Murray SawChuck and Jan Rouven.

Free Books, Magic On TV and AGT Mystery Solved [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on August 18th, 2014

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.

Super Stumbles On AGT

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.

Will Torturing Mel B. Get Super To Next Round?

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 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.

Edge Goes Back To The Future, Anderson Honored And More [Magic Bulletin]

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. 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!