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Houdini, National Magic Week, Louis Foxx [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on October 18th, 2018

Louie Foxx dropped by KING 5′s New Day Northwest to promote his shows at the Tin Theater in Burien, WA and National Magic Week.

National Magic Week, of course, ties in with Halloween and the death of Harry Houdini. The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini is a new production which explores the final days of the world’s most famous magician and the Matador Network takes a look at the immersive show, now playing in New York.

Speaking of Halloween and Houdini, Mental Floss takes a look at the rise and fall of five famous mediums…. bet Houdini’s name comes up a time or two!

The Whiskey Wizard, Jibrizy, Chicago’s Women In Magic [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on October 17th, 2018

Darshwood the Whiskey Wizard stopped by the WHAS studios in Louisville to promote his performances at the Ciao Ristorante.

Rolling Out introduces its readers to Jibrizy with a question and answer piece.

Quick aside (this is Michael’s opinion, not necessarily that of iTricks, its staff or subsidiaries): I hear a pretty good amount of trash talk about Jibrizy in the magic community and I don’t get it. I haven’t met the guy but I wish him the best. I am not saying he is the most talented, creative or skilled magician out there but he does have a good amount of charisma, he has really tapped into social media and his success just adds to the popularity of magic, so what is the problem? Honestly, I think that the biggest and oldest issue tearing apart magic isn’t exposure but jealousy. And Jibrizy, if you find yourself out in Kansas City drop me a line and the barbecue is on me.

Finally, Broadway World Chicago has the details on a really exciting series being put on by the Chicago Magic Lounge. They will feature five shows from November 29 to December 1 celebrating women in magic. Jade, Carisa Hendrix’s alter ego Lucy Darling, Jan Rose and Alba.

A Spotlight On Jay Owenhouse’s Tigers

Posted by Michael on October 16th, 2018

KXLF just posted this piece on the twin tigers that perform in Jay Owenhouse’s show after one, Shekinah, hurt herself while rough-housing with her sister and required surgery normally only given humans!

Misko, Brown, Angel And India’s Got Talent

Posted by Michael on October 16th, 2018

Michael Misko visited the studios of CBS affiliate KDKA in Pittsburgh to do a little magic and promote his upcoming shows at The Strand Theater. You can see more of his TV appearance here.

The Wrap looks at Derren Brown’s new special Sacrifice and analyzes why he chose the person he did to be the subject of his “experiment.”

Speaking of Mr. Brown, according to The Irish Examiner, the internationally known mentalist and magician does not get asked to read minds very often anymore… that is just one of the things that came out in their recent interview with the magician.

On the international front, the website for The National previews India’s Got Talent, as it gets set to return for its eighth season.

Finally, congratulations to Criss Angel and Shaunyl Benson, who have announced on Instagram they are expecting a baby.

Spidey, Banksy, Valentine, Munroe, Grandinetti and More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on October 15th, 2018

Here is a spooky bit Spidey performed on this year’s season finale of Masters Of Illusion; it is time for us to start sliding towards Halloween after all and I think we will celebrate mentalism today.

Uri Geller is scheduled to be the guest for the first two hours of Coast To Coast AM with George Noory (1 AM Eastern, 10 PM Pacific). You’ll have to figure out who your local affiliate is, but it is carried by something like 600+ American radios stations and the Road Dog Trucking Sirius XM station.

The Indy 100, via MSN, covers blacksmith/maker/magician Josh Gilbert’s theory the recent destruction of a piece by Banksy after being auctioned was “fake.”

The Guardian’s Fiona Sturges takes a rather sharp look
at Derren Brown and his newest special Sacrifice.

Hallels spoke with Jim Munroe about his Make Cancer Disappear campaign.

If you have an hour, check out this long form interview with magician and actor Steve Valentine from SAM Assembly 181 on their Vimeo page.

The Jackson Hole News and Guide caught up with Michael Grandinetti ahead of his appearance Sunday at the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts.

Finally, The Virginia Gazette has all the details on the Williamsburg Magic Club’s family-friendly Halloween performance at the James City County Library on Oct. 24. If you are in the area, go support a local club and local performers by checking out the show!

David Berglas, Rick Thomas, Upcoming Auctions And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on October 12th, 2018

The David Berglas Scrapbooks posted a new episode on their YouTube page yesterday highlighting a sensational 1959 demonstration of magical teleportation. Watch the entire video; there is some real history in this!

Ennyman’s Territory looks at the Houdiana auction at Potter and Potter, which will be held a week from tomorrow on October 20. Potter and Potter has also announced they will be holding an auction of the Johnny Fox sideshow collection in November. Download PDF catalogs and get more details on the Potter and Potter website.

The Southern Illinoisian profiled illusionist Rick Thomas ahead of his appearance at the Marion Cultural & Civic Center tonight.

Finally, we have a pretty good idea there will be some magic in the new series America’s Got Talent: The Champions, at least according to Shin Lim. He told Metro he hadn’t seen Simon Cowell since winning America’s Got Talent, but had a feeling we would due to AGT: The Champions.

Who else would you like to see on the new Got Talent franchise?

Is Banksy A Magician?

Posted by Michael on October 11th, 2018

We’re sure you have seen this video of a painting by the secretive artist Banksy after it was recently auctioned off at Sotheby’s… (This particular video, by the way, is from CBS News.) The shredding isn’t our focus here as much as a conversation recently held at iTricks Tower Midwest with a magic shop owner who maintains Banksy is a magician or had help from a magician. Being a little more jaded, we thought he was simply in cahoots with Sotheby’s.

What do the iTricksters out there think?