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  • 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

  • newMurray Performing Marvyn Roy’s Effect
    width 560 height 315 A highlight from Penn & Teller: Fool Us featuring Murray Sawchuck performing the piece taught to him by Marvyn Roy in the video we shared with you this morning.
    - 2 hours ago, 2 Jul 20, 11:17am -
  • newMurray And Marvyn
    Murray SawChuck posted this video of Marvyn Roy just yesterday. Marvyn was teaching Murray one of his effects, which Murray then premiered on Penn & Teller: Fool Us.
    - 7 hours ago, 2 Jul 20, 6:14am -
  • newMarvyn Roy: Mr. Electric [Broken Wand]
    It is with sad hearts we announced another broken wand: Marvyn Roy, Mr. Electric, has passed away at the age of 95. You can read more about his life in this Hollywood Reporter story via MSN.
    - 16 hours ago, 1 Jul 20, 9:14pm -
  • newVice News: How Magicians Make Money During Pandemic
    Vice News interviews several familiar faces in their exploration of magicians and the Covid-19 shutdown.
    - 20 hours ago, 1 Jul 20, 4:49pm -
  • Kess The Illusionist On Synergy
    Kess the Illusionist performing on the Trinidad/Tobago television channel Synergy. We are not sure exactly when this was, but it sure looks like a party!
    - 1 day ago, 1 Jul 20, 11:34am -
  • Carl Reiner, Ickle Pickle Brick And Mortar And More [Magic Bulletin]
    Carl Reiner, comedy legend, passed away Monday at the age of 98. Above he performs a magic related with a few other famous writers from Sid Ceasar’s television show. You can read more about Reiner’s amazing career on the ABC News site and if you…
    - 1 day ago, 1 Jul 20, 6:00am -
  • Louis Falanga Broken Wand
    L&L Publishing has announced founder and owner Louis Falanga has passed away. Although he was not a famous performer, you would be very hard pressed to find a serious student of magic in the English speaking world without some book, video or download…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jun 20, 8:18pm -
  • More Penn Promoting Fool Us
    This interview, another which sees Penn Jillette visiting with local news to promote the new season of The CW’s Penn & Teller: Fool Us, is from Charlotte’s WCCB.
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jun 20, 4:39pm -
  • An Illusionist’s Last Day, Circa 1994
    Ken Strong posted this video recently showing what it was like behind the scenes on his last day at the Old Indiana Fun Park as the resident illusionist after three summer seasons performing under the stage name Simon Star. It is from 1994 and undoub…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jun 20, 12:41pm -
  • Fool Us, Eric Anderson Essay And More [Magic Bulletin]
    With Fool Us back on the air, The CW is pulling no punches promoting the new season. They sent Penn himself out to do the local TV rounds to promote last night’s show. The video above is from Arkansas CW KLRT. The Christian Science Monitor posted a…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jun 20, 5:55am -

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

  • Social Distancing For Magicians – After The Covid 19 Lockdown

    Social Distancing For Magicians – After The Covid 19 Lockdown

    The lockdown is slowly ending and things start a slow return to normal… but it’s a ‘new normal’. As magicians resume performing at events, social distancing is going to be a key issue that needs to be planned. Social distancing in one form or…
    - 28 days ago, 4 Jun 20, 10:04am -
  • Coin Box Magic – Free Download

    Coin Box Magic – Free Download

    The Largest Video Course on Okito Coin Box Magic. This FREE video download is nearly four hours long and is packed with sleights, routines, tips, tricks, and ideas using a variety of coin boxes.   It covers the use of many of your favorite coin box…
    - 11 Mar 20, 12:39pm -
  • 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…
    - 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

    The Best Magic Tricks of 2018

    The Best Magic Tricks of 2018 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 have had…
    - 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 -

Wild About Harry

  • newMarvyn Roy "Mr. Electric" dies at 95

    Marvyn Roy "Mr. Electric" dies at 95

    Marvyn Roy, known as "Mr. Electric," died yesterday in Los Angeles at age 95.Roy and his late wife Carol toured with a highly original magic act using light bulbs. Roy even did a version of Houdini's Needles with small electric lights. I recall see…
    - 2 hours ago, 2 Jul 20, 11:13am -
  • newThe Muller Mirror mystery key

    The Muller Mirror mystery key

    On last Sunday's Magic Collectors' Corner ZOOM conference, Roger Dreyer gave a tour of his amazing Houdini Museum of New York at Fantasma Magic (which is now reopened for business). Among the many Houdini treasures Roger showed was a replica of the f…
    - 21 hours ago, 1 Jul 20, 3:49pm -
  • June 2020 in review

    June 2020 in review

    Here's a rundown of posts by category that appeared on WILD ABOUT HARRY this month.Most Viewed PostHollywood home of Bess and Edward Saint for saleHoudini HistoryThis is C. Dundas SlaterThe Heart Is Quicker Than The Eye – the unmade Houdini…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jun 20, 4:32pm -
  • Metamorphosis sculpture reappears in Appleton

    Metamorphosis sculpture reappears in Appleton

    I just received some wonderful news from our friend Tom Boldt in Appleton, Wisconsin. This morning the City of Appleton re-installed Richard C. Wolter's "Metamorphosis" sculpture after a 9-year absence. The sculpture now sits on a pedestrian trail al…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Jun 20, 12:04pm -
  • Houdini's Fort Worth street feats

    Houdini's Fort Worth street feats

    Here are some great photos of Houdini's suspended straitjacket escape from the Star-Telegram Building in Fort Worth on January 13, 1916. This was the first stop of his first tour of Texas. The initial images show Houdni testing the scaffolding in fro…
    - 5 days ago, 27 Jun 20, 6:00pm -
  • Magic Collectors' Corner goes inside the Houdini Museum of New York

    Magic Collectors' Corner goes inside the Houdini Museum of New York

    This Sunday, June 28, the Magic Collectors' Corner weekly ZOOM conference (#11) will again be Houdini-themed. The highlight will be a tour of the recently reopened Houdini Museum of New York by owner Roger Dreyer himself."I look forward to sha…
    - 6 days ago, 26 Jun 20, 7:40pm -
  • Locking down Houdini in Kansas

    Locking down Houdini in Kansas

    Don Creekmore, a lifelong resident of Kansas with a particular interest in the history of the Wichita area, is writing a book about Houdini in the Sunflower State. Don has launched a very well done website showcasing his research and asking for help…
    - 7 days ago, 25 Jun 20, 3:53pm -
  • Houdini in 1907

    Houdini in 1907

    The year 1907 saw Houdini touring free of his handcuff act and image. Exotic challenges now replaced the cuffs and spectacular bridge jumps supplanted jail breaks as his new headline grabbing stunt. It was a year in which he raised his profile and hi…
    - 9 days ago, 23 Jun 20, 4:26pm -
  • HOUDINI on The Jewish Lives Podcast

    HOUDINI on The Jewish Lives Podcast

    The Jewish Lives Podcast is a monthly show hosted by Stanford Storytelling Project veteran Alessandra Wollner. Each episode includes an interview with an acclaimed Jewish Lives author, in this case Adam Begley, author of Houdini: The Elusive American…
    - 10 days ago, 22 Jun 20, 10:40pm -
  • Mystifier, Fall 2002

    Mystifier, Fall 2002

    Continuing my issue by issue look back at the Mystifier, the newsletter of the Houdini Historical Center that ran from 1991-2003.The Fall 2002 Mystifier celebrates the coming of the U.S. Postal Service's First Class Houdini stamp. This was a p…
    - 11 days ago, 21 Jun 20, 10:57am -

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

    Billwarp


    - 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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