Archive for the 'James Randi' Category

Happy Birthday James Randi

Posted by Michael on August 8th, 2019

We are a day late, and we apologize, but James Randi celebrated his 91st birthday yesterday and iTricks would like to wish him all the best as he starts another trip around the sun.

Here is Randi performing a little magic for folks at DragonCon back in 2008, posted on the Internet by YouTube user Dr M Loveless.

Happy 90th James Randi!

Posted by Michael on August 8th, 2018

Miami Herald video with James Randi from 2014

We have to apologize: we had some dates mixed up and did not post that yesterday was James Randi’s 90th birthday! Happy belated birthday to one of the icons of magic.

Vintage Randi Poster [Magic On The Block]

Posted by Michael on December 9th, 2014

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What magician does not know The Amazing Randi? He has had a, well, amazing career and with a new documentary about him, he is still relevant and sought after at the age of 86 (and retired). Plus, beyond his work in magic, escape and mentalism he is basically the grandaddy of the modern skeptic movement.

Surprisingly, though, there is not a lot of Randi stuff that regularly turns up in auctions. Today, though, you can get an original 1976 Randi poster from the Jayson. The seller maintains that it is a grade A condition (which is pretty darn good). It is 25 by 34.5 inches and will cost you a cool $300 (plus about $13 shipping) in this Buy It Now offering that runs until it is sold. If you need this… check it out here.

Bud’s Magician, Salon vs Houdini And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on September 4th, 2014

Growing up in St. Louis, I have always known that Anheuser-Busch had an official corporate magician. I have even camped out in a projection booth to watch him perform when a division of the company rented out one of the theaters I ran for a sales meeting! I am not sure if I saw Rick Gerber (it was twenty years ago), but he is the current magician working for AB-Inbev. The video above features him working in China for the brewing giant.

Dynamo’s final season of Magician Impossible kicks off tonight. Anyone else wonder if he just wants to get the levitating over The Strand episode aired and put in the past?

Canada’s Town Crier featured a chat with James Randi, again to promote An Honest Liar. This time, the focus is his childhood in Toronto. ran an interesting article yesterday by Rachel Shteir about Houdini, his popularity and decrying the fact that his secrets are still be kept. You can read it here. Personally, I was not sure exactly what to take away from it. Actually, to be honest I am kind of sick of people demanding to know the secrets of magic. I have always found that the secrets are readily available to anyone willing to take the time to learn them!

Pete Firman is on tour and fans may want to check out a brief interview with him from yesterday’s Manchester Evening News.

Finally, congratulations to David and Leeman, Mike Super and Mat Franco for making the America’s Got Talent Top Twelve.

The Amazing Randi: Still Going Strong

Posted by Michael on September 1st, 2014

The Miami Herald posted this video (and another, which you can see here) over the weekend in conjunction that they printed with James Randi. The 86 year old magician and South Florida resident was nominally interviewed because of the documentary about him, An Honest Liar, but it is barely mentioned. Instead, they were content to just let Randi perform magic, talk about his career and his debunking. You can read the full interview at the Herald’s website

NPH, 1000 Londoners And Birthday Wishes [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on August 7th, 2014

Today’s video is a short profile of magician Victoria Elizabeth from 1000 Londoners, a digital film project profiling the diverse citizens of London.

Got weekend plans? The Abbott’s Magic Get Together runs now through Saturday. Actually, if started last night so you already missed some great performances! Read more about it at The Daily Reporter.

Yahoo News is running a featurette on Neil Patrick Harris and his fiancĂ© David Burtka, focusing on Burtka’s extraordinary gift giving skills. Favorite anniversary and birthday presents are revealed but none are magic related, which just goes to show how hard it is for non-magicians to get magicians magic related gifts. I bet plenty of iTricksters know what I mean…

Speaking of birthdays, happy birthday James Randi!

Chinese Magic, Copperfield On TV And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on June 24th, 2014

China View, an English language news program from CNC World, just posted this clip of magician Wang Qimo performing an illusion with a huge model airplane inspired by David Copperfield.

Speaking of David Copperfield, he will be appearing on History Channel’s American Restoration this Thursday night (June 26– check local listings). According to the episode summary, he has two items for his museum that he wants Rick Dale to restore. If memory serves, American Restoration launch a couple of years back with a project for Lance Burton.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the James Randi documentary An Honest Liar won the audience award for the best feature at the AFI Docs festival which ended on Sunday.

Finally, although the obituary of brick and mortar magic shops has be written and run many times, Richie Magic’s Hocus Pocus Magic Shop has just opened its second location in Scarsdale, New York. Read more about it in the Greenburgh Daily Voice article, which includes a little video of Richie at his original Dobbs Ferry location.