Above is Neil Patrick Harris and family doing the ice bucket challenge after being challenged by Batman; we have more (and international) magician ice bucket challenges from Takuya, Kenneth Chan and Cody Clark. These videos are all to benefit ALS research, of course, but I’d like to know if iTricksters are losing interest in them.
As many iTricksters will know, Steve Martin started out as a magician many years ago. He is now reportedly returning to his roots in the new film Magic Camp, where he will portray a man returning to work at the magic camp that he loved as a boy. You can read more about it at Slash Film, and check out a vintage picture of Martin working at a Disneyland magic shop.
This week’s free PDF download in the Conjuring Arts Research Center Summer Reading Club is something kind of special. It is an English translation of the 1853 German language book Ein Spiel Karten (A Deck Of Cards). Written by H.R. (perhaps a student of Hofzinser), this version was translated into English 2005 for a presentation at Juan Tamariz’s Jornadas conference. Get your piece of history this week only here. Remember, it is only available until next Sunday!
Ariann Black’s Facebook has a message saying that she and Johnny Thompson are no longer associated with Be Amazed or its Kickstarter. It reads: “As of August 2014, Johnny Thompson and I, Ariann Black, are no longer involved with Be Amazed Magic Television aka Be Amazed TV, including its KickStarter funding campaign.” We will keep you informed.
A cool article from the Business Insider was recently posted by Yahoo’s Small Business Adviser on magician and designer Adrian Westaway of Special Projects.
Stage News is reporting that Dynamo thinks that stage magic needs to be shaken up and is planning to try his hand at revitalizing live magic after his latest series of Magician Impossible ends.
The Latin Post is reporting that another Mexican state has banned the use of animals by entertainers including magicians.
Finally, if you have the Cooking Channel look for a re-run of a 2007 episode of Robert Irvine’s Dinner Impossible where the chef cooks for The Magic Castle.
Posted by Michael on August 13th, 2014
The Las Vegas Sun is reporting that Jan Rouven and Murray SawChuck have been shooting a new magic series, called Sons of Houdini, that will air on the Reelz Channel starting September 26.
Speaking of magic on TV, Slash Film has a big ol’ interview with Kyle Marlett about Wizard Wars, which premieres on SyFy next Tuesday, August 19.
Still speaking of magic on TV (British edition), The Daily Express is among many media sources reporting that Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee will be part of this year’s Celebrity Big Brother.
Speaking of magic on British TV, running above is the trailer for the fourth and final series of Dynamo: Magician Impossible, set to start in September.
And our favorite TV related magic story of the day was in the Charleston Gazette, which featured the locally produced educational kids show Abracadabra. There are 13 full length episodes available on the West Virginia Public Broadcasting official YouTube Channel in their Abracadabra Playlist.
Posted by Michael on July 17th, 2014
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.
Hey iTricksters, just want to make it clear that if you comment on a story, you will not see it immediately. We actually go through comments to weed out all of the spam linking to shady off shore dating sites and such. It may be a few hours before they are published!
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.