Monday, January 31, 2011

Magic Castle This Week

So many good magicians this week. John Carney, Farrell Dillon, Joel Ward and Patrick Heitkam.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Monday, January 17, 2011

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Digital Version of Magic Magazine is out, but is it worth it?

It looks like the preview edition of Magic Magazine is out but when I went to check it out... its just for the iPad and it's $3.99. I could just scan the magazine myself and OCR the articles. I don't know why Stan Allen went this direction instead of trying to save money, he's capitalizing even more on our magical love. I like Linking Ring magazine's online stuff, I can read it with any of my tablets.

Below is the email from Stan Allen's publication:

There's digital... and there's digital!

Presenting MAGIC Magazine
on the Apple iPad!

The world's largest-selling print magazine for magicians is now available in the most reader-friendly digital format.

• Vertical and Horizontal Views
• Story to Story with a Swipe of Your Finger
• Footnotes in Pop-up Windows
• Additional Photos in Slideshows
• Embedded Videos

Join Mac King for a brief guided tour.

Monday, January 10, 2011

From Itricks: Michael Carbonaro on JKL

Michael Carbonaro On Jimmy Kimmel Live


He performed it live during Magic Vs. Science week at The Magic Castle last year. Last night, Michael Carbonaro brought his shaving cream manipulation act Shaving Dream to Jimmy Kimmel Live. Props to Kimmel for booking such a unique act and huge congrats to Michael for getting the exposure.

Magic Castle This Week

This week is Mystics' Week. The Long Beach Mystics will be in the Palace. It's Amazing Show. This is also your chance to Kevin James in the close-up room.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Magic Castle This Week

Some great performers this week. Check out Rob Watkins on the weekend, he's an awesome magician and ventriloquist. David Minkin is awesome sleight of hand magician. Rob Zabrecky is one of my favorites.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

It's a new year

Where was I when the ball dropped? Well I was booked to work at "David Arquette Presents Beacher's Madhouse". I had to go to rehearsal at 3pm to watch the run through and then return back at 8pm. When I returned, I saw David Arquette preparing for one of the musical numbers. I chatted with one of the stilt walkers while waiting for the doors to open. There were about twenty people dressed in full costumes of penguins, pandas and other animals dancing throughout the club. I was one of two magicians that were hired to do pre-show. I didn't know the other magician and we did not speak. I know when the music started, the lights strobing, and the animals were dancing made magic going to be a challenge. I was prepared with my coins, props and fire. I was worried that we would be doubling up on the people with magic but I noticed while I was performing, it seemed the other magician didn't perform at all. I saw him shuffling and fanning cards but just standing around. I felt I worked my butt off. I saw the other magician following me, possibly trying to see what magic I was doing but I would try to stay away because I didn't need anyone crowding me. It was fun working as hard as I did. I saw some celebrities. I saw Isla Fisher and she is very beautiful in person. I didn't show her any magic because she was busy with people around her. I saw a photographer shooting me and I ended up talking with him. While I was talking, David Arquette came up and said "take a picture of me and pickles". It was a good moment. After the ball dropped I left to go to another party. It was a great New Year's gig.