Have we mentioned on iTricks yet that Penn and Teller’s Fool Us hit the CW last night and Masters of Illusion premieres tomorrow? Yeah, we probably have… Well, there is a wave of publicity before the show airs including “hometown profiles” on Michael Grandinetti and Spencer Horsman. Fool US reviews, like this one from the Boston Herald, are starting to pop up as well.
The recent death of former Bear Stearns chairman Alan “Ace” Greenberg was big news in the financial world, but Ace was also well known as a magician. In fact, in a Wall Street Journal article about Greenberg’s passing Warren Buffett said Ace did “almost everything better than I do—bridge, magic tricks, dog training, arbitrage —all the important things in life.”
An interesting article has appeared The National, from the United Arab Emirates. It is an interview with magician Al Bastaki about his difficulties as an Arabic magician and his efforts to overcome the fear and suspicion of magic that is apparently common among Islamic peoples.
Quick bits: Murray and Chloe are hosting Beggin’ For Magic II, a benefit for the Friends For Life Humane Society, on August 5 at the Tropicana’s Laugh Factory. More here. Variety reports that kids’ film House of Magic, under the title Thunder and the House of Magic, will be released in the US on VOD and select theaters September 5. It is not magic but there was an interesting short article on the Daily Express website about Gaiety girls entertaining troops in World War I, starting the tradition of glamorous stars visiting war zones.
Posted by Michael on July 31st, 2014
The results for the first of America’s Got Talent’s live shows have been announced and magic’s favorite philosophy teacher and barista, David and Leeman, have advanced to the next round! They were the last act that went through on the audience vote (the judges selected the final act to advance from the acts that received the 5th and 6th most votes). Congratulations, gentlemen!
Also announced was that Mat Franco will be appearing on the next live show on Tuesday.
Posted by Michael on July 30th, 2014
Ni hao ma? Hope your Chinese is good because today’s first video is a promo for the Macau International Magician Association and it is a little heavy on the Chinese (including traditional subtitles). We are including it because we love seeing the various magicians’ groups from all over the world.
Speaking of magicians’ organizations, The Magic Summit is being sponsored by Magic Magazine and the Society of American Magicians. It is a very special convention dedicated to building stronger magic clubs. It is being produced by Stan Allen, Vinny Grosso and friend of iTricks Brian Daniel South and registration opens this Friday (August 1) for the November event. Get all of the details at the Summit’s website.
In case you missed the latest issue of the Eastern Riverina Chronicle, it ran a nice article on the business of magic featuring comments and anecdotes from a few Australian magicians.
There is plenty of magic of TV right now, with America’s Got Talent in full swing and new and new to US television offerings from CW starting tonight! The Seattle Times discusses the CW shows and chats with Masters Of Illusion participant Michael Grandinetti before tonight’s Penn and Teller’s Fool Us premiere.
Posted by Michael on July 30th, 2014
Penn and Teller’s Fool Us finally hits the United States tonight on CW (check your local listings as the network allows affiliates to mix things up a bit). To promote the show, the boys dropped by NBC’s Today Show yesterday to perform a little something for Natalie Morales, Willie Geist, Tamron Hall and Al Roker. It has been a busy week for Penn and Teller. They also stopped by Late Night with Seth Myers Monday and you can see video of that here. Their domination of the airwaves will continue when the Fool Us premiere gets a repeat prime time airing Friday.
Posted by Michael on July 28th, 2014
First up, a correction. We reported last week that both David and Leeman and Mat Franco would be on this week’s live America’s Got Talent, but it looks like we got our wired crossed and only David and Leeman will be in this week’s group. Maybe one magic act a week will actually help magic get through to the next level. Running above, in case you have not noticed, is David and Leeman’s demo reel.
Speaking of magic on television, do not forget that US viewers will be their first look at Penn and Teller’s Fool Us this Wednesday on the CW. Then Friday the CW premieres their version of Masters of Illusion (now in a 30 minute format). Check your local listings for each show.
This week’s free PDF offering from the Conjuring Arts Research Center Summer Reading Club is Cremer’s The Secret Is Out or 1000 Tricks With Cards. Originally published way back in 1859, this book gives today’s magicians a look at card magic from back in the day when faro was a common game and not just a shuffle. Remember, it is only available for free until Sunday when the next book will be offered.
Speaking of the Conjuring Arts Research Center, they are involved in a new website called Conjuring Credits. It is a free, wiki dedicated to tying props, sleights and effects to their originators. It is a young wiki, so there are only a few articles so far but it should grow quickly.