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In the shadow of a legend, Harry Houdini’s brother was a skilled magician too

The whims of history can be oh so fickle. Why is it that Harry Houdini endures as such a monumental figure in magic, while his younger brother, another accomplished magician, barely makes a blip? Who can say for sure. But if you’re not familiar with Theo “Dash” Hardeen, now’s the time to get acquainted. Messy …

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Watch this mentalist stick his hand into a steel animal trap without flinching

Magicians and mentalists of all kinds love to push the boundaries of what’s humanly possible. It’s why Houdini straps on a straitjacket, or why David Blaine holds his breath for ten minutes. Even as impressive as some of these moments are, sometimes I can’t help but ask: “Why???” Case in point: Martin Castor is a …

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Watch Chris Ramsay’s hunt for the best tricks at Magi-Fest

Magi-Fest just wrapped up another great weekend in Columbus, Ohio. The event is a great chance for magicians to meet up, buy gear, talk shop, and of course, show off their finest tricks. Chris Ramsay was on the floor to document some of those performances. His latest video is 14 minutes of joy and skill …

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New Zealand’s newest magic teacher is just 12 years old

Who better to teach the next generation of magician than a fellow youngster? Twelve-year-old Kid Dynamo is teaching weekly classes at a public library in New Zealand’s Manawatū district. He wants to help grow his local magic scene and is already working to keep his students engaged with new skills. When he isn’t performing, the …

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Penn on Donald Trump: “He’s an a**hole”

Not one to mince words, Penn Jillette had a simple answer when asked for his opinion on Donald Trump in an interview with Vice’s Desus & Mero.  Penn met the gameshow-host-turned-leader-of-the-free-world during his time on The Celebrity Apprentice.  I was told… I guess there’s shame in this now, but I was told Donald Trump himself wanted …

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This David Blaine trick works like clockwork

Clockwork, get it? Because of the watch. Okay, maybe it’s a digital watch. Whatever. Come up with your own headline. David Blaine is currently roaming the country, drumming up hype for his upcoming show, David Blaine Live. Hype means interviews and interviews mean tricks in radio stations. Tricks like the one above; a cute little …

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Did You Miss The Columbus MagiFest this Past Weekend?

About 650 magicians gathered in Columbus Ohio this past weekend, amid sub-zero temperatures, to watch magic and learn from one another. Even David Blaine showed up! Random moments from around the convention. Read all about it in The Columbus Dispatch and watch the video.

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How Mat Franco is defining what it means to be a “millennial magician”

Mat Franco made the leap to a household name with his win on America’s Got Talent, the first and only magician to secure the ultimate title. But with all that he now juggles in touring and starring in a regular Vegas show, it’s easy to forget that Franco is just 30 years old. Even though …

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Lost City Magic brings Cherokee lore to life on stage

Bobby and Jeramy Neugin are one of only a handful of Native American magic acts working today. The father and son duo perform under the name Lost City Magic and bill themselves as “the last conjurors of the Cherokee.” As their moniker implies, they perform traditional stage and street magic, but with a Cherokee twist.  They pull wasps …

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ZeeGee wishes everyone Happy Hanukkah with a card trick

Hanukkah’s already well underway, but it’s never too late for a holiday greeting from a magican. Jewish illusionist ZeeGee has a card trick that also doubles a Hanukkah blessing for anyone who is observing the holiday over the next few days. Enjoy the video above, and everyone at GeniiOnline wishes you a Happy Hanukkah as well! 

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