Archive for the 'Awesome' Category

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.

Jethro Earns A Very Special Honor

Posted by Michael on December 17th, 2018

This video features magician Jethro Alcuaz, but not doing magic. This video shows his promotion ceremony as he receives his Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt. You will find more than one martial arts enthusiast roaming the halls of iTricks and we offer you our congratulations Jethro!

It Is Christmas Time!

Posted by Michael on November 29th, 2018

Some things just scream Christmas… The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Charlie Brown Christmas, Bing Crosby movies and around iTricks it is always Ryan Joyce squaring off against an evil Christmas tree in Magician vs Magic of Christmas.

Now that you have less than a month until the big day, enjoy our little iTricks Christmas magic tradition.

Sometimes It Is All About Picking Your Audience

Posted by Michael on November 28th, 2018

Justin Flom is a master magician… put that does not just mean his has technical skills or charisma. He knows all the important little things about magic, like picking the right audience!