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Meet Mahdi Moudini, “Asia’s answer to David Copperfield”

Most Americans have probably never heard of Mahdi Moudini, but the Iranian magician has been hard at work in Malaysia for 20 years, becoming one of the country’s most popular and frequently demanded illusionists. In a recent interview with Malaysian news outlet The Star Online, Moudini talks about his inspirations, why his dramatic hand gestures …

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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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Penn Jillette says his favorite movie magician is the amazing…Batman?

Penn Jillette is an opinionated fellow. He’s taken many strong stances on magic, from how performers present their work to how secretive the field can be. The Washington Post reached out to the legend to ask his opinion about Hollywood’s best portrayal of a magician. Given his distaste for those who tinker with claims of supernatural …

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GeniiCon 2017: Bernard Bilis on posting magic  online: “If they see everything on the web, they don’t come to see you for the lecture”

The internet has allowed magic to flourish in a way that it could only have dreamed of even a decade or two ago, but with the ability to disseminate information instantly comes responsibility. Does posting tutorials and videos online help your brand or does it make your live work less important? In part four of …

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Appearing this week at the Magic Castle: Murray Hatfield & Teresa and Danny Cole & Stacey

A duo of duos are headlining the Palace of Mystery as Murray Hatfield & Teresa and Danny Cole & Stacey perform at the Magic Castle this week. Be sure to check out the close-up magic of Ice McDonald or the hilarious Joel Ward as well.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIIEEurMW-kPerformances take place every evening from February 26 – March …

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Exclusive: Joshua Jay answers six questions about Six Impossible Things

Joshua Jay is trying something different this summer. He’s putting on a brand new, limited-run show in his home town of New York City called Six Impossible Things. It’s an immersive take on close-up magic that’s part illusion, part escape room, part interactive theater show, and all extremely cool. Both the magician and the audience …

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Nate Staniforth is looking for magic all across America in new web series

Magician Nate Staniforth has a simple goal: get from his home in New York to his next gig in Seattle in three weeks. Rather than just take a plane and spend his time shuffling from hotel to show and back, he decided to take a car, explore some back roads, and meet his favorite magicians. …

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Magi-Fest 2018: Sarah and David Trustman unveil the secret behind rapidly memorizing any deck of cards

Memorized deck tricks are absolutely impressive to pull off once you’ve got it worked out, but the amount of effort to learn even one memorization feels Herculean. At a Magi-Fest 2018 talk, David and Sarah Trustman unveiled their secret behind rapidly memorizing multiple decks of cards: the magic of psychology, mnemonics, and comics. Before explaining …

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June Horowitz, the IBM’s first female president, has died aged 104

It’s with great sorrow that we report the passing of former International Brotherhood of Magicians president, June Horowitz. Current Grand Rapids Ring 211 President, Jeff Brodrick, has confirmed that she died on June 27th. She was 104 years old.  Born June Olive Warsaw in Chicago on September 12th, 1913, Horowitz was a respected magician and committed …

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Learn more about observation, selective attention, and the amazing invisible gorilla

There might be piles of op-eds bemoaning the dwindling attention spans of the digital age, but magicians know better. They know that humans’ ability to see and observe has always been a fragile thing, a thing that’s easy to manipulate or to fail completely. Magic historian David Britland delves into some of the more incredible …

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