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New Houdini Biopic In the Works

Posted by Michael on December 15th, 2020

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting the film based on William Kalush and Larry Sloman’s Secret Life Of Houdini is moving forward with Ben Affleck in a starring role, but not as Harry himself.

Saturday News Round-Up

Posted by Michael on December 12th, 2020

John Stessel on a recent Elvis Duran 15 Minute Morning Show kicks off a special Saturday iTricks News News Round Up. Yes, I am still sick… not getting worse but not necessarily getting worse, either. Hopefully iTricks will be back to normal by the end of the week.

Depending on when you read this you might be able to still get on Potter and Potter’s magic auction Saturday afternoon (Dec 12).

Lance Burton has gone on to his old Kentucky home… read all about it in this Las Vegas Review-Journal article.

Tonight David Copperfield and Harry Houdini will be inducted to the National Museum of American Jewish History’s Hall of Fame in a free to stream ceremony at 8 PM eastern at the NMAJH website.

LA Times Prints Disturbing Magic Castle Accusations

Posted by Michael on December 7th, 2020

Last week the LA Times broke a story outlining several accusations of sexual harassment, assault and racist behavior leveled at the private club, which you can read here (via the Chicago Tribune website). At time of writing iTricks could find no official response from the Magic Castle.

Magic Inc. Needs Our Help

Posted by Michael on December 5th, 2020

I am still sick, not sure if there will be many posts the next few days,* but this story was too important not to post and there is a deadline!

Magic, Inc. is an American magic fixture– you can read about the store’s nearly century long history in this Chicago Sun Times article– and it is in trouble. You can also read about how the Covid-19 lockdown has crippled the business in the article.

Bottom line: Magic, Inc. needs everyone’s help. They have established a GoFundMe page to try to put together what they need to re-new their lease and survive into 2021 and the post-pandemic era. I know everyone is feeling the effects of the Covid economy right now and holiday expenses are pressing down on us as well… but if you can help out Magic Inc. please do. They are one of the brick and mortar dealers who have made magic what it is today.

Magic Inc., by the way, is not an advertiser. They did not ask us to share this and as far as I remember I have never actually met anyone associated with them… but I do have a fair amount of Magic Inc. publications in my magic library!

* After two and a half weeks I still have a low grade fever and your general flu-like symptoms. I am not really getting better but I am not getting worse either. If it was not for the dizziness and headaches which seem aggravated by screen time I would be updating iTricks. As soon as they ease up I will be back, I promise. If you have a story for iTricks, please send it my way (mjlauckwriting AT swbell DOT net)! The less time I spend looking at the computer researching posts means the more time I can put in posting!

RIP David Maas of Quick Change [Broken Wand]

Posted by Michael on November 27th, 2020

David Maas, of the AGT alumni act Quick Change (aka David and Dania), passed away earlier this week of Covid-19 at the age of 57. The duo was also widely known to sports fans as they became a favorite halftime act, particularly around the NBA. You can read more about David’s life at Yahoo! Sports.

Martin Rees Earns Another World Record

Posted by Michael on November 18th, 2020

Martin Rees officially holds five Guinness World Records after performing twenty magic tricks completely under water. The video above shows him performing the most magic tricks in a wind tunnel in three minutes… You can read about Martin’s latest achievement and his other records on the Guinness World Records website and Kent Online also put a spotlight on Martin in an article on lockdown records.

Copperfield Show Reappears In Vegas

Posted by Michael on November 18th, 2020

David Copperfield returned to the Las Vegas Strip last night after a short break due to a crew member’s Covid diagnosis. Read more on the Las Vegas Sun site.