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Mahdi Gilbert inspires audiences with card magic at Hocus Pocus Festival in Spain

Canadian conjurer Mahdi Gilbert was born without hands or feet, but the illusions he’s capable of would put most able-bodied magicians to shame. Back in November, he was invited to speak and perform at the Hocus Pocus Festival in Granada, Spain, which gathers magicians from all over the globe in a celebration of the art …

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Chris Ramsay tries really hard to not be a Scrooge about Christmas magic

Christmastime means Christmas magic, when illusionists love to put a holiday spin on your favorite tricks. Sometimes it’s cute and charming, others… well, calling it “cheesy” can be generous. Chris Ramsay walks through a few random Christmas magic videos he stumbled across on the internet and tries really hard not to be a grumpy humbug …

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Mark Haslam’s The Secret Class is pure class

A good promotional video doesn’t sell a magician, it sells a mood. This trailer for Mark Haslam’s one-man show, The Secret Class, is – and you’ll have to excuse the pun – a masterclass in nostalgia. From the quick cuts between sepia-toned magic ephemera to Haslam’s effortlessly charming, honeyed diction, the video immediately conveys a …

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Keep your favorite deck of cards cozy by Kickstaring a pair of Sockman’s Original Playing Card Socks

Card clips and protectors are a great way keep rare or expensive playing cards safe from r repeated use or transportation, especially if you’re a working magician who needs to keep your cards nice and crisp. Penguin Magic just launched a Kickstarter for a more unique kind of protector that’s a bit more playful and …

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How Alice Cooper nearly accidentally hanged himself, twice

Shock-rock legend Alice Cooper has been attempting to kill himself on stage for the best part of fifty years now and I’m genuinely surprised he’s yet to succeed. Most of his shows feature at least one segment where Cooper is dragged off to be hanged, beheaded, electrocuted to death, etc. The stunts are dangerous, but …

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FLASH SALE: Brick Boxes of David Blaine’s just-released Stoics playing cards are 50% off

David Blaine’s latest deck of cards, Stoics, hit the market today and word on the street is they’re great. One deck will cost you US$15, but for just 24 hours, you can pick up an entire brick (that’s 12 decks, for the uninitiated) for just $90. A quick bit of cutting-edge-journalism (elementary maths) tells me …

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The impressive pre-order numbers for Mark Millar’s The Magic Order #1 might just be smoke and mirrors

I’ve been giving Mark Millar’s upcoming, magic-themed comic book, The Magic Order, a lot of coverage as of late, mostly because comics are my main passion* and it’s rare that I get a chance to talk about them here at GeniiOnline. Having contributed to the pre-launch hype for the comic, I feel like I’m duty-bound to report …

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GeniiCon 2017: Randy Pitchford on the two kinds of magicians

When Randy Pitchford was just getting his start in magic, he quickly learned that there were two kinds of magicians: those who acted as mentors and helped budding performers like himself, and those who prefer to keep their knowledge close to their chests. In part four of our seven-part interview at GeniiCon 2017, Randy talks …

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Netflix to get original reality series hosted by comedian and magician Justin Willman

Netflix is making a bigger push into reality television through its streaming service, and according to Deadline, it will finally expand its original content into the realm of magic in a new series featuring magician and comedian Justin Willman. Willman, who has just recently come off his national Fake Believe Tour and a Comedy Central …

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Check out the best tricks Chris Ramsay found at Blackpool Magic Convention

Chris Ramsey took his vlog to the Blackpool Magic Convention last weekend, joining many, many other magicians and magic aficionados. Given the massive size of the event, we can probably expect to see lots of videos from Ramsey and others over the coming days. But for now, we start with just two. First off, the …

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