Keith Jozsef stopped by the studios of Fox 2 News in St. Louis (the TV station that interviewed Kendrick McDonald recently) to help say goodbye to longtime on air personality Tim Ezell by cutting him in half. You can learn more about Keith at his website.
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Speaking of TV, The Telegraph and Argus has new details about the next series of Dynamo: Magician Impossible. This installment will see the magician traveling all over the world, including the US and India, as well as guest starring members of Coldplay and One Direction.
Dynamite, the company dedicated to keeping pulp characters alive in the pages of comic books, has recently turned its attentions to Sherlock Holmes and in a newly announced mini-series, he will square off against Harry Houdini. The project has been in the works for a while, but the recent court decision that Holmes is a public domain character finally cleared it for release. Look for Sherlock Holmes vs Houdini in October at your favorite comic book store. Who would think that a century later, Houdini would still be the hottest magician around?
Finally, speaking of Houdini, Potter and Potter Auctions will be holding an auction dedicated solely to Houdini memorabilia on August 23. Props, lithographs and a newly discovered Houdini scrapbook will all be on the block. The catalog is available for order now and you can get all of the details at their website.
Posted by Michael on July 15th, 2014
If you only know Rogue from his recent America’s Got Talent appearance, then you really need to pay attention to the documentary leading off today’s Magic Bulletin. This is part of Bacardi’s Untameable Series, billed as short films about passionate spirits from all over the world.
Speaking of AGT competitors, Smoothini is going to be appearing on Telemundo’s Un Neuvo Dia Wednesday morning. Not exactly sure when he will be on, but it airs at 7/6 Central. Check your local listings to see if you have Telemundo in your market.
So apparently magicians all over the world picked Germany to win the World Cup weeks before the final game. According to Yahoo’s Dirty Tackle sports blog, Dynamo did it and 360Nobs.com says Ilan Smith predicted the winner and minute of the winning goal in South Africa. Well iTricksters, I would have put in my prediction a few weeks ago, too, but I wanted to be surprised!
Robin Leach’s Las Vegas Sun column is reporting that Murray SawChuck is adding a second show to his run at the Tropicana by taking over the 7 o’clock show at The Laugh Factory.
Paul Daniels leant a little star power to the opening of the All Saints School’s new sensory room according to the Get Reading website. The room is designed to present a soothing but stimulating environment for children with special needs.
Finally, former United States Representative from Illinois Kenneth J. Gray passed away on July 12 at the age of 89. He was also an amateur magician and World War II pilot who once even appeared on To Tell The Truth. You can read his full obituary in the Washington Post.
Posted by Michael on June 18th, 2014
First up on today’s Magic Bulletin is a new video form Jose Ahonen, the magician who had a huge viral hit with his magic for dogs. He is back and this time he has recruited a pal to help him see how dogs react to humans barking. It is goofy, but it already has over a million hits in just over a day.
As Louis Letterier is busy with Sasha Baron Cohen’s new spy comedy, the big question about the Now You See It sequel is who will be direct the project. Rumor has it that John M. Chu is the top choice. He previously directed GI Joe and the live action Jem and The Holograms flick (seriously).
Finally, The Guardian recently spoke with Dynamo, who was surprisingly open about how his connections with specific brands helped to build his career. You can see the entire interview at the Guardian website.
Posted by Michael on June 12th, 2014
We are starting off this Magic Bulletin with a clip of Luis de Matos on BBC’s The Magicians. The show is a couple of years old, but the first season has just shown up on Hulu Plus. Search for The Magicians or visit the Shine International network.
Speaking of Hulu, as of this morning not only was Smoothini’s America’s Got Talent performance in their Top 25 TV clips, all of Tuesday night’s AGT magic clips were on the list!
The Liverpool Echo reports that Dynamo has been seen around town. Could he be cooking up something in Liverpool?
Posted by Michael on June 4th, 2014
Up front we have a new video from Rob Anderson that has been getting some Internet buzz. He has left his Walking Dead look behind and is back to helping folks. You can follow his YouTube channel here.
MTV is reporting that the upcoming (but as of yet unscheduled) Doctor Strange movie has found a director in Scott Derrickson (Sinister). The magic themed comic book movie still does not have a star…
According to the Telegraph and Argus, Dynamo is back in his old stomping grounds of Bradford to shoot for his next series of Magician Impossible. He visited a historic theater that a local group is trying to save from demolition.
Yahoo Canada is reporting the Darcy Oakes has something “risky” planned for the upcoming Britain’s Got Talent finale. Could he be the first magician to win one of the major versions of the Got Talent franchise?
Finally, in a little more magic TV news, Rick Lax has posted some details about Wizard Wars on his blog. The highlights? It will be a six part series (much like the original run of SyFy’s successful Heroes of Cosplay) and the production company behind it is the one responsible for American Ninja Warrior.
Posted by Michael on May 14th, 2014
That’s Dynamo above at the premiere of the new X-Men movie, talking about magic and One Direction.
Nollywood (that is the term for the up and coming Nigerian film industry, second only to India in the number of productions released each year) actress and producer Nike Peller has reportedly given up the film industry to join her brother in a magic act. According to several sources, including NigeriaFilms.com, she is leaving the film industry to perform stage magic with her older brother Zeeto. Their father, Professor Peller, was a well known magician in Nigeria.
Malaysian Digest reporter Ashraf Wahab investigated why some people are afraid of clowns. He covers notable clowns, including Ronald McDonald and The Joker, and visits with a couple Malaysian professional clowns. Personally, I am not afraid of clowns as much as I am deeply suspicious of anyone in full make up…
iTricks offers condolences to the family and friends of Phillip Jones, the Pembroke magician who had been performing for over 30 years who passed away Sunday. According to the Milford and West Wales Mercury, he was at a fair celebrating the anniversary of a local refinery.
Finally, remember that Michael Carbonaro’s new show The Carbonaro Effect officially premieres tomorrow night with two episodes on Tru TV (check your local listings).
Posted by Michael on April 9th, 2014
Akshay Kumar, sometimes called the “Indian Jackie Chan,” is out promoting a new film called FUGLY and switched from stunts to magic, including the bit seen above, at the trailer release press conference.
Colon, Michigan is adding a new magic convention to its plate: the 45th Annual Michigan Magic Day. According to the Sturgis (Michigan) Journal, this is the first time the magic capitol of the world is hosting the get-together which will feature a public performance headlined by Kevin James (with $10 tickets, no less).
Robin Leach wrote a glowing review of Teller’s Tempest for the Las Vegas Sun. There is a nice slideshow of pics from the play and a summary of the magic seen.
Dynamo spoke with the Hereford Times recently about his work as a Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity ambassador. We know that there are some out there in iTricks-land who are not big Dynamo fans, but you have to admit that he does some good work.