Archive for the 'News' Category

San Diego CBS Affiliate Features Derek Ostovani

Posted by Michael on July 9th, 2020

San Diego CBS 8 ran this feature on Derek Ostovani and how he is keeping his magic career alive during the pandemic.

Scott Humston, Miss Wisconsin, Auction And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on July 6th, 2020

The video above features a peak at Scott Humston’s magic room. Scott was the subject of a recent “Florida On A Tankful” on the News 13 website which features things to do in Florida for locals.

Racine’s Alyssa Bohm, daughter of magician Bob Bohm, was made Miss Wisconsin in 2019. It has been announced in the Journal-Times she will, due to Covid-19 cancelling this year’s event, continue her reign through the next year.

The fourth auction featuring the magic collection of Jim Rawlins is scheduled for July 25 at Potter and Potter. You can download a catalog and learn more about bidding (live and absentee) on their website.

Finally, if you have read iTricks for a while you are probably aware that I am a “DC guy” (the comics, not the city) and my favorite magic wielding character of all time is the lovely and talented Zatanaa, the daughter of stage magician and supernatural magician John Zatara (the guy who taught Bruce Wayne sleight of hand and escapology). says Warner Brothers is moving ahead with a live action movie starring the supernatural stage magician, which could bring some real stage magic to the silver screen and some more young ladies interested in magic!

Marvyn Roy: Mr. Electric [Broken Wand]

Posted by Michael on July 1st, 2020

It is with sad hearts we announced another broken wand: Marvyn Roy, Mr. Electric, has passed away at the age of 95. You can read more about his life in this Hollywood Reporter story via MSN.

Carl Reiner, Ickle Pickle Brick And Mortar And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on July 1st, 2020

Carl Reiner, comedy legend, passed away Monday at the age of 98. Above he performs a magic related with a few other famous writers from Sid Ceasar’s television show. You can read more about Reiner’s amazing career on the ABC News site and if you want to really hear some of Reiner’s genius with frequent collaborator Mel Brooks find yourself a copy of the 1960 comedy album 2000 Years With Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks.

Ickle Pickle Magic has announced they will be opening a new brick and mortar shop is coming. They are not officially open yet but they are previewing the store which we are guessing will be somewhere near Park Hills, MO. You can see pictures here.

Richard C. Wolter’s sculpture Metamorphosis, which is a tribute to Harry Houdini, has returned to Appleton’s Houdini Plaza after the park was renovated. You can read more and see more in this Apple Post-Crescent article via MSN.

Louis Falanga Broken Wand

Posted by Michael on June 30th, 2020

L&L Publishing has announced founder and owner Louis Falanga has passed away. Although he was not a famous performer, you would be very hard pressed to find a serious student of magic in the English speaking world without some book, video or download from L&L. iTricks extends our condolences to the family and friends of Luis Falanga, a true pillar of the magic world.

The video above features Louis performing on the show Take On Tahoe in 1988.

Fool Us, Eric Anderson Essay And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on June 30th, 2020

With Fool Us back on the air, The CW is pulling no punches promoting the new season. They sent Penn himself out to do the local TV rounds to promote last night’s show. The video above is from Arkansas CW KLRT.

The Christian Science Monitor posted an essay on racism yesterday, which is not in our normal realm of topics, but this particular piece was written by illusionist Eric Anderson. You can find it on the paper’s website.

New America’s Got Talent on NBC tonight; not sure if there will be any magic.

Finally, The Gazette, out of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, ran an article yesterday in their kids’ section on magic that was a little different. It was not just a lesson or an explanation but directions to build a prop! You can check out their disappearing box directions here.

Xavier Mortimer, Frodo Santini And Tristan Crist [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on June 26th, 2020

Masters Of Illusion will air a new episode tonight on The CW and Xavier Mortimer joined the folks at Good Day Scaramento to talk about the show.

The Islington Tribune just posted a piece on Houdini in London; you can read it on the paper’s website.

This isn’t exactly magic, but some of y’all might be interested in contortionist Frodo Santini’s new podcast The Way of the Showman which is featured in this Las Vegas Weekly article.

Finally, Lake Geneva News has a piece on the re-opening of the Tristan Crist Magic Theatre.

And a programming note: I am trying to get together today’s iTricks during a layover using airport wifi (not for the first time, I assure you). This particular airport wifi seems extra bad… perhaps it is on reduced service due to Covid-19 like everything else in the airport! I will try to get up a couple more videos today but if not, well, y’all have a great (and safe) weekend!