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 NewKerala.com, 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.
Posted by Michael on September 17th, 2014
First up is Mat Franco’s second performance from last night’s episode of America’s Got Talent. Tonight’s results show will see each of the finalist performance with a celebrity and all have been announced except for who will be joining Mat Franco. Birthday boy David Copperfield (maybe)? David Blaine (we think he is still in Asia)? Penn and Teller (probably not; they would be running against their own show in many markets)? Kathie Lee and Hoda (again)? Tune in tonight to find out.
Speaking of TV, we still have Fool Us and Masters of Illusions to look forward to in the US this week. Did you see Wizard Wars last night? Great line up, another solid show.
Speaking of David Blaine, he is still in the Philippines and there was another write up of his show on the site Inquirer.net. Apparently he was joined in his underwater breath holding demonstration by a skeptical young lady from the audience… He clocked over ten minutes and she lasted “a few seconds!”
Robin Leach’s Strip Scribbles column in the Las Vegas Sun has a bit on the Naked Magicians, who will be making a limited run at the Tommy Wind Theatre in Vegas late October.
Finally, The Hollywood Reporter has a review of Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles, which just played Telluride. You may want to catch it when it comes to your town (or favorite video on demand outlet).
Posted by Michael on September 16th, 2014
It may only be September (or, as they say in German “September“) but the Hofbrauhaus in Las Vegas is already starting Oktoberfest! The video above (from KNTV) shows them kicking it off last Friday with special guest keg tappers Siegfried and Roy. It is always good to see the the Masters Of The Impossible!
Speaking of Vegas, Robin Leach in The Las Vegas Sun recently mentioned that Murray SawChuck made a surprise appearance at Deanna Martin’s show to welcome her back to Sin City.
Magic Castle medium (and voice actress) Misty Lee is scheduled for Thursday’s episode of Today’s Inspiring Women with Deanne DeMarco. The show airs at Noon Pacific and you should be able to listen live (or for a while as an archive) the the show’s official VoiceAmerica website.
Finally, Mat Franco on NBC’s America’s Got Talent (with the final tomorrow) and new episode of SyFy’s Wizard Wars tonight, Penn and Teller’s Fool Us tomorrow and new Masters of Illusions (both on The CW) Friday. Looking ahead, next week brings a double shot of Fool Us!
Posted by Michael on September 12th, 2014
Tommy Wind had his 400th show at the Tommy Wind Theater earlier this week. iTricks would like to congratulate him on achieving the milestone and look forward to the day he celebrates 500 shows!
Here is a video of Tommy from the Morning Blend talking about his magic shows. You can learn more about Tommy’s theater at its website and about Tommy at his magic show website.
Posted by Michael on September 10th, 2014
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.