Ok so I met with the #mentalist @AlexMcAleer and he literally went and crawled INSIDE MY HEAD! This is so crazy. Have you guys ever done something like this ? #GetOutOfMyHead pic.twitter.com/7iBQwnVQvS
— Tory Shulman (@toryshulman) June 27, 2018
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 to see McAleer burst victoriously from a human skull, clad in nothing but gore and bone fragments in the video above, you will get to see him do that whole mentalism thing he’s known for. He then talks about the art for a little bit. It’s interesting stuff.
And no, I don’t care what the Oxford English Dictionary says about the word, “literally.” Fight me.
Tired of leaving of having to leave your house to see magic shows? Don’t feel like raking through hours of stolen tricks and Zach King compilations on YouTube? Good news, your old faithful friend, the television, will once again be host some quality magic shows in the coming weeks. Both Penn & Teller: Fool Us and Champions of Magic will be returning to the small screen before the month is out.
Fool Us returns on Monday, June 25th, with an episode called Penn the Magic Dragon. No prizes for guessing who’s going to be on that show. Unless you guessed Dom Chambers, in which case, yeah, you probably deserve a prize for your weirdly specific knowledge of upcoming variety show lineups*. Appearing alongside Chambers and a certain actual mythical beast will be Matt Marcy, Andrew Evans and The Sentimentalists.
On Friday, June 29th, Masters of Illusion season 7 will premiere on The CW. There’s no info on who’ll be in this first episode aside from what you can glean from the short trailer above. I did spot Murray Sawchuck in there. Then again, he’s hard to miss.
If you’re willing to step into the realm of digital entertainment streaming, you’ll also be able to catch Derren Brown’s Miracle when it hits Netflix on June 22nd.
*Unless you actually are Dom Chambers, in which case, get out of here, Dom. Stop trying to steal our hypothetical prizes.
It’s not every day you see an opportunity for a paid internship in the 21st century, but Champions of Magic is currently seeking a young magician to help out backstage for a few months on its upcoming US tour.
The British magic show is finishing up its UK tour in May 2018, and will be heading across the pond to the US in June, slated to kick off in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and running through January 2019. The production is currently looking for a “young up-and-coming magician” to help both on- and off-stage, build and strike the set, and even perform a little magic at the merch booth.
It sounds like a fantastic opportunity for anyone looking to dive into showbiz with some real, hands-on work for a prestigious magic tour alongside the likes of Young & Strange, Alex McAleer, Kayla Drescher, and Fernando Velasco.
If you want to get your foot in the door (and you’re able to meet the necessary requirements), then check out the details provided by Champions of Magic below on how you can apply for the gig:
The touring production Champions Of Magic is seeking a young up-and-coming magician to join the production team for the US tour from June 2018 to January 2019.
Key elements of the role are –
· Demonstrating magic on the merchandise stand and managing sales
· Setting illusions and tricks backstage
· Assisting the performers onstage
· Working with the production team on the build and strike in each venue
You must be willing to travel (including over the holidays), be 18+ and have some performance experience (close-up or stage is acceptable).
Interested applicants should email a short resume and a video of a patter based trick performed to camera or an audience to firstname.lastname@example.org. Appropriate applicants will receive further information including contract details and salary.
And if you want to know what life on the road with Champions of Magic is like, you can watch McAleer’s recent vlog.
Correction: This article previously reported that interns would be working with Edward Hilsum, who is no longer part of the tour. We have updated the article with the correct participants.
As audience members, we only see the glamorous side of being a professional magician: commanding a stage with charisma and brilliance. But the reality of being on the road and working in a different theater every night doesn’t have the same sheen, as you can see in a vlog from Alex McAleer.
The mentalist is currently touring the UK as part of the Champions of Magic stage show. His first video goes behind the scenes of the production with a big dose of McAleer’s dry British humor. The vlog also includes a surprising amount of insight into the dietary habits of Sam Strange, who is also on the Champions of Magic tour as half of the gonzo Young & Strange duo.
Mentalist, mind reader, and committed “not psychic” Alex McAleer is currently touring the UK as part of the Champions of Magic. On April 1st, the Champions will be performing an April Fool’s Day show at the Norwich Theatre Royal. It’ll likely be a big theatrical, setpiece-driven show judging by their previous performances, but if you want to see McAleer do his mind-reading thing in a more intimate environment, here he is plying his trade on a polite British couple in the theater’s lobby:
The show starts at 7:30pm on April 1st. Tickets are on sale now.
Champions of Magic has been delighting audiences around the United States for the past few months. The show, which ran of four years in the UK, has hopped around the country since October, and there’s still more magic to be had.
The show will land in Baltimore February 15-18. Tickets are still available for those engagements. The U.S. tour took this collection of UK acts from Wisconsin to California, and they recently wrapped an extended stay in Cleveland, Ohio. According to the website, more 2018 dates may still be in the works.
Young & Strange, Alex McAleer, and Edward Hilsum are the performers currently listed on the event website, although Fay Presto has also participated in the tour. Expect a blend of large and small tricks from illusions to mentalism when they all take the stage.
UPDATE: Tickets are now on sale for the dates listed below. Visit the Champions of Magic site for links to each venue’s ticket sales.
After a four years in the UK, including a successful run in London’s West End, the Champions of Magic tour is coming to the US for the first time this fall.
October 25, Weidner Theatre, Green Bay, Wisconson
October 26, Genesee Theatre, Waukegan, Illinios (Chicago)
October 28, Emporia Granada Theatre, Emporia, Kansas
November 3, Casino Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan
November 8, Union Colony Civic Center Greeley, Colorado
November 9, Rose Wagner PAC, Salt Lake City, Utah
November 10, Thousand Oaks PAC, Thousand Oaks, California (Los Angeles)
November 12, Northern Quest Casino Airway Heights, Washington (Spokane)
November 15, Cal Poly Arts, San Luis Obispo, California
November 16, Sycuan Casino, El Cajon, California (San Diego)
November 17, Grand Theatre, Tracey, California (San Francisco)
November 18, Cerritos PAC, Cerritos, California (Los Angeles)
December 27th onwards, Playhouse Square, Cleveland, Ohio