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Ellusionist

  • AT&T Wireless GoPhone Plans
    AT&T is the dominant force in American telecommunications and the second largest cell phone service provider in the United States. As innovative as it is successful, AT&T was the first cell phone operator to provide support for GSM, GPRS and the iPho…
    - 31 May 18, 12:41am -
  • Cheap Cell Phone Plans – Something for Everyone
    Choosing cheap cell phone plans to sound simple at first. But it may be a daunting task when you are shopping around. Finding some cellular plan according to your requirements is a complicated task. The question starts with – feature phone or sma…
    - 31 May 18, 12:40am -

iTricks News

  • newLooking At The Session 2020 With Steve Faulkner
    We still haven’t found any great summaries of the Society of American Magicians convention in Las Vegas (it did only end yesterday), but we did find Steve Faulkner’s day by day review of The Session 2020. Here is the first; you can see the next t…
    - 11 hours ago, 22 Jan 20, 2:48pm -
  • newBen Hanson’s Dancing On Ice Magic
    Ben Hanlin is competing on the current season of ITV’s Dancing On Ice… which as far as we know is like Dancing With The Stars, except on ice. This segment does not show is slick skating moves, though… it features his magic.
    - 16 hours ago, 22 Jan 20, 9:11am -
  • newActor Michael Campion Shows His Magic Skills
    Michael Campion is young actor best known for playing Candace Cameron Bure’s son on Fuller House but in this segment from BeondTV he reveals he is also a magician.
    - 21 hours ago, 22 Jan 20, 4:40am -
  • Are “Danger Acts” Magic?
    Miki Dark made an appearance on last night’s edition of America’s Got Talent: The Champions, although he did not do well enough in the judgement of the “superfans” to proceed to the next round. While acts of this variety have been branded “…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Jan 20, 3:17pm -
  • The Oklahoman Visits With Rob Lake
    The Parties Extra web series from The Oklahoman featured Rob Lake on its most recent edition. The segment is a bit long (a little over 15 minutes) so you may have to give it a second or two to load.
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jan 20, 9:50am -
  • Ben Hart On AGT: TC
    Last night’s episode of America’s Got Talent: The Champions saw magic in the form of Britain’s Got Talent alum Ben Hart. He presented a classic effect but it seemed to underwhelm judges, who did not share Ben’s “magic does not always have t…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jan 20, 4:36am -
  • Justin Willman On Fallon, Blaine On YouTube And More [Magic Bulletin]
    Justin Willman (Magic For Humans, Netflix) dropped by NBC’s Tonight Show last Friday just to teach Jimmy Fallon a little magic. It is a holiday in the US honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, so we are taking the rest of the day off after we fill in…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Jan 20, 4:23am -
  • Shin Lim On Tonight With Cassidy
    Shin Lim was featured on Portland KGW8′s Tonight With Cassidy… and by featured we mean he stopped by to answer a few questions and perform some magic.
    - 5 days ago, 17 Jan 20, 2:51pm -
  • Kellie Clarkson Does A Not Magic Trick
    This is not a magic trick, even though it is almost presented as one in movies and TV. It is, as Kellie Clarkson’s guest points out, physics. But what the heck? Let’s celebrate a little physics with this clip from The Kellie Clarkson Show.
    - 6 days ago, 17 Jan 20, 9:36am -
  • Eddie McColl On Mallugic
    Mallugic is an Indian YouTube page dedicated to magic and it’s vastest video features a visit with Scottish magician Eddie McColl.
    - 6 days ago, 17 Jan 20, 4:23am -

The Double Deal - Card Magic Blog

  • The Jerx – Best Thinker in Magic Today
    I am a huge fan of The Jerx. http://www.thejerx.com/ I thought I would just log back in here and pass on the recommendation. Hopefully Kevin won’t mind! But I still have access to this site from my time spent posting on here a few years ago under t…
    - 29 Sep 17, 5:13pm -
  • The Journeyman Issue 3
    It’s been a while but issue 3 is now available, contents on the page above. This issues contains a contribution from one of my mentors in magic – Roger Curzon from Sheffield.  I also explore a new switch, a version of Gemini twins using any name…
    - 23 Oct 16, 4:41pm -
  • Magic Quote #9
    Simplicity is the keynote of every worthwhile effect in magic.  Paul Le Paul, The Card Magic of Le Paul
    - 16 Oct 16, 5:00pm -
  • Magic Quotes #8
    But it is well known that if magicians in general would pay more attention to the presentation of tricks they are using instead of continually looking for ‘something new’ they would be much better off —- and so would magic.  Theo Annemann, 193…
    - 25 Aug 16, 10:25am -
  • Coin in pack
    A card is selected from the pack, remembered, returned and the pack placed on the table. A 2 pence piece is shown and vanished. The spectator then cuts the pack and the coin is found somewhere in the centre right next to the selected card.  A lovely…
    - 24 Aug 16, 10:16am -
  • Card games
    So I’ve almost finished my time in India volunteering at a children’s home and playing cards have featured a lot over the last couple if months. As well as teaching them magic I’ve also been playing a lot of card games and it got me to wonderin…
    - 4 Aug 16, 2:24pm -
  • Magic Quotes #7
    No wonder wives and mothers tire of magic. They are always the first upon whom a new one is in- flicted. Besides, they invariably see them before it has been perfectly learned, and catching them call it all very silly. A man invariably tells of his…
    - 1 Aug 16, 8:53am -
  • Coincidence tricks
    I have a thing for tricks where the cards are thoroughly shuffled yet somehow the laws of chance are bent and strange coincidences occur; cards repeatedly match, order is produced etc.  My favourite is a Wayne Dobson trick the name and source of whi…
    - 30 Jul 16, 2:00am -
  • Alex Elmsley – The Mexican Prediction
    So I’ve been playing around with the Mexican turnover recently when trying to solve a card problem using dice and also a mentalism routine. I remembered this trick from The Complete Works of Alex Elmsley volume 2 which uses the move but in an incre…
    - 29 Jul 16, 2:00am -
  • Peter Duffie’s Card Compulsions – Digitized
    Five years ago I posted about this excellent book and now it’s been released as a pdf file available via Peter Duffies’ website. Highly recommended reading for anyone interested in card magic; it contains very strong material with clever methodo…
    - 27 Jul 16, 4:50am -

The Merchant of Magic Blog

  • Which Fire Wallet Is Right For You?

    Which Fire Wallet Is Right For You?

    Would you like to be able to open your wallet, take out a £10 note, business card or playing card, and suddenly huge flames erupt from your wallet. As soon as you close up your wallet, the flames vanish and when you open it again there’s nothing t…
    - 96 days ago, 18 Oct 19, 4:21pm -
  • Moments By Ravi Mayar – Free Download

    Moments By Ravi Mayar – Free Download

      Borrow a person’s phone and vanish all their apps! It doesn’t get any more personal then that! Cause a person to forget their name and then the card they are holding! There is something here for everyone, a variety of effects that you can add…
    - 5 Aug 19, 6:31pm -
  • How to Prevent Magic Burnout

    How to Prevent Magic Burnout

    We’ve all seen it happen… You introduce a friend to the fascinating world of magic tricks, and they get HOOKED. Suddenly, they’re pulling out a deck of cards everywhere you go. They’re practicing their double lifts on the bus, perfecting thei…
    - 21 Feb 19, 11:51am -
  • The Best Magic Tricks of 2018 – 2019

    The Best Magic Tricks of 2018 – 2019

    The Best Magic Tricks of 2018 – 2019 Every year it seems that the standard of magic being released is getting better and better. More innovation and time is being spent to bring top quality, useable magic to market. 2018 has been no exception. We…
    - 4 Feb 19, 11:38am -
  • How To Make Money Doing Magic

    How To Make Money Doing Magic

    Magic is an awesome hobby—and for a lot of us, the enjoyment we get out of it is more than enough to keep us satisfied! But did you know that there are actually a lot of creative ways you could earn money through magic? Here are three simple ways y…
    - 30 Jan 19, 10:17am -
  • Top Three Trick Decks For Beginners

    Top Three Trick Decks For Beginners

    Sleight of hand is great. But sometimes, it’s nice to have one or two tricks in our repertoire that don’t take ANY difficult moves. It’s even better when these easy tricks are some of the most powerful effects your spectator will ever see. This…
    - 29 Jan 19, 9:13am -
  • How Magicians Create A Winning Atmosphere For Magic

    How Magicians Create A Winning Atmosphere For Magic

      Arthur writes: So my question is: How do I set the atmosphere to “magic is an art, enjoy” and not to “I bet you can’t catch me”?   This is a GREAT question. In fact, I’ve been waiting for an excuse to write about it for absolutely age…
    - 15 Jan 19, 7:30am -
  • How to Stand Out as a Magician

    How to Stand Out as a Magician

    Here’s a question from one of our readers, James: “What is that ONE magic trick that will make me stand out?”   I’m so glad I’ve got a chance to address this question. I see it a lot; and the answer might either be a really frustrating one…
    - 12 Dec 18, 5:47pm -
  • The Complete Guide To Buying A Magic Wallet

    The Complete Guide To Buying A Magic Wallet

    We recently received this question from one of our readers, Mike: “There are so many different magic wallets on the market, that I don’t know which one to buy. Actually, I mostly like the small wallets cause they look minimalist. I want to buy a…
    - 22 Nov 18, 8:57am -
  • Magicians Subtleties – How To Convince Your Audience

    Magicians Subtleties – How To Convince Your Audience

    Today I want to talk about a topic that has been on my mind for a while now. It’s a technique of magic that I’ve found tends to be used instinctively by a lot of people who don’t actually realize they’re doing it. This technique is the perfec…
    - 21 Nov 18, 11:01am -

Wild About Harry

  • newGo WILD for Houdini on Facebook

    Go WILD for Houdini on Facebook

    Did you know WILD ABOUT HARRY has several pages on Facebook? This is because I'm a nut. Also, it's a nice way to follow just that aspect of Houdini's life and career that you find most interesting. My most recent addition is Houdini Illustrated. Here…
    - 13 hours ago, 22 Jan 20, 12:21pm -
  • Lifting the lid on Sergeant Houdini

    Lifting the lid on Sergeant Houdini

    In my recent Houdini in 1920 post I mentioned an imitator who called himself "Sergeant Houdini" and who toured with a wresting troupe in Canada. Now here's a look at the elusive sergeant himself inside his Milk Can. This comes from the Saskatoon Dai…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jan 20, 10:26am -
  • Bahl Yahn the Strong Man. A Good Night Story by Harry Houdini

    Bahl Yahn the Strong Man. A Good Night Story by Harry Houdini

    One of the more curious and unknown aspects of Houdini's career is that he published several works of short fiction. The first of these stories, "Bahl Yahn the Strong Man," appeared in the May 26, 1907 edition of the New York Sunday World. It was the…
    - 3 days ago, 19 Jan 20, 3:30pm -
  • Houdini lives in 'American Dreams'

    Houdini lives in 'American Dreams'

    Houdini, Bess, and even Jim Collins play roles in the new comic series American Dreams written and created by Daniel Kalban. The series is two issues deep and can purchased in digital and print editions from publisher Short Fuse. Here's a descript…
    - 5 days ago, 18 Jan 20, 10:15am -
  • LINK: Houdini - Down on the Farm

    LINK: Houdini - Down on the Farm

    Chuck Romano at My Magic Uncle has shared a story about how Houdini found farmers "harder to fool than city people." This was a story that ran widely in the months after Houdini died, but the article Chuck found is from 1925 and has something that I'…
    - 5 days ago, 17 Jan 20, 2:26pm -
  • Sean Doran is searching for Houdini at Niagara Falls

    Sean Doran is searching for Houdini at Niagara Falls

    Here's something exciting. Sean Doran, who attended last year's Official Houdini Seance in Niagara Falls (and sent us photos), has decided to take up the task of finding some of the locations for Houdini's 1922 film The Man From Beyond. And he's of…
    - 7 days ago, 16 Jan 20, 11:18am -
  • A Winchester Mystery House mystery...solved?

    A Winchester Mystery House mystery...solved?

    I'm always on the lookout for any mention of Houdini's visit to the famous Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, CA. This is mainly because no one, not even the museum itself, has ever been able to nail down the exact date of his visit. For me, this…
    - 8 days ago, 14 Jan 20, 4:27pm -
  • Revisit Houdini's Conjurers Monthly Magazine No. 1

    Revisit Houdini's Conjurers Monthly Magazine No. 1

    Our friend Jack Coray has taken on an exciting project at his recently revived blog Houdini & Hardeen. Jack is deep diving into every issue of Houdini's Conjurers' Monthly Magazine, which ran from September 1906 to August 1908. There's gold in these…
    - 9 days ago, 13 Jan 20, 1:57pm -
  • Let her out!

    Let her out!

    Click to enlarge.PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is running an ad showing UK celebrity Charlotte Crosby trapped inside a "Houdini style" tank. The ad takes aim at SeaWorld and means to highlight concerns about confining marine ma…
    - 10 days ago, 12 Jan 20, 8:03pm -
  • The A&E Houdini Biography

    The A&E Houdini Biography

    For some reason I'm feeling nostalgic for the documentary Houdini: The Great Escape, which first appeared as part of the popular A&E Biography series in 1994. But this doc, which was once so ubiquitous, is now among the hardest to see (unless you hel…
    - 11 days ago, 11 Jan 20, 3:57pm -

Stone Cold Magic Magazine

  • Bad Medicine

    Bad Medicine

    Introduction I’ve been obsessed with the object to impossible location plot for as long as I can remember. Over the years, I’ve figured out ways to get stuff into sealed Twinkies, 35mm film rolls, a card box the spectator has been holding from th…
    - 20 Dec 14, 2:07am -
  • Lost in Translation – Know Your Audience 4

    Lost in Translation – Know Your Audience 4

    Ahhhh. The wonderful art that is translation. When I released my DVD Stone Cold Magic in 2007, there were some exciting and quite funny moments. I just found a website that I believe is Chinese. At the bottom of the site was a “blurb” written in…
    - 20 Dec 14, 2:04am -
  • Magic That Will Make You Cry

    Magic That Will Make You Cry

    True astonishment is a thing of beauty when it is properly captured. Dean Dill is one man who has captured it. Mr. Dill’s coin magic is clean, simple, slow, deliberate and down-right majestic. As silly as this may sound, I am moved to tears often b…
    - 20 Dec 14, 2:03am -
  • Billwarp

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    - 20 Nov 14, 2:07am -
  • Heckler Smacker – Know Your Audience 3

    Heckler Smacker – Know Your Audience 3

    The past two months, were brief stories about experiences from past gigs that had a lesson to be learned. This month is yet another. The lesson is still about knowing your audience. In this case, I happened to have an audience that was pretty laid ba…
    - 20 Nov 14, 2:04am -
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