New Magic Nightclub, Dynamo, Houdini Conspiracies And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on February 10th, 2017

We are leading off today with my new favorite effect: Murray SawChuck makes bacon appear in this cooking themed video. I haven’t eaten in like a week… but bacon sounds good!

The Hollywood Reporter takes a peek at the newest project from the Houston Brothers: a magic themed nightclub in LA.

The National Student spoke to Dynamo about how he got his big break and ended up on TV.

CBC News is reporting that magician and educational aide Daniel “Dan the Magic Man” Kamenicky has plead guilty to two counts of child pornography charges.

Finally, on a lighter note, Nathan Allen (The Maniac of Magic) joins D. Lynn Bennett on the inaugural episode of the Blind Not Stupid podcast to discuss the odd conspiracy theories that have grown up around the death of Harry Houdini. It is about 90 minutes long and you can stream it from YouTube.

Science, Tony The Tiger And Justin Flom…

Posted by Michael on February 9th, 2017

Justin posted this video, which he points out is sponsored by Kellogg’s (as if Tony the Tiger didn’t tip you off). He says not to try it at home, but I kind of think what is the point of owning a home if you can’t do stuff like this?

Christopher James vs The StraitJacket

Posted by Michael on February 9th, 2017

Christopher James has a secret weapon when it comes to his straitjacket escape: Siri. So I guess when it comes to classic escapes, there is an app for that!

You can see more of Christopher over on his website.

Seriously, I don’t know about y’all iTricksters but the ONLY way my wife is ever getting me on a cruise (hate sun, hate water, hate “relaxing”) is if there is an act I want to see on board and with guys like Christopher and Ryan Joyce out there on the oceans, her chances are getting better!

Dennis Watkins, David Copperfield, Dorenbos And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on February 9th, 2017

Dennis Watkins visited the WGN studios yesterday morning with some actors from Fist Fight and does an effect I am on record as hating… but I know the people love it! If you are in the Chicago area any time soon, you can catch Dennis Friday and Saturday nights at the House Theatre of Chicago.

Forbes posted a new interview with David Copperfield yesterday that focuses on his keys to success; read it on their website.

The people at Fine Books spoke with Gabe Fajuri after the record setting sale of a Houdini poster from the recent Norm Nielsen collection auctions. $114,000 for a rare water torture cell print from 1912.

The Children’s Home of Lubbock have announced an April fundraiser featuring a magic performance by Jon Dorenbos. Get all of the details on the Lubbock Journal-Avalanche site.

The Kansas City Star profiled Keith Leff, local performer and IBM Ring 129′s 2016 Close Up Magician of the Year. If you are in the area, he performs two Fridays a month at Old Shawnee Mission Pizza. Once I finally finish moving I see they have gluten free pizza (it is a medical condition, not a lifestyle choice… nobody sane chooses to be gluten free) so I’ll drop in and see Keith work as soon as I can!

Finally, The Newberg Graphic takes a look at the career of Stan “the Great” Kramien, who passed away back in 2015 and is buried in Newberg.

Ryan Tricks Learns Not Everyone Likes Magic

Posted by Michael on February 8th, 2017

Ryan Tricks is back… at least until he gets chucked out. Raise your hand if this had ever happened to you… without a film crew (**hand raises**).

The Magic Circle: Not Just For Humans Anymore

Posted by Michael on February 8th, 2017

This is the opening (or at least one of them) for The Sooty Show. Chances are lots of iTricksters will not be familiar with the little yellow magic wand wielding sock puppet (‘specially if you are not British) but the show has had a few incarnations and run since the mid-1950s. So why is any of this on iTricks? According to a post I caught sight of on Twitter (and now can’t find) and this Warrington Guardian article, Sooty is the first bear and the first non-human ever to be inducted into the famed Magic Circle!

Women Rule Magic, Tannen’s And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on February 8th, 2017

Something a little different to start today’s Bulletin. This just posted “bonus footage” from the History Channel show American Pickers features the antique and collectible hunters exploring a large magic collection from the season 16 episode :The Greatest Pick On Earth.”

Messy Nessy Chic takes a look at the world of NYC magic with a very cool article focusing on Tannen’s.

This weekend is the Festival of Magic’s Women Rule Magic Show in Bakersfield, which is featuring female performers. Among the headliners are friends of iTricks Suzanne and Jen Kramer. You can get all the details on the website or visit the KGET website for a video about the show.

Finally, the Columbus Dispatch has a nice feature on local magician Caroll Baker while Australia’s Newcastle and Lake McQuarie Star profiles Newcastle’s Joel Howlett.