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In the shadow of a legend, Harry Houdini’s brother was a skilled magician too

The whims of history can be oh so fickle. Why is it that Harry Houdini endures as such a monumental figure in magic, while his younger brother, another accomplished magician, barely makes a blip? Who can say for sure. But if you’re not familiar with Theo “Dash” Hardeen, now’s the time to get acquainted. Messy …

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Handsome Jack’s torn paper trick fools Penn & Teller with a single step

The torn paper trick is one of the most common illusions in the magician’s handbook: rip up a piece of paper to shreds, wave your hands, and presto – it’s back to normal. Beginning performers learn it as a way to practice their deception, and skilled magicians have fun by tweaking it in a variety …

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Appearing this week at the Magic Castle: Kiko Pastur, Kayla Drescher, David Regal

They say that if you want to see the best card magic in the world, you go to Spain. Close-up illusionist Kiko Pastur is bringing a slice of that magic with him to the Magic Castle this week, and you can see a sample of his expertise in the video above. Also arriving this week …

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Magician and escape artist Yorick Brown is the last man on Earth in the recently ordered TV pilot for Y: The Last Man

TV channel FX has ordered a pilot for a potential adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan’s excellent 60-issue comic, Y: The Last Man. In the comic, struggling street magician and escape artist Yorick Brown and his capuchin monkey Ampersand become the last males on earth after a mysterious event kills every other creature with a Y …

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Weekly Puzzle Solution: Erika’s choice

Welcome to GeniiOnline’s Weekly Puzzle, powered by Art of Play! We’ll bring you a new puzzle every Monday, then publish the solution on Tuesday.  In case you missed it yesterday, here’s the puzzle. Now, on to the solution! Erika is thinking of the 6 of spades. Both Natalie and Dave know what cards exist. When …

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GeniiCon 2017: Curtis Kam’s fascination with the Museum of Broken Relationships

“Magicians spend an awful lot of our time crafting stories around props,” Curtis Kam told us in our interview at GeniiCon 2017, and the Museum of Broken Relationships is the place to go “if you want good, solid of examples of great stories that come from real-world items”. In this video, Kam talks about why …

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Fill your holidays with chubby penguins with this Christmas playing card deck from Art of Play

If you’re like us, you’re probably up to your eyeballs in playing cards already. But ask yourself this question: do you have any playing cards with adorable fat penguins fishing for fish-like spades with candy cane bait on them? If not, this deck from Art of Play is just for you. Featuring 52 pieces of …

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Yes, there’s a Norway’s Got Talent, and yes, there’s a magician competing

Magician Denis Stone was born in Ireland, but he’s currently living in Norway and now making his name on Scandinavian television. He appeared on Norway’s Got Talent, which appears to be starting off a new season. Check out Stone’s oddball style in his debut performance on the reality show, which it seems will not be …

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Scottish Minister wins local magic prize with cute tricks and terrible puns

Magic is the art of deception, and Reverent Bill Wishart of St Martin’s Church, Edinburgh, is a master of pulling the wool over people’s eyes. Quite literally: His tricks almost all involve knitting needles. The 52-year-old magician, who performs under the stage name “Bill’s Ministry of Magic,” won this year’s Harry Kidd Cup for parlor, …

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Houdini archives change hands for big figures at the Potter & Potter Spring Magic Auction

It appears bidding was fierce at this year’s Potter & Potter Magic Memorabilia Auction if the prices fetched by two Houdini-related lots are anything to go by.  Note: All of the following figures include the action house’s 20% buyer’s premium.  A two-volume scrapbook on spiritualism kept by Harry Houdini himself was expected to sell for between …

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