Tuesday, 27 January 2015

  • Raymond Crowe New Zealand Tour

    The international magician dubbed The Unusualist is returning to New Zealand with his own box of tricks. Having visited New Zealand just six months ago as part of The Illusionists 2.0 show, Australian performer Raymond Crowe is returning to New Zealand this February, taking his unique brand of live entertainment around the ...

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  • Review : Criss Angel At Easton State Theatre

    For the past decade or so, magician Criss Angel has made a name for himself by pushing the physical boundaries of illusions: levitating high above a Las Vegas hotel, escaping from a strait jacket while suspended upside down with a weight around his neck, being submerged in a locked water tank. So when Angel performed a magi ...

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  • Cosentino Australian Tour

    AUSTRALIA : NEW LIVE SHOWS ADDED TO "TWISTED REALITY" TOUR! Due to unprecedented public demand, three new shows have been announced for Cosentino's "TWISTED REALITY" tour. Australia’s world-renowned entertainer, COSENTINO the Grand Illusionist, will be taking his spectacular new live show 'Twisted Reality' across the countr ...

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  • Paul Romhany on Magician Business Podcast

    Will magic support you and your family well into the future? What can you do to branch your magic business into other areas? Paul Romhany is a performer, creator of magic effects, lecturer and he edits and produces VANISH magazine. He’s also a parent (as you will witness at the beginning of the podcast). Listen in as he sha ...

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  • Conjuring Up Poetry For Top Magicians

    SCOTLAND : They are an elite group, almost entirely made up of men, who meet every week to perfect their jealously-guarded magic tricks. But now it has emerged that as well as fine-tuning their card tricks and perfecting new ways to “saw” glamorous assistants in half, the magicians of the Scottish Conjurers’ Association (SC ...

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  • Broadway World Review : The Illusionists

    BWW Reviews: Spectacular Magic and Hilarious Comedy Brought to PPAC by THE ILLUSIONISTS Heading to Providence Performing Arts Center the other night, I couldn't help but turn to my friend who accompanied me and say, "When was the last time you saw a magic show??" It seems that these days magic shows are less common than the ...

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  • iPad Magic on the Streets

    If you could magically turn your iPad into a much bigger tablet, would you? Fuhu is promoting its giant new Nabi tablets. (They're available in 24-, 32-, 43-, 55- and astonishing 65-inch versions.) To that end, it made a new reality-style video featuring magician Adam Trent, one of seven stars in stage show The Illusionists ...

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  • Another Magic Proposal Vid …

    SCOTLAND : Paul McGinty took magic lover girlfriend Amanda Hughes by complete surprise when he arranged for Billy Reid to pull the ring out of thin air during his act in Glasgow. ...

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  • Rabbit From Hat In NY Courtroom

    Syracuse, NY -- A man pulled a rabbit out of a Dr. Seuss hat Tuesday afternoon during Syracuse City Court. Upon inspection by court security, it turned out to be stuffed. But it caused a disruption nevertheless, especially when the man started dancing it on a railing, said Sean Egan, chief of court security for the Fifth Ju ...

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  • Magician Hospitalized After Drinking Acid

    VIETNAM : Tran Tan Phat, a semifinalist on Vietnam's Got Talent, promised that he would impress all viewers with memorable magic tricks. And on Sunday night he did leave the audience in gasps. In an act called "Acid test", Phat brought out five glasses of liquid. Four of them contained water. The fifth, he claimed, had sulf ...

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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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  • Dai Vernon, The Master : Nick Lewin

    There are many magicians but very few masters in magic. Dai Vernon was above all a master. The professor, as he was known around the World was the man who changed the face of modern magic and reinvented close up magic. I first met Dai when I joined the Magic Castle in Hollywood. He was every inch the master when you saw him ...

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  • Matt Franco’s Secret Weapon Revealed : Jay Sankey

    I wish magicians would stop complaining about Matt Franco winning 'America's Got Talent.' Is Matt especially original? Definitely not. How about especially skilled? Again, no. Matt isn't even especially entertaining. But Matt did exactly what far too many magicians fail to do. He truly CONNECTED with the judges and televisi ...

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  • A Cough and a Blink – Nick Lewin

    At the age of thirteen I had been performing magic for a few years and felt very ‘at home’ doing it.  I was living near the South Coast town of Brighton and a proud member of the Sussex Magic Circle.  This was an oddball group of magicians who met every other Thursday in a small hotel on the waterfront. We swapped stories a ...

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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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