Archive for the 'History' Category

Ken Klosterman [Broken Wand]

Posted by Michael on October 22nd, 2020

Past International Brotherhood of Magicians International President and renowned magic collector Ken Klosterman has passed away. You can read more about Ken’s life and passion for magic on the official IBM Blog.

The video above is from YouTuber L Bradley’s page. YouTuber Carpetbagger has a great two part tour of Ken Klosterman’s Salon de Magie which you can see here and here.

Magic (1978) All Audiences Trailer

Posted by Michael on October 16th, 2020

Here is the trailer from back in 1978 for horror film Magic. Something to take you into the weekend and start a countdown to Halloween.

The Great Carazini On The Ed Sullivan Show

Posted by Michael on October 14th, 2020

A 1967 performance on The Ed Sullivan Show that we do not think the Great Carazini could perform on today’s television shows.

Julius Frack’s Drive In Magic

Posted by Michael on October 8th, 2020

Way back in May Julius Frack put on a drive in magic show… is that the first of the Covid era? If you know about anything earlier let us know!

The Smithsonian Channel Looks At The Death Of Houdini

Posted by Michael on October 5th, 2020

I will admit I forget about the Smithsonian Channel… I had it for a couple years, it disappeared from my provider, then it returned. But last night while flipping through channels I ran across the new series The Curious Life And Death Of… which just happened to be featuring Harry Houdini. The episode will be replayed a couple times this Friday night (October 9) and it may or may not show up on CBS All Access soon as Smithsonian is one of the channels recently added to the service.

A Familiar Face On Sullivan Closes Out Video Friday

Posted by Michael on October 2nd, 2020

Comics (like musicians) have it a little easier than the foot jugglers, plate spinners and other variety acts which used to be featured on shows like Ed Sullivan’s. Still, there was always a place for a good laugh and Sullivan’s stage (which would later be used by Dave Letterman) was the launching point for many a comedian’s career. We’re closing the day and the week with one of our favorite comics the irrepressible Joan Rivers from 1967.

Plate Spinning From 1969

Posted by Michael on October 2nd, 2020

Erich Brenn is a plate spinner… and this is exactly the kind of act that you would only get to see on a variety show.