Friday, 4 September 2015

  • Ryan Davidson’s Insights On Sold-Out Shows

    UK : Little Mysteries takes place every Saturday at the hotel and is usually sold out weeks in advance. The show has received rave reviews and Reformer reporter Will Henshaw went along to see what all the fuss is about. Every Saturday, inside Glasgow’s iconic Grand Central Hotel, Castlemilk man Ryan Davidson performs one of ...

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  • Former Lawyer Turns To Magic

    TAMPA : Just because he was a mediation lawyer for 46 years doesn’t mean Jerome Levy, 73, can’t be the life of the party. His parents were a French instructor and a substitute teacher, so it came as no surprise Levy became an excellent student. But the native Texan had interests other than textbooks. “If there was any troub ...

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  • Houdini Convention A Draw To Appleton

    APPLETON — Illusionists, comedians and magicians came together this weekend to learn and share the tricks of the trade at the 77th annual Houdini Club Convention. Marshall Philyaw, the Houdini Club of Wisconsin’s vice president, has been attending the convention since 2006 and said although he is well-practiced in magic, ea ...

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  • Derek Hughes’ AGT Run

    The audience got a surprise at the Acme Comedy Company in Minneapolis last week when Derek Hughes appeared on stage. The standup comedian/magician wasn't on the bill, but the longtime club favorite and St. Paul native knew it was the perfect place to try out new material in preparation for Tuesday's appearance on "America's ...

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  • Magician Takes Anti-Bullying Message To Schools

    One of New Zealand’s most celebrated magicians is on the road again, using his special blend of magic and humour to serve up invaluable social messages to Kiwi kids. And he has Zazu, Ecce and Ruby - exotic, talking parrots - along for the ride. Elgregoe and his parrots are presenting ‘You’ve Got the Power’ - a show specific ...

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  • Magician Proposes On Stage

    This is the spellbinding moment magician Neil Henry proposed to his girlfriend live on stage at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The audience at the Pleasance Dome sat open mouthed as US-born Londoner Neil, 37, plucked his girlfriend of two years Charlie Gardner, 23, from the crowd for a special trick. Whooping the audience i ...

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  • Blind Magician Riding Subway To Bigger Stages

    Blind magician Justin Sight came to the city with one vision in mind — to show New Yorkers a little magic on their commutes. Sight, who is 25 and legally blind, has spent the past few years on subway platforms, performing awe-inspiring tricks with cards and coins. “I don’t focus on grand illusions. I like to work close up,” ...

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  • Naked Magicians Wave Wands In Hong Kong

    How did The Naked Magicians come about and what’s the concept behind it? Tyler: the concept was created by Simon Painter, the co-producer of The Illusionists, which is now the biggest magic show on the planet. He had the idea of the show name and the poster image. From the original idea, Chris Wayne and I developed the show ...

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  • Chris Funk Lands On Vegas Stage

    It’s probably not the best idea to wish magician Chris Funk good luck at his next event by telling him to “break a leg.” The Winnipegger was performing at a corporate Christmas party last January when he suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon, trying to do a slow motion bit where he would lean over at an impossible angle. “Rig ...

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  • Carbonaro Tells Us How He Does It

    If one day you find yourself experiencing double vision, or seeing creatures from outer space, or watching a man squeeze a carton of juice out of a single orange, you may be having a breakdown. Or you may be experiencing The Carbonaro Effect. It’s a rare condition that occurs when you encounter Michael Carbonaro and his hid ...

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  • Special Edition of VANISH Magazine

    A gift to magicians around the world ... please share this gift with all your magic friends. SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT - a VERY special edition of VANISH is out now - and it's FREE! This is NOT the regular issue but a special feature, 40 pages, about Franz Harary and his incredible $40 million-dollar project opening September 20 ...

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  • Better Safe Than Sorry – Trust Me! : Nick Lewin

    A couple of years ago my company started to market a really great microphone holder. It fits any sized mic and is easily adjustable to be the perfect distance from your mouth. Which is exactly one palm’s width below your chin. It even comes in a colorful silk bag so that it doesn’t get lost in dark backstage areas. It is ma ...

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  • Don’t Shoot The Magician! – Aaron Fisher

    Except for a handshake or two at Hollywood’s Magic Castle I don’t know  Neil Patrick Harris personally. However, it’s clear to me that he and his  team worked hard to put together a piece of amazement for the Oscar’s  audience. There’s been massive criticism about his performance since the broadcast, so in response, I’m goi ...

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  • The Art and Science of Doing Nothing : Nick Lewin

    During the last 20 years I have had a goal in my performance of magic, that goal is to make it look as though I am doing nothing at all. This leaves me free to look as though all I am doing is reacting to what is going on. This is a much tougher goal than one thinks at first sight but well worth exploring. If you are perfor ...

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  • Routines Matter : Nick Lewin

    ‘Routines Matter,’ a title to live by. I recently received a book in the mail that caused me a great deal of pleasure. Not just because of the content but also the very nature of the book. The author is Trevor Lewis with Phil Willmarth and the name of the book is ‘Routines Matter.’ Trevor Lewis is one of the United Kingdom’ ...

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  • Misdirection Is The Main Ingredient : David Gabbay

    As I sit down to write the first of a series of articles for Vanish Magazine there are many aspects of magic that interest me, from sleights, to history, to creativity and on.  However, the general subject of live magic performance for audiences is one that is of special interest.  As a performer I value the nature of live ...

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  • Breaking The Dated Mould of Magic : Neil Dorward

    When I was called to direct a big magic spectacular for the Sydney Opera House for producers Simon Painter and Tim Lawson, I jumped at the chance. The previous year I directed Sydney’s summer hit “Adrenaline” a thrilling yet dangerous cirque show. The production came with its challenges, but was hugely rewarding. I have wor ...

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  • Giving Back To The Community : Tony Chris

    This month I would like to talk about a topic that is very important for me. That is, giving back to my community!  Essentially what I am talking about is the concept of donating my time and talents to very worthwhile organizations for sick and dying children. I have been so fortunate to be able to perform magic for a livin ...

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  • The Marvelous Marvyn & Carol Roy : Nick Lewin

    There is a tiny group of people in the magic that just make you feel better for knowing them. You sometimes don’t even know why they affect you in that manner—they just do. Right at the top of this select list of truly special people are Marvyn and Carol Roy. I really don’t believe you could find two people who better demon ...

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  • Timothy Leary’s Brain : Steve Spill

    Creating successful comedy and magic routines, and by successful I mean bits that are amazing, get laughs, applause, and are about something, is a trial-and-error proposition.  There is no formula, no rules, and no shortcuts. You think of something you think would be interesting or funny or poignant or amazing or all of the ...

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Three Ropes And 1000 Laughs by Cody Fisher

DESCRIPTION : Straight out of Cody Fisher's corporate comedy act! Three Ropes And 1000 Laughs is Cody Fisher's professional comedy rope routine. It's a 5-10 minute rope routin ...

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Merge by Paul Romhany

Reviewed by Harry Monk. DESCRIPTION : The Linking Finger Rings is considered by many to be the strongest magic routine ever conceived. Being able to link and unlink finger rin ...

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The Matrix Pad by Richard Griffin

DESCRIPTION : A small note pad is shown. Four spots are drawn in each corner of the pad with a sharpie. One by one with the rub of a finger the spots are visibly moved to end ...

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Promotion by Kyle Purnell

DESCRIPTION : Remove a normal five dollar bill from your wallet, or even borrow one from a spectator. Have it signed. VISUALLY CHANGE IT INTO A TWENTY DOLLAR BILL! A moment la ...

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Ultimate Gypsy Yarn by Nick Lewin

Reviewed by Mick Peck The gypsy thread is a classic of magic, for many reasons.  It's visual, it's easy to understand, it can be performed closeup, stage or in parlour situati ...

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Unlink by Jordan Victoria

DESCRIPTION : Unlink is not an effect... it's a TOOL for every magician! The Unlink gimmick is very versatile and it's different from what you can find in the market (Twizted ...

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The Cube Plus by Takamitsu Usui

DESCRIPTION : Show the audiences two Rubik's Cubes where colors are in random order and asking two spectaculars to choose one color they like from the two cubes. Put the cubes ...

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CLIP By Taiwan Ben

DESCRIPTION : Organic magic at its best! Every magician knows the most powerful magic happens in the hands of their spectators. Imagine with just the powers of your mind bendi ...

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Gone by Daniel Bryan

DESCRIPTION : Easy, Powerful & Visual. The Perfect Packet Trick Is Here! With GONE You can create two incredible moments of magic right in front of your spectator's eyes. ...

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Three Card Routines by Asi Wind

Triumph and Triumph Again : a double punch triumph effect. One of the best plots in card magic with a surprising twist. Two handlings are explained, and only an ordinary deck ...

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Something Out Of The Ordinary By Nicholas Lawrence

Organic looking magic with everyday object is the strongest form of magic people can experience live. Everything appears to be raw, unprepared, and totally unexpected. Somethi ...

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INKED by Red Darevil and Alakazam

Inked is a powerful mindreading effect that fits in your wallet! Tattoos are becoming a big part of popular culture and a way for many people to express themselves. Our good f ...

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