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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

  • newMentalism On Dr. Phil (Seriously!)
    We don’t normally check the listings for Dr. Phil… so we missed the fact mentalist Lior Suchard was featured on yesterday’s episode. In addition to this clip you can see much more on the official Dr. Phil YouTube page.
    - 15 hours ago, 19 Mar 19, 2:50pm -
  • newLee Terbosic On CBS Pittsburgh
    Lee Terbosic dropped by the studios of Pittsburgh’s CBS affiliate to talk about his new show at Liberty Magic and, of course, do a little magic. You can’t more information on Lee and the show on his website.
    - 20 hours ago, 19 Mar 19, 10:14am -
  • Becoming Rich, Helder Guimarães And More [Magic Bulletin]
    The Pas Robles Daily News has some information on the student made documentary Becoming Rich , which is debuting at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival this Thursday night. The documentary focuses on the life and career of Rich Ferguson,…
    - 1 day ago, 19 Mar 19, 5:52am -
  • Kid Ace On Pickler And Ben
    He recently appeared with Steve Harvey and last Friday Kid Ace stopped by to visit with Pickler and Ben. Kid Ace is obviously making a media push right now so we wouldn’t be surprised if he shows up on something else in the next week or so.
    - 2 days ago, 18 Mar 19, 2:45pm -
  • Adam Trent Visits WTSP’s Good Day Live
    Adam Trent visited the WTSP studios ahead of his Clearwater, Florida last Friday. Next month he’ll be in Thousand Oaks, Milwaukee, Prior Lake, MN and Ridgefield, CT.
    - 2 days ago, 18 Mar 19, 10:20am -
  • Magician Marriage, Mike Bent And Sabine van Diemen [Magic Bulletin]
    News9.com – Oklahoma City, OK – News, Weather, Video and Sports | Today’s lead off video comes from Oklahoma City’s KWTV and features the 75 year marriage of retired magician Len Sparagowski and his wife Lillian. You can read more (and get th…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Mar 19, 6:00am -
  • Happy St. Patrick’s Day (With Misty Lee)!
    This Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day so we will finish out the day with Misty Lee’s latest Unicorn Wednesday episode, which features a little St. Patrick’s Day magic.
    - 5 days ago, 15 Mar 19, 4:43pm -
  • Magic In Grenada
    Now Grenada’s profile of magician Johnathan Batihk.
    - 5 days ago, 15 Mar 19, 1:17pm -
  • Matt Hollywood On Australia’s Studio 10
    Matt Hollywood just posted this clip featuring some illusions he performed on the Australian morning show Studio 10; we are not sure when it originally aired.
    - 5 days ago, 15 Mar 19, 10:23am -
  • Sally Marvel, Kid Ace, Hawaiian Magic And More [Magic Bulletin]
    The Orlando Sentinel features a Chicago Tribune profile of burlesque sword swallower Sally Marvel… it isn’t quite magic but, hey, it is sword swallowing and she has a name like an early ’60s comic book character! The video above is the most fam…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Mar 19, 5:52am -

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…
    - 27 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…
    - 44 days ago, 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…
    - 49 days ago, 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…
    - 50 days ago, 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…
    - 64 days ago, 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…
    - 97 days ago, 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

  • newThe Spectacle of Illusion by Matthew Tompkins

    The Spectacle of Illusion by Matthew Tompkins

    The Spectacle of Illusion: Deception, Magic and the Paranormal by Matthew Tompkins is a new book to be published in conjunction with the exhibition Smoke and Mirrors: The Psychology of Magic, which runs April 11 through September 15 at the Wellcome C…
    - 17 hours ago, 19 Mar 19, 1:36pm -
  • HOUDINI FLIES!

    HOUDINI FLIES!

    At dawn on March 18, 1910, Harry Houdini made the first powered controlled flight of an aircraft on the continent of Australia. The historic flight occurred 109 year ago today in Diggers Rest near Melbourne. Click below to read the details of Houdini…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Mar 19, 1:28pm -
  • The saga of Houdini's Film Developing Corporation

    The saga of Houdini's Film Developing Corporation

    It doesn't get much attention in biographies, but the Film Developing Corporation, a.k.a. FDC, was a major part of Houdini's (and Hardeen's) life from 1916 to 1925. It also marked Houdini's entrance into the movie business, albeit behind the scenes.…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Mar 19, 5:16pm -
  • Houdini's London address and phone

    Houdini's London address and phone

    Our friend Perry Reed has made an interesting discovery in this Getty Images clip showing an early London BT telephone directory. At the end you can see a listing for "HOUDINI, Harry, Handcuff King" with the phone number "Gerrand 1312" and the addres…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Mar 19, 5:29pm -
  • Houdini stamp from 1951

    Houdini stamp from 1951

    Here's a Houdini memorial stamp issued at the joint SAM-IBM "Mid Century Convention" in New York in 1951.Today we take Houdini merchandise for granted. There are any number of puzzles, games, and bobble heads for the asking. But in 1951, I expec…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Mar 19, 10:32pm -
  • A close call in the Water Torture Cell

    A close call in the Water Torture Cell

    Houdini breaking his ankle in the Water Torture Cell in 1926 is his only known accident while performing the famous escape. But Houdini did the escape for 14 years, so we can assume there must have been other mishaps or close calls. Now I've found on…
    - 7 days ago, 13 Mar 19, 12:44pm -
  • Houdini on the Roadshow

    Houdini on the Roadshow

    Houdini showed up on Antiques Roadshow in the UK recently. Here's a tweet that shows what landed before the experts.A photo album packed with the showbiz memorabilia from the 1920s and a signed photo of the legendary escape artist #Houdini is va…
    - 8 days ago, 12 Mar 19, 11:26am -
  • Here's the cover of Joe Posnanski's new Houdini book!

    Here's the cover of Joe Posnanski's new Houdini book!

    Today I'm thrilled to help reveal cover art for Joe Posnanski's new book, The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini, due out October 22, 2019. I love it!Author Joe Posnanski shares with us his feelings about the cover:"I cannot tell you how e…
    - 10 days ago, 10 Mar 19, 12:36pm -
  • A gathering at Famous Players-Lasky

    A gathering at Famous Players-Lasky

    Here's a photo of a gathering at the Famous Players-Lasky studio commissary in Hollywood. This comes from the July 5, 1919 Motion Picture News. Can you spot our boy? Extra points if you can spot his Terror Island co-star and director (even though thi…
    - 11 days ago, 9 Mar 19, 11:31am -
  • Houdini's early days online

    Houdini's early days online

    Today I feel like giving a nostalgic shoutout to two Houdini websites that pioneered Houdini news and information on the net. While no longer updated, both sites are still available online.First up is Bob King's "Houdini Tribute", which I believe m…
    - 12 days ago, 8 Mar 19, 11:55am -

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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