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GeniiCon 2017: Randy Pitchford on curating his social media experience

Magician and Genii Magazine/GeniiOnline owner Randy Pitchford is perhaps more widely known for his work in video games, and as such his Twitter experience is… unique. In part five of our seven-part interview with at GeniiCon 2017, Randy dives into how he’s transitioned from using Twitter as strictly a place to broadcast information into using it …

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Murphy’s Magic lays out the ten best magic tricks of 2017

2017 was jampacked with incredible new effects and updates to many old standbys, and Murphy’s Magic picked out the ten best tricks of the year. The video above is filled with gimmicks, practical effects, and even some books and DVDs by the best magicians of their respective fields. Did your favorites make the cut? 

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The theory behind Theory11’s sophisticated brand of magic

Magic can be many things for many people, whether that means it’s kid-friendly and whimsical, uproariously funny, or dark and macabre. For Theory11 CEO and founder Jonathan Bayme, magic is elegant and refined—and he wants the products his company creates to reflect that. In a video for the Wall Street Journal, Bayme discusses Theory11’s vision …

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GeniiCon 2017: Hannibal on making the leap from actor to magician

GeniiCon may have come and gone months ago, but we’ve still got loads of interviews with magicians to share. Up next is Hannibal, a delightful sleight of hand illusionist who impresses with his ability to spin a yarn as much as he’s able to make objects appear out of thin air.  Throughout the week we’ll …

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Magic Everywhere: Learn how a rich history, feisty audiences, and lots of booze helps to create Chicago’s unique flavor of magic

Following a spin through Charlotte, North Carolina, our Magic Everywhere video series hopped a plane and an El train to explore Chicago, Illinois. After visiting four of the Windy City’s magic clubs and chatting with several top performers around town, we’ve got a good picture of what Chicago-style magic looks like. Hint: it all starts …

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Watch Nabeel Bera perform six Halloween gigs in one weekend in Bahrain

Halloween may be over, but watching spooky magic is a fun year-round activity. Besides, Nabeel Bera had to compile and edit footage from six different performances taken over three days during Halloween weekend (Halloweekend?) in Bahrain, and that takes time. Not only do you get to watch a bunch of cool magic, you’ll also get …

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For escape artist Kristin Johnson, “staying calm” is the most important part of her act

Being an escape artist requires a ridiculous amount of physical training, especially when we’re talking about strapping on handcuffs and plunging into a tank full of water. But as Kristin Johnson (aka Lady Houdini) points out in the video above, there’s definitely a psychological aspect to performing the death-defying feats she does on a routine …

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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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Dan White toys with Jimmy Fallon and Questlove’s imaginations with a box and a ball of yarn

Theory11 teased “something crazy” for last night’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, but I don’t think anyone expected something like the video embedded above.  In the nine minute trick, Dan White plays a little game with Jimmy Fallon and Questlove, making the two of them reach into a box, feeling around for …

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Why Penn & Teller’s Fool Us is so fun to watch

Here’s the thing about magic tricks: you desperately want to know how they’re done. The moment you see one, your brain is automatically trying to figure out how it happened. You’ll rewind that YouTube video to study hand movements or scan for misdirection, or you’ll try to recreate the trick in your head. But as …

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