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GeniiCon 2017: Jean Merlin’s rope magic lecture shows why GeniiCon is one of the best ways to learn magic

“If you have any questions,” Jean Merlin says as he finishes his first trick, causing two small ropes to grow in size like magic, “don’t hesitate to ask.” And he means it, too; as he goes through his lecture, he’s showing his method, first in real-time, then again in slow motion, and if anyone wants …

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Colin Cloud, Shin Lim, and more share the stage in New Zealand this fall

If you live in New Zealand (or plan on taking a vacation there in the near future), you owe it to yourself to check out Magicians, which will bring five of the world’s greatest magic acts on stage together for what should be a very memorable show. The official website describes it as a magic …

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James Galea’s best trick ever includes a piano

We’re being a bit cheeky calling this James Galea‘s best trick ever, but in our defense, his pal Kit also thinks this one is tops. And hey, if the magic thing doesn’t work out, Galea could use his musical chops to get a gig in a piano bar. This clip is from Galea’s show, the …

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Britain’s Got Talent finalist headlines Britain’s Got Magic tour (humblebrag much?)

Christian Lee, a finalist from Britain’s Got Talent in 2016, is headlining a touring magic show in the UK. Britain’s Got Magic will play shows from East Sussex to West Yorkshire over the coming months. The website has the full schedule and ticket information. Lee took the international stage with a run on the television …

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Live show UK: Jamie Raven’s Making Magic tour begins in September

Jamie Raven may have lost the Britain’s Got Talent 2015 final to a Border Collie by just 2.2% of the votes, but he hasn’t let that humiliating defeat at the paws of his canine nemesis hold him back. Has Matisse the dog headlined the West End Box Office Smash, “The Illusionists?” No, he’s a dog. Did …

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GeniiCon 2017: For David Blaine, his bizarre live show is only phase one of his plan

David Blaine’s act has always been intense, but his career has evolved from card magic on the street to more strange and macabre acts of self-sacrifice. At GeniiCon 2017, a rare chat between Blaine and Genii Magazine editor-in-chief Richard Kaufman revealed that this only marks phase one of his career’s journey. Kaufman noticed that, while …

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Patrick Kun’s specially-designed deck of cards for magicians now comes in black

We see a lot of custom-designed cards here at GeniiOnline, but decks built for cardistry aren’t always the right choice for illusionists, no matter how cool they look. Magician and graphic designer Patrick Kun took those design sensibilities and added some magical utility with his Mirage playing cards – and now they come in black. …

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Academy of Magic Arts award winner Steve Valentine joins lineup for Genii Convention

Exciting news for everyone planning on joining Genii in Orlando this October: two-time close-up magic champion Steve Valentine will be lecturing and performing at the show. The Genii Convention takes place October 4-7, with additional workshops on the 8th. Valentine joins such well-known performers as Jade, Jim Steinmeyer, Michael Weber, John Carney, and Shintaro Fujiyama.  For …

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Magi-Fest 2018: Magic tricks aren’t copyrightable, but there are still ways to protect your work

Attorney and founder of internet rights law firm GigaLaw Doug Isenberg gave a talk at MagiFest 2018 today about how the current state of intellectual property law applies to a magician and how they can protect their illusions. The short answer? Magic tricks themselves are not protected by copyright, but there are still ways to …

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P.T. Barnum: When magic arrives at the circus

The name ‘Barnum’ might spark visions of the big top, but the famed circus man also had a long history of magic. The Magic Detective website turned its investigative eye toward legendary showman P.T. Barnum, delving into the connections he had with magicians over the decades. For starters, many of his business associates were magicians. …

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