The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Television Award nominations were recently announced and find Derren Brown contending with Dynamo in the entertainment program category. Brown’s Great Art Heist and Dynamo: Magician Impossible are up against stiff competition in the form of Ant and Dec’s Saturday Takeaway and Strictly Come Dancing. The Magician Impossible production team are also up for a Television Craft Award. The Craft Awards will be held on April 27 with the Television Awards on May 18.
Speaking of Dynamo, the Glasgow Evening Times carried the story of Reece Newlands, who is flying to London to have a private meeting with Dynamo thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Reece has an aggressive form of Crohn’s Disease, a condition which also affects Dynamo.
Magic is been front and center in many Indian newspapers lately, thanks to PC Sorcar Jr’s new career in politics. The latest magic article in The Hindu, though, is a telephone interview with Billy Kidd. One of the topics touched upon is the challenges faced by women in magic. Kidd told The Hindu “…clothing is one of our biggest problems. Women’s clothes have the worst pockets ever!”
Finally, the video above is raw footage of Del Ray performing at the 1983 Tannen’s Jubilee, courtesy of Frank Paris. You may remember we brought you video he had taken of the Jubilee a little back; Mr. Paris has posted more from the Jubilee, including five videos of Del Ray, on his YouTube page. The video above is raw, unedited footage and the performance does not begin until about the 3:30 mark. It is worth the wait.
Posted by Michael on March 11th, 2014
Above, we finally found video (well, at least video in English) about PC Sorcar Jr’s run for political office in India from NDTV. iTricks will continue to follow Sorcar’s campaign as it unfolds.
The Lancashire Telegraph told readers about 14 year old magician James Hutchison’s visit to the Blackpool Convention where he got to meet his hero, Dynamo. It is a great illustration of the importance of gatherings such as Blackpool to the magic community… not to mention great press for Mr. Hutchison. The article also spoke with James’ father who thinks his son will stick with magic for the rest of his life, saying “He will always do it, whether or not he makes a career out of it we’ll have to wait and see.”
Strangely enough, iTricks ran across the story of John Milner on a stock trading site 4-traders.com. He is waging a battle against a plan to create a £95 yearly parking permit in his neighborhood, even though he has a driveway and will not be required to purchase the permit.
It turns out that there are not any magic clubs in Tasmania. It was not a problem that iTricks was aware of until Your Afternoon with Penny Terry (ABC Hobart radio) spoke with Bodane Hatton. He talked about his struggle to become a self taught magician and make a career of it… We can’t embed the show but you can download it from the radio station by visiting their blog.
Posted by Michael on March 3rd, 2014
Above is a highlight from Brian Brushwood’s Hacking The System on NatGeo. In case you missed it last week, both episodes are being rebroadcast Thursday (March 6) at 5PM Eastern.
Also on NatGeo Thursday you will be able to catch back to back episodes of Dynamo: Magician Impossible starting at 7PM Eastern.
Justin Willman will be on Chelsea Lately Wednesday night with guest host Khloe Kardashian (iTricks isn’t sure which one that is, by the way). The show airs at 11PM Eastern on the E! network.
Posted by Michael on February 20th, 2014
Behold two-fifths of A-Prince, Sungwon and Seungjun, performing magic. This video was released on YouTube and the band’s official Facebook page yesterday. It might not be the most impressive magic to hardcore magic fans, but hardcore A-Prince fans are already declaring them “Amazing & awesome,” “Their magic is so good,” and “their magic is… OMG!!!!!” If you are all like OMG for A-Prince, check out their official Facebook.
Robin Leach sat down with Penn for a little Q&A on his crowd-funded horror flick Director’s Cut, which should start filming next month (if they find a leading lady in time). Check out the article Las Vegas Sun here.
Then Robin Leach met up with Teller for another Q&A, this time focusing on his version of The Tempest. Read the Vegas Sun article here.
London Fashion Week is over but not before Dynamo helped boot maker Hunter introduce its new line. Check out the coverage from The Telegraph.
TV alert: ventriloquist Terry Fator will be promoting his upcoming DVD with an appearance tonight on Letterman… check your local listings. With all of the shifting in late night television, wouldn’t it be nice if someone (maybe Seth Meyers or Arsenio) proved to be fond of magic on their show?
Posted by Michael on February 4th, 2014
According to The Hollywood Reporter, US cable network National Geographic has made a deal to air two British magic based shows featuring Dynamo and Barry and Stuart which the network sees as complements to its series Brain Games. The Dynamo series is, of course, Dynamo: Magician Impossible. National Geographic has purchased the second series of the show (the first having run on The Travel Channel) and reportedly has the option to pick up more. The other show is The Happenings, which sees Barry and Stuart trying to convince small towns in the US and UK that strange events are occurring. Readers may remember that the show caused a bit of a stir a couple of months ago with a glowing “alien squid” in the Bristol harbor. Each show’s series consists of four 60 minute episodes and neither has been scheduled.
Posted by Michael on February 3rd, 2014
According to the Berkleyside website, Dynamo was recently on the UC Berkley campus shooting for his newest series of Dynamo: Magician Impossible. They report he had also shot footage in LA and San Francisco’s Mission District.
According to VegasNews.com, magician Mike Hammer has a bad tattoo but will kiss her goodbye on an episode of A&E’s Bad Ink tonight. The show follows Vegas tattoo artist Dirk Vermin as he performs cover-up work on ugly. botched and unwanted body art. The show will air right before two new episodes of Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne.
Speaking of TV, the Constantine pilot, based on the DC Comics magician/detective character, will be directed by Neil Marshall who has previously helmed Doomsday, Centurion and The Descent.
SmasHits.com’s Daily Snoop is reporting that Vinaykumar Sarang has set a new world record for fastest handcuff escape, dropping a pair of cuffs from behind his back in just 2.65 seconds. The feat was witnessed and verified in Mumbai by representatives of the Limca Book of Records.
Finally, as you have probably noticed by now, Dan Sperry has released a new video of street magic in Australia which we are running at the top of this post.