Archive for the 'Las Vegas' Category

Let’s Take A Trip To Wonderground

Posted by Michael on April 3rd, 2015

Lots a cool news so far today, but don’t think we forgot that it is Video Friday. Fox 5 KVVU took a trip to Jeff McBride’s Wonderground. You can find out more about this special show that hits the third Thursday of every month on the official website.

Congratulations Murray, S&R Lion Dies, Penn VS Hackers [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on December 22nd, 2014

Murray SawChuck has moved his show to the Sin City Theater at the Planet Hollywood Las Vegas with an unofficial opening Sunday night. The official opening, complete with red carpet, is next Sunday, December 28. Wife Chloe and “Lefty” Leferovitch will continue to co-star in the show at its new venue. The video above is from Murray’s recent appearance on KTNV’s Valley View Live. He was a special guest host last Wednesday and if you want to see more of Murray on the show, they have posted a second video here.

Sad news from Cincinnati where Future, a 17 year old on loan to the Cincinnati Zoo by Siegfried and Roy, had to be euthanized. According to coverage in The Guardian, the average life span of a lion is about 17 years.

Finally, Penn Jillette has authored on opinion piece for CNN on hacking. In the article he reveals that he has been targeted by blackmailing hackers.

Extreme Escapes’ Murray SawChuck And Kahlua

Posted by Michael on November 26th, 2014

Murray SawChuck recently posted this video of a visit to Hallmark’s Home and Family with pup Kahlua. As you no doubt already know, Murray is heavily involved with pet charities. Murray is also featured in the upcoming Reelz series Extreme Escapes, which premieres this Saturday night, November 29. Over the course of the first season, Murray performs over 20 escapes. He sat down with Vegas icon Robin Leach to talk about the TV show, his new show at the Sin City Theater (Planet Hollywood) and why Vegas loves magic. You can read that Q&A session on the Las Vegas Sun website.

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.

DaijiWorld.com 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
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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 FXPips.com 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.