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David Blaine will be on The Tonight Show TONIGHT

There’s not much I can add to this one, folks. Magic legend David Blaine will be appearing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon THIS EVENING. The show airs on NBC at 11:35pm/10:35pm central.  Don’t worry if you miss the show or live outside of the US. Magician performances (like this one featuring Dan White) regularly make it …

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David Copperfield tops the list of highest-paid magicians

Forbes has once again assembled a list of the top-paid magicians in the industry, and once again, David Copperfield rests very comfortably atop it, bringing in $61.5 million pre-tax in the fiscal year that ended in June 2017. Some of that came from the 621 shows he performed in Las Vegas, and some came from …

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Learn some snappy elastic band tricks with Jay Sankey

Jay Sankey is doing work with these trick tutorial videos. In this latest effort, he shows us how to make a marked elastic band disappear and reappear inside of a tuck box, and how to pull an elastic band through a pencil. The tuck box trick is quick and relatively low-key, but with the right …

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Why bother solving a Rubik’s cube when you can do this?

I admit, whenever I see a magician whip out a Rubik’s cube, my first response is invariably a weary sigh. Solving a Rubik’s cube is not impressive. Solving one fast is only impressive to nerds. Using one in a routine just screams “hey, check out my gimmicked cube!” Fortunately, Britain’s Got Talent contestant, Maddox Dixon, …

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Videos
Sora takes a striptease prediction routine in an unusual direction

The judges on Britain’s Got Talent look very uncomfortable when 26-year-old Japanese illusionist Sora starts his sexy striptease prediction, asking them to flip through a notebook and select three choices from a variety of lascivious lingerie. Of course, Sora’s got a twist up his sleeve (which he promptly removes), showing a little cheek for this …

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Ekaterina reviews Clone, sorting the fantastical from the functional

Ekaterina is back with another review video, this time focusing on the Clone effect by J.C. Rodarte. This is a particularly interesting review, given the buzz around Rodarte’s work and Ellusionist’s Adam Wilbur getting a win with it on Penn & Teller Fool Us. How does it really work out in the wild? Ekaterina acknowledges …

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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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Price hike for tickets to IBM Convention coming soon; contest registration now open

If you want to hit up the International Brotherhood of Magicians Convention, happening in Grand Rapids, Michigan July 4-7, you should register in the next two weeks: ticket prices will go up on March 1. Performers for the convention include: Pop Haydn, Nick Lewin, Jeff Hobson, Larry Wilson, Michael Finney, Jeff McBride, Rick Merrill, Nick …

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Emory University in Atlanta to host free conference on lying and deception this Friday

We all know that when we agree to see a magician perform, we’re effectively giving our consent to be lied to. But what is the psychology behind our love of being fooled? Why do we lie to one another, even when we know it’s wrong? And how do we find the truth when misinformation is …

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Articles
Mandrake the Magician is a comic book legend, but a failed television show kept him from becoming a star

He’s one of the earliest superheroes, who uses science, gadgets and deductive reasoning to bring villains to justice – but he’s not Batman. He’s a student of mystic arts and has mastered the arcane, but he’s not Doctor Strange, or even Sargon the Sorcerer, though both borrow from him. He and his creator’s other breakout …

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