Archive for the 'News' Category

Jon Dorenbos Returns To Philadelphia

Posted by Michael on November 8th, 2021

Jon Dorenbos performed in Philadelphia over the weekend, so we first visited NBC 10 (above) and stopped by to talk with KYW about how magic helped his football snap.

Criss Angel’s New Baby, AGT Live And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on November 8th, 2021

First of all congratulations to Criss Angel on his growing family! Ilusia Angelina Sarantakos ws born last Friday morning. The Las Vegas Review-Journal is reporting although it was an emergency c-section and baby Ilusia is in the NICU, both Ilusia and mother Shaunyl Benson are doing well.

It is a bit anti-climatic after a rush to the hospital and a new baby, but Criss was interviewed for the NFL Raiders podcast, which you can stream here.

Sticking in Las Vegas for a moment, Las Vegas Magazine has a sneak peak at the America’s Got Talent Live show at the Luxor.

Finally, The Tampa Bay Times has a feature on the Zubrick Magic Theatre in St. Petersburg.

Joshua Jay, DMC And The Magician Mind [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on November 4th, 2021

Today’s Magic Bulletin has a theme: who wants to be a magician?

Joshua Jay visited Seattle’s KING 5 to talk about his new book How Magicians Think and Why It Matters.

Meanwhile, DMC talked to India’s News 18 about how to become a magician.

Ricky Jay, Klosterman Auction And Aussie Magic Women [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on November 3rd, 2021

Roger Ruiz performing a little sleight of hand at the Antojo Bar in Havana Cuba. Don’t see a great deal of magic from Cuba so it is kicking off the day.

First up, Potter and Potter sent out an email touting the success of the first part of the Ken Klosterman Salon de Magie Auction. Over 340 lots combined to bring in $1.96 million dollars making this Potter and Potter’s most successful magic auction to date. They included a few highlights, as well. Houdin’s Light and Heavy Chest sold for $156,000 while a poster for his Soirees Fantastiques fetched $66,000 while a rare Houdini Upside Down in the Water Torture Cell brought $112,500. A limited number of hardcover auction catalogs are still available at the Potter and Potter website. The second part of the Salon de Magie will be offered in March of 2022.

Ricky Jay’s collection was recently at Sotheby’s and the New York Social Diary website posted a collection of photos and recollections featuring Jay and his collection from Jill Krementz.

Finally, Australia’s ABC takes a look at Australia’s pioneering women of magic and a new digital exhibition featuring them at the Arts Centre Melbourne. Read more via MSN.

Kayla Drescher, Williamsburg Magic Club And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on November 2nd, 2021

Kayla Drescher talked to Agence France-Presse about magic and why she is “very, very sick of being asked what it is like to be a woman in this industry.”

The Virginia Gazette focused on the Williamsburg Magic Club and the performance it has been holding annually for thirty years. You can read more, or listen to coverage, here.

Finally, where were the Harry Houdini themed seances this year? I searched the news and could not find a single mention of one… although I did find this Smithsonian article on Houdini’s battle with spiritualism and this CBC article on Victorian seance recreations in Charlottetown.

Ricky Jay Collection Goes For $3.8 Million

Posted by Michael on November 1st, 2021

David Copperfield sat down with CBS Mornings Saturday to discuss his new book on the history of magic and more.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal’s John Katsilometes also just took a look at David Copperfield’s new book and his famous private museum.