Friday, 19 December 2014

  • BGT Magician Darcy Oake 2015 Tour

    Hey presto! Britain’s Got Talent magician Darcy Oake, who will next appear before our very eyes in his own festive TV special, is touring the UK in 2015. He will launch his 12 date autumn UK Edge Of Reality Tour at Sheffield City Hall on Thursday, September 17. Tickets go on sale this Friday - December 12 - at 9.30am. They ...

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  • Final Disappearing Act From Magic Babe Ning

    SINGAPORE - It's time to hang up the chains and handcuffs, straightjackets and weapons. After 10 years in showbusiness, professional illusionist Ning Cai, known by her stage name Magic Babe Ning will perform the ultimate mega illusion: Vanishing for good. "Yes I have decided to hang up my boots. No more Magic Babe Ning. It ...

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  • Mississauga Magician Making A Name For Himself

    MISSISSAUGA, TORONTO : It's not uncommon to have childhood dreams of what do for a job when one grows up. But it's quite rare to find a person who actually follows through with that goal. For Mississauga-based magician Ryan Brown, there was no such question about his future path when he caught the magic bug at age 5 while w ...

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  • Adrien Brody’s Houdini Portrayal Nominated For SAG Award

    Awards season is in full swing and the nominations for the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards have been announced. The annual event recognizes both individual performances and entire ensembles of a drama series and comedy series, and the cast of a motion picture. Birdman leads the way with four nods, followed by Boyhood, Imita ...

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  • Ben Hanlin – The Lighter Side Of Magic

    After making his name by shock-tricking unsuspecting strangers and celebrities with his signature naughty magic, British magician Ben Hanlin is looking forward to doing some more hilarious and edgy pranks. Fresh from completing the second season of his television show Tricked, where he mixes together elaborate hidden camera ...

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  • Lyn Dillies Stars In Christmas Spectacular

    The Winston-Salem Symphony wowed audiences last year with the debut of its Carolina Christmas Spectacular! This year it hopes to outdo itself by featuring an illusionist, Lyn Dillies. The Saturday concerts are part of the Plugged-In Pops, and the Nov. 30 concert is part of Discovery Concerts for Kids. Both are at Reynolds A ...

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  • Latest Viral Magic Video …

    A magician made his speeding ticket disappear. Steven Brundage was pulled over in upstate Scotia, N.Y. at 3 a.m. Friday morning while driving home from a performance in New York City. But even though he was clocked traveling 42 mph in a 30 mph zone, after exchanging some niceties with the officers — abracadabra — he left wi ...

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  • Work Party Hypnotist Act Turns ‘Orgasm Event’

    From Jon Tevlin, Star Tribune : People ask me all the time how I come up with ideas for columns, especially columns that highlight human folly. I usually paraphrase H.L. Mencken and say that nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people. I also add that no newspaper reporter or lawyer will r ...

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  • Tributes Paid To Clown Town Founder

    UK : Tributes have been paid to the man who brought the clowns to Bognor Regis. Trevor Pharo, or Bingo the Clown (pictured right) thought up the international clowns’ convention which put the town in the spotlight for the funnymen for years. Hundreds of clowns met in Bognor every spring from the mid-80s to the mid-90s befor ...

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  • Vanish Edition 17

    From Editor Paul Romhany : Another bumper issue featuring Andrew Gerard on the cover. Andrew rarely does interviews so having him in this issue is a real honor for Vanish. Andrew is one of the world's most sought after magic consultants and his story is truly inspirational from his days with touring in a rock band to his re ...

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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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  • Less is More But More Is More Fun : David Gabbay

    In magic, as in most enjoyable life experiences, I believe less is more.  Even though more may be more enjoyable, addictive, and fun, quality often rivals quantity.   This is assuming the less is of high quality.  That being said, even though more may feel for satisfying, there is a subtle beauty to the notion of doing less ...

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  • Think Big – Play Big – Win Big! : Lee Alex

    Transforming and performing close-up on stage. The corporate market demands size – big advertising equals big returns! (Not only for your client but for you too!) With this in mind, I would like to discuss the process of performing for an audience of over a hundred; or for any size audience where the performance requires an ...

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  • Have a Set List : Cris Johnson

    I’ve been doing magic full time for 10 years and professionally for close to 20 years and over the years, my love of great magic has never waned, but as it’s been my primary source of income for so long, I definitely look at magic with a more critical eye and with a leaning toward the business side…in other words, the honey ...

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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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Deflect By Skulkor

Deflect is portable, self-contained on the case and doesn’t affect your everyday card use. The performer draws something on cellophane of the playing card case. And before the ...

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Pocket Change By SansMinds

Pocket Change includes 5 pocket change miracles that are not only fun to learn, but gets crazy reactions. It’s great for sleight-of-hand enthusiasts or anyone who’s just getti ...

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