Free Book AND TV Show Downloads And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on September 1st, 2014

First up, CW 33 KDAF coverage of the Texas Association of Magicians convention down in Fort Worth this weekend.

Another summer weekend means a new book in the Conjuring Arts Free Summer Reading Club, and we think it may be the last (we do not know when the club will end this year, but summer is basically over for most of America). If it is this is the last free high quality PDF download, they are going out on a high note. Professor Hoffman’s Modern Magic, the book that arguably ushered in the modern era of magic, is yours to download free until next Sunday. Get it here!

We know iTricksters like free stuff so we have two more goodies to tell you about, both over on iTunes. The first episode of Penn and Teller: Fool Us (American version) is free to download as is the first episode of Wizard Wars. If you do not have SyFy (or, for that matter, a local CW affiliate), this is a great way to at least see what you are missing. Plus, it is always nice to have a little something downloaded for the next time you are stuck somewhere with nothing to do… We do not know how long these episodes will be free or if they are available outside of the United States.

The Daily Mirror reported late last week that Dynamo has responded to some of the criticism of his Shard levitation. He basically just Tweeted he was loving the speculation… and hash tagged the premiere date of his next series and WIRES. The next day the Mirror reported that he claimed on Sky News to only have uses the wire, a safety line, during windy rehearsals.

Houdini premieres on History in the United States tonight and the Wild About Harry blog is reporting that it will be seen on September 7 on Channel 4 in England.

iTricks hopes for the best for Joan Rivers, who at time of writing is on life support in a medically induced coma. She is one of the truly great ladies of comedy but one of her first paying jobs in show business was as an assistant to Kuda Bux.

Risk everything with Manoj Linking pins!

Posted by Editor on September 1st, 2014

Imagine being able to link and unlink 2 safety pins in the most visual manner possible.

Now imagine being able to link & unlink them in your SPECTATOR’S HAND. Now re-imagine being able to do it SURROUNDED.


A Tour Of Houdini: Art And Magic With Joshua Jay

Posted by Michael on August 29th, 2014

Another Video Friday is drawing to a close… and we have had some fun with the Houdini theme. Now, though, we are bringing you the coolest link of all. About three years ago the Contemporary Jewish Museum posted a series of videos on YouTube which featured Joshua Jay guiding viewers through the highlights of their exhibition on Harry Houdini. This is the third part in the series, but you can see all of the videos on the Contemporary Jewish Museum’s Houdini: Art And Magic YouTube page. They are all worth watching.

Have a great Labor Day weekend, everyone. Whether you are performing, relaxing or taking the long weekend to start building that sub trunk in your garage, stay safe and have fun.

The Final Official Houdini Seance: 1936

Posted by Michael on August 29th, 2014

After Houdini died his wife and friends famously met several times in an attempt to contact his spirit. This audio recording is from the last such attempt, held on the roof of the Knickerbocker Hotel in Hollywood. Although seances on the anniversary of Houdini’s death continue to this day, this was the final attempt made by his widow Bess.

Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh In Houdini

Posted by Michael on August 29th, 2014

This Labor Day will see the release of History’s Houdini, but millions of people around the world get their knowledge of Harry Houdini from this 1953 film which fictionalized much of his life and, more notably, his death.

Foster The People’s Houdini

Posted by Michael on August 29th, 2014

How about a little music with your lunch? Today’s Video Friday theme is Houdini and this is the official music video for Houdini by Foster the People. Just something a little different… we warned you that we were using the theme loosely, so lighten up and have a little fun!

And this time, for real, we promise to return to more serious Houdini posts for the rest of the day.

Houdini Style Escape Act

Posted by Michael on August 29th, 2014

Behold Houdini Puppy Escapes Crate, a classic YouTube video of the adorable puppy genre. I believe we warned you that we would be taking the Houdini theme a bit lightly today… If not, we are warning you now. Besides, the Internet is built on cute puppy and kitty videos (well, that and pornography but Justin says that we have a no pornography policy on iTricks even though I have run across at least website dedicated to people with a fetish for stage illusions… seriously). Anyway, enough the escape act shown here and check back later for some more serious Houdini stuff.