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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
Jan142013

ANOTHER YEAR OF MAGIC :: BY STAN ALLEN

The January 2013 issue of MAGIC Magazine is now out, available both in print and on the iPad. If you haven't already received your copy, here's a look at what's "between the covers."

But before you jump into the January issue, I want to mention that in my "From the Editor" column last month, I wrote about how impressed I was with Alan Shaxon [1933-2012], both onstage and off. In particular, I cited his Hydrostatic Glass routine, and how simple and effective it was. As the December issue was going to press, I was reminded that Alan gave us permission to print this routine as part of our March 2004 cover story on him. With the permission of the original publishers at Davenports, we have added the instructions, illustrations, and routine to MAGIC Plus for December. So, grab your December copy of the magazine, log into Plus, and learn what I consider to be possibly the best ending to a talking magic act I've ever seen.

Then jump to the January MAGIC Plus and see the complete collection of Danny Cole's Internet videos, including a behind-the-scenes reveal of his most recent installment — only available to MAGIC Magazine readers!

And that's just the beginning of another exciting year of MAGIC. Stan Allen


Stories in MAGIC this month:

COVER: Danny Cole — He Gets It!
By Tod Gerard
He started gaining attention as a teenage magician from Southern California, but today, Danny Cole performs all over the world. And he has turned his talents toward creating unique magic effects for Internet viewers. To date, he's released ten of these short videos — and we've got 'em all on MAGIC Plus. Danny has also given us an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at his most recent head-scratcher!

An Evening with Harry
By Joe Givan & Carol Massie-Givan
Magic. Mayhem. Mystery. Murder? Maybe. Maybe not. One thing's for sure: somebody's dead, and the art of magic may have something to do with it.

The scene is the Trocadero Vaudevilles theater at the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago. Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. has hired Harry Robenstein to perform his magic in a variety show, alongside a number of other acts. Things get hairy for Harry when another magician barges onstage and cuts the wire Harry uses to raise his Hindu Rope in the air. The interloper is the young Erik Weisz. He exposes Harry's method, claiming that he, Erik, will be the greatest magician in the world. Robenstein is enraged that this young man not only exposes his magic, but that Erik wants his spot in the show! And he gets it, replacing Harry with his own magic and escape act. What follows is an interesting and hilarious battle of two magicians trying to make it in the world of showbiz.

Alana: The Girl Just Wants to Have Fun
By Jaq Greenspon
It's a magician's nightmare. You're set to go onstage at FISM for your competition slot. Standing in the wings with your act loaded, you psych yourself up to go out there and wow the crowd. You see your name on the screen, you hear the microphone turn on, and you take a deep breath. This is it. And then the announcer says that there will be a half hour intermission, and before you can even register your shock and surprise, the house is half empty and you're left with thirty minutes in which to psych yourself back up again. That's exactly what happened to Alana Moehlmann, one of the German participants at last year's FISM in Blackpool, England. And yet, a half hour later, she took the stage and wowed the crowd.

Taking Another Look at Houdini's Movies
By Chris Philpott
Houdini's movies are a fascinating but neglected part of his legacy. The conventional wisdom about these movies is that the stories were just excuses for his escapes and that he was a very weak actor. Story-wise, why is it a problem that the films are excuses for escapes? We don't complain that action movies are just excuses for action scenes. The question is, are they a good excuse? A film like The Dark Knight is. Unfortunately, most of Houdini's movies are not. As for Houdini's acting, yes, it's awful in spots, but most of it is fairly good and there are moments of emotional honesty, power, and charisma that hint that maybe, if things had gone a little differently, Houdini might have become a real movie star.

I Hereby Resolve…
January is traditionally a time to look forward while at the same time looking back. This month, MAGIC Magazine does the same, with more than two dozen noted magicians — Kevin James, Eugene Burger, Cyril, Michael Weber, Topas, Mac King, John Bannon, Armando Lucero, Derek Hughes, and more — sharing their resolutions for 2013.

Magician Burned on TV Show
Wayne Houchin suffered first-degree burns on his scalp, face, and right arm while taping a television program in the Dominican Republic on Monday, November 26. The injuries came at the hands of the host of the show, who doused Houchin with a flaming liquid.

Criminal Kid Shows?
In February 2000, Robert E. Markwood was found guilty of the second-degree felony of indecency with a child, stemming from an incident with a boy in January 1999. He was released from prison last February, having served the full twelve-year sentence. Bob Markwood, now 67, showed up in the media recently, when the Inside Edition television show did a segment on registered sex offenders who are still working as children's entertainers.

Sunday
Jan132013

MSNBC CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF THE MAGIC CASTLE

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Friday
Jan112013

BLAINE ELECTRIFIED DOCUMENTARY IN THE WORKS

Tuesday
Jan012013

THE REAL MAGIC ROADSHOW

I love it when people think outside the box and here's a great example of that.

The event is called The Real Magic Roadshow and we'd love to have you join us! You’ll have a chance to see and buy magic from some of the industries leading dealers including Mark Mason of JB Magic, Chris Smith of Magic Smith, Dirk Losander, and of course - my company, Elmwood Magic. Each of our first six cities will also feature at least one local dealer and registration is open now.

Here’s the best part - if you pre-register now, we pay YOU to attend! Here's how it works...

The cost to attend the Real Magic Roadshow is only $10. But if you pre-register NOW we’ll issue you a $20 Gift Card for use the day of the event! Spend an hour or spend the day, either way you risk nothing and you’re guaranteed a great time too. But act fast - registration for each city is limited and, with this great deal, space will fill up fast.

Visit The Real Magic Roadshow website for full details on locations and registration.

Saturday
Dec222012

BURT WONDERSTONE TRAILER 1 APPEARS ONLINE

Sunday
Dec162012

BLAINE BAFFLES BILL

From the New York Post:

David Blaine astounded Bill Clinton with card tricks at Sting and Trudie Styler’s Upper West Side penthouse at a fund-raiser for the Clinton Global Initiative. We’re told Blaine even pulled a folded card out of his watch, to the ex-president’s amazement. 

Thursday
Dec132012

MNW140 :: JON RACHERBAUMER REDUX

This is one of our most requested from the lost files of the MagicNewswire Spirit of Magic Podcast. My conversation with the amazing Jon Racherbaumer was recorded in August of 2009. Unfortunately, with the unexpected transition from Mevio this conversation was reduced from almost two hours to less than 20 minutes. Fortunately, I was able to recover the original files. That means that this is a totally remastered and ad free edition of this interview.

If you don't know the name of Jon Racherbaumer, you should either walk away from magic or take some time to explore his influence on our art form. Jon is one of those guys that managed to connect to some of the greatests names in the modern history of magic including Ed Marlo, Eddie Fields, Orson Welles, and Senator Crandall. Given the controversies surrounding Blackpool & FISM 2010, it is also interesting to note that he was at one time blackballed by both the IBM & the SAM. Please join us for Part One of our interview with Jon Racherbaumer and learn more about lesbian bowlers, the "Magic Mafia" and how a good magician becomes controversial.

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Sunday
Dec092012

YANN FRISCH'S CUPS AND BALLS ARE SIMPLY ABSURD!

Several non-magic sites like Gawker have recently taken note of Yann Frisch's being named "Champion du Monde" at the 2012 Beijing International Magic Convention with his latest itteration of "Baltass", his absurdist take on the cups and balls with tomatoes. With almost 1.2 million views on YouTube as I write this, you may already have seen this clip but it is well worth watching one more time to learm more about how a magician can truly do it "right!" Congrats again Yann!

Thursday
Dec062012

MNW337 :: HOWARD HAMBURG

On the 337th episode of the Spirit of Magic Podcast, I am thrilled and honored to welcome Howard Hamburg to the Magic Newswire family. Have you ever wanted to spend and hour or so with Dai Vernon,Michael Skinner, Larry Jennings, Charlie Miller, JC Wagner, Tony Giorgio, Francis Carlyle or any of the legends of magic that preceded this generation? If so, I am more than happy to get you one step closer o that goal by bringing you this interview with Howard. You are about to hear stories about many of the people that we idolize in magic today from an underground card magician that was an intimate of them all. As we launch this episode, I am also very happy to announce that the Magic Newswire's "Spirit of Magic" podcast has now exceeded Two Million Downloads since we first began tracking such things in March of 2008. Thank you so much for this endorsement of what I do. When I first began recording these conversations, I never imagined where it would take me and I cannot that you, the listeners, enough for the emails, donations and downloads. I more than justifies this small contribution to our art that I make by producing these interviews. Again, from the bottom of my heart, I thank you.

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Tuesday
Dec042012

JUDGE ORDERS ARREST OF WAYNE HOUCHIN'S ATTACKER

From the Washington Post:

"A judge on Tuesday ordered the arrest of a local television show host who set fire to the hair of a U.S. magician, burning his scalp, face and arm.

The judge announced the decision just hours after TV host Franklin Barazarte told The Associated Press in a phone interview from New York that the incident was an accident. He tossed flaming liquid on Wayne Houchin’s head as a “blessing” during a Nov. 26 taping of the show."

According to the prosecutor's office, a doctor has certified that Wayne suffered first degree burns on his scalp, face and right arm as a result of the incident. The alleged attacker continues to claim that the insicent was nothing more than an unfortunate accident.   You can watch the unedited footage of the attack here

 

JUNE 2009 INTERVIEW WITH WAYNE HOUCHIN:

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