Archive for the 'History' Category


Posted by Michael on November 23rd, 2020

The Amazing Johnathan from the second World’s Greatest Magic special.

Tom Mullica On WGM

Posted by Michael on November 20th, 2020

Now, after we have whipped up your excitement, in glorious standard definition black when televisions were more or less square, comes Tom Mullica performing barside from the original 1994 World’s Greatest Magic.

World’s Greatest Magic 4 – 1997

Posted by Michael on November 20th, 2020


This promo is for the fourth World’s Greatest Magic special which premiered in 1997. John Ritter took over hosting on the third special (after Robert Urich and Alan Thicke hosted the first two specials) and hosted the fourth and fifth specials as well.

World’s Greatest Magic 2 Commercial

Posted by Michael on November 20th, 2020

Still from the square TV years… the kind of thing you can look forward to in the WGM specials.

A Tribute To The World’s Greatest Magic

Posted by Michael on November 20th, 2020

So here is a bit of a history lesson for those of you new to iTricks. Back in the 1990s NBC produced a World’s Greatest Magic special most years around the Thanksgiving holidays. Five in all, they were star studded events with some of the biggest names in Las Vegas as well as up and coming performers… and I am willing to bet these specials, or their spin offs (such as the World’s Most Dangerous Magic and the World’s Wildest Magic), were what hooked many of y’all on magic. The video above is just the introduction to the first WGM special… they were serious, high dollar productions!

Since we are in a slow news cycle, I am sick (I think I am just sick but we’ll see what the tests say) and it is almost Thanksgiving, iTricks will be featuring performances from the World’s Greatest Magic and the WGM spin offs today and pretty much all of next week although iTricks will probably take off for the day on Thanksgiving.

Vintage Handcuffs On Pawn Stars

Posted by Michael on November 18th, 2020

A man looking to sell a collection of vintage handcuffs brings Murray SawChuck into the shop once again on Pawn Stars.

Harry Houdini’s Straitjacket On Pawn Stars

Posted by Michael on November 17th, 2020

Another magical clip from Pawn Stars, this one featuring a straitjacket which reputedly belonged to Houdini himself and an expert appraisal of the prop my Murray SawChuck.