The Lantern ran a very cool story about the P3 Magic Theater in Columbus, Ohio. That is where, every Tuesday night, shows are held to work out material and shoot footage for Penguin Magic releases. Check it out here.
VegasNews.com is reporting that Murray SawChuck will be adding another magician to his show this fall. Rob Anderson, his Wizard Wars team mate, will join the show at the Laugh Factory in the Tropicana.
Speaking of Wizard Wars, it was the subject of a Fast Company article yesterday. They spoke with Penn Jillette as well as contestants Adam Trent and Dan Sperry about magic and why it remains relevant in the 21st century. Over at JerseyNews.com, Mark Calabrese (who competed on the show last night with John Stessel against Billy Kidd and Leon Ettiene) was the subject of a nice profile.
David Blaine is touring Asia right now and Malaysian news site The Edge reviewed his show. He was joined by Yann Frisch and Todd Robbins.
Congratulations to Tony Chris who, as discussed in a recent Tri Cities Now article, won a silver for mentalism and the gold for stage magic at the recent Pacific Coast Association of Magicians competition.
Finally, Mike Super’s performance from last night’s America’s Got Talent is running above… tonight’s results show will reveal the fate of Super, David and Leeman and Mat Franco but it is scheduled to run at the same time as President Obama’s address to the nation in the Eastern and Central time zones. At time of writing, there was no word from NBC on whether the episode would be shown after the address or simply rescheduled.
Posted by Michael on August 6th, 2014
Leading off today’s news is Penn and Teller inviting everyone to check out Wizard Wars. The duo will be in magic shows on both broadcast and pay television soon and Wizard Wars has potential to be the bigger show because SyFy seems to be pulling more viewers this summer than CW. Don’t forget, they are already looking for more contestants (read more in yesterday’s article on the casting call).
Speaking of magic and TV, how well will you do on the Fort Wayne News Sentinel TV quiz? I got ‘em all but the one about I Dream Of Jeanie.
Meanwhile, in Vegas Justin Flom is throwing a Magic Block Party on the 24th. Read about it on VegasNews.com. The site also covered Murray SawChuck’s charity golf tournament over the weekend (read about it here). It should come as no surprise that the event raised money for the Friends For Life Humane Society, or that wife Chloe and her Fantasy co-stars showed up.
Finally, the Citizen Record website had photos of sat weekend’s celebration to commemorate Houdini’s visit to the community over 100 years ago.
Posted by Michael on July 15th, 2014
If you only know Rogue from his recent America’s Got Talent appearance, then you really need to pay attention to the documentary leading off today’s Magic Bulletin. This is part of Bacardi’s Untameable Series, billed as short films about passionate spirits from all over the world.
Speaking of AGT competitors, Smoothini is going to be appearing on Telemundo’s Un Neuvo Dia Wednesday morning. Not exactly sure when he will be on, but it airs at 7/6 Central. Check your local listings to see if you have Telemundo in your market.
So apparently magicians all over the world picked Germany to win the World Cup weeks before the final game. According to Yahoo’s Dirty Tackle sports blog, Dynamo did it and 360Nobs.com says Ilan Smith predicted the winner and minute of the winning goal in South Africa. Well iTricksters, I would have put in my prediction a few weeks ago, too, but I wanted to be surprised!
Robin Leach’s Las Vegas Sun column is reporting that Murray SawChuck is adding a second show to his run at the Tropicana by taking over the 7 o’clock show at The Laugh Factory.
Paul Daniels leant a little star power to the opening of the All Saints School’s new sensory room according to the Get Reading website. The room is designed to present a soothing but stimulating environment for children with special needs.
Finally, former United States Representative from Illinois Kenneth J. Gray passed away on July 12 at the age of 89. He was also an amateur magician and World War II pilot who once even appeared on To Tell The Truth. You can read his full obituary in the Washington Post.
Posted by Michael on July 10th, 2014
Check it out: the five hours it takes to set up Brock Edwards’ stage and show condensed into the duration of a good rodeo ride. I bet the crew wishes it really goes this quickly… Speaking of quickly, there is a bunch of news, so let’s cover it quickly.
Nice coverage of Alex Ramon’s Milbourne Christopher Award in the San Ramon Patch.
I have to say I was quite disappointed by the amount of local media coverage given to the IBM/SAM Combined Convention. I did not catch much TV during the convention, but searches of the local TV, radio and newspaper websites did not reveal anything except for the piece on ICE McDonald we brought you the other day.
KY3 TV reports that Kirby VanBurch has retired five of his big cats to a local big cat animal sanctuary. The three tigers and two leopards (all born in captivity) will live out their lives at the National Tiger Sanctuary located near Branson, MO.
Robin Leach is reporting in the Las Vegas Sun that Mac King is getting numerous requests for assistance with marriage proposals. Honestly, we are not even running magic proposal videos anymore because they are getting to be so common. Of course, if something really amazing pops up you can count on iTricks to pass it along. By the way, Smoothini also gets a mention in Leach’s Star Scribbles column.
And finally, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph ran a piece on Cosentino recently that featured his struggles to learn to read. Apparently the magician did not really pick up the skill until about age 12 and is now lending his name and efforts to the 2014 Wall of Hands, a fundraiser for the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation.
Posted by Michael on June 26th, 2014
Robin Leach is reporting in the Las Vegas Sun that casting will begin this weekend for Guard Dog, a new film written and directed by magician Rory Johnston and produced by him and magic legend Lance Burton. This family oriented film is not Lance’s first foray in films; his directorial debut Billy Topit is now in post-production. You can learn more about Guard Dog at its official website.
We are starting to see hype about the newest incarnation of Masters Of Illusion. The Baltimore Sun ran a featurette on Spencer Horsman recently which states he will be in the first and third episodes of the series. Masters Of Illusion premieres August 1st on the CW.
Speaking of TV, do not forget to check your local listings to catch David Copperfield on History’s American Restoration tonight.