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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.



While at the Luminato Festival. Banacheck predicted the front page of the Toronto Star:

The surprise retirement of I’ll Have Another was there. The out-of-the-blue bid for the 2024 Olympics was there. The story on gang violence? There. He even had the feature article on Australian Aboriginals.

In a feat of unbelievable (no, really) news forecasting, U.K. mentalist Banachek seems to have accurately predicted the front page of Saturday’s Star 10 days in advance.

The professional magician, who’s worked as a consultant for Penn & Teller, David Blaine and Criss Angel, says he scribbled a mock-up of the June 9 front page on May 30.




by Jonathan Pendragon

"By the breaking of our hearts, someone loved now departs."

Ray Bradbury passed away on June 5th, at the age of 91. He was an honorary member of the Magic Castle for his contributions to the art, which are without equal. He was not a magician in the sense we are, but we will never surpass the wonder he conjured for his millions of adoring fans now and the millions more to come.

Neil Gaiman has written an obituary (which you can read here)  it takes an imagination like Neil’s to adequately express the genius that was Ray Bradbury. Given that task I can only stumble back to the cave of shadows with the reality I saw through Bradbury’s words, and hope the others can read. However, there is one story I can tell that forever links our art with his:

In 1932, a twelve year old Ray Bradbury wandered the midway of a traveling carnival. The ubiquitous melange of variety performers who appeared before him would eventually populate many of the his stories, but one in particular would be the catalyst of it all, and he was magician. The magician called himself “Mr. Electrico.” Not to be confused with Marvin Roy (Mr. Electric), we know almost nothing about this performer. He appears to have been a carnival magician who presented magic tricks using static charge, glowing arcs and other wonders relatively new to a public still in the dark about the science behind electricity. The young Ray Bradbury found a “good seat” in the front row—one where he would be close at hand should the magician need the assistance of a spectator. And sure enough, to his unimaginable joy Ray was chosen to participate in the show. Mr. Electrico approached as sparks jumped from his finger tips and grabbed the boy’s hand, delivering a mild shock. Then the magician looked into Bradbury’s eyes and exclaimed, “Live forever!”  And he did.





Yeterday, on his official Facebook Page, David Copperfield invited fans to "Ask Me Anything" via a dialogue at Reddit.   Some of the questions  proved to be as interesting as his answers.  Enjoy the read.



In a riveting novel of love and adventure, young Julius Meyer comes to the New World to find himself acting as translator for the famed Indian chief Standing Bear
Young Jewish immigrant Julius comes of age surrounded by the wild world of 1867 Nebraska. He befriends the mysterious Prophet John, who saves his life when the two are captured by the Ponca Indian tribe. Living as a slave, Julius meets the noble chief Standing Bear and his young daughter, Prairie Flower, with whom he falls in love. Becoming the tribe’s interpreter—its “speaker”—his life seems safe and settled.
But Julius has reckoned without the arrival of his older cousin, Alexander—who, as the Great Herrmann, is the most famous young magician in America. Nor does he suspect the ultimate consequences of Alex’s affair with Lady-Jane Little Feather, a glamorous—and murderous—prostitute destined to become the most scandalous woman on two continents.
Filled with adventure, humor, and colorful characters, Magic Words is a riveting adventure about the nature of prejudice, the horror of genocide, and a courageous young man who straddles two worlds to fight for love and freedom.




We've talked a lot about Howard Thurston here on the Magic Newsswire, and now many outside of the magic community will have an opportunity to do the same. On May 26th, the collection of Rory Felman will go on display at the Husdon River Museum. The New York Times reports:

Mr. Feldman is trying to set up a Museum of Magic in New York, to house the collection. The project feels predestined, he said; he has found references in correspondence from Thurston’s daughter, Jane, that she too had hoped to establish a Museum of Magic.

The other major lender to the Yonkers show, Mr. Hanson, started collecting in the 1970s and has hung tiers of magician posters on his Manhattan apartment walls. The museum has borrowed his rare ads with scenes of Thurston peering into skull props, Kellar seemingly decapitating himself and Chung Ling Soo flaunting his “10 assistants” (his fingers).



Magic Newswire friend Adamada consulted with the Ev & Bow Dance company and the result is a standing ovation in the semi-finals of Australia's Got Talent.



According to several reports, Copperfield is suing a Vegas company that was contratced to develop special effects for the resort's Secret Village Entryway, the Village Tunnel. According the suit that was filed, the work has proven defective and "Splashes" has failed to correct the problem. Also named is Robert North whom it is alleged  walked off the job in April after 13 months of work. Copperfield's company seeks  an injunction barring North from working for competing magicians during the balance of his three-year employment agreement with Copperfield’s company and seeks a court order confirming that North is required not to disclose trade secrets.

Read more from the Las Vegas Sun




In an article from the Houston Chronicle, Magic Island owner Mohammad Athari says that he hopes to reopen the magic & comedy club by Christmas. The theater was forced to close after suffering water and fire damage during a hurricane in 2008. 

“My heart still is in it,” said Athari, who is also a neurologist. “It’s a highlight of Houston.”

The concept will be the same, he said, with dining, comedy and magic, but there will be improvements made to the structure.

“We want to make sure it’s first class."

Read the complete article here.



Year in Review :: By Jonathan Pendragon

Herodotus, albeit an important historian, is someone I often refer to as "the Wikipedia of the ancient world" because he believed everything that he was told. He was famously gullible when it came to the sensational. Dan Brown often follows a similar tack in his novels, such as Angels and Demons and The DaVinci Code. As a child of Tycho Brahe, I can tell you with absolute certainty that Galileo and Isaac Newton were not members of the Illuminati, and you won’t find Mary Magdalene’s bones in the pyramid at the Louvre ("Spoilers!").

I am pictured sitting in front of the aforementioned pyramid. I thought it was as good a place as any to reflect upon the past year, as this is the 12th column on my Grail quest for Magic Newswire.

  1.   I finalized my divorce. Contrary to what you may have heard elsewhere, this was an action I initiated and pursued unilaterally. I will always be proud of the magic I created with Charlotte. We brought a new style to the world of magic: Physical Grand Illusion, but now it’s a time for chang
  2.   Chip Romero and Gregory Chin now have the illusions that were sold to them by my ex-wife, despite the fact that she had left them in Trinidad. It took me a year to recover them, and I neither received (nor asked for) compensation, but I felt it was the right thing to do.
  3. Jim Steinmeyer has continued to define what it means to be a good friend, with generous advice and help in reconstructing my life and my career. I am currently rehearsing Puppet Horror, Jim’s new illusion, which I will present at the Genii 75th Anniversary Bash in Orlando. Puppet Horror is quite a departure from anything I’ve done (or even seen) in the past. To be able to collaborate with Jim is always a privilege.
  4.   While teaching in Sweden, I made a new friend, Tom Stone, whose magic is brilliant. More importantly, he helped me deal with my struggle to understand the pandemonium that my life had become over the previous several years. This is a rare friendship that carries a magic all its own. He gave me a dremel; with it, I have constructed a Hindu basket (!) and a floating table, while rediscovering my knack for bringing form to fantasy.
  5.   Trying to define myself as a hyphenated magician... I remembered my dislike for hyphens. I am an Illusionist, and always will be. And yet, I have been able to integrate my work on “savant” mentalism into that character. I spent too much time trying to explain my work, instead of letting it speak for itself. Neil Gaiman, upon receiving a Necronomicon I created for him, described me as a “magical person,” a comment that resonated deeply in me. It is a simple image, and yet one that contains a world of possibility; it speaks to the whole, and not the parts. It does not define me by the style of my work, but encompasses an existential image of who I am.
  6.  I fell in love.
  7. West and I have set a date for our marriage: appropriately, on the first day of Autumn. Change can be a good thing... and, for an artist, essential.