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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.

Tuesday
Jun262012

ADDITIONAL EMC SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED!

Five more headliners announce this week to join the very growing list of high profile magicians for this year's EMC.

David Britland
David Britland is a television writer and consultant specializing in magic and deception. He co-created The Real Hustle and has worked on many British television shows including Secret Cabaret, Max Maven's Mind Games and Derren Brown's specials. He is also the author of several books on magic including Phantoms of the Card Table, Chan Canasta a Remarkable Man and The Mind & Magic of David Berglas.

Debbie McGee
Debbie McGee is the wife and stage assistant of Paul Daniels and as famous in the UK as Paul himself. "The lovely Debbie McGee" is a national catchphrase and Debbie frequently appears in the media as well as presenting her own radio show. But behind the glamour of the magician's assistant is a secret weapon, an indispensible part of the act and deception. We are very pleased that Debbie will be sharing some of her secrets at the Essential Magic Conference.

Luis de Matos
Luis de Matos is a professional magician in Portugal and creator of Studio 33, the facility that hosts this web conference. He, along with David Britland and Marco Tempest, created The Essential Magic Conference. He has been appearing on Portuguese television since 1990, his latest series being the 13 x 1 hour show Mist rios. A truly multi-skilled and multi-talented performer, Luis is currently touring Portugal with his highly acclaimed one-man show, Chaos.

Tina Lenert
Tina Lenert is renowned for her awarding combination of magic and mime. Her famous Mopman act has taken her around the world as a professional magician and helped win her the Academy of Magical Arts Stage Magician of the Year award. Before becoming a magician she performed in a rock band, played classical guitar and worked as a street entertainer. Join us at EMC to share the wealth of experience of one of the world's top performers, the wonderful Tina Lenert.

William Kalush
William Kalush is a lifelong student of sleight of hand and the history of magic. He is the founder of the Conjuring Arts Research Center in New York and the co-author, with Larry loman, of The Secret Life of Houdini. He created the Ask Alexander database, an online research facility that is surely one of the most important ideas in magic where, finally, our knowledge can be gathered, indexed and shared. Join Bill and the rest of magic's stars at EMC.

Join us on the 27th, 28th and 29th of July for the third and
final event in the Essential Magic Conference Trilogy. The
Essential Magic Conference is the world's first digital
conference for magic and magicians. 33 magicians, 3 days of
magic.

Watch live via the Internet. View on your computer, your iPad or even your iPhone. Watch all sessions online and on-demand for one year. And receive an 8 DVD Box Set of all the sessions once the conference is over. DVDs mailed post free to anywhere in the world.

Conference speakers already announced are:
Armando Lucero (United States)
Bill Malone (United States)
Chris Kenner (United States)
Dani DaOrtiz (Spain)
Daniel Madison (United Kingdom)
David Williamson (United States)
Denis Behr (Germany)
Eberhard Riese (Germany)
Eric Mead (United States)
Gaetan Bloom (France)
Graham Jolley (United Kingdom)
Guy Hollingworth (United Kingdom)
Luis Piedrahita (Spain)
Graham Jolley (United Kingdom)
Guy Hollingworth (United Kingdom)
Luis Piedrahita (Spain)
Marco Tempest (United States)
Max Maven (United States)
Michel Clavello (Argentina)
Norberto Jansenson (Argentina)
Paul Daniels (United Kingdom)
Paul Harris (United States)
Richard Wiseman (United Kingdom)
Steve Cohen (United States)
Tom Stone (Sweden)
Topas (Germany)
Woody Aragon (Spain)
Yann Frisch (France)
Yigal Mesika (Israel)

Last 3 headliner names to be announced next week..

Register to attend today - access passes are limited. Register now! By going to:http://www.essentialmagicconference.com/users/new

Saturday
Jun232012

FOOLING HOUDINI OR HIMSELF?

Alex Stone's book "Fooling Houdini," has been reviewed and dicussed in many places since its publication including the various forums where discussion of magic takes place. In my opinion, no one sums it up any better than does Ricky Jay in his review for the Wall Street Journal. I won't spoil the punchline, but here is one snippet from the piece. Read the review in its entirety here.

The title "Fooling Houdini" is inspired by the great Dai Vernon (1894-1992), probably the most important sleight-of-hand artist of the 20th century. Although Vernon's reputation was in no way dependent on his being the called "The Man Who Fooled Houdini," Mr. Stone adopts the phrase in his title, though he inaccurately recounts the card trick Vernon performed. He concludes the volume with another miss-told tale about Vernon. Between these bookends are gratuitous exposures and numerous other errors, both of fact and of understanding. It would only exacerbate the problem to discuss all of them here.

Friday
Jun222012

JAMES FRANCO AS CIRCUS MAGICIAN IN "OZ"

Several sources including Ace Showbiz have posted what appears to be a leaked Italian movie poster for the film "Oz" which gives us a first look at James Franco in the starring role.  

Franco once discussed his role when attending the 2012 CinemaCon in Las Vegas last April. He said at that time, "I get to play all these sides of Americano - the idea of American heroes - part of cowboy, part of weird magician, part con-man, part romantic man. I really got to play everything from classic cinema." 

"Oz: The Great and Powerful" imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum's beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. When Franco's Oscar Diggs, a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he's hit the jackpot. 

However, that only lasts until he meets three witches, Theodora, Evanora and Glinda, who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone's been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it's too late. 

Friday
Jun222012

HELL'S KITCHEN GETS MAGICAL

As we have been discussing on the Genii forums, the new opening for the 10th season of Hell's Kitchen has a magical theme. Until now, I could only point people to Hulu to see it. Now, thanks to JaSchAirbourne, anyone with access to YouTube can see it. Thanks to Mark Weisen for sending me the link!
Wednesday
Jun202012

BUY HARRY ANDERSON'S GRAPPLER!

Don't be fooled, folks. Potter & Potter's June 23rd auction may be billed as a Gambling Memorabilia sale, but there's plenty of material in the auction for magicians to love. From a first edition of Erdnase to holdouts, crooked dice and juice joints, there's likely something of interest for magic collectors. In fact, the cover of the auction catalog features a gambling device used by a famous magician - Harry Anderson. It's a holdout made by Owen Magic Supreme of California, and used by Anderson on both Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Take a look at the complete catalog, or watch a video of Anderson performing his holdout routine on Youtube.


Sunday
Jun172012

CYRIL HANGS OUT IN MUBAI

PHOTO : DNA INDIAAs part of a promotion for his upcoming show "Cyril's Family Vacation :: Hawaii Edition," Cyril announced that he would perform a special illusion at the Carter Road Promenade in Mubai. The result is pictured here. His AXN show follows Cyril and his alter-egos of his grandmother (Grandma Magi), his very fat and food-obsessed cousin (ironically called Cousin Tiny) and his Uncle (obsessed with hot women) around Hawaii as they play tricks on unsuspecting people in public places. 

Saturday
Jun162012

RAY BRADBURY - MAGICIAN

In addition to Jonthan Pendragon's excellent write-up on the passing of Raybradbury, Forbes has an outstanding piece which quotes Bradbury as saying:

"I always wanted to be a magician, and of course that’s what I turned out to be."

"The best description of me is a magician and not a science-fiction writer."

READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE

Tuesday
Jun122012

MAGICIAN ARRESTED FOR BANK ROBBERY

According to the NY Times, magician RJ Williams has been charged in a string of Bank Robberies in Brooklyn.

The authorities said the man, Robert J. Williams, 22, had robbed six banks, including three last Friday. He was arrested on Wednesday after returning to a bank that the police believe he robbed last week, the authorities said. Mr. Williams was in the process of writing a demand note on the back of a deposit slip at Apple Bank in the Midwood section, the police said, when a teller recognized him and their eyes locked. Mr. Williams disappeared out the door without any money, the police said, but two bank employees followed him and saw him slip into a doorway, reappearing after a quick change of clothes.

You can see Williams in action, eating a bulb not robbing the bank of course, in this video:

Tuesday
Jun122012

VERNON & HENNING IN EARLY CBC FOOTAGE


Thanks to Richard Hatch for sharing this link!
Tuesday
Jun122012

THE MAD MAGICIAN APPEARS ON DVD

From DVDDrive-in.com we learn that the 1954 Vincent Price film "The Mad Magician is finally coming to DVD under the Columbia Classic's brand label.

"Price is at his terrifying best as Gallico the Great, an inspired inventor of magic acts who longs to perform his creations himself. When he finally gets his chance, the production is closed by Gallico’s cruel manager, who wants a rival magician to perform Gallico’s greatest trick, The Lady and the Buzz Saw. An enraged Gallico turns into a homicidal maniac, taking out his victims with the same methods he used to create his illusions. The film also stars Mary Murphy, Eva Gabor and Patrick O’Neal (CHAMBER OF HORRORS). Originally shown in 3-D, the DVD will be the flat version, but presented widescreen anamorphic."