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Impression pads are an important weapon in the mentalist’s bag of tricks, and if you’re going to use one, why not use the best? The ParaPad is like the executive version of your run-of-the-mill impression pad, and comes with the gimmicked notebook, a similar regular notebook, a sharpie, reloadable paper, and access to a streamable …

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Mark Toland is going out of his mind this summer in a city near you

Mark Toland is taking his mind reading skills on the road. The mentalist is a staple performer at The Magic Penthouse in Chicago, but starting this summer, other cities across North America will get to experience his unique and focused take on the craft. The Out Of My Mind Tour will be making a few …

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Learn about why you create (and maybe get tempted to doodle) with illustrator Jake Parker

Inspiration and creative ideas can come from anywhere. Today, poke at your brain a bit with some insight from the world of illustration. Jake Parker began an art challenge called Inktober back in 2009. The task: create an original pen and ink drawing for every day during the month of October. It’s a big event …

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Check out this documentary on the history of magic in Winnipeg

When people think of the magic capitals of the world, they often think of the big cities: Houdini escaping a straitjacket in New York City, David Copperfield performing in Vegas, and so on. The relatively small Canadian city of Winnipeg may not immediately come to mind, but it’s been a hub for magicians for decades. …

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More artifacts from McIlhany’s Magical Mysteries Collection up for auction on November 12

The first part of William H. McIlhany’s collection of magical gimmicks and artifacts was auctioned off back in September, and it turns out we haven’t seen the last of it yet. Part two will be auctioned off on November 12 beginning at 10am PST. Here’s a description of the collection via Magicauctioneer: Bill McIlhany (1951-2017) …

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Simon Pierro’s not monkeying around on YouTube; he’s got 9 million views doing tricks for chimps

The old adage for performers says to never, ever work with children or animals. Simon Pierro, known for his clever iPad tricks, has disregarded that wisdom and we are all the better for it. This week, the Irish Independent picked up one of Pierro’s clips where he performs a few digital tricks for a chimpanzee. …

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OPIUM features aliens, robots, sword swallowing, magic and Spacecrabs

Sexy, irreverent sci-fi-themed variety show OPIUM launched to a standing ovation last night at the OPIUM Theatre at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The crew of the Orbital People Mover 4.2 (OPM 4.2) entertained a sold-out audience with sword swallowing, comedy, music, dangerous stunts, illusions, and feats of extreme athleticism, all the while maintaining a tongue-in-cheek, Barbarella-style camp …

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Kyle Marlett helps a TV host join the X-Men (Plus a new episode of Mutant Powers)

So that headline probably needs an explanation. Open your notebooks to page one. Kyle Marlett is touring to promote his new Facebook Watch show, in which he convinces members of the public they’ve been given superpowers. The show is called Mutant Powers.  The X-Men are a fictional team of mutants with superpowers who regularly appear …

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Nothing says “Warning, Cardistry Ahead” like Broken Borders Playing Cards

NDO’s Broken Borders is one of those weird cardistry decks that makes perfect sense once you see it in motion.  The backs are striking, featuring a garish, black and yellow “physical danger” stripe motif. The black stripes occasionally run right to the bleed, overriding the white borders and visually dissecting the cards in the right …

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What are Las Vegas’ top talents thankful for?

The Las Vegas that tourists see, the land of dazzle and debauchery, doesn’t seem like a natural fit for the sweet and wholesome Thanksgiving holiday. But there are real people who live and work in Sin City, and they do have lots to be thankful for. Las Vegas Magazine asked a few of the city’s …

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