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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.

Saturday
May032008

MNW 5/02/08 :: NOW ONLINE

It's party time at the Magic Castle and Jonathan Levit shares his experiences from the event. David Blaine breaks a world record, and some glassware. Celebracadabra conversations continue and let the beheadings begin!   Click the PLAY button below to listen to the Magic Newswire's Magic Week in Review for May 2nd, 2008. (Subcribe to the "Magic Newswire" via iTunes HERE.)
Friday
May022008

PARTY TIME AT THE MAGIC CASTLE

We have very fortunate to be so closely connected to the cast and crew of VH1's Magic Themed reality series Celebracadabra. The gang gathered at the magic Castle last Sunday to be together for the official premier of the first episode which was broadcast on April 27th. To the left is a picture of one of the many cakes that were produced for the party. In the latest episode of the Magic Newswire's Magic Week in Review, we'll speak to Jonathan Levit who'll recap the events of the evening. In addition, here are several exclusive photos from the evening.
Friday
May022008

REDBELT A NOTCH ABOVE MOST FIGHT FILMS

USA Today writer Claudia Puig reviews the most recent film by director David Mamet in an article of the above title. In the film Ricky Jay plays a crooked fight promoter while Chiwetel Ejiofor portrays troubled fighter Mike Mike who must enter the ring to pay off debts and re-establish his honor. Magician Cyril Takayama. Other actors appearing in the film play a sleazy agent (Joe Mantegna) and a self-absorbed action star (Tim Allen). The film is a departure from most Mamet fils featuring con men and scam focused plots, but Mamet is himself a purple belt in Jiu-jitsu.
Wednesday
Apr302008

DAVID BLAINE BREAKS WORLD RECORD!

Today on Oprah Winfrey, David Blaine set a new world record for holding one's breath after submerging himself underwater for 17 minutes & 4 seconds. The previous record ( 16 minutes & 32 Seconds) was set by Switzerland's Peter Colat on February 10th. Observers from Guinness were on hand to witness the feat and approved  "oxygen hyperventilation" prior to Blaine's submersion, a process in which David saturated his blood with oxygen and eliminated carbon dioxide by breathing pure oxygen from a mask. Read more on the event from the AP Newswire. UPDATE: As we were the first to post after getting word From the AP Newswire, Blaine has set the new World's Record for holding your breath. In his interview with Oprah after completing the stunt, David mentioned that he had a "crazy dream" of making it for 23 minutes, because it was his mother's birth date and because he has always considered it to be his lucky number. In spite of having made comments to the contrary, David went on to say that he might actually try it again in the future simply because "it was fun."  The official time was 17.04.4. Blaine spoke briefly about the plans for his next endurance performance reconfirming his plans to stay awake for more than eleven and a half days. In fact, he mentioned that 11.57 days would be 1,000,000 seconds. Discussing "Frozen in Time," he said that it was one of the most challenging stunts that he'd ever endured, not because of the ice, but rather because of the effort required to stay awake.   Read More: 
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  6. Blaine brakes another record
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  8. Magician David Blaine Sets World Record For Holding His Breath
  9. Blaine Sets Breath Record
    Tuesday
    Apr292008

    VH1 LAUNCHES BLOG SITE FOR ASPIRING MAGICIANS

    VH1 has launched its FamousVH1Friends.com site for Celebracadabra where the stars can post their videos and comments on the show. Among the most interesting so far is Hal Sparks revelation that he now has to pet mice, Ace & Vinny. "So... I made 2 mice appear during a trick on celebracabigbra and no one told me that when you create life out of the ether you are responsible for it forever. I mean I know if I have kids or get a pet I have to try not to break them but magic mice? What do you feed a mouse who just popped out of nowhere? So.... I now have 2 pet mice named Vinnie and Ace.... and hyes they are named after Kiss guitarists. What am I supposed to do? name them after The Vocalists in Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force? To all concerned they are thriving in their new state of the art plastic tubed wonderland..."
    Tuesday
    Apr292008

    DAVID BLAINE BLOGS FROM HYPOXIC TENT

    As David Blaine prepares for his appearance on Oprah Winfrey where he will again attempt to break the world record for holding his breath, we are beginning to see bits and pieces of training footage popping up on the net. Below you'll find video blog footage in which David Blaine discusses the attemt from within the Hypoxic tent where he has been sleeping for the last month. Here David discusses Free Diving:
    Monday
    Apr282008

    CELEBRACADABRA :: SIMON LOVELL INTERVIEW

     

    Premier night has come and gone, the first episode has aired,  and we say goodbye to Carnie Wilson and her Magic Coach Simon Lovell. Former con man turned magician, Simon Lovell, is the star of the longest running one man show off Broadway "Strange and Unusual Unusual Hobbies" at the Soho Playhouse. He is the author of numerous instructional works and DVD's on magic as well as his book for lay audiences, "How to Cheat At Anything." We were very please to present an interview with Simon in which he discusses his time on VH1's latest show, "Celebracadabra."

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    Monday
    Apr282008

    CELEBRACADABRA :: EPISODE 1 FINAL THOUGHTS

    Friday
    Apr252008

    BLAINE EATS GLASS FOR $10K

    Diners at a New York restaurant were first stunned when David Blaine smashed a glass at his table. They were then shocked as he began to eat all the pieces. Blaine was at Tao with friend and poker player Phil Ivey when challenged Blaine to do something spectacular. Ivey then sweetened the deal by offering David $10,000 to eat a glass from their table.
    Thursday
    Apr242008

    NEIL PATRICK HARRIS BEHEADED ON ELLEN :: APOLOGY FOLLOWS

    Neil Patrick Harris' recent appearance on Ellen Degeneres' show resulted in  him losing his head and Ellen apologizing afterwards. After discussing his new role as a board member of the Academy of Magical Arts and the Magic Castle, Neil rolled out a head chopper to perform a bit of magic for the audience. Assisted by magician Ed Alonzo, Neil climbed into the Guillotine and apparently lost his head when Ellen "accidentally" activated the device. On the 24th, Ellen responded to a flood of emails from upset viewers who thought that Neil might actually have been harmed because he never made a reappearance after the commercial break. People.. are you kidding me? Watch the video below: