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Sony Xperia commercial reveals magician’s methods

This one is a bit controversial. To showcase the Xperia XZ Premium’s ability to record video in super slow motion, Sony filmed The Chelsea Joker performing some tricks. Hey, shocker, turns out filming magicians in super slow-mo is a great way to learn how they ply their craft. Which is both cool and not. On …

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We all scream for ice cream-inspired playing cards now on Kickstarter

The latest Kickstarter project to catch our eye is Tasty Playing Cards, a new deck designed for use in both cardistry and magic tricks. The real draw is the ice cream-inspired design, with a strawberry pink and waffle cone brown color scheme. The open box also looks just like a slightly-melty cone for summer refreshment. …

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11 year old fuses magic and comedy on Little Big Shots Philippines, is adorable

Music, film, art, and of course, magic, all have the power to transcend cultural boundaries and barriers. The fact that I can’t speak a lick of Filipino doesn’t take away from my appreciation of 11-year-old George’s comedy magic routine, performed recently on Little Big Shots Philippines. George appeared on the Philippine adaptation of the US …

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Spend your lazy Sunday watching this BBC documentary on the history of close-up magic

Close-up magic is my personal favorite genre of illusion; while I enjoy the huge set-pieces of stage magic and the mind-bending qualities of mentalism, there’s something about seeing something small but incredible happen only a few feet in front of you. In this episode of the BBC documentary miniseries History of Magic, great magicians like …

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5 new year’s resolutions every magician should try to keep in 2018

The new year has just begun, which means you’ve probably given a thought or two to resolutions you’ll hope to keep, like finally fixing that closet door that sticks or exercising more. Those are great aspirations, but in the latest issue of Vanish Magic Magazine, Nick Lewin has five great resolutions magicians should adopt as …

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Google honors Georges Méliès with a stunning virtual reality doodle

Google products are integrated so thoroughly throughout the entirety of my miserable existence that the only time I visit the original search engine homepage is when there’s a new doodle. And today there is a new doodle. And it’s great. “Back to the Moon” is a beautifully animated homage to the works of famed illusionist, …

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Quick change artist sings dance floor-filling soundtrack to her own performance

Lots of magicians use magic to spice up their own acts, but it’s not every day that you see a magician changing into a dozen different outfits while also singing a wall-thumping pop banger. But that’s exactly what Solange Kardinaly does in the video above. She’s a third-generation illusionist from Portugal, combining magic, quick change, …

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Steve Cohen has the next best thing to superpowers in his new comic

While the lead character in his recently released graphic novel, The Millionaire’s Magician, might share Steve Cohen’s name, the comic isn’t exactly biographical in the strict sense of the word. Some liberties have been taken. For example: Steve Cohen did spend some of his youth in Tokyo, and is fluent in Japanese, thanks to a cultural exchange program. …

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Huge lot of magic books up for sale on ebay

McIlhany Auction house has put a large number of magic books that won’t be included in one of their regular magic auctions up for sale on ebay. None of them are too pricey (yet…bids are still coming in), and many are yours for the taking for the cost of a fancy Starbucks drink.  The hot …

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Shin Lim talks character development with Hector Mancha

You can skip to 4:35 in the above video if you just want to be astounded by Hector Mancha‘s Grand Prix FISM-winning act, but you’ll be missing out on a great discussion between Hector and Shin Lim about developing a character for the stage.  The benefit of adopting a stage persona, says Hector, is that …

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