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Justin Willman On Fallon, Blaine On YouTube And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on January 20th, 2020

Justin Willman (Magic For Humans, Netflix) dropped by NBC’s Tonight Show last Friday just to teach Jimmy Fallon a little magic.

It is a holiday in the US honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, so we are taking the rest of the day off after we fill in you on all the magic news.

America’s Got Talent: The Champions airs a new episode tonight and magic with be represented by Britain’s Got Talent alum Ben Hart.

Speaking of America’s Got Talent, the first magician to ever win was, of course, Mat Franco. Las Vegas Fox 5 is reporting Mat has signed on for five more years headlining his show at The Linq.

The Society of American Magicians broke away from summer conventions and held their national gathering over the weekend in Las Vegas… haven’t seen any video yet but we are looking!

Finally, YouTube has announced new shows and specials on their subscription platform, including a special live event planned with David Blaine. There are not many details at all, but you can read what little is known over on the Deadline website.

Trigg Watson And AGT Controversy [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on January 15th, 2020

That’s Trigg Watson above in a quick clip from back when IHOP threatened to change their name. You might remember him from Fool Us) but he is also a consultant on Magic For Humans and that is the focus on this D Magazine piece on him.

While most of the commentary surrounding America’s Got Talent: The Champions has been folks sad their favorite act did not advance or trashing Simon using Howie’s golden buzzer to advance a troupe of dancing storm troopers… but Cinema Blend is asking if Marc Spelmann advanced because of Shin Lim’s talent.

AGT Sneak Peek, Shin Lim, Derek Hughes, Michael Grandinetti [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on January 13th, 2020

Oz Pearlman will be appearing on America’s Got Talent: The Champions on NBC tonight… but you can see his performance now since it is this week’s “official leak.”

Speaking of AGT, winner of the inaugural season of AGT:The Champions Shin Lim sat down for an interview with WGBH radio; you can stream it for free on their website.

AGT alum Derek Hughes is heading to Philadelphia, by the way, to perform at Liberty Magic. Read more on the Pittsburgh City Paper site.

On Click2Houston you can see some of the magic props that were on the auction block over the weekend during the sale of the Frankel’s Costume Company magic collection.

The Las Cruces Sun News has a nice feature on local magic shop Raze Studio Illusions & Magic.

Finally, Digital Journal spoke to Michael Grandinetti about his plans for the new year and magic in the age of technology.

Shining Magic, Reviews And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on January 10th, 2020

WDIO coverage of Kelvin Saline’s anti-bullying magic shows kicks of our Video Friday.

AGT alum Aiden Sinclair has conducted his magical seances onboard the Queen Mary and at the Winchester Mystery House but now, according to the Estes Park Trail Gazette, he is bringing his spooky brand of magic to the Stanley Hotel… the reputedly haunted hotel which inspired the setting for The Shining.

Finally, a couple reviews. The Chicago Tribune takes a look at Trent James’ show at the Chicago Magic Lounge. He is taking over the spot previously occupied by Lucy Darling (aka Carisa Hendrix… but she will be returning). You can read their review via MSN. This “review” is a bit different but the Santa Barbara Independent covered the New Year’s Eve celebration held at Milt and Arlene Larsen’s Magic Castle Cabaret.

Magic Mentoring, Ben Hart On Tour And Uri Geller [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on January 9th, 2020

The suburban Chicago newspaper The Daily Herald ran a piece yesterday on the College of Lake County’s magic and mentoring program which connects college students with students attending the area’s special education district. The mentoring system was inspired by Kevin Spencer’s Healing of Magic program.

Broadway World reports BGT alum Ben Hart is heading out for a UK tour. British iTricksters can get the tour dates on Ben’s website. That is Ben above on the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent. He also made an appearance on BGT: The Champions.

And also out of jolly old England comes news Uri Geller is lobbying for a job with Boris Johnson’s government… read more on Yahoo’s Celebrity UK page.

Monday Magic News [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on January 6th, 2020

Sad news out of LA: Susan Palmer, wife of Johnny “Ace” Palmer, was killed in an accident with a teenage driver Wednesday night. The driver was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter. The video coverage is from the CBS Los Angeles website.

In lighter, much less important news, America’s Got Talent: The Champions kicks off season two tonight on NBC. Although there are magic acts competing, not sure who will be on tonight. the Boston Globe interviewed Shin Lim about dealing with stardom. And Australia’s New Idea site is reporting Cosentino may be a contestant on the upcoming local version of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.

Finally, if you have ever wondered why Rob Anderson dropped off YouTube, he has returned to the platform after three years. You can check out his story here.

Carisa Hendrix, Steve Cohen, Posters [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on January 2nd, 2020

MSN picked up a Calgary Herald feature on Carisa Hendrix; you can read the Compelling Calgarians column about her here. The video up top is a little something Carisa posted a couple of months ago.

Yahoo has a Travel and Leisure story on Steve Cohen’s show at the Lotte New York Palace.

Finally, Fine Books and Collections features the upcoming vintage poster auction at Potter and Potter. The January 25 auction will include some magic posters and you can find more information on the Potter and Potter site.