Archive for the 'Broken Wand' Category

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.

Rest In Peace Richie Magic

Posted by Michael on June 22nd, 2018

Although we have not found an obituary or news report yet, we have heard Richie Magic has passed away. We have no other details at this time. Richie was perhaps best known for his anti-smoking effects and world records, such as his Human Ashtray act featured in this AOL clip.

Harry Anderson’s New Orleans Send Off

Posted by Michael on June 18th, 2018

Many of you probably saw this on Facebook over the weekend, but just in case you missed it, here are highlights from the New Orleans Memorial and Second Line Celebration for Harry Anderson, as originally posted by the one and only Turk Pipkin. If you have been wondering what Turk has been doing lately, check out the website for The Nobelity Project, a group building schools and promoting education in Kenya.

Aaron Crow On AGT, Vanish Mag And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on June 4th, 2018

This morning’s lead off clip is this week’s officially “leaked” video from America’s Got Talent. Last week was magician Shin Lim, this week magician Aaron Crow. I could have sworn he had already been on AGT, but according to the Internet he was on BGT. Maybe he was part of The Illusionists during one of their promotional appearances on the show? Anyone remember?

Not a huge news day, but here are a couple things you should check out:

The new issue of Vanish Magazine is out and features Bob Fitch as its cover boy. You can download your free copy (or order a print copy) over on their website.

The St. Louis Post Dispatch interviewed Internet sensation Justin Flom ahead of his show later this week. Seriously: why is everyone playing St. Louis now that I moved 240 miles away?

Finally, sad news out of Kentucky. Clarence Miller, magic dealer and author, passed away last week at the age of 88. He was known for his wooden magic pieces and inventing the Impossible Penetration. His obituary can be read on the website.


Posted by Michael on April 16th, 2018

It is our sad duty to report on another broken wand: Harry “The Hat” Anderson is gone.

Several media outlets, including the New York Daily News, are reporting that Harry Anderson has been found dead at his North Carolina home at the age of 65.

Tomorrow we will be running a “normal day” because the Tuesday posts are already set, but later this week we’ll have more tributes to Anderson, who made a career as both a wise-cracking con man magician who managed to play comedy clubs and an actor on sitcoms and even Disney movies.

Can I be honest with y’all for a minute? Harry Anderson is probably my biggest hero in magic. I was born in the early ’70s, so I caught the magic bug from big, elaborate specials starring Harry Blackstone Jr, Mark Wilson, Copperfield and Doug Henning but it was Harry Anderson who showed me that big time pro magic didn’t have to be showgirls, tigers and box tricks. Magic, damn good magic, could be tricks you pulled out of your pocket. The stuff I was reading in Bobo and Hugard was just as big time as the Zig Zag Girl. Harry Anderson showed me that a character was more than “tuxedo clad magician” or “Liberace knock-off clad magician” or “magician in a leotard.”

We are honoring Harry’s life and career with a clip from the role that introduced him to millions: conman Harry the Hat on Cheers.