Archive for the 'TV' Category

Blake Vogt And Chris Funk on Wizard Wars

Posted by Michael on October 2nd, 2014

Anyone else in magic withdrawal? Just a couple of short weeks ago on American television you had to choose what you were going to watch and what you were going to tape for later viewing… and now? The highlight of the next week may be Discovery’s America channel playing old David Blaine specials next Thursday. Here is a little taste of Wizard Wars to help you get through the shakes.

This clip features Chris Funk and Blake Vogt performing right in front of judges Penn and Teller. We found it on Vogt’s YouTube page.

Ben Hanlin Is Everywhere, Comic Books And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on October 1st, 2014

Now that Ben Hanlin’s Tricked is back on TV, it seems like he is everywhere. The video above was something he did for the detergent company Persil. Yesterday, Yahoo News UK reported on his list of celebrities he would like to victimize (for his show), while Digital Spy covered his prank on Louie Spence (it did not, however, explain who Louie Spence is) and the Leicester Mercury tipped X Factor winner Sam Bailey’s appearance on the latest episode of Tricked. That’s a whole bunch of press for one day!

Speaking of TV, Yahoo is reporting (based on a Hollywood Reporter article) that Wizard Wars has been picked up for six more episodes. This seemed like a given after the second casting call, but even more interesting is the fact that they say the show will be back in January. They also say that after factoring in delayed viewing, the premiere at an audience of 1.3 million and the viewership has grown over the show’s run!

You know today is? Wednesday. You know what Wednesday means? Comic book day! Speaking on comic books, Bleeding Cool has a preview of the first issue of Sherlock Holmes vs Harry Houdini.

We posted a little video from the International Magic Festival in Delhi earlier and now we have found an English language article on the event from the Deccan Herald.

Mat Franco Behind The Scenes At Queen Latifah

Posted by Michael on September 30th, 2014

America’s Got Talent winner Mat Franco dropped by The Queen Latifah Show last week before his Vegas shows over the weekend. The video above shows him taking a little time to mystify a few of the Queen’s staff behind the scenes.

If you want a little more of Mat, check out his conversation with Robin Leach on the Las Vegas Sun website.

Rick Thomas’ Extreme Levitation

Posted by Michael on September 26th, 2014

Rick Thomas is no stranger to television. He has made many appearances over the years and was, of course, featured on World’s Greatest Magic 2. Rick made an appearance on Masters of Illusion over the summer, showing off this very, very tall levitation. Rick has a few Branson dates coming up next week and will be out on the Masters of Illusion Tour after that (more on that later) with more dates in Vegas and Branson by the end of the year. Check out his full calendar here.

Jarrett and Raja Split Up (At Least Raja Does)

Posted by Michael on September 26th, 2014

Tonight is the season finale of Masters of Illusion (Version.CW). It is also Video Friday. Guess what today’s theme is going to be…. No prizes for putting together that today we will be checking out some of the season’s highlights.

First up is a little something from Jarrett and Raja. You may remember the magic and music duo from season 7 of America’s Got Talent or their many other television appearances. They have played all over the world and in addition to the appearance on MoI in the US they were also seen this summer on the UK show The Slammer.

DMC’s New Show, Maneka Sorcar And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on September 25th, 2014

Real Screen is reporting that National Geographic Channels International will be airing a new series with Drummond Money-Coutts called Beyond Magic in 170 countries starting in November. It’ll follow DMC as he goes to various places around the world, performs and explores the history o magic. We do not know if it will be airing in the US, but we will keep you posted. He did a previous special with NatGeo called Card Shark and you can see it on DMC’s YouTube page. sat down to chat with Maneka Sorcar, the daughter of PC Sorcar Jr. She grew up with pet tigers and now is in the family business… is reporting that Murray SawChuck will not be extending his show at the Tropicana after his contract ends on October 30. He is in talks with other venues and Jan Rouven is moving into the Trop. According to the site, Murray is wishing all the best to Jan.

WizWars Finale, Cagigal Show, PC Sorcar On Tiger Attacks And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on September 24th, 2014

We start off today with the trailer for Christian Cagigal’s OBSCURA because Broadway World is reporting that he is bringing the show to the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley October 15 through November 2.

Wizard Wars ended its first season last night. The OC Register ran a story on Naathan Phan, their local contribution to the show, and Zap2It summarized the finale (be warned, though, for they drop SPOILERS).

Speaking of season finales, the US run of Fool Us ends with back to back episodes on CW… Check your local listings.

TV’s Mat Franco made a surprise Vegas appearance, according to The Las Vegas Sun’s Robin Leach, at a Terry Fator show. He will be headlining his America’s Got Talent Live Show at Planet Hollywood soon.

PC Sorcar Jr has come to the defense of big cats in the aftermath of a white tiger mauling at the Delhi Zoo. According to, Sorcar says that public behavior is the real blame, not animals following their natural instincts. The young man involved in the incident, who was killed by the cat, had jumped into the tiger’s enclosure.

Forbes recently ran on article on how to decide if your business should hire a magician, juggler or speaker for events. Between you and me, it seemed a bit harsh and completely ignored the fact that an entertainer could actually deliver a meaningful message to professionals.

Finally, Andrew Mayne’s new book Angel Killer is out as a paperback (you can get it at Amazon) and he is starting a book tour tonight in LA at Diesel. Friday he will be at Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego and at Mysterious Bookshop in NYC October 1. Full disclosure: Andrew owns the site, but he did not even bother to tell me about this mini-book tour. I only found out from being on his mailing list.