Archive for the 'News' Category

BGT Controversy, Illusionists And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on April 28th, 2017

Kevin James from The Illusionists promoted the show’s appearance at the Saroyan Theater in Fresno, CA. More video at the Fox 26 website. And Adam Trent, another of the Illusionist cast, was featured on Red Bulletin before his new Red Bull series begins this month.

The new season of Britain’s Got Talent just began but there is already controversy. Carl Leek is alleged that the audition effect used by 8 year old Issy Simpson was Leek’s signature effect and that Leek also auctioned and, despited get four “yes” votes was not seen on TV. Occurring to Digital Spy, Britain’s Got Talent despite Leek’s claim. You can also read more at Entertainment Daily UK.

Pix 11 is reporting that Rene Clement has been named the Magician of the Year by parent assembly of the Society of American Magicians in New York. New more at the assembly’s website.

And finally, Sleight is loading in theaters tonight; SyFy’s Blastr talked to Jacob Latimore about the film. His street magician is being called a superhero by criticisms.

Shlomo Levinger, Blaine On TV And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on April 27th, 2017

It always helps a performer to get famous people in the audience. The late, great Don Rickles, for example, said he owed his career to Frank Sinatra seeing his show and recommending him to other Hollywood A-listers. It might be an even bigger deal when magicians can be seen performing up close and personal with stars, like this video of Shlomo Levinger with The Blacklist star Ryan Eggold.

The AT&T Audience Network, available on AT&T Uverse and DirecTV, is launching the new series Fear{less} with Tim Ferriss May 30th. The first guest to join the best selling author will be David Blaine.

Finally, the University of California, Santa Barbara newspaper The Bottom Line profiles student magician Travis Kim, who recently enjoyed some Internet fame after a clip of him performing at a party went around campus.

Murray’s Back, Houdini To Florida And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on April 26th, 2017

Today’s opening clip is Chris Randall performing his tribute to Daryl at the Magic Circle in London, posted by Chris on his YouTube page.

Murray is back from his first USO Tour and Vegas News has the pictures.

Death and Harry Houdini is returning to Florida for a five week run; get all the details on SouthFlorida.com.

Finally, Historic Mysteries has a two piece article on the history of paranormal investigations, including some interesting pictures of “ghost hunting” equipment. Read Part One here and Part Two here.

Young Magicians, Birds And Movie Magic [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on April 25th, 2017

It would appear that Issy Simpson is making fans all over the UK after her Britain’s Got Talent appearance. She recently appeared on the ITV talkshow Lorraine with her grandfather to talk about her experiences so far.

Collins Key, as iTricksters all know, was recently given this year’s Junior Achievement Award at the Academy of Magical Arts Awards. The rest of the world is starting to hear about it, too, thanks to coverage on the popular celeb news site Just Jared Jr.

You may remember the young girl that swallowed a quarter trying to emulate YouTube magic… Inside Edition follows her as she gets the chance to meet her idol Criss Angel, who brought her family out to Vegas for a show.

That enough young magician news for you? How about a heart warming animal story? A bird owning police officer in Fairfax County reunited magician Edgar Vidaurre with his performing partner Sol, a cockatoo who had been left behind at a soccer game. Read more on the NBC 4 Washington and WUSA 9 websites.

Finally, more reviews are in for Sleight, which is opening this week in some markets. Village Voice had some criticisms while The Daily Beast declares it the first great superhero movie (COUGH, COUGH!! Ummm, Blade!) Meanwhile, Dread Central has an interview with the film’s villain DulĂ© Hill.

New Trailer Introduces Bob Klamm

Posted by Michael on April 24th, 2017

The new trailer for Fly Like A Bumblebee, the feature film being developed from legally blind magician Bob Klamm’s autobiography of the same name, has been released. This featurette is basically a short documentary introducing Bob to all of those who never had the pleasure of meeting him or seeming him perform. Kaden Bart Rockett and Todd Robbins have been signed to star in the film.

Follow the progress of Fly Like A Bumblebee on their official site.

Europe’s Young Magicians And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on April 24th, 2017
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We brought you a little magic with Issy Simpson last week; now that she has been on Britain’s Got Talent, some fans of the show are upset she did not get the automatic advancement of a Golden Buzzer from one of the judges as detailed in The Sunday Express. Metro reports last year’s winner Richard Jones is among her fans.

Issy isn’t the only young magician making a splash. Deutsche Welle has an English language video profile of 10 year old Max Schmalhofer, the youngest member of Germany’s Magic Circle.

No upcoming magicians on the Johnny Carson re-runs on Antenna TV, but ventriloquist Ronn Lucas will be on Wednesday night. No Penn and Teller on CW this week, either, or any other magicians scheduled on talk shows that we could find.

The Golf Channel has video of Matthew Furman wowing the professional golfers at the Valero Texas Open over the weekend.

Swallowing Quarters, Magician In Trouble And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on April 20th, 2017

We’re opening today with a KTLA news story on a young lady who almost choked on a coin trying to emulate magic she saw on YouTube. All you social media magicians: please think about what you are presenting and who might be watching you. Material for kid show performers always points out that you should never put anything in your mouth, ear or eyes… or even appear to do something like that. You can read more about Morgan’s story on the Daily Mail site.

Also from the Daily Mail: details on the sentence for a magician convicted of assaulting his girlfriend. The Evening Standard has coverage as well.

We pointed out that this Sunday’s episode of Elementary will feature magic earlier this week; it seems like the next episode of Midsomer Murders in some markets. Check your local PBS station to see if they are airing an episode titled The Magician’s Nephew this week.

Finally, the magic thriller Sleight is working its way into theaters; Movie Pilot just profiled of some of the key people involved.