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  • AT&T Wireless GoPhone Plans
    AT&T is the dominant force in American telecommunications and the second largest cellphone service provider in the United States. As innovative as it is successful, AT&T was the first cellphone operator to provide support for GSM, GPRS and the iPhone…
    - 11 Feb 17, 7:10am -

iTricks News

  • newStart Magic Collecting With 1970s Magic Posters [Magic on the Block]

    Start Magic Collecting With 1970s Magic Posters [Magic on the Block]

    DISCLAIMER: iTricks.com does not endorse or guarantee the following item nor have we been compensated to feature said item. With ten lots available and a price just under $20 (shipping included), these 14 by 22 inch Kramien poster and unused ticket s…
    - 16 hours ago, 18 Jan 18, 10:35am -
  • newAnderson Reunites With Klok, Vegas Inferno And Cape Town Magic [Magic Bulletin]
    The big magic news in the regular media is Pamela Anderson’s return to the stage as Hans Klok’s assistant in Germany. She worked his Klok a few years ago in his Vegas show The Beauty of Magic. Today’s lead off video is highlight footage from Kl…
    - 23 hours ago, 18 Jan 18, 4:00am -
  • Paul Vu On Ellen
    I tried to share this video from Paul Vu’s recent appearance on Ellen the other day and for some reason it didn’t post. Hopefully, it will work today on this flu-shortened version of iTricks!
    - 2 days ago, 17 Jan 18, 11:30am -
  • Rapping, Fundraising And It’s Magic [Magic Bulletin]
    We have covered Texas rapper/magician Ritchy Flo a few times before. This recent WFAA feature story on his career is today’s lead off story. I’ll be honest with y’all: not sure how much iTricks we’ll muster up the next day or too… The docto…
    - 2 days ago, 17 Jan 18, 4:15am -
  • Inés La Maga On Hora Punta
    INÉS LA MAGA – eleven bills from Inés la Maga on Vimeo. Inés La Maga posted this recent appearance on Spanish entertainment show Hora Punta over on her Vimeo page. It’s a classic trick and you can follow along with even the most limited unders…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Jan 18, 2:05pm -
  • Daniel Lusk On Teen Mom OG
    Daniel Lusk | Magician | MTV Appearance | Teen Mom OG from Daniel Lusk on Vimeo. Magician Daniel Lusk made an appearance recently on the MTV series Teen Mom OG when he entertained at a birthday party featured on the show.
    - 3 days ago, 16 Jan 18, 10:09am -
  • Piff To TV? Pinotti, Free Magic Shows For 365 Days And More [Magic Bulletin]
    Today’s lead off video is from Wacky Zack of Wacky Zack’s Magic, a brick and mortar in Glendale, AZ. As he explains, he is starting a series to help new magicians learn to be better magicians; you can see more on the store’s YouTube page. Piff…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Jan 18, 4:32am -
  • What Is Your Life’s Blueprint?
    No news, no other video clips today. Instead, a motivational speech Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr delivered to the students of the Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia in October 1967. What more fitting way is there to honor Dr. King on this holid…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Jan 18, 4:05am -
  • Wayne Shifflett’s 50 Years In Magic [Redux]
    A second edit of the very cool video celebrating Wayne Shifflett (now owner of the Mingus Magic Shop) performing cups and balls, as taught by Leroy Mingus, for exactly 50 years!
    - 6 days ago, 12 Jan 18, 3:04pm -
  • A Half An Hour With John Gaughan [Long]
    From the show Visiting With Huell Howser… it is almost 30 minutes, but it is Video Friday and, more importantly, it is John Gaughan! This will cut into the amount we post today… but it is John Gaughan.
    - 7 days ago, 12 Jan 18, 9:00am -

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

  • The History of Playing Cards – Facts Magicians Should Know

    The History of Playing Cards – Facts Magicians Should Know

    There’s a rich history behind the ubiquitous playing cards that we all enjoy today. As a magician, you should understand the history behind the tools you use. It’s amazing how few magicians take the time to research the incredible history of play…
    - 26 days ago, 23 Dec 17, 6:45pm -
  • What’s the Best Magic Present for an 8 Year Old?

    What’s the Best Magic Present for an 8 Year Old?

    Magic Shop Live Chat Question: ‘We are looking for a present for our 8 year old grandson and have no idea which set would be best for him‘   That’s the most common question we have been asked this year in the magic shop. Here’s what the team…
    - 38 days ago, 12 Dec 17, 10:36am -
  • How Much!?! – How to Overcome Magicians Price Objections

    How Much!?!  – How to Overcome Magicians Price Objections

    It doesn’t matter how much you charge for your services as a magician, or the price point for the market you’re advertise within,  you will always encounter objections to the price you quote. That’s a good thing.. If nobody ever questions your…
    - 39 days ago, 10 Dec 17, 5:54pm -
  • The 5 Sansminds Magic Tricks Every Magician Loves

    The 5 Sansminds Magic Tricks Every Magician Loves

    There are some magic tricks that continue to stand the test of time, creating a sense of wonder and sheer joy in all those that witness them, regardless of whether it’s the first time they’ve experienced it or the tenth. The creative geniuses at…
    - 43 days ago, 6 Dec 17, 6:26pm -
  • Collecting Playing Cards – Why Do People Do It?

    Collecting Playing Cards – Why Do People Do It?

    By EndersGame ‘JM’ writes: I’m always reading about people going crazy over collection playing cards… What does it have to do with magic? Isn’t it just like stamp collecting? Am I missing something here? Expert reviewer, EndersGame is know…
    - 45 days ago, 4 Dec 17, 5:09pm -
  • Magicians Using a Metronome to Practice Their Magic Tricks

    Magicians Using a Metronome to Practice Their Magic Tricks

    Dear Dominic, In your approaching magic practice book and in a video you advise the using of a metronome for slowing down the drilling rehearsal. But how can I use it? If it is for music that’s all right because there is a tempo: one / two, one / t…
    - 53 days ago, 26 Nov 17, 7:03pm -
  • Magic Tricks With Paper – Magicians Guide to Fooling With Folding

    Magic Tricks With Paper – Magicians Guide to Fooling With Folding

    Magic enthusiasts know that a well-executed trick can leave an audience scratching their heads, wondering, “how did he do that?” Paper magic tricks are often used to great effect to entertain through laughter, surprise, and amazement. With such a…
    - 58 days ago, 21 Nov 17, 5:51pm -
  • Magic Sets for Party Bags – The Best Buys & How to Make Your Own

    Magic Sets for Party Bags – The Best Buys & How to Make Your Own

    When throwing a birthday party for their child, parents are often stumped when trying to choose what to put in the gift bags. While they want it to be economical and not something that is too expensive, they also want something that the kids would li…
    - 65 days ago, 15 Nov 17, 3:46am -
  • Magic Sets For Adults Do Exist – Here’s the Top 3

    Magic Sets For Adults Do Exist – Here’s the Top 3

    Magic sets aren’t just for kids, but choosing one for your magic-enthused adult friends can be a challenge if you’re not sure exactly what you’re looking for. How embarrassing would it be to get your pal a gift only to realize after they’ve…
    - 65 days ago, 14 Nov 17, 2:48pm -
  • How to Build Stage Magic illusions

    How to Build Stage Magic illusions

    What is Stage Magic? Stage magic is the performance of magic tricks for a large audience presented on… Surprisingly.. a stage.  Almost always there is an illusion involved, which aims to use sleight of hand, or illusion techniques to convince th…
    - 66 days ago, 13 Nov 17, 6:29pm -

Wild About Harry

  • newStrange Inheritance unearths the Houdini Jewel, Monday

    Strange Inheritance unearths the Houdini Jewel, Monday

    The FOX Business Network series Strange Inheritance will air an episode this Monday, January 22, devoted to Bess Houdini's royal crown brooch, or what the show is calling the "Houdini Jewel." Host Jamie Colby interviews new owner David Copperfield,…
    - 15 hours ago, 18 Jan 18, 12:04pm -
  • Ernesto Portillo Houdini Miniseries poster concepts

    Ernesto Portillo Houdini Miniseries poster concepts

    Creative Director Ernesto Portillo has posted to his official website several poster concepts for the 2014 Houdini Miniseries. I think these are pretty nice and certainly rival the final poster.Related: Unused Houdini miniseries post…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Jan 18, 10:37am -
  • Doug Henning talks Houdini with Bob Lund

    Doug Henning talks Houdini with Bob Lund

    The Doug Henning Project has posted video of Doug and Debby Henning guest hosting a Detroit morning show called Kelly & Company in the 1980s. It's a remarkable 58 minutes, but what will be of special interest to Houdini buffs is Doug's interview with…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Jan 18, 12:47pm -
  • Houdini Magical Hall of Fame site today

    Houdini Magical Hall of Fame site today

    Fellow "Houdini Nut" Stacey Zimmerman was recently in Niagara Falls, Canada, where he took this photo of the former site of the Houdini Magical Hall of Fame atop Clifton Hill. Today it is Ripley's Moving Theater 4D.The Houdini Magical Hall of…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Jan 18, 9:28am -
  • Johnathon Schaech shares story of sexual abuse

    Johnathon Schaech shares story of sexual abuse

    Johnathon Schaech, who played Houdini in the 1998 TNT cable movie Houdini, is latest person to come out with a story of sexual abuse at the hands of a person in power. In a piece written for People.com, Schaech says director Franco Zeffirelli made re…
    - 6 days ago, 13 Jan 18, 11:45am -
  • A new twist in the tale of the "Czar's brooch"

    A new twist in the tale of the "Czar's brooch"

    Last year a brooch that belonged to Bess Houdini sold for $72,000 in a Potter & Potter auction. Bess gave the brooch to Geraldine Larsen in the 1940s, and it had remained in Larsen family until the sale last year. The buyer was David Copperfield.Ac…
    - 7 days ago, 12 Jan 18, 11:19am -
  • The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini #2 released

    The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini #2 released

    Minky Woodcock: The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini #2 by Cynthia von Buhler has been released by Hard Case Crime and Titan Books. At least I think it has. The second issue in this adult four part series comes in two variant covers, as you can see below.…
    - 8 days ago, 11 Jan 18, 11:10am -
  • New development to rise on site of Statler Hotel

    New development to rise on site of Statler Hotel

    The Detroit Free Press reports that a new multi-use development will rise on the site of the former Statler Hotel. The Statler was where Houdini stayed during his final performance in Detroit on October 24, 1926. It was from the Statler that he was t…
    - 9 days ago, 10 Jan 18, 10:56am -
  • Newsweek mischaracterizes Houdini's Wild Man as a geek act

    Newsweek mischaracterizes Houdini's Wild Man as a geek act

    Newsweek has released a special issue celebrating P.T. Barnum and "The Circus - 110 Years of the Greatest Show on Earth." In an article titled "The Circus Hall of Fame," Houdini is featured along with a nice two page photo (from The Grim Game). The a…
    - 10 days ago, 9 Jan 18, 10:53am -
  • LINK: Houdini and Tony Curtis to thank for Tranent couple’s 60 great years

    LINK: Houdini and Tony Curtis to thank for Tranent couple’s 60 great years

    The East Lothian Courier has a wonderful article today about a couple celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. And what brought them together?Margaret said: “I was at Haddington Picture House with my two friends and there were these three boy…
    - 11 days ago, 8 Jan 18, 10:45am -

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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