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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
Aug152012

AMERICA'S GOT MAGIC 2012

Here are the video's from last night's America's Got Talent YouTube show featuring Puck, Rudy Coby & Eric Buss.

NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: These video links were deleted after they were removed from YouTube due to a copyright claim.
Friday
Aug102012

MNW334 :: GAZZO & THE PHANTOM

In this episode of the Magic Newswire's "Sprit of Magic Podcast" I am thrilled to welcome the only pupil of the legendary Walter Irving Scott known in the magic and gambling communities as The Phantom. Scott is the focus of the book that Gazzo collaborated on with David Britland entitled "Phantoms at the Card Table: Confessions of a cardsharp" . Beyond his career as a street magician, Gazzo is an expert on cons and scams and was Scott's only pupil. He was also the only person with whom Scott entrusted his biography and life's work at card cheating and sleights. Oh.. and as an aside... You can see a younger Gazzo doing his Cup's & Balls routine at the Dai Vernon Roast video below at approximately the six minute mark.

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Friday
Aug102012

DAI VERNON ROAST FROM 1987

Thanks to Michael Ammar for sharing this video from the 1987 roast of Dai Vernon at the New York Magic Symposium.. According to Michael :

If you are a magician or if you love magic this is a real treat.  This is the only known footage from the roast of Dai Vernon, the Professor, in 1987 at the New York Magic Symposium.  Tom Mullica is the MC and everyone who speaks is renowned in the world of magic. 

The footage is pretty rough at times; I was sitting on the floor while holding the camera.  It was only meant to preserve a genuine, meaningful experience shared with friends. Having found this VHS copy not long ago, this is a faded memory - and yet it instantly transports me to an exhilarating time and place!  

The batteries on the camera were so bad in those days.... I turned the camera off several times; one time missing the beautiful performance by Pat Cook.  Fortunately, he sang it just for the camera after the roast was over, so stay tuned after the final applause for the Professor!

Thursday
Aug092012

DESPERATE ACTS OF MAGIC

According to the official website, Joe Gold's film "Desperate Acts of Magic" was inspired by his experience as a professional magician, performing over 500 kids birthday parties, and entering numerous magic competitions. Joe wanted to make an authentic magic movie, showing great magic performed by a cast of professional magicians. Like a great musical where the songs and the story are seamlessly intertwined, Desperate Acts of Magic wants to do the same, mixing story and magic as one. In spite of numerous hurdles faced during production, the first official trailer for the film is now online and you can see it here:

Thursday
Aug092012

DAVID BLAINE OPENS WOODY HARRELSON'S BROADWAY SHOW WITH SPECIAL STUNT

From Vanity Fair Daily we hear of an effect performed by David Blaine for the audience attending the Woody Harrelson directed Broadway Show "Bullet for Adolf.":

David Blaine, the illusionist known for stunts like encasing himself in blocks of ice and Plexiglas, performed a special magic trick for the New York opening of Woody Harrelson’s play Bullet for Adolf. A hush fell over the crowd in the lobby at New World Stages when Blaine pulled out a deck of cards and held them high. Photographers cocked their cameras, and Blaine, with one hand, spewed the cards all over the floor. 

Laughing, Blaine told VF Daily that he had prepared the stunt “just for this.”

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Thursday
Aug092012

THE MAGIC INGREDIENT FOR TELEVISION

An interesting article from BroadcastNow.co.uk talks about the on again off again relationship between magicians and television. Using Dynamo and Derren Brown to kick off the piece, it discusses the varied success of magic themed programming on British TV.

From Tommy Cooper to Paul Daniels, David Blaine and David Copperfield, magic has been a perennial of television. But like the magicians themselves, TV needs to move with the times and constantly revise how it presents their craft to the viewing public.

Derren Brown has set the bar high with his psychological games and high-profile, sometimes controversial, stunts; while on the big screen, the Harry Potter franchise and films like The Illusionist and The Prestige demonstrate an appetite for magic and its ability to capture an audience.

But while Dynamo’s popularity has boosted a small channel, some recent attempts at capturing magic’s sparkle have fallen flat, most notably the more traditional Saturday primetime formats. Penn And Teller: Fool Us on ITV1 and BBC1’s The Magicians will not be returning, leading some to question whether magic’s appeal is sustainable.

READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE

Thursday
Aug092012

JEREMY RENNER DISCUSSES THE AVENGERS AND AN UPCOMING MAGIC PROJECT

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times in which hi discusses his role in the new Bourne Legacy, The Avengers and other projects, actor Jeremy Renner dropped this interesting tidbit:

I just did a movie with James Gray directing, and Marion Cotillard, who is one of my favorite actresses (again, some of my favorite actresses. Marion Cotillard and Rachel Weisz. I got to work with both of them right in a row, and that was a real treat for me). And Joaquin Phoenix, who is one of the best actors out there, in my mind. And I got to play a magician. It was great. It’s a beautiful story about the early 1900s in America when all the immigrants were coming through Ellis Island. Marion plays the immigrant, and she sort of gets sold out or pimped out by Joaquin’s character. It’s a terrible way to describe it, but in the simplest way, it’s about a pimp, a whore and a magician. But it’s a little bit more complex than that.

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Thursday
Aug092012

BRITAINS MAGIC MIKE WANTS TO SLIP SLEAZY FILM CONNECTION

A British children's entertainer says that he may be forced to change his name to avoid being having his children's show tainted by the blockbuster success of the recnt blockbuster movie about male strippers. According to an article in the Telegraph:

Michael DeFreitas has delighted youngsters for years with his magic show and ventriloquist's act with Oscar the Parrot, Chuck the cheeky teenager, and Brazilian tourist Carlos.

But now when he turns up in his purple van - emblazoned with 2ft wand and Magic Mike in 1ft tall golden letters - audiences expect he is about to bare all.

He has begun to receive inquiries about 'adult entertainment' and is often asked: 'Are you the stripper?'

READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE

Tuesday
Aug072012

MNW333 :: THE MAGIC LIFE

In this episode of the Magic Newswire's "Spirit of Magic" podcast, we talk to two of the featured performers, and the director of the new documentary film "The Magic Life." "The Magic Life" chronicles the journey of three magician hopefuls: a 17-year-old from Beijing who travels to the U.S. to attend magic school, a 25-year-old trying to make rent by performing on Hollywood Blvd for tips, and a 32-year-old New York University MBA graduate who moves to Los Angeles to perform at the world famous Magic Castle. The film depicts the challenges of following an unconventional career path. Forget about parents, family, or friends who may not understand or support your choices – there’s almost an invisible societal pressure in terms of what types of jobs are acceptable. “The Magic Life” is about those who are willing to risk everything to take the road not normally taken.

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Tuesday
Aug072012

DAVID COPPERFIELD :: KING OF MAGIC

A new display was recently unveiled at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, celebrating Copperfield's recent award from the Society of American Magicians naming him as "Magician of the Century."  The award is accompanied by a new bust of David. According to Vegas Chatter:

But it's the bronze statue that'll first catch your eye. It cleverly pays tribute to Copperfield's most iconic magical stagings, including vanishing the Statue of Liberty, walking through the Great Wall of China and his much missed, "Flying" illusion. We have to say, it's a really well created piece. But, you will have to ignore the joksters working the table games in front of the statue. We heard them comparing the bust to Bill Clinton, Steve Lawrence, Mitt Romney and a cascade of others. No respect for a King. Tut, tut.

Read the complete article to get the full and mysterious back story on the award as well. 

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