Tuesday, 28 April 2015

  • Bill Blagg To Mystify Grand Opera House

    OSHKOSH :Audiences won't see top hats, birds and card tricks when The Magic Of Bill Blagg Live returns to the Grand Opera House on Saturday, but they can expect grand-scale illusions and even a flying hover board. Blagg described his show as "The Second City got together with David Copperfield and had a kid," and it combine ...

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  • Ikea Singapore Reviews Support Of Anti-Gay Magician

    SINGAPORE - Furniture retailer Ikea Singapore is reviewing its support for a magic show staged by a pastor known for his views against homosexuality, a spokesman told The Straits Times on Monday. This comes after a backlash over the weekend from gay rights groups, who are unhappy that the retailer's membership programme, Ik ...

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  • A Delectable Magic Show Moves Into The NoMad Hotel

    When asked to describe the NoMad Hotel, one word comes to mind: whimsy. Located in a 12-story Beaux-Art building, the hotel’s interior are a fantasy reimagined by designer Jacques Garcia — a personal consort for the Sultan of Brunei. The ground floor is swathed in Persian rugs and a 200-year-old fireplace that was — natural ...

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  • Magician Captain Jack Dies

    THAILAND : “Captain Jack Sparrow” Impersonator dies in East Pattaya Road Crash A well-known Captain Jack Sparrow Impersonator, who would entertain crowds with his magic tricks, died in a late-night road crash in East Pattaya on Sunday Night. Khun Jirasak aged 44 has been seen around Pattaya dressed as the fictional characte ...

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  • Some Cool Upcoming Events! : Nick Lewin

    I always enjoy the chance to meet some of my readers in person rather than just over the Internet! I have a few shows and dates coming up that I wanted to mention. If you have a chance to stop by please make sure you take the time to say a big old Texan “Howdy.” On April 23rd I will be performing at a really neat theatre in ...

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  • 2015 Anneman Award – Joe Curcillo Esq.

    Joe Curcillo has had a few good years of well-deserved recognition from his peers. In 2014, at the IBM/SAM Combined Convention in St. Louis Joe was humbly surprised to learn he was the recipient for the Milborne Christopher Award for Mentalism. An interesting bit of trivia, that the Annemann Awards committee didn’t even rea ...

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  • 2015 Robert-Houdin Award – Jeff McBride

    The Robert-Houdin Award 2015 – Recipient Jeff McBride The World Ambassador of Magic - there is no better fitting title for Jeff Mc Bride. A man that proves that success is about finding something you love to do and making it your passion. Sure it’s hard work, but when it satisfies the soul, it enriches you greatly. In fact ...

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  • Making Magic To Empower Children

    CAMBRIDGE, CANADA – In an enchanted world, married magician couple Brent and Sarah Nicholls could wave their magic wands and make all wicked words and bullying behaviour disappear into a cloud of dust. “Unfortunately, that’s one thing that’ll never happen,” acknowledged Brent, during an interview with the Times this past Tu ...

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  • Magificents Bring Magic To Miami

    Magic is in Dennis Watkins' bones. It's also in the bones of his play "The Magnificents," April 8-May 3 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami. Written by third-generation illusionist Watkins, the show is the fifth to be staged at the Arsht through a partnership with the House Theatre of Chicago, a co ...

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  • Vanish 19

    We mark our fourth year off with another bumper issue of magic, reviews, articles and essays by some of the world's leading professional magicians. In this tricks sections we have video links so you can see the effects from the creators and how to set them up. Routines range from magic with M&M packets, a 'which hand' e ...

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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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  • Roy Johnson – The Experience : Nick Lewin

    In my opinion, one of the most awesome forces in British magic ever to be underestimated is Roy Johnson. While my meetings with this remarkable magician are less dramatic than others, his effect upon my understanding of magic is enormous. Most magicians familiar with Ken Brooke and his “Magic Place” are aware of Roy as one ...

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Deep Shadows by Christopher Dee

Deep Shadows is a collection of techniques, tools and effects discovered by mentalist and psychokinetic expert Dee Christopher over 10 years of study, creativity and performan ...

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Series of Unfortunate Effects by Blue Crown

Dealing with a mix of wacky personalities, including eccentric magicians and crazed card collectors, Chris and Ben go on a quest to learn the real secrets of magic. After witn ...

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Tales from the Uncanny Scot : Ron Wilson

Reviewed by Nick Lewin. I was excited to see that this gem of a magic book is once again available for purchase; I have enjoyed it immensely and consider it one of the very fi ...

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Wrong Way by Vernet Magic

The magician shows a large traffic signal (12.5”) that has a big arrow in each side. He explains that this signal is very important because the traffic must go in that way. On ...

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Reg Donnelly Multiplying Bottles

Reviewed by Paul Romhany : Over the past 30 years I’ve owned almost every set of Multiplying Bottles ever made including the Ken Brooke bottles to the expensive set that sells ...

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Workers Dream Wallet By Harry Robson

Harry Robson is an expert on the Card to Wallet, and his latest wallet is the result of a lifetime of experience building and performing this fantastic classic. This wallet in ...

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Infallible by Mark Elsdon

Mark Elsdon has created one of the finest card and number prediction effects we have ever seen! Not only is Infallible a real world worker and self-working, it’s also instantl ...

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Ninja Tossed Out Deck By Patrick Redford

“If you want to tell people what cards they’re thinking of under the most strict looking conditions... you need the Ninja Tossed-Out Deck System.” - Patrick G Redford The Toss ...

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Divers Lung Tester By Jordan O’Grady

Just put your Lung Tester on display in your home and I guarantee it will not be long before you hear the words “what’s that?” at this point just try not to laugh, because you ...

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Cakes And Adders by Gary Dunn and Ricky McLeod

A professional five minute routine that will both entertain and astound your family audience. Every child loves a snake on their birthday ... sorry did I say snake? I think I ...

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Experience By Jon Allen

Two years ago EXPERIENCE zipped out of print in a matter of months. Why? Because word got around that one of the most creative minds in magic--London’s Jon Allen--had tipped h ...

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Bar Cup Reloaded by Roger Nicot

Bar Cup Reloaded by Roger Nicot - The Ultimate Chop Cup with Liquid Load is only for adult magicians who will honestly give it a shot. Seriously! After producing two large fin ...

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