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Magicians, The Magicians And Parties [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on January 26th, 2017

Our lead off video is David Casas performing a card trick that accompanies quick his profile in the Quad City Times.

A couple of items related to the new season of SyFy’s The Magicians have appeared in the New York Observer lately. The first is a profile of star Jason Ralph, but that leads to a story on SyFy’s pop up magic school in New York that promotes the show.

Finally, Forbes takes a look at the best parties at the Sundance Film Festival and there admit the mentions of worthy causes and celebrity chefs is Justin Willman.

Magician Doctor, Brundage On Today And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on January 25th, 2017

Today’s lead video is an NBC News story on third year medical student David Elkin, who makes magic a regular part of his bedside manner. David is a former member of the ACA Juniors program at the Castle and founded MagicAid, a group dedicated to showing and teaching patients magic.

Got a message from Steven Brundage that he will be performing on the Today show this morning, probably about 9:30 AM in most markets. He plans on performing two new Rubik’s Cue effects that have never been done on TV, and one of them has never been performed for audiences!

Speaking of TV, Ed Alonzo’s Twitter account has included some pics of him on the set of NBC’s Superstore.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal is reporting that development plans have been made for the former Slammer property and over 100 homes are planned for the site.

Hey, nobody stepped up yesterday to clarify my Jawa/Jedi fashion questions. I did talk to a Star Wars fan in the real world, though, but it went downhill pretty quickly after I suggested that maybe Yoda was a Jawa.

Investopedia took a look at the real value of an Oscar and included David Copperfield’s in their story. Didn’t you know David Copperfield has an Academy Award?

New Magic Contest, Pats’ Magician And Much More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on January 24th, 2017

Carmarthen, Wales has announced that they will have a magic contest as part of their re-launched Merlin Festival this March. You can see rules and entry details on the Tenby Observer website. You must submit a five minute audition video by the end of February but every magician invited to participate will receive a stipend for travel/performing. The competition is open to professionals and amateurs.

WEEI takes a look at John Logan, the New England Patriots’ official team magician. You can catch his segments on the Patriots’ website.

RJ the Magician, a University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh marketing student, is bringing a new magic show to Appleton. Rad all about it on the Post-Crescent website. That’s RJ up above performing a little card magic.

And finally, yesterday was the 12th anniversary of Johnny Carson ‘s death. The New York Daily News reprinted this article summarizing Carson’s impact on television (and American culture). You can catch classic episodes of Johnny Carson’s late night talk show every night on your local Antenna TV affiliate.

Steve Lancaster, More Geller And NPH [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on January 23rd, 2017

Today’s lead off video is from the Tulsa World website; it accompanied this story about Steve Lancaster, who is selling his magic store after almost 40 years to devote himself to performing.

The Telegraph has an interview with one of the CIA scientists who were baffled by Uri Geller, as described in recently declassified and publicized documents.

Finally, ABC chatted with Neil Patrick Harris about his roles as a magician, actor and family man.

IndyFringe, Magic Documentary, Magic TV And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on January 20th, 2017

Alex Boyce gave WISH-TV a preview of IndyFringe this week with a little bit of magic. For more information, visit the WISH-TV website.

Magicians: Life In The Impossible, the new documentary from filmmaker Marcie Hume (and executive producer Lance Burton) is getting a big screen airing next week in Boulder. Get all the screening info from the Daily Camera News and see more about the film on its official website (you can already purchase a digital copy).

The Mirror spoke to Debbie McGee recently at a fundraiser for Brain Tumor Research; she tells of missing Paul every day, rabbits and the new magic themed badge she designed asa fundraiser for the group.

Variety is reporting that ABC has ordered a pilot for Deception from Greg Berlanti (Supergirl and most of the CW prime time schedule), which tells the story of a disgraced superstar magician working with the FBI. Magician David Kwong (Blindspot) and Martin Gero (Blindspot, Stargate Atlantis, SGU) are also involved with the project.

Finally, the CIA has released 930,000 declassified files to the Internet (on their own; no Russian hackers involved). Why should you care? Could question. Some of the files include systems for sending/reading covert written messages, CIA experiments into psychic powers (the Stargate Project which explored remote viewing) and CIA dealing with Uri Geller… who the CIA seemed to think had some type of real ability. Read more on Live Science and then check out some of those files for yourself!

Tiger Trouble, Touring Magicians, Jay Tribute [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on January 19th, 2017

Today’s lead off video is some off the mic footage from Jamie Raven’s recent appearance on radio station The Bay with Derren Milby. Yes, it breaks one of the guidelines we mentioned not too long ago for what we look for in video… and it reminded us of another: try to get some decent lighting. Bright is generally good, especially when shooting with a cell phone!

Jay Owenhouse is set to perform this weekend at the University of Missouri (in Columbia, MO) but a student has started a petition to block the show because of Owenhouse’s use of tigers. The Columbia Daily Tribune spoke to Owenhouse about his tigers and the show, which he does not plan to cancel. As SEC fans will already know, the University of Missouri is ironically home of the Missouri Tigers.

In brighter news, Ricky Jay will be honored this weekend at SF Sketchfest. You can get all the details about the comedy festivals tribute to Jay on the SF Gate website.

Mass Live talked to Mike Super ahead of his show next week at the Springfield Symphony Hall and Bill Blagg shared how he is often confused for sing Billy Bragg with The Argus Leader.

Finally, auditioning for America’s Got Talent this year? Howie Mandel has some advice for you, courtesy of the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Mike Weatherford.

Paul Daniels Jr Arrest, Viral Magic And Much More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on January 16th, 2017

Chinese New Year 2017 is approaching! Tim Hall just posted this video of his performance as part of a 2016 Chinese New Year TV broadcast. It is a fun twist on a classic with a good sport for a volunteer. You can see more of Tim on his official website.

For our international iTricksters, it is the holiday commemorating the life and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. here in the US, so it is going to be a bit of the light day. We do have some news, though!

UK news outlets such as The Mirror and The Manchester Evening News are reporting that Paul Daniels Jr. has been arrested for a marijuana growing operation inside of property he owned in Wigan. He and two others were arrested by Manchester Police on January 6 and are currently out on bail awaiting trial.

Mike Weatherford takes a look at Vegas magicians gone viral in his latest column for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. iTricksters will recognize several of the names mentioned!

NBC’s Timeless will visit the World’s Columbia Exposition (aka the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair) tonight. During their adventure they will meet Thomas Edison, find themselves in H.H. Holmes’ World’s Fair Hotel (aka Murder Castle) and somehow Harry Houdini, as played by Michael Drayer, works his way into the story, too. Check your local listings. takes a look at Philadelphia residents auditioning for the new season of America’s Got Talent. Since Philly’s favorite AGT contestant last year was magician Jon Dorenbos, they are sure to look at magicians.

Finally, the Northwest Illinois Times has a quick feature on Dr. Ricardo Rosenkranz’s show The Rosenkranz Mysteries. It features the performer, who is a magician and a professor at the Northwest University Feinberg School of Medicine, drawing comparisons between magic and medicine. It has already been extended twice and is currently scheduled to run through February at the Royal George Theatre’s Cabaret in Chicago.