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Krendl on how he holds his breath and why his audience holds theirs

There is a man suspended upside down in a glass box filled with water. His hands and feet are bound. The man holds his breath. The audience does the same. That’s the popular image of the escape artist right there. Over a hundred years after it was first performed, the “Water Torture Cell” is still …

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Paul Draper bends a fork with Stranger Things’ Eleven

If you spent the weekend binging season two of Stranger Things, you probably have a little hole in your heart where Eleven, played by Millie Bobby Brown, should go. This clip with mentalist Paul Draper is from last year’s Salt Lake Comic Con, but Brown’s charm is utterly timeless. She even shows off her telekinetic prowess …

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This 1981 Doug Henning performance has it all: magic, a mirror, and a majestic mustache

Evening talk shows have long been a great way for magicians to get their tricks in front of a wide audience. Despite the challenges of performing on screen instead of for a live audience, viewers have been treated to some pretty stellar performers over the years. It’s also fortunate that we’ve been able to have …

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Inside The House Theatre of Chicago

Through its 15-year history, one theater company has consistently brought magical themes and techniques to the stage to create inventive, engaging, highly regarded work: The House Theatre of Chicago. The company has earned 60 Joseph Jefferson Award Nominations (Chicago’s equivalent of the Tony Awards) including 19 wins, and recognition from the American Theatre Wing in …

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Support a good cause by splashing out on charity: water playing cards

If, like me, you always feel a pang of guilt whenever you spend your hard-earned money on something as frivolous as a fancy deck of playing cards (I love them, but it’s true), then Theory11 has just the thing for you:  a deck that looks good, handles well, and makes you feel like a better …

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There’s something fishy about this escape artist…

Christian Wedoy is an escape artist with lungs of steel. Or maybe rubber? Titanium? I don’t really know, but his ability to hold his breath underwater really does seem superhuman. Here he’s showing off his skills with a few goldfish for company, but he can also stay cool underwater for four whole minutes while navigating …

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The Modern Rogue offers some important phishing lessons on how to keep your personal information secure

Did you know that 30% of all phishing emails are opened, and 12% of the malicious links in those emails are successful in finding a target? Or that the average phishing attack on a medium-sized business can cause $1.6 million in damages? I didn’t until I watched the above video from The Modern Rogue, a …

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Wayne Houchin’s act on The Amazing Magicians uses his hands, arm, and eyeball

The Amazing Magicians is certainly doing an amazing job of getting the world hyped about magic. The Chinese reality television show has boasted viewership as high as 270 million people. That’s a whole lot of potential new magic fans. One of the latest performers to charm those millions of viewers was Wayne Houchin. He got …

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Meet the brother-sister duo who became magicians for America’s Got Talent

With international touring and a finalist title from America’s Got Talent, Kadan Bart Rockett and Brooklyn Rockett are already racking up an impressive resume. It would be solid for two grown-ups, but this brother-sister duo are just 12 and 10 years old. The Union Leader interviewed the magical siblings ahead of a show in Concord, …

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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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