Today’s lead off video is Zeeto Peller, son of Nigeria’s most famous magician Professor Peller, explaining that his father did actually cut his mother in half during his parents’ magic act. His mother, by the way, also maintained she was actually severed in two and even was injured by the experience. We are starting with this because Professor Peller, despite his fame in Nigeria, is not well known to western magicians but there is an interesting profile of the performer on OluFamous.com. It is not only an interesting bit of history but, especially combined with the interview with Zeeto (also a magician), a fascinating look at how magic is viewed in Nigeria.
LA Weekly has an interview with Angela Sanchez, the co-founder of the Women Magician Association and MC of their show this Saturday at the Book Show in Highland Park. In trying to find some video to link with this, the iTricks Researchbots turned up a couple of cool things. First, a couple of the WMA members appeared in an episode of Comics N’Cocktails not too long ago. It is too long to post here, but you can stream the half hour here. They also found Angela’s senior thesis from UCLA Conjuring the Modern Woman: Women and Their Representation in the Golden Age of Magic (click on the link for a PDF).
ECNS.cn has a report on China’s magic industry reaching out to foreign companies, which includes the news that Vanishing Inc is publishing Chinese language magic books.
On the editorial side, I wonder how this will be received. I’ve been to China and know that Chinese audiences love magic. I found magic on Chinese television something like 16 of the 18 days I was working in Shanghai (and that was without a TV guide). However, the Chinese magic industry (or at least certain players in it) have generated some ill will with knock off products.