David London visited WBAL TV-11 Baltimore yesterday to promote his current batch of shows. You can learn more about David over on his website.
The next episode of the CBS updated Sherlock Holmes series Elementary will feature Ryan Oakes as a magician killed while performing a classic magic illusion. Read more over on the International Business Times site or just tune in next Sunday night.
We’re kicking off this Video Friday with a clip that is beginning to go viral… in fact, I fully expect it to be appearing on TV shows that feature web videos any day now! According to this Channel Nine (Australia) article, it is a Japanese magician but I am going with other reports that say it is from China since the guy is speaking Chinese (not sure which dialect) and JFox is a Chinese video sharing site!
Over in England, Britain’s Got Talent hosts Ant and Dec say that the show is being over run by bad magicians inspired to audition after last year’s win by Richard Jones. Read more on The List. Meanwhile, Richard Jones talked to What’s On TV about how strange it was to return to Britain’s Got Talent.
Finally, I have been getting up and catching re-runs of Card Sharks lately. Bob Eubanks, the host, has his questions on a sheet decorated on back with a large Ace of Hearts that is inverted so that the field is red and the heart and A are white. It also has a white border around the field. Does anyone print an inverted deck like that with black and red fields with white “printing” on them? I am not a card guy, but it seems to me that they may be a little more visible than a standard card of the same size and they definitely would be visually interesting. Even just switching out a chosen card for its inverted double would be a nice refresh of the old favorite that switches the back. If anyone knows where to get something like this, let us know!
Today’s lead off video is from The Daily Mail and shows Dan Churchley escaping from a straitjacket while being suspended upside down from the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth. According to The Mail’s coverage, three different insurance companies had to be contracted before the escape was attempted.
In much more disturbing news, magician Oscar Munoz is receiving death threats because people are confusing him with the embattled United Airlines CEO of the same name. The International Business Times coverage has been picked up by Yahoo, so hopefully people will learn that the San Antonio, Texas based performer is not the object of their wrath. Magician Oscar Munoz also spoke with KHOU about the disturbing phone threats; their website includes a video of the interview that we could not embed on iTricks.
Allow me to take a minute to say that I have met magician Oscar Munoz a couple of times. I interviewed years ago and caught up with him briefly at the combined SAM/IBM in St. Louis a couple summers ago and, to my surprise, he remembered me. Magician Oscar Munoz is a great guy who makes his living performing motivational magic shows for schools; if you ever get a chance to see him JUMP ON IT! He is an amazing performer. I truly hope these angry people leave him and his family alone. Stay safe, Oscar!
Finally, Korea Times has a short article on 21 year old street magician Kim Jun-pyo, who speaks of spreading hope through magic. He also complains of the lack of formal magic training in Korea, which has a reputation in America for having strong magic education opportunities.
In this video from What’s On TV, Britain’s Got Talent winning magician Richard Jones explains how his dreams are literally coming true. He has a television special airing on the 13th and is about to kick off a touring show. More details can be found on the What’s On TV site.
Magician Dewayne Hill has struck a deal with an angel investor allowing the production of Hill’s new show Hidden Magic, which will focus on small businesses and eateries of interest to travelers. The show will start airing in the Tampa area in June with plans to eventually move to a streaming platform. Read more on the Foster Folly News site.
Finally, now that the Internet has finally figured out that HGTV’s “Property Brothers” Drew and Johnathan Scott have another brother, there has evidently been a rumor that he is the magician in the trio. An interview with Entertainment Tonightclears up which brother is the magician, though.
It is kind of a slow news day, but we are very happy to bring you this story from the Las Vegas Review-Journal. John Katsilometes has proclaimed THE AMAZING ONE IS BACK and it is great news! Read his latest article for details on the Amazing Johnathan’s return to performing and touring. I hope to catch him when he is in Kansas City later this year… be sure to check out the Amazing Johnathan’s website to keep up with him.
Happy Monday! Today’s lead off video is from the local news magazine Show Me St. Louis from KSDK and features their time with Justin Willman.
Environmentally themed magician Steve Trash is getting some attention for his upcoming Earth Day show in Florence, Alabama by adding a cash prize to his show. Read all about it on the Times Daily website.
The LAist posted a profile of Milt Larsen over the weekend; you can read it on their website.
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