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Naked Magicians, Blaine, Franco And More [Magic Bulletin]

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 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).

Vegas News And Misty Lee [Magic Bulletin]

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!

Tommy Wind Hits A Milestone

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.

Wizard Wars, Blaine In Asia And Much More [Magic Bulletin]

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. 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, 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.

Wizard Wars, Magician Golfers And More [Magic Bulletin]

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 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.

Bacardi Profiles Rogue, Everyone Predicted Germany And More [Magic Bulletin]

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 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.

Alex Ramon, VanBurch, Mac King And More [Magic Bulletin]

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.