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See snippets from the show floor of The Session 2018

Did you get to go to The Session in London earlier this month? If you did, I’m very jealous. If you didn’t, you can start living it vicariously. We’re starting to see some videos from attendees of the event, put on by Vanishing Inc., posted to YouTube. One such showreel comes from Arnulfur Hakonarson, a …

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Aaron Rabkin on making a magic show for people who don’t like magic shows

Aaron Rabkin loves theater, but as a young performer, he also knows how hard it is to get a tech-savvy generation raised on instant video streaming to come out and see a play. That’s why he built Trickery, an intimate venue in the heart of Chicago that he hopes will be a gateway drug for …

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Watch James Randi, the ultimate skeptic, take down magical frauds

We adore magic for its ability to boggle our minds with seemingly impossible feats. Usually it’s all in the name of entertainment and good fun, but there are less conscientious performers who use their skills in deception for more dubious purposes. For those charlatans and quacks, James Randi is your worst nightmare. Born Randall James …

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Podcast dives into the fascinating career of Adelaide Herrmann, “the queen of magic”

Have you ever heard of Adelaide Herrmann? Dubbed “The Queen of Magic” during her fifty-year career in the art, Herrmann was certainly the most successful female magician of her time, if not all time. You can learn all about her incredible life in the latest episode of What’sHerName, a podcast dedicated to discussing remarkable women throughout …

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Quick review: 99 ways to tell a story

Magicians are quite skillful at devising different methods for creating the same effect. Marlo, for example, was well known for figuring out 50 ways to make a Spectator Cut To the Aces. But methodologists tend to focus on the necessary action steps rather than developing different ways to tell a “story” more interesting and human …

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Pro wrestler Evan Cloyd has magic moves outside the ring too

Let’s be real: it was just a matter of time before pro wrestlers started getting into magic. Both fields demand dexterity, creativity, and no small amount of stage presence. Here, we’ve got wrestling magician Evan Cloyd showing off a nifty card trick for MJ Jenkins, a wrestler in her own right. The onlookers freaking out …

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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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5 reasons why you should get your kid a magic set

There’s no shortage of toys and gadgets for kids to play with these days. But amidst the technological wizardry of tablets and game consoles, branded dolls and action figures, and noise-making doo-dads lies the humble magic kit. Each kit is different, but all share one goal: to give children the opportunity to share the art …

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Suhani Shah: the most famous female face of India’s magic scene

According her profile in The India Times, Suhani Shah is the only female magician in India. I’m not sure if that’s entirely true, but she is certainly the most successful. Her career on the stage started at age seven and continues to this day, but she’s also a clinical hypnotherapist, corporate trainer, author and counselor. …

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The Magic Word podcast debates the pros and cons of magic on the Internet

The Internet’s impact on magic is undeniable, but it’s a divisive topic. Some magicians love the immediate access to information, the potential to reach new audiences. Others question if it’s pulling away audiences, increasing viewer cynicism, and perpetuating mediocrity. To learn more about how the world wide web grew into its current role for the …

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