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DaVinci Needs Help, American Museum Of Magic And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on March 23rd, 2017

Today’s opening clip is of David DaVinci. You may know him from his Magic Master Summit or as the Thrillusionist. While performing on cruise ships, his wife and main assistant Jamie fell from one of their illusions and shattered her wrist. It sounds like his act’s liability insurance and the cruise ship are letting them down and now Jamie is in Spain needing wrist surgery that will have to be paid up front. For the next few days David is selling lifetime access to the Magic Master Summit for $97 (a $200 discount) to try to raise the money for the surgery. You can also make a PayPal donation or just buy one of the DaVinci DVDs. For the best updates on Jamie’s condition, head to FaceBook.

The Battle Creek Enquirer has details on the new season of magic at the American Museum of Magic, which is scheduled to begin April 1st. That is also their 39th anniversary!

The Hollywood Reporter has details from a fundraiser at the Improv that ended up seeing Andy Dick interviewing Andrew Goldenhersh about Daryl Easton’s recent death and some of Goldenhersh’s statements have contradicted popularly reported news of the unfortunate death.

Travis Nye, The Great Nivelli And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on March 22nd, 2017

We mentioned today’s lead off video yesterday but couldn’t re-post it here. Luckily, Travis Nye put his appearance on KDLT TV on YouTube so we can go ahead and show you the anchor’s hilarious reaction to a classic effect. See more of Travis over on his website.

Lawyer George Khoury breaks down the elements of the lawsuit agains David Copperfield over on the Find Law blogs.

Broadway World has the real life story behind Nivelli’s War, which is making its US debut off Broadway in April. The play tells the the story of a magician in the World War II concentration camps and a fellow prisoner he inspires to pursue magic.

Finally, the Lake County News-Sun (part of the Chicago Tribune network) has the story of elementary school teacher turned full time magician Bill Blagg.

Magic On Local TV, Dealt And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on March 21st, 2017

First up today is Devin Henderson on KCTV’s Better KC from the other day. As I am still recovering from my recent hospitalization, I actually watched this when it was on live… ’cause it is on before Price Is Right. You can see more of Devin (who doesn’t bill himself as a magician, by the way) on his website.

Kind of a light news day to be perfectly honest. There are a couple of local TV news show appearances that we can’t re-post that you may want to check out. Travis Nye was in the studios of KDLT Sioux Falls (the anchor’s reaction is fairly funny) and David Casas visited Rock Island, Illinois’s channel 4.

Variety has a review of Dealt, the Richard Turner documentary.

Finally, the Business Insider’s Chris Weller looks at product designers and quotes magician/’net ethicist Tristan Harris extensively.

TV Sitcom Magic, Cosentino, Houdini And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on March 20th, 2017

Today’s lead off video is a little long, but it is a long form interview by Neil Carousso with retired teacher turned full time magician Philip Levy.

Stuff (at least the New Zealand version) had Cosentino on their Facebook for a live chat earlier today (way earlier if you are in North America like us) but you can see the 15 minute promo for the discussion here.

Deadline (via Yahoo) reports
Sam Huntington (Being Human) has joined the cast of the new Jon Cryer sitcom Losing It as Cryer’s younger brother, a successful birthday party magician.

The Hindu has the story of Kudroli Ganesh’s magic shows to promote a cleanliness campaign in India to help battle public health issues.

The Economic Times has posted an infographic of Houdini facts (since his birthday is later this week).

Daring Theft, Houdini Museum And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on March 17th, 2017

Just a couple of quick news pieces this morning as we warm up for a big weekend! We are almost to St. Patricks day and around iTricks Tower Midwest Spring Break is about to start and it hasn’t snowed it at least two days! That means summer, and America’s Got Talent, is coming… and our lead video is Cody Prophet in a clip he posted on YouTube marked as part of an AGT audition package.

First up, from the Manchester Evening News via Yahoo, comes news that a 16 year old busking magician had his custom made and self designed top hat stolen right off his head as he waited to perform. Check out pictures of the hat here.

The Washington Post visited Dorothy Dietrich and the Houdini Museum in Scranton; expect a few more Houdini stories as we approach his birthday next week.

Finally, the New York Times Magazine ran a nice feature on “the magician who wants to break magic.” You probably know him as Derek DelGaudio.

UK’s Little Big Shots, Angel, Houdini And Hollywood [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on March 16th, 2017

Turns out that Little Big Shots is one of the shows that is being made in several different countries. In the UK, Dawn French hosts and recently ran across 13 year old magician Dan in this video we found on TellyMix.

News out of Hollywood is that JD Dillard, who directed magic thriller Sleight, is in the running to co-write and direct a new version of The Fly. Read more on Yahoo! News (from Deadline).

It has been a year since Paul Daniels passed away; his widow Debbie McGee spoke to British media outlets, admitting that she does not feel guilty for living her life since Paul’s death. Read more coverage from the Daily Mail and The Sun.

Inside Edition (via Yahoo) is giving Criss Angel a chance to respond to allegations that his hospitalization last week was for publicity.

Broadway World has the details on Magic At Coney, the Coney Island magic show that runs at noon this Sunday!

When magicians think Houdini, they often think Halloween. That is the anniversary of his death, but he was born on March 24 in Budapest. As his 143rd birthday approaches, WFUV radio posted a 30 minute audio program that includes a visit to New York’s Houdini Museum and Fantasma Magic and the Post Crescent has an article on Houdini’s impact to this day on his adopted American hometown of Appleton, Wisconsin.

YouTube, P&T VR And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on March 15th, 2017

Chris Ramsay is usually doing magic, but in today’s video he is touring the YouTube HQ. It’s a pretty cool place, actually…

Gearbox Software has again mentioned that they are doing a Penn and Teller VR game. Dual Shockers is reporting at the PAX East 2017 show Randy Pitchford referred to the game as Penn and Teller’s Cruel Virtual Tricks For Real Friends, a nod to their book Penn and Teller’s Cruel Tricks For Dear Friends. If you head to the Dual Shockers site you can see the only art released from the project: character mock ups of the boys.

The About My Area site for Portsmouth (in the UK) has details on an upside down straitjacket escape that Dan Churchley will be attempting in April while suspended from the Emirates Spinnaker Tower, 100 meters above sea level.

The Naked Magicians are starting a run in Chicago tonight that will go until Sunday night. Details on the NWI Times site.

Finally, ever wonder what happened to Tape Face from America’s Got Talent? He is playing the Flamingo and Vegas News has Mike Hammer’s impressions of the show.