Archive for the 'History' Category

Don Neufville’s Last Look At Davenport’s

Posted by Michael on March 12th, 2020

The famous and storied Davenport’s Magic Shop closed its doors at the end of January… but Don Neufville got a chance to film himself performing there in the store’s final days and recently shared in on his YouTube page.

The Mark Wilson Auction Is Tomorrow

Posted by Michael on February 29th, 2020

The Wilsons, the first family of television magic, are auctioning off dozens of posters, props and more tomorrow in LA. You can participate via Facebook Live even if you are not in California, though. Get all of the information you need and download an auction catalog here.

You can also learn much more about Mark and Nani Darnell, see episodes of the Magical World of Allakazam and even join the official fan club over on the Allakazam Archives.

Sorry for the late notice… it has been a rough week.

Visiting The Grave of Harry Collins

Posted by Michael on February 24th, 2020

YouTube user Whittdocs Famous Graves visits the grave of Kentucky’s Harry Collins. Harry was perhaps best known as a corporate magician for Frito Lay and he was a mentor to Lance Burton. You can learn more about Harry over on Wikipedia.

Werner Reich’s Powerful TED Talk

Posted by Michael on February 20th, 2020

Werner Reich is a Holocaust survivor and that alone means the world should pay attention to his story… what brings him to iTricks is his brush with the Great Nivelli (Herbert Levine) and how that helped him through his terrible experience.

Update On Magic Island And More

Posted by Michael on December 16th, 2019

Scott Wells does one of the best magic podcasts around. Checking in on his YouTube page to catch up recently (because I am still recovering from the death of iTunes, but that is another story) I found this video from late October that updates what is happening with the return of Magic Island and looks over some of his historic magic posters that will be moving to the Island once it re-opens.

Be sure to check out his podcast, The Magic Word with Scott Wells through the official website or the podcast aggregator of your choice.

Georges Méliès Magic Dice

Posted by Michael on December 9th, 2019

Georges Méliès was born 158 years ago yesterday. A magician turned special effects inventor and film innovator, you can learn more about Méliès on his official website.

Remembering Robert-Houdin

Posted by Michael on December 5th, 2019

Tomorrow is the 214th anniversary of the birth of Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin. We don’t have any footage of Houdin, for obvious reasons, so instead we’ll share this clip of Scott Penrose performing a Robert-Houdin inspired piece at the Magic Circle Awards.