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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

  • newAGT, Magic Scholarships, Teller Speaks (!?), Penn Apologizes And More [Magic Bulletin}
    In this video originally from University of Texas coach Tom Herman’s Facebook page shows magician Robby Bennett performing a magic track that ends with walk on U of T football player Garrett Graf being awarded a full scholarship as his senior year…
    - 43 mins ago, 21 Aug 17, 5:28am -
  • newRIP Jerry Lewis
    Jerry Lewis passed away today at the age of 91. You can read more about the incredible career of one of the world’s most recognizable funny men in this New York Times article. As tribute we give you the trailer for The Geisha Boy, the one film that…
    - 9 hours ago, 20 Aug 17, 9:31pm -
  • Derek Del Gaudio’s Invisible Dialogue
    Derek DelGaudio – Invisible Dialogues from Future Of StoryTelling on Vimeo. This is a promotional video for the upcoming 2017 Future of Storytelling Summit featuring Derek DelGaudio. It is very interesting… You can find out more about the summit…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Aug 17, 4:00pm -
  • Vinh Giang On Presentation And Showmanship
    This is a longer video (about 20 minutes)… perfect for lunch! In it Vinh Giang shares a video of a TEDx Talk he did (we aren’t sure where) on magic and showmanship. We do know, though, that you can see more on Vinh Giang on his official website a…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Aug 17, 11:27am -
  • David Copperfield On Young Hollywood
    In this 2014 interview from Young Hollywood David Copperfield talks about his appearance on the season finale of The Amazing Race but he also touches upon many more interesting (and timely) points about technology and performing. You could do a lot w…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Aug 17, 9:27am -
  • Chris Ramsay On Creating Magic [Mild NSFW Language]

    - 3 days ago, 18 Aug 17, 5:58am -
  • Mike Bekedam On KGUN 9
    Tucson’s Mike Bekedam is not only a magician but a fifth grade teacher! That is one of the toughest jobs around… he joined the KGUN news crew recently to promote the upcoming 30th anniversary Stars of Magic Show in Tucson.
    - 4 days ago, 17 Aug 17, 4:26pm -
  • Magic Murray SawChuck Can Read Minds (With Emojis)
    Murray SawChuck is out on the streets of Vegas with the YouTub3 Family doing a little emoji themed magic.
    - 4 days ago, 17 Aug 17, 11:13am -
  • David Chandler, Magic Live! And More [Magic Bulletin]
    From Murphy’s Magic comes this look at Magic Live… we aren’t there but if you are and want to let us know what’s going on, comment below! Speaking of Magic Live! the website Pando took a trip to visit the convention… read their first report…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Aug 17, 5:48am -
  • 12 Year Old Vent On AGT
    Darci Lynne, who received a golden buzzer earlier in the year on America’s Got Talent and jumped to last night’s live show, is not a magician. But y’all know iTricks likes to support ventriloquism** and there weren’t any magic acts so check o…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Aug 17, 4:12pm -

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

  • 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…
    - 6 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…
    - 20 days ago, 1 Aug 17, 9:57am -
  • Struggling with Dry Hands When Handling Playing Cards

    Struggling with Dry Hands When Handling Playing Cards


    - 24 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…
    - 32 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…
    - 36 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…
    - 46 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…
    - 54 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…
    - 55 days ago, 27 Jun 17, 11:49am -
  • I’m Shy Doing Magic Tricks For Friends

    I’m Shy Doing Magic Tricks For Friends

        I asked Scott: What are you struggling with right now? Here’s how he replied: I’m an older guy, but a beginner magician. In my professional life, I present material in front of crowds and run meetings all day long – and fearlessly. But,…
    - 79 days ago, 2 Jun 17, 6:44pm -
  • Openers – 3 Recommended Card Magic Tricks

    Openers – 3 Recommended Card Magic Tricks

    Card magic tricks can be an excellent choice for the first trick you perform for your spectators. The first magic trick is often called an ‘opener’ by magicians. The card magic tricks to use as openers need to have several important qualities: T…
    - 84 days ago, 29 May 17, 4:29pm -

Wild About Harry

  • newJerry Lewis visits the Houdinis

    Jerry Lewis visits the Houdinis

    Sad news today that the legendary Jerry Lewis has died at age 91. While I couldn't find any real connection between Jerry and Houdini (apart from the fact that he was born in 1926), I did find this image of Lewis visiting the set of the 1953 biopic H…
    - 13 hours ago, 20 Aug 17, 5:11pm -
  • Hardeen biography coming in Fall

    Hardeen biography coming in Fall

    Big news! A new book about Houdini's brother, Hardeen: Monarch of Manacles by William V. Rauscher, will be published by David Haversat's 1878 Press in the Fall. Afraid I don't have any more details, but this is exciting as there has never been a book…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Aug 17, 11:19am -
  • Film fragments show a Houdini pier jump

    Film fragments show a Houdini pier jump

    Recently I've been rewatching the many Houdini documentaries produced in the 1990s and early 2000s. In some of these you'll find bits of stock film footage not widely seen. One of those fragments is below. This comes from 1995's Houdini Unlocking His…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Aug 17, 10:01am -
  • 'Letters To West 113th' at the Edmonton Fringe

    'Letters To West 113th' at the Edmonton Fringe

    Mentalist Jeff Newman will bring his Houdini-themed one-man show Letters To West 113th to the Edmonton Fringe Festival for performances starting this Friday, August 18. Newman was recently interviewed at After the House Lights and had this to say abo…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Aug 17, 11:59am -
  • Photo shows three lost Houdini lobby stand displays

    Photo shows three lost Houdini lobby stand displays

    While visiting the spectacular Houdini Museum of New York at Fantasma Magic, I spent some time looking closely at this photo of the Princess Theater in Chicago in 1926. What I love is that it shows us three now lost (as far as I know) Houdini lobby s…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Aug 17, 11:56am -
  • Houdini's 278 is off the market (UPDATED)

    Houdini's 278 is off the market (UPDATED)

    Houdini's former home at 278 W 113th Street in New York is now off the market. The house was listed for sale by Douglas Elliman Real Estate for $4.6 million in June. Did the house sell? Did the owner pull it? Afraid I don't have any answers at the mo…
    - 6 days ago, 14 Aug 17, 9:56pm -
  • Escape your troubles with a cold Houdini

    Escape your troubles with a cold Houdini

    If you listened to my recent Magic Word podcast, at 00:45:00 host Scott Wells talks about a short-lived beer that bore Houdini's name. This wasn't something I was entirely familiar with. Now, by shear coincidence, I have a six-pack! This was given t…
    - 7 days ago, 14 Aug 17, 4:17pm -
  • Rare Russian Houdini advert sells on eBay

    Rare Russian Houdini advert sells on eBay

    A rare advert for Houdini in Moscow during his 1903 tour of Russia sold on eBay today for $560. Artifacts from Houdini's one and only tour of Russia are exceedingly rare. In fact, I don't recall ever seeing anything on eBay before this.While the…
    - 7 days ago, 13 Aug 17, 10:34pm -
  • The Secret Life of Mrs. London to be revealed in 2018

    The Secret Life of Mrs. London to be revealed in 2018

    Looks like 2018 is going to kick off with a provocative piece of Houdini fiction based on fact. Here's the description and cover art for The Secret Life of Mrs. London by Rebecca Rosenberg.San Francisco, 1915. As America teeters on the brink of wo…
    - 8 days ago, 13 Aug 17, 10:52am -
  • Unlocking Houdini's secrets in 1995

    Unlocking Houdini's secrets in 1995

    On May 24, 1995, NBC aired the one-hour special Houdini: Unlocking His Secrets hosted by Robert Urich. The show featured modern magicians performing Houdini's feats, intercut with biographical information. It's a well-done special with excellent perf…
    - 10 days ago, 11 Aug 17, 2:37pm -

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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