Dariel Fitzkee’s Misdirection For Magicians

Posted by Michael on July 21st, 2014

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There is something beautiful about books. Perhaps I am a romantic, but a classic book, particularly a vintage edition seems to carry an air of its history and importance with it in a way that later editions can not. Now available on ebay, and up for auction until July 24, is a copy of Dariel Fitzkee’s Misdirection for Magicians, copyright 1935. The lister reports that there is some wear and that an owner wrote their name in the book, along with a few pencilled in underlines. The photographs would suggest that the book is in fairly good condition, though. Best of all, the bidding starts at a mere $9.99 (with $2.50 shipping).

This is not one of his famous trilogy, of course, but it is a self published early work that was probably handled by Fitzkee!

If you want to add this very cool and rare book to your library, visit the listing page.

NPH Heads To Freak Show? Magic At A Funeral? And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on July 21st, 2014

Inquisitr.com is hinting that Neil Patrick Harris may be seen in the next installment of American Horror Story, which will be subtitled Freak Show. He has said he would love to do it and indications are the show would like to have him. iTricks is wondering exactly what classic sideshow role would be best of NPH. Reportedly conjoined twin and strongman are already taken.

If you are keeping track of the Merlin Awards, The LA Times carried a story on Jan Rouven winning Illusionist of the Year. A follow up at the Merlin Award website shows that Astor was awarded a Lifetime Achievement as well.

Book 3 of this year’s Summer Reading Club form Conjuring Arts Research Center is Arthur Buckley’s Card Control: A Post Graduate Course on Practical Methods. This 1946 book has contributions from some of the biggest names in magic, including Dai Vernon and Cardini. Get your free high quality download here.

When it is your time for the ol’ Broken Wand, will there be magic performed at your funeral? Small Business Trends just ran a profile of Ted Lee, magician and funeral home owner in White Plains, New York. According to the piece there are times when the two careers cross…

Ariann Black [Magic Week in Review]

Posted by Josh on July 19th, 2014

When Ariann Black stops by to talk about her new magic channel BeAmzed.TV, Michael gets all nerdy (that is, nerdier than usual).

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Personal Favorite: Harry Anderson

Posted by Michael on July 18th, 2014

Let’s draw this week’s Video Friday to a close with one of my all time favorite magicians: Harry Anderson. I have never seen Harry live but maybe this will be the year! Until then, I will content myself with this clip posted by Meir Yedid from Anderson’s 1996 special Tricks Of His Trade.

As always, whether you are recreating or performing (or have a summer cold) this weekend, have a great one!

Is This The Oldest Trick In The Book?

Posted by Michael on July 18th, 2014

This is probably not the oldest trick in the book, but let’s face it: it’s the most famous. When digging out that Frakson footage I found this cool newsreel from the Huntley Archive. Making the vintage newsreel even cooler is the fact that the magician featured is David Devant. The question is: does this show early camera tricks or legitimate parts of Devant’s stage act?

1930s Newsreel Of Frakson’s Cigarette Magic

Posted by Michael on July 18th, 2014

I have a summer cold (which is just a cruel trick of nature… as if allergies were not enough) and am admittedly a bit out of it. So if I have posted this before, I will blame it on my terrible illness. It has been considered more than once, but I don’t think I have posted it. The watermarking on this does distract from the action, but it is cool to Frakson in action. He was known as “The Man With A Thousand Cigarettes,” for obvious reasons. I realize cigarettes are bad and everything but something about cigarette magic is just so cool!

Gus vs Chester [NSFW]

Posted by Michael on July 18th, 2014

Gus Versus Chester from Sid De La Cruz on Vimeo.

What happens when two struggling street magicians see a dropped wallet? Obviously, kung fu fight, free running and more.

This short film is from the 2014 San Francisco 48 Hour Film Project and was directed by Eric Steiner. It might not be to everyone’s taste and there is some “salty language” as well so be warned. It seemed like a good way to kick off this week’s Video Friday; enjoy!