Wednesday, 4 March 2015

  • Kevin James – Illusions Much Larger Than Magic

    The cast of “The Illusionist” gathers together for a scene from the production. “The Illusionist,” which brings together seven master illusionists, is at Proctors Theatre, 432 State St. in downtown Schenectady, Tuesday through Feb. 22. Once upon a time, people who pulled coins out of ears and picked specific cards from a de ...

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  • Jeff McBride At The Table Lecture

    I just got word on this and it's worth sharing to all my magic friends around the world. I share this as Jeff McBride is one of the world's best teachers in magic and writes for VANISH International Magic Magazine. This Wednesday Murphys Murphy's Magic Supplies, Inc. had Jeff McBride lecture for them in Sacramento and it wa ...

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  • Vanish International Magic Magazine 18 : February 2015

    Message by Paul Romhany Editor - Vanish Magazine Edition 18 is now available for free download. You can get the APP from the iTunes store or GooglePlay. To find out how to get your free download with over 180 pages of the latest reviews, articles, tricks and interviews visit : http://www.vanishmagazine.com In this issue we ...

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  • Dynamo Announces More Live Dates

    Magician Dynamo, real name Steven Frayne, is embarking on his first tour - Seeing Is Believing Due to high demand, following the announcement last year that Dynamo would be embarking on his first ever live tour- Seeing is Believing- it has now been confirmed that the tour run has been extended into 2016 and will include fou ...

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  • Merlin Award : Best Gospel Magician

    INDIA : Rev Saju Mathew, vicar of Immanuel Mar Thoma Church, Houston, US, has been selected for this year’s covetous Merlin Award instituted by International Magicians Society for the ‘Best Gospel Magician’ category. Dubbed as the Oscar in the field of magic, the award will be given to him in Houston on March 21. This is th ...

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  • Broken Wand : Dean Dill

    Dean Dill was a magician and effects designer who lived and worked in Glendale, California. He appeared on The Tonight Show in November 1990. His performance focused mostly on closeup effects, and he had a particular passion for and expertise in coin magic. He created and marketed a number of effects, including "Dean's Box, ...

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  • Broken Wand : Rene Levand

    Héctor René Lavandera, usually known as René Lavand (24 September 1928 – 7 February 2015), was a magician from Argentina specialising in close-up performance. He appeared in Ed Sullivan's and Johnny Carson's television shows as well as shows at Hollywood's Magic Castle. After losing a hand at the age of 9 in a car crash, La ...

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  • Joshua Jay’s Apartment Profiled

    Bondage devices have a casual place in Joshua Jay’s studio apartment in Chelsea. Right there, out in the open, you can see metal thumb restraints, handcuffs of every ilk and a full-body straitjacket with leather straps. “I guess I never realized how many sex toys we have around here,” said Anna Kloots, 25, Mr. Jay’s fiancée ...

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  • Magician Michael Jordan Back on Stage

    A Huddersfield magician who delighted a member of the Royal family with his illusions is coming home. Michael Jordan is bringing his High Jinx magic and Illusion show to the Lawrence Batley Theatre during the February half term holiday. And he is doing so with his new wife Tamsyn, who he married in November after working wi ...

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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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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