An inside source has informed me that today is, as a matter of fact, Friday, which means it’s time for our weekly video roundup of all the magic videos released this week that didn’t warrant their own articles. 

Some magicians perform for crowds of screeching, ape-like creatures that constantly climb all over the place, demand attention, and try to make off with the props. We call these poor souls, “children’s magicians.” In the video above, Simon Pierro, better known as the iPad Magician, is performing for a far better class of audience at the Ubud Monkey Forest in Bali. 

Patrick Kun triples his winnings with this incredibly slick poker chip routine set to some very funky music. The bit where he seemingly pulls one from his watch face is like … You know that little picture of fire kids are always using on Twitter? It’s like five of those.

Michael Vincent of Vincent Academy performs Darwin Ortiz’s “Do As I Did.” It takes a little bit to get going, but it’s superb trick with an amazing payoff. 

The man in black requested a trick, and the gunslinger followed (the instructions). Unfortunately, despite learning how to twirl iron (or in this case, plastic) with the best of them, Mat Ricardo decided brandishing a gun on stage in his new tour wasn’t the best idea. 

Alex McAleer made the mistake of examining his earlier work in detail. You can actually see his slow descent into madness as he realises that his bad fashion choices will echo through the universe until the death of time itself. Also, the new Champions of Magic tour kicks off this weekend.  

Michael Kent performed a cute trick with a $10 bill to promote his show in Gahanna Ohio this evening. Pro tip: When he says, “look at the bottom of the bill,” don’t look at the bottom of the bill.

And there you have it, folks, a steady supply of magic videos that should see you through the weekend. Enjoy. 

Coming up with new tricks is hard, especially when you’ve been performing for the best part of three decades. Eventually you just run out of things to juggle. That’s why cabaret star, juggler, magician, and all-round entertainer, Mat Ricardo, handed that part off to the general public for his upcoming tour, Mat Ricardo vs The World. 

Nearly a year ago, he challenged fans and naysayers alike to suggest the most difficult, impressive feats of balance, magic, strength and escapology they could think of, with the promise that he would learn and perform those feats on tour in 2018. Well, it’s 2018 now, god help us, and it’s time for Ricardo to show us the fruits of his labour. Previews of the show begin next week, before its full debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August. 

While, “the world,” might imply a certain global presence on Ricardo’s part, thus far the dates announced for the tour have been UK only. Tickets for some are already available, and you can see a listing of tour dates and locations here. 

Ricardo got started in the craft in Covent Garden back in the 80’s, and, despite numerous TV appearances and a side line in corporate shindigs,  still regularly hits the streets for a little light busking. He attends busking festivals around the world, and in 2017, he won the People’s Choice award at the Ottawa Streetfest. 

Also, for the next few weeks he’ll be posting up videos of tricks and skills he learned for the tour that didn’t make the final cut. Like this one, for example: