The video above is, as some of you will no doubt recognize, a montage of the three different openings used on the 1973 series The Magician, starring Bill Bixby. It followed Tony Blake, internationally famous and terribly successful stage illusionist, as he solved crimes either from his jet or his bachelor pad at the Magic Castle. In recent years it is probably best known as the answer to the trivia question “What television show was The X-Files‘ Fox Mulder watching when his sister mysteriously disappeared?”
We lead with The Magician today because Bruce Lansbury, creator of the show and brother of Angela Lansbury, passed away on Monday. Lansbury also produced Murder, She Wrote and helped to develop iconic shows such as Happy Days and The Brady Bunch. Read more about on the NY Daily News site.
Not much else to report today except Deadline has announced that in addition to the casting news from earlier in the week, the ABC pilot Deception has added Ilfenesh Hadera to the cast as a second FBI agent.
Finally: I just realized that since I have been sick, I completely missed everything coming out of Blackpool! Anybody have any good videos or stories? Send’em my way!
It is February, so there is a new book available to download for free in the Conjuring Arts Book Club. This month you can download a free, high quality PDF of The Memory Man by Datas. Originally published in 1932, Datas tells his life story and goes over his career performing an extraordinary memory act. Visit the Conjuring Arts Shop for your copy; later this month Asi Wind will lead an online discussion of the text.
Let’s get some housekeeping out of the way: I have been mentioning that I am sick lately and I am currently in the middle of doctor ordered bedrest due to pneumonia. I know I am missing stuff and, worse yet, letting down the iTricksters. As I feel better the next few days I will be making a post or two and hopefully by sometime next week everything will be back to normal.
Some TV news: the cast of the ABC pilot Deception, about a disgraced magician assisting the FBI, now includes Jack Cutmore-Scott in the main role, Amaury Nolasco as an FBI agent and Lenora Crichlow as the magician’s make up artist and producer. The team behind the show includes David Kwong.
Some award news: the BBC is reporting that Matthew Le Mottee is the 2017 Magic Circle Close Up Magician of the Year. They even have some video of him on their site. Meanwhile, back in the States NBC KTEN (Northeast Texas) is reporting that Eric Appel has been named this year’s Mr. Magico magician of the year. Mr. Magico, of course, was originally Joe Monte but in recent years Mr. Magico performers have been trained all over the country.
And some show news: Steve Valentine is performing his autobiographical show Life And Other Deceptions in Studio City Saturday night. Get tickets here. Meanwhile, on the other side of the country Derek DelGaudio’s In and Of Itself, which is produced by Neil Patrick Harris and directed by Frank Oz, will open off Broadway at the Daryl Roth Theater this spring. Variety reports that the engagement will last 10 weeks but does not yet have dates.
CBC News is reporting that magician and educational aide Daniel “Dan the Magic Man” Kamenicky has plead guilty to two counts of child pornography charges.
Finally, on a lighter note, Nathan Allen (The Maniac of Magic) joins D. Lynn Bennett on the inaugural episode of the Blind Not Stupid podcast to discuss the odd conspiracy theories that have grown up around the death of Harry Houdini. It is about 90 minutes long and you can stream it from YouTube.
Dennis Watkins visited the WGN studios yesterday morning with some actors from Fist Fight and does an effect I am on record as hating… but I know the people love it! If you are in the Chicago area any time soon, you can catch Dennis Friday and Saturday nights at the House Theatre of Chicago.
Forbes posted a new interview with David Copperfield yesterday that focuses on his keys to success; read it on their website.
The people at Fine Books spoke with Gabe Fajuri after the record setting sale of a Houdini poster from the recent Norm Nielsen collection auctions. $114,000 for a rare water torture cell print from 1912.
The Children’s Home of Lubbock have announced an April fundraiser featuring a magic performance by Jon Dorenbos. Get all of the details on the Lubbock Journal-Avalanche site.
The Kansas City Star profiled Keith Leff, local performer and IBM Ring 129′s 2016 Close Up Magician of the Year. If you are in the area, he performs two Fridays a month at Old Shawnee Mission Pizza. Once I finally finish moving I see they have gluten free pizza (it is a medical condition, not a lifestyle choice… nobody sane chooses to be gluten free) so I’ll drop in and see Keith work as soon as I can!
Something a little different to start today’s Bulletin. This just posted “bonus footage” from the History Channel show American Pickers features the antique and collectible hunters exploring a large magic collection from the season 16 episode :The Greatest Pick On Earth.”
This weekend is the Festival of Magic’s Women Rule Magic Show in Bakersfield, which is featuring female performers. Among the headliners are friends of iTricks Suzanne and Jen Kramer. You can get all the details on the website or visit the KGET website for a video about the show.
Let’s start the week with a short video featuring Chris Oberle released over the weekend by the good folks at Haines House of Cards.
So, the Super Bowl pretty much dominated the weekend (I slept through it). Since the Patriots have an official magician, John Logan, he even got some coverage with profiles in The Valley Newsand the Boston Globe.
Murray SawChuck is going to Guantanamo Bay. Seriously; Murray is joining Howard Blackwell and Dave Chandler for his first USO Tour. Read more on the Vegas News site.
According to the New York Times, author Paul Auster will soon celebrate his 70th birthday by holding of reading of his latest novel in Miami with music from his daughter and a little magic from friend David Blaine.
Finally, out of Toledo, The Blade is reporting that local magician David Sieja has passed away. He was a 50 year member of the IBM and the Toledo Society of Magicians will perform a broken wand ceremony at his funeral tomorrow.
Morning. I may or may not be back… I think I feel better but I think I am also exhausted, which seems weird after sleeping for the last 20 or so hours. This might be the only post. Let’s start the day off with this Windy City Live feature on Bill Cook, who tips a couple secrets to successful performing. He also pulls off some sweet magic.
We have a couple of charity shows to mention.The Parsons Sun, out of Kansas, says that the Proud Animal Lovers no kill shelter is planning a magic dinner show to raise money for their animals. Peter Walterscheid and Terry Elton will provide a 90 minute show with a catered dinner. Meanwhile, Milledgeville, Georgia’s Union-Recorder has details on the two shows mark the Magic Man will perform this Saturday to benefit Communities in Schools of Milledgeville-Baldwin County.
Finally, a very cool story in the Las Vegas Review-Journal about Michael Blau, a high school senior who is taking knowledge gained at the Magic Castle and using it to mentor other students interested in magic. Michael will be attending Washington University next school year… which is literally five minutes north of the current iTricks Tower Midwest. Michael, if you have any questions about the neighborhood, drop me a line!
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