Pranks, International Magic And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on October 1st, 2015

Today’s lead off video is the newest prank from Rahat; this time he has teamed up with Jack Vale for double the magic. You can always see more Rahat over on his YouTube page.

The Pahrump Valley Times reports that a Belgian crew was in town (which is near Las Vegas) to film for a television show starring magician Nicholas Arnst. The show will air on the VMT network in Belgium sometime in December.

Speaking of TV, not only is tomorrow the season finale of Masters of Illusion on The CW, Penn and Teller will appear on Animal Planet’s Tanked. Check those local listings!

Meanwhile, more magic in the New York Post’s Page Six column as David Beckham caught a performance by foodie magician Josh Beckerman.

The Telegraph ran an article yesterday about the threat to the Kathputli Colony outside of Delhi, which is inhabited by street performers, magicians and other artists. The newspaper refers to it as the “magicians’ ghetto.”

Finally, a little more positive news from India as The Hindu reports that teen magician Zenia Bhumgara is recipient of the International Magicians Association Merlin for the Best Female Magician in India. The daughter of magician Shelly Bhumgara, Zenia is also a freshman at Jai Hind College in Mumbai.

The Heart And Soul Of Magic

Posted by Michael on September 30th, 2015

What you are watching is the trailer for The Heart And Soul Of Magic performance from this year’s Society of American Magicians convention. What we want to direct your attention to, though, is the new documentary about the show and the movement behind it. The 25 minute film can be seen, and even downloaded, on Vimeo.

1990s Jeff McBride Throwback Video Totally Cheats Us!

Posted by Michael on September 30th, 2015

Here’s Jeff McBride on the World’s Greatest Magic II from 1995. This is two decades old and Jeff… well, darn it, Jeff looks exactly the same. That isn’t really fair, is it? I mean, the only thing different about him now is that he doesn’t have a Chinese subtitled Alan Thicke introduction!

I guess the lesson here is that when you rock your own personal style, you are timeless!

Shadows, Billy Topit, Theater And More! [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on September 30th, 2015

Robin Leach has the story on the five year journey that Lance Burton undertook to make Billy Topit, complete with pictures form last week’s premiere, on the Las Vegas Sun website.

The Illusionists, at least Jonathan Goodwin and James More, invaded Cindy Adams’ Page Six column in the New York Post yesterday. Seems like she had trouble keeping up with the duo!

The Sydney Morning Herald took a look at busking with human statue Silver Steve. It even includes a summary of busking regulations for South Queensland.

The Hindu has a peek behind the screen at a Tholpavakkoothu, or traditional shadow puppet, performance. It is not magic, but it is pretty awesome. Today’s lead off video is an example from the Kerala Tourism YouTube page; you can find the entire 55 minute performance of the Ramayana here.

Finally, the pre-Halloween season brings some theater news from Baltimore and Toronto. The Baltimore Sun looks at Planchette, which features actor and magician Brian M. Kehoe, while Post City Toronto talks to magician Nick Wallace about his production Séance.

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Throwback Amazing Johnathan

Posted by Michael on September 29th, 2015

Yesterday’s video of Franz Harary got us thinking… let’s see who else has great 1990s performance video? We found this on the Amazing Johnathan’s YouTube page. Is it from the ’90s? We aren’t sure…. but we looked at what Gary Kroeger and AJ were wearing and decided it was good enough! Then we got fancy and looked up Comic Strip Live; it ran from 1989 to 1994 and Gary Kroeger (who is now running for Congress) was the host for the second season so it is from the 1990s!

Chad Juros: Real American Story

Posted by Michael on September 29th, 2015

You may have seen Chad Juros last night on Penn & Teller: Fool Us or you may remember him from a couple of weeks ago when Good Morning America surprised him with recognition for his charity work. Chad has a pretty incredible story… and this is it in his words.

Visit the Spread The Magic website to learn more about them and for more on Chad.