The Lantern ran a very cool story about the P3 Magic Theater in Columbus, Ohio. That is where, every Tuesday night, shows are held to work out material and shoot footage for Penguin Magic releases. Check it out here.
VegasNews.com is reporting that Murray SawChuck will be adding another magician to his show this fall. Rob Anderson, his Wizard Wars team mate, will join the show at the Laugh Factory in the Tropicana.
Speaking of Wizard Wars, it was the subject of a Fast Company article yesterday. They spoke with Penn Jillette as well as contestants Adam Trent and Dan Sperry about magic and why it remains relevant in the 21st century. Over at JerseyNews.com, Mark Calabrese (who competed on the show last night with John Stessel against Billy Kidd and Leon Ettiene) was the subject of a nice profile.
David Blaine is touring Asia right now and Malaysian news site The Edge reviewed his show. He was joined by Yann Frisch and Todd Robbins.
Congratulations to Tony Chris who, as discussed in a recent Tri Cities Now article, won a silver for mentalism and the gold for stage magic at the recent Pacific Coast Association of Magicians competition.
Finally, Mike Super’s performance from last night’s America’s Got Talent is running above… tonight’s results show will reveal the fate of Super, David and Leeman and Mat Franco but it is scheduled to run at the same time as President Obama’s address to the nation in the Eastern and Central time zones. At time of writing, there was no word from NBC on whether the episode would be shown after the address or simply rescheduled.
Posted by Michael on August 21st, 2014
The Illusionists took the stage of Radio City Music Hall during last night’s America’s Got Talent results show. AGT alums Kevin James and Dan Sperry were joined by fellow Illusionist Adam Trent for an action packed performance. Perhaps the best part of the performance was host Nick Cannon’s reaction when forced on to the stage with Kevin James and company.
The other important magic news to come out of last night’s show was the fate of the Ghetto Houdini himself, Smoothini. Despite a few problems with his performance Tuesday and some criticism from two of the judges, Smooth was voted through to the next round of the competition.
Posted by Michael on August 20th, 2014
We are leading off today’s Afternoon Edition of the iTricks Magic Bulletin with a little interactive magic from Dan Sperry with shades of Max Maven on The World’s Greatest Magic. According to Broadway World, he will be appearing tonight on America’s Got Talent with fellow Illusionist cast members Kevin James and Adam Trent. We will also find out if Smoothini made it through to the next round and if any magicians will br returned to the competition by the judges.
Don’t have cable and worried about how you are going to see History’s Houdini? Or are you already so excited about it you know you need your own copy? The movie geeks over at We Are Movie Geeks are reporting that the movie will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray October 7. According to the geeks, special extended versions and digital downloads will be available as well.
We got new ice bucket challenges from magicians Perry Maynard and Nick Paul. It is all for ALS and you can donate here.
The Smoky Mountain News recently interviewed Michael Turco (who can be caught on Masters of Illusion) in anticipation of his appearance at the Harrah’s Cherokee. He talked about his start and achieving his dreams.
Congratulations to Missouri girl, Pussycat Doll and Celebracadabra contestant Kimberly Wyatt who has announced she is five months pregnant with a baby girl.
Finally, Edinburgh Fringe was not in the cards for you this year, the Mirror will help you feel like you were there with the top 100 jokes (some of which are not PC).
Posted by Michael on July 3rd, 2014
The Manchester Evening News just reported that Dominic Anthony (that’s him above) has just been named the best under 18 street magician in England. The article never explains exactly what contest he won, but does report that his prize includes going to London to take some workshops with Ben Hamlin. Congratulations Dominic!
Salon.com sat down with Penn Jillette (fresh off his Wife Swap appearance). They cover a whole lot of ground under the headline “I Didn’t Want To Be A Stereotypical Hollywood Liberal.”
In case it slipped by you, dates for The Illusionists in North America through June 2015 have been announced. Check them out here. Dan Sperry, Jeff Hobson, Kevin James and more… what more could you want in a show?
Posted by Michael on May 23rd, 2014
Dan Sperry jumped onto television screens during the 2010 season of America’s Got Talent as one of the acts selected through a special YouTube competition (along with mini-phenom Jackie Evancho). This video is the bit that got him something like a million views and a spot on the big show. This is one of our favorite Sperry videos… because of the music!