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Adam Trent, Is Indian Magic An Art, Richard Potter & More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on December 12th, 2017

Adam Trent visited the Rachel Ray Show the other day to do a little magic for Rachel and Emeril (so that’s where that guy is), which is today’s lead of video… I bet the craft services table at that show is amazing!

Need your Strictly Come Dancing fix? Sure you do. Debbie McGee suffered what the Express called an “epic wardrobe mishap” but it probably isn’t as exciting as you think!

Seacoast Online has a feature on John A. Hodgson and the subject of his next book, magician Richard Potter. Due out in February, Richard Potter: America’s First Black Celebrity will be released by University of Virginia Press.

Keith Barry spoke to the Irish Mirror (read here via MSN) about celebrities he is willing to hypnotize for their own good.

Finally, reports on magicians India seeking official status as artists… what ever happened to that movement here in the US?

Jason Bishop, Xavier Mortimer, TV Magic And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on December 11th, 2017

Today’s lead off video features Jason Bishop from a show he did earlier in the year at the New Victory Theater in New York City. He is back all through December with his show… and you can see new videos over on the New Victory Facebook page.

We have all heard of magicians accusing others of stealing parts of their acts, but the Bangalore Mirror is reporting a magician is swiping PC Sorcar Jr’s name! Evidently someone is advertising their show as Sorcar’s, even using his likeness, but the Sorcar family states this magician is an imposter.

We have brought you some magician highlights from Asia’s Got Talent this year; we did confirm that the winner is being announced this Thursday.

Congratulations are due to Xavier Mortimer, who has extended his run at the Planet Hollywood Resort’s Sin City Theater through November of next year! You can read about that (and a review of Piff’s holiday show) over on the Las Vegas Review-Journal site.

The Hudson Reporter covers a recent show by Micky Magic which begged its young audience to never start smoking.

Finally, there is an episode of Penn & Teller: Fool Us scheduled for tonight on The CW (again I have seen listings reporting it as new and others saying it is a repeat). The Hollywood Christmas Parade is airing Friday and should include some magic. Check your local listings!

Circus 1903, David Goldrake, NPH And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on December 8th, 2017

Today’s lead off video is from last season’s America’s Got Talent and features a guest performance by the cast of Circus 1903. The show, which featured David Williamson as its ringmaster, will be closing its Vegas run at the Paris on January 7 according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

David Goldrake is performing special holiday themed shows; read more over at Vegas News.

So we all know the old Robert-Houdin quote about actors and magicians… Las Vegas Weekly has the story of actor (and writer associated with Penn and Teller) Matt Donnelly who is now playing a magician in a Vegas show.

Speaking of actors and magicians (turned writers), People Magazine is the latest stop on the Neil Patrick Harris book tour.

All About Magic For The Greater Good [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on December 7th, 2017

Let me explain today’s lead video. It is from WCCO and celebrates the 52nd annual Macy’s holiday display in downtown Minneapolis. I know, I know: what’s that got to do with magic? Check out this story from NBC KARE 11: that Macy’s is now closed by local magician Matt Dunn has acquired many of the figures and now stages the display in his front yard to raise money for the local Meals on Wheels program!

Out of Vegas, Broadway World covers Mike Hammer’s annual charity go-kart race to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.

The Wallowa County Chieftan takes a look at Jeff Evans’ anti-bullying magic show, which visited all the school districts in the county.

And our final story today comes from the Eastern Arizona Courier, where you can read about 17 year old magician Sam Siminoe as he sets off to perform in the Ukraine for two weeks as part of the Foreign Angels Charities program. He will be doing 2 or 3 shows a day, mainly in orphanages.

Free Magic Stuff, Mat Franco, Darcy Oake And NPH [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on December 6th, 2017

Today’s lead off video is announcing a new, free online magic… school? Maybe more like magic’s version of the Learning Annex. Check out what Magician Masterclass is all about over at their official website. Michael Close is involved (obviously) and we know that Ryan Joyce is involved as well.

Speaking of awesome, free magic: the new Vanish Magazine is out. Erica Vanlee graces the cover but inside you’ll find an article on the efforts to turn Robert Klamm’s biography into a feature film. Full disclosure: I wrote that article. Download Vanish for free over at their website.

The Bristol Observer caught up with Mat Franco recently while Darcy Oake is the subject of a Saturday Star interview.

Finally, Neil Patrick Harris continues to make the rounds promoting The Magic Misfits (his new book) and Closer Magazine tries to figure out if there is anything he can’t do.

Vegas Strong, Demian Aditya Cast Injury, Magical Bones And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on December 5th, 2017

Friday night’s Vegas Strong performance in support of Las Vegas shooting victims included Penn and Teller and David Copperfield. The video above was released as part of a press package on the show, which you can read and see on

Alright: I admit it. Sometimes I am a little slow to pick up a story because the Magic Bulletin is written the night before it appears (I am not up at 5 AM Eastern crafting the magic news… sorry to destroy the illusion). Sometimes, though, it is because the story is from half a world away, like these articles on Indonesian escape artist and America’s Got Talent contestant Demian Aditya. First, the Jakarta Post reports Aditya’s stunt double was injured last Wednesday during a locally televised performance. Since then Aditya has released a statement, also covered by the Jakarta Post.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer spotlights Magical Bones as the Impossible show continues to play in the Philippines.

Finally, Fansided spoke with Michael Grandinetti about the Masters of Illusion Christmas Magic special and his upcoming tour. Remember, you can catch the show (or recent episodes of P&T: Fool Us) streaming on The CW website or when it is rebroadcast Monday, December 18.

Magic On TV, Magic And Art And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on December 4th, 2017

Last week performance artist Mikes Poppe was cut out of a block of marble after 19 days without managing to escape; this report on the attempted stunt is today’s lead off video. We’re not sure if this attempt falls under the art of magic or the magic of art.

We realize that you are probably by and large sick of Strictly Come Dancing… but Debbie McGee (who is Theresa May’s pick to win according to the Daily Star) talked to the Daily Star recently about the competition and the inspiration she still draws from her late husband Paul Daniels.

If you missed the Masters Of Illusion Christmas Magic special Friday on the The CW you can either wander over to the network’s website and stream it for free or catch the rebroadcast Monday, December 18 (catch those local listings). You might want to poke around that CW site some… especially if you are a DC superhero fan. They have several of the DCEU animated films and, making my day, Star Trek The Animated Series all streaming, in addition to Masters of Illusion and Penn And Teller: Fool Us (so if you missed the new episode of that they slipped in last week, you can catch up).

Speaking of Fool Us, there is an episode scheduled for next week but we have seen conflicting information on whether it is new or a repeat.

Finally, let’s get literary. Neil Patrick Harris spoke to the Seattle Times about the magic inspirations behind his new children’s book and Comics Beat interviewed author Daryl Gregory about his novel Spoonbenders, which follows a family of psychic performers after a disastrous 1995 TV appearance.