Archive for the 'History' Category

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.

Potter And Potter Automaton Offerings [Magic On The Block]

Posted by Michael on August 2nd, 2019

This magician automaton, featured in the movie Sleuth, is one of several going up for auction on August 24 in Potter and Potter’s AUTOMATA: Life & Other Illusions event. You can see more video on the auction house’s YouTube page and learn more about the auction on their website.

Visiting Owen Magic Supreme

Posted by Michael on August 1st, 2019

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Owen Magic Supreme traces its history back to 1891, when Floyd Thayer placed his first advertisement in Mahatma. A little more than two decades later the Owen brothers, Carl and Emmett, joined Thayer. Eventually the Owen brothers purchased the controlling interest in the company and added other companies, such as Merv Taylor Magic. Today, Thayer’s company is known as Owen Magic Supreme and has been producing some of the highest quality magic available for over a century. I have personally owned a few of their pieces over the years, all of them older than me and still ready for the stage. You can add some of their heirloom quality magic to your collection by visiting their website.

Finding myself in the neighborhood, I could not resist the temptation to drop by the legendary magic company. I have marveled at Owen products since I was a little kid and just seeing the building, which I knew from magazine articles and catalogs, was enough to make my day. Unfortunately, the genie that used to be perched over the door fell victim to a windstorm a while back.

Even though appointments are required, owner Allan Zagorsky and his daughter welcomed me inside and gave me a little of their afternoon. Allan was gracious enough to let me take a few pictures of their incredible collection of memorabilia and even of the workshop where Allan and his employees create the props that literally entertain audiences all over the world.

After years of running Owen Magic Supreme, Allan is looking for a new generation to take over the business and its legacy. Serious offers for one of the world’s premier magic companies are being taken and if you are interested in taking Owen Magic Supreme forward into the 21st century, visit their website at

Harry Blackstone Jr. On 1979 MDA Telethon

Posted by Michael on July 31st, 2019

I have probably mentioned this before, but Harry Blackstone Jr. was a huge influence on me as a very, very young magician. Harry Anderson was an idol as I grew up, but it was Harry Blackstone Jr. and that incredible voice that I first remember seeing performing magic on television… before Copperfield, Henning or even Mark Wilson (although I remember watching them all and dreaming of the day I would have a stage show of big, colorful boxes that warped reality and and army of showgirls and tigers). So today, simply because it is my birthday and this is the one act of public self indulgence I will allow myself (although I am going to try really, really hard to get by Owen Magic Supreme but that is more of a crime of opportunity) I present you with Harry Blackstone Jr. performing on the 1979 MDA Telethon. A seven year old me probably sat through hours of telethon waiting to see this!

Vintage PC Sorcar Jr Clips

Posted by Michael on July 24th, 2019

Wild Films India have posted several new clips featuring PC Sorcar Jr on their YouTube channel. It is always cool to see historical magic performances especially when you get to see why someone like Sorcar became an international star.

Merv Taylor Bird Cage [Magic On The Block]

Posted by Michael on July 22nd, 2019

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The vanishing birdcage is one of the great 20th century stage magic tricks. Visual but small, impressive while only requiring the magician, it is a classic piece to perform while larger props are being placed or when a performer wants a little more dialogue with the audience. A vintage Merv Taylor birdcage went up for auction on eBay over the weekend, and the seller claims it is in working condition. While certain versions have a (justifiably) bad reputation, this model includes an artificial bird… You can check out the auction here if you need to add this to your act or your collection. The auction will end next Sunday, July 28.