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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

  • newDan Birch At The Magic Castle
    The title says it all… see more of Dan over on his website.
    - 11 hours ago, 22 Nov 17, 3:00pm -
  • newMagic Nostalgia: Doug Henning
    The great Doug Henning on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show. Enjoy!
    - 15 hours ago, 22 Nov 17, 11:35am -
  • newFree Potter And Potter Catalog, MAGIC Complete And More [Magic Bulletin]
    Let’s kick off Thanksgiving weekend with a little magic from Gary Ouellet, the man behind NBC’s awesome magic specials. Potter and Potter’s next magic auction is scheduled for December 16; as usual you can get all the information on bidding (li…
    - 22 hours ago, 22 Nov 17, 4:25am -
  • Ending The Day With Jason Michaels
    We are already creeping towards the holidays here at iTricks Tower Midwest… meaning that we are so excited about the four day weekend and are kind of already over the whole work thing this week! We figure that a whole bunch of you iTricksters feel…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Nov 17, 3:00pm -
  • Dan Sperry Heads Home
    This was posted a couple of days ago and we initially missed it, but it is a clip from Minneapolis-St. Paul’s WCCO featuring favorite son Dan Sperry coming home to open the Waconia Performing Arts Center. We imagine he’ll probably hang out for th…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Nov 17, 9:06am -
  • Magical Books, Piff, Leon Etienne And More [Magic Bulletin]
    I think we’ve mentioned Malcolm Mitchell’s The Magician’s Hat before… it is a kids book written by the childhood reading advocate and NFL wide receiver. It isn’t directly “magic,” but he is definitely doing good work and it may be just…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Nov 17, 4:19am -
  • The Zoppe’s Magic Of Christmas
    This video is a straight out promo for Justino and Daniela Zoppe’s new live show The Magic of Christmas. We normally don’t run performer or manufacturer advertising as posts (unless, you know, you pay us…) but we make an exception for charity e…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Nov 17, 2:26pm -
  • Christmas Is Coming…
    From last year, it is Murray SawChuck in the Masters of Illusion car at the Hollywood Christmas Parade. For us around iTricks Tower Midwest, Thanksgiving holidays really kick off magic season because of the old Gary Ouellet specials that used to run…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Nov 17, 9:54am -
  • News From the UK, Nigeria, Texas, Cyberspace & Vegas [Magic Bulletin]
    Today’s lead off video features Elliott Hofferth’s linking ring routine which helped him win the 2015 Pacific Coast Junior Stage Magician of the Year title. He also won the inaugural online competition at David DaVinci’s Magic Master Summit thi…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Nov 17, 4:35am -
  • Football Magic!
    Let’s bring the week to a close with Dominic Anthony’s Manchester United themed magic because I am still sick, it’s been a long week and I’d rather watch Man U than any American football team any day! Have a great and safe weekend everybody!
    - 6 days ago, 17 Nov 17, 2:26pm -

The Double Deal - Card Magic Blog

  • The Jerx – Best Thinker in Magic Today

    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…
    - 54 days ago, 29 Sep 17, 5:13pm -
  • 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 -

The Merchant of Magic Blog

  • 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…
    - 1 day 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…
    - 8 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…
    - 8 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…
    - 9 days ago, 13 Nov 17, 6:29pm -
  • The Next Step to Becoming a Magician – Most People Never Do This

    The Next Step to Becoming a Magician – Most People Never Do This

    Hello, Dominic. What I am struggling with is getting to the next step of magic. I know a lot of cool tricks that impress friends, but how do I reach the next level: Performing professionally or on the streets.   Hi Adam Cool. I love your enthusiasm.…
    - 10 days ago, 12 Nov 17, 5:57pm -
  • Bitcoin Magic Shops – Where to Buy Magic Tricks Using Bitcoin

    Bitcoin Magic Shops – Where to Buy Magic Tricks Using Bitcoin

    The Merchant of Magic has become one of the first Bitcoin magic shops in the UK. The magicians at MoM receive orders from customers all over the world, and accept payment in many formats. Magicians can use traditional payments with Visa, Mastercard,…
    - 10 days ago, 12 Nov 17, 4:48pm -
  • Why People Stop Doing Magic Tricks

    Why People Stop Doing Magic Tricks

    I’ve never understood how anyone could begin to discover the secrets of magic yet fail to become obsessed with it. It simply makes no sense to me.. It’s so completely outside how I think or feel.. It’s like trying to put myself inside the mind…
    - 16 days ago, 6 Nov 17, 7:06pm -
  • Cheap Magician Vs High Quality Magic – Is Price Important?

    Cheap Magician Vs High Quality Magic – Is Price Important?

    Every now and then I read posts on Facebook from magicians that are enraged and offended in equal measure.. It’s usually after being contacted by someone searching for a cheap magician for their event. The general fury seems to be that anyone wou…
    - 23 days ago, 30 Oct 17, 7:03pm -
  • 6 Things Talented Magicians Never, Ever Do

    6 Things Talented Magicians Never, Ever Do

    Becoming a talented magician involves a lot of things.. Practice, determination, motivation and guts. However, it also involves letting go of some of your attitudes and habits. Yes, you do need to commit yourself to slowly and consciously learning th…
    - 36 days ago, 18 Oct 17, 9:04am -
  • Marvins Magic – Which Magic Set is Best?

    Marvins Magic – Which Magic Set is Best?

    Marvins Magic has been producing some of the worlds most respected magic sets for over 25 years. They are the only manufacturer of magic sets to be officially recommended by the world famous Magic Circle.   The History of Marvins Magic It all starte…
    - 38 days ago, 16 Oct 17, 7:44am -

Wild About Harry

  • newNew UK paperback edition of ESCAPADE

    New UK paperback edition of ESCAPADE

    A new paperback edition of Walter Satterthwatt's 1995 novel Escapade has been released by Ostara Publishing. This marks the book's first publication in the UK. Shame the cover art doesn't play up the Houdini connection.It is the summer of 1921 a…
    - 8 hours ago, 22 Nov 17, 6:48pm -
  • Houdini in Eastern Europe

    Houdini in Eastern Europe

    Barbara Kiss at the House of Houdini museum blog has uncovered details about Houdini's early appearances in Vienna and Prague. Precious little about these engagements appear in biographies, so this is exciting. Links below:Houdini and Vienna, Part…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Nov 17, 10:01pm -
  • 'Son of Houdini' looks to unlock investors

    'Son of Houdini' looks to unlock investors

    Son of Houdini is a proposed feature film written by Barbara Glasser based on the short story "Hyman the Magnificent" from A Plague of Dreamers by Steve Stern. Here's the pitch:An orphan in Memphis, Tennessee has reason to believe that the great…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Nov 17, 10:59am -
  • Did Houdini secretly announce his return date?

    Did Houdini secretly announce his return date?

    Here's some speculative Sunday fun. While watching The Man From Beyond last night, I had a (wine induced) thought when this shot appeared on-screen. This is when Jane Connelly shows Howard Hillary the current date: March 14, 1922.It's then Ho…
    - 3 days ago, 19 Nov 17, 5:31pm -
  • Newspapers remain wild about Harry

    Newspapers remain wild about Harry

    Houdini's great fame was in no small part due to the rise of the mass media newspaper industry. Now, in the waning days of physical newspapers, it's interesting to see that Houdini is still a friend to the old form.As evidence, here is a local San…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Nov 17, 10:31am -
  • LINK: Harry, Larry and Violet: Safe Bind, Safe Find

    LINK: Harry, Larry and Violet: Safe Bind, Safe Find

    Alison Young on her blog Music Hall Alice ("All things Music Hall…") has posted a photo of a terrific personal Houdini artifact handed down from her great grandfather, Larry Lewis, as well as the story of Houdini's performances at the Bristol Empir…
    - 4 days ago, 18 Nov 17, 5:50pm -
  • June Horowitz remembers a visit from Houdini

    June Horowitz remembers a visit from Houdini

    The American Museum of Magic in Marshall, Michigan, has shared news of a very special visitor; June Horowitz, who at age 104 has experienced a remarkable life in magic, and even once had Houdini visit her home! That make June the only person that I a…
    - 5 days ago, 17 Nov 17, 10:56pm -
  • 'Houdini: My Hero, Magic Show' in Bergenfield, NJ

    'Houdini: My Hero, Magic Show' in Bergenfield, NJ

    The Bergenfield Public Library in Bergenfield, NJ, will host a special event "Houdini: My Hero, Magic Show!" this Sunday, November 19 at 2:00 PM.Fun for the entire family! Professional Escapist, Tom Yurasits demonstrates a few of Houdini’s famo…
    - 5 days ago, 17 Nov 17, 4:12pm -
  • Meet the new Houdini: Iñaki Ruiz de Galarreta

    Meet the new Houdini: Iñaki Ruiz de Galarreta

    Spanish Illusionist Iñaki Ruiz de Galarreta plays Houdini in the new Disney Channel series, Club Houdini. Galarreta is known professionally as the Sun Wizard and is the winner of the National Magic Award in 2011. Below is a Q&A interview that appea…
    - 7 days ago, 16 Nov 17, 11:49am -
  • Dash for cash

    Dash for cash

    This photo sold on eBay today for a $159 Buy It Now. The seller notes that written on the back is: "Ferenc Dezso Weisz - 1880 Appleton." So is this really a photo of Houdini's brother Hardeen?Well, this is the fourth time this same seller from It…
    - 7 days ago, 16 Nov 17, 12:18am -

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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