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Jason Bishop, Super Magic, Anderson Returns And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on December 3rd, 2018

Jason Bishop was the subject of a feature piece on CBS Sunday Morning yesterday, you can read more on the CBS News website.

Back in May, illusionist Russell Anderson found that his truck had been stolen… and his stage equipment was inside. We are happy to pass on The Times And Democrat has an article on his return to the stage with a Christmas show.

The next Potter and Potter Magic auction will be December 15 and online only. Absentee bidding has already started on their website.

Ricky Jay was not only an incredible magician, but a busy actor. At the time of his recent death he had been working on the Amazon series Sneaky Pete, and Cinema Blend covers how they are going to handle his death.

And speaking of the entertainment industry, several outlets are reporting DC is seriously considering a movie featuring Zatanna, a magic powered super character who is also a performing stage magician. Her mother was a magical being and her father a human stage illusionist and escape artist who tutored Bruce Wayne. Read more on the DC Comic News site.

Sandy Zimmerman reviews Murray SawChuck’s new show at the Tropicana for the Las Vegas Tribune.

Finally, we are fully into the holiday season. Hanukkah has begun and Kwanzaa and Christmas will follow soon. If you have holiday magic video, make sure you let us know! Email brownbagmagic AT swell DOT net.

Amodei, London And DMC [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on November 29th, 2018

First up, there was magic once again on Chicago ABC 7′s Windy City Live this week when Ivan Amodei dropped by to share some of his Secrets And Illusions show.

Vegas News covers a great year for Adam London, who is finishing up a 2018 full of charity efforts by helping the kids at Eileen B. Brookman Elementary School break a Guinness Book World Record for longest chain of pipe cleaners.

Finally, TV Insider talked to Drummond Money-Coutts about his new Netflix series Death By Magic.

Ricky Jay, Murray SawChuck and Rainho [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on November 27th, 2018

There are a few more articles worth checking out about the life and career of Ricky Jay from the Chicago Tribune, a 2002 profile from Entertainment Weekly and finally a look at his ten greatest effects from Vulture.

Congratulations to Murray SawChuck! This past Sunday was declared Murray The Magician Day in Las Vegas by the mayor AND according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal it was also Murray’s 45th birthday. Wow, Murray… I honestly thought I you were way younger than me! Read more coverage of Murray on the Vegas News site and in the Las Vegas Sun.

Finally, Wicked Local Medford has a great piece on Rainho, who received a lifetime achievement award from the Milbourne Christopher Foundation in September.

Ricky Jay, Magician Escapes Mob Life And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on November 26th, 2018

First up, Mario Manzini appeared on Paul Pepper’s Radio Friends show to talk about his new autobiography Escape From The Mob, The Mario Manzini Story which tells how he found a career in the magic after growing up with a mobster for a father.

More coverage on the life and career of Ricky Jay. Variety posted at least two articles (read here and here), read Associated Press coverage here, Entertainment Weekly, The Guardian, TMZ and BBC News also have stories on his life and career.

Finally The Michigan City News Dispatch chatted with Sean Masterson late last week as the Acorn Theater prepared to welcome his Timeless Magic show over the weekend.

Franco, Local Profiles And Internships [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on November 23rd, 2018

We’re opening the day after Thanksgiving with a little Magic Castle performance from the Bornsteins, Jeff and Kimberley. More on Jeff in a second…

First up, an update on Mat Franco’s suit against Base Productions from the Las Vegas Review-Journal. has a profile of their hometown magician Lukas Stark.

Santa Clarita’s KHTS also profiles a local magician, US Army veteran Jeff Bornstein, who turned to magic after a medical discharge.

Finally, Educational Dive looks at the student internships offered by Weston High School in Massachusetts, which have included careers as diverse as doctor and illusionist.

Death By Magic, Houdini’s Last Secrets And Lance Burton [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on November 20th, 2018

Death By Magic, with Drummond Money Coutts premieres on Netflix November 30 and we finally have a trailer.

Broadway World is reporting the Science Channel will air a four part series starting in January called Houdini’s Last Secrets. The show, which premieres January 6, will feature an exploration of Houdini’s feats and the legend surrounding him.

Finally, John Katsilometes of the Las Vegas Review-Journal has an interview with Lance Burton about his upcoming Vegas shows and his eight to ten year plan.

Brain Glow, AGT Champions, Redbone Magic And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on November 19th, 2018

We’re kicking off this holiday shortened week (for you global iTricksters, the US celebrates Thanksgiving later this week) with CBC coverage of Manitoba based magician Brian Glow and his anti-bullying message.

They are starting to leak a bit of news about America’s Got Talent: The Champions, which will premiere on NBC January 7. According to the release on The Futon Critic, the magicians competing will include Shin Lim, Piff the Magic Dragon and Issy Simpson. The Las Vegas Review-Journal has a piece on Piff and the other Vegas acts returning to the AGT stage.

Speaking of Got Talent, India Forums mentions the host of India’s Got Talent Rithvik Dhanjani surprised audience and judges alike after donning a mask and appearing as a magician contestant on the show. The actor and host was a magician early in his career.

Parade just caught up with AGT favorite Colins Key; you can read their interview with him here.

Heading to New York any time soon? Gotham Magazine has a list of five magic shows you should see.

Finally, the Texarkana Gazette looks at Roger Sheppard’s new brewpub Redbone Magic. Sheppard is a magician by trade, so the new pub will feature food, beer and magic.