Archive for the 'Broken Wand' Category

Broken Wand: Fred “Professor Fun” Ball

Posted by Michael on December 26th, 2017
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Video from Hawaii News Now over the weekend reporting the passing of magician Fred Ball, known to a generation of Hawaiian TV viewers as Professor Fun.

Broken Wand: Johnny Fox

Posted by Michael on December 20th, 2017
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It is our sad duty to pass along the news Johnny Fox, best known to many as a sword swallower on Coney Island, has passed away at the age of 64. He was battling cancer. You can read more about Johnny over on the Associated Press site and the New York Daily News. In addition to swallowing swords, Johnny was a magician who performed for years at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. We think that is where this video, posted on YouTube back in 2011 by user G. Scott Taulbee, was shot. It features Johnny performing the grand old man of magic, the cups and balls, and really showcases his performance style.

A Chat With Philip Morris

Posted by Michael on September 29th, 2017

Earlier this week we reported on the passing of magician, showman and costumer Philip Morris. We have one more clip of Philip that fits right in on Video Friday… according to the Morris Costumes YouTube Page this interview is from 2006.

More From Philip Morris

Posted by Michael on September 26th, 2017

We end the day with yet another tribute to Philip Morris, again from the Morris Costume YouTube page. This clip is a local news interview with Philip concentrating on his Dr. Evil days.

The Original Dr. Evil

Posted by Michael on September 26th, 2017

The magic world (and the world in general) is a little poorer for the loss of Philip Morris… early in his career he was a successful “spookshow” magician known as Dr. Evil (way, way before Austin Powers, whose producers reportedly settled a legal dispute over the name with Morris). From the Morris Costumes YouTube page comes one of his spookshow promos, which we think is a great way to remember Morris.

RIP Tobe Hooper [NSFW]

Posted by Michael on August 30th, 2017

Not exactly a magician, but film writer/director Tobe Hooper passed away over the weekend at the age of 74. Hooper directed the original (and best) Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Salem’s Lot, Poltergeist, and Lifeforce among other films. You can read more about his life and career in this New York Times article.

We pay tribute to Hooper with the trailer from his best known film, the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

RIP Jerry Lewis

Posted by Michael on August 20th, 2017

Jerry Lewis passed away today at the age of 91. You can read more about the incredible career of one of the world’s most recognizable funny men in this New York Times article.

As tribute we give you the trailer for The Geisha Boy, the one film that we can think of off the top of our heads that saw Jerry lewis playing a magician.