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Episode #1 : Why saw a woman in half? What is the connection between a deck of cards & the calendar. Remote card location.

Episode #2: Espionage, jealousy & murder among magicians. Adam calls his arch nemesis Richard Vegas.

Episode #3:The first aircraft pilot down under was a magician and a live random number challenge via phone.

Episode #4: Bar stunts, Alice Cooper as a magician and magic used in pop concerts.

Monday
Feb232015

MEIL PATRICK HARRIS :: OSCAR ILLUSION

Sunday
Jan252015

WHY PENN & TELLER NEED EACH OTHER

Penn & Teller were featured in a very nice segment on CBS Sunday Morning on January 25, 2015. 

Among the many topics covered:

Teller on why his character is silent:

"Not speaking is just about the most intimate thing that you can do," Teller said.

"Intimate in terms of ..." said Cowan.

"See? You felt like you had to speak. If we just stop, and look at each other, Oh gosh, that gets intimate fast, and that's what I feel when I'm on stage."

Penn on their relationship:

"Teller and I never got along," Penn said. "We never had a cuddly friendship. It was a very cold, calculated relationship where we thought we do better stuff together than we do separately."

"So it was almost a matter of necessity?" Cowan asked.

"Well, it turns out that respect lasts longer than affection."

Read the complete story at CBS.com

 

Monday
Jan192015

MNW 340 :: MAT FRANCO

Among the top stories of 2015 in the world of magic was Mat Franco's winning the ninth season of "America's Got Talent."  

Keep in mind that 73 magicians or magic acts have appeared on the whow over the years including the Pendragons, Kevin James, Murray Sawchuck, Michael Grasso, Nathan Burton, Brett Daniels, Rudy Coby, Bizarro and many more.  

Mat became interested in magic after seeing a special featuring several magicians when he was only a few years old and immediately began performing for his class at show and tell.  The rest as they say is history.

 

 

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Sunday
Jan182015

RICKY JAY'S MAGICAL NEW YORK

Promoting the premier of the documentary "Deceptive Practice" on the PBS series "American Masters," the NY Post posted this article on Ricky Jay's Magical New York: READ THE ORIGINAL HERE

Was I ever tempted to be a con man or a card shark? Yes,” says Ricky Jay, who overcame temptation to become one of the greatest sleight-of-hand artists of all time.

Born Richard Jay Potash in 1948, the Brooklyn native’s parlayed his way with cards into a career as an actor, writer, historian and collector.

“My peregrinations are hard to establish,” says Jay, who, throughout his travels, has held onto his place on the Upper West Side. He’s also the first magician to materialize on PBS’ American Masters series: “Ricky Jay: Deceptive Practice” airs Friday. This is his magical New York.

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Tuesday
Jan062015

MNW 339 :: 2014 MAGIC YEAR IN REVIEW

In this episode of the MagicNewswire's "Spirit of Magic" podcast, we take a look back at 2014 and a peek ahead at 2015.

 

Genii Magazine Associate Editor Dustin Stinnett leads the way with his always amazing recaps of the previous year of magic news in review, but we are also joined by many special guests along the way. My cohosts are Chase Goforth, Cameron Ramsay, and David Kaye. Special Guests include Dan Sperry, Jonathan Pendragon, Mike Caveney, Tina Lennart and more. Happy new year everyone!  

 

 

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Thursday
Sep042014

MNW338: SOL STONE

On this episode of the Magic Newswire Spirit of Magic podcast I am thrilled to be joined by the ultimate "Underground Magician." For more than 50 years, Sol Stone has been referred to as "the magician's magician." In May of this year, Sol was named "Magician of the Year" by the Parent Assembly of the Society of American Magicians, Assembly #1 in NYC. Sol is best known as a coin magician, teacher and mentor to generatons of performers. Join David Roth, Jeff McBride, myself and other guests for this fascinating conversation. You will hear tales of Howard Thurston, Dai Vernon, Flosso, Paul LePaul, Jerry Openheimer, Ed Balducci, Tarbell, Jean Hugard, Slydini and many more!  



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Monday
Aug252014

STEVE MARTIN GOES TO MAGIC CAMP

From an article in the Hollywood Reporter we learn that Steve Martin is in talks to star in "Magic Camp," a new Disney project. 

The story tells of a straitlaced banker who returns to Magic Camp, which he attended as a shy child. This time he is a counselor who makes it his mission to improve the lives of all the kids while keeping an eye on his ultimate prize, the top spot at the Golden Wand competition.

As the article mentions, and as most magic fans are aware, Martin began his early performing career as a demonstrator at the magic shop on Disneyland's Main St.

Friday
Aug222014

HOUDINI PREMIERS ON HISTORY CHANNEL




Take a first look at Houdini, a two-night mini-series event, premiering Monday, September 1, at 9/8c.
Monday
Aug182014

JOANIE SPINA :: WE WILL MISS YOU

JOANIE SPINAIn March of 2010, I was thrilled to have the amazing Joanie Spina join me as a guest on the Magic Newswire podcast. On numerous occasions afterwards, we spoke about ideas for an ongoing series of shows to help coach performers. Sadly, we never put it all together. Hopefully, in this conversation you will find something of Joanie to inspire you as a performer. We will miss you my friend.

Previous Entry: Joanie Spina is our special guest on this episode of the podcast. If you're not yet familiar with Joanie, she acts as a performance coach to magicians, jugglers, dancers, singers, clowns, mimes, and actors. She offers a variety of services including theatrical direction, staging and/or choreography, individual performance coaching and promotional tape design and is best known to many as the co-director and choreographer for world renowned magician David Copperfield. If your demo tape does more traveling than you do, then sit back and enjoy the expert opinions of a master magic coach on This Week in Magic!

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Sunday
Mar232014

TELLER PREVAILS IN SHADOW SUIT

From an article in the Hollywood Reporter, I learned this morning that the silent half of Penn and Teller, who has been a guest on my podcast, has prevailed in a lawsuit against Belgian performer Gerard Dodge with regards to a lawsuit against Dodge and his performance of "Shadows", an act that Teller registered with the US Copyright office in 1983.  According to the article:

"While Dogge is correct that magic tricks are not copyrightable, this does not mean that Shadows is not subject to copyright protection," writes Judge Mahan in his ruling. "Indeed, federal law directly holds 'dramatic works' as well as 'pantomimes' are subject to copyright protection, granting owners exclusive public performance rights. The mere fact that a dramatic work or pantomime includes a magic trick, or even that a particular illusion is its central feature does not render it devoid of copyright protection."

READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE