Archive for the 'History' Category

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.

The Life And Afterlife Of Harry Houdini

Posted by Michael on October 23rd, 2019

Joe Posnanski’s new book The Life And Afterlife Of Harry Houdini officially hit the shelves yesterday. Bookpage has a review on the new biography and Literary Hub has an excerpt focused on Houdini’s arrest for fraud in Germany.

Professor Peller: Nigeria’s Greatest Magician

Posted by Michael on September 18th, 2019

TVC News Nigeria’s Sarah Ayeku presented this recent feature for the channel on Professor Peller, arguably Nigeria’s most famous magician.

Richard Himber History And Effects [Magic On The Block]

Posted by Michael on August 19th, 2019

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Over the weekend I found myself driving around, doing some errands, taking a break from punk rock and listening to Sirius XM’s 40s Junction and caught a vintage Richard Himber musical performance. Sure, iTricksters may know him for his magic creations and we found a little lot of some of his vintage effects on eBay (picture at the left). You can check that out here; the auction is scheduled to end next Sunday (August 25). To learn more about the magic and music of Richard Himber, check out this iTricks piece on Himber or this video of him and his band.

And The Winner Was… [Broken Remote]

Posted by Michael on August 16th, 2019

In the ninth and final episode of VH1′s Celebracadabra C. Thomas Howell was proclaimed the champion… perhaps because he threw himself into the competition and was willing to do almost anything to further his magic.

Although you might find a few pirate episodes bouncing around the Internet, Celebracadbra is not available on any platform we checked which is too bad because it really was not a bad show compared to other reality shows!

That’s it for us this week. Have a great, fun and safe weekend everyone and try to stay cool!