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Blaine Under Investigation And Free Stuff [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on April 2nd, 2019

Multiple outlets are reporting the NYPD is investigating sexual assault allegations against David Blaine. Read more on the New York Daily News, Fox News or USA Today websites. Video coverage above from WTHR in Indiana.

Now, some free stuff!

The latest issue of Vanish Magazine is out, featuring Chris Funk on the cover. Download a free copy (or buy physical ones in a variety of sizes) on their website.

Potter and Potter will be auctioning off the magic collection of Ray Goulet on April 27 and the catalog is now available to download for free on their website… this one, however, you might want to buy the physical copy!

S&R Allegations, Amazing Find And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on April 1st, 2019

The allegations made by Siegfried and Roy’s animal handler in the Hollywood Reporter last week are gaining wide attention, including this segment from over the weekend on Today. You can also see coverage on ABC here and Inside Edition here.

Las Vegas Magazine posted a piece over the weekend on Penn and Teller and their reactions to the loss of Johnny Thompson.

Speaking of the duo, the Penn & Teller: April Fool Us Day special airs tonight on The CW, so check your local listings. The Oneida Daily Dispatch is reporting AGT alum Leon Etienne will be part of the show, which will also include pranking TV host Chris Hardwick.

Speaking of April Fools’ Day, it is today so be on your guard!

Heavy.com profiled sportswriter Rick Reilly in anticipation of his new book on President Trump. Among their five facts about the author is he considers himself an amateur magician.

The San Diego Opera is putting on a production of The Aging Magician, a piece about a clockmaker writing a biography of a famous magician. Get the details on the San Diego Reader website.

If traveling is in your future, City Guide NY has a list of the top ten magic shows to catch in New York City and Cruise Miss reports the magic and illusion show Astonishing is expanding from three to six ship on the P&O Cruises line.

Finally, we found some amazing lost footage of Harry Houdini on a European university library site. We can not embed the clip here, but you can see it on the University of Portsmouth Local History Archive site.

Siegfried And Roy Assistant Speaks, Magic History And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on March 29th, 2019

Siegfried and Roy’s animal handler Chris ?Lawrence is talking about the duo’s tragic incident while performing with Mantacore in 2003 for the first time. You can read his story on The Hollywood Reporter website. Our lead off video of Siegfried and Roy is from a 1995 New Year’s Eve TV appearance.

3 Quarks Daily looks at a turn of the century explanation of the science behind magic from Norman Triplett.

Finally, if you will be in the Portland, Oregon area next week David Charvet will be presenting a lecture on the history of magic at the Oswego Heritage House; get all the information on the Portland Tribune website.

Murray, Amazing Johnathan Documentary And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on March 28th, 2019

Murray SawChuck dropped by the studios of KTLA yesterday to promote his shows at the Magic Castle.

Meanwhile, Vegas News has the line up for the Las Vegas Film Festival and it includes Untitled Amazing Johnathan Documentary. Keep an eye out for local festivals to include the documentary ahead of its home video release.

Speaking of home video, Nate Bargatze (who isn’t a magician but his dad sure is) has a new special on Netflix called The Tennessee Kid; The Comic’s Comic has a review.

Brexit Magic Battle, Big Guy’s Magic And Fun Inc [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on March 26th, 2019

Well, this Brexit thing is taking an unexpected turn with Uri Geller claiming he will stop it using his psychic influence… because Derren Brown has tweeted he actually staged the whole thing in the first place! Read more about the wackiest feud in politics and magic over on Ireland’s Independent website.

Meanwhile, April Fool’s Day is Monday… don’t forget there will be a special episode of Penn & Teller: Fool Us on The CW. The Milwaukee Sentinel Journal is gearing up for Monday’s hijinks by talking to folks from The Joke Shop and Big Guy’s Magic Shop. Our lead video is Paul Kastle performing a little coin magic at Big Guy’s, giving everyone a little peek inside.

Since we are coming up on April Fool’s Day, here is a 2007 article from the Seattle Times on Fun Inc and their novelty fake vomit.

Uri Geller Outlines His Plans To Stop Brexit

Posted by Michael on March 25th, 2019

We really try to avoid politics here on iTricks… whether it be politics in governments or politics in magic organizations. But this is something we can’t pass up: Uri Geller spoke to ITV’s Good Morning Britain to explain his plan to use psychic powers to stop Brexit.

Politics aside, isn’t this type of thing the plan of many a DC and Marvel supervillian?

Hardeen, Houdini, Uri Geller And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on March 25th, 2019

Real Clear Life just posted a piece on Hardeen and how he contributed to Houdini’s career and legend. We found this clip of Hardeen on YouTube to kick off the week!

Meanwhile, PBS Newshour posted this article on the death of Houdini, who was born 125 years ago yesterday.

Uri Geller is back in the news… not for volunteering to help the British national rugby team this time but instead for threatening to telepathically stop Brexit! Read more in The Irish Times and The Sun.

Speaking of Great Britain, Broadway World reports David Blaine will start his first ever tour of Great Britain and Ireland with tickets going on sale on March 29th.

Meanwhile, in Scotland the Press and Journal reports local Fraserburg magician Norn Bichan recently took top honors at the annual Aberdeen Magical Society competition.