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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.

Friday
Apr042008

Johnny Thompson - Laughing Matters

thomsoniJohnny Thompson is the "Godfather of Magic" accoring to an article from the Niagra Falls Review whic promotes his participation in this weekend's Niagara Comedy Magic Seminar at the Greg Frewin Theatre. Thompson is joined there by Frewin and David Acer where they will attempt to help magicians understand the importance of humour in their performance. Thompson discusses the development of "The Great Tomsoni" in the piece when he relates the details of a performance at the NY Playboy VClub in which he based the act on the materian of Tom Palmer's character, "an arrogant performer who screwed up everything he did." "You fill another man's shoes, you don't know why he did what he did," explains Thompson. " 'You don't know what the subtext is. It was uncomfortable. It was OK, but I didn't get real laughs out of it.' He slowly put his own spin on it - walking on stage with the fly open, with two mismatched shoes, etc. He then created the persona of The Great Tomsoni - Poland's Finest Magician. Crowds ate it up and Thompson had his meal ticket. His wife Pam Hayes became part of the act playing his assistant and Thompson became a Vegas institution." Article:: Laughing Matters 
Friday
Apr042008

Jeff McBride & Kevin James Among Six Illusionists to Perform in Istanbul

Jeff McBrideKevin James, Lee AlexErix Logand and Aaron Crow will headline "Stars of Magic 2008" which will show from April 16th - 20th in Istanbul. Accoring to an article promoting the event in the New Anatolian, "Alex will celebrate the 25th anniversary of his performance life in Istanbul. Logan has won the best illusionist award for three times, while James will perform his "cutting" show in Istanbul, and Crow challenges danger using his sixth sense."  Article:: World Famous Illusionists Gather in Instanbul Watch the Video Trailer:  

Friday
Apr042008

The Music, Magic & Make Peace Tour

Musician Justin Mraz is hitting the road with a new tour and he's taking along a magician. Dubbed the "Music, Magic & Make Peace Tour," the show will be hosted by comedic magician Justin Kredible. Mraz says of his host, "They can expect something going on onstage when they get into the theater. All the acts will segue into the next. Our host, who's a world-class magician, isn't like a top-hat-and-cane, cheesy magician. There's no tigers that appear. He's a very modern, comic-based magician. No matter what people say, everyone loves to be like, 'Wow. How did he do that?' I'm a huge fan of magic."Article:: Jason Mraz takes hands-on approach to eclectic tour
Friday
Apr042008

Tommy Cooper Remembered

Pete Price offers up recollections of UK magician Tommy Cooper in an article from the Liverpool Echo. During an interview with Comedian Les Dennis for an upcoming show, Les spoke of the night that Tommy died while on stage. He and partner Dustin Gee were following Cooper on the bill on April 14th, 1984. "While Les and Dustin were working in front of the curtain you could see Tommy’s feetjutting out behind it. Backstage, they were giving him mouth-to-mouth and couldn't move him." Pete closes the article on Cooper saying, I could talk about this great man all day as I was very fond of him. I’m just so glad they’ve honoured him with the statue in his home town of Caerphilly." Article:: Tommy Cooper was a true star 
Friday
Apr042008

Elijah, Designated Drinker

During the Passover holiday, a cup is filled for Elijah and sits on the table until the contents are washed away after the end of the meal. Magician Kerry Pollock has helped Marc Jaffe develop a cup that drinks itself for this year's feast. The contents of the "Elijah Drinks Cup" slowly vanish as the meal progresses after the secret mechanism is engaged. "I'm looking forward to seder because it would be the first time to have it in action in its own context," said Jaffe, who is expecting "laughs from adults and amazement from kids." The cup sells for $34.95 at his websiteArticle::  Enter Elijah, Designated Drinker
Friday
Apr042008

Pooch or Magi?

Steve Gore was the first performer in the history of the Northern Magic Circle to win four awards in one competition and he plans to try and duplicate the feat this weekend. The competition is to be held as a part of the Northern Magic Circles Spring Parade which will take place this weekend beginning on April 5th.  Steve was the first magician to claim four trophies in one year when he won for comedy, originality, representing the Bradford circle and stage work in 2004. His current act features Patch the Magic Pooch who Steve says  "has been learning to blow balloons and he'll be helping me with some card tricks in the stage section." ARTICLE: Magician Steve Plans to Pull Title Out of Hat. 
Friday
Apr042008

Kreskin on Stage in Baltimore

The Amazing Kreskin is set to appear on the stage of the Westchester Broadway Theatre on April 29th. An article from Broadway Wold offers little insight into what to expect from the show, but does mention that Kreskin is working on his thirteenth book, his memoirs. It goes on to say, "Kreskin is also a voracious reader capable of consuming an average novel in less than 15 minutes with remarkable retention. In fact, in certain casinos, he is banned from the card tables, not, they say, because of his mind reading skills, but because of Kreskin's ability to memorize four decks of cards at once!" Tickets are $73 and include both dinner and the show. Article:: The Amazing Kreskin at Westchester Broadway Theatre 
Wednesday
Apr022008

Houdini Buyers Revealed

As mentioned in our post from March 28th,  numerous pieces of Houdini Memorbilia were sold as a part of Guerney's auction of the Pugilese Pop Century Collection. It will be no surprise to many that David Copperfield snatched up several pieces during the auction as well as the original O-R-C-A life preserver from the 1975 Movie Jaws . What may come as a surprise is that the most significant portions of the Houdini collection were purchased by Wayne Lansing who maintains a private museum in Illinois. During the auction, he obtained bought handcuffs and arm locks as well as a burlap straightjacket and a crate from which Houdini escaped.Houdini, who spent part of his childhood in Wisconsin, is an icon in that area of the Midwest, Lensing said. "Even the kids know about him."Aside from Houdini's stuff, Lensing bought a cigar stub that Elvis smoked ($1,200) and paid $6000 for the wingtip shoes that Jack Ruby was wearing when he shot Lee Harvey Oswald READ:: Pop Culture at a Hefty Price  My Podcast Alley feed! {pca-78b487f9bb04cc6d63fc053d5cd94df4}
Wednesday
Apr022008

An Audience Made Speechless - Or was it?

ellis websterAccording to an article from the Australian Site News.com.au, an Audience was silenced when the beer bottle trick went wrong during a performance of Tim Ellis' show Something About Razorblades and Nails . Accoring to the paper,after an accident during the show, audience members had to sign a confidentiality agreement to stop them revealing details. "Ellis confirmed that a trick did not go to plan but said he could not reveal any more details "out of respect for the others involved," says the author. "It has never happened before and it is not something we would expect to happen again," he said."No one was seriously hurt. A lot of magicians have secrecy agreements on stand-by in case something goes wrong." Ellis responds to media inquires with regard to the incident on his blog saying, "People do get hurt during the show - on screen - in the video prelude to INSANITY (maybe they got confused between what they saw on the screen and what they saw on stage) - but as far as I know no-one (other than me!) has been hurt seriously or otherwise during my show. (Someone in the audience did have a seizure, but that was in the show next door). As far as secrecy agreements go, we will not require anyone to sign anything, either secrecy agreements or waivers, when attending the show so please feel free to come along.

ARTICLE:: Crowd Watches Magic Trick Go 'Horribly Wrong'
Tim Ellis' Blog:: Magic Unlimited with Webster & Ellis 
Wednesday
Apr022008

"SARMOTI"-The Magic is Back!

SARMOTISiegfried and Roy's magical incantation SARMOTI may once again be heard on stage at the MGM Grand. At a recent press event, and on their website, they have announced plans come out of retirement in February of 2009. The Duo have plans  for a single benefit show featuring a new magic act to be held in conjunction with the 13th annual “Keep Memory Alive” benefit for the Lou Ruvo Brain Institute. This will be their first performance since Roy was injured by one of their white tigers during a performance at The Mirage four and a half years ago. As a result of the attack, Horn suffered severe neck injuries blood loss as well as several strokes. At the event, Siegfried said, “I make a promise… one year from tonight at next year’s gala ... That is the new goal—our next dream. We will make that come true. The magic is back although may only be a one-night only appearance for now for the Masters of the Impossible!”  SOURCE ARTICLE:: The Magic Is Back