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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

  • Atlas Obscura Visits The Famous Tannen’s Magic Shop
    Quick! Name a world famous, historic magic shop! Did you say Tannen’s? Atlas Obscura posted this video featuring the legendary brick and mortar magic store. So, with our head full of brick and mortar dreams, we are calling it a week. Have a great (…
    - 1 day ago, 24 May 19, 4:15pm -
  • Jade’s Chinese New Year Show
    So, I was on YouTube watching lion dance videos from martial arts schools across America (I have other interests besides magic after all) and came across this well shot spectator video of our friend Jade performing at a San Francisco Chinese New Year…
    - 2 days ago, 24 May 19, 12:11pm -
  • Mike Elizalde At The Magic Castle
    Mike Elizalde posted his Magic Castle debut. The close up show was filmed last November and even though it breaks our 15 minute rule (so be warned you might be stretching your coffee break… it runs about 21 minutes) his set is perfect for Video Fri…
    - 2 days ago, 24 May 19, 10:34am -
  • Orlando Auction, Liberty Magic And Science Stuff [Magic Bulletin]
    Toronto magician Sam Pearce has posted his high energy take on the classic linking rings. A nice bit of performance to ease us into Video Friday! If you are in the Orlando area, or at least will be this September, you might want to block off the afte…
    - 2 days ago, 24 May 19, 5:29am -
  • Tonight Is Red Nose Day (Uh… Night)
    /div> While not quite as big in the US as it is in the UK, Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day is here! We can’t promise any magic in NBC’s special tonight, which is described as a mix of comedy and music, but it is a great cause (which you can learn m…
    - 2 days ago, 23 May 19, 3:43pm -
  • Masters Of Illusion 21st Anniversary Special!
    The Masters Of Illusion return to The CW on June 7 but next Friday May 31st there will be a new special celebrating the show’s long. long history. The Masters of Illusion 21st Anniversary Special will be a mix of new pieces and highlights of the sh…
    - 3 days ago, 23 May 19, 10:50am -
  • Jen Kramer, Chattanooga Magic And More [Magic Bulletin]
    Jen Kramer celebrated her first anniversary at the Westgate Cabaret in Las Vegas last month and dropped by the KSNV studios to talk about her show and Vegas magic dreams. Meanwhile, the London Free Press chatted with Darcy Oake as he continues to tou…
    - 3 days ago, 23 May 19, 5:04am -
  • Chris Lengyel On CT Style
    Chris Lengyel visited CT Style yesterday to preview Kids Night at The Bijou Theatre in Bridgeport this Friday.
    - 3 days ago, 22 May 19, 4:17pm -
  • Magician Bikram Turns Election Into Magic Publicity
    India has just held the elections for the Lok Sabha, the lower house of their parliament. Magician Bikram has, as seen above, sealed a box with his election result predictions, which will be opened this Friday.
    - 4 days ago, 22 May 19, 10:31am -
  • Jibrizy, Murray And Posters [Magic Bulletin]
    Jibrizy stopped by the Complex offices to mess with them and star in their latest Life At Complex installment. In related news, Jibrizy is branching out from magic to release an album. You can hear his music over on SoundCloud. MEA WorldWide caught u…
    - 4 days ago, 22 May 19, 5:21am -

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

  • 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 doublelifts on the bus, perfecting their…
    - 93 days ago, 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 -
  • TINT by Arief Nugroho Magic Review – IS IT ANY GOOD?

    TINT by Arief Nugroho Magic Review – IS IT ANY GOOD?

    Here’s what the official TINT by Arief Nugroho product description says: You show a deck of cards in its box – and then, all of a sudden the case changes colour – on both of it’s sides! TINT allows you to do a colour change with your playing…
    - 14 Nov 18, 10:25am -
  • How To Be Prepared to Perform Magic in ANY Situation

    How To Be Prepared to Perform Magic in ANY Situation

    We’ve all been there. You’re meeting someone for the first time, and they find out you’re a magician. What do they do? Well, nine times out of ten, they say ‘show me a trick!’. Great. The only problem is, you’ve left your favorite EXPENSI…
    - 5 Nov 18, 10:49am -

Wild About Harry

  • newMystifier, Fourth Quarter 1997

    Mystifier, Fourth Quarter 1997

    Continuing my issue by issue look back at the Mystifier, the newsletter of the Houdini Historical Center that ran from 1991-2003.The Fourth Quarter 1997 Mystifier begins with the first article by new curator Margaret A. Ehr. In it, she addresses…
    - 13 hours ago, 25 May 19, 11:08am -
  • Eric Olsen on restoring the Water Torture Cell

    Eric Olsen on restoring the Water Torture Cell

    Here's an interview with Eric Olsen who worked with John Gaughan on the two restorations of Houdini's Water Torture Cell. The first was in 1991 to refurbish it. The second was to rebuild it after the catastrophic Houdini Magical Hall of Fame fire in…
    - 2 days ago, 24 May 19, 11:18am -
  • Sorry if I've not answered your email

    Sorry if I've not answered your email

    Just wanted to say I'm sorry if you've sent me an email and I've not responded. My real-world work is keeping me very busy, and keeping up with the blog is sometimes all I can do (and even that has been a challenge this month). I'll do my best to an…
    - 2 days ago, 24 May 19, 1:28am -
  • Houdini en el barrio

    Houdini en el barrio

    Houdini en el barrio is a short cartoon from Chile that features Houdini working his magic alongside a group of young people. At least that's what I think is going on. There might also be time travel involved. You can watch or download the short at…
    - 3 days ago, 23 May 19, 11:54am -
  • When Houdini entered politics

    When Houdini entered politics

    Today it is common to hear Houdini's name used to either support or attack a political idea or candidate. Houdini's name has become a quiver in the bag of politicians and journalists around the world. That is what makes this November 5, 1916 item fro…
    - 4 days ago, 22 May 19, 10:31am -
  • The Grim Game is a hit on Terror Island

    The Grim Game is a hit on Terror Island

    The Catalina Island Museum hosted a 100th Anniversary screening of Houdini's The Grim Game on Friday. The event was a huge success, drawing a standing room only crowd.The original plan was to screen the movie in the museum's outdoor amphitheater, w…
    - 6 days ago, 20 May 19, 10:56am -
  • The Man From Beyond pressbook sells for $780

    The Man From Beyond pressbook sells for $780

    An original pressbook for Houdini's The Man From Beyond sold for $780 (includes buyers premium) at yesterday's Potter & Potter online magic auction.Pressbooks for Houdini's movies are fantastically rare and desirable, especially as they contain ima…
    - 7 days ago, 19 May 19, 11:42am -
  • New French edition of A Magician Among the Spirits

    New French edition of A Magician Among the Spirits

    A new French edition of Houdini's A Magician Among the Spirits has been released by Fantaisium as Un Magicien chez les Médiums. The translation is by François Montmirel.Earlier this year Fantaisium relaesed Houdini's The Right Way to Do Wrong as…
    - 8 days ago, 18 May 19, 10:01am -
  • A Grim Game gem

    A Grim Game gem

    I'm off to Catalina "Terror" Island for the Catalina Island Museum's 100th Anniversary screening of The Grim Game and Silent Film Benefit. The location of the screening has been moved to Overlook Hall at 209 East Whittley in Avalon. The hall was buil…
    - 10 days ago, 16 May 19, 9:42am -
  • When Truth came to the U.S.

    When Truth came to the U.S.

    It was 43 years ago today on May 15, 1976, that the great BBC documentary The Truth About Houdini first aired on American television. Along with several new books and The Great Houdinis, the airing of this first major Houdini documentary in the U.S.…
    - 11 days ago, 15 May 19, 10:54am -

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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