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More Football And Magic!

Posted by Michael on January 3rd, 2017

The Patriots have their own staff magician, the Eagles have a magician on the roster so it shouldn’t be too surprising that other NFL teams are looking into having magicians come around. Houston native Daniel Garcia visited the Texans recently to amaze them with his brand of magic. You can see much more on the KHOU website.

Daniel is working on a new website; you can sign up for updates or catch up with his other social media here.

Mat Franco Visits Harry

Posted by Michael on January 3rd, 2017

Mat Franco took a break from Vegas to visit Harry Connick Jr. on his talk show Harry.

See more video of Mat, get tickets to his show at The Linq in Vegas or his upcoming East Coast tour over on his official site.

2017! Let’s Start It With Something A Little Different…

Posted by Michael on January 2nd, 2017

How was your New Year’s celebration? Me, I don’t ever go out on New Year’s… too many crowds, too many drunks, someone tried to kill me once on a New Year’s Eve (it was a misunderstanding… we ended up having a beer together… long story). Anyway, over the last few years I have adopted the relatively modern Japanese way of celebrating the New year with mixed martial arts events. I stayed in and watched the World Series of Fighting since for some reason nobody in America carried the Rizin Fighting Federation card out of Japan this year. Now I know this is about when y’all are wondering “Does this story have a point or what?” It does. After the fights I was flipping around and one of the digital substations that have spread across the US in the last couple of years, Antenna TV, was having a Jack Benny marathon. I paused for a second because his guest was a very young Johnny Carson and he was actually performing magic.

Carson’s interest in magic is widely known, especially in the magic community, but performance footage is fairly rare… especially for a guy with literally thousands of hours of television over his career (he did over 4,000 episodes of The Tonight Show alone). I found the clip on YouTube… it is kind of long and the magic is only a short portion about 7 minutes in but take a few minutes and check out the many talents of Johnny Carson, including some smooth sleight of hand! If you want to see the second half of the show, by the way, you can find in on YouTube right here.

Vess Soda Taps Into Magic With New Ads

Posted by Michael on December 29th, 2016

I am pretty sure that Vess soda is a St. Louis thing… my grampa used to work at the Vess bottling plant. It doesn’t matter if you know the brand or not, though. Important thing is that they are using magic in a couple of their new spots which feature magician Lamont McGee. Lamont is a St. Louis guy for sure and you can catch more of him on his Facebook page.

Paul Draper Brings The Holiday Magic

Posted by Michael on December 23rd, 2016

This year Chanukah begins on December 24th, which is also, of course, Christmas Eve. In this clip from about two years ago, Paul Draper covers both holidays for the Hallmark Family show Home and Family. See more Paul over on his website.

No matter what you believe (or don’t), we wish all of you iTricksters (and everyone else, too) a safe and happy holiday season!

Sid Ceasar: “Oriental Magician” (?!?) [Warning!]

Posted by Michael on December 22nd, 2016

This clip from the Admiral Broadway Revue, which aired in early 1949, features Sid Ceasar parodying the so-called Oriental magic acts that were still popular at the time. Almost seven decades later, this entire genre of magic could be considered offensive and I realize that… but I also think that Ceasar’s constant stream of verbal nonsense and obvious non-Asian appearance is pointing out the shortcomings of this genre on purpose. There is also (arguably) some exposure as well. It is not my intention to offend anyone. I actually think that pieces like this were probably part of what pushed the Oriental magic aside just as Conan O’Brien’s David Copperfield parodies made many an illusionist stop aping Copperfield’s early style. I present this to you as history and hope that maybe we can discuss it in the comment section.

Young Magicians In Vintage TV Clip

Posted by Michael on December 22nd, 2016

The Palm Beach Post recently carried this video, a clip from the show Big Blue Marble featuring a young magic and his magic teacher. The young magician, Jeffrey Scott (now CEO of Olympic Insurance), posted this to Vimeo. Of course his magic teacher is an 18 year old David Copperfield!