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Andy Nyman’s New Play Ghost Stories Is “Perfectly Constructed”

Posted by Editor on February 10th, 2010


Actor/magician Andy Nyman’s new play Ghost Stories, currently playing in Liverpool, has earned a rave review from the local press. The critic even goes so far as to say the collaboration between Nyman and Jeremy Dyson is a “perfectly constructed” piece of theater.

Its writers made much of keeping the plot, characters, soundtrack, cast and just about every other detail tightly under wraps.

This and the health warnings to ticket buyers with heart warnings, as well as uniformed nurses being spotted among the audience, has built up expectations of it being a seriously scary experience.

As a piece of entertainment it certainly delivered – mixing fairground ride tricks with psychological warfare and a vicious dark humour.

If you want to see this, you better hustle. The run ends on February 20th.

Andy Nyman Describes Importance Of Narrative In Magic

Posted by Editor on January 14th, 2010


Magician/Actor/Producer Andy Nyman is bringing a new live seance show Ghost Stories to the stage in Liverpool U.K. but in an interview with the local newspaper Nyman describes where magic fits in with his list of influences.

Magic, too, plays its part, adds Nyman, but not necessarily in the form of conjuring tricks.

“One of the things that has always intrigued me when you look at magic and how it’s done is how important narrative is to it,” says Dyson.

“So many of the same rules that one learns over the years about the craft of writing and constructing stories is absolutely echoed in the craft of constructing magic tricks.

“If you think of some of those beautifully crafted Roald Dahl stories for example, they’re absolutely magic tricks full of misdirection.”

The show, co-created by League of Gentleman writer Jeremy Dyson, begins February 4th and runs through the 20th. Magic Week In Review: 11.15.06

Posted by Editor on November 16th, 2009

The Guest:
Simon Drake

Keith Barry is wrong on his soccer prediction. What’s the weirdest venue you’ve ever performed in? David Copperfield moves his show into overdrive. Drake talks about his tour across the USA for Bizarre Magazine as well as his work on The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus.

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iTricks Magic Stars Podcast 10.22.09

Posted by Editor on October 22nd, 2009

Penn & Teller update their iPhone App with MMS. Women in Boxes is now free on The Internet, legally. Simon Drake consulted on one of 2009’s most anticipated movies. Did Criss Angel change the plot to his Luxor show?

Newsmaker Interview:

Andi Gladwin Gearing up for this year’s Session convention. Find out who’s attending and why the 90 seats allotted will go fast.


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iTricks Magic Stars Podcast 09.24.09

Posted by Editor on September 28th, 2009

David Blaine is going to run the NY Marathon for charity. Floyd “Money” Mayweather is a huge Lance Burton fan. Sad new for the family of Keith Barry as his grandfather succumbs to injuries suffered during a home invasion.

Newsmaker Interview:

Antonio Casanova he’s the newest Las Vegas headliner and the first Italian to do so. Here how he made his way across the Atlantic to set up his own show.


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Gazzo’s Busking School

Posted by Editor on September 19th, 2009

If you see this man looking at you this way, chances are he’s not about to shower you in compliments.

A rather nice article from BBC News yesterday details one amateur magician’s experience learning the art of busking from the legendary Gazzo. And Gazzo does not seem to prefer to teach via the Socratic Method:

“What’s your name?” barks the short, pugnacious man, addressing a member of his audience, who mumbles something back.

“You’ve got to speak up,” he retorts, “you’re not buying condoms.”

You can read the rest of the article here, and check out the official site of the school here. iTricks would like to say that they had the pleasure of seeing Gazzo perform in person, and the man elevates the slinging of one-liners to an art form.

Keith Barry Charts Out Grueling Schedule For Success

Posted by Editor on July 16th, 2009

In their 38-minute interview with Keith Barry, Irish Magic News was able to get some great insights into a man whose had to sacrifice traveling back and forth to America for the sake of his career. In fact, he spells out his horrific schedule to illustrate just how much time it takes for a foreign act to break here in The States.

When I started travelling back and forth the US in the early days for the first two years, I basically did two weeks there, two weeks here, two weeks there, two weeks here for the whole year. So that was pretty hard.

The interview can be downloaded or listened to online here.

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