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Keith Barry, Nash Fung, Michael Turco and Michael Grandinetti [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on February 18th, 2020

Keith Barry on Ireland’s Classic Hits Radio’s PJ and Jim Show is our lead off video… you can hear more on the Classic Hits website.

The UMKC independent student newspaper University News caught up with Nash Fung when he played the University of Missouri Kansas City last week… and got him to admit he started magic to impress a girl back in elementary school. Nash, next time you are in Kansas City let iTricks know!

The Masters of Illusion live show was in Portland over the weekend and the Press Herald spoke to Michael Turco about the tour and magic.

Speaking of Masters Of Illusion, frequent guest Michael Grandinetti did a series of special shows with the Edmonton Symphony over the weekend, as reported on the CTV News website.

Valentine’s Day Is Magic In Blackpool And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on February 14th, 2020

The annual Black Magic Convention kicks off today and the Blackpool Gazette takes a look at some of the events and performers. If you want to feel even more left out… or want to start planning your trip to Blackpool 2021 check out the official website.

A little more information about the escape act gone wrong that halted the Manchester auditions for Britain’s Got Talent last Monday from the Liverpool Echo via MSN.

Metro caught up with Dynamo to hear more about how his health issues have made his magic stronger.

WBUR Boston spoke with Shin Lim about his background in magic; we haven’t found a posting of the audio but they did post a summary of the interview along with some favorite video clips on their website.

Finally, a nice feature on Anna DeGuzman over on the TribLive site as she prepares to start a six week residency at Philadelphia’s Liberty Magic. Since we couldn’t find a video from Blackpool yet, that’s Anna above showing off some of her moves.

Illusionist Hara And BGT Chaos [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on February 13th, 2020

We are kicking off Thursday with illusionist Hara on Japanese TV.

The big story in magic today is that a recent Britain’s Got Talent audition show in Manchester descended into panic (to paraphrase the Buzz.ie headline to this story) after an escape act went wrong. From what we can tell the performer, who was unnamed in the Buzz.ie article, appears to be okay.

The CW is running another re-run of Penn & Teller: Fool Us this Friday night, so check your local listings if you need a TV magic fix!

iTricks Tower Midwest is still rife with the flu, so we aren’t sure if/when there will be another post today. But don’t worry… you can’t catch the flu trough the Internet!

AGT, Muthukad And ANgel [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on February 10th, 2020

The official trailer for Gopinath Muthukad: 45 Years Of Magic kicks off our Magic Bulletin today. The “docu fiction” film covers Gopinath Muthukad‘s career as a magician and motivational speaker. You can read more about the film’s premiere on the New Indian Express website.

Gold Derby, a website that takes its reality shows very seriously takes a look at America’s Got Talent: The Champions and delves into the possibility it is hopelessly skewed towards American acts. The finals air tonight but all magicians have been eliminated.

Finally, Criss Angel spoke with the Corpus Christi Caller Times ahead of his first show in the Texas city

Rest In Peace Orson Bean [Broken Wand]

Posted by Michael on February 10th, 2020

When I heard about Orson Bean’s death at the age of 91 last week after being struck by two cars in Los Angeles, I immediately thought of the wit who graced many a talk show and game show panel in my formative years. I distinctly remember his appearances on shows such as The Match Game and confusing him with Orson Welles when I wasn’t quite old enough for school. It was only in reading obituaries for the comic (such as this one in the Boston Globe by way of MSN and this one from The Washington Times) did I learn he began his career as a magician.

iTricks could not find any clips of Orson performing magic, so we instead offer CBS LA’s coverage of his career.

Dynamo And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on February 6th, 2020

Julius Dein’s latest video (in conjunction with the My McDonald’s app) starts off our day and a discussion with Julius about being a social media star can be read over on the Haute Living site.

Not a whole lot of news today… Dynamo was recently a guest on the podcast The Travel Diaries and explained to host Holly Rubenstein how his struggles with Crohn’s made him a better magician. You can read a BBC News summary (by way of MSN) or check out the original podcast here.

Justin Willman is the guest in the latest Talks At Google video; you can stream the hour long interview with the Magic For Humans star over on YouTube (of course).

Speaking of podcasts, Criss Angel was the guest on the most recent Sun on the Strip podcast from the Las Vegas Sun.

Finally, The CW is running an episode of Penn And Teller: Fool Us Friday but it is a repeat.

Lior Suchard, Roy Walton Borken Wand And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on February 5th, 2020

Lior Suchard on Ellen starts off our Wednesday.

Sad news from Scotland: Roy Walton, magic inventor and owner of Tam Shepherd’s Trick Shop in Glasgow has passed away at the age of 87. You can read a bit about Roy’s life and career on the Glasgow Live website.

Fine Books And Collectibles takes a look at the magic auction Potter and Potter is holding at the end of the month featuring the third part of the Jim Rawlins collection. You can learn more and download a free auction catalog at the Potter and Potter site.

Finally, an article we found on the Toronto Star website looks at the career of George Hebert, who is retiring after performing as Joy the Magical Clown for the last six decades.