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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.

WizWars Finale, Cagigal Show, PC Sorcar On Tiger Attacks And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on September 24th, 2014

We start off today with the trailer for Christian Cagigal’s OBSCURA because Broadway World is reporting that he is bringing the show to the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley October 15 through November 2.

Wizard Wars ended its first season last night. The OC Register ran a story on Naathan Phan, their local contribution to the show, and Zap2It summarized the finale (be warned, though, for they drop SPOILERS).

Speaking of season finales, the US run of Fool Us ends with back to back episodes on CW… Check your local listings.

TV’s Mat Franco made a surprise Vegas appearance, according to The Las Vegas Sun’s Robin Leach, at a Terry Fator show. He will be headlining his America’s Got Talent Live Show at Planet Hollywood soon.

PC Sorcar Jr has come to the defense of big cats in the aftermath of a white tiger mauling at the Delhi Zoo. According to, Sorcar says that public behavior is the real blame, not animals following their natural instincts. The young man involved in the incident, who was killed by the cat, had jumped into the tiger’s enclosure.

Forbes recently ran on article on how to decide if your business should hire a magician, juggler or speaker for events. Between you and me, it seemed a bit harsh and completely ignored the fact that an entertainer could actually deliver a meaningful message to professionals.

Finally, Andrew Mayne’s new book Angel Killer is out as a paperback (you can get it at Amazon) and he is starting a book tour tonight in LA at Diesel. Friday he will be at Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego and at Mysterious Bookshop in NYC October 1. Full disclosure: Andrew owns the site, but he did not even bother to tell me about this mini-book tour. I only found out from being on his mailing list.