Archive for the 'History' Category

Start Magic Collecting With 1970s Magic Posters [Magic on the Block]

Posted by Michael on January 18th, 2018

Vintage Kramien Poster and TicketsDISCLAIMER: does not endorse or guarantee the following item nor have we been compensated to feature said item.

With ten lots available and a price just under $20 (shipping included), these 14 by 22 inch Kramien poster and unused ticket sets are the perfect low cost entry into magic collecting. The lister states he has had all of the posters and tickets in storage and they “haven’t seen the light of day in almost 40 years.” You can grab yours today by visiting the listing over on eBay.

What Is Your Life’s Blueprint?

Posted by Michael on January 15th, 2018

No news, no other video clips today. Instead, a motivational speech Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr delivered to the students of the Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia in October 1967. What more fitting way is there to honor Dr. King on this holiday meant to memorialize him than to listen to, and perhaps learn from, the man himself?

Wayne Shifflett’s 50 Years In Magic [Redux]

Posted by Michael on January 12th, 2018

A second edit of the very cool video celebrating Wayne Shifflett (now owner of the Mingus Magic Shop) performing cups and balls, as taught by Leroy Mingus, for exactly 50 years!

Cendrillon, A Méliès Film

Posted by Michael on January 10th, 2018

We have shared plenty of short films from the legendary magician turned cinema pioneer Georges Méliès over the years, but we aren’t sure that we have ever posted (or even seen) Cendrillon, his 1899 version of Cinderella. According to this recent SyFy Wire article, the film is the world’s first fantasy movie. This version features original music from YouTube user Andrew LaCombe.

Méliès is also credited by many with the first horror movie Le Manior Du Diable (The Haunted Castle, 1896) and the first science fiction film La Voyage Dans La Lun (A Trip To The Moon, 1902)

Last Video Post Of The Year! [Something Cool]

Posted by Michael on December 29th, 2017

Frank Paris shares the coolest videos! I really mean that; he was taping magic back when it must of meant lugging around a bunch of cumbersome equipment. Now, he is putting those awesome old tapes online. This clip is too long for a normal day (about 30 minutes) but it is the last video of the year! Besides, it is Part One of his collection of Tannen Magic Jubilee videos… Visit his YouTube page to see the three other 30 minute compilations he posted from the Jubilee and lots of other cool stuff!

Have a very happy (and safe) New Year!

Happy Birthday Georges Méliès

Posted by Michael on December 8th, 2017

December 8, 1861 saw the birth of magician, inventor and filmmaker Georges Méliès. We present to you a hand colored version of his most famous film (considered by many to be the first science fiction film ever produced) the legendary A Trip To The Moon.

Have a safe and fun weekend, everyone. Stay warm!

The Magician And The Mob

Posted by Michael on December 1st, 2017

If you are going to be in Vegas this January, the Clark County Library is hosting a different kind of magic show on January 23. Geno Munari will be giving a lecture entitled “The Magician And The Mob” about Jimmy Grippo. Get more information on the Clark County Library website. We’ll admit that the trailer has us interested!