Archive for the 'TV' Category

A Classic Act From Princess Tenko

Posted by Michael on June 27th, 2014

Yong Tian, Magic Babe Ning and Pinky Loo have made it a great Video Friday. Of course, there is only one way to cap off this line up: Princess Tenko.

This video is awful but it does get better after a few seconds and it claims to be from the old That’s Incredible TV series. Although we could not confirm that Princess Tenko appeared on that classic TV series, given the costumes and video quality, it certainly seems possible… there is also a sign that seems to say “Incredible” in the back. It really does not matter where this footage originates, it shows the Princess in her prime.

That ends this week’s Video Friday and, as always, whether you are chilling or have wall to gigs lined up, have a great weekend!

TV From Around The World: Wolfgang Riebe

Posted by Michael on June 24th, 2014

Wolfgang Riebe is a German magician who grew up in South Africa and has performed all over the world. The clip above is from his South African television series Abracadabra, circa 2004. We will admit to not knowing a whole heck of a lot about Wolfgang (we are frightfully behind on our South African TV), but according to his website WolfgangRiebe.com he is the most successful magician in the history of the African continent. The clip above is one of many recently posted on his YouTube page.

Mystifier Mike Super Shatters The Judges’ Minds

Posted by Michael on June 23rd, 2014

America’s Got Talent made a special jump to Sunday this week (although according to the NBC website there will be another new episode on Tuesday) with only one magic contestant. Mike Super described himself as a “mystifier” and “stay home dad” before blowing away the judges with a demonstration of mental energy. He managed to go on to the next round after another psychic act failed to impress.

If Mike looks familiar, it may be that you are remembering his winning run on NBC’s Phenomenon back in 2007. After the backlash across the pond against winners from other talent shows appearing on Britain’s Got Talent, iTricks was a bit surprised to see someone from another NBC talent show competing on AGT. Will there be a backlash? Only time will tell. One thing is for certain, though and that is magic is nicely represented so far on this season of AGT and there are auditions yet to air.

Why Go On “Got Talent?”

Posted by Michael on June 16th, 2014

There is a real chance that going on a national reality show could go terribly wrong. They seem to love to show awkward performances, misfiring props and tricks gone wrong. On the other hand, in a video from America’s Got Talent promoting their auditions, Nathan Burton credits his Vegas show to his season one AGT appearance. Murray SawChuck on our own Magic Week in Review Podcast said he loved what the show did for his career. After Smoothini’s appearance on last week’s AGT he has consistently appeared in Internet news searches for magic and magicians as his performance video is re-posted on more and more sites. Collins Key, Eric Dittelman and Dan Sperry all benefited from their AGT runs as well. Now from The Mirror comes news that Darcy Oake, the fifth place act from the recently concluded 2014 edition of Britain’s Got Talent, has signed with Katy Perry’s agent at the prestigious Creative Artists Agency.

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.