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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

  • newDan Sperry Is Back!
    It has been a rough patch for Dan Sperry the last few weeks… but he is back with a new video and we couldn’t be happier!
    - 2 hours ago, 19 Nov 19, 2:32pm -
  • newMat Franco On Live! With Kelly And Ryan
    Mat Franco visited Live! With Kelly And Ryan yesterday to help kick off their week in Las Vegas. Criss Angel is scheduled to appear on tomorrow’s show. Check your local listings.
    - 7 hours ago, 19 Nov 19, 9:15am -
  • newWillman’s Netflix Return, Houdini And More [Magic Bulletin]
    Justin Willman’s Magic For Humans is returning to Netflix for its second season next month so we are kicking off our day with the official trailer for the new season! Mental Floss has a piece on 1914 ocean voyage that saw both Theodore Roosevelt an…
    - 13 hours ago, 19 Nov 19, 4:11am -
  • Jon Dorenbos Teams With Ellen In New Web Series
    Jon Dorenbos is busy. Got a new book out and now a new web series for the Ellen Degeneres Show called Let Me In So You Can Win. The official trailer came out last week and the series actually launches today on EllenTube.com.
    - 1 day ago, 18 Nov 19, 1:19pm -
  • Louis Yan Teams With Panasonic
    Hong Kong’s champion magician Louis Yan has teamed with Panasonic for his latest video… we’re pretty sure you won’t need to speak Cantonese to follow the magic.
    - 1 day ago, 18 Nov 19, 9:34am -
  • Shin Lim, Derren Brown And More
    Shin Lim made an appearance on the Tonight Show last Friday… finally a magician doesn’t victimize The Roots and instead freaks out Jimmy. Derren Brown sat down with Fast Company to explain his top four four points for success… on and off stage.…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Nov 19, 4:28am -
  • Valdino Killed In Car Accident [Broken Wand]
    Texas magician Orlando Valdez, who performed as Valdino, was killed Thursday morning in a traffic accident. This coverage is from KRIS TV and the GoFundMe account to help cover funeral expenses can be found here.
    - 2 days ago, 17 Nov 19, 9:30am -
  • TV Magic News And Holiday Specials
    Live! With Kelly And Ryan is heading to Las Vegas next week. If all goes according to plans AGT champion Mat Franco (above, in a recent pick clip he released on youTube) will be making an appearance on the show Monday and Criss Angel is scheduled for…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Nov 19, 4:04pm -
  • Jon Dorenbos On Magic And His Childhood
    Jon Dorenbos is out promoting his new book and he hit CBS Sports Radio recently; in this clip he addresses his tragic childhood and the role magic played in his life.
    - 4 days ago, 15 Nov 19, 12:00pm -
  • NBCLA Profiles Jon Dorenbos
    Hey, iTricksters. Not quite back yet… Jon Dorenbos has a new book out and NBC LA ran this piece on him earlier in the week. We’ll have more of Jon in a bit.
    - 4 days ago, 15 Nov 19, 10:00am -

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…
    - 32 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

  • newHere is that remarkable Houdini mystery footage

    Here is that remarkable Houdini mystery footage

    Earlier this year our friend Leo Hevia discovered 30 minutes of largely unseen Houdini footage buried in a YouTube video of random magic clips. It was an exciting find! A few weeks ago the clip and channel disappeared. It's still not clear who ran th…
    - 5 hours ago, 19 Nov 19, 11:37am -
  • Barcelona's Museum of Chocolate holds Houdini

    Barcelona's Museum of Chocolate holds Houdini

    It's official. You can find Houdini anywhere. He's even hanging around the Museu de la Xocolata (Museum of Chocolate) in Barcelona, Spain. The image used here is from a French Mastery Mystery poster (released 101 years ago today). And, yes, this is…
    - 1 day ago, 18 Nov 19, 11:42am -
  • Houdini is a Historical Hottie

    Houdini is a Historical Hottie

    Here's a fun one. This podcast by sisters Whitney and Lindsey Nelsen assess the overall "hotness" of historical figures. In this episode they rank Houdini and magician Dell O'Dell. I especially enjoyed their discussion of Houdini's physical attractiv…
    - 2 days ago, 17 Nov 19, 1:48pm -
  • My first look at the real Houdini

    My first look at the real Houdini

    Today marks my 44th Houdini birthday. It was on this day in 1975 that I saw the Tony Curtis Houdini biopic for the first time. That lit a flame of curiosity that has never been extinguished. But the truth is I did not immediately rush out and buy a b…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Nov 19, 11:20am -
  • "Houdini & Hardeen" is back online

    "Houdini & Hardeen" is back online

    Great news from the Houdini blogosphere. Jack Coray's Houdini & Hardeen is back! Here's how Jack explained it in his return post:Click to enlarge.Houdini & Hardeen has already clocked some impressive posts, including this post with a pic of H…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Nov 19, 4:15pm -
  • Sneak Peek: The Brave Harry Houdini

    Sneak Peek: The Brave Harry Houdini

    Here's a preview of an episode of Xavier Riddle and The Secret Museum that features a young Houdini. The series airs on PBS Kids.A companion book to this episode will be released in April and can be pre-ordered on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Nov 19, 12:23pm -
  • Mysterious Houdini footage now mysteriously gone

    Mysterious Houdini footage now mysteriously gone

    At the beginning of this year, thirty remarkable minutes of largely unseen Houdini footage appeared on a YouTube channel run by someone called "Sleight of Direction". The clip was titled "Various TV Magic Clips from the US - 1970s to before." The vid…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Nov 19, 12:12pm -
  • Once Upon A Time in Laurel Canyon

    Once Upon A Time in Laurel Canyon

    I really enjoyed the new Quentin Tarantino film Once Upon A Time in Hollywood. Not only because I'm a Tarantino fan, but it depicts a bygone Hollywood that I clearly remember. And now friends have alerted me to a Houdini connection to the film. If yo…
    - 6 days ago, 13 Nov 19, 10:31am -
  • LINK: Harry Houdini made history right here in Kansas City

    LINK: Harry Houdini made history right here in Kansas City

    The Martin City Telegraph has a very well researched article by Diane Euston about Houdini's history in Kansas City. KC was important stop on Houdini's tour, and has the distinction of being the first city to witnesses his suspended straitjacket esca…
    - 7 days ago, 12 Nov 19, 3:36pm -
  • In 1919 Houdini was tied to a cannon for veterans (twice)

    In 1919 Houdini was tied to a cannon for veterans (twice)

    In England in 1911 Houdini accepted a challenge in which he was tied to the mouth of a cannon with a lit fuse. While no photos of this escape have ever surfaced, the cannon challenge is iconic enough to have been depicted in two Houdini biopics. Most…
    - 8 days ago, 11 Nov 19, 11:27am -

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 -
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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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