Archive for the 'News' Category

J&B Magic Shop Is Now Open!

Posted by Michael on July 15th, 2019

A few months ago Brent Braun posted the video above as a part of his Indiegogo campaign to open a magic shop and theater in New Albany, Indiana. Now, that dream is a reality. You can read more about the new brick and mortar store in this Insider Louisville article and over at the official website.

Congrats To Smoothini And Criss Angel, Free Stuff, More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on July 15th, 2019

We are not sure how long this will be going on, but over the weekend we found you can download Rick Lax’s The Secrets of Magic from Penguin Magic if you just pass the deal along to a friend.

Congratulations to friend of iTricks Smoothini! His Fuse network television show Hip Hop Houdini has been nominated for a 2019 Imagen Award, which encourage and recognize the positive portrayals of Latinos in the media, in the field of Best Variety of Reality Show. The 34th Annual Imagen Awards will be presented Saturday August 10. You know the iTricksters are all pulling for you!

Speaking of congratulations, we also offer our congratulations to Criss Angel who recently performed his 100th show at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino; see pictures over at Vegas News.

Paul Daniels’ nephew James Phelan is ready for his Edinburgh Fringe debut this month and talked with the Evening Post about his show and pedigree.

Tubular Insights, a website dedicated to video marketing, featured Rick Lax and some of his techniques to create highly popular Internet media.

In a CNN World article that is sure to draw some interest among the magic community reports on traditional Chinese magicians calling for censorship of the Internet to keep their secrets from being exposed.

Finally, Stuff NZ took a minute to profile legendary magician Carter the Great… we guess because we did tour New Zealand.

Bring The Funny, NOVA And Shark vs Magician [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on July 11th, 2019

NBC’s new comedy competition show Bring The Funny features a wide variety of acts including a little magic, as evidenced by this performance from Jarred Fell on the premiere episode.

PBS science program Nova takes a look at magic and how you can be fooled in a new article.

Finally, Andrew Mayne might just be insane. For full disclosure, he owns this site. He also is going to have a new special airing on Discovery during Shark Week, called Andrew Mayne: Ghost Diver featuring Andrew’s quest to build and test his own underwater stealth shark armor so he can swim among sharks. Be sure to watch on August 2nd to see if iTricks will still be around on August 3rd!

The Other AGT’s Bachelor, Jen Kramer, Ed Alonzo and More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on July 9th, 2019 is reporting former Bachelor/Bachelorette participant Apollo Jackson is going to be appearing on the other AGT, Australia’s Got Talent, this year… and the clip of his audition (which has been released before the series has even premiered) starts our day.

Jen Kramer is the subject of Las Vegas Weekly’s latest All Things Vegas podcast… check it out here.

The Today Show has a feature article (it is an actual print article on their website) on the unlikely success of Sacred By The Bell, which includes a chat with Ed Alonzo.

Finally, Antimusic has the lineup of shows at the IBM Convention in Phoenix this week.

Penn, Border Magic, Soccer Magic And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on July 8th, 2019

We’re starting off the week with a little trade show magic from Danny Orleans for The Imagine group.

New issue of Vanish Magazine is out… download it free over at their website.

Penn Jillette was the guest on a recent episode of Salon Talks; over the course of a half an hour he talks about the new season of Fool Us, the new VR game and more.

The Addison County Independent looks at Tom Verner and Janet Fredericks of Magicians Without Borders and their trip to entertain those detained at the US southern border.

Reuter’s (via Yahoo) looks at the secret behind the Peru national soccer team’s recent success: Ernesto Carpio, aka El Mago Plomo, the team’s resident magician. You can learn more about him in this Teller Report article and

Broadway World has pictures from Criss Angel’s Broadway residence at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, which began last week.

Finally, Adventures In Poor Taste has an article from mentalist Eric Walton examining the methods of Spider-Man adversary Mysterio.

Magic, Literature, Crossbow Accidents And Organs [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on July 2nd, 2019

Magician Li Lau has posted a video (above) thanking everyone for their support and letting the world know he is well after being shot in the head with a crossbow during a magic trick gone wrong in front of a live audience at the at the National Arts Festival in Makhanda, South Africa on Sunday.

Website It’s Nice That takes a look at new magic publication The Neat Review, which you can learn even more about on their website.

Speaking of the literary world and magic, Literary Hub has a piece by Gabriel Urza exploring what fiction writers can learn from magicians, focusing on Joshua Jay.

Mr. Jay is hardly the only magician with a bent for fiction… Fulton Oursler (author of The Greatest Story Ever Told), Clayton Rawson and Andrew Mayne all jump to mind!

Toy News has a piece on the success of Jamie Raven’s magic sets and how they have led to his decision to open a magic theater and school.

My Web Times takes a look at the Ottawa Organ at the Magic Castle.

Finally, the Grace Baptist Church posted an entire hour long show Todd Smith performed for their congregation over the weekend on their YouTube channel.

Piff’s Puppet, Ben Hart Tour And Derek Selinger [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on July 1st, 2019

The Las Vegas Review-Journal is reporting perpetual runner up Piff the Magic Dragon is developing his own puppet for inclusion in his act.

Ben Hart is launching his first ever UK Tour and Broadway World has a short piece summarizing his career so far.

It’s Monday, so there is a new Penn & Teller: Fool Us on The CW tonight. The Calgary Herald (via MSN) reports Derek Selinger will be on the tonight’s episode… the first Calgarian to ever appear on the show. He also appeared on Breakfast Television to promote the episode.