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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.

Sunday
Jul292012

EMC INTERVIEWS CONTINUE THE EVENT AFTER IT WRAPS

EMC has wrapped, but you want more? I know that it is a poor substitute, but maybe one of these interviews will fill some small piece of the gap that has been left with the end of the final session. I certainly hope so. Here are some of my interviews with EMC presenters. Enjoy:

 

Saturday
Jul282012

EMC DAY TWO :: WRAPPED AND ONLINE

Yes, Day two of the final Essential Magic Conference has been put to bed and there is only one more day ahead of us.  Once again, the EMC team has done an amazing job and all of the videos from todays session are now online and read for streaming for members.  If you are not yet a member of EMC, it isn't too late! Register now! You will get access to all of this years videos via streaming and a complete boxed set of DVD's which includes every session as well as many, many extras! Do it now!

SESSION 4 :
  • Host Mike Caveny kicked it off by introducing Paul Daniels who discussed the concepts of "Belief" and misdirection as well as some thoughts on how to be funny
  • Hiro Sakai performed several effects with cards and Euros then presented detailed explainations. Clever stuff!
  • Luis De Matos was the next performer and presented the main effect of his current show Chaos which will be explained in a later session. AMAZING Routine!
  • Eiberhard Riese and Topas discussed the fountadion for a great act. Music, costume, props, persona etc. Topas joined him with varied presentations of the classic professors nightmare showing how different presentations make the same effect totally different.  Everyone should watch this! Topas might be as funny as Bill Malone!  Dare I say that anyone going on a "Nationally Televised Talent Competition" should watch this before doing anything else?
  • David Britland talks about the magic of Chan Canasta including stacked decks, forcing psychology, etc...  It was followed by an some great archival footage of Canasta performing.
  • Steve Cohen performed his favorite Malini trick, the Coin Under Hat which he also explained
  • Tina Lennart was next up and shared the story of meeting Mr. Mop and how it was inspired by Steve Jobs. Great stuff!
 
SESSION 5 :
  • Hosted by Marco Tempest, David Williamson starts with a card effect then goes on to talk about the people that influenced him in his career.  Another must see!
  • Graham Jolley discusses the "Countdown" by Koran which he performed yesterday without explanation.
  • Gaetan Bloom discussed the origin intercessor and the creative process.  I always love insights like this one.
  • Norberto Jansenson performs his favourite effect with a jumbo deck. Excellent and unique. 
  • Guy Hollingworth performs and explains some of his classic card magic with some unique approaches to palming.
  • Max Maven on making a trick into something magical. "Panache"
  • Panel Discussion on Improvisation. 
  • Daniel Madison Performs an effect to be explained at the top of session 6
  • David Blaine names the 4 of spades. Steve Cohen comes up with his deck and takes them out and shuffles them. Is told to spread them face down. One blue back card in the red deck. It is - of course - the four of spades. He will explain it at the start of session 6.
  • Wraps with the traditional audience Q&A
SESSION 6 :
  • Daniel Madison starts things of with the promised explaination. Great!
  • Next was a live via SKYPE chat with Cyril Takayama hosted by Max Maven talking about Cyril's new TV series 
  • Another hystericla presentation by Bill Malone which had everone laughing.. as usual
  • Norberto Jansenson presented a story telling effect which emphasized the importance of creating a magical moment
  • Luis de Matos explained his Chaos effect from the earlier session. Wow.. Just Wow. This man is amazing!
  • Eric Mead performed a fabtastic version of Ramsey's Cylinder and Coins. Outstanding!
  • Bill Kalush on the unknown and ancient history of card magic. The lesson learned is that everything new is also old. .
  • And, of course, the final Q&A from the audience!  Another amazing day!

 

 

 

Saturday
Jul282012

EMC DAY ONE :: WRAPPED AND ONLINE

Day one of EMC 2012 has wrapped.. and it is now online for streaming if you are a member of this year's conference. If you haven't joined, why not!? Do it now!

Among the surprises was the surprise arrival of David Blaine as the fourth guest speaker.

If you weren't around for the live stream or have failed to join, here is what you missed on Day 1:

SESSION ONE:

  • Eric Mead opened EMC 2012 with advise for young and aspiring magic performers. In essence, read more and watch less, Learn from as many sources as possible! Most importantly, perform as much as you can and learn from your mistakes. 
  • Armando Lucero was the first performer and presented some lovely card magic.
  • Denis Behr was next with a talk on stacked decks after a a presontation aided by David Williamson as the spectator. A great segment!
  • Next up was Michel Clavello who presented some fantastic effects using a hold out (The Invisible Hand) Fantastic!
  • Guy Hollingworth was next and performed a great effect in which he demonstrates a "curse to predict the future." Marco assisted in this great presentation.
  • Bill Malone stepped up to the mic in order to read the preface to his biography on Ed Marlow. I"M KIDDING! He talked about blending comedy and magic.
  • Session One ended with a question and answre session with questions from attendees.

SESSION TWO: 

  • Topas hosted the second session which began with Graham Jolley's card prediction and snooker ball routine with Mr. Hollingworth as his spectator.  There was much more here that you'll discover when you watch.
  • Steve Cohen presented a talk on Malini with some great and little known stories about Max. 
  • Marco Tempest talking about his creative process and the importance of "making magic" and not doing tricks. Needless to say, we get some interesting insights into his proccess and his recent TED talk. 
  • Hiro Sakai presented 3 fly withpoker chips, and what is sure to be one of the most talked about segments which used a Cat, a butterfly and some toast. No.. Really!
  • Woody Aragon presented a great talk on interactive magic and the power of letting the audience create the magic.
  • Denis Behr next performed an effect with the help of an assistant.. Namely a rubber band. Sounds trivial but it was fun stuff.
  • Next up was a panel hosted by Topas on the topic of secrets and exposure. 
  • Tom Stone was the next performer and presented his signature Benson Bowl routine which he will discuss in a later session
  • Session two closed with another Q&A from attendees.
SESSION THREE
  • Tom Stone kicked things off by discussing his unique style of magic before fully exlaining his Benson Bowl rutine in detail!
  • Debbie McGee presented a talk on the vitl role of a magician's assistant with insights and stories about she and her husband. 
  • Dani Da Ortiz presented his Lucky Number routine next. It appears to be totally random but it works!
  • Max Maven discussed the subtlties of handling a spectator on stage.
  •  Next was the amazing David Berglas who told the tale of an effect tha he performed for the BBC which involved the ransportation of an object instantly between two cities for a live television audience. Then he explains how he made it work!
  • David Williamson was the next performer with a short presentation of a great card effect. 
  • Yigal Mesika then shared an fantastic talk on the use of invisible thread thread. Great stuff!

 

 

 

 

Thursday
Jul262012

EMC REGISTRATION WINNERS ANNOUNCED

For me, the Magic Newswire has always been about giving back to the community.  As I anticipate the start of the final edition of the Essential Magic Conference, I was thrilled to be able to offer several free registrations to the conference to my Twitter followers, my Facebook Friends and respondants to several posts on magic newsboards.

On the eve of the event I am happy to announce the names of the winners pictured left to right above.

Congratulations go to Danylo Loutchko, Curt Anderson and Joseph Naud! I hope you enjoy this year's EMC as much as I did giving these registrations away! 

Congratulations!

NOW, YOU SHOULD SIGN UP BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!


Monday
Jul232012

EMC 2012 SCHEDULE NOW AVAILABLE

Yes, the EMC2012 schedule has finally arrived. The conference begins on the 27th July and the programme for the three days of events can now be downloaded here.

We’ll also be running an open event on the evening of the 26th. It’s your chance to meet the Speakers and see the studio. Just visit the EMC Website on Thursday for details.

If this isn't enough to make you join then watch some of the free videos from previous confrences like this one with Mac King and register here!

Monday
Jul232012

CRISS ANGEL'S SECRET WAREHOUSE PARTY

For those that missed it live, here's the video:
Saturday
Jul212012

SAWCHUCK AND CHLOE TIE THE KNOT

Tropicana Hotels Headliner Murray ‘Celebrity Magician’ & Chloe Louise Crawford were married this weekend  in the intimacy of his home in the Lakes with a small group of close friends and family.

"The wedding was planned in the fashion that only a Vegas couple like  Murray and Chloe would have.  1970’s Icon and Disco Legend Monti Rock III married the couple with ring chosen and selected by the Pawn Stars." 

Other people in the bridal party were Ashton Nicole who served as Chloe’s Brides Maid. Murray’s best man was his long time friend and comic sidekick Douglas ‘Lefty’ Leferovich. His other groomsman was Mark Bennick another very good friend and touring Magician. 

Congratulations to them both from the Magic Newswire!

Saturday
Jul212012

EMC LIVE PREVIEW TODAY! TUNE IN AND REGISTER!

 

LIVE BROADCAST 21st JULY!

 

This Saturday, 7pm, EMC will be broadcasting live from Studio 33 in Portugal. This is a chance for you to preview our video and chat facilities and test your web connection. Join us here.
 
SEE THE STUDIO
The live broadcast includes the first view of this year’s EMC studio.
 
$3,500 PRIZE DRAW
Watch live as we choose the winner of our $3,500 prize draw.
 
COUNTDOWN TO LIVE BROADCAST
Visit our EMC website here.
You will find a countdown in hours and minutes to the live broadcast.
 
BROADCAST TIME
The live broadcast will take place at:
 
Portugal and UK | 07: 00pm
Los Angeles | 11:00 am
New York | 02:00 pm
Buenos Aires | 03:00 pm
Johannesburg | 08:00 pm
Tokyo | 03:00 am (Sunday)
Canberra | 04:00 am (Sunday)

LIVE BROADCAST 21st JULY!

 

 

In case you miss it:

Wednesday
Jul182012

KEITH BARRY INCIDENT CAUGHT ON TAPE

Wednesday
Jul182012

WAS DEREK LEVER BANNED FROM FISM ITALY?

You be the judge: