A Little Magic With Bill Cook

Posted by Michael on May 25th, 2016

Yesterday we mentioned the Daily Herald story on Bill Cook’s appearances of this season of Masters Of Illusion. After that ran, we found this video to go along with it.

See more of Bill over on his website (and, of course, on Masters Of Illusion).

Richard Jones’ BGT Semi Final Performance

Posted by Michael on May 25th, 2016

Soldier and magician Richard Jones made it through to the next round Britain’s Got Talent with this performance… will a magician finally win BGT? For those of us in the States, a whole new round of America’s Got Talent starts next Tuesday.

Copperfield’s Nose, Joyce vs Fire, BGT And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on May 25th, 2016

Tomorrow is the second annual US Red Nose Day. You can watch the special on NBC and still get involved by picking up your nose at Walgreens. Don’t just take our word for it… just ask Mr. Copperfield.

Speaking of charities, ran across an article on the Brantford Expositor website about a magic show raising money for the families affected by the wildfire in Alberta which includes friend of iTricks Ryan Joyce. Get more information about Magicians vs Fort McMurray Wildfires here.

Magician Richard Jones made it through to the next round of Britain’s Got Talent, as did a group of dancing Stormtroopers over a young ballet dancer (and fan favorite), which is creating a bit of a row over in the UK. Man, y’all Brits seem to love to argue about your talent shows…. read about it in The Mirror.

Michael J Fitch has been made a Silver Star Associate Member of the Magic Circle, which you can read all about on the Daily Gazette website. Congratulations, Michael!

KOB4 Highlights Magic Store’s Trouble

Posted by Michael on May 24th, 2016

Max Krause of Max’s Magic Shop is getting confused with previous Albuquerque magic shop owner and convicted child sex offended Neil Stammer. Read the article attached to the video above at the KOB4 website.

I pulled this out of the normal bulletin for a reason. It is a commonly heard cry among magicians that we need to save the bricked mortars. Here is a brick and mortar facing even more difficulty than others… so if you find yourself in the Albuquerque area, think about dropping by Max’s!

WLUK Looks A Houdini’s Secrets

Posted by Michael on May 24th, 2016

Houdini grew up in Appleton, Wisconsin (but you knew that) and local Fox affiliate WLUK takes a look at the History Museum at the Castle. Read the article that accompanies the above video on the WLUK website.

British TV, US TV, Suspicious Minds… [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on May 24th, 2016

A little bit of a dust up on BGT over whether Ben Blaque’s malfunction during his semi-final performance was staged or not… Read more on the Daily Mail site. Part of why this is our lead off is that Ben, who is normally described as a crossbow or stunt performer, is now being tagged as a magician by the Mail.

Lance Corporal Richard Jones is in the running to win Britain’s Got Talent but he tells The Mirror and Daily Record that he is reluctant to leave the military as much as he loves the stage.

Meanwhile, on American TV, <em>The Daily Herald talks to Bill Cook about his appearances on this season of The CW’s Masters Of Illusion.

Finally, BoingBoing reports on a study that used an app to test when audiences get suspicious during a magic show.

Got Talent Worldwide, New Magic In Vegas & Movies [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on May 23rd, 2016

Today’s lead off video is Ody Sto. Domingo on the live finale of Pilipinas Got Talent. Although the magician made it to the very end, dancers Power Duo won the day.

Britain’s Got Talent is making a bit of news, too. They are heading to their live shows and magician/mentalist Richard Jones is still among the semi-finalists (read a BGT recap in the Hereford Times). Christian Lee, by the way, gained some notoriety as he passed though the show with a bra steal (read about and see it on The Mirror’s site). The biggest surprise in magic on BGT, though, is probably that after all of the pre-series hype, footage of Paul Daniels’ nephew James Phelan was cut from the show. According to a Metro article, there were simply too many magicians.

As we prepare to move iTricks Tower Midwest to the KC Metro, one of the things I am looking forward to is being closer to my friend Phil Klein (and his US Toy Magic Shop). Phil has been very hard at work bringing the life story of Bob Klamm, a great magician who was almost completely blind, to the big screen. You can follow the production, based on Klamm’s autobiography Fly Like A Bumblebee, on their official blog, Twitter and website.

Finally, John Katsilometes of the Las Vegas Sun reports that Xavier Mortimer is kicking off his solo magic show at the Planet Hollywood Sin City Theater on June 5. And yes, that is where Murray SawChuck’s show is as well. Mortimer will play in the afternoon and Murray in the evening!