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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
Jul082012

FISM BEGINS NOT WITH A BANG... BUT AN INSULT

Not being in Blackpool for this year's FISM, I only became aware of this story because of some information shared by our friend Dustin Stinnett.  In short, the FISM program distributed to all attendees contains a letter of welcome from the President of the Blackpool Magic Club (Photo to the left) which contains the following in the second statement in the second paragraph:

There have been many detractors who have vented their spleen on the choice of Blackpool. Indeed, one South African magician who has put himself forward as a candidate for Vice President published derogatory comments on his website for over 2 years. The editor of Genii magazine openly supported vicious Hitler films shown in the internet which purported to be me as Hitler. Despite their bile I am still here organizing this great convention and Blackpool Magicians Club promise to give you a magical week to remember.

Mr. Lever is referring to Craig Mitchell when he mentions the delegate from South Africa and fails to mention that he has also put himself forward as a candidate for that post.  You can find Craig's outstanding reporting on the last FISM BY CLICKING HERE.  I also shared the video that he referes to in THIS POST from OCT 2009.

GENII Editor Richard Kaufman responded to the letter at the Genii Forums saying:

Not only is this false, and possibly libelous, but it's obvious that Derek Lever has never watched the YouTube videos he is writing about. If the idiot had watched them, he would have seen that Hitler is portrayed as trying to get FISM held in Berlin and is enraged that it is being held in Blackpool AND that Hitler has been banned from attending the convention Watch it yourself.

There is never any indication that Hitler is anyone but Hitler, and that Hitler is angry at Derek Lever. He refers to Derek Lever in the third person several times, so ONLY SOMEONE WHO HAS NEVER WATCHED THIS VIDEO could make the claim that I supported a film that portrayed Lever as Hitler.

This is parody, plain and simple, and protected by law, but I had nothing to do with producing the videos (there are several) and I find them very funny. Just because I find them funny does not mean I "support them"?

And to think that this baboon is running for the position of Vice President of the FISM organization is unimaginable. What an utter catastrophe it would be for FISM if Derek Lever, a person who makes libelous claims based on videos he has obviously never watched, should be elected Vice President.

I'll share my personal opinion by paraphrasing a running joke about Churches.   "Magic would be great if it weren't for the magicians."  A tip of the hat to you Mr. Lever for exemplifying what I see to the be worst side of the magic community. 

I spoke with FISM President Eric Eswin in August of 2009 and we discussed the selection of Blackpool for this year's competition as well as several other related issues. You can LISTEN HERE

Saturday
Jul072012

DERREN BROWN - INSIDE YOUR MIND

"Inside Your Mind" by Derren Brown launches in the U.S. today on Hulu! Inside Your Mind is a compilation of the best routines and effects demonstrated by Derren in the Mind Control specials and series.  From the UK DVD Release:

Inside your Mind is a great introduction to the considerable skills of the only living Jedi Master. His show, Mind Control debuted on Channel 4 in the wake of a resurgence of interest in magic spearheaded by David Blaine. But what Derren Brown does hardly falls into the category of sleight-of-hand--his "magic" is firmly grounded in the workings of the mind and psychology. The result is a fascinatingly mysterious, but definitely not psychic, phenomenon.

This programme takes the best bits of the series and condenses them into a manual of mind reading. Brown uses the power of suggestion, body language and basic psychology to predict and alter people's behaviour, be it using subliminal messages to make a couple of creatives come up with exactly the same ad for a chain of taxidermists; counting cards in a casino; or guessing someone's PIN simply by watching the subconscious movements their fingers make when they are thinking of the number--all of which will have you shaking your head at the TV wondering how he did it. Derren Brown is a showman of Barnum-esque proportions whose charisma, charm and originality have won him more fans than detractors. Just like the Matrix, no-one can be told what Derren Brown is, you have to experience him for yourself.

You can find out more about the Mind Control programmes on Derren's website.  WATCH IT HERE

Friday
Jul062012

MNW #332 :: HARRY BLACKSTONE JR.

HARRY BLACKSTONE JR

I recently received an amazing email from Bill Smith offering to share a previously unheard interview with Harry Blackstone Jr. Obviously, I was flattered and thrilled that I could share this with our listeners. According to the information shared by Bill, this interview was recorded by a local radio station in Texas, but was never broadcast. Fortunately, Bill was able to obtain the master and we now have the digital copy that we are sharing here today. Thanks again to Bill who has said that he will welcome any emails inquiring about this chat.

LISTEN TO THIS INTERVIEW WITH HARRY BLACKSTONE JR. ::





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Friday
Jul062012

HACK LINES THAT EVERY MAGICIAN SHOULD AVOID

Tuesday
Jul032012

TELLER & DERREN BROWN JOIN EMC 2012!

And you though that after the final five were announced, the 2012 edition of the Essential Magic Conference couldn't get any better.  Well... You were wrong.

Teller and Derren Brown Q&A Sessions Added To Essential Magic Conference

Just confirmed. Two incredible additions to EMC. Last year David Copperfield gave EMC a virtual tour of his magic museum in Las Vegas. It was one of the highlights of the conference. This year Teller and Derren Brown will be joining us online in two very special sessions, broadcast live during the Essential Magic Conference 2012. Register now and join us for one of the biggest magic events of the year.

Teller Live From Vegas

Teller will be joining us live from Las Vegas to answer your questions. This is a unique opportunity to interview one of the most creative performers in magic, an artist and perfectionist who, with Penn Jillette, reinvented magic for a new generation. Join Teller online and learn what magic means to one of the most successful magicians in the world. As we near the conference members will be asked to submit their questions for Teller and the best will be put to him during a live interview. Do not miss this incredible event!






Derren Brown Live From London

Derren Brown has changed the face of mentalism. Acclaimed for his television specials and theatre shows, Derren Brown redefined the art of mental magic, updating it for the 21st century and making it credible, entertaining and unbelievably popular. At EMC Derren will answer your questions and share his thoughts on magic, mentalism and performance. It is a rare chance to learn from one of the UKs most famous entertainers. Members will be invited to submit their questions prior to the conference and the best will be used during the live interview.

 

REGISTER NOW FOR EMC 2012 BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!
Saturday
Jun302012

A WARNING FROM PAUL DRAPER

I recently had the pleasure of hosting my friend Paul Draper on the set of Drop Dead Diva during my last weeks filming Season Four of the series. Now it is my turn to share an appearance by Paul on a regional phone commercial. Well done Mr. Draper!
Saturday
Jun302012

URI GELLER APPEARS AT HIS FIRST EVER MAGIC CONVENTION

This just in from Richard Kaufman:
I'm thrilled beyond words to announce that the world's most famous mystifier, Uri Geller, will present a lecture at Genii's 75th Anniversary Birthday Bash. 

Uri will mesmerize you in his first EVER appearance at a magic convention in the United States.

Join us! 

www.geniiconvention.com

 

In case you have missed previous announcements of the amazing line up scheduled for the Genii Magazine 75th Anniversary Gala, then listen up!  Richard will also be joined by Juan Tamariz, Jim Steinmeyer, Dr. Sawa,  Steinmeyer,  Michael Weber, Tomo Maeda, Jon Armstrong, Jonathan Pendragon, Charlie Frye, David Ben, Eric Mead, Eugene Burger, John Carney, Jon Racherbaumer, Kisuk Lee, Max Maven, Paul Wilson, Roberto Giobbi, Tom Stone, Jonathan Levit, Yumi, Rob Zabrecky, Alba, Alex Ramon, Scott Land,Peter Samelson, Jamy Ian Swiss, Tomo Maeda, Bob White & Lukas. Now, ask yourself... Why exactly haven't you already signed up?! DO IT NOW!

Thursday
Jun282012

THE FINAL FIVE ARE ANNOUNCED!

Only a month to go before this year’s Essential Magic Conference and today we can announce the final five of our amazing Speakers. And they are:

 
 David Berglas
Yes, the incredible David Berglas is returning to EMC. David is a true international man of mystery. Miracles are his trademark, always taking an effect beyond the limits of magic into the realm of the impossible. He is the creator of the legendary Berglas Effect, a mystery that has astonished magicians for decades.


 
 Gene Matsuura
Gene Matsuura is famous for his extensive study of the magic of Slydini. In the 1970s they began a book project together. Slydini discussed his methods, particularly the timing, co-ordination and psychological ploys that underpinned his routines. Gene gave a wonderful talk on ‘crossing the gaze’ at our 2010 conference and has an equally intriguing presentation this year. Welcome back Gene.\


 Hiro Sakai
Hiro Sakai is new to EMC. He is well known in Japan and Korea where he has appeared on television many times, often in the character of ‘Dr Leon.’ He is an author and inventor and has contributed his ingenious magic to many magic magazines including The Looking Glass and Genii. Welcome Hiro Sakai.


 
 Mike Caveney
We never know quite what to expect from Mike Caveney. In past conferences he has produced a fat chicken from an egg bag and explained one of the world’s greatest illusions.  He is a performer, author and historian. A member of The Inner Magic Circle, was voted Stage Magician of the Year by the famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. Since 1979 Mike Caveney's Magic Words has published over fifty books on the history, practice and theory of magic. Expected the unexpected and Mike Caveney at EMC.
 
 Stan Allen
Stan is another welcome returnee to EMC. He is the publisher of Magic magazine and the producer of the Magic Live convention in Las Vegas. He has a lifetime of professional experience in magic and his presentations are entertaining, informative and inspirational. You won’t want to miss him at this year’s conference. Welcome back Stan. 

 

Register now so that you won't miss out!

Tuesday
Jun262012

CHICAGOLAND IS MAGICLAND

The Chicago History Museum has opened an exhibit celebrating the rich history of magic in the Windy City. 

According to their web site:

We’re celebrating Chicago’s place in American magic. This interactive, family-oriented exhibition invites you to don a magician’s cape, explore the secrets of the craft, learn about magicians who performed in Chicago, and discover the wonders of the magic shop along with Greta, a young girl hoping to learn the secrets of magic.

Curious how magic looks in action? Professional magicians roam our halls, mystifying visitors with their daily Magic performances.

The exhibit runs through August with performances by Danny Orleans, Robert Charles, David Kovac, Jeanette Andrews, Mister Danny, Shawn Masterson & Bill Cook.

Tuesday
Jun262012

TEMPEST TALKS TESLA AT TED

Marco Tempest tells the tale of Tesla at TED conference: