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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

  • newFinishing Our Magic Tour In London
    We started Video Friday with a magician from another time and then took a street magic tour around the world, coming to an end with young magician Ray Vibes on the streets of London. Have a great, and safe, weekend everyone!
    - 6 hours ago, 24 Sep 20, 4:06pm -
  • newStreet Magic Morocco
    This video from Charaf Magician continues our tour around the world with a little magician phone unlocking in Morocco.
    - 9 hours ago, 24 Sep 20, 1:01pm -
  • newStreet Magic Sri Lanka
    Let’s get a look at magic in Sri Lanka with Episode 7 of Day WIth A Magician from Dark Reveal Studios. It is not in English, but you’ll be able to follow along. Besides, it is good to know I am not the only going practicing sleight of hand while…
    - 11 hours ago, 24 Sep 20, 10:49am -
  • newRichard Preston’s Coin Magic
    We’ll let Stuart MacDonald’s pal Richard Preston get our Friday started with some coin magic.
    - 17 hours ago, 24 Sep 20, 5:29am -
  • Max Major Talks AGT
    Max Major (and then singer Celina) discuss their experiences on America’s Got Talent with the official AGT YouTube page… which pretty much brings our coverage of this season of AGT to a close.
    - 1 day ago, 23 Sep 20, 3:42pm -
  • Competition Magic From HK Magic School
    This video from the Hong Kong Magic School features student Hilary in her first competition, the Hong Kong Talent Competition, which she apparently won. Congratulations Hilary!
    - 1 day ago, 23 Sep 20, 10:59am -
  • Brett Loudermilk Reflects On AGT Experience
    Brett Loudermilk (and in the second part dance group W.A.F.F.L.E. Crew) talk about their experiences on this season of America’s Got Talent for the official AGT YouTube Page.
    - 2 days ago, 23 Sep 20, 5:39am -
  • Stuart MacDonald At The Car Dealer
    Stuart MacDonald has added several videos to his YouTube page… including this one. The most interesting thing might be in the description where he writes “I used to own a public broadcast station..!” How cool is that?
    - 2 days ago, 22 Sep 20, 3:12pm -
  • Cosentino Brings The Magic To Reality TV
    So the Got Talent franchise is not the only chance to get magic on a reality show as Cosentino shows in this clip for a recent clip of the Australian version of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. That one is not still airing in the US, is it? iTri…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Sep 20, 10:42am -
  • Jon Dorenbos On Real Sports
    HBO has released this clip of the feature on Jon Dorenbos from Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.
    - 3 days ago, 22 Sep 20, 5:30am -

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…
    - 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

  • newLINK: Beer vat escape and other Houdini tricks in Buffalo, 1900-1925

    LINK: Beer vat escape and other Houdini tricks in Buffalo, 1900-1925

    The Buffalo News has a well-researched article today by Steve Cichon about Houdini's appearances in that city from 1900 to 1925. Click the headline to have a read.Houdini actually did have some pre-1900 Buffalo engagements (1893, 1896, 1898). He even…
    - 7 hours ago, 24 Sep 20, 3:12pm -
  • Another reason to question the 'convict in cuffs' story

    Another reason to question the 'convict in cuffs' story

    We've all read the story of how young Ehrich Weiss apprenticed to a locksmith in Appleton, Wisconsin. One day the sheriff came in with a convict in handcuffs for which he had lost the key. It was left to Ehrich to file the cuffs off the scowling man…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Sep 20, 11:09am -
  • Q The Automaton to make you crazy

    Q The Automaton to make you crazy

    Yes, this is an actual Q The Automaton working toy from Houdini's The Master Mystery. Yes, these are made to be sold and even come in assorted colors. And, no, I have no idea how to buy one! And I need it! I need Q!!!! Everything I know comes from a…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Sep 20, 11:07am -
  • 'Houdini the Great' street opera in Milan, Sept. 26

    'Houdini the Great' street opera in Milan, Sept. 26

    Houdini the Great, a street opera by Andy Pape, will be presented in the courtyard of Case Società Umanitaria, Via Solari 40, in Milan, Italy, on Saturday, September 26 at 8pm. From what I gather by running this page through Google Translate, Houdin…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Sep 20, 11:08am -
  • The Chaplin-Keaton-Lloyd (and Houdini!) alley

    The Chaplin-Keaton-Lloyd (and Houdini!) alley

    Our great friend John Bengtson who runs the phenomenal blog Silent Locations has mounted an official campaign to name the the famous alley off Cahuenga near Hollywood Blvd. the "Chaplin-Keaton-Lloyd Alley". This is in tribute to the three masters of…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Sep 20, 10:57am -
  • A dog before Charlie?

    A dog before Charlie?

    Over the past several weeks I've been deep diving into The British Newspaper Archive seeking dates and data for my New Houdini Chronology. Along the way I've stumbled on some interesting tidbits, such as the below from the Manchester Evening News on…
    - 5 days ago, 19 Sep 20, 11:53am -
  • Houdini on HUNK

    Houdini on HUNK

    This week I had the great pleasure of being interviewed on the popular podcast HUNK with Mike Bridenstine. It's episode 38 and it's called, yep, HOUDINI! I'm especially excited to see myself animated alongside fellow guests Kenny DeForest, Kara Klenk…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Sep 20, 2:21pm -
  • No sale for The House of Houdini in Budapest

    No sale for The House of Houdini in Budapest

    David Merlini has turned down an offer of $18.6 million for his House of Houdini museum in Budapest and the rights to Houdini's name. The offer came from private investment fund CCV (Centurion Capital Ventures). David posted the news on The House of…
    - 7 days ago, 17 Sep 20, 11:02am -
  • d'ILLUSION- The Houdini Musical

    d'ILLUSION- The Houdini Musical

    d'ILLUSION- The Houdini Musical is an "Audio Theater Experience" featuring Julian R. Decker as Houdini, Quiana Holmes as (the first black) Bess, Rico LeBron as Hardeen, and Ben Toomer as Martin Beck. Below is a description and trailer from the offici…
    - 8 days ago, 16 Sep 20, 12:18pm -
  • Mystifier, Fall 2003 (final issue)

    Mystifier, Fall 2003 (final issue)

    Concluding my issue by issue look back at the Mystifier, the newsletter of the Houdini Historical Center that ran from 1991-2003.It seems fitting that the final issue of the Mystifier consists of a single article about Houdini's Last Will and Test…
    - 9 days ago, 15 Sep 20, 10:29am -

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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