Murray Sawchuck and wife Chloe Crawford are among several Vegas celebs featured in new TSA videos at McCarran Airport.
According to several sources, including US Weekly, David Blaine was on hand to help U2′s Bono celebrate his 54th birthday earlier this week. Blaine did an underwater stunt, attempting to hold his breath for 10 minutes while smoking an e-cigarette and eating banana.
Yoga instructor and magician’s assistant Sandy Erickson of Huntingdon Valley, PA was the subject of a recent CNN iReport. She jumps boxes for husband Steve Black.
The BJP, which included PC Sorcar Jr among its candidates, scored a landslide victory in the Indian elections. It appears that they were successful enough to rule without forming a coalition (the first time this has happened in India in about three decades), but there is still no official announcement that iTricks can find regarding Sorcar’s bid for a seat in the Lok Sabha.
Don’t forget that David Copperfield will be a part of the season finale of The Amazing Race Sunday night on CBS at 8 PM Eastern, 7 Central.
Posted by Michael on April 30th, 2014
Paranormal illusionist Aidan Sinclair (above) visited WWAY TV in Wilmington, NC last Friday to promote his show. He performs with morning show anchor Ashley Jacobs, who proved to be a great assistant.
Congratulations to Academy of Magical Arts president Neil Patrick Harris for his Tony Award nomination. A past host of the Tony Awards show, Harris was nominated for the Best Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role In A Musical for his role in Hedwig And The Angry Inch. Harris’ nomination was one of the eight nods for Hedwig.
The Branson Tri-Lakes News is reporting that the USDA has filed a complaint against Kirby Van Burch alleging that he has failed to supply the proper medical care for the animals used in his act. This comes on the heels of a lawsuit, also reported in the Tri-Lakes News, which Van Burch’s production company filed against his former theater that states the theater has not turned over all of Van Burch’s property. Among the property named in the suit are props and tigers.
Finally, John Katsilometes of the Las Vegas Sun sat down with Teller to talk about the possibility of The Tempest moving to Broadway. Teller does not commit to saying that the show, which closed in Vegas on Sunday, is heading to New York although he does say “it certainly seems to me to be a much better piece of entertainment than many things I’ve seen on Broadway, and I’ve seen many things on Broadway that were not half as entertaining and rich as this.”
Posted by Michael on April 25th, 2014
Happy birthday to Chloe Crawford, assistant and wife of Murray Sawchuck (who is cutting her in half above). According to Robin Leach in the Las Vegas Sun, she celebrated it with a benefit for AFAN (Aid for AIDS in Nevada). Chloe and Murray are also celebrating the second anniversary of his show at the Tropicana.
Speaking of milestones, John Kaplan is kicking off his 35th Canadian tour. According to the Richmond Review, he specializes in fundraising shows for schools and community groups. You can check out John at his website.
The Times of India reports that magician Jitendra Raghuvir recently completed a 4 kilometer blindfold motorcycle ride through the streets of Pune, a feat which had previously been accomplished by his father and grandfather.
Posted by Michael on April 23rd, 2014
We mentioned Tommy Wind’s 300th show the other day; since then Robin Leach reported in the Las Vegas Sun that Wind also is also developing a new reality TV show. The story is short on important details, though, such as when or where it may air.
In another update, the Canadian illusionist whose Britain’s Got Talent performance has taken the Internet by storm, Darcy Oake (his promo above, by the way, is a couple of years old so tickets probably are not available anymore) finds himself in the center of another storm. Apparently many Brits are upset that the competition has several foreign contestants. One of the other breakout performers, 79 year old salsa dancer Paddy Jones, is British but has lived in Spain for over a decade. She has not only won a major TV talent show in Spain, she also competed on an Argentinian dance show. The backlash may hurt both contestants, although Jones was selected to go straight through to the semi-finals.
IN our final update, several news sites (such as Sify News) have picked up an IANS dispatch that reports PC Sorcar Jr is facing sexual harassment charges. If found guilty, Sorcar could face three years in prison.
Posted by Michael on April 21st, 2014
James Gray’s The Immigrant, which co-stars Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye in The Avengers) as a turn of the century stage illusionist, finally has a date for its limited US release. Look for it in your favorite art house May 16, 2014.
The New Straits Times chatted with Iranian born magician Mahdi Moudini after his third Merlin win in a row. This year the International Magic Society presented him with The Best Illusionist in Malaysia 2014 award in Kuala Lumpur.
Congratulations to Tommy Wind, who (as reported by Robin Leach in The Las Vegas Sun) has just performed his 300th show in his TW Theater.
Finally, the Columbia Daily Herald (covering Columbia, Tennessee) ran a short video and a few pictures of 12 year old Josh Jones performing magic as part of an Autism Awareness Month event. iTricks is all for coverage of any young magician, particularly when they are participating in charity events, and we applaud Mr. Jones for his act. I (Michael, usurping the bully pulpit of iTricks here for a moment) have a bone to pick with the writer responsible for the picture copy, though, which stated Josh was pulling “a long scarf out of a supposedly empty bag.” Couldn’t you just have said “out of an empty bag?” Do you have to prove that you are smart enough to deduce that there is some kind of trick, particularly when it is a young person performing?
Posted by Michael on March 26th, 2014
On Monday night, which as iTricks told you was Houdini’s 140th birthday, Craig Ferguson took a little time to explain the difference between magicians and illusionists. It is not exactly the most adult (or mature) humor on the ol’ Interweb, the guy is on in the middle of the night for a reason, so be warned.
Sad news from Vegas, white tiger Mantecore has passed away. Most famous as the animal that injured Roy Horn on stage, it was Roy himself who broke the news on the Siegfried and Roy Facebook page with a touching tribute to the cat. Mantecore was 17.
More from Vegas, the Las Vegas Sun’s John Katsilometes has comments from Murray Sawchuck about being chucked from Nathan Burton’s show; he thinks his friendship with Burton’s ex-producer may be to blame. Nathan Burton still is not talking.
And from Suburban Chicago comes a nice feature on Jeanette Andrews in the Daily Herald. Among the topics discussed are her artist in residency experiences and collaborations with scientists. The 24 year old may not be a familiar name (yet), but you will be able to see her when Masters of Illusion runs later this year on CW.
Posted by Michael on March 24th, 2014
The latest viral magic video making the rounds features Finnish magician and mentalist Jose Ahonen making treats disappear right in front of expectant and confused dogs. Ahonen has millions of hits for this… I did it once and ended up with a mastiff standing on my chest demanding a treat!
Teller has won his copyright infringement suit against Belgian magician Gerard Dogge. The Hollywood Reporter has an easy to read summary of the case and ruling.
The Daily Mail’s MailOnline.co.uk featured the story of Paul Daniels (then Ted Daniels) discovering magic as a young man.
Norm Clarke reported in his Las Vegas Review-Journal late last week that Murray Sawchuck and his wife were removed by security from Nathan Burton’s show at the Saxe Theater before the performance even began. Sawchuck was quoted by Clarke as saying that the theater manager said that Burton had requested that the couple, who had texted him to let him know that they were viewing the show, be removed.
Finally, do not forget that ABC’s Modern Family is visiting Las Vegas this week. Although this episode is not getting the attention of the show’s visit to Australia (which did see Sofia Vergara in a bathing suit), it will feature magic in the storyline and Ed Alonzo.