The Magic Newswire

Ed Alonzo has worked magic for Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, Craig Ferguson, Usher and many more.  What was Michael Jackson's best disguise for public outings and what was it like working for him just before his death?  What happened backstage on Britney's Circus tour and what does a 260E Balloon have to do with her?  What is the truth behind the failed chair levitation that has gotten so much traffic on YouTube? All this and more on this episode of This Week in Magic! 

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Category: Podcast -- posted at: 12:58pm EST

Who are the architects of magic's future?  What is it that they bring to the table that makes them shape the future of the art?  When we look back to our recent past, we often point to people like Dai Vernon Ted Annemann and others as those that blazed the trail for us. In this episode of "This Week in Magic," David Kaye, Scott Wells, Rudy Coby, Chase Goforth and I are joined by Andrew Mayne and try identify some of the greats that walk among us today.  In addition, we discuss why so many family magicians get a bad rap and take several of the usual tangents that happen whenever we get together. 

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Category: Podcast -- posted at: 12:54am EST

Over the next several weeks both the International Brotherhood of Magicians and the Society of American Magicians will hold their national conventions. On this episode of "This Week in Magic," we are joined by the International President of IBM Jack White, the President of SAM Mike Miller, SAM VP Vinnie Grosso and the magically renewed Rudy Coby who joins us as guest co-host.  As always, I am joined by  our regular panelists David Kaye, Scott Wells, Cameron ARamsay & Chase Goforth.

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Category: Podcast -- posted at: 11:23am EST

The magic community was rocked by the unexpected news of the arrest of Jonathan Pendragon in July of 2009. Needless to say, "the incident" left everyone wondering what would become of one of the most amazing magic acts that we had ever seen. The idea that we would see no more of "The Pendragons" and their amazing brand of physical magic was hard to imagine.  In this, his first public interview since the "incident," Jonathan talks about what happened, what he feels contributed to it and where he goes from here.  Because of ongoing legal issues, not every question that you may want to have answered is addressed.  In spite of that, I am hopeful that this conversation will answer the questions that many of you may still havd as to what happened to one one of the most highly regarded performing couples in the history of magic.

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Category: Podcast -- posted at: 12:27am EST

Famous for unique magic creations and his incredible versatility, Dan Harlan has developed and performed cutting-edge miracles with everythinbg from a deck of cards to a bag of rubberbands. He was instrumental in popularizing magic with rubber bands and you've seen several of the effects that he helped to bring back performed by the likes of David Copperfield & Luis DeMatos. Dan is also the creator of one of the most charming effects to be released in the last twenty years, CardToon. Dan joins me on the Spirit of Magic podcast to discuss the influence that magic has had in his life and what took him away from the community in which he was so intimately involved for so long.

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Category: Podcast -- posted at: 12:16pm EST

Is there a better way to wrap up the "Late Night with David Letterman"  Close-up Magic Week than by talking with some of the people that were there.   Our special guest on this episode of This Week in Magic is the Millionaire's Magician, Mr. Steve Cohen.   To help Steve discuss the Letterman experience, we've also invited Theory 11's Jonathan Bayme and our own David Kaye to join us, both of which helped performers involved in this week of magic including Steve and Michael Ammar.  We are also joined at the end of our chat by a surprise guest who also performed on Letterman this week. What would you do if you were invited to perform on Letterman?  Find out what our guests recommend on this episode of the podcast!

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Category: Podcast -- posted at: 11:56pm EST

This has been a busy week for magic on network television. The CBS Late Show host David Letterman has been featuring close-up magic by some of the top performers in the field. On Moday he featured the seventh appearance by Jason Randal. On Tuesday, John Carney brought his unique performance style to the show. On Wednesday, the amazing Johnny Ace Palmer worked with everything from yellow yarm to baby chicks. Tonight we will see what the Millonaire's Magician Steve Cohgen brings to the table. Steve will be our fetured guest on the next episode of This Week in Magic and will be joined by Dan White and Jonathan Bayme to discuss magic as presented in this format! 

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Category: Podcast -- posted at: 10:03pm EST

The 2010 Canadian Magician of the year, Shawn Farquhar is our gest on this episode of the Magic Newswire's "This Week in Magic" podcast. In addition, we have a surprise guest join us from Scott Wells studio, Christoper Hart.  While Chase Goforth is lost somewhere in Mississippi, Cameron Ramsay and David Kaye manage to maintain their places as co-hosts on the show and deliver another outstanding episode.  Shawn talks about the loss of his mentor before we move into a discussion on creativity and modern mentorship in within the magic community. 

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Category: Podcast -- posted at: 11:43pm EST

On May 16th, Potter & Potter Auctions will host the fourth  auction of "the never ending magic collection" of  Jay Marshall.  "The Rarities of Jay Marshall" auction contains some of the most interesting, rare and unique items to date. Inluded are pieces like the Fred Kap's rabbit producing cane which he used during his appearance on the Ed Sullivan show and which is picturedon the front of the catalog.  Gabe Fujari joins us on this Magic Newscast just after conducting a tour of the collection for Attendees at the 41st Annual Magic Collectors Association Conference.  Find out which hidden gems you might be interested in bidding on in this episode of the podcast!

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Category: Podcast -- posted at: 11:11am EST

Rudy Coby is back with a vengeance! After more than a decade away from magic, Rudy has returned to stage one of the most successful events in the history of the Magic Castle. For one week only the Magic Castle was transformed into a wild laboratory where Mad Scientists battle the World's Greatest Magicians. Featured performers included Chris Kenner, Brian Brushwood, Andrew Mayne, Marilyn Manson and many more. Rudy is best known for the character that he plays on stage. "Labman" is a Scientific Superhero who claims to be a strange invader from this very planet. His original magic creations have brought him worldwide success with appearances in dozens of different countries including two primetime Fox-TV specials Rudy Coby: The Coolest Magician On Earth here in the US. Rudy's renewed enthusiasm for magic is infectious and you are sure to rediscover your passion for the art after this episode of This Week in Magic. This is Part Two of our interview with "The Coolest Magician on Earth"

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Category: Podcast -- posted at: 10:49am EST