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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
Jun162008

JAY MARSHALL AUCTION PREVIEW

 A PDF version of the complete catalog for the upcoming Jay Marshall auction of rare magicana from the legendary collection of entertainer Jay Marshall is now online at Potter Auctions. Download the PDF CATALOG HERE. The auction will take place in Louisville, Kentucky, on Sunday, July 27, 2008 at 9:00 AM – the morning following the conclusion of the IBM/SAM 2008 Combined Convention. The auction will be held at the Galt House Hotel. Included in the sale will be:
  • Rare Houdiniana, including books, photos, letters and ephemera 
  • Lithographs and broadsides of many of magic's "greats", including Professor Anderson, Dante, T. Nelson Downs, Germain, Thurston, Herrmann, Servais LeRoy, and more.
  • A choice selection of antiquarian books by Dean, Maskelyne, Hooper, and others.
  • Scarce vintage apparatus from both American and European manufacturers including P&L, Cardini and Brema. 
  • Choice ephemera, scrapbooks and substantial archives of printed matter relating to Cardini, Paul Rosini, The Zancigs, Dunninger, Harlan Tarbell, Howard Thurston, Blackstone Sr. and many, many more.
  • Rare Houdiniana, including books, photos, letters and ephemera 
  • Lithographs and broadsides of many of magic's "greats", including Professor Anderson, Dante, T. Nelson Downs, Germain, Thurston, Herrmann, Servais LeRoy, and more.
  • A choice selection of antiquarian books by Dean, Maskelyne, Hooper, and others.
  • Scarce vintage apparatus from both American and European manufacturers including P&L, Cardini and Brema. 
  • Choice ephemera, scrapbooks and substantial archives of printed matter relating to Cardini, Paul Rosini, The Zancigs, Dunninger, Harlan Tarbell, Howard Thurston, Blackstone Sr. and many, many more.
  • Monday
    Jun162008

    AMC CONJURES MAGIC WITH CARTER NOVEL

    From Variety   Originally developed as a feature -- with Tom Cruise rumored to be attached -- "Carter Beats the Devil" eventually made its way to the smallscreen under exec producers John Baldecchi and Rich Silverman ("The Mexican"), who are also developing the miniseries "Berlin Mesa" at the channel. "Carter" is based upon the book by Ben David Gold David Gold, who's serving as a consultant. "The world of magic is always intriguing, and we felt this could be an incredible landscape you haven't seen on TV before," Wayne said.
    Saturday
    Jun142008

    A MAGICAL NIGHT FOR HOWELL

    From PRInside.com"Movie star C. THOMAS HOWELL can add illusionist to his resume after winning a televised magic contest The Outsiders star was among the celebrities competing for bragging rights and a $100,000 (£50,000) prize on VH1 show CelebraCadabra."
    Saturday
    Jun142008

    NOW YOU SEE IT.. AND SEE IT.. AND SEE IT

    Derren Brown in his show at the Garrick theatre. Photograph: Tristram Kenton From the UK Guardian: "Award-winning "psychological illusionist" Derren Brown is well-known for his mind-bending tricks, which often leave the most sceptical individuals open-mouthed with disbelief. Even so, Tim Davies was not prepared for the spooky sense of deja vu he felt soon after he arrived at Blackpool Opera House and sat back to watch the controversial magician's latest live stage show. It did not take long for the 60-year-old lecturer to work out why everything seemed so familiar. It was, he says, exactly the same show that he, his partner and two daughters had seen in another Blackpool venue a year earlier."
    Saturday
    Jun142008

    BANNED MAGICIAN ON VIDEO

    The Express and Star sent a "Video Reporter" out to visit with Magician John Milner after "hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons last week when he was told he cannot demonstrate a trick using a lit cigarette to customers in his own shop because of the smoking ban." Watch John in action:  
    Saturday
    Jun142008

    SONGS AND MAGIC WORK FOR ROMEO

    From InsideBayArea.com: "Romeo, who even jokes onstage and in interviews about the oddness of juxtaposing song and magic, does start out facing some audience skepticism. But after a stunt or two, he shows his magical chops, and by the time he introduces his Leading Lady (Kristy Michelsen), who has performed with him 17 years — since high school — he's pretty well convinced everyone he's not just another crooner dabbling in abracadabra. As he produces Michelsen from what was an empty, glass-sided case he covers with a silk cloth, Romeo sings Darin's "Dream Lover," and the magic/song blending begins to make some sense. What takes more getting used to is the way his tuneful presentation takes much of the standard breathless mystery shtick out of the act. You have to remind yourself that not every pop singer gets impaled on a sword or escapes from a padlocked wooden crate midtune."
    Friday
    Jun132008

    THE ULTIMATE CELEBRITY MAGICIAN, LIVE!

    C Thomas Howell, hereto-after known as "The Ultimate Celebrity Magician," will be live tonight for you to chat with in the forums at ELLUSIONIST.COM. The conversation begins at 6PM (Pacific) and will last for one hour. Want to know how he and David Regal managed to squeeze that T-Rex Chicken into a box foR Kid's magic? Want to ask him what he really thinks of Hal Sparks at this point? If so, you should go HERE tonight and ask him yourself!   
    Friday
    Jun132008

    AND THE ULTIMATE CELEBRITY MAGICIAN IS...

    The Finale of Celebracadabra has aired. The winner has been announced and C Thomas Howell has been crowned as the Ultimate Celebrity Magician! Listen now to our final installment when both contestants discuss the friction between them, the challenges they faced and the strategies that they adopted to make it all the way to Las Vegas! LISTEN TO PART 3 WITH HAL & TOMMY! (Subcribe to the "Magic Newswire" via iTunes HERE.) VIDEO :: CHRIS "KID" REID'S FINAL "RAP-UP": VIDEO: TOMMY & DAVE'S POPCORN ORGASM
    Thursday
    Jun122008

    SIEGFRIED & ROY WELCOME 5 NEW CUBS

    From KNX News Radio :: "Siegfried and Roy are welcoming five new tiger-cubs to their exotic habitat on the Las Vegas Strip. Siegfried Fischbacher says working with the tigers is the perfect rehabilitation for Roy Horn... who was critically injured by a 380-pound Bengal tiger, while on-stage in 2003. Siegfried says caring for the tigers gives Roy a reason to get up in the morning. There's talk of a one-night-only comeback for the illusionists next year, but Siegfried says he's not sure about that."
    Thursday
    Jun122008

    HAL SPARKS & C THOMAS HOWELL RETURN

    Hal Sparks & C. Thomas Howell return to the Magic Newswire for Part Two of their conversation with the Magic Newswire on this, the evening of the final episode of the show on VH1. Tommy tells the tale of the T-Rex Chicken & Hal Sparks tells us who should not have made it as far as they did during the show. LISTEN: PART 1 OF OUR INTERVIEW WITH TOMMY AND HAL LISTEN: PART 2 OF OUR INTERVIEW WITH TOMMY AND HAL (Subcribe to the "Magic Newswire" via iTunes HERE.) PREVIEW TONIGHT'S FINALE!