Tuesday, 31 March 2015

  • Leah, Young Magician Of The Year

    UK : The biggest myth about magic, says 16-year-old Leah Mae Devine, is that “girls can’t do it”. The schoolgirl from Newcastle has a point. The world of stage magic has traditionally been dominated by men; women were cast either as decorative assistants or human props crammed into a box and lacerated by swords or sawn in h ...

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  • Magician Offers Vasectomy Special

    Dr. Neil “The Whiz” Baum is a New Orleans urologist and part-time magician who, every year at the start of March Madness, offers a vasectomy special to local men. The deal is patients get a scalpel-free vasectomy, a pizza, a Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, a frozen gel pack, and a bell, so that patients can sit on the co ...

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  • Ben Seidman Chosen as Princess Cruises’ Entertainer of the Year

    SANTA CLARITA, California : Guests aboard Crown Princess have voted and selected Comedic Magician Ben Seidman as Princess Cruises Entertainer of the Year. Four finalists were selected from the hundreds of talented performers – comedians, magicians, vocalists, tribute bands and novelty performers – which elate guests on Prin ...

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  • Mac King Trades Wands For Words

    The magic words at Mac King’s Magical Literacy Tour aren’t “abracadabra” but rather “read more books.” In March, King, a Summerlin resident, visited four elementary schools — Hollingsworth, 1776 E. Ogden Ave.; Bunker, 6350 Peak Drive; Thomas, 1560 E. Cherokee Lane; and Thorpe, 1650 Patrick Lane — for Nevada Reading Week, wh ...

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  • Israeli Magician Floats In Air

    Israeli magician Hezi Dean baffled a crowd in Tel Aviv on Sunday as he appeared to be floating in the air with one hand touching the outer wall of Dizengoff Center – the city's main shopping mall. Dean has come to be known as a daring illusionist in Israel. His resume of acts includes spending 64 hours in a large ice cube t ...

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  • Copperfields Rooftop Pool Floods 30 Storeys

    NEW YORK — Illusionist David Copperfield’s latest trick: making all the water in his rooftop swimming pool disappear. Except the water didn’t evaporate, but rather flooded apartments as far down as 30 stories below his East 57th Street penthouse. A pump for the lap pool on the 57th floor malfunctioned on March 8, sending wa ...

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  • Dell O’Dell – A Girl With Grit And Dreams

    Women don't appear much in the history of magic except as the magician's lovely assistant -- the one so often sawed in half. Dell O'Dell was so much the exception that Harding University English teacher Michael Claxton devoted eight years to his biography of her. "I saw a great story," Claxton, 42, says. An associate profes ...

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  • Elgregoe’s Magic Anti-Bullying Message

    NEW ZEALAND : Award-winning magician, ventriloquist and presenter Elgregoe is using a blend of magic and humour to deliver important social messages to Bay of Plenty children about anti-bullying in schools. Greg Britt – known as Elgregoe – has performed to more than 800,000 students throughout New Zealand and is this week v ...

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  • Oliver Finalist In Young Magician Of The Year

    UK : An ambitious Tunbridge Wells schoolboy is hoping to dazzle the secretive Magic Circle judges in a competition to find the most talented young magician in the country. Oliver Paice, 16, of Ridgeway, Pembury, has reached the final of the Magic Circle's Young Magician of the Year Competition. Oliver, a student at The Skin ...

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  • Derren Brown’s New Tour – Miracle

    Magician and psychological illusionist Derren Brown is back with his most ambitious show to date, although the content remains shrouded in mystery. Miracle is Derren’s seventh touring show since 2003. His shows have been seen by more than one and a half million people and have won two Olivier Awards. Derren, 44, said: “The ...

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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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