Archive for the 'America’s Got Talent' Category

AGT, Collectible Magic Books And Jonathan Goodwin [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on February 4th, 2020

America’s Got Talent: The Champions saw two magic acts hit the stage last night. First up was Marc Spelmann as Magician X. We’lll share Dania Diaz’s performance a little later today.

Abe Books’ UK website posted on article rounding up a few collectible magic books… not sure exactly how they put this list together (ie value or items they had in stock at time of writing).

Justin Willman’s out promoting season three of Magic For Humans and his latest stop was a 30 minute interview with the Build series, which you can see for free over on Build’s YouTube page.

Longtime readers of iTricks will know Jonathan Goodwin, who currently with The Illusionists, is one of my favorite escape artists of all time. Broadway World Detroit caught up with him as The Illusionists show is playing a stint in the Motor City.

Are “Danger Acts” Magic?

Posted by Michael on January 21st, 2020

Miki Dark made an appearance on last night’s edition of America’s Got Talent: The Champions, although he did not do well enough in the judgement of the “superfans” to proceed to the next round. While acts of this variety have been branded “danger acts” on the modern variety competition shows, around iTricks Tower Midwest we see these as an off-shoot of magic, much like escapology is related to magic. Even though we see danger acts as a member of the overall family of magic arts we are the first to admit we do not always share the “danger act” clips from these shows. It kind of depends on the act… when it comes to magic we kind of apply our own Potter Stewart test to it!

However, if anyone wants to argue this is not the case and all danger acts should be excluded from iTricks we would be interested in your reasoning.

Ben Hart On AGT: TC

Posted by Michael on January 21st, 2020

Last night’s episode of America’s Got Talent: The Champions saw magic in the form of Britain’s Got Talent alum Ben Hart. He presented a classic effect but it seemed to underwhelm judges, who did not share Ben’s “magic does not always have to be big and flashy” philosophy. Unfortunately, the “superfans” agreed and Ben did not make it through to the next round.

Marc Spelmann On AGT:TC

Posted by Michael on January 14th, 2020

Marc Spelmann, a Britain’s Got Talent alum who also appeared on a second BGT season as Magician X, hit the America’s Got Talent: The Champions stage last night in a show full of magic… including some extra magical help in Marc’s act.

Marc was one of only three acts from last night’s show to advance to the next round.

Spencer Horsman Returns To The AGT Stage

Posted by Michael on January 14th, 2020

Spencer Horsman brought the danger magic to last night’s episode of America’s Got Talent: The Champions, but in the end it was not enough to advance.

I have to admit, every time I see Spencer Horsman on TV I feel old because I remember seeing him as a “kid magician” at a DC magic collector’s convention more years ago than I care to think about!

Dania Diaz Makes AGT: Champions Debut

Posted by Michael on January 7th, 2020

Dania Diaz was the only magic act on the first night of the new season of America’s Got Talent: The Champions. The alum of Spain’s Got Talent was impressive enough to be voted through to the next round by the “panel of superfans” judging the first round.

AGT The Champions Returns Monday

Posted by Michael on January 2nd, 2020

The second season of America’s Got Talent: The Champions premieres Monday night on NBC (check your local listings). Several magic acts from around the world are participating; those announced include:
Ben Hart
Miki Dark
Marc Spelmann
Oz Pearlman
Dania Diaz
Spencer Horsman

Of all these acts, the only only not previously featured on iTricks is Dania Diaz (I coudl be wrong, I did not actually check), so we are correcting that in this post with this clip of her performing on the Espana Got Talent 2018 Grand Final show.