Archive for the 'TV' Category

Kevin Spencer, Sacramento Magic And Movie/TV News [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on October 15th, 2014

Today’s lead video is from Voice of America. It features the story behind Kevin Spencer’s work teaching magic to people dealing with disabilities. You can read more about Spencer helping people feel “wizardy” on the VOA website.

Movie news! TV Guide reports that The CW (the folks who brought Fool Us to America and brought back Masters of Illusion this summer) are planning on adapting The Illusionist for television. The full story details those involved with the production, which includes movers and shakers from True Blood and Jane The Virgin.

More movie news! We Got This Covered is saying Lizzie Caplan (Cloverfield) is considering the female lead in Now You See Me 2.

Miss Justin Willman on @Midnight? Check out the full episode at Comedy Central’s website.

If you are going to be anywhere near Sacramento this weekend, you may want to check out the Old Sacramento Magic Festival, which kicks off Friday. It has some real talent involved including Daryl, Jay Scott Berry and Sam President ICE McDonald. Get more details from the Sactown Magazine website.

China Looks To Out-Magic Vegas,

Posted by Michael on October 13th, 2014

We will kick off our Columbus Day Magic Bulletin with a report from News 129, which delivers English language Indian news, on PB Hande’s magic shows to elevate social awareness.

According to the GuamPDN website, China has decided to build a “Magic City” in Beijing that will boast venues better than Vegas and help support China’s booming magic industry. The article even features comments by Genii publisher Richard Kaufman. Watch out Vegas!

Speaking of Vegas, remember Rob Anderson’s video from the other day which showed him trying to “help” a homeless vet by tearing up his sign? Well, as predicted, it has gone viral (it was even on CNN). Rob has set up a Go Fund Me page to help the vet in the video, Alan McKracken. So far it has raised almost $40,000.

The Sydney Morning Herald’s Business section carried a piece over the weekend on trade show magician David Welzman. You can check it out here.

Dynamo is getting coverage for talking a bit more about being bullied as a child. The Telegraph and Argus reports that his use of a leverage trick to prevent others from lifting him got him branded as a “demon child.,” which both protected and isolated him.

Ready to see some magicians on TV? Justin Willman is on @Midnight on Comedy Central tomorrow (Tuesday) night and Harry Anderson will host this Thursday’s edition of AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live.

Miss Katalin’s Chinese Memories And Magic

Posted by Michael on October 10th, 2014

We have mentioned the CCTV (China) series The Great Magician a couple of times. What we did not realize (mainly because my satellite provider will not fix my dish so I can get the Mandarin language package… but that is a rant for another time) was that Miss Katalin was a part of it. She must be dong very well in China; many of her videos are now titled in simplified, or modern, Chinese.

You can read more about her experiences on the show and see video (including at least one full episode) on her website.

Virtual Pop Star Hits US TV

Posted by Michael on October 10th, 2014

Virtual pop star Hatsune Miku made her US television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman. She is 100% virtual, being not only an animated character but also a Vocaloid powered synthesized voice. A bona fide international pop star (complete with best selling music, merchandise and even video games), she is performing in LA and New York this month and an art exhibit dedicated to her is opening in New York as well. Her song, Sharing The World (with BIGHEAD), is available on Amazon and iTunes, if you are into the whole Vocaloid J-Pop thing.

Billy Kidd On Magic

Posted by Michael on October 10th, 2014

This video featuring Billy Kidd is from Discovery’s Make Your World Bigger campaign. It is short, sweet and the perfect start to Video Friday. Stay tuned, we have plenty of cool videos to get you through the day and into the weekend.

A Sword, A Basketball And Billy Kidd

Posted by Michael on October 9th, 2014

This behind the scenes feature from Breaking Magic recently posted by Billy Kidd features the inner workings of their Sword of Damocles piece. You have to appreciate all the work that goes into the series and the actual danger involved, too. Even something seemingly benign, such as Billy hitting the basketballs with a sword, is more dangerous than one may think because not only is a sword being swung around (and even blunt swords can cause a good amount of damage), it is very easy to hurt, even break, your wrists when hitting things with a sword!

No word on when or if there will be new episodes of Breaking Magic any time soon (at least on the US Discovery channels) but you can keep up with Billy at her website.

All Television Magic Bulletin [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on October 7th, 2014

If you did not get a chance to catch it in theaters, Tim’s Vermeer is now making the rounds of the various STARZ channels.

iTricks has been following holograms and particularly their use to create illusory performers, such as Sinatra, Tupac and Michael Jackson. We have also mentioned a few Japanese pop stars who are completely synthetic… hologram performers with synthesized voices. Hatsune Miku is such a performer and has upcoming dates in New York and LA. Before those shows, though, she will be appearing on The Late Show with David Letterman tomorrow night (Wednesday, October 8).

Up above is a video tribute to Birmingham, Alabama area kids’ show pioneer Benny Carle from WBRC. While not exactly a magician, it has always seemed to me that kids’ show host is an “allied art.”