Archive for the 'Awesome' Category

Dr. Howard Saul: Magic And Medicine

Posted by Michael on February 15th, 2019
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Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center gynecological oncologist discusses why he learned magic to further his medicine in this video clip from SJ Magazine; he was also featured in a Philly Voice article this week.

Valentine’s Day With Hoang Tung

Posted by Michael on February 14th, 2019

Vietnamese magician Hoang Tung (Nguy?n Hoàng Tùng) offers up this magic-packed short film for Valentine’s Day. Finding Love features some Vietnamese text… but we’re pretty sure it is not anything that will hold anything back from following along! We’re not sure if the end is a statement about the characters’ future or is literally promising more. Given the relatively high production values and effort put into this piece we would not be surprised if there are future installments. You can keep an eye on Hoang Tung’s YouTube page to see if there is another installment.

Michael Griffin Plays A Deadly Game [NSFW]

Posted by Michael on January 31st, 2019

Escape artist Michael Griffin posted this video of a performance for students at Ohio State University featuring a kind of Russian Roulette with real weapons. If you are uncomfortable with the idea of a performer using firearms as a part of their act you may want to skip this video.

Salem’s Official Magician Anton Andresen

Posted by Michael on January 31st, 2019

Long known for its witch trials, Salem, Massachusetts now has an official magician in the form of Anton James Andresen, who is seen here performing at a home expo posted by a local news site.

Congratulations To Dennis Watkins And His Magic Parlour

Posted by Michael on January 28th, 2019

Dennis Watkins’ Magic Parlour, at Chicago’s Palmer House Hilton, now has 1,000 performances behind it! This is an amazing milestone for any show and iTricks wants to extend our congratulations to Dennis and wish him at least 1,000 more shows! You can read more about the show in the Chicago Tribune.

Micahel Kent And Martin Ruin The Ball Vase

Posted by Michael on January 25th, 2019

Actually, Michael Kent and his young volunteer Martin do not ruin anything… instead, Michael Kent reminds everyone exactly how good it can make someone feel when you validate and honor what they have to say.

Goodbye Tarbell: Every Trick In The Book

Posted by Michael on January 1st, 2019

Michael Lauck is a columnist for iTricks. All opinions expressed in this review are his own and not necessarily those of iTricks.

After over 100 lessons the end of 2018 also saw the end of Dan Harlan’s massive undertaking to create video lessons for the Tarbell Course In Magic. I have subscribed to Tarbell: Every Trick In The Book since the beginning and I can honestly say I think the course will help you not only to become a magician but to also become a better magician. You can get the entire course (or ala cart lessons) over on Penguin Magic, who is not compensating iTricks or me for my recommendation. It would be helpful to have the entire Tarbell Course In Magic series of books, but honestly it is not mandatory and since Dan followed the course books chapter by chapter you only need Volume One to get started. If your New Year resolution involves becoming a better magician, whether a day one beginner or a grizzled old performer, I suggest you give Every Trick In The Book a serious look.

Congratulations to everyone involved in this project, particularly Dan for being crazy enough to take it on. Way back in 2014 we talked to Dan about starting Tarbell Every Trick In The Book and you can still hear (or download) that interview here.