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Dragon Sighting on TV

By Richard Kaufman The multi-talented (particularly for a reptile) Piff the Magic Dragon will be appearing on America’s Got Talent Champions on Monday January 14th at 8 pm on the NBC television network. AGT Champions is a spin-off of the normal AGT shows, and you can learn more about it and see a list of …

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How-To
Learn How to Make Your Own Ambiguous Arrow

By Richard Kaufman Have you heard of the optical illusion The Ambiguous Arrow? It makes your head hurt. Learn more about the background here. Here’s a video that demonstrates it and also reveals its workings. And here’s a video by Matt Pritchard that explains how you can make your own Ambiguous Arrow with the cardboard tube …

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MAGIC Live 2019

By Richard Kaufman Taking place in Las Vegas from August 4th through 7th, MAGIC Live is the largest magic convention in the United States, attracting 1400 attendees from around the world. For those of you who’ve hesitated, you’re in luck: it’s not sold out! Widely acclaimed, and always trying something different, convention organizer Stan Allen …

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1982 Magic With The Stars TV Special

By Richard Kaufman Have you ever had a recurring nightmare where people who have no business performing magic are suddenly on TV performing magic they have no business doing? Me, too. There were quite a few of those TV specials in the distant past. But thankfully, mercifully, this particular one-hour TV special from 1982 is …

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Pop Haydn channels Eddie Fechter with two fantastic tricks at the Magic Castle

The W.C. Fields bar at the Magic Castle is the perfect setting for Pop Haydn to perform Eddie Fechter’s hilarious “Eight to Twelve.” Swaying like he’s been helping himself to the stock, Haydn gets more and more intense as the trick goes on, eyeballing a hapless volunteer who cannot seem to accurately count the cards …

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A look at The Magic Castle’s estranged older sibling

You’ve no doubt heard us talk of the famed Magic Castle here on Genii Online. The private club has played host to a veritable who’s who of magical talent over the last half a century and is pretty much the center of the North American magical community. You already know this. What you might not know …

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Olivia Munn watching Shin Lim perform may be the most beautiful thing ever to grace this terrible earth

I think it’s fair to say that Olivia Munn and Shin Lim are beautiful people (and talented people: Shin Lim is obviously amazing, but Munn is absolutely superb in The Newsroom). Thus, Olivia Munn watching Shin Lim perform one of his beautiful routines takes us into a realm of previously theoretical beauty that might just …

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Steven Bridges came across a fork in the road… and bent it

Steven Bridges may make sub optimal choices when it comes to supermarket salad bars, but he’s a hell of a street magician.  In this latest video he’s once again pounding the pavement of Carnaby Street, London, laying waste to any cutlery he comes across.  His fork bending is smooth and fun, but he goes on to disappoint …

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Jason Bird talks magic and fables to promote his new show

“Most magicians, when they’re going to show you a card trick, they’ll try really hard to convince you that their deck of cards is an ordinary deck of cards,” explains Jason Bird. “We are always lying.” That’s a cute opener for a neat trick he performed on KTNV to promote his new show, FABLE. The …

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Kid breaks his arm during a Derren Brown show, gets to meet the man himself

Many a punter walks away from a Derren Brown show with their mind blown. 14-year-old, Alfie Hawes, came away  with two broken bones in his forearm. An industrious magician in his own right, young Master Hawes, was attending a show at Southend’s Cliffs Pavilion when he tripped while returning to his seat during the intermission.  “I had been trying …

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