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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.

Wednesday
Jun112008

HOME SWEET HOME VEGAS STYLE

Penn Jillette's unique private residence, known as "The Slammer," find's itself in the company of other Las Vegas celeb homes in an article entitled "Home Sweet Home, Vegas Style."  A more unusual house is that of magician Penn Jillette's (of Penn and Teller). Located west of Las Vegas, the 6,000-square-foot home is called "The Slammer" because Jillette purposely designed it to resemble a maximum-security prison.
Like Newton's castle, it has been featured on more than dozen TV home shows and has won several architectural awards for its innovative design. 
In fact, according to the Santa Monica design firm that created the house, the project started in 1994, when Jillette decided to make additions to his fairly normal-looking 1978 chalet-style home with a steep A-frame roof.
The company added a cylindrical tower to serve as a hinge to a 2,500-foot extension. Because the 6-foot, 6-inch Jillette wanted to be able to wander the house late at night without disturbing his guests, the architects created a separate master bedroom suite connected to the main house via a 75-foot catwalk.  The house also has a half-dozen secret rooms - Jillette is, after all, a magician - as well as a coroner's outline of his partner, Teller, in a kitchen, along with an apparent line of blood leading there from the shower.
Monday
Jun092008

CAN HOUDINI EVER ESCAPE MURDER PROBE?

Because it has been well over a year since any new information has been reported on this topic, we thought it had finally been laid to rest. Unfortunately,  it appears that the possibility of an exhumation of the body of Harry Houdini may still be in the works. A first suggested in the Kalush book, "The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero," there is a theory that  Houdini's relentless debunking of the Spiritualist movement, resulted in his murder. The authors point to a pair of October 1926 incidents in which Houdini was viciously punched in the stomach, once by a college student in his dressing room and later by a stranger in a hotel lobby, attacks that Kalush suggests may have been arranged with malicious intent. Houdini died days later in Room 401 at Grace Hospital in Detroit. In an article from today's issue of Publisher's Weekly entitled "No Bones About It," bestselling crime writer Kathy Reichs, also a board-certified forensic anthropologist, talks about the release of her most recent novel "Devil Bones." When asked what we can next expect from her writing,  mentions her involvement with a team that's supposed to dig up famed magician Harry Houdini, though there are “still legal issues to work through.” There are conspiracy theories that Houdini was murdered, says Reichs, “and of course we want to see if he's still there.”
  1. Proposed Houdini Exhumation (Wikipedia)
  2. Houdini exhumation to test for poison (NY Daily News)
  3. One final trick for Houdini: exhumation (MSNBC)
  4. Professor Needs More Land for Bodies on Corpse Farm (Wired News)
  5. Houdini: spy, sleuth, and murder victim (The Independent)
  6. Murder investigators might dig up Houdini (The Tribune)
  7. Houdini Exhumation Furor (Jewish News Weekly)
 
Monday
Jun092008

CELEBRACADABRA! SILLY BILLY RETURNS

David Kaye returns to the Magic Newswire in order to complete the interview in which he began telling us the story of his experiences on the set of Celebracadabra and with his celebrity student, Lisa Ann Walter. After her elimination on the last episode, the two finalists heading to the VH1 Celebracadabra finale are Hal Sparks and C Thomas Howell.     Listen to Part 1 of our interview with Silly Billy Listen to Part 2 of our interview with Silly Billy
Monday
Jun092008

BULLFIGHTING CRISS ANGEL 

According to Norm from Vegas Confidential, "Illusionist Criss Angel is sporting a black eye after what his publicist said was a "run-in" with a nasty 2,000-pound Brahman bull two weeks ago. The shiner is under Angel's right eye. Angel was shooting a video at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area for his upcoming Cirque du Soleil show at the Luxor titled "Criss Angel Believe," which opens in September."The bull won the battle but Criss won the war," said Angel's publicist Steve Flynn." "He was not gored," Flynn explained. "He was caught between the bull and the fence.
Monday
Jun092008

CIGARETTE TRICK GREENLIGHTED

John Milner, from The House of Magic (UK), has been given a reprieve from the law banning the demonstration of cigarette magic in his shop. The Halesowen News reports,  "After ten months deliberation officials have ruled a Stourbridge magician's vanishing lit cigarette trick will not have to disappear." "John, who is a member of the Inner Magic Circle and International Brotherhood of Magicians, asked Dudley Council whether he could continue to include the trick in his act after the ban on smoking in public places became law in July 2007."
Saturday
Jun072008

THE HIP HOP HOUDINI MEETS DAWN AND DREW

Chris "Kid" Reid, also known as the Hip Hop Houdini, mad a recent appearance on the Dawn and Drew show. listen in as dawn and drew have a conversation with the one and only, Chris “Kid” Reid. we talk about his experience on Celebracadabra, podcasting, drag kings, partying with prince, and his new music, including a song he let us play called “Why Don’t You Stay”   Visit Dawn & Drew online or listen below:
Saturday
Jun072008

MONDAY NIGHT MAGIC IS MOVING

Monday Night Magic, New York City's longest-running Off-Broadway magic show, is moving to our biggest and best location yet! Now in our 11th continuous year as New York's home for magic, we are thrilled to announce that on June 23rd - that's just three weeks away! - the curtain will go up on Monday Night Magic at The Bleecker Street Theatre. The Bleecker Street Theatre is newly renovated with comfortable seating, an intimate theater design, a spacious lobby (soon to feature its own bar and café!), and, along with being our largest theater yet, outstanding sight lines from every seat. Thanks to your loyal patronage, Monday Night Magic is in need of a bigger and more modern facility (not to mention terrific air conditioning among other improvements), and we are thrilled to be moving near our downtown roots, at a convenient intersection in the heart of "Noho," one block north of Houston Street and just east of Lafayette Street. The neighborhood features nearby restaurants, nightlife, other theaters, plenty of parking, and the #6 subway station literally across the street! So, start spreading the news ... we're gonna make a brand new start of it in New York, New York ... beginning Monday, June 23rd, at the Bleecker Street Theatre. Come join us for the big opening night show - we can't wait for you to see us there! WHAT: The same great MNM, at a new and better location WHERE: The Bleecker Street Theatre 45 Bleecker Street (just east of Lafayette Street) OPENING DATE: June 23, 2008 (btw, that's also our 11th Anniversary!)
Friday
Jun062008

CELEBRACADABRA FINALISTS SPEAK OUT

Hal Sparks & C. Thomas Howell join us for this edition in our series of conversations with the celebrity contestants and their coaches from the VH1 reality series "Celebracadabra." CLICK PLAY TO LISTEN TO THE FIRST PART OF OUR CONVERSATIONS WITH BOTH TOMMY AND HAL (Subcribe to the "Magic Newswire" via iTunes HERE.)
Friday
Jun062008

DIGGNATION LIVE NYC MASSIVE HIT

Diggnation LIVE in New York City was a massive hit according to Appscout.com which reports, "For those not in the know,Diggnation is the wildly popular, weekly online videocast hosted by DiggFounder and Chief Architect Kevin Rose and Alex Albrecht. The show covers tech and whatever else interest the hosts (who mostly just sit on a coach with their laptops, drink beer and talk). If there was any question about the wide-spread popularity of the show, it was answered by the line winding around the corner to the entrance of the Brooklyn nightspot Digg chose for the event." Scam School host Brian Brushwood served as the opening act for the event. "One of the newest [shows] , Scam School, is all about scamming, bar tricks, street cons and so on. Show host and magician Brian Brushwood served as the first "act" and proceeded to eat fire, put pins in his eyes and hammer a nail into his nose. The crowd ate it up, I felt a little sick." CLICK PLAY TO LISTEN TO BRIAN ON MNW - 06.02.08 ALONG WITH PUSSYCAT DOLL KIMBERLY WYATT (Subcribe to the "Magic Newswire" via iTunes HERE.)
Friday
Jun062008

THE GREAT BUCK HOWARD APPEARS IN SEATTLE

Among the many films to be showcased during the final week of the Seattle Film Festival is the centerpiece,  "The Great Buck Howard," a show-business comedy produced by Tom Hanks and starring his son Colin. Also starring in the film are John Malkovich and magician Ricky Jay. In the film, which first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, Law-school dropout Troy Gable answers an ad for a “personal assistant to a celebrity performer,” hoping it will catapult him to a glamorous career in the entertainment industry. Little does he know that performer is Buck Howard, a "mentalist" infamous for his 61 appearances on The Tonight Show, who has been reduced to a has-been magician in need of a pretty big trick to get him out of this slump.