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Australian police are on the hunt for a plant-stealing clown

The sleepy suburb of Scarborough in Perth, Australia, has been rocked by the brazen theft of a large display plant from a local shopping center by a menacing clown. Unwilling to allow this criminal jester’s reign of botanical larceny to continue unabated, the local constabulary has called for anyone with knowledge of this clown prince …

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Magic Magazine has fully indexed its entire 301 issue run, available for free online

Ever wondered which issue of Magic Magazine has articles about Houdini’s infamous water torture cell? Well, wonder no more: a fully-searchable index of all 301 issues of the venerable magic periodical is available online, right at your fingertips. Simply head over to http://www.magicmagazine.com/search, type in whatever info you’ve got in the boxes on the left (author, subject, …

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Jessica Jane Peterson: A multi-talented magician to watch in 2018

Digital Journal writer Markos Papadatos picked Jessica Jane Peterson as his entertainer to watch in 2018. Besides ‘magician,’ Tennessee native Peterson has a bunch of very cool entries on her performer’s resume. She’s also a fire-eater and worked as a crossbow assistant. Calling her a ‘seasoned performer’ barely scratches the surface of her more than …

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Meet Harry L. Collins, who combined his love of magic and corn chips into one amazing dream job

You can find magicians in all walks of life. Many people simply moonlight in prestidigitation while they work day jobs. A lucky few manage to turn magic into a standalone career. Harry L. Collins managed to do both. Collins was born in Glasgow, Kentucky in 1920. He learned magic as a young man, and applied …

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Videos
These ads for our future robot overlords feature some great tricks

The robots may eventually rise up and crush our fragile biological bodies under their unfeeling, hydraulic heels, but at least they appreciate some good magic. These two ads were produced by the supremely talented Jannik Görtz to promote German automation company, Another Monday. The conceit of tying magic to automated production is tenuous, but Görtz certainly performs with …

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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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Videos
Max Major makes believers out of Pickler & Ben

Not everyone appears into magic at first glance (wild, I know), but even the most jaded individual can’t help but be impressed when an experienced mentalist messes with their head. That’s what happened this week on Pickler & Ben, when Max Major showed off a pair of mind-reading tricks with a marker and a pad …

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Derren Brown’s Miracle is coming back to life on Netflix

It seems like every time someone brings up an upcoming Derren Brown TV special I find myself muttering, “Hasn’t that been out for ages?” and doing a quick Google search. The answer is usually, yes, yes it has. It seems like whatever deal Brown has with British TV channel, Channel 4 (we are not imaginative …

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The world’s simplest coin trick is a good place to start

So the trick above might seem easy. Too easy, in fact. Insultingly easy, if you wan’t to get fresh.  Allow me to explain.  The trick, performed by the amazing Julie Eng, isn’t just a great place for coin novices to start, requiring even less dexterity than the super simple french drop, but it’s also a great …

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Articles
Magic, mechanics, and a clockwork orange: The life and legacy of Jean-Eugene Robert-Houdin

If you picture a ‘magic show’ in your mind’s eye, a few common elements will surely emerge. You’ll see a witty, charismatic performer in formal attire. Simple objects will be put to use that defy the rules of the natural world. The evening will carry an air of class, elegance, and drama. All of that …

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