Thursday, 21 August 2014

  • Broken Wand – Joanie Spina 1953-2014

    VanishLive are saddened to report the passing of Joanie Spina. Spina grew up in the town of Woburn, near Boston, Massachusetts. She first began dancing seriously as a child but gave up when she was aged 11. Later, at the age of 26, while working in a bar job, she returned to dance as a means to lose weight. Taking ballet and jazz classes helped her decide that her vocation lay in performing arts. She then began acting and voice classes as well. Although told she was too old to be attempting to b ...

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  • Young Canadian Magician Brings Home The Gold

    Twenty-year-old Billy Hseuh may be one of the youngest magicians to score an award from the International Magicians Society. The blossoming illusionist, who attends Douglas College for hospitality management, was honoured with a gold medal on Sunday, Aug. 3 for his sleight of hand tricks at the Pacific Coast Association of Magicians (PCAM) awards banquet in Coquitlam. The annual competition takes place in a different Pacific Northwest city each year, and Hseuh has traveled as far as Burbank, Cal ...

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  • Magic Summer – Fool Us and Masters of Illusion

    The CW Network launches two programs this week about the world of magic and illusions — “Masters of Illusions” and “Penn & Teller: Fool Us.” Both shows will have to deal with the spectre that’s haunted magic on TV for decades: How do you make a TV audience believe they are seeing something that hasn’t been aided by editing? Michael Grandinetti, one of the performers on “Masters of Illusions,” which premieres at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, doesn’t see any problem with televised magic. To the contr ...

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  • Houdini Trailer Revealed

    Nearly 90 years after Harry Houdini’s death, the fascination for the legendary illusionist and escape artist still lingers, hence a two-part miniseries on History simply titled “Houdini,” for which a trailer recently appeared on the web. Adrien Brody will star as the titular showman, along with “House of Cards'” Kristen Connolly as his wife Bess. It will focus on Houdini as he finds fame, engages in espionage, battles spiritualists and encounters important figures from his time. The miniseries a ...

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  • Paul and Debbie Rumored for Celeb Big Brother

    According to The Sun, the pair have signed on the dotted line after last-minute talks with producers. The 76-year-old TV star and his glamorous wife, 55, will be the first ever couple to take part in the show. A source told The Sun: "They're very excited to be going together - they'd never have considered doing it separately. "Paul and Debbie are perfect for Big Brother. They're great fun, big personalities and don't take themselves too seriously." Rumours have been making the rounds about who i ...

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  • Gene Anderson Honored With Order of Merlin

    Midland resident Gene Anderson receives the Order of Merlin Excalibur award from International President Bill Evans at the International Brotherhood of Magicians Convention in St. Louis, Mo. Anderson has performed magic professionally in 21 countries on six continents. One of his creations, “The Anderson Torn and Restored Newspaper,” is considered a Magic Classic. It is performed by more magicians than any other newspaper magical effect in the world. The International Brotherhood of Magicians is ...

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  • Magic in the Moonlight

    Woody Allen's latest movie has an intriguing title for anybody in love with the art of magic - "Magic in the Moonlight". The plot is set in the 1920s. In the opening scene a famous Chinese conjurer, Wei Ling Soo, is just about to make an elephant vanish in front of a packed theatre audience. The audience is taken aback by the performer's skill and dramatic stage presence. After the show Wei Ling Soo removes his oriental stage make up in his dressing room, and it comes as no surprise to us that w ...

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  • Aurora Theatre to Christian Cagigal in OBSCURA

    CALIFORNIA : Aurora Theatre Company presents Bay Area magician Christian Cagigal in OBSCURA, an extraordinary presentation of up-close and personal magic. The show runs October 15 through November 2, 2014 at Harry's UpStage. An intimate magic show performed live on a big screen, OBSCURA weaves fairy tales, dark fables, and strange happenings into an engaging performance fraught with wonder, mystery, and imagination. Called "one of those rare alchemists of the imagination" by SF Station and "unde ...

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Looking Back : Keith Fields

The world is changing at a pace that seems to be accelerating and the magic world is doing the same thing. New products. New methods. New styles of magic. We can do things today that were really impossible fifty years ago. What I am doing now (typing on a laptop) would have been a scene in a science fiction film half a century ago. If I was watching that film on television it would have been in a very grainy, and slightly blurry black and white picture, and it would have been about 24 inches wide, but only if I could afford the latest, best and biggest TVs ... happy days! It was actually on on ...

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Distorted Visions By Jack Curtis

The 1914 proudly presents DISTORTED VISIONS an instructional DVD by JACK CURTIS - author of the critically acclaimed underground mentalism book DISTORTED THOUGHTS. On this DVD, Jack, joined by professional mentalist LOOCH, teaches six incredibly strong, instantly resetting, real-world, close-up mentalism effects; designed and structured for high impact results. AMNESIC TRANSPO : The mentalist’s answer to the two card transposition using business cards and a pen. A baffling demonstration of confusion and mild amnesia. FLORAL DESTINY : A philosophical exploration of free will and determinism usi ...

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