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David Copperfield Still Flying High at 60...

David Copperfield Still Flying High at 60

Millions of people still wonder today how David Copperfield made the Statue of Liberty Disappear in 1983. Did it sink into the ground? Was it disassembled by his helpers? Was the New York City landmark the focus of an elaborate camera trick? Not only did he vanish the Statue of Liberty but he also vanished a dining car from the Orient Express as well as a Lear Jet. He also survived Niagara Falls, walked through the Great Wall of China, escaped from Alcatraz and levitated over The Grand Canyon. He has flown onstage and rumor has it, that he has a live dinosaur and is regularly visited by aliens...

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Magic in Advertising

Magic in Advertising

The Coca Cola Corporation is well known for making their products look and feel fun and these days there seems to be nothing more fun than magic. Because of this, Coke has enlisted a magician to promote its new packaging with a sleight of hand as part of a marketing shift which will see the brand tag lined as ‘Taste the Magic’. The ad was created by the Argentinean agency David and directed by Martín Romanella for Argentina Cine. The ad is named “Taste the Magic,” and it begins when a waiter approaches a table that’s ordered several Coca-Colas. A woman tells him she didn’t order a regular Coke....

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The World Needs Magic – JOHN CALVERT...

The World Needs Magic – JOHN CALVERT

John Calvert (August 5, 1911 – September 27, 2013) was an American magician who performed on stage in the United States and worldwide for eight decades. He even took his magic show to Broadway. Siegfried and Roy cited him as an inspiration, and Bess Houdini said that he was second only to Harry Houdini in “playing the part of a magician.” Calvert impressed many of Hollywood’s most famous personalities with his sleight-of-hand and he invited some of them to perform in his stage shows. Among the stars he counted as friends were Cary Grant, Danny Kaye and Gary Cooper. Calvert spent much of his life in Hollywood and his magic and...

THE ILLUSIONISTS Return to AGT

The Illusionists returned to America’s Got Talent this week in advance of their upcoming 2016 Broadway and London West End runs. The show opened with Canadian Darcy Oake who was a finalist on Britain’s got Talent. Darcy showcased his amazing sleight of hand as he manipulated fire and birds. He then transformed his birds into a dancer and concluded his part of the show by making host Nick Cannon appear in a glass box over the stage! Next up was British Born Daredevil and Escape Artist Jonathan Goodwin who escaped from handcuffs while hanging from a burning rope over a set of spikes. Jonathan is widely considered one of the most creative, skilled, and insane stunt performers in the...

THE ILLUSIONISTS Return to AGT
posted on: Sep 1, 2016 | author: Compeer

MAGIC Magazine’s Grand Finale

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Stan Allen, editor of MAGIC Magazine, has officially announced his retirement and the two-year going away party that goes with it. “I’m excited to do things I have always wanted to do, but couldn’t do before with a standard magazine,” says Stan. “We are going to break a few rules and shake things up a bit — it should be fun.” MAGIC Legacy will only be available in print, and will also come with exclusive bonuses, including a full deck of gimmicked cards. These special issues are only available by subscription and even the ship dates will be a surprise. All we know is that 25 issues will be shipped by August 2018 (the next MAGIC Live and...

MAGIC Magazine’s Grand Finale


posted on: Aug 25, 2016 | author: Compeer

Penn and Teller Join The Marvel Universe...

Marvel has announced that an upcoming Spider-Man/Deadpool story will be written by Penn Jillette. Penn will pen Spider-Man/Deadpool #11. The issue will star the two superheroes and will also feature Jillette and his longtime comedy magic partner, Teller. You read that right, not only will the comic include Spiderman and Deadpool but it will also star Penn and Teller. If the cover is any indication, this story may team Spider-Man with the always silent Teller, while the always talkative Deadpool will get paired with Jillette. Spider-Man and Deadpool don’t always get along, but they’ve been a great comedy duo in the Spider-Man/Deadpool series written by Joe Kelley. Now, Kelley is going to take the November issue off which...

Penn and Teller Join The Marvel Universe
posted on: Aug 20, 2016 | author: Compeer

Vinny Grosso Gets Naked and Fools Penn and Teller...

Vinny Grosso fooled Penn and Teller. He did it on national television and he did it naked. Vinny isn’t just another magician, he is a former president of the Society of American Magicians. If you didn’t see the episode you can watch it here. First Vinny stripped down completely naked and taped his eyes shut. He then had Las Vegas comedian Carrot Top choose a single card from a deck of cards and share it with the audience. Then Vinny tasted the card three time and declared, I can tell that your card is not only red, not only a diamond, but the King of Diamonds.” Penn and Teller thought Vinny might be receiving cues of what the card was through the...

Vinny Grosso Gets Naked and Fools Penn and Teller
posted on: Aug 11, 2016 | author: Compeer
Vinny Grosso Is Exposed On National Television

Vinny Grosso Is Exposed On National Television...

posted on: Aug 8, 2016 | author: Compeer

The magic community is used to seeing Vinny Grosso. He has been seen at many magic events. As a Past National President of The Society of American Magicians, he is a regular at the S.A.M. Conventions, MAGIC-Live, Abbott’s Get Together and wherever magicians gather. Now you will see a lot more of Vinny as he performs his routine Tasteless on Penn & Teller: Fool Us Wednesday, August 10 (8 pm Eastern/7 pm Central on the CW). We don’t want to give too much away before the show, Vinny wants to hold some things back. We are sure there will be a lot of discussion once this episode airs. Vinny also added a chapter to his book exposed & FEARLESS where he goes in depth about his unique experience on the show. The book, a behind the scenes glimpse into the lives of some remarkable people, is filled with chapters on celebrities...

The World Needs Magic – JOHN CALVERT

The World Needs Magic – JOHN CALVERT

posted on: Aug 5, 2016 | author: Compeer

John Calvert (August 5, 1911 – September 27, 2013) was an American magician who performed on stage in the United States and worldwide for eight decades. He even took his magic show to Broadway. Siegfried and Roy cited him as an inspiration, and Bess Houdini said that he was second only to Harry Houdini in “playing the part of a magician.” Calvert impressed many of Hollywood’s most famous personalities with his sleight-of-hand and he invited some of them to perform in his stage shows. Among the stars he counted as friends were Cary Grant, Danny Kaye and Gary Cooper. Calvert spent much of his life in Hollywood and his magic and illusions won him thousands of fans as well as close to fifty film roles, including three movies during the 1940s in which he played the detective known as the Falcon. He was also the subject of a biographical documentary entitled...

“THE MAGIC PLAY” Casts a Magician

“THE MAGIC PLAY” Casts a Magician

posted on: Aug 5, 2016 | author: Compeer

The Goodman Theater in Chicago will present Andrew Hinderaker’s The Magic Play beginning October 21, prior to an official opening November 1. This is A World Premiere Co-Commission with the Roundabout Theater Company and directed by Halena Kays. The production will star critically acclaimed magician, illusion designer and actor Brett Schneider alongside Francis Guinan (Father) and Sean Parris (Diver). Performances will continue through November 20. World-class magic and a deeply human story of loss and love come together to create one astonishing theatrical experience. A good magician is always in control of his show. The rest of his life can be as fragile as a house of cards. When a rising young magician takes the stage just hours after his lover has left him, his performance begins to unravel. As the past invades the present, and the charismatic entertainer gives way to a heartbroken man, the magician strives to...

Penn and Teller Return To The Tonight Show

Penn and Teller Return To The Tonight Show

posted on: Jul 27, 2016 | author: Compeer

Did you happen to catch Penn and Teller on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Friday night? The comedy magic duo taught Jimmy and the Tonight Show audience a “love ritual” card trick that viewers could also perform at home. In fact, you can do the trick now. Go get four playing cards and check this out! Penn and Teller are promoting the third season of Penn & Teller: Fool Us on the CW Network where they continue to search for magicians that can stump them. So far this season they have showcased some GREAT magic and so far, a couple of the acts have actually fooled them. Some of the performers fooled them in the first or second seasons and have returned to successfully fool them for a second time. The show is now hosted by Alyson Hannigan, Penn & Teller: Fool Us showcases talented magicians as...

R.I.P. Abb Dickson

R.I.P. Abb Dickson

posted on: Jul 18, 2016 | author: Compeer

Abb Dickson has passed away after a long illness. Dickson was well known as a magician, a comic, an illusionist, an actor, a producer and most of all, a force of nature. He is known known for his work on the films Malibu Express (1985), Picasso Trigger (1988) and The Brass Ring (1975). For decades he was a familiar face at The Abbot’s Get Together in Colon, MI the Texas Association of Magicians (TAOM) and many other conventions. Soon he would build a friendship with some of the funniest magicians on the planet including Duke Stern and Karrell Fox. He would often perform with them in sketches that lampooned magicians at magic conventions across the United States. Born in Atlanta to Pope Dickson and Edith Donahon Dickson. His father owned a funeral home and his mother was the personal secretary to President Roosevelt and Truman. Abb became interested in the...

Michael Close on Magic, The S.A.M. and The Convention

Michael Close on Magic, The S.A.M. and The Convention...

posted on: Jul 16, 2016 | author: Compeer

Michael Close has a worldwide reputation in the magic community as an author, a creator, a performer, and a consultant. He has been a student of the conjuring arts for over fifty years, and has been performing professionally since 1978. His specialty is sleight-of-hand, close-up magic, but he also has extensive experience in stand-up magic. He has lectured and performed for audiences around the world. Michael has published six books of original material for magicians. These have been hailed as modern classics. In addition, he was at the forefront of magic ebooks – instructional books that combined text, photographs, and videos in a way that has been often imitated, but never surpassed. Michael is also the editor of M-U-M, the magazine of The Society of American Magicians. Former editors include many well-known American magicians including Harry Houdini, John Mulholland, and Milbourne Christopher. Michael grew up in Indianapolis which was...

Michael Carbonaro Recieves The Copperfield Prize

Michael Carbonaro Recieves The Copperfield Prize...

posted on: Jul 12, 2016 | author: Compeer

David Copperfield announces Michael Carbonaro as the first recipient of the Copperfield Prize. The award recognizes an individual or group of individuals for their outstanding achievement in the art of magic. Michael Carbonaro has been a pioneer of the hidden-camera magic genre starting with his appearances on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2011. In 2014 Carbonaro launched his hit television series – The Carbonaro Effect – which airs on truTV and continues to bring a growing number of fans into the unique world he has created. In addition to his work on television Carbonaro’s touring interactive magic show, Michael Carbonaro Live! has performed to sold out crowds across the country. The Copperfield Prize does not just recognize great achievement in the art of magic but achievement that elevates the art form and Michael Carbonaro has done just that. Carbonaro will receive the honor on July 16th, 2016 at...

Magician Impales TV Host’s Hand on Spike

Magician Impales TV Host’s Hand on Spike

posted on: Jul 4, 2016 | author: Compeer

WARNING…This article contains graphic visuals. A Polish morning television host hit the nail on the head, or in this case her hand, after the demonstration of a magic trick doesn’t go as planned. Illusionist Marcin Połoniewicz was a finalist for Poland’s got talent. Recently appeared on the Polish Saturday morning television show “Pytanie Na Sniadanie,” which translates to “Question For Breakfast.” His question to host Marzena Rogalska was “Will you risk impaling your hand on a nail?” She agreed, with a touch of reluctance. So he put a sharp nail into a paper bag, placed it alongside three other paper bags, shuffled the bags and then slammed his own hand on one of them. Of course, he was fine. Then it was Rogalska’s turn. She wasn’t, however, given a choice. Połoniewicz seemed to choose a bag for her and slammed her hand on the bag with the spike. Marzena Rogalska...

The Copperfield Prize

The Copperfield Prize

posted on: Jun 30, 2016 | author: Compeer

For Outstanding Achievement in the Art of Magic The most prestigious award ever presented by David Copperfield through The Society of American Magicians. The Copperfield Prize recognizes an individual or group of individuals who have made significant contributions to the art through performance, literature, production, ambassadorship or life’s work. The award is presented at The Society of American Magicians (S.A.M.) Annual Banquet (part of their annual convention) and continues the rich tradition of Harry Houdini honoring magicians at this formal event. With one significant difference, Mr. Copperfield is not just honoring a magician, he is awarding them with a $10,000 prize. Be a part of magic history and see the first Copperfield Prize presented on July 16, 2016 at the S.A.M. Convention in Indianapolis, IN. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION. About David Copperfield David Copperfield is recognized by audiences and critics alike as the greatest magician in the world. He has received...

2016 Milbourne Christopher Foundation Awards

2016 Milbourne Christopher Foundation Awards

posted on: Jun 28, 2016 | author: Compeer

On June 25, more than one hundred magicians, their spouses, friends, relatives and former winners gathered at the Garde Arts Center in New London, Connecticut, for the 2016 Milbourne Christopher Foundation awards. This was the 25th anniversary of the program created in 1991, by the late Maurine Christopher, wife of Milbourne. This was a new location for the Christopher Foundation awards which previously were presented at the S.A.M. national conventions. Founded in 1985, The Garde Arts Center, is a non-profit professional performing arts center nationally recognized for its unique architecture and multi-faceted programming. The Garde Theatre, one of the few remaining historic movie palaces in Connecticut, was built in 1926, during the golden era of the motion picture and vaudeville theatres. The presentations were preceded by a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception. Afterward attendees moved to the ornately decorated Oasis Room where welcoming remarks were made by Santos Molina,...

Siegfried and Roy Will Tell Their Story in Biopic

Siegfried and Roy Will Tell Their Story in Biopic...

posted on: Jun 28, 2016 | author: Compeer

Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn will co-produce a biopic based on their lives directed by The Physician’s Philipp Stölzl for Germany’s UFA Fiction. “The image of Siegfried and Roy floating down onto the stage in their fantastical outfits, landing amidst a pack of snow-white tigers, has been burned into my mind since I was a boy,” said Stölzl. He went on to say, “The ability to direct their life story is a wonderful gift”. Siegfried and Roy will act as executive producers in the project’s development. Their amazing story is extremely dramatic. From the moment they arrived at Las Vegas’ Mirage Hotel to Roy’s severe injury by one of their tigers. The stage magicians express how they are “thrilled and extremely honored” to be considered for this mini-series. The duo’s incredible magic show involved white lions and tigers, and made them global stars. The Vegas production ran for 13...

9/11 Memorial & Museum Receives S.A.M. Citation

9/11 Memorial & Museum Receives S.A.M. Citation...

posted on: Jun 25, 2016 | author: Compeer

David Bowers, The President of The Society of American Magicians, presented a special citation to the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City for their effort in preserving the life and legacy of John Eichler, a compeer of the S.A.M. Eichler was lost in Tower One on September 11, 2001. John was also a recipient of The Society of American Magicians Heroism and Patriot Award, which was donated and will be on display in the Museum. In a short ceremony at the museum the Director of Collections Ms. Amy Weinstein accepted the honor. After the presentation, attending S.A.M. members, President David W. Bowers and his wife Judy Bowers, National Secretary Marlene Clark, RVPs Steve Spence and Tom Gentile, Life member Chairman, Dan Sclare, Ethics committee Sara Crasson, compeers David Steele, Dana Ring and Steve Wronker were taken on a tour guided by Lt. Bill Gleason, Chairman of the Heroism...

Mr. Copperfield Goes To Washington

Mr. Copperfield Goes To Washington

posted on: Jun 10, 2016 | author: Compeer

David Copperfield Appears on Capitol Hill to Support The Bill That Would Recognize Magic as ‘National Treasure’ The world famous illusionist, David Copperfield was on Capitol Hill with lawmakers and their staffs to discuss House Resolution 642 on Thursday, May 9th. This resolution recognizes magic as a “valuable art form and national treasure.” Copperfield is a Society of American Magicians Ambassador of Magic and was named “Magician of the Century” and dubbed the first-ever “King of Magic” by the S.A.M. He also owns one of the greatest collections of historical magic. The magician spoke with the Washington leaders about how magic and it’s principles has been an important part of many other art forms including motion pictures. He pointed out that the cinema and even special effects were created by people who had begun their careers as illusionists. The Art of Magic is also used as a therapy for children...

America’s Got Talent Returns with Strong Magic

America’s Got Talent Returns with Strong Magic...

posted on: Jun 1, 2016 | author: Compeer

America’s Got Talent returned to NBC last night and the season 11 premiere featured new judge Simon Cowell joining the panel. Simon created the Got Talent franchise and is a regular judge on Britain’s Got Talent. Mel B, Howie Mandel and Heidi Klum have all returned and the contestants continue to be outrageous as well as highly talented. Magic enthusiasts were thrilled to see not one but two strong magic acts do very well. There was also a third act that magicians would also love and is considered an affiliated art. Hiroki Hara made a dramatic appearance with his routine using the Holotive Hologram effect screen. Hiroki Hara is a veteran of the World Magic Seminars Teen Competition and was featured in the documentary Make Believe. That documentary chronicled his winning that competition. Lance Burton often refers to him as one of his “kids”. Hara got the crowd on...

Harrison Greenbaum Shares 5 Things for Magicians

Harrison Greenbaum Shares 5 Things for Magicians...

posted on: May 26, 2016 | author: Compeer

Harrison Greenbaum is both a comic and a magician. He began performing stand-up comedy while at Harvard and was the co-founder of the Harvard College Stand-Up Comic Society (or “Harvard College SUCS”) which is still popular on campus today. Now he lives in Manhattan where he has become one of the most in-demand New York comedians, performing in more than 600 shows a year and has earned the title “The Hardest Working Man in Comedy” from both Time Out New York and the NY Daily News. Harrison is one of Comedy Central’s “Comics to Watch” and winner of the Andy Kaufman Award. On television, Harrison has been featured on AXS.TV’s Gotham Comedy and was a regular panelist on CurrentTV’s Viewpoint, and has appeared on MTV, SPIKE TV, the Discovery Channel, and the Science Channel and was featured on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Here is a clip from Last Comic...

David Copperfield Celebrates Red Nose Day

David Copperfield Celebrates Red Nose Day

posted on: May 23, 2016 | author: Compeer

Thursday May 26th is Red Nose Day, a special day of hilarity that supports everyone’s right to be happy and healthy by helping raise funds to fight kids’ poverty. People are encouraged to wear the iconic Red Noses – which are available at Walgreens and Duane Reade locations nationwide. Red Nose Day is no illusion and yet it vanishes and reappears before your very eyes! Legendary illusionist, David Copperfield, gets in on the Red Nose Day action as he gives us a rare glimpse into his private magic museum in Las Vegas, Nevada. He performs a fun magic trick that leaves us saying “how the heck did he do that?” David Copperfield got his Red Nose from Walgreens – and so should you! Homer Liwag, Chris Kenner and other Copperfield cast members worked on this spot. Walgreens hopes to sell significantly more Red Noses than the 5 million it sold...

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