Archive for the 'History' Category

Cool Magic Photo Lot [Magic On The Block]

Posted by Michael on April 9th, 2018

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This is a very cool offering on eBay: a collection of vintage magic photographs! The seller states that there are over fifty snapshots from what they believe to be the 1974 combined IBM/SAM convention. There are definitely some famous faces in the pictures, including Dai Vernon, Bill & Irene Larsen, Ali Bongo and more. The bidding starts at only $9.95 and the auction lasts until next Sunday (April 15, 2018) or you can choose the Buy It Now option and grab the collection for $19.95. Shipping is a flat $4.00 either way.

Check this unique lot out over on eBay.

Foodini The Great

Posted by Michael on April 6th, 2018

This weekend’s Great Foodini Festival in Jacksonville jogged a memory… wasn’t that an early kid’s show? After a bit of research we found this: Foodini the Great. The puppet show about a magician and his assistant ran from 1948 to 1951. Very popular at the time, it spawned toys, comics and even magic sets but now it is almost forgotten.

So let’s go into the weekend with this full episode of Foodini the Great titled Fork Flinging. Have fun and safe weekend everyone!

From The Files Of Reader’s Digest

Posted by Michael on March 26th, 2018

As many of you may know, in addition to magic I am a huge fan of old time radio shows. I recently ran across a series of short radio pieces from Reader’s Digest narrated by Boris Karloff. This one, examining the story of Chung Ling Soo, is the perfect way to close out the day. This past weekend marked the 100th anniversary of the death of Chung Ling Soo, or more properly William Robinson.

Trailer For New Magic Shop Documentary

Posted by Michael on February 21st, 2018

The newly posted trailer for an upcoming documentary on the 80 year old Mingus Magic Shop in Reading, Pennsylvania. We’ll post more about the film as we approach the May release date.

Chester Morris in The Phantom Thief

Posted by Michael on February 16th, 2018

Yesterday was the late Chester Morris’ 117th birthday. A will known actor, Morris was a real magic enthusiast and put his skills to use during his stint as reformed thief turned sleuth Boston Blackie. This trailer is from 1946′s The Phantom Thief. You can read more about Chester in this iTricks article on the Boston Blackie films

Peter Hooper, The Black Houdini

Posted by Michael on February 16th, 2018

From Savannah, Georgia’s WSAV comes this short piece on Peter Hooper, the Black Houdini. It is a very short piece, but we have to admit that Hooper was a name not familiar to us. We did some quick checks and didn’t find anything on Hooper or his career, but we will do some more investigating in the future!

A Little TV Magic Nostalgia

Posted by Michael on February 6th, 2018

If you have been following iTricks all day, you’ll understand why we had to find the TV Magic Cards… remember, it’s easy once you know the secret! This clip was added to YouTube by the Museum of Classic Chicago Television. They also have more from Marshall and the Son of Svengoolie parodying this ad.