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GeniiCon 2017: David Blaine searched Liberia for five years to find a secret

David Blaine does this trick with water and kerosene. He drinks about a gallon of water, then swallows some kerosene, which he spits out to do a bit of fire-breathing. Once his target is lit, he goes into firehose mode and extinguishes it with the water. It’s marvelous to see in person, but getting it …

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Hidden Agenda

Sometimes it’s tough to find the motivation to follow through with things, even when you enjoy them. You don’t email your college roommate enough, you haven’t been to the park in who knows how long, and the closest you’ve come to traveling is watching Game of Thrones. Hidden Agenda won’t help you with any of …

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The Masked Magician’s Enduring Legacy

In an era of proto-reality-shows centering on deadly animal attacks and crash-prone police chases, the Fox network introduced one of the most controversial television airings of magic ever recorded. A series of specials, verbosely named “Breaking the Magician’s Code: Magic’s Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed” explained the common tricks and gimmicks in step-by-step detail, giving audiences …

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Former Magic Circle president Jack Delvin releases The Real Secrets of Magic eBook

The Magic Circle takes its secrets very seriously. If a member reveals the secret to a trick they risk suspension or even expulsion from the society, but Jack Delvin fears no such repercussions. After five years of leading The Magic Circle, Delvin is ready to share his 70 (yes, seven-zero) years of performing experience with …

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Inventor Kevin James talks about why kids are the hardest people to fool, makes a coin pass through solid glass

World-famous stage show The Illusionists just wrapped up its two-week-long engagement at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Don’t worry if you missed it, though; the venue has since posted two specially-produced videos featuring inventor Kevin James, offering tricks and insight aplenty.   The first, posted above, is an interview with the man who devised the Floating …

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Appearing this week at the Magic Castle: Murray Hatfield & Teresa and Danny Cole & Stacey

A duo of duos are headlining the Palace of Mystery as Murray Hatfield & Teresa and Danny Cole & Stacey perform at the Magic Castle this week. Be sure to check out the close-up magic of Ice McDonald or the hilarious Joel Ward as well.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIIEEurMW-kPerformances take place every evening from February 26 – March …

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Jeanette Andrews talks about making illusions for all five senses on latest episode of the Magical Thinking podcast

Numerous studies have shown that smell is the strongest of our five senses, and that scents are strongly tied to the recollection of memory, but when was the last time you saw a magician waft the smell of a slice of pizza in the audience’s direction in conjunction with a card trick?  That’s what Jeanette …

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Does Eric Jones need to up his showmanship?

Ok, let’s hammer this out. There’s no question that Philadelphia magician Eric Jones has skills; his performance on the quarterfinals of America’s Got Talent is clear proof of that. But judge Simon Cowell keeps harping on Jones’ lack of showmanship, saying he doesn’t create enough drama with his act. On the one hand, his laid-back …

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John Northern Hilliard talks smack about Bicycles from beyond the grave

It has been said that I occasionally take my ribbing of Bicycle Playing Cards too far in my capacity as “card guy,” here at Genii Online. Indeed, there has been some suggestion that I relish opportunities to rubbish the brand and its propensity for ugly skeleton decks. This is of course absolutely true, and my …

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Steven Bridges swallows a needle and it’s as disturbing to watch as it sounds

It’s always a good sign when a magic video opens with a giant warning label, right? Seriously: don’t try this trick at home, and don’t watch the video above if you hate needles—because Steven Bridges swallows one and then pulls it out of his throat with a bit of thread. Fun fact: apparently Steven wanted …

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