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RIP Adam West

Posted by Michael on June 10th, 2017

He was not a magician… but we know Adam West meant a great deal to so many iTricksters, including the staff. While not the most prolific Batman (that would be Kevin Conroy, who voices Batman in the DC Animated Universe and related video games), Adam West portrayed Batman for the longest period of time. For just over 50 years, starting with the campy 1966 TV series, through the Super Friends cartoons until last year’s Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders animated film. Adam West was 88; you can read more about his career (both in and out of the cowl) on The Hollywood Reporter’s site. You can also see a fascinating interview with West on the Archive of American Television website.

Hockey Balloon Fight, AGT And Atlas Obscura Magic [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on June 9th, 2017

So we are approaching the Stanley Cup finals (in case you did not know) and Pittsburgh’s WTAE has a story of a local magician’s effort to help support the Penguins… by creating a giant, wearable balloon version of team captain Sidney Crosby. “Weird Eric” Costello created the balloon suit in response to a Nashville balloon piece… kind of like the Megabots vs Suidobashi giant robot fight but with a balloon/sports mascot twist.

Okay, that probably isn’t much like the upcoming giant robot fight between the USA and Japan, but I am really, really excited about that… (did you see that China has one too now?)

Atlas Obscura
has updated a few magical related entries, including the Houdini Museum in New York and the magic library at the Conjuring Arts Research Center.

What is it with British papers urging readers to try to work out magic effects? The latest is The Daily Star reporting on Colin Cloud’s America’s Got Talent performance.

Also, Rob Lake was the guest on the most recent Jimmy Star Show, which you can stream for free on YouTube.

Fernandez On Ellen, Broken Wand Andy Cunningham And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on June 8th, 2017

Yesterday was the big day for Daniel Fernandez when he made his US national TV premiere with his appearance on the Ellen Degeneres Show; we brought you his behind the scenes story of the appearance and today we are opening with the appearance itself… It is a bit of fun for an otherwise serious Magical Bulletin.

Actor, puppeteer and magician Andy Cunningham, star of the British children’s show Bodger & Badger has passed away at the age of 67. Read more about his career and life on The Sun site.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal Court Section is reporting that Jan Rouven has deposited about $975,000 with the courts for victim restitution as he awaits sentencing on his child pornography conviction.

Finally, CBC News spoke to veteran hockey announcer Scott Oake and his wife Anne (the parents of magician Darcoy Oake) about the death of their son Bruce and their efforts to raise money to help others battling addiction.

Seidman, Masters, Sleight And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on June 7th, 2017

That’s Ben Seidman after his 2015 Princess Cruises Entertainer of the Year win… more on Ben in a second.

So not much magic on America’s Got Talent last night aside from Colin Cloud’s performance, which we have already run! However, at the end of the show, when Simon’s golden buzzer act Mandy Harvey returned backstage, the staff at iTricks Tower Midwest thought we spied Jibrizy standing backstage.

There is going to be magic on The Ellen Show today when Daniel Fernandez makes his national television debut! Check your local listings.

Little Big Shots already has a spin-off and when Little Big Shots: Forever Young premieres on NBC Wednesday, June 21 it will feature magician/illusionist Chips, one of the performing senior citizens that are the focus of the series. Read more on the NBC Universal media website.

Dread Central is reporting that Sleight will be released on DVD/Blu Ray and digital HD on August 1st.

A couple of live magic events to mention. Randy Masters is bringing his show Amazing Magic to New York’s Broadway Comedy Club this Saturday; get the details here. Ben Seidman will be in Glencoe, Illinois this Sunday. IF you are in the area, get the details here.

Finally, last week was the 25 anniversary of the final episode of Night Court (which you can still watch on Laff TV; check your local listings to see if the network is broadcast in your area) and MSN Entertainment posted this Where Are They Now? slideshow dedicated to the sitcom.

Britain’s Got Talent, AGT, Vanish, Mark Wilson And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on June 5th, 2017

America’s Got Talent released this clip of Colin Cloud’s Sherlock Holmes-like mind reading that will be see on tomorrow night’s episode.

Speaking of mentalism and themes, I really hope some of y’all working magicians out there are using a “lasso of truth” with your mentalism routines right now!

Britain’s Got Talent ended their season over the weekend, crowning pianist Tokio Myers as champion. Kid illusionist Issy Simpson came in second, magician Matt Edwards came in fourth and DNA finished 11th with a mind reading act. Read coverage in The Telegraph and The Daily Mail. The Mirror also has an article on Issy’s future and the Bury Free Press focuses on Matt Edwards.

On the America’s Got Talent front (which airs a new episode tomorrow night), Esquire was blown away by Will Tsai… read all about it on their website.

Speaking of Will, he is the cover boy for the latest issue of Vanish; download your digital copy for free from their website.

Finally, over on YouTube you can stream the latest episode of the Archetypal Mosaic, a half an hour interview with Mark Wilson and Nana Darnell.

Magic On TV And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on June 1st, 2017

This shouldn’t really be a surprise that there is a bunch of Got Talent news, but it is pretty much all from the other side of the Atlantic. Today’s lead off video is of BGT’s Issy Simpson on ITV’s This Morning.

Over on the East Anglian Daily Times site, they caught up with Matt Edwards dad to talk about the magician’s chances of winning BGT. It has been a mixed couple of days for eight-year old magician Issy Simpson. Some people are claiming she has an unfair advantage because her grandfather, who taught her magic, was once employed by the show (read The Express coverage and BGT reply here or Daily Star coverage here) but she has been invited to the US to appear on Ellen (read about that on TellyMix or HeatWorld). The Britain’s Got Talent finals are this Sunday.

Over here in the US, the only magic news we saw recently was a feature on Eureka Springs illusionists Sean-Paul and Juliane, who will be appearing on Penn & Teller: Fool Us this season. Read it on the Lovely County Citizen website.

Got Talent In America And Britain [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on May 31st, 2017

CNN recently featured magician turned paranormal debunker Joe Nickell and that is today’s lead off video.

Today’s news is pretty much all Got Talent related with the US version returning last night and Britain’s competition in full swing.

On the Britain’s Got Talent front Matt Edwards and Issy Simpson are both through to the next round (read coverage in the BuryFree Press here) although both have had a few issues. The Express has coverage of Issy’s issues and Digital Spy spoke to Edwards after the camera picked up more than he may have wanted. Want more BGT news? Well, the Daily Star spoke to Josephine Lee about her upcoming dangerous performance.

Our this side of the Atlantic, America’s Got Talent premiered last night with magic from Will Tsai, a man of mystery (who almost made it through ever after four X’s) and escape artist Demian Aditya. A golden buzzer went to talented ventriloquist Darci Lynne, too, so it is shaping up to be a good year for magic and the related arts.

If you are left wanting for even more talent shows, a WXXV article on Little Big Shots’ move to Wednesdays (on NBC, check local listings) mentions this season will include at least one kid magician and TV Insider has coverage of USA’s Big Star Little Star, which will feature celebs and their kids, that confirms Penn Jillette and son Zolten will participate.