Another big Vegas magician is making headlines as the lawsuit against David Copperfield moves forward. As you may remember, a British tourist is alleging that participating in the vanishing audience effect left him with brain damage. The New York Post, Australia’s News.com, The Sun and The Daily Mail all have coverage. The plaintiff’s lawyer is already threatening to make sure that Copperfield’s performance secrets are revealed.
The big news over the weekend was Criss Angel after he passed out during his upside down straitjacket escape Friday night. Although details on why he lost consciousness have not been released, he did return to the Luxor stage Saturday night. Read more on the E! website and in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Finally, the AFP (via Yahoo News) has a story that has been picked up by many sites about the struggles of Indian street performers featuring Ishamuddin Khan, the first magician to publicly perform the famed Indian rope trick.
We’re kicking off today with a clip from Dealt, the documentary about highly accomplished blind card magician Richard Turner. The long awaited documentary will be officially premiering at the South By Southwest Film Festival, which opens tonight.
Blayk Puckett, the juggling magician whose police stop went viral earlier this week, talked to Yahoo News to clear up a few things about the incident. For one, he says, he was pulled over for a broken tail light not because police thought he was drunk!
Finally, Potter and Potter’s Spring Magic Auction is scheduled for April 8 and the catalog is now available in print form or as a free PDF download. Visit Potter and Potter’s website to take a look! You may want to check out the catalog for this Saturday’s Movie and Music Auction. There are programs from the Robert-Houdin Theatre and posters for Houdini, Miracles For Sale, The Mad Magician and Devil’s Cargo (which starred John Calvert).
In happier news, Variety announced that Fuse has ordered a pilot for the “hip hop magician project” Smoothini. Best of luck to you, Smooth!
Don’t forget Michael Ammar is on Antenna TV’s Johnny Carson tonight and Harry Anderson is appearing a week from Sunday.
Finally, an Indie Go Go fundraiser has been launched to help finance the upcoming theatrical feature Fly Like A Bumblebee, which tells the life story of blind magician Bob Klamm. Bart Kaden Rockett and Todd Robbins are already attached to the project.
So remember how Steve Brundage started out? Before Good Morning America and America’s Got Talent? He got pulled over by the police and did some magic… This dash cam video of magician and juggler (and University of Central Arkansas student) Black Puckett getting pulled over and proving he is sober with his juggling clubs.
According to an email sent out by Ellusionist, Daniel Madison has been getting death threats online… what is going on with people? They don’t like some of his hype about a new release? That is insane.
Andrew Mayne has a new magic podcast with Jordan Gold called Magic Club… if you haven’t checked it out yet, you don’t even have to leave iTricks to get to it! They run about an hour.
If you are a magic and comic book fan, you might remember Abra Kadabra. He’s a magician from the future who runs afoul of The Flash… kind like Booster Gold but not a janitor and not a hero! Anyway, he is coming to The Flash TV show, and DC Comics has said David Dalmalchian is playing the villain.
Speaking of TV, don’t forget there is a Michael Ammar appearance scheduled for Thursday night’s airing of Johnny Carson on Antenna TV and Harry Anderson will be on a week from Sunday. Check those local listings.
Finally, from the website The Nation comes news that Thai magic manufacturer Hanky Panky has won a Merlin Award from the International Magicians’ Society. They are the first non-magic performer to win.
Biggest news in magic? Ning Cai is returning to the stage! She is Ning Cai now, though, and no longer Magic Babe Ning. Her name change, as detailed in this article from Singapore’s Today, brings a new persona as well.
That’s Stephen Mulhern on the UK show Loose Women. More on him in just one second!
The UK’s Bury Free Press has a story about local young magician James Samuel, 17, who has been performing professionally since the age of 12, and his newfound inspiration after meeting his hero Stephen Mulhern at Blackpool. If you are wondering exactly who Stephen Mulhern is The Sun conveniently recently ran an article titled Who Is Stephen Mulhern? that you may want to check out!
Don’t forget there is a Fool Us repeat on The CW tonight. Check your local listings! Hope you remembered to catch Harry Lorayne on Antenna’s Johnny Carson last night… Michael Ammar will be on Thursday night.
The New Paper is reporting that despite a successful career in magic, Chris Cox (Killer Magic) is getting the most feedback after touching the earlobe of a member of One Direction! Sometimes you just can’t control the direction your career will go…
TV Line says that Vinnie Jones is joining the cast of the upcoming ABC pilot Deception as “the world’s greatest illusion builder.” So, I am thinking Johnny Gaughan mixed with Hulk Hogan…
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