Mike Super Back On AGT, Murray On Wizard Wars And More TV News [Magic Bulletin]

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.

Sleight of Hand at its Finest!

Posted by Editor on August 26th, 2014

Artifice Mini Decks: A Little Box Of Awesome

Posted by Michael on August 25th, 2014

Michael Lauck is a columnist for iTricks. His work appears Mondays. All opinions expressed in this review are his own and not necessarily those of iTricks.

Artifice Mini Decks, Ellusionist, $4.99/deck or $19.99 for five deck set (one of each color) and tutorial download, in blue, emerald, red, purple and tundra. Available directly from Ellusionist.

The lowdown: While not exactly the same quality of their larger cousins the Artifice Decks, or even standard Bicycles, the Artifice Mini Decks are probably the best miniature cards available.

The “junk drawer” is a popular concept in the magic community, but I don’t personally have one. I have junk tubs (yep, that was tubs with an “S”). With over three decades of magic purchases behind me, there have been plenty of disappointing products, items bought for forgotten purposes and stuff that is obviously useful for something (that is still waiting for that something to come along) to fill my tubs.

I was recently going through one of my tubs and one of the daughters (who is dabbling in card magic) came around to see what she could claim. After a few minutes, I was short four or five Bicycle decks in various colors (including pink) and she had pushed me out of the way to get a better chance at my junk. It only took a few seconds before she came out beaming with excitement.

“Look at this!” she said, presenting a mini deck to me with a Vanna White flourish.

“Yeah, look at that,” I laughed. “Those are terrible cards.”

“How do you know?”

“Because,” I said, nudging her out of the way to get back to my junk, “all miniature decks are terrible cards.” A few minutes later I had tossed out a couple more miniature decks and had proven my point. Some were little more than poorly printed slips of paper, another was plastic and the worst still had perforation stubs around each card!

“That stinks,” my daughter concluded, “because you could do some really cool things with real miniature cards.”

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Heirloom Deluxe is the perfect carry always routine.

Posted by Editor on August 25th, 2014

Whilst telling a story, your spectator is asked to use all her powers of intuition to determine the suit and value of a lucky playing card. You now remove an old photograph (an Heirloom) from your wallet which depicts the two people named in the tale, what’s more the gentleman is holding a playing card. In a startling way you prove your spectators intuition was spot on.


PRI Features Street Magician Makato

Posted by Michael on August 25th, 2014

Here is an interesting bit of audio from Public Radio International on a Cambridge, Massachusetts area street magician. Born in Japan, adopted and brought to America at the age of 2, he has an interesting story and touches on the differences between performing street magic in the US and other countries.

NPH Ice Bucket, Free Book Download, Dynamo’s Future And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on August 25th, 2014

Above is Neil Patrick Harris and family doing the ice bucket challenge after being challenged by Batman; we have more (and international) magician ice bucket challenges from Takuya, Kenneth Chan and Cody Clark. These videos are all to benefit ALS research, of course, but I’d like to know if iTricksters are losing interest in them.

As many iTricksters will know, Steve Martin started out as a magician many years ago. He is now reportedly returning to his roots in the new film Magic Camp, where he will portray a man returning to work at the magic camp that he loved as a boy. You can read more about it at Slash Film, and check out a vintage picture of Martin working at a Disneyland magic shop.

This week’s free PDF download in the Conjuring Arts Research Center Summer Reading Club is something kind of special. It is an English translation of the 1853 German language book Ein Spiel Karten (A Deck Of Cards). Written by H.R. (perhaps a student of Hofzinser), this version was translated into English 2005 for a presentation at Juan Tamariz’s Jornadas conference. Get your piece of history this week only here. Remember, it is only available until next Sunday!

Ariann Black’s Facebook has a message saying that she and Johnny Thompson are no longer associated with Be Amazed or its Kickstarter. It reads: “As of August 2014, Johnny Thompson and I, Ariann Black, are no longer involved with Be Amazed Magic Television aka Be Amazed TV, including its KickStarter funding campaign.” We will keep you informed.

A cool article from the Business Insider was recently posted by Yahoo’s Small Business Adviser on magician and designer Adrian Westaway of Special Projects.

Stage News is reporting that Dynamo thinks that stage magic needs to be shaken up and is planning to try his hand at revitalizing live magic after his latest series of Magician Impossible ends.

The Latin Post is reporting that another Mexican state has banned the use of animals by entertainers including magicians.

Finally, if you have the Cooking Channel look for a re-run of a 2007 episode of Robert Irvine’s Dinner Impossible where the chef cooks for The Magic Castle.

Pro Football Player And Magician Jon Dorenbos

Posted by Michael on August 22nd, 2014

This clip from HBO’s Real Sports tells the story of Jon Dorenbos, the long snapper for the Philadelphia Eagles and avid magician. Dorenbos experienced the most horrible of tragedies as a child and credits magic with getting him through his darkest hours. It might seem terrible, but iTricks thinks remembering the real power of magic to change lives is a great way to end Video Friday and go into the weekend.

iTricks hopes you have a great weekend no matter what your plans, from practicing new material, presenting old favorites or just relaxing with friends.