Kirk Demarais once wrote a book, Life of the Party: A Visual History of the S.S. Adams Company, that is now hard to obtain. But dig if you can because it’s filled with hilarious memories of the mischievous monkey business kids got up to with gags manufactured by the S.S. Adams Company.
While the book is out of print and expensive, this entry by Demarais on his blog gives you a taste of the fun kids used to be able to have in terrifying their elders. http://secretfunspot.blogspot.com/2006/05/mechanical-servant.html
Here’s Orson Welles appearing on Dean Martin’s TV show in the mid 1960s; they’re both having some fun. Welles was a true magician at heart.
David Blaine has challenged his body over the past decade in ways no other human has attempted before. He has almost died multiple times in these attempts. These challenges are real, not tricks. Do not try at home.
The Library of Congress looks at the copyrights it holds filed by Harry Houdini for several of his illusions.
And here’s the wax cylinder recording Houdini did for his Water Torture Cell:
Richard Wiseman’s quirky antics in this video challenge your powers of observation. Can you figure out the trick?
Imam was one of the few practitioners of Fakir magic in the United States. This is just one example of his ability to fuse drama with comedy, and make you uncomfortable in the process.
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There’s no fooling around in the April 2022 issue. Our cover feature highlights card mechanic extraordinaire Jason England in a piece by John Lovick. Richard Wiseman and Lawrence Leung’s “Hocus Pocus Live: The Davenport Séance,” brings the spooky gathering to the pages of a comic book, and Erika Larsen writes a fond farewell to the Amazing Johnathan.
And lots of fine tricks, too! There’s a showpiece with coins and a $100 bill in “The River” by Joshua Jay. Jon Racherbaumer’s “Exhumations” unearths a quick production of the four Aces, complete with a Triumph finale. David Britland’s “Cardopolis” shares his solution to a card trick described once only in a 1935 newspaper. Roberto Mansilla has an answer to the Any Card At Any Number plot in “Artifices.” And “Magicana” has three routines described by Jonathan Friedman including one that uses sugar and pepper.
David Kaye shows us how to get kids to say the darndest things in “Expert at the Kids table.” Vanessa Armstrong brings us the news. In “Knights at The Magic Castle,” Shawn McMaster focuses on Founders’ Day. John Gaughan lights up “Chamber of Secrets” with a Thayer lamp. And speaking of lamps, this month’s “Light from the Lamp” shines on new tricks with David Regal, books with Francis Menotti, and Ryan Matney covering videos. It’s all on the inside. We’ll see you there.
Illusionist Rick Thomas is opening at the Andy Williams Theater in Branson, Missouri with a full-evening show. https://andywilliams.com/?page_id=21 He’s a stylish magician, and here’s a taste! Hint: you can go even if your hair isn’t blue.
Posted on Facebook by the police in the city of Seguin, Texas, it appears that someone with sleight of hand skills is short changing cashiers at Walmarts around the United States. The poster takes a wry approach, though I don’t know if David Blaine would appreciate the call out. Here’s their post:
The Fakirs of old India sat crossed legged on a tattered mat, amid piles of cloth, and performed miracles: charming cobras, Indian cups and balls, the human volcano, producing sparrows from beneath a small basket, lifting a heavy weight with the eyelids. These magicians learned their trade through an oral tradition that dates back hundreds of years, yet their mysteries are as vibrant today as ever. Let’s take a time machine …