Archive for the 'David Blaine' Category

Escapes, Roy’s B-Day, Basketball And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on October 6th, 2014

The footage above, from KPIX in San Francisco, shows magician and escape artist Zack Mirza performing an upside down straightjacket escape last Friday over the Justin Herman Plaza.

As reported last week, Friday was Roy Horn’s 70th birthday and the Las Vegas Sun has coverage of his celebration, which was held at 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque and included the cast of Michael Jackson One.

According to CBS Sports, Minnesota Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders is trying a variety of things to engage and motivate his players, including bringing in magician and motivational speaker The Amazing Hondo. You can learn more about Hondo at his website.

The New York Post is reporting that the warden that allowed David Blaine to come in and entertain prisoners at The Manhattan Detention Center in New York City has lost his job. They report that the performance was the reason for his dismissal; his superiors were upset that Blaine’s appearance had been made fun of by people such as Dvid Letterman.

Finally, iTricks tips its hat to Penguin Magic. After the most recent Tarbell: Every Trick In The Book lesson, on thumbtip magic, came out many magicians were no doubt looking at their battered tips and thinking about getting a new one. Penguin sent an email out to subscribers (and maybe everyone who had purchased the lesson, we are not sure) not to advertise their thumbtips but to give away gift certificates good for a free classic Vernet tip! Shipping was even included.

Naked Magicians, Blaine, Franco And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on September 17th, 2014

First up is Mat Franco’s second performance from last night’s episode of America’s Got Talent. Tonight’s results show will see each of the finalist performance with a celebrity and all have been announced except for who will be joining Mat Franco. Birthday boy David Copperfield (maybe)? David Blaine (we think he is still in Asia)? Penn and Teller (probably not; they would be running against their own show in many markets)? Kathie Lee and Hoda (again)? Tune in tonight to find out.

Speaking of TV, we still have Fool Us and Masters of Illusions to look forward to in the US this week. Did you see Wizard Wars last night? Great line up, another solid show.

Speaking of David Blaine, he is still in the Philippines and there was another write up of his show on the site Inquirer.net. Apparently he was joined in his underwater breath holding demonstration by a skeptical young lady from the audience… He clocked over ten minutes and she lasted “a few seconds!”

Robin Leach’s Strip Scribbles column in the Las Vegas Sun has a bit on the Naked Magicians, who will be making a limited run at the Tommy Wind Theatre in Vegas late October.

Finally, The Hollywood Reporter has a review of Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles, which just played Telluride. You may want to catch it when it comes to your town (or favorite video on demand outlet).

Blaine In Manila, Dynamo/1D Team Up And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on September 11th, 2014

David Blaine continues his tour, arriving in Manila yesterday and stopping by the studios of Umagang Kay Ganda to amaze the hosts before his live show.

Screenrant is reporting that Now You See Me 2 will be released on June 10, 2016 and that it will be titled Now You See Me 2. Between you and me, I worry about any sequel that can’t even think of a better name than Original Title 2

Lest you were worried that there was no magic at the Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka wedding, guest Kelly Ripa reported on her show Live! With Kelly and Michael that there was, as well as music from Elton John.

Lest you were worried that Dynamo’s final season of Magician Impossible would end all of the Dynamo/One Direction talk, The Mirror is reporting that they may tour together.

Hey you sharps and cardists out there, have you seen the new Tycoons from Steve Cohen and Theory 11? Pretty sweet… they are on the Theory 11 site.

Wizard Wars, Blaine In Asia And Much More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on September 10th, 2014

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.

Willman Heads Back To Food, Blaine Heads Back To Prison And More [Magic Bulletin]

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.

Magical Reunion, Free Book, Showbiz Round Up And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on July 14th, 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.