Archive for the 'History' Category

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!

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.