Archive for the 'TV' Category

Pitching Magic Thai-Style

Posted by Michael on November 28th, 2014

Who doesn’t love a good magic pitchman? Answer: no one! If they are good, they make you love them… duh. Anyway, The Viral Traveller just posted this video of an unknown pitchman Bangkok, Thailand. The deadpan presentation with the fake stage gasp, the little dance and the presentation coupled with the price cards all combine to make this a great pitch. You can catch more video from Thailand at The Viral Traveller’s YouTube page.

Foodie Magician On Late Night

Posted by Michael on November 28th, 2014

It is a special Black Friday edition of Video Friday… a bloated, let’s wear our pajama’s until at least noon, “how much did I eat yesterday?” version of Video Friday. We will kick things off with Josh Beckerman, the foodie magician, on NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers from Wednesday night. You can keep up with Josh’s food related exploits on his website (you can find his entertainment site through there as well). We will bring you more of Josh on Seth’s show later.

Some Cirque Dreams Quick Change On Today

Posted by Michael on November 21st, 2014

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Yesterday the selected cast from Cirque Dreams Holidaze performed “on the plaza” for NBC’s Today Show, including this quick change act. The cast of the show includes jugglers, dancers and illusionists. You can learn more about Cirque Dreams Holidaze over on their website.

David Zirbel Starts Off Video Friday

Posted by Michael on November 21st, 2014

It is already Video Friday again… we have made it through yet another week and, if you are in the States, chances are it was a cold one! We will start off today’s selection of magic clips with something from Masters of Illusion. In case you missed it, this week it was announced that the show was renewed for a second season on The CW and that January will see the network show four as of yet unaired episodes (at least one repeat).

After Dean “Superman” Cain’s introduction David Zirbel presents his interpretation of the barrels, a classic illusion. David is an award winning magician who, according to his website, is a Guinness record holder for being the World’s Tallest Magical Entertainer.

Reelz Finally Releases Extreme Escapes Trailer

Posted by Michael on November 19th, 2014

The new Reelz Channel series Extreme Escapes has finally been added to the channel’s website. They have also finally released a teaser commercial for the series (seen above). The show premieres Saturday, November 29 at 8 PM Eastern/5 PM Pacific. In the first episode David Merlini will attempt to escape from a Salem Witch Trial style burning at the stake.

**Edited to fix the headline… who knew “Reelz” wasn’t recognized by autocorrect?

Get Ready To Fool Penn And Teller Again!

Posted by Michael on November 18th, 2014

Variety is reporting that The CW has renewed not only Masters of Illusion but also Penn and Teller: Fool Us for second seasons on their network. All existing episodes of Fool Us were actually shown (with some edits) this summer, so this means that the show is actually going back into production. This will undoubtedly mean some changes in the show, as it has been about three years since it was in production and now that it is being specifically created for the American market it does not need to be shot in the UK and may get a host more familiar to US audiences. This is pure conjecture on the part of iTricks, but it would not be surprising if the new season of the show is actually shot in Las Vegas and uses talent from CW’s version of Whose Line Is It Anyway?

At this time there have been no indications of when production will start much less when new episodes will air for either show but (again conjecture) it seems likely that both will return for summer runs.

Unaired Wizard Wars Footage Closes Video Friday

Posted by Michael on November 14th, 2014

Can you believe that another Video Friday is coming to a close? We are closing it out with this previously unseen Wizard Wars footage from Justin Flom. It seems like a good way to close out the day because today I have been kind of suffering withdrawal pains… That’s right, magic television withdrawal has hit. Just a few weeks ago in the US it was warm outside, leaves were green and there were multiple magic shows on TV. Now, nothing… Sure, there are a few repeats of Breaking Magic if you have Discovery Family but nothing new. We will have Extreme Escapes soon (at least those of us with the Reelz Channel), but that does not help yet, especially since Reelz has yet to post any promo video. Until then we can cling to our memories of Wizard Wars with this previously unaired clip posted by Justin Flom.

Have a great weekend everyone. Get in some practice or have a good gig, as appropriate, and if you end up with some cool video let us know! By the way, if your plans are to hunker down and let the cold winds blow by outside and need something to watch, check out Miranda if you have access to Hulu Plus. It is a very old fashion style sitcom starring British comic Miranda Hart (Call The Midwife) and with only 18 episodes over three seasons, it is perfect to binge watch. Besides being hilarious, it is worth watching just to marvel at Ms. Hart’s ability to play to an audience that is not actually there. She very much reminds me of George Burns or Jack Benny in that regard.