Archive for the 'TV' Category

HLN Features Eco-Entertainer Steve Trash

Posted by Michael on June 12th, 2014

Headline News’ anchor Jane Velez-Mitchell has a special campaign to encourage people to go green. In conjunction with this she recently featured Steve Trash, a performer who teaches about recycling with magic. Steve’s website describes him as an “eco-entertainer” and offers not only his schedule and ebook but his “green” magic set.

Magicians On Hulu, AGT Magic Trending, Dynamo Sighting [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on June 12th, 2014

We are starting off this Magic Bulletin with a clip of Luis de Matos on BBC’s The Magicians. The show is a couple of years old, but the first season has just shown up on Hulu Plus. Search for The Magicians or visit the Shine International network.

Speaking of Hulu, as of this morning not only was Smoothini’s America’s Got Talent performance in their Top 25 TV clips, all of Tuesday night’s AGT magic clips were on the list!

The Liverpool Echo reports that Dynamo has been seen around town. Could he be cooking up something in Liverpool?

Steven Knight On AGT, $250K Penn And Teller Trick And More [Magic on the Block]

Posted by Michael on June 11th, 2014

Last night’s final AGT magician leads off today’s Magic Bulletin. Stephen Knight, much like Patrick Gable Marnelli, only got a few seconds but it appears that he got through to the next round as well thanks to his slick shell game presentation. You can find out more about Stephen at his website.

Speaking of AGT, Smoothini is already showing up on web searches for MAGIC and MAGICIAN. He seems to have made a big impression last night!

We posted a Vinny DePonto promo piece Monday from director Jeremy White’s Vimeo pages, but it was not actually the final version that was used. You can see it here.

The Guardian’s Brian Logan took a skeptical look at the skepticism of magicians. It is a short, but interesting, piece that you can read online. Penn and Derren Brown are specifically named.

Speaking of Penn, John Katsilometes recently reported in the Las Vegas Sun that Penn and Teller are adding a vanishing pygmy elephant bit to their act… at a cost of $250,000! He also mentions that the boys will be performing for British royalty later this month.

Last Comic Standing Semi-Finalist Has Magic Roots

Posted by Michael on June 10th, 2014

Although you may expect America’s Got Talent to be the only US talent competition show on at the moment with a magician in the running, Last Comic Standing has one finger flinger that has made the cut. Jimmy Shubert started in magic, which he still loves according to his bio piece (above). He has had parts in King of Queens, movies such as The Italian Job and One Hour Photo and has toured with Sam Kinison. Jimmy also puts out a podcast that mixes his comedy with comedian interviews (find it on iTunes). Could Last Comic Standing be Jimmy’s big break? iTricks remembers that years ago, before The Young Comedians Special, Saturday Night Live or Cheers a young magician and comic named Harry Anderson caught a break on a comedy competition show called The Big Laff Off.

The Last Comic Standing semi-finals begin on Thursday night at 10/9 Central on NBC.

Darcy Oakes Falls Short On BGT Final

Posted by Michael on June 9th, 2014

Darcy Oakes promised that his effect for the Britain’s Got Talent finals would be “literally the most dangerous thing” he has ever done in his life. Although he survived his stunt, it was not enough to carry him to the title. Oakes finished fifth. Singing group Collabro took this year’s title.

The Jaws of Death performed by Oakes will be familiar to many iTricks readers, who may remember that Spencer Horsman presented the same effect for his initial audition in season seven of America’s Got Talent. Of course, Horsman was not the first to present the illusion on a Got Talent franchise stage. A few months before his audition, Cosentino had presented the Jaws of Death during his tenure on Australia’s Got Talent.

This leads iTricks to wonder if Darcy Oakes made a mistake by presenting an effect that can be easily found online being performed by others on other versions of Got Talent during the audience vote stage of BGT.

Magic Hits the AGT Stage

Posted by Michael on June 4th, 2014

Last night’s episode of America’s Got Talent finally saw magicians audition, although it was not exactly a banner night for magic. Featured in the show was a montage of acts that did not make the cut, with some being openly ridiculed by the judges. It was in this sequence that audiences finally saw the bra stealing magician that had been mentioned so often during the show’s pre-season publicity. Despite the notoriety of the performance, the magician did not seem to even be credited when the footage of him stealing Heidi Klum’s bra finally aired (the official AGT YouTube page titled the clip “>Rich Magician, but we are not sure if that is how he actually bills himself). Magician Mad Jack was credited and got a great deal of air time (comparatively) for his, umm, unique take on the “bottom deal.” He was rejected with two no votes, although Heidi Klum did defend him.

The real bright spot for magic came in the form of David and Leeman, a pair of magi who admitted to having day jobs (as a high school philosophy teacher and barista). They were sharp enough to work in their first trick, with a magical name tag exchange, before their official performance time began and then continued to wow with a comedy magic routine using Howie Mandel as the subject to their pseudo-science demonstration that was wildly different from any magic seen on AGT in the past. The pair received four “Yes” votes to send them on to the next round.

There is still hope for more magic in the competition, too. At least one illusionist doing a Dynamo-esque levitation off the theater balcony has been glimpsed in previews and iTricks knows of at least one or two other magicians we are expecting to see during the show.

Behind The Scenes With Ben Hanlin And Fruyo

Posted by Michael on June 3rd, 2014

Here is a behind the scenes look at Ben Hanlin’s new commercial for FAGE’s Fruyo yogurt (or yoghurt depending on which side of the Atlantic you are sitting). You can see the finished commercial here, if you are interested. We realize that magic in commercials irks some of our readers… but isn’t the better than Stamos?