Archive for the 'TV' Category

BGT: Britain’s Got Trouble?

Posted by Michael on April 21st, 2015

Fresh off the stir over whether magician Jamie Raven had an unfair advantage of Britain’s Got Talent because he had performed at a function attended by Simon Cowell, it seems that another popular act, Boyband, is drawing criticism because they had previously appeared on a dance competition show (read details in this UK Huffington Post article). Despite all of this, BGT is enjoying real ratings success this season. Why should iTricksters care? By and large, you probably should not except with BGT acts becoming open targets for the press and social media, there is a disturbing new trend emerging: the press is actually explaining magic performances on the show.

The Irish Daily Star reported that Raven’s trick was not only something he did not create, but it is an effect that can be purchased on Amazon. They headlined the article Trick That Wowed BGT Judges Is €15 On Amazon. The website Unreality TV even included a YouTube video that explained the effect in their coverage. The video has been up since 2009, so the paper went out of its way to find a video giving away the workings of the effect. Of course, every time a magician does well on a Got Talent show, there are dozens of “magicians” seeking to prove something by posting revelations on the Internet. This is the first time, though, that we can recall main stream media actively undermining a magician’s effects and credibility as a performer.

Setting aside the debate on exposure in general, this type of article seems disrespectful to Jamie Raven as a performer. iTricks will continue to monitor BGT media coverage to see if magic continues to be exposed by mainstream press and if this summer’s return of America’s Got Talent brings this type of article to the US.

The Other Magician On BGT Week 2

Posted by Michael on April 20th, 2015

Jeffrey Drayton is kind of a magician, kind of a ventriloquist… and kind of a nut. Simon may have X’ed him, but he was clearly laughing at the act. He is not getting the attention that Jamie Raven, the magician at the center of the recent BGT dustup, is but I would watch more of Mr. Drayton and Chantal.

Nate Bargatze Comedy Central Special Premieres May 2

Posted by Michael on April 16th, 2015

The clip above is comedian Nate Bargatze telling about the worst he has ever bombed for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon a couple of years ago. Now the important thing to remember is that his dad, who is an integral part of the story, is magician Stephen Bargatze.

It has just been announced that Nate’s stand up special Nate Bargatze: Full Time Magic will premiere at midnight Eastern on Saturday, May 2nd (you can read the press release over on The Futon Critic). Will there be magic? Tune in to find out.

Candid Camera Magic With Ben Jackson

Posted by Michael on April 9th, 2015

When Candid Camera returned to television last year on TV Land, it’s cast included resident magician Ben Jackson. He recently posted this clip from the show on his personal YouTube page. In case you are not familiar with him, suffice to say that Ben has a number of awards to his credit (like winning both the IBM and SAM close up competitions in 2012). We are not sure if Candid Camera is returning this summer.

Murray SawChuck: Magical Mentor

Posted by Michael on April 8th, 2015

In a video from his recent appearance on Hallmark’s Home And Family, Murray SawChuck opens up about how he overcame his shyness because of magic and helps host Mark Steines’ kids work on their own self confidence. Then, the kids join Murray to show off the magic they learned. They must have really made some huge strides to go from shy to debuting their magic on national television.

Willman On Magic, Breast Implants And Google

Posted by Michael on April 1st, 2015

In this clip from his appearance on Conan earlier this week, Justin Willman explains how the Internet can ruin magic for people, demonstrates exactly what he means and then goes all magician on everyone with a kicker ending to his trick reveal. He makes some really good points and this clip was even picked up on by CNN’s Headline News website. You can see Justin’s first date magic demonstrated on Conan (the guy, not the show… actually the guy on the show) here.

Simon Pierro Visits Ellen

Posted by Michael on February 19th, 2015

Not only was Neil Patrick Harris on The Ellen Degeneres Show this week to promote his appearance on some awards show, Simon Pierro visited to do a little of his iPad magic.

There is a little more from Simon on The Ellen Degeneres Show website and Neil Patrick Harris, too.