Archive for the 'History' Category

Owen Magic Supreme Is Closing…

Posted by Michael on September 21st, 2020

A little over a year ago I visited Owen Magic Supreme in Azusa and reported to iTricksters it was for sale. Unfortunately, KABC is reporting the building has been sold and that Owen, which has been supplying high quality magic props to performers for over a century, is closing due to the drop in business caused by Covid-19.

Perhaps someone will step in and save this storied magic business.

Richiardi On Ed Sullivan

Posted by Michael on September 18th, 2020

Richiardi (actually Richiardi Jr, as several generations have used the name) making 1968 appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Miracles For Sale On TCM Today

Posted by Michael on September 15th, 2020

1939 mystery film Miracles For Sale will air on Turner Classic Movies this afternoon (check your local listings). Directed by Tod Browning (Freaks, Dracula) and based on the Clayton Rawson book Death From A Top Hat the story sees a stage illusion expert pitted against a murder.

Jay Marshall And Lefty

Posted by Michael on September 14th, 2020

For no reason other than I was thinking about Jay Marshall, here is a clip of Jay Marshall and his sidekick Lefty shot in 1996 at Magic Inc.

Gali Gali On Ed Sullivan

Posted by Michael on September 2nd, 2020

Another vintage clip recently posted on the Ed Sullivan Show YouTube page featuring magician Gali Gali from 1965.

Kalanag On Ed Sullivan

Posted by Michael on September 2nd, 2020

A clip just added to the Ed Sullivan Show YouTube page featuring a 1960 performance from Kalanag, a magician with a rather controversial past. He was, reportedly, the favorite magician of Adolf Hitler and other leaders of the Third Reich.

A Look At The Magic Castle And The Larsens

Posted by Michael on August 28th, 2020

At last weekend’s Academy of Magical Arts Awards, the Devant Award (which is presented by the Magic Circle) was given to the Larsen Family, which arguably is America’s first family of magic. Although the family has been responsible for more than simply the Magic Castle, it is probably the most recognized. This Genii Online piece goes into some of its history and founding.