Marshall Brodien, IMPOSSIBLE, Oz And Much More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on August 31st, 2015

Today’s Magic Bulletin is starting with video from WGN TV (Chicago) featuring Mary Doyle discussing her husband Marshall Brodien’s Alzheimer’s disease. The video was released in conjunction with a special produced by the channel called Unforgettable: Living With Alzheimer’s which aired this past weekend. There is more video on their website.

Six year old cancer patient and aspiring magician Seth Jones was able mount his first professional style magic show with the help of Norman Ng and Make-A-Wish. We would love to show you the video from WMUR but it cannot be embedded so you will have to visit their website to see the footage.

Oz Pearlman is still going strong on America’s Got Talent and hometown newspaper The York Daily Record (briefly) chronicled his journey from East York Elementary to Wall Street to national TV over the weekend.

Broadway World is reporting that IMPOSSIBLE recouped costs before its final performance Saturday. With the success of shows such as IMPOSSIBLE and The Illusionists, iTricks imagines that we will see many more large magic productions in the future.

The Huffington Post offered a peek into The Magic Castle and Brookledge this weekend courtesy of attorney and provocateur Bernie Shine complete with a quote from Pee Wee himself.

Finally, if you still need a push to read Steve Spill’s I Lie For Money, you may want to check out the new review on the Manhattan Book Review website or just take my advice and read it!

Latest Free CARC Reading Club Offering Is Real History

Posted by Michael on August 31st, 2015

Before there was MAGIC, Genii or even The Linking Ring or MUM there was Mahatma, the first American magicians’ magazine. It ran for about decade at the turn of the century and offers a real look into the magic industry during the golden age. Now, thanks to the Conjuring Arts Research Center’s Summer Reading Club you can get a high quality PDF of the magazine’s entire run for free. Over 1,100 pages of vintage effects, biographies and even news of the day will keep you busy for weeks to come and who knows what you will find inside.

Along with the free download of Mahatma the CARC is offering 50% off downloads of the complete runs of Precursor and Hugard’s Magic Monthly as well as the first 16 volumes of MUM. All of these deals are available form now until Sunday, so head to the CARC web store to get your files now.

Greg Wilson [Magic Week in Review]

Posted by Josh on August 30th, 2015
Greg Wilson joins Michael to talk about growing up with Mark Wilson and Nani Darnell, working at the El Capitan and his Fool Us appearance (which will be rebroadcast 9/4/15).


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Kuda Bux And His X Ray Eyes!

Posted by Michael on August 28th, 2015

We have told you about Kuda Bux in the past (read about him here). He was highly successful and even had his own television show on CBS way back in 1949! We do not think, though, that we have ever shared this 1938 British Pathé newsreel footage of Kuda Bux and his X Ray Eyes. The procedure featured, covering his eyes in dough, cotton and bandages, was his signature effect.

This almost eight decade old footage is our introduction to the weekend. Whether you are working, playing or practicing iTricks hopes you have a great weekend!

Ben Seidman On Fool Us

Posted by Michael on August 28th, 2015

Magic Magazine coverboy Ben Seidman made an appearance on Fool Us recently and recounted a larcenous experience he once had in Las Vegas. You can always catch up with Ben on his website. Check the News section to see his upcoming dates.

More Magic Conventions!

Posted by Michael on August 28th, 2015

Kyle Marlett has joined the Vanishing Inc Magic team and he is here to tell you about Magi Fest 2016. It is being held in Columbus, Ohio (as always) at the end of January. We’ll let Kyle fill you in on the rest.

Other upcoming conventions include TAOM 2015 (which is like next week), Daytona Festival of Magic in November, South Africa Magic Championships 2015 in October and the Belgian Magic Festival, also in October.

Wai Yan Naing Wins Myanmar’s Got Talent

Posted by Michael on August 28th, 2015

You may recognize the music, the logo may look familiar… but chances are you have not been following Myanmar’s Got Talent. Truth be told, you probably did not even know it existed but with so many Got Talents around the world, it should not be a surprise! We will be honest, we do not know much about Wai Yan Naing or MGT. We are not even sure when this aired, but according to the title of this video and Wikipedia, Wai Yan Naing won.