The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Top hat as an icon for magic

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Hollywood has granted another tip of the top hat to magic. Theater audiences have been granted another opportunity to view a film which features the art of performance magic. In a marked departure from the classic depiction of magic proffered in the 2006 release of both The Prestige and The Illusionist, Hollywood’s latest movieThe Incredible Burt Wonderstone–presents the world of magic in a manner that is decidedly more comedic.

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Jeff McBride shocked to discover knock-off magician in Thailand

Magician. Pierpont Morgan, Visconti Sforza

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Jeff McBride–the Master of Masks–was deeply distressed to discover that a magician, in Thailand, is performing his famed “Masks” routine . . . move for move, point for point and utilizing the same music. The knock-off magician (Pat “Jiw” Bozo, who performs using the name “The Mask”) can be seen on YouTube, at the present time. In watching the YouTube video one can see that the magician is indeed performing, to a very obvious degree, Jeff McBride’s entire classic mask routine. The performer also looks eerily similar to McBride’s own onstage persona.

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Criss Angel exposes ‘Mindfreak’ copycat

Criss Angel and Tommy Lee

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An English magician performing under the name Dynamo has attracted the attention of illusionist Criss Angel. And not in the good way. Dynamo (born Steven Frayne) performs utilizing Criss Angel’s trademark look. If that were not bad enough . . . Dynamo is also performing Criss Angel’s signature illusions. On television.

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An interview with magician Nathan Burton

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When John Sebastian–of The Lovin’ Spoonful’s fame–wrote Do You Believe in Magic in 1965, Sebastian must have had an inkling, somehow, about the future of Las Vegas magician Nathan Burton. Having the opportunity to sit down and talk with Nathan readily brings to mind Sebastian’s lyric:

And it’s magic, if the music is groovy it makes you feel happy like an old-time movie. I’ll tell you about the magic and it’ll free your soul . . . but it’s like tryin’ to tell a stranger ’bout rock and roll.

You have to meet Nathan Burton in order to understand what a nice, and genuinely caring, individual he is. Sitting down to interview him is a pleasure. He enjoys his work. That point is illustrated, very clearly, during his show. In speaking with him, however, one comes to see the person behind the persona – and that is where Burton shines.

The Nathan Burton interview can be found HERE.

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Las Vegas magician Nathan Burton performing at the Flamingo

Hotel Flamingo Las Vegas

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Magician Nathan Burton provides an enjoyable afternoon of entertainment at the Flamingo Las Vegas. Attendees of the show might recall Nathan’s appearances on the popular NBC show America’s Got Talent. Burton’s star quality ultimately earned him headlining status in March of 2008 and he has been wowing his audiences, ever since.

Burton opens his show with an impressive appearance of multiple Las Vegas Showgirls. He moves on, quickly–whilst engaging his audience with a tale from his youth–to performing one of the tricks he is most known for – flushing a “security guard” down a toilet. Nathan provides rapid-fire comedic entertainment . . . with a magicians keen eye being successfully applied to the tiniest of details. Each magical interlude is enjoyable, as well as being expertly permeated with his trademark style of performing what is, truly, the best in comedy magic. (Article continues, HERE.)

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Tannen’s Magic presents the ‘Pack Smart, Play Anywhere’ lecture by Bill Abbott

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Magician Bill Abbott has carefully constructed a lecture entitled Pack Smart, Play Anywhere as a means of teaching performing magicians exactly how they can create a quality show which can be easily packed and carried in a small, flat case. Abbott is bringing this successful lecture to Tannen’s Magic at 7:00 p.m. on June 12, 2012.

Highlights of the lecture include learning:

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Bill Abbott brings his ‘The Thing’ workshop to Tannen’s Magic

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Magicians traveling to New York would be wise to attend the popular workshop–The Thing–at Tannen’s Magic at 4:00 p.m. on June 10, 2012. This special workshop is being led by Canadian magician Bill Abbott. Abbott is also a respected inventor of original magical effects and routines . . . including, but not limited to, the marvelous self-contained levitation illusion The Thing.

Now is the chance for workshop attendees to learn from the creator of this creative specimen of levitation, himself. In this highly customized workshop attendees will learn:

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