Magic In Nigeria And China, Women In Magic And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on September 28th, 2016

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 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). 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.

Finally, you know we love a brick and mortar magic shop and The Gazette has a profile on The Iowa Magic Shop, which opened in Cedar Rapids just about two months ago.

Magician Ben Asher Featured In New Lifetime Campaign

Posted by Michael on September 27th, 2016

The television network Lifetime produces a series of shorts titled Fempire Moments which celebrates positive characteristics of women (like Ben’s mom). Ben is not the only male to be featured, but he is one of only a few and the first magician. He performs in a second spot which you can see on YouTube.

Angel Returns To TV, TEDxSanFran And A Broken Wand [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on September 27th, 2016

Where have all the magic specials gone, you may ask, in this landscape of summer magic themed TV shows? Well, Criss Angel is coming back to A&E Wednesday, October 12 with his Supernaturalists for a one hour special titled Criss Angel: Trick’d Up. According to A&E the show will include several guest stars, including Andrew “Dice” Clay, Gary Oldman, Miles Brown, Paris Jackson, Belinda and UFC fighters Randy Couture, Frank Mir, Chuck Lidell and Paige VanZant (who is on the wrong side of Angel’s cutting a woman in half illusion in the promo). Check your local listings for airings.

TEDxSanFrancisco is scheduled for October 6 and the line up includes Tristan Harris, magician and ethicist. Get details at the TEDxSanFrancisco website.

Finally, we have a broken wand to report from Toledo. James Dyko, longtime magician and teacher who taught deaf students and sign language as a foreign language in Toldeo public schools for three decades has passed away at the age of 69 from a brain tumor. You can read his obituary on the Toledo Blade website.

RIP Herschell Gordon Lewis [NSFW Broken Wand]

Posted by Michael on September 27th, 2016

The man known as The Godfather of Gore, the film maker behind classic drive in shock cinema such as Blood Feast, Two Thousand Maniacs and The Wizard Of Gore (trailer above) has passed away at the age of 87. His death was announced by the cult cinema DVD distribution company Something Weird and has been confirmed in Variety. Starting in the “nudie cutie” industry (“educational” films about the nudist lifestyle), Lewis pioneered excessively violent horror films that frequently borrowed techniques from midnight spook shows (such as the warning at the beginning of the Wizard of Gore trailer). Lewis retired from film in the late ’70s to direct advertising and write several books on marketing and copywriting before returning to the film industry in 2002 with a sequel to his classic Blood Feast.

Murray Sawchuck Goes All Cooking Channel On Us

Posted by Michael on September 26th, 2016

Murray SawChuck is leaving pranks behind to find social media fame in the whole “food porn” world. Then he finds out that it is a world with even harsher critics than magic!

Chris Pratt Proves His Magic Wasn’t CGI

Posted by Michael on September 26th, 2016

Remember how we mentioned last week that Chris Pratt’s character in the new Magnificent Seven remake is a gambler and magician? He showed off his card skills on Late Night With Seth Meyers last week. He also credits a high school teacher for teaching him magic tricks as a young man.

Someone Let Steve Spill Loose In Hawaii

Posted by Michael on September 26th, 2016

Steve Spill takes us on a tour of the botanical wonders of Hawaii in this new video. Steve is in Hawaii to attend the opening of Paul Kozak’s new Hawaiian venue Kozy’s Tiki Palace, which you can read all about in this West Hawaii Today article. It seems like magicians will have a new destination on the Hawaiian Islands.