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Now You See It 2 News, Tracking Murray And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on November 5th, 2014

ScreenRant is reporting that Daniel Radcliffe and Jay Chou have joined the cast of Now You See Me 2. They also say that Lizzy Caplan is in talks to take over as female lead as Isla Fisher will not be returning.

Speaking of movies and magic, the Richard Turner documentary Dealt was the IndieWire project of the day yesterday.

Where is Murray SawChuck now? Everywhere. Vegas News is reporting that he will guest star at three different venues this week. He’ll be at the South Point on Thursday, the Starbright Theater on the 8th and at the Luxor on the 11th.

If you are the sort to get bent out of shape over exposure, do not read Gizmodo’s Secrets Behind Harry Houdini’s Ten Greatest Illusions. has a story on child magician Sathwik Nayak, who has been nominated for the President of India’s 2014 Children’s Day award due to his work to bring awareness to Down Syndrome.

Finally, The Times Of Israel has a story on Sorcerers’ Night, an English language magic show in Tel Aviv. It is apparently the first English act in the city in decades. That is their promo running at the top of the Bulletin.

NPH on AHS, Murray, Ponzi Schemes And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on October 31st, 2014

It’s the Halloween Magic Bulletin, kicking off with this footage of Greg Gleason cutting WXIN’s Angela Ganote in half. I think my favorite part is the weatherman running out for a selfie… Greg is part of the Masters of Illusion tour that is making its way across North America. More info on that here.

International Business Times reports that not only will Neil Patrick Harris make an appearance on the new season of American Horror Story, husband David Burtka will have a role as well.

Another magician is in legal trouble, according to the brokerage news site which reports nursing home magician Paul Burks has been indicted over accusations that his penny auction site is actually a Ponzi scheme.

The Las Vegas Sun’s John Katsilometes (a name I now can spell by heart) was reporting on Murray SawChuck’s final show at the Trop and mentioned that he showed clips from his new pilot Have Magic, Will Travel. Still no word on Murray’s new venue…

Vegas Magic, Halloween Shows And Orson Welles [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on October 23rd, 2014

Kicking off the Magic Bulletin today is the trailer for the new documentary about Orson Welles Magician. The film will be featured in next month’s AFI Fest.

If you do not regularly read Robin Leach’s column at the Las Vegas Sun website, you will want to check out yesterday’s posting. He reports on Murray SawChuck’s Tropicana exit and hears from Bill Malone on his NCIS LA acting gig.

The Savannah Morning News has an interview with Jimi Gibson, who is presenting a family friendly spook show in Savannah in the build up to Halloween.

If you are in the Phoenix area, you may want to check out Movement Source Dance Company’s Danse Macabre this Saturday (or next Tuesday). The zombie themed dance show features illusions by narrator and zombie wrangler Johnny Tuscadero. More info at their website.

More spooky Halloween magic is in store for the folks New York and Las Vegas courtesy of the Anti-Conjuror Dan Sperry. Check out the dates here.

Finally, it is not a Halloween show but if the new Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey show Legends comes to your town, catch it! I (Michael) recently saw it here in St. Louis and no one puts on a big show like The Greatest Show On Earth.

Naked Magicians, Engagements And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on October 21st, 2014

Today’s lead off video is from KTNV 13 in Vegas. It features a studio visit from Naked Magicians performers Charles Bach and Andrew Goldenhersh…. don’t worry, they are fully clothed. The Naked Magicians are appearing at the Tommy Wind Theater until Halloween.

Don’t forget Bill Malone will appear on next week’s NCIS Los Angeles next Monday. Check your local listings for the CBS action drama.

Robin Leach says in his Las Vegas Sun column there is not a feud between magicians Murray SawChuck, leaving the Trop, and Jan Rouven, moving into the Trop, as the pair recently had beers together.

The New Indian Express is reporting that Rajeev Memunda recently performed a blindfolded motorbike drive through the streets of Vadakara in conjunction with a rally for Kerala Yukthivadi Sangham (rationalist group).

“Magic Babe” Ning Cai broke a few hearts when she announced her retirement last week and she is breaking a few more (and shedding some light on future plans) by announcing her engagement. More details will when find them.

Finally, the News Observer highlights the magical life of former Linking Ring editor and magic author Phil Willmarth, who passed away last month. You can read it at their website.

China Looks To Out-Magic Vegas,

Posted by Michael on October 13th, 2014

We will kick off our Columbus Day Magic Bulletin with a report from News 129, which delivers English language Indian news, on PB Hande’s magic shows to elevate social awareness.

According to the GuamPDN website, China has decided to build a “Magic City” in Beijing that will boast venues better than Vegas and help support China’s booming magic industry. The article even features comments by Genii publisher Richard Kaufman. Watch out Vegas!

Speaking of Vegas, remember Rob Anderson’s video from the other day which showed him trying to “help” a homeless vet by tearing up his sign? Well, as predicted, it has gone viral (it was even on CNN). Rob has set up a Go Fund Me page to help the vet in the video, Alan McKracken. So far it has raised almost $40,000.

The Sydney Morning Herald’s Business section carried a piece over the weekend on trade show magician David Welzman. You can check it out here.

Dynamo is getting coverage for talking a bit more about being bullied as a child. The Telegraph and Argus reports that his use of a leverage trick to prevent others from lifting him got him branded as a “demon child.,” which both protected and isolated him.

Ready to see some magicians on TV? Justin Willman is on @Midnight on Comedy Central tomorrow (Tuesday) night and Harry Anderson will host this Thursday’s edition of AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live.

Michael Night, Dirk Arthur, Scott Penrose And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on October 8th, 2014

We lead off today with the story of Michael Night, who will be sidelined from performing soon for a year while recovering from surgery. The story, from WTVG in Toledo, ran last Friday before his farewell for now show. iTricks wishes Michael the best with his surgery and hopes for a faster than expected recovery.

Vegas News is reporting that Dirk Arthur is bringing his big cats back to the Las Vegas Strip. Starting December 1 he will be playing the Starlite Theater at the Riviera Hotel and Casino. His family friendly show will be dark Fridays.

Have you seen the headlines proclaiming that extraordinary experiences may hurt relationships? According to Science Daily, this conclusion is drawn from an experiment where two groups were shown either “4 star” and “2 star” rated videos and then combined for a short discussion. Why does this make the iTricks Magic Bulletin? The videos were of street magicians!

Scientific American has a neat piece on an unsolved puzzle posed by the great Martin Gardner almost 20 years ago. Want to try your hand at it? Read about it here, maybe you will be the one to crack it!

Finally, congratulations to Scott Penrose, the new president of the Magic Circle!

DMC’s New Show, Maneka Sorcar And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on September 25th, 2014

Real Screen is reporting that National Geographic Channels International will be airing a new series with Drummond Money-Coutts called Beyond Magic in 170 countries starting in November. It’ll follow DMC as he goes to various places around the world, performs and explores the history o magic. We do not know if it will be airing in the US, but we will keep you posted. He did a previous special with NatGeo called Card Shark and you can see it on DMC’s YouTube page. sat down to chat with Maneka Sorcar, the daughter of PC Sorcar Jr. She grew up with pet tigers and now is in the family business… is reporting that Murray SawChuck will not be extending his show at the Tropicana after his contract ends on October 30. He is in talks with other venues and Jan Rouven is moving into the Trop. According to the site, Murray is wishing all the best to Jan.