First up, CW 33 KDAF coverage of the Texas Association of Magicians convention down in Fort Worth this weekend.
Another summer weekend means a new book in the Conjuring Arts Free Summer Reading Club, and we think it may be the last (we do not know when the club will end this year, but summer is basically over for most of America). If it is this is the last free high quality PDF download, they are going out on a high note. Professor Hoffman’s Modern Magic, the book that arguably ushered in the modern era of magic, is yours to download free until next Sunday. Get it here!
We know iTricksters like free stuff so we have two more goodies to tell you about, both over on iTunes. The first episode of Penn and Teller: Fool Us (American version) is free to download as is the first episode of Wizard Wars. If you do not have SyFy (or, for that matter, a local CW affiliate), this is a great way to at least see what you are missing. Plus, it is always nice to have a little something downloaded for the next time you are stuck somewhere with nothing to do… We do not know how long these episodes will be free or if they are available outside of the United States.
The Daily Mirror reported late last week that Dynamo has responded to some of the criticism of his Shard levitation. He basically just Tweeted he was loving the speculation… and hash tagged the premiere date of his next series and WIRES. The next day the Mirror reported that he claimed on Sky News to only have uses the wire, a safety line, during windy rehearsals.
Houdini premieres on History in the United States tonight and the Wild About Harry blog is reporting that it will be seen on September 7 on Channel 4 in England.
iTricks hopes for the best for Joan Rivers, who at time of writing is on life support in a medically induced coma. She is one of the truly great ladies of comedy but one of her first paying jobs in show business was as an assistant to Kuda Bux.
Posted by Michael on August 28th, 2014
History’s two part biopic Houdini starts this Monday (Labor Day), and Adrien Brody is in high gear promoting the new film. We already covered his Today Show appearance earlier this week, but there have been many other appearances since. Yahoo Movies carried a Reuters interview with the Oscar winner. The Jewish Journal ran a piece partially reviewing the film and partially reviewing the magician’s life. Metro.us has another interesting piece an Brody which even mentions his attempt to learn to manipulate locks with his toes.
For those interested in the source material for the movie, Bernard C. Meyer’s Houdini: A Mind In Chains: A Psychoanalytic Portrait is still available from Amazon even though it is out of print. At time of writing, used copies were available for as little as $3.50.
Posted by Michael on August 26th, 2014
History’s Houdini premieres next week, with the first part on Labor Day and the second airing on Tuesday. Adrien Brody stopped by NBC’s Today Show to promote the show and even do a little magic. Perhaps more interesting is that reviews are beginning appear. The Hollywood Reporter is among the first, calling it a “fun but scattered biopic” and praising Brody’s performance as the Kings of Handcuffs. An interesting point in the review is that it mentions that the film uses animations to show how Houdini’s effects actually work, something which may rile up the magic community.
Houdini is based on the 1970s biography Houdini: A Mind in Chains: A Psychoanalytic Portrait by Bernard C. Meyer and it was adapted for the screen by his son Nicholas. It was directed by Udi Edel, whose film The Baader Meinhof Complex was nominated for an Academy Award. The movie’s soundtrack, by John Debney, is getting some praise and thanks to Yahoo Music, you can preview it here.
Posted by Michael on August 26th, 2014
How much magic is on American TV right now? So much that we have an all TV themed Magic Bulletin today (and bumped some TV mini-series Houdini news into another post)!
Mike Super was eliminated from America’s Got Talent when the judges picked an acrobatic dance squad over him. Thanks to each judge getting to bring back an act, though, Super returns to the competition tonight. According to Super’s hometown paper the Observer-Reporter, Super owes his chance at redemption to Howie Mandel. Super will be on tonight’s episode along with magic duo David and Leeman. Next week will include Mat Franco and Smoothini.
Vegas News is reporting that Murray and Rob Anderson (above, getting attacked by a shark) will be among the contestants on tonight’s episode of Wizard Wars on SyFy. Be sure to watch and cheer on the two former iTricks Magic Week in Review guests.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s website has a feature on Rick Smith Jr, magician and card thrower, and his pocking appearance on Stan Lee’s Superhumans. He will be on the September 10th episode of the H2 series; check your local listings.
Posted by Michael on August 20th, 2014
America’s Got Talent fans finally got their second look at Smoothini the Ghetto Houdini on last night’s show. He pulled two of the judges up on stage for a little close up magic, which left two of the other judges feeling a little left out. Of course, at this point, it is in America’s hands not the judges but did the camerawork play against him on his initial bill switch and closing production? Will Team Smoothini be strong enough to pull him through to the next round? We will find out tonight when the results air. The show will also feature a performance from three of The Illusionists (we do not have any inside information, but AGT alum Dan Sperry and Kevin James seem likely).
Also on tonight’s show each judge will select an eliminated act to bring back into the competition, giving hope to favorites such as Mike Super to return to the stage.