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A Salute to David Bowie

Posted by Editor on January 11th, 2016

One of the elements I’ve most lamented about theatrical magic presentation is music. Specifically, the continued reliance on any song with the word “magic” or other magic iconography in the chorus.

It’s not that the songs are bad, it’s that the obsession with them ignores a wealth of other melody, tone and mood that music has to offer. And with that we say goodbye to a man who embodied so much of those words he nearly personified them, David Bowie.

There will be countless columns, blog posts and what not eulogizing a man who lived a life so well he released his best album in years because he knew he was dying. His career was simultaneously mainstream and iconoclast. His art skipping from the ponderous to the anthemic.

We leave you with one of our favorites, Kooks from Hunky Dory. Written for his son Duncan as a newborn, has always been a warming center of Bowie’s catalogue. Stripped beyond the performance, his art was about love and expression. We will miss you, David.

And Now A Little Music From Magic Mike

Posted by Michael on October 23rd, 2015

Oh, wait, you didn’t think we meant that male stripper movie, did you? No, this is a new Halloween video from Adelaide magician Magic Mike. He is a kid’s performer down under who really seems to have a handle on creating a media presence. Check out his website for more.

Words Change, Drawings Animate, Spirits Talk, Matches Un-burn…

Posted by Editor on April 16th, 2015

“This is so f#&king great. So many ideas are rushing through my head right now!” – Calen Morelli

“Ran Pink is a genius! I’ve used his pens on everything from money to my own flesh and it has made it into several of my videos. And I’m not done creating new effects with it!” – Justin Flom

Ran Pink understands the mind of a creative magical ARTIST. After years of research and development, he’s created something that generates “infinite possibilities” with one very special device.

P’ink is perfect for creating powerful magic for any audience. From effects that can be pulled from your wallet in a casual setting to routines for formal performances. There are infinite possibilities.

Portable, subtle, and customizable.

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Kevin Spencer, Sacramento Magic And Movie/TV News [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on October 15th, 2014

Today’s lead video is from Voice of America. It features the story behind Kevin Spencer’s work teaching magic to people dealing with disabilities. You can read more about Spencer helping people feel “wizardy” on the VOA website.

Movie news! TV Guide reports that The CW (the folks who brought Fool Us to America and brought back Masters of Illusion this summer) are planning on adapting The Illusionist for television. The full story details those involved with the production, which includes movers and shakers from True Blood and Jane The Virgin.

More movie news! We Got This Covered is saying Lizzie Caplan (Cloverfield) is considering the female lead in Now You See Me 2.

Miss Justin Willman on @Midnight? Check out the full episode at Comedy Central’s website.

If you are going to be anywhere near Sacramento this weekend, you may want to check out the Old Sacramento Magic Festival, which kicks off Friday. It has some real talent involved including Daryl, Jay Scott Berry and Sam President ICE McDonald. Get more details from the Sactown Magazine website.

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

Posted by Michael on July 14th, 2014

As he explains at the top of the video, Chris Ballinger does a themed magic trick every Monday on his YouTube Channel. This week’s theme was Father’s Day and it seems like a great way to kick off this pre-Father’s Day Video Friday.

There is a follow up video to this (in a way) which sees some of Chris’ young co-stars from this video talking about their father. They provide important details about him, such as how old they think he is, how much he weighs, what he does at his job and such, and explain why Father’s Day is important. You can check it out here.

BGT, AGT, DB And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on May 27th, 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, 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.