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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

  • James Galea’s Best Trick Ever
    A clip from James Galea’s new TV special Best Trick Ever, which premiered last night on ABC. If you missed it that could be because it was on the Australian ABC network, not the one in the US! Maybe it will eventually make its way to the States……
    - 2 days ago, 22 Sep 17, 4:10pm -
  • SparkFun Talks To Mario The Magician
    The folks over at Spark Fun (an electronics company) posted this interview with Mario the Magician about his magic and how his “maker” skills literally build his act.
    - 2 days ago, 22 Sep 17, 11:00am -
  • A Little More Marshall Brodien
    From WGN News comes this short documentary on Marshall Brodien and his magician career.
    - 2 days ago, 22 Sep 17, 9:04am -
  • Wizzo Returns! Stuart Macdonald, Randy Pitchford And More [Magic Bulletin]
    Today’s lead off video is of the classic character Wizzo the Wizard on the Bozo Show (with Bozo and Cookie). Originally played by Marshall Brodien, The Chicago Tribune is reporting Tom Holbrook is reviving the character and performing with Marshall…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Sep 17, 5:13am -
  • ATTENTION MAGICIANS & PSYCHIC ENTERTAINERS
    SPONSORED POST An original new contemporary plot – 5 plus minutes of surprising astonishing wonder direct from my show to yours. TATTOO! A most amazing funny routine. The time is now. TATTOO! Watch the video. This hardcover dust jacket book is pers…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Sep 17, 12:26am -
  • Now: Random Chinese Magic To Round Off Thursday
    Let’s finish off the day with this clip from CCTV English’s Best of CCTV (the mainland Chinese TV network). They don’t credit the magician or the original show… so we aren’t sure but it is always nice to see TV magic from other parts of the…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Sep 17, 4:31pm -
  • Congratulations To Darci Lynne
    Season two winner Terry Fator joined Darci Lynne Farmer on last night’s America’s Got Talent finale shortly before Ms. Farmer was crowned this season’s winner… the third ventriloquist to win the show in its 12 seasons. There were many talente…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Sep 17, 11:02am -
  • Robot Table, Australian News And Siegfried Tieber [Magic Bulletin]
    Mario the Magician is recovering from his hand surgery and has a new sidekick… a robot table. And that’s today’s lead off video! A strange day for magic news… most of it is from the continent of Australia! Before we get to the news from down…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Sep 17, 5:33am -
  • Nash Fung Is Looking Out for Your Health
    Vitamins are important… but they are boring. I like to get gummy vitamins so they are more fun but Nash Fung, well, he goes a different route!
    - 4 days ago, 20 Sep 17, 4:06pm -
  • No More Magic In AGT But…
    Last night saw the live finals for the 2017 season of America’s Got Talent. There aren’t any magic acts in the top ten this year, but 12 year old ventriloquist Darci Lynne is still a top contender for this year’s crown. And as we have always su…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Sep 17, 11:27am -

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 Fit Your Magicians Thumb Tip

    How To Fit Your Magicians Thumb Tip

    David writes:  Just a bit of advice? I’ve got my thumb tip, how do I get it to fit my thumb better? If you find that your magicians thumbtip is not a good fit, it’s easy to fix. Firstly, make sure it’s a good quality thumbtip, we recommend h…
    - 11 days ago, 13 Sep 17, 6:15pm -
  • How People Catch Out a Magician – Removing Challenge From Magic Tricks

    How People Catch Out a Magician – Removing Challenge From Magic Tricks

    Do you find that your spectators seem to over scrutinize your magic performance? Do they insist on examining your props? Does your audience view your magic as a puzzle more than a piece of theatre? That doesn’t happen to every magician.. And it pro…
    - 25 days ago, 30 Aug 17, 6:33pm -
  • Street Magic – Magicians Stopping People on the Street

    Street Magic –  Magicians Stopping People on the Street

    A. Kates writes: I have learned a lot of different street magic tricks, but I don’t really know how to go up to someone on the street without it maybe seems a little strange could you please try to give me any advice.     Hi, It’s great to see…
    - 40 days ago, 15 Aug 17, 11:32am -
  • Why I Had A Terrible Magic Gig Last Night

    Why I Had A Terrible Magic Gig Last Night

    Last night I had a terrible magic gig… I normally enjoy every booking I do, but this one felt very different. I didn’t enjoy a single minute of it. The gig came out of the blue. A phone call earlier in the week from a company hosting a small com…
    - 54 days ago, 1 Aug 17, 9:57am -
  • Struggling with Dry Hands When Handling Playing Cards

    Struggling with Dry Hands When Handling Playing Cards


    - 58 days ago, 28 Jul 17, 9:36am -
  • 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…
    - 66 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 enjoying your magic blog and Dominic's videos very much, it's really helping me a lot. How…
    - 71 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…
    - 80 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…
    - 88 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…
    - 89 days ago, 27 Jun 17, 11:49am -

Wild About Harry

  • newHarry Houdini Halloween Vigil in Los Angeles

    Harry Houdini Halloween Vigil in Los Angeles

    This Halloween marks the 91st anniversary of Houdini's death, and the special events are starting to roll in. Today we have news of an event in Los Angeles, the Harry Houdini Halloween Vigil with Investigative Psychic Medium Jill Marie Morris, to be…
    - 21 hours ago, 23 Sep 17, 11:10am -
  • Houdini returns to Baltimore in 2018

    Houdini returns to Baltimore in 2018

    Big news today! The Jewish Museum of Maryland in Baltimore will host a major Houdini exhibition next summer called "Inescapable: The Life and Legacy of Harry Houdini."Magician David London is curating the exhibition. Says David, "I have been taske…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Sep 17, 10:18am -
  • Duffy Hudson brings Houdini to Davenport

    Duffy Hudson brings Houdini to Davenport

    Duffy Hudson will bring his acclaimed Houdini one-man show to the German American Heritage Center in Davenport, Iowa, this Saturday, Sept. 23 at 2:00pm. The performance is part of the museum's "Houdini: The Magic and Mystery" exhibition which runs th…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Sep 17, 3:22pm -
  • Houdini movies screening Sunday in Wilton, NH

    Houdini movies screening Sunday in Wilton, NH

    Houdini's Terror Island and The Man From Beyond will screen this Sunday (9/24) at the historic Wilton Town Hall Theatre in Wilton, New Hampshire. As with the screenings last week in Brandon, the movies will include live musical accompaniment by sile…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Sep 17, 12:00pm -
  • Heads up! Open House at 278 this Sunday

    Heads up! Open House at 278 this Sunday

    There will be Open House at Houdini's former home at 278 West 113th Street in Harlem this Sunday, Sept. 24 from 1-3pm. After briefly being off the market, the house is once again listed with Douglas Elliman Real Estate at a reduced price of $3,999,00…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Sep 17, 4:04pm -
  • See the Magic Castle's lost Houdini display case

    See the Magic Castle's lost Houdini display case

    The Houdini Seance Room at the Magic Castle currently has two large display cases filled with various escape restraints and Houdini memorabilia. But it used to have three. This third case was removed several years ago to make way for a fireplace.…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Sep 17, 10:59am -
  • Houdini challenges the tax man

    Houdini challenges the tax man

    This book just popped up on Amazon today. What is this? A Italian novelization of the Houdini Miniseries? Perhaps the behind the scenes story of Adrien's "Brodini"? Or maybe a new study that tackles the question of why Houdini never performed in Ital…
    - 5 days ago, 19 Sep 17, 12:56pm -
  • Remembering Steve Baker

    Remembering Steve Baker

    Sad news today. Dean Carnegie of The Magic Detective reports that legendary escape artist Steve Baker a.k.a. "Mr. Escape" has died. Says Dean:My friend and mentor, Steve Baker has passed away. He died at 11:11pm on Saturday Sept 16th, 2017 at his…
    - 7 days ago, 17 Sep 17, 8:01pm -
  • Did Hardeen reveal Houdini's most secret secret?

    Did Hardeen reveal Houdini's most secret secret?

    While visiting the Houdini Museum of New York last June, I saw a remarkable document on display. It consisted of two typewritten pages by Hardeen from a biography he was writing about his brother at the time of his own death. That book was to be call…
    - 8 days ago, 16 Sep 17, 3:16pm -
  • Hardeen is ready to talk

    Hardeen is ready to talk

    Did Hardeen reveal his brother's biggest secret? If we are to believe a remarkable document in the Houdini Museum of New York, he did!"This was the secret that he carried to his grave, and not even his wife knew of it."-Hardeen Check out WILD…
    - 9 days ago, 15 Sep 17, 3:00pm -

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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