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.
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.
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.
iTricks sends happy birthday wishes to David Blaine who turns 41 today. Thanks to Esquire Magazine’s website, we are gong to pull a bit of reverse and have David himself give you a present by teaching you a card trick.
Given all the reports of Blaine appearing at other people’s parties, iTricks wonders how he spends his birthday.
Cole Morton, reporter for The Telegraph, recently caught up with David Blaine, still riding after his last special Real Or Magic. Although he teases future plans, Blaine is too coy (and smart) to actually reveal his next big project. What Morton does get out of the magician, though, is a glimpse into his fears about growing old and complacent. “The hunger dies.” Blaine said, “That hunger, that curiosity, that desire that creates the ultimate passion to do something new.”
Other topics include rivals, Blaine’s love of magic, what the magician is currently reading and whether or not that meat skewer really did go through his hand. You can read the entire interview on the Telegraph’s website.
The new Supreme Spring/Summer 2014 Collection will be unveiled on February 20th at their New York and LA stores and available online starting on the 27th. To help build a little buzz before the new line goes on sale, Supreme enlisted Harmony Korine (Kids, Spring Breakers) do make a little video with some skaters, David Blaine (fresh off his visit with Toronto mayor Rob Ford) and a geek magic classic. They simply call the piece Needle. We call it cool.
The video above is Wayne Kawamoto’s latest promo piece. He is the guiding hand behind About.com’s Magic Section.
In one of the weirder stories to come across the iTricks news desk lately, the National Post, the Toronto Star and others are reporting that embattled Toronto mayor Rob Ford, best known to the world for admitting to smoking crack, met with David Blaine on Friday. According to the Star, Blaine simply phoned City Hall Thursday night and expressed interest in meeting with the mayor.
The News Observer website is reporting that a number of streets recently named for “obscure magicians” may be changed. John Scarne, Robert-Houdin and Hofzinser are among those currently honored with streets in the Walnut Terrace development. Evidently, housing authority officials were having difficulty getting answers about the street naming policies and therefore submitted a list of names selected by its director Steve Beam (the article notes he is a “card magician”) as a reference to the development’s magical success being constructed without federal funds.
The annual Blackpool Magic Convention kicks off this Friday in, well, Blackpool. You can get more information at the official website. If any of the iTricks readers will be attending, we would love to hear about it.