Archive for the 'Viral Video' Category

How Does Your Magic Video End Up On iTricks?

Posted by Michael on September 17th, 2018

“Me At The Zoo” the first YouTube video ever posted!

One of the biggest questions I get about iTricks is “How do you find the stories and videos you post?” The answer is surprisingly simple: I search the Internet! The follow up I usually get is “How can my video get on iTricks?” That gets a little more complicated. I have a few guidelines that I follow you might want to keep in mind. First, things have to be shot pretty well with decent sound. Cell phone video is okay, but remember to hold the phone sideways (so you get a video wider than it is tall, like your TV). Bad sound and portrait style (taller than it is wide) are the top two reasons iTricks skips over videos! Remember, I also try to keep everything under 15 minutes. iTricks also tries to keep everything PG and on a positive note. Finally, I usually pass over videos made purely as commercials. This means iTricks will post your TV appearance promoting a show on the local news, but generally will not run your sizzle or highlight reel with your booking information at the end.

Of course, before I throw your video up against our guidelines, I have to find it. The vast majority of videos iTricks runs I have found… which takes us back to that “searching the Internet” thing. You are welcome to send me links that you think are iTricks worthy (brownbagmagic AT swbell DOT net). This seems like a good time to remind all y’all out there trying to be noticed that Facebook is a great place to post videos, but Vimeo is better and YouTube is still best. I hear you out there asking why and the reason is pretty straightforward. YouTube is basically a search engine for video. In fact, many search engine optimization professionals (a field yours truly has worked in recently) would tell you YouTube is the world’s second largest search engine, right after Google (who, by the way, owns YouTube). Facebook is still primarily a social platform. That means someone looking to find local magicians or cool magic videos can find them much more easily on YouTube, because the site is actively organizing its videos for searches. Vimeo works like YouTube, but it isn’t nearly as big and it isn’t owned by Google (which some people consider a plus). Although you might be found on Facebook, getting your video found primarily relies on people seeing your video and deciding to share it! If you have hundreds or thousands of friends, this might not be a problem but if you are just starting out the chances your clip will “go viral” are practically nil! If in doubt which is right for you, there is nothing keeping you from posting your videos in multiple places.

Tammer Performing For YG [NSFW]

Posted by Michael on August 9th, 2018

Although the YouTube post does not have a huge count, this video of magician Tammer performing for hip hop star YG is getting a good deal of attention on the Internet, thanks to coverage from sites such as Complex.

There is some potentially offensive language at the end of the video…. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

Irish Magician Joel Is A Viral Sensation

Posted by Michael on June 15th, 2018

Joel is tearing up the internet with his viral magic videos shot at exotic locations such as Tesco, McDonald’s and Ikea. His latest video, shot in Dublin’s Iveagh Garden Hotel, his already collecting views and has been getting attention from traditional media such as The Irish Examiner.

The Beer Trick Seen ‘Round The World

Posted by Michael on March 29th, 2018

The Daily Mail has propelled this short clip, featuring a magician in Santiago, Chile known only as Jordin, to viral status. It shows him pulling a little sleight of beer in front of a very appreciative crowd.

Magic Versus The Pokerface Man

Posted by Michael on October 13th, 2017

Thanks to being picked up by services such as MSN, this clip created from Chinese magician A Gan’s livestream is going viral world wide. As you can see, his friend is not exactly buying A Gan’s brand of magic… the sidekick has become so popular in China he is now known as “Pokerface Man.”

Orangutan Magic With Matt G

Posted by Michael on October 12th, 2016

Mindreader and magician Matt G is making waves of this video featuring his performance for an orangutan named Raj at the Colchester Zoo. We have seen primates react to magic in the past, but this one is a little different. It turns out that zoo audiences are like human ones… some holler and howl, some politely watch and some, like Raj, try to figure it out for themselves!

Catch more of Matt G at his official website. Read more about the magician encounter seen above on The Telegraph’s site.

Ryan Joyce And Christina Bianco Talk Viral-ity

Posted by Michael on December 11th, 2015

This is a bit long for us at a little over 18 minutes, but it is Video Friday. It is also a bit unusual. Magician and goofball Ryan Joyce recently had a video go viral. Instead of immediately trying to create a viral follow up, he has posted this conversation with his friend, singer and YouTube sensation, Christina Bianco about viral videos. With so many performers out there trying to figure out exactly how to go viral, this seems like something worth sharing. There is a small amount of vulgar language, but it is by and large safe for work.

See more of Ryan on his YouTube page and catch Christina on hers.