Thursday, 24 July 2014

  • Broken Wand : Alan Alan

    The “British Houdini” – who pioneered the art of escaping from a straitjacket while suspended from a burning rope high above the ground – has died aged 87. Described by the Magic Circle as “a legend in the world of magic and circus”, Alan Alan – born Alan Rabinowitz – was on ...

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  • International Magicians Join Local Talent For Melbourne Magic Festival

    AUSTRALIA : Book your tickets now before they disappear, says Melbourne Magic Festival artistic director and founder Tim Ellis. Mr Ellis said the festival, which starts at the end of June and runs through the school holidays, was a rare opportunity to see some of the world’s ...

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  • Magician Ben Hart Never Afraid To Ice With Death

    He’s diced with death performing dangerous tricks involving knives and broken glass. But one of his riskiest stunts was when Ben Hart stripped down to his underpants for a trick in an Ice Hotel. Filming all day in temperatures of minus five degrees, he ended up with hypother ...

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  • Monkey Masked Magician Turns Bungling Burglar

    UK : A magician who worked at some of Europe’s top holiday resorts while on the run for an attempted robbery has been jailed. Wearing a monkey mask, Curtis Watson had burst into his local off-licence and demanded cash from a terrified shop assistant. When she refused he fled ...

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  • Broadway Conjures Magic With ‘The Illusionists’

    NEW YORK  — Magic will be take center stage on Broadway this winter in a new, high-paced show but don't expect just one illusionist with a trick up his sleeve. Try seven. "The Illusionists" starring seven international stars of magic — ranging from a card conjurer to a wizar ...

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  • Teen To Spend Two Weeks In StraightJacket

    TORONTO — Toronto teen Mark Correia got strapped into a straitjacket Tuesday morning — a straitjacket in which he plans to spend the next two weeks. The 18-year-old magician and actor hopes to raise $25,000 for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research by living ...

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  • 2014 MINDvention Workshops Announced

    Mindvention - October 12-14 - Las Vegas Richard Osterlind’s Las Vegas Workshop Richard Osterlind has been a professional mentalist for over 40 years and he has been acknowledged worldwide as a master of the artform. He has performed his unique approach to mentalism in every ...

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  • Carbonaro Effect Recalls The Days of Candid Camera

    At some point in time, television tossed away the good-hearted fun of shows such as Candid Camera and focused more so on pranks and tricks. Some would argue that such an act caused there to be a incredible disconnect between the at-home viewer and the television show itself. ...

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Grandma, Me and Charlie Miller : Nick Lewin

I wasn’t one of those kids that started doing magic tricks as soon as I could hold a deck of cards.  I had a rather strange introduction to the art of sleight of hand.  My Grandmother was my first teacher in handling a deck of cards. However she didn’t teach me magic, she taught me but how to cheat at cards. In her little ground floor apartment in a suburb of London we would play the simple card games all children enjoy. She showed me how to look at the bottom card and deal it when it was most useful.  She taught me how to ‘lose’ an ace during a shuffle and ‘find’ it during the next game.  To ...

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Think-A-Drink Revealed : Alan Bursky

Reviewed by Nick Lewin A break in my schedule has allowed me to catch up with some reading and research and I would like to draw your attention to an item that has particularly caught my attention. It seems I always get nice responses from my readers when I cast my somewhat jaundiced eyes over the latest releases to the magic community and this is a trick I feel rather strongly about. There are a handful of tricks that are guaranteed to be audience favorites due to their very nature. These effects become classics and are generally performed by a great many performers. Sometimes you get a class ...

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