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John Michael Hinton just wants to make friends

John Michael Hinton’s friendly persona might not be for everyone, but he did impress notorious P&T on last night’s episode of Fool Us. His impressive Rubik’s cube tricks weren’t quite enough to fool the pair, but did earn an enthusiastic ovation. And a handshake. So there’s that.  Hinton also made it onto small screens earlier […]

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Heroic clown celebrates 20 years at the Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Herald is currently running a fun feature on the eventful life and career of Calgary Stampede mainstay, Shane Farberman, better known as Doo Doo the Clown.  Okay, for those of you in the back, he was originally called Doodles the Clown, but there was a misprint on one of his early promotional flyers. […]

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Under the shell: A look at the world’s oldest scam

It is 2018, or whatever the current year may be as you read this, and people are still falling for shell games. All over the world, productive, rational, and otherwise intelligent people are losing money to the world’s oldest, and most famous, scam. At this neat video from NewGreenShoe explains, it’s not the mechanics of […]

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A look inside North Korea’s mysterious magic scene

One of the weirder images to emerge from April’s historic, inter-Korean summit was a shot of leaders, Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong Un, reacting to a magic trick. Early reports on the summit seemed to indicate the magician was South Korean, but he’s since been identified as Gwang Cheol Kim, a North Korean and one […]

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Reality goes virtual in this amazing America’s Got Talent performance

Somehow I managed to miss this amazing illusion that aired on America’s Got Talent last month. The Escape is a mind-bending bit of visual trickery that uses high tech holograms and old fashioned rope to tell a story about an unlucky player trying to escape a mad virtual reality game. The show was developed (quite […]

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Jason Ladanye is the king of kings

There isn’t much to say about this latest video from expert cards man, Jason Ladanye. He controls all four kings through over a dozen false shuffles, and delivers cards with the crisp precision of a Vegas card shark. I’m not even gonna’ give him grief for the stack of Bicycles next to his £200 magic […]

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Is the Expert At the Card Table still relevant? Yes and no

The Expert at the Card Table is one of those books that comes up in every discussion about “getting started” in card magic, usually as an example of exactly where you shouldn’t start. The book is hugely influential, but also enormously intimidating and difficult to follow, as Jason England explained quite eruditely in the above […]

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FISM 2018 IS UPON US

Have you ever woke in the dead of night, soaked in sweat, and haunted by the terrible realisation that you’ve forgotten something important? Me neither. In other news, here’s the announcement that FISM 2018 is now well and truly underway.  And has been underway for a bit. For about nine hours now.  Fortunately, the competition […]

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