Friday, September 24, 2010

Magic-Con Line Up

Mike Caveney

Mike Caveney is a writer, collector, professional magician, and the publisher of over 50 books on the theory, practice, and history of magic.

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Roberto Giobbi

His 5 bestselling volumes of Card College are the most widely translated magic books in history and are considered worldwide as the ultimate reference work for card magic.

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Lennart Green

Swedish card trick maestro Lennart Green has been baffling audiences for years with card tricks that seem barely under control.

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Helder Guimarães

Helder Guimarães is an international award-winning magician and has been named World Champion of card magic at FISM.

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Derek Hughes

Derek Hughes is a bright, talented and funny, actor, comedian, and magician.

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Glenn Kaino

Glenn Kaino is a Japanese American artist born, raised, and currently working in Los Angeles. He is versatilely skilled as an art maker and director of large media projects.

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Richard Kaufman

Richard is a prolific author, illustrator, publisher of almost 100 magic books, and also an excellent sleight of hand artist.

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Mac King

World-famous magician and Las Vegas star, Mac King has been entertaining audiences both on television and live on stage for years.

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Robert J. Lang

Robert J. Lang has been an avid student of origami for over forty years and is now recognized as one of the world’s leading masters of the art, with over 500 designs catalogued and diagrammed.

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David Regal

David Regal has written several books on the subject of magic for the fraternity, including the critically acclaimed best-selling Approaching Magic, which offered, in addition to a multitude of original tricks, a breadth of information regarding the presentation of magic and how and it can be individualized by the performer.

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Al Seckel

Al Seckel is an American authority on visual and other types of sensory illusions, and how they relate to perception.

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Bob Sheets

Behind Bob’s humorous presentation style is experience gained from one of the most diverse work histories in magic.

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The Virts

Kevin Ho, Huron Low, and Daren Yeow are a team of revolutionary card flourish artists from Singapore. They call themselves, The Virts.

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David Williamson

Considered to be one of the world’s most talented magicians, David Williamson knows the secret of capturing the imagination of any audience.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Someone heard Rudy Coby was going to play the Magic Castle for Halloween

I think that be could be wrong. I saw this on and it shows that he will be playing Circus Circus with Dan Sperry.

Rudy Coby Added To Fright Dome Shows With Dan Sperry

Posted by Editor on September 16th, 2010


We’ve received word that Rudy Coby: The Coolest Magician On Earth will team up with pal Dan Sperry when they play select dates at Fright Dome in Las Vegas this October. Dixie Dooley will also be performing.

If you are in the area, we highly suggest checking it out.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Magic on TV

America's Got Talent
Tuesday, September 14th, 9 p.m., NBC
Michael Grasso, the only magician to make it to the final ten in AGT's history, will be returning tonight as part of "medley" featuring six of the most popular variety acts from this past season.

America's Got Talent
Wednesday, September 15th, 8 p.m., NBC
Reports have it that David Copperfield taped two illusions yesterday for his guest appearance on tomorrow night's two-hour finale. Other guests include Donna Summer, Goo Goo Dolls, Jewel, Lionel Richie, Sarah Brightman, Usher, and Cirque du Soleil's Beatles show, LOVE.

Magic Castle This Week

I saw Mathieu Bich perform on Monday and it was incredible. I will be at the Magic Castle on Wednesday and Friday this week if you want to hang out.

Innovation 2010 Schedule Has Been Announced

Suncoast Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
October 4-8, 2010


Monday October 4th:

8pm - 11pm - Madrid Room -'Welcome Reception' and 'Comedy on Rye'featuring MAC KING, THE AMAZING JONATHON, JOHNNY THOMPSON, Hosted by ALAN BURSKY.

Tuesday October 5th:

10.15am - Showroom - Official Opening

10.25am - 11.30am - Showroom -THE JOHNNY THOMPSON HOUR - Followed by Q&A.

12 Noon - 1pm - Showroom - Star Lecture - 'MAGIC AL'

DEALERS ROOM - Madrid Room 'A' - OPEN 1pm - 4pm

4pm - 5.30pm - Fairway Rooms 1/2/3 - CLOSE-UP SHOWfeaturing LENNART GREEN, BOB KOHLER, MARK MASON, ERIC JONES. ( Group 'A')

4.30pm - 5.30pm - Madrid Room 'B' - GRAHAM P. JOLLEY, One Man Show ( Group 'B' )

DEALERS ROOM - Madrid Room 'A' - OPEN 5.30pm - 6.30pm


11pm-12Midnight - Sunrise Room - 'LATE NITE LENNART '- Lennart Green Entertains ( Group 'A')


Wednesday October 6th:

10am - 11.15am - Showroom - Star Lecture - RICHARD MCDOUGALL

DEALERS ROOM - Madrid Room 'A' - OPEN- 11.15am - 2.15pm

12 Noon -1pm -Madrid Room 'B'- 'Special Workshop ' - 'Website Optimisation' - withBRIAN EGERTON - * Sign Up Session *

2.30pm - 3.30pm - Showroom - Star Lecture - TELLER - 'Red Ball Lecture'

4pm - 5.15pm - Fairway 1/2/3 - CLOSE-UP SHOW featuring LENNART GREEN, BOB KOHLER, MARK MASON, ERIC JONES. (Group 'B' )

4.15pm - 5.15pm - Showroom - GRAHAM P. JOLLEY - One Man Show ( Group 'A' )

DEALERS ROOM - Madrid Room 'A' - OPEN 5.15pm - 6.30pm

5.45pm - 6.45pm - Madrid Room 'B' - 'Special Hands-On Workshop' - 'THE NEMO JUMBO RISING CARDS' with PAUL STONE AND GENE ANDERSON - * Sign Up Session *

8.30pm - 10.00pm - Showroom - Star Lecture - JOANIE SPINA - 'Music & Magic'

11pm-12 Midnight - Sunrise Room - 'LATE NITE LENNART '- Lennart Green Entertains (Group 'B' )


Thursday October 7th:

10am-11am - Showroom - Star Lecture - SETH KRAMER followed by Q&A

11.30am - 12.30pm - Showroom - Star Lecture - SHEP HYKEN

DEALERS ROOM - Madrid Room 'A' - OPEN 12.30pm - 2.30pm

2.30pm - 3.30pm - Showroom - Special Session with CRISS ANGEL, Hosted by DIANA ZIMMERMAN

4.15pm - 5.15pm - Showroom - Star Lecture - GAETAN BLOOM

DEALERS ROOM - Madrid Room 'A' - OPEN 5.30pm - 6.30pm

8.45pm - 11.45pm - Showroom - 'A Magic &Variety CabaretNightand Farewell Party'benefiting 'MagiCaresTM The Magic Charity' -VIP Guests & Performers including JEFF HOBSON, SONNY FONTANA, MARK RAFFLES, ARRON SPARKS and many other surprises!12 Midnight - 2am - 'THE INNOVENTION HANGOUT ' - TGI FRIDAY'S.* Program subject to change

Monday, September 13, 2010

From itricks: Masked Magician booted

Criss Angel Kicks Masked Magician Out Of Luxor Party


Now here is an interesting situation involving two much maligned magic industry figures.

According to Norm Clarke, Val Valentino and his friend Ron Jones were escorted to the entrance of the Luxor when they were spotted by Criss Angel at a party being hosted by the Mindfreak star.

“He looked at me,” Valentino said, “and yelled, ‘Get that piece of (expletive) out of here.’ It was bizarre, so unprofessional. I was so disappointed in him.”

Barely mentioned in the Clarke column is that Valentino is better known (or unknown) as the Masked Magician, a controversial figure in our industry to be sure. Completely unmentioned is that Valentino more recently presided over an entire episode of the newest incarnation of his franchise (2008’s Magic’s Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed) where Angel’s biggest illusions were spoiled, albeit for a middling audience and with negligible cultural resonance compared to his popular, if boring, specials from over a decade ago.

So there we have it, Criss vs. Val. Who ya got?

Thursday, September 9, 2010

From itricks: Michael Grasso is knocked out of the top 4

Grasso Eliminated From AGT


The most successful trip for magic in America’s Got Talent history has come to an end. Michael Grasso was sent home despite a performance that drew raves from judges and audience alike.

Much more on this during our final Magic Stars AGT podcast with Nathan Burton tomorrow.

Until then, congrats to Grasso, Murray, Sperry and Restivo as well as everyone else who made this such a great year for magic on television