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Mark Haslam’s The Secret Class is pure class

A good promotional video doesn’t sell a magician, it sells a mood. This trailer for Mark Haslam’s one-man show, The Secret Class, is – and you’ll have to excuse the pun – a masterclass in nostalgia. From the quick cuts between sepia-toned magic ephemera to Haslam’s effortlessly charming, honeyed diction, the video immediately conveys a …

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Friday Video Roundup: Shin Lim, comic books, and spring-loaded critters

So many videos, so little time. Here’s a selection of magic-related vids we missed this week, or that didn’t warrant their own article: I admit, there’s a tiny part of me that wants to see magic pranks go wrong, especially when they involve fake animal abuse. In this video, veteran magician, Murray SawChuck, runs into …

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Here’s what happens when you stiff a magician five bucks

Some of the language in this bit from comedian Patton Oswalt is definitely not safe for work, but be honest: you’ve either seen this magician or you’ve been this magician.   

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Bad at Photoshop? You could win an unreleased deck from ellusionist

Remember how the idea for those beautiful Pink Madison Rounders playing cards we covered earlier in the month came from a photoshopped image made for April Fools’ Day? No? Well the idea came from a photoshopped image made for April Fools’ Day. Ellusionist is celebrating that moment of creative inspiration by encouraging even more photo-editing tomfoolery.  The magic …

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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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Mike Boyd teaches Chris Ramsay (and you) how to stack dice

Stacking dice looks impossible. I mean, you’re taking these bouncy plastic cubes, grabbing them with a cup with a flick of the wrist, and bring them down on the table in a perfect column. But like most things magical, anyone can do it; it just takes lots and lots of practice.  Mike Boyd is the …

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David Copperfield and Penn & Teller joined by Vegas’ best acts in massive benefit concert on December 1

It’s been over a month since the horrific events that took place in Las Vegas. That hasn’t stopped the city and its people from moving forward in the face of tragedy, and some of the best acts in Vegas are organizing an event to raise money for the victims affected by the shooting. Entitled Vegas …

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Magicana just posted this macabre 2013 video of David Ben working magic on a deck of cards and it is wild

James Alan from Magicana sent us a link to one of their most recent uploads, and I am so glad he did. It’s a video called The Devil’s Playthings, and it is something else. Some background: Toronto collector of bizarre treasures and anthropological artifacts Bill Jamieson passed away in 2011 at the age of 57. …

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Black Tales is a pirate-themed deck that’s about to go on sail

Okay, seriously, that headline’s the only bit of pirate-themed, lexical-tomfoolery that will appear in this piece. Any more and my editor will make me walk the plank. Black Tales is a planned series of three nautical-themed decks. The first deck, Black Tales – Chpt. I The Arrival, made its debut on Kickstarter today with a …

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Rick Smith Jr. tries to break his own world record for card throwing on the Today Show

The nice thing about already having the Guinness World Record for card throwing is that it doesn’t matter if you succeed or fail on subsequent reattempts – you’re still the champion. Such is the case on a recent episode of The Today Show, where Rick Smith Jr. showed off his skills, first on a watermelon …

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