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  • Contract Or Pay As You Go - Which Way For You?
    When buying a mobile phone, there are any number of questions you need to ask yourself. Do you want all the latest gadgets included, or are you happy with a basic model. Do you want a phone that can fit in your shirt pocket, or are you…
    - 11 Feb 17, 7:10am -

iTricks News

  • newColin Cloud On AGT Judges’ Cuts
    Colin Cloud tapped into a very sound strategy for America’s Got Talent judges and used Mel B. as his volunteer for his most recent performance. It was enough to get him passed on to the next round. Kyle Eschen and Xavier Mortimer both ended their r…
    - 4 hours ago, 26 Jul 17, 10:42am -
  • newNate Staniforth Visits New Day NW
    /div> Nate Staniforth is out on tour and stopped by Seattle’s New Day NW to promote his Real Magic Tour. Check his other dates on his website.
    - 9 hours ago, 26 Jul 17, 5:45am -
  • newShawn Farquhar On Masters Of Illusion
    Shawn Farquhar posted this appearance from this season of Masters Of Illusion on his YouTube page. You can see more of Shawn over on his website.
    - 23 hours ago, 25 Jul 17, 4:00pm -
  • Nate Bargatze On The Tonight Show
    Nate Bargatze might not be a magician but his father Steven Bargatze is so we’ll always support Nate! This was Nate on NBC’s The Tonight Show the other day; you can see more of him on his website (including links to his new Netflix special).
    - 1 day ago, 25 Jul 17, 11:02am -
  • Houdini, Lovecraft, In & Of Itself Intrigue, Shaq and More! [Magic Bulletin]
    Shaq illusions featuring @cole_connor555 @jessica_k_connor and my main man Kash Connor @chrisangelofficial can't even do that A post shared by DR. SHAQUILLE O'NEAL Ed.D. (@shaq) on Jul 22, 2017 at 11:24am PDT Shaq’s Instagram magic trick was easily…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Jul 17, 6:07am -
  • Alchemy Insiders’ 2017 IBM-SAM Highlights
    Alchemy Insiders producers magic effects; you can visit their site here. They just posted their 3 minute summary of their time at the 2017 combined convention… just a little tease for all of us that couldn’t make it! We’ve mentioned the combine…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jul 17, 4:00pm -
  • The Taj Mahal Of Coin Acts
    565 wide 319 high Earlier today we passed along a report that John Shable has purchased an armored car to transport his coin act. We thought we’d share part of that act with you. From John’s own YouTube page comes his Taj Mahal of Coin Acts. See…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jul 17, 11:00am -
  • Burton! King! Cosentino! More! [Magic Bulletin]
    Let’s kick off the morning with Kentucky’s own dynamic duo Mac King and Lance Burton at the recent big convention down in Louisville. Mac King tells a story that is technically maybe NSFW but there isn’t foul language… It was posted by Bret S…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jul 17, 6:10am -
  • Z*Stonish On KSFY

    - 5 days ago, 21 Jul 17, 2:00pm -
  • Leon The Magician’s Table Tennis Trickery
    Leon the Magician – Disappearing Table Tennis Table from Leon Thomson on Vimeo. Not familiar with the work of Leon the Magician, but we thought this was a pretty slick video and very novel. You can see more of Leon over on his official website.
    - 5 days ago, 21 Jul 17, 12:00pm -

The Double Deal - Card Magic Blog

  • The Journeyman Issue 3

    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

    Magic Quote #9

    Simplicity is the keynote of every worthwhile effect in magic.  Paul Le Paul, The Card Magic of Le PaulFiled under: Quotes
    - 16 Oct 16, 5:00pm -
  • Magic Quotes #8

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 -
  • Issue 2 – AVAILABLE

    Issue 2 – AVAILABLE


    - 22 Jul 16, 5:26am -

The Merchant of Magic Blog

  • How to Approach Strangers – Self Confident Magicians Do These 3 Things

    How to Approach Strangers – Self Confident Magicians Do These 3 Things

    Magicians are a funny lot… We take the NUMBER ONE fear that most people have: Public Speaking, and do it for fun!?! Madness.. How do magicians overcome the fear and nervousness (often called Approach Anxiety) associated with talking to strangers…
    - 6 days ago, 20 Jul 17, 10:43am -
  • How Do Magicians Repeat Magic Tricks To Groups Close To Each Other?

    How Do Magicians Repeat Magic Tricks To Groups Close To Each Other?

    We received this email from a magician worried about doing the same magic tricks to different groups that are close together at a gig. My name is Rodrigo, I’m 27, from Brazil. I’m enjoying your magic blog and Dominic’s videos very much, it’s…
    - 11 days ago, 15 Jul 17, 7:30pm -
  • SPIRALED Review – Behind the Curtains at MoM

    SPIRALED Review – Behind the Curtains at MoM

      David unboxes Spiraled by Jimmy Strange Spiraled Review   In this week’s product review we look at Spiraled by Jimmy Strange. The effect is simple, you show a sharpie pen, then twist it in a magical way right at your fingertips. Jimmy teaches a…
    - 20 days ago, 6 Jul 17, 9:01am -
  • How Do Magicians Approach People With Confidence?

    How Do Magicians Approach People With Confidence?

    By Dominic Reyes Magicians approach people with confidence.. Right? They are in show business, entertainers.. So why don’t YOU feel like that when you walk up to a group of strangers and start to show them your magic? Here’s a simple thing you c…
    - 28 days ago, 28 Jun 17, 2:38pm -
  • Magicians Training – Bottom Up Vs Top Down

    Magicians Training – Bottom Up Vs Top Down

      Jim Writes: Right now I’m struggling to progress with my magicians training…  I feel like I’ve hit a wall with the sleight of hand. I’m working on The Pass but I know people dedicate a lifetime to that and never feel they’ve mastered it…
    - 29 days ago, 27 Jun 17, 11:49am -
  • I’m Shy Doing Magic Tricks For Friends

    I’m Shy Doing Magic Tricks For Friends

        I asked Scott: What are you struggling with right now? Here’s how he replied: I’m an older guy, but a beginner magician. In my professional life, I present material in front of crowds and run meetings all day long – and fearlessly. But,…
    - 54 days ago, 2 Jun 17, 6:44pm -
  • Openers – 3 Recommended Card Magic Tricks

    Openers – 3 Recommended Card Magic Tricks

    Card magic tricks can be an excellent choice for the first trick you perform for your spectators. The first magic trick is often called an ‘opener’ by magicians. The card magic tricks to use as openers need to have several important qualities: T…
    - 58 days ago, 29 May 17, 4:29pm -
  • Why You Should Learn Self Working Card Tricks

    Why You Should Learn Self Working Card Tricks

    You want to be working on your core skill set of sleights, but you also need some great magic effects that you can learn quickly so you can start performing right away. Building your abilities as a magician is not about mastering knuckle busting move…
    - 58 days ago, 29 May 17, 3:54pm -
  • Best Valentines Day Magic Tricks for Couples

    Best Valentines Day Magic Tricks for Couples

    These are the magic tricks well recommend to perform for Valentines Day. When selecting these tricks, we consulted a wide range of professional magicians, and asked them which magic tricks they used for couples. A wide range of magic tricks were sugg…
    - 58 days ago, 29 May 17, 1:24pm -
  • The 3 Card Tricks Every Magician Should Learn

    The 3 Card Tricks Every Magician Should Learn

      2876 magicians were asked to recommend just 3 magic card tricks they thought every magician should learn. Choosing magic card tricks can be very confusing. These are so many card tricks to choose from and they all have different results and level…
    - 59 days ago, 28 May 17, 6:46pm -

Wild About Harry

  • newHear a snippet of unreleased Houdini voice recording

    Hear a snippet of unreleased Houdini voice recording

    Homer Liwag recently toured David Copperfield's amazing magic collection in Las Vegas for Alumni Spotlight. This video is worth watching no matter what, but what makes it extra special is we get to hear snippets of Houdini's voice NOT heard in the av…
    - 1 hour ago, 26 Jul 17, 1:48pm -
  • Real Science Adventures collected edition released

    Real Science Adventures collected edition released

    A collected edition of Brian Clevinger's Real Science Adventures: Billion Dollar Plot, a graphic novel that features Houdini in action beside Nikola Tesla, Charles Fort, Annie Oakley and others, is released today by Atomic Robo.A cabal of indust…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Jul 17, 10:28am -
  • Museum will search for Nicola's vanishing elephant

    Museum will search for Nicola's vanishing elephant

    Next month The Warren County History Museum in Monmouth, Illinois will us high-tech radar equipment to search for the remains of "Nizzie," the vanishing elephant used by The Great Nicola in the 1930s. The search for Nizzie is part of an early promoti…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jul 17, 6:44pm -
  • Comic Con: The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini

    Comic Con: The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini

    Here's some Houdini news from the San Diego Comic Con. Titan Comics and Hard Case Crime have announced the new graphic novel Minky Woodcock: The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini by Cynthia Von Buhler. The first issue will be released November 8, 2017. Co…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Jul 17, 10:57am -
  • Houdini at Comic Con (in 2005)

    Houdini at Comic Con (in 2005)

    This weekend is the annual pop culture juggernaut San Diego Comic Con. I used to attend the convention each year, and in 2005 I was thrilled to stumble on this large advertisement for what turned out to be the 2007 book Houdini The Handcuff King by…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Jul 17, 4:43pm -
  • BUYER BEWARE: USD presentation piece on eBay

    BUYER BEWARE: USD presentation piece on eBay

    A rare brass presentation piece commemorating the first public performance of Houdini's Water Torture Cell is currently being auctioned on eBay. It's now up to $3,500 with 64 bids. However, something fishy might be going on here.There are three kn…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Jul 17, 10:25pm -
  • Criss Angel joins Houdini on the Walk of Fame

    Criss Angel joins Houdini on the Walk of Fame

    Magician Criss Angel received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame yesterday. I admit I'm not a follower of Angel's work, but I do like that he's an open admirer of Houdini and repeatedly pays tribute to the escape king, whether it be a Houdini motor…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Jul 17, 10:21am -
  • LINK: Houdini's circus wagons in Budapest

    LINK: Houdini's circus wagons in Budapest

    Philip Treece at CollectingMagic.co.uk recently ran across two Houdini circus wagons in Budapest, one sporting the Welsh Bros name. Where did these come from? Click the headline to find out.Related:When the Welsh Bros. came to townMaking the H…
    - 6 days ago, 20 Jul 17, 4:21pm -
  • 'The Queen of Budapest' reigns in October

    'The Queen of Budapest' reigns in October

    The third book in Vivianne Perret's French language "Houdini Magicien & Détective" series, La Reine de Budapest ("The Queen of Budapest"), is due for release on October 4, 2017. It can be pre-ordered now at the French Amazon.fr. Amazon does not y…
    - 6 days ago, 20 Jul 17, 11:33am -
  • Alan Davies Houdini doc airs July 28 in the UK

    Alan Davies Houdini doc airs July 28 in the UK

    The well-made 2014 documentary The Magic of Houdini with Alan Davies will air on PBS America and SKY 534 in the UK on Friday, July 28 at 9PM. It then repeats at 12:00 AM and 4:00 AM on July 29.In The Magic of Houdini, comedian Alan Davies travels…
    - 8 days ago, 18 Jul 17, 10:11pm -

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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