Scott Pepper At The Magic Castle

Posted by Michael on April 18th, 2018

It has been a rough, rough week and we are barely half way through it!

So here is what I am thinking: let’s just sit back and watch Scott Pepper perform at the Castle. It is only part one… but at time of writing he hadn’t posted part two yet! Still, this gives us 15 minutes to sit back, relax and enjoy some magic.

Jon Dorenbos Returns To Ellen

Posted by Michael on April 18th, 2018

Enjoy this clip of football player and magician Jon Dorenbos’ most recent visit to the Ellen Degeneres Show… Have they declared him the show’s official magician yet? If not, why not?!

Carl Kasell And Harry Anderson Tributes And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on April 18th, 2018

Today’s lead off video is of NPR broadcaster Carl Kasell performing a little magic. The long time contributor to shows such as Morning Edition and Wait! Wait! Don’t Tell Me was an avid magician and we are sad to report that he has passed away at the away of 84. Read more about his life in this Washington Post piece on his life.

More tributes are coming in for Harry Anderson. There are almost too many to choose from, so we’ll just go coast to coast with the LA Times and the New York Times.

If you are looking for Night Court re-runs, which I expect many are, check to see if Laff TV is among your digital broadcast channels (aka the sub-channels). It runs several episodes a day.

Just an off hand comment on magic I have been meaning to make for a day or two: anybody else on the Vanishing Inc mailing list? They put out a great email the other day summarizing everything you need to “buy, learn and do” a great chop cup bit. Yes, they were trying to sell me a chop cup but it was still a really well put together piece. And darned if it didn’t remind me that I need a better chop cup…! I hope they have more pieces like it in the future.

Finally, even though I am not really a fan of articles that compare the skills of the magician to other fields (such as martial arts or human resource management), we’ll end today’s Magic Bulletin with an Inc story telling entrepreneurs what they can learn from magicians.

Ben Hanlin… Working Out?

Posted by Michael on April 17th, 2018

From Channel 4′s digital platform All 4 comes this clip of magician Ben Hanlin on with fitness coach Joe Wicks. There is some magic too, don’t worry!

Marc Spelmann on ITV’s This Morning

Posted by Michael on April 17th, 2018

BGT Golden Buzzer recipient Marc Spelmann stopped by ITV’s This Morning yesterday to amaze the hosts with the help of his very special assistant. Read more on the Daily Mail site (the originator of this video).

Michael Grandinetti, Tom London And BGT News [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on April 17th, 2018

The big news in magic is still coming out of Britain’s Got Talent. Marc Spelmann got the Golden Buzzer (more on Marc later this morning), but escape artist Matt Johnson was back in the first week, too. You can read more about the dangers of his act in this Sun article and more about his private life in this Daily Mail piece.

Tom London recently performed at Wired’s Next Generation one day technology festival for young people. You can see his 30 minute piece on technology and magic on the Wired YouTube page.

Meanwhile, on this side of the Atlantic, Digital Journal has a review of Michael Grandinetti’s live show.

HARRY ANDERSON: BROKEN WAND

Posted by Michael on April 16th, 2018

It is our sad duty to report on another broken wand: Harry “The Hat” Anderson is gone.

Several media outlets, including the New York Daily News, are reporting that Harry Anderson has been found dead at his North Carolina home at the age of 65.

Tomorrow we will be running a “normal day” because the Tuesday posts are already set, but later this week we’ll have more tributes to Anderson, who made a career as both a wise-cracking con man magician who managed to play comedy clubs and an actor on sitcoms and even Disney movies.

Can I be honest with y’all for a minute? Harry Anderson is probably my biggest hero in magic. I was born in the early ’70s, so I caught the magic bug from big, elaborate specials starring Harry Blackstone Jr, Mark Wilson, Copperfield and Doug Henning but it was Harry Anderson who showed me that big time pro magic didn’t have to be showgirls, tigers and box tricks. Magic, damn good magic, could be tricks you pulled out of your pocket. The stuff I was reading in Bobo and Hugard was just as big time as the Zig Zag Girl. Harry Anderson showed me that a character was more than “tuxedo clad magician” or “Liberace knock-off clad magician” or “magician in a leotard.”

We are honoring Harry’s life and career with a clip from the role that introduced him to millions: conman Harry the Hat on Cheers.