Archive for the 'History' Category

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!

The Finalists Are… [Broken Remote]

Posted by Michael on August 16th, 2019

Celebracadabra, which was hosted by magician Jonathan Levit only lasted a single season of nine episodes. After several eliminations, Hal Sparks and C. Thomas Howell were the last two would be magicians to head into the final.

Visiting The Magic Castle [Broken Remote]

Posted by Michael on August 16th, 2019

Back in April of 2008 Celebracadabra premiered on VH1. Seven celebrities, including C. Thomas Howell, Hall Sparks, Lisa Ann Walter, Kimberly Wyatt Christopher Reid, Ant and Carnie Wilson, were trained by magicians Murray SawChuck, Asi Wind, Derek Hughes, Silly Billy, Simon Lovell, David Regal and Rocco Silano. In this clip, the contestants visit the world famous Magic Castle.

Potter And Potter Automaton Offerings [Magic On The Block]

Posted by Michael on August 2nd, 2019

This magician automaton, featured in the movie Sleuth, is one of several going up for auction on August 24 in Potter and Potter’s AUTOMATA: Life & Other Illusions event. You can see more video on the auction house’s YouTube page and learn more about the auction on their website.

Visiting Owen Magic Supreme

Posted by Michael on August 1st, 2019

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Owen Magic Supreme traces its history back to 1891, when Floyd Thayer placed his first advertisement in Mahatma. A little more than two decades later the Owen brothers, Carl and Emmett, joined Thayer. Eventually the Owen brothers purchased the controlling interest in the company and added other companies, such as Merv Taylor Magic. Today, Thayer’s company is known as Owen Magic Supreme and has been producing some of the highest quality magic available for over a century. I have personally owned a few of their pieces over the years, all of them older than me and still ready for the stage. You can add some of their heirloom quality magic to your collection by visiting their website.

Finding myself in the neighborhood, I could not resist the temptation to drop by the legendary magic company. I have marveled at Owen products since I was a little kid and just seeing the building, which I knew from magazine articles and catalogs, was enough to make my day. Unfortunately, the genie that used to be perched over the door fell victim to a windstorm a while back.

Even though appointments are required, owner Allan Zagorsky and his daughter welcomed me inside and gave me a little of their afternoon. Allan was gracious enough to let me take a few pictures of their incredible collection of memorabilia and even of the workshop where Allan and his employees create the props that literally entertain audiences all over the world.

After years of running Owen Magic Supreme, Allan is looking for a new generation to take over the business and its legacy. Serious offers for one of the world’s premier magic companies are being taken and if you are interested in taking Owen Magic Supreme forward into the 21st century, visit their website at OwenMagic.com.