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 27th, 2014
As promised, we are leading with last night’s AGT performance from Mike Super. Will it be enough to keep him in the competition? What about David and Leeman? Tune in tonight to find out.
Speaking of TV, Justin Willman is heading back to Food Network for another season of Halloween Wars. The spooky themed cake decorating show premieres Sunday, October 5.
Paul Daniels has revealed that he and his wife Debbie had to pass up on Celebrity Big Brother due to the illnesses in the family. He explains fully in a video on his YouTube Channel.
Bob James has re-opened a magic shop in downtown Elmhurst, Illinois. If you are in the area and would like to learn more, visit their website. You gotta love it whenever a new brick and mortar springs up.
Speaking of brick and mortar (and bars), the New York Post was first to report yesterday that David Blaine put on a special magic show for inmates at the Manhattan Detention Complex late last month. He has, of course, included prison performances in his past TV specials, but no mention was made of this being recorded for broadcast. According to the article, some guards were disappointed that the prisoners got the show and not them.
And on that note, news of Blaine’s good deed and our bad segue, we will draw today’s Magic Bulletin to a close.
Posted by Michael on July 14th, 2014
A feel good magic story made the rounds from ABC this weekend. Ethan Christianson was at a summer camp magic show when he was selected to assist on stage and the real trick was the appearance of his soldier father, back from a year overseas.
A new magic related musical, As We Lie Still, opens off Broadway this evening. It tells the story of a vaudeville magician past his prime; read The New York Times description here.
This week’s Free Summer Reading Club offering from Conjuring Arts Research is Gems of Mental Magic from John Brown Cook and Arthur Buckley. You can get a free, high quality PDF of this 1947 classic by visiting Conjuring Arts. Remember, it is only available for free until Sunday!
AsiaOne.com is reporting that David Blaine will be appearing in Singapore at the Resort Worlds Sentosa on September 8.
Have we mentioned that Woody Allen’s new film, Magic in the Moonlight, is the story of a 1920s era Chinese magician — who is really an Englishman (played by Colin Firth)– who finds himself falling for a charming psychic (Emma Stone), despite his crusade to expose fake spiritualists? So basically it is a Glorious Deception meets Houdini rom-com… it opens in limited release (that means check your local art house) Friday, July 25.
Finally, BleacherReport.com just ran a story on the weird and unique hobbies of various international professional athletes. Turns out that Formula One driver Fernando Alonso is seriously into sleight of hand.
Posted by Michael on May 27th, 2014
Darcy Oakes switched it up this week and made it through another round of Britain’s Got Talent with the performance running above… Any resentment over the fact he is Canadian seems to have been overwhelmed by the live reaction when he took off his shirt. He actually addressed these concerns in an interview with The Daily Mail, saying that he came to the show because it is the biggest talent show in the world and has spawned all others. For those wondering if that is true, here are a few facts. America’s Got Talent is from the same production company, but it actually aired before BGT. Last year AGT averaged more viewers over a longer run than its British sister show, but more viewers tuned in for the BGT finale. It also appears that both shows saw a drop in viewers for their finale from the previous season’s ratings.
On this side of the pond, of course, America’s Got Talent kicks off tonight on NBC at 8 Eastern/7 Central. Will this be the year for a magician to take it all?
People Magazine is reporting that sources tell them that David Blaine and Brittny Gastineau “made a connection” at the Kanye West/Kim Kardashian wedding.
Meanwhile, in India, DaijiWorld.com is reporting that The India Book Of Records has declared sisters Apoorva and Anjana Mali (aged 7 and 6) the country’s “youngest skilled magicians.” The daughters of magicians Rajesh Mali and Shubharaj, the girls have been on stage since they were toddlers.
Posted by Michael on May 16th, 2014
Murray Sawchuck and wife Chloe Crawford are among several Vegas celebs featured in new TSA videos at McCarran Airport.
According to several sources, including US Weekly, David Blaine was on hand to help U2′s Bono celebrate his 54th birthday earlier this week. Blaine did an underwater stunt, attempting to hold his breath for 10 minutes while smoking an e-cigarette and eating banana.
Yoga instructor and magician’s assistant Sandy Erickson of Huntingdon Valley, PA was the subject of a recent CNN iReport. She jumps boxes for husband Steve Black.
The BJP, which included PC Sorcar Jr among its candidates, scored a landslide victory in the Indian elections. It appears that they were successful enough to rule without forming a coalition (the first time this has happened in India in about three decades), but there is still no official announcement that iTricks can find regarding Sorcar’s bid for a seat in the Lok Sabha.
Don’t forget that David Copperfield will be a part of the season finale of The Amazing Race Sunday night on CBS at 8 PM Eastern, 7 Central.