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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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Conjuror on the River Kwai, Fergus Anckorn, dies aged 99

Fergus Anckorn, the longest serving member of The Magic Circle and former prisoner of war, whose sleight-of-hand skills helped save his own life and the lives of his fellow soldiers during their time in Japanese internment camps has died. He was 99 years old.    A Magic Circle member since he was 18 years old, …

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The Doug Henning Project celebrates its first birthday

One year ago today I began “The Doug Henning Project” with a post called “Why Doug Henning Matters!,” I obviously believe that’s still the case, and the last year has proven that even more to me! – Neil McNally  For a year now, culture writer and magic enthusiast, Neil McNally, has been working tirelessly to …

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Belgium’s most famous clown arrested for murder following an armed standoff with police

Belgian performer, Kevin Lapeire, better known as Clown Tobi, has been arrested for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, identified only as Caroline D. Police believe he enlisted the help of fellow performer, Deitwin Haegman, known as Dietwin the Yodeller, to help carry out the murder. Lapeire was taken into custody after an armed standoff in …

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Alex McAleer can get inside your head (not literally)

So contrary to the claim made in the above tweet, Alex McAleer did not literally crawl inside of Tory Shulman’s head. If Alex McAleer could literally crawl inside of people’s heads, Champions of Magic shows would be a lot messier, and would likely get far fewer volunteers from the audience.  So while you won’t get …

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Piff is crashing your television set later this year; show tapings are this week

Fans of magic and chihuahuas, rejoice! Piff the Magic Dragon is getting a TV special. The elaborately costumed Piff tweeted that the show will be filmed in Las Vegas on January 11 and 12. There are only about 50 tickets available for each show during the taping, so click quick if you want your laughter …

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See the classic tablecloth pull in a strange, hilarious new light

For most stage shows, the routine of pulling a cloth off a table has a long and established history. The table is usually set with decadent crystal wine glasses and expensive porcelain place settings. The thrill for viewers is the possibility, should the trick go wrong, of watching all those luxury items shatter to the …

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David Copperfield may be the new owner of Houdini’s bookcase

Many magicians are known for their vanishing acts, but in this news development, it’s the magician’s furniture that went missing. Harry Houdini’s New York home is up for sale, and after the first open house, the performer’s parlor bookcase seemingly disappeared. After a little digging by John Cox of the Wild About Harry blog, it …

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Appearing this week at the Magic Castle: Misty Lee, Mike Caveney, Derek Hughes

Loads of great acts at the Magic Castle this week. Check out the stand-up magic of Derek Hughes, the mysticism of Jared Kopf, the macabre work of illusionist Misty Lee, the wealth of knowledge and magic tricks offered by Mike Caveney, and much more. Performances take place every evening from December 11 – December 17 …

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Harry Blackstone, Sr.’s previously-unseen collection of comics, props, photos and more up for auction October 25-27

Harry Blackstone, Sr. is synonymous with a certain vintage of magic. His expertise made him one of the preeminent performers of the early 1900s, appearing on stages across the country and even inspiring a series of comic books and radio shows portraying his (100% fictional) crime-fighting exploits. And on October 25-27, Potter & Potter Auctions …

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