Archive for the 'History' Category

In Memory Of The Great Harry Houdini

Posted by Michael on October 31st, 2018

Ninety two years ago today we lost Harry Houdini, the man whose name is still synonymous, even after a century. Because there are so many people who are unaware of the true story of Houdini’s final days (thanks, in no small part, to the big screen biography starring Tony Curtis) we present a Today I Found Out video from earlier this year.

David Berglas Talks About Working In The Film Industry

Posted by Michael on October 26th, 2018

The latest video from The David Berglas Scrapbooks’ fascinating YouTube series focuses on Berglas’ work as a gambling advisor to the 1975 Stanley Kubrick film Barry Lyndon. You can see Berglas’ other credits on his IMDB listing… some cool stuff in that list!

Before There Were Video Tapes

Posted by Michael on October 26th, 2018

Lee Cornell is a well known magician and ventriloquist out of Indiana. He is also a brave man who is willing to post old, home movie (not home video but honest to goodness film) footage of himself as a very young performer!

A Tribute To John Stanfield

Posted by Michael on October 12th, 2018

We are ending this Video Friday and the week with a video tribute to magician John Stanfield, which features former IBM president Joe M. Turner. We are not sure who made this, but it was posted by YouTube user Melissa Lee. It is really a positive way to end the week and we really want to meet John now!

Have a great and safe weekend y’all!

Bev Bergeron On Blackstone’s Christmas Special

Posted by Michael on September 28th, 2018

As readers of the Magic Portal (an email newsletter chock full’o'magic… get on the email list by sending your email to themagicportal AT gmail DOT com) will already know, the Portal posted this great clip of the legendary Bev Bergeron* on a Christmas special with Harry Blackstone Junior. It ultimately comes from the new DVDs Bev is offering collecting some of his performances over the years. You can learn more about those over on his website.

That does it for us this week. Y’all iTricksters have a great (but safe) fall weekend!

* Seriously, he was on Mark Wilson’s show, he was Ronald McDonald, he did a show at Disney World for like 15 years…!

David Berglas On Creating Headlines

Posted by Michael on September 27th, 2018

Here is the newest video from the cool YouTube page The David Berglas Scrapbooks, run by his son Marvin. We have mentioned it in the past, bu it is a fascinating look at an amazing career. You should be subscribed to this page!

Mingus Magic Shop Documentary Update

Posted by Michael on September 20th, 2018

Ryan Adamowicz, the director of the documentary about the Mingus Magic Shop, has posted this new video teasing Thank You For Supporting: 80 Years of Mingus Magic, which is hitting the festival circuit from what we hear.