Archive for the 'News' Category

Magicians Losing Weight And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on June 4th, 2019

Marc Spelmann, aka Magician X, hit the airwaves now that his identity has been revealed with this appearance on ITV’s Lorraine.

One magician loses a bunch of weight and before you know it others are swiping his act… Penn Jillette might have a book out about his diet but the Irish Sun is reporting David Blaine has lost 3 stone (what is that? like 45 pounds?) in 3 months now that he has cut sugar out of his diet.

Finally, don’t forget that America’s Got Talent airs tonight and may (or may not) have more magic and Dan White is appearing on air with Kelly and Ryan today (check your local listings).

Masters of Illusion, BGT And Much More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on June 3rd, 2019

If you missed the Masters Of Illusion 21st Anniversary Special, you can stream it for free over on The CW website or catch a re-broadcast on The CW tonight. Check your local listings. Might as well set your DVR now because the new season kicks off Friday night… and there are several familiar faces in the trailer!

Speaking of TV, Dan White is scheduled to make an appearance on Live with Kelly and Ryan tomorrow; check those local listings.

And while we are talking about TV, the website J-14 has an interview with Collins Key and brother Devan about their upcoming Nickelodeon show.

One last note on TV: singing pensioner Colin Thackery won Britain’s Got Talent yesterday, beating out several magicians. We will, however, catch you up on semi-final and final performances from the magic acts throughout the week (starting today with the mysterious Magician X).

Meanwhile, in the world of live magic the Las Vegas Review-Journal has the details on Hans Klok’s Las Vegas Strip move.

Science History, Auctions, Memoirs And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on May 31st, 2019

That opening video is a solar eclipse filmed in 1900 by famed magician Nevil Maskelyne; read more about the footage (which is the earliest eclipse ever filmed) on the Science News website.

Potter and Potter will be auctioning the second part of the Jim Rawlins magic collection on June 29 but the catalog is available for download now and online bidding is open. See it all at the Potter and Potter website.

So much crazy Britain’s Got Talent news… We’ll get to that as the day goes on!

Finally, if you are looking for a good read for your summer vacation, check out the LA Times review of Rob Zabrecky’s new memoir Strange Cures.

TV Magic, Derren Brown: Shoplifter And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on May 28th, 2019

Caspar Thomas talks with Brighton’s Latest TV about his upcoming Brighton Fringe show, simply titled The Art of Close Up Magic.

Will magic reign supreme again? The new season of America’s Got Talent kicks off tonight on NBC… what magic acts will gain national (or even international) attention in the next few weeks on one the summer’s biggest hits?

Speaking of TV appearances, Ken Garr was a guest on the San Francisco horror movie show Creature Features over the weekend as they presented the 1960 AAP film Tormented. You can catch the full episode on YouTube, the Creature Features Roku channel or over on their official site.

Speaking of Roku, I was flipping through my Pluto app (a free TV service available on a variety of platforms, including your favorite phone operating system and their website) the other day and noticed A&E expanded its free on demand offerings on the service to include magic prank series Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne.

Derren Brown was a guest on the long running BBC Radio 4 show Desert Island Discs and his appearance raised a few eyebrows as he admitted to being a one-time serial shoplifter! Read more over on the BBC site.

Finally, the Virginian Pilot profiles local magician Tony Jones, who started in magic after seeing Rick Thomas as a child and then attending Tannen’s Magic Camp as a teen.

Orlando Auction, Liberty Magic And Science Stuff [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on May 24th, 2019

Toronto magician Sam Pearce has posted his high energy take on the classic linking rings. A nice bit of performance to ease us into Video Friday!

If you are in the Orlando area, or at least will be this September, you might want to block off the afternoon of Saturday, September 7 for the Great Southern Magic Collectors and History Conference Magic Auction. It is free to attend and you can get all the important information at Magic-Palooza.com.

Want to know why your brain falls for sawing a woman in half (and other illusions)? Well, not to discount showmanship, but Gizomdo Australia has the sciency explanation.

Finally, Pittsbergh’s Liberty Magic has unveiled its upcoming season and TribLive has coverage. You can also learn more at the Liberty Magic site.

Jen Kramer, Chattanooga Magic And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on May 23rd, 2019

Jen Kramer celebrated her first anniversary at the Westgate Cabaret in Las Vegas last month and dropped by the KSNV studios to talk about her show and Vegas magic dreams.

Meanwhile, the London Free Press chatted with Darcy Oake as he continues to tour with The Illusionists.

WYTV posted their guide to “magician’s jargon.” Share it with your confederates!

The Chattanooga Magic Club is presenting a family night of magic this Saturday; it’ll be their 14th annual show and a celebration of the club’s 1,000th meeting. Get all the details over on the Times Free Press website.

Jibrizy, Murray And Posters [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on May 22nd, 2019

Jibrizy stopped by the Complex offices to mess with them and star in their latest Life At Complex installment. In related news, Jibrizy is branching out from magic to release an album. You can hear his music over on SoundCloud.

MEA WorldWide caught up with “the Dennis the Menace of magic” Murray SawChuck to talk about magic in the modern world.

Finally, Potter and Potter is holding a vintage poster auction today; it is not magic but there are a few magic posters in there. Absentee bidding is available through their website.