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Z*Stonish Headline Prediction, McGee Mistake And Siegfried Tieber [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on October 10th, 2017

Z*Stonish is predicting next Friday’s headlines… or rather, he already has, as you can hear in this video from the Argus Leader.

Need the latest Strictly Come Dancing news? It seems that Debbie McGee accidentally revealed the contestant who would be leaving the show Sunday night during her Sunday morning radio show. Read all about it on the

More love for Siegfried Tieber from the LA Times.

TV Magic: Deception, Dancing, Bachelorette And Derren Brown [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on October 9th, 2017

The official trailer for ABC’s upcoming magician works with FBI drama Deception, from Chris Fedak and David Kwong, was released a bit ago but we are leading off with it because it has been getting some attention at New York Comic-Con. Read more on TV Insider and over on SyFy Wire.

The New Zealand Herald shares the story of newlyweds trapped in the David Copperfield show at the MGM Grand during the recent shooting.

Need some reality show news? Read stories about Bachelorette contender Apollo Jackson over on the Australian gossip site Mamamia and Strictly Come Dancing’s Debbie McGee over on The Sun site or at The Daily Mail.

Finally, Derren Brown recently did an interview with the Radio Times and shared “his favorite fan letter” which, we think, is said tongue-in-cheek.

Vegas Tries To Bounce Back, Amazing Johnathan, Penn And More [Magic Bulletin}

Posted by Michael on October 6th, 2017

From USA Today comes our lead off video of Penn Jillette donating blood in Las Vegas. The New York Daily News also has coverage.

The Post-Star from Glen Falls, NY has the AP story on life in Vegas returning to Vegas as normal.

Las Vegas Weekly has our favorite feel good story coming out of Las Vegas (and, yes, despite the horror that occurred there good things still are happening in the city): the return of the Amazing Johnathan!

Serious question… is it The Amazing Johnathan or the Amazing Johnathan? I have several writing style guides and there doesn’t seem to be an official ruling!

Finally, as Debbie McGee is taking Strictly Come Dancing by storm, according to The Express so they have put together this profile.

EDM, Anthropology, Customer Service And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on October 5th, 2017

No, we aren’t switching iTricks to an all electronic dance music format (but if we did, we’d call it something like iTracks). Today’s lead off video is the first of the Verdugo Brothers’ web series about their lives as an electronic dance music and magic act. You can read about how they came upon this combination in an Sacramento Hornet (the newspaper for Sacramento State; they Verdugos are alumni) article on the pair. You can hear more of the Verdugo Brothers on their SoundCloud page.

Penn Jillette is hosting the 2nd Annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards on November 2nd; you can learn more about the Brooklyn event on the Awards Circuit website.

Interesting short-form article on racism and customer service by Step Hyken over on the Forbes website. It has an interesting tie in to ICE McDonald.

You know, it seems like we come across a fairly large amount of magic related articles in Forbes… weird, huh?

Anthropology Works published an interview with Professor Graham Jones of MIT, who is publishing his second book tying together magic and anthropology, Magic’s Reason: An Anthropology of Analogy.

The San Francisco Chronicle takes a look at the magic(?) show of David Gerard, Signs, which plays at the PianoFight bar and theater.

Finally, if you are in the Nottinghamshire area and looking for a magic partner on stage or a gig as an assistant, you might want to check in with this Gumtree ad. No experience required.

Jason Michaels, Siegfried Tieber And Dave Lovering [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on October 4th, 2017

First up today is some old footage of Jason Michaels (circa 2005) on the Nashville ABC affiliate. We dug it up to go with this Elgin Air Force Base website feature on Michaels and his Air Force connections ahead of his October 8 show at the base.

If you are looking for a way to help Las Vegas and, the country in general, donate blood!

Siegfried Tieber is still getting great press; this time from the website Gia On The Move.

The Detroit Metro-Times posted an interview with The Pixies’ drummer Dave Lovering and they were sure to ask questions about his career change from musician to magician when the band broke up a few years back.

Finally, just a quick bit of housekeeping… the comment system is active, so please leave comments! Just know that we go through them all to approve them to weed out the spambots, the manual spam (“That was a great trick, it reminds me of this website…” which is then a link to some foreign hosted commerce site) and the ruthless self promoters. We see the IP address of all comments so when a bunch people suddenly love the same clip, yeah, we see that they are all from the same computer. Just something to think about y’all!

Happy Birthday Roy, Octoberfest, Mental Health And A Challenge! [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on October 3rd, 2017

First off, happy birthday to Roy Horn! According to the Internet (if you can believe it) he is turning 74 today! A couple of weeks ago, as John Katsilometes reports above from his YouTube page, Siegfried and Roy were out to kick off Octoberfest in Las Vegas.

There are plenty of places you can turn for news about the tragic events in Las Vegas; just to prove that there are still happy events check out pictures another Vegas Octoberfest keg tapping with Murray SawChuck and the Chippendales tapping a ceremonial keg over at Vegas News.

The Sun is reporting on the National Health Service’s program to teach mental health patients magic tricks. One of the main benefits is an improvement in self-esteem.

Finally, I have a challenge to all of the practicing magicians who read iTricks, from the new kids (whatever your age) learning your first trick to the most jaded of stage weary professionals: use your magic to share a little happiness today. I think the country (and the whole world for you international iTricksters) could use it.

Malini, Logan, Barnhart And McGee! [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on October 2nd, 2017

That incredibly brief video to start off our day is of Max Malini, one of the greatest impromptu magicians ever. Footage of Malini, who died in 1942, is almost non-existent but you can learn a bit about him in this article from The Garden Island, the website for Kaua’i's newspaper.

We have some radio for you today… don’t worry, magic is great for the radio!

First up we have a two part radio interview with Patriot’s magician John Logan the Bangor Daily News and 92.9 FM. All together, it is about 10 minutes of audio.

Coming up later this week on the radio, WGTD’s The Morning Show will feature professional magician (and assistant professor of psychological science at Carthage College) Anthony Barnhart on Thursday. The program runs between 8 and 9 AM Central; you can stream it live over on the WGTD website.

This isn’t magic but check it out: we keep an eye on the guests appearing on the Antenna TV broadcasts of Johnny Carson for classic magic performances. None on tap, but coming up this Saturday is a 1977 appearance by astronomer Carl Sagan. Check you local listings.

Finally, if you are wondering how Debbie McGee is doing on Strictly Come Dancing, she survived the first elimination and, according to this Birmingham Mail article via MSN, at least one former competitor picks her as this season’s winner.