Archive for the 'Broken Wand' Category

Broken Wand: Gary Darwin

Posted by Michael on February 10th, 2019

Video shared by Scott Wells showing his visit to Gary Darwin’s home and magic museum in Las Vegas to record a podcast.

Although we have not found a newspaper story or obituary to post yet, there are multiple reports Gary Darwin passed away last night. Gary was well known for his video releases which covered everything from beginning magic and easy to build illusions to patter to his magic museum.

Rest In Peace Denny Haney

Posted by Michael on January 23rd, 2019
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peacefully in his sleep after a brief battle with cancer.

Denny was a proud American and a Vietnam Veteran having served four tours of duty stationed near the mountains in Pleiku. Upon his return to the US, after serving his country, he began his career as a professional magician. All through the 1980′s and early 90’s he was a very successful corporate entertainer.

Scott Alexander talks to Denny Haney at the Denny & Lee Magic Shop is a YouTube video from a few years ago.

Sad news from Maryland. To quote the Denny & Lee Magic Shop Facebook Page:

Friends of the Magic Community,

It is with heavy hearts that we must announce the passing of one of the greatest contributors to our art. Last night, Denny Haney passed. He wanted to give back to the magic community so he took the money he earned on the road, and opened up a studio where magicians could come and learn, practice their craft, rehearse and exchange ideas.

As many of you know, his daughter Dawn has been running the shop during his illness. We kindly ask that you respect his family’s privacy at this time and refrain from calling. We will continue to process orders in a few days. We will be updating with more information about Memorial Services as they become available.

Thank you,

The Denny & Lee Magic Studio

Rest In Peace, Mean Gene [Not Magic But...]

Posted by Michael on January 3rd, 2019

WWE video celebrating Gene Okerland’s induction into the WWE Hall Of Fame.

We know many, many iTricksters (including our own Justin Robert Young) are huge wrestling fans to this today and even more were greatly affected during their younger years by the drama and pageantry of the WWF. As such, we were saddened to hear of the passing of Mean Gene Okerlund, announcer extraordinaire at the age of 76. You can read more about the life and career of Mean Gene on the official WWE website.

Broken Wand: Pete Biro

Posted by Michael on December 29th, 2018

Pete Biro passed away earlier this week; we still have not found an obituary. He was 85 and had suffered a stroke about a year ago, but we have not found an official cause of death. He was a performer, creator and author.

Let’s remember Pete as a performer with this clip from a Japanese TV special featuring his multiplying bottles routine…. on roller skates!

Ricky Jay Passes Away At 72 [Broken Wand]

Posted by Michael on November 25th, 2018

Newsweek coverage of the death of actor and magician Ricky Jay. Although known to most audiences as an actor in several David Mamet productions and HBO’s Deadwood, the magic community knew him to be a true master of sleight of hand and author of several books on the stranger side of magic history.

Remembering Stan Lee [It Ain't Magic But...]

Posted by Michael on November 16th, 2018

How do you pay tribute to Stan Lee? You’ll find diehard Marvel folks at iTricks and dedicated DC fans… and we all agree that Stan Lee is an icon who transcends the world of comics.

We thought about it for days… and finally, we decided to share the official tribute posted by Marvel.

Have a great, and safe, weekend y’all.

Broken Wand, PCAM And Freaky Friday [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on August 9th, 2018

Today’s lead off video is from the Vimeo account managing Robert Baxt’s content. It features the broken wand ceremony for Charles Windley which was performed at the Abbott’s Get Together on August 3.

The legendary PCAM convention is opening today and running through Sunday. takes a look at the Pacific Coast Association of Magicians and its history as the doors open.

Finally, BSC Kids reports Jason Maybaum, star of the new version of Freaky Friday which premieres this Friday night on the Disney Channel, learned to perform magic in preparation for the role.