Archive for the 'Las Vegas' Category

Magic Movies And TV [Magic Bulletin]

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.

Alex Belfield Interviews A Bevy Of Vegas Heavyweights

Posted by Michael on June 24th, 2014

Alex Belfield is an English journalist with a huge archive of celebrity interviews on his website This may be of particular interest to iTricksters because of all the time he has spent in Las Vegas over the years. A quick search of his site will connect you not only with the Piff the Magic Dragon interview heard above (from May 20 of this year) but also interviews with Lance Burton, David Copperfield, Mac King, Murray SawChuck and many more magicians. All of his archived interviews have been posted as YouTube videos, most of which match pictures to the conversation.

Steven Knight On AGT, $250K Penn And Teller Trick And More [Magic on the Block]

Posted by Michael on June 11th, 2014

Last night’s final AGT magician leads off today’s Magic Bulletin. Stephen Knight, much like Patrick Gable Marnelli, only got a few seconds but it appears that he got through to the next round as well thanks to his slick shell game presentation. You can find out more about Stephen at his website.

Speaking of AGT, Smoothini is already showing up on web searches for MAGIC and MAGICIAN. He seems to have made a big impression last night!

We posted a Vinny DePonto promo piece Monday from director Jeremy White’s Vimeo pages, but it was not actually the final version that was used. You can see it here.

The Guardian’s Brian Logan took a skeptical look at the skepticism of magicians. It is a short, but interesting, piece that you can read online. Penn and Derren Brown are specifically named.

Speaking of Penn, John Katsilometes recently reported in the Las Vegas Sun that Penn and Teller are adding a vanishing pygmy elephant bit to their act… at a cost of $250,000! He also mentions that the boys will be performing for British royalty later this month.

Illusion Exhibit, Darcy Oakes’ Torso And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on June 3rd, 2014

Richard Wiseman’s exhibit Illusion: Nothing Is As It Seemsis enjoying its North American premiere run at the Reuben H> Fleet Science Center in San Diego. Learn more in the video above… and if you want to catch the exhibit you have until January.

According to the headline over at, “Britain’s Got Talent’s hot magician Darcy Oakes finally gets his torso out in his sexiest shoot EVER!” Hey, the all caps emphasis was theirs, not ours.

Entertainment Weekly is reporting on new NBC fall lineup premiere dates… Constantine hits the airwaves on Friday, October 24 after the season premiere of Grimm.

According to a press release, the MGM Grand (home of David Copperfield, KA and more) has signed a licensing deal with All-American Licensing and Management Group, which means more MGM branded merchandise in the future.

Murray Shills For The TSA, Blaine Hangs With Bono And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on May 16th, 2014

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.

USDA Targets VanBurch, Teller On The Tempest, Tony Awards And More [Magic Bulletin]

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.”

Magical Milestones And Motorcycle Rides [Magic Bulletin]

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.