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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

  • newPBS Features Hudson The Magician
    Lakeland, Minnesota’s PBS profiled Hudson the Magician as part of their In Business series. Magic is actually a second career for Hudson who spent years as a corporate executive before turning his passion into a business.
    - 12 hours ago, 14 Oct 19, 3:53pm -
  • newJames Corden’s Tribute To Magic
    In this Q&A segment from The Late, Late Show last week, host James Corden answers an audience request to perform a little magic and things get a little out of control… Is it really a magic performance? Not really but we do believe James when he pro…
    - 17 hours ago, 14 Oct 19, 10:28am -
  • newLive Magic Around The Country [Magic Bulletin]
    NBC 10 coverage of Miracles & Other Deceptions: The Close Up Magic of Paul Gertner kicks off our day and our week. The Daily Progress covers Denver’s intimate magic experience, Mile High Magic. The weekly show presented by Scotty Wiese only seats a…
    - 22 hours ago, 14 Oct 19, 5:22am -
  • Mime And Magic With Txema Munoz
    Today’s kind of unofficial theme has been “it’s not magic but…” except when we went looking for a mime related video we came up with several, such as Txema Munoz’s performance from a 2018 German magic festival, combining mime and magic. H…
    - 3 days ago, 11 Oct 19, 4:10pm -
  • And Now: Clowns [It Ain't Magic, But...]
    One of BuzzFeed’s latest, and arguably creepiest, videos is this game of “Never Have I Ever…” with clowns. Clowns. It seems you either love them or hate them. On the one hand, one of my best friends and one of the few people in the world I ta…
    - 4 days ago, 11 Oct 19, 1:17pm -
  • A Look At Jimmy Nelson And Friends
    Ventriloquist Jimmy Nelson passed away late last month. Perhaps best known today as the spokesman for Nestle, Jimmy performed with “partners” Danny O’Day and Farfel the Dog on his own show, Ed Sullivan and even as a game show host. This piece o…
    - 4 days ago, 11 Oct 19, 10:28am -
  • A Little Juggling With Oleksandr Usyk [It Ain't Magic, But...]
    Juggling is hard… I still don’t have it down despite trying to learn for decades and every year during International Juggling Month. Oleksandr Usyk makes juggling two balls in each hand look pretty easy. Yeah, he does drop the balls but are you g…
    - 4 days ago, 11 Oct 19, 5:43am -
  • David Copperfield On The BUILD Series
    David Copperfield was a guest on the BUILD Series; the full interview is about 40 minutes. You can see it over on the BUILD YouTube page.
    - 5 days ago, 10 Oct 19, 3:31pm -
  • The Noosa Magician On Wombat
    Sean Tretheway, the Noosa Magician, posted several of his vintage television appearances, including this clip from the Australian Wombat show. See more on his YouTube page.
    - 5 days ago, 10 Oct 19, 10:21am -
  • The Academy Of Amazement Goes Beyond Magic
    The Academy of Amazement promotes character development, communication skills and more through magic classes. In this new video student Angelina demonstrates some of the effects she has learned from the Academy in front of several of the values promo…
    - 5 days ago, 10 Oct 19, 5:29am -

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

  • 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…
    - 70 days ago, 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 -
  • 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 -

Wild About Harry

  • newThe Last Act of Harry Houdini

    The Last Act of Harry Houdini

    The Company O Theatre and The Cockpit in London will present a new play, The Last Act of Harry Houdini, from October 29 to November 2. The play is written and performed by Barry Killerby and directed by Ishwar Maharaj. It is part of the "Festival of…
    - 17 hours ago, 14 Oct 19, 10:37am -
  • Jewish Museum Milwaukee screening The Master Mystery

    Jewish Museum Milwaukee screening The Master Mystery

    As part of their Inescapable: The Life and Legacy of Harry Houdini programing, the Jewish Museum Milwaukee will screen all the available episodes of Houdini's The Master Mystery. The serial will be shown in three parts on the third Thursday of each m…
    - 2 days ago, 13 Oct 19, 11:31am -
  • Theater owners review The Grim Game

    Theater owners review The Grim Game

    Today marks the 100th anniversary of Houdini's The Grim Game going into wide release around the country. (It had played exclusive engagements in New York in August and Chicago in September.) Below is a collection of reviews from theater owners. The…
    - 3 days ago, 12 Oct 19, 11:28am -
  • HOUDINI by Tom Frueh at Theatre Row, Oct. 28

    HOUDINI by Tom Frueh at Theatre Row, Oct. 28

    A new Musical HOUDINI by our good friend and frequent commenter Tom Frueh will play the 2019 United Solo festival at Theatre Row in New York on October 28, 2019. Tom has put a lot of work into the show and it looks great. He even has a song about 278…
    - 4 days ago, 11 Oct 19, 10:35am -
  • The House of Houdini welcomes special visitors

    The House of Houdini welcomes special visitors

    David Merlini's The House of Houdini museum in Budapest welcomed two very special visitors recently: Joe and Merna Guttentag. Merna's father was Dr. Daniel Cohn, the young physician who treated Houdini at the Statler Hotel in Detroit and arranged for…
    - 5 days ago, 10 Oct 19, 12:52pm -
  • And the WINNER is...

    And the WINNER is...

    Okay, here we go! The winner of the early copy of The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini by Joe Posnanski is...Keith AhlstromKeith correctly identified Patrick Culliton as "a performer at the Magic Castle who calls himself Houdini's Ghost." Co…
    - 6 days ago, 9 Oct 19, 11:01am -
  • French edition of Magical Rope Ties and Escapes

    French edition of Magical Rope Ties and Escapes

    French publisher Fantaisium has released Houdini's 1920 book Magical Ropes Ties and Escapes as Manuel des noeuds magiques (Manual of Magic Knots). Translation is by François Montmirel.This might actually be the first foreign language printing of…
    - 7 days ago, 8 Oct 19, 12:49pm -
  • WIN an early copy of The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini

    WIN an early copy of The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini

    UPDATE: This competition is now closed. Winner announced here.Thanks to Avid Reader Press, today I can offer readers a chance to win a copy of The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini in advance of its October 22 release. All you need to do is take…
    - 8 days ago, 7 Oct 19, 11:58am -
  • Houdini and Doyle return to the '20s

    Houdini and Doyle return to the '20s

    I just wanted to thank everyone who came out yesterday to hear my talks on Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle at the Homestead Museum's "Ticket To The Twenties" festival. We had a great turnout for both talks with some terrific Q&A. And what a fun fe…
    - 9 days ago, 6 Oct 19, 1:18pm -
  • Joe Posnanski's "Did I Mention" Houdini book tour

    Joe Posnanski's "Did I Mention" Houdini book tour

    October always means a lot of Houdini action, but this year will be especially loaded as October 22 sees the release of Joe Posnanski's highly anticipated, The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini.Joe will be doing book signings and special events…
    - 9 days ago, 6 Oct 19, 12:49am -

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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