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David Blaine Flies [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on September 3rd, 2020

HE DID IT! David Blaine’s Ascension was short on magic (there was only one brief card trick in the entire presentation as I recall) but high on good, old fashioned adventure yesterday. I do not know if you all are old enough to remember the golden age of televised stunts like Evil Knievel jumping over stuff but I am and that is exactly what I thought about as I watched yesterday’s presentation. The only drawback was that it was a Tuesday morning… I wonder why they didn’t aim for this weekend? Chicago’s WGN TV, Austin’s KVUE, USA Today and, of course, The Independent were just a few of the media outlets to cover the event.

In possibly related, but also not magic, news yesterday there were reports of a federal investigation into pilot sightings of a man flying a jetpack near LAX!

Magicians Keep Working, Blaine, Auctions [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on September 2nd, 2020

Xavier Mortimer joined Las Vegas CBS 8 to talk about Vegas performers and the pandemic shutdown.

Fine Books and Collections takes a peek at some of the circus and sideshow items going on the auction block over at Potter and Potter at the end of the month. Do not not forget about their online only magic auction on the 12th, too!

Meanwhile, in LA magicians find ways to keep working according to this LA Business Journal article.

Finally the big news is David Blaine’s balloon stunt is, as of time of writing, on for this morning… 8:55 AM Eastern Time. You can check in and watch on the Ascension YouTube page.

Ascension, AGT and More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on September 1st, 2020

As David Blaine explains above, Ascension is on for tomorrow (weather permitting). You can read a little more in this Arizona Republic article.

Xavier Mortimer chatted with Digital Journal about his viral videos with Jason Derulo.

Finally, no magic scheduled for tonight’s episode of America’s Got Talent; plan your viewing accordingly.

Leon Etienne On WSYR-TV

Posted by Michael on August 31st, 2020

Rather than sit at home and wait for the pandemic to pass, America’s Got Talent alum Leon Etienne is bringing his show to driveways and backyards around his Utica, New York home town. Read more on the WYSR website.

The Magic Continues On The CW…

Posted by Michael on August 31st, 2020

Covid has caused many television productions to be delayed (or even cancelled) and it can be seen in the fall TV schedules. The CW has postponed the return of its core line up, so Masters of Illusion and Penn & Teller: Fool Us episodes will continue to air through at least October. We have seen some conflicting reports about whether these will be new episodes or repeats, but Penn and Teller have already proven they can put together programming despite the pandemic with their Try This At Home specials. In most markets Masters Of Illusion will be airing on Sundays while Penn & Teller: Fool Us will be on both Mondays and Fridays. TV Guide lists the Friday Fool Us episodes (and only the Friday Fool Us shows) as encores, so other shows might be new. Even if Masters Of Illusion manages to contribute new episodes, though, we would be surprised if both Sunday night episodes were new. Also, at this point it appears Fool Us will stay in the line up even after the postponed shows premiere.

Ascension Postponed; Arizona Bound For TBD Flight

Posted by Michael on August 30th, 2020

As David Blaine explains, his balloon flight over New York has morphed instead into a balloon flight over Arizona and been postponed. Speculation is the Gonzo-style stunt will now take place Tuesday or Wednesday, but Arizona weather conditions will be the deciding factor.

Xavier Mortimer, Houdini Museum And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on August 28th, 2020

Who’s the better magician? @xavier_mortimer ##jasonXxavier

? Take You Dancing – Jason Derulo

We are welcoming in Friday with one of the viral TikTok videos pairing Xavier Mortimer with Jason Derulo… which you can read more about over on Vegas News.

The Digital Journal reports Centurion Capital Ventures is preparing to take a controlling interest in the Budapest House of Houdini museum, which controls the European rights to the magician’s name.

FInally, Broadway World South Africa has the details on Cape Town’s College of Magic virtual 2020 Western Cape Junior Magician Championships. They will be held on September 5 and can be streamed for free by anyone who registers in advance. Stuart Taylor and Ran’D Shine are co-hosting the competition.