Criss Angel exposes ‘Mindfreak’ copycat

Criss Angel and Tommy Lee

Criss Angel and Tommy Lee (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

Criss Angel article continues (with photograph), HERE.

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An interview with magician Nathan Burton

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Las Vegas Strip (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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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The passing of a dear friend

One of the perks of writing for the Las Vegas Magic community, as I do, is that I get to create content which features the work of magicians that I admire (and have been fortunate enough to meet) – and that I am able to call more than a few of those magicians personal friends.

Recently I have discovered one of the drawbacks of writing for a community that I know, and love, so well. In the early morning hours of July 28th – I learned of the sudden and deeply unexpected passing of a dear friend. That friend was an active participant in the magic community – and I realized that I would have need to craft an article regarding the passing of a person that was dear to me.

My view was that I could no longer do anything for Bill in this life other than writing him the very best tribute that I could.

I hope that somehow–through my words–I have found a way to keep his memory bright and alive in the hearts of those that knew and adored him. It is also my hope that my words can serve as an introduction to the people reading that Bill never had the chance to meet.

It was with great sadness, and tremendous distress, that the Las Vegas magic community learned about the passing of one of their own during the early morning hours of July 28th. Las Vegas magician William (Bill) Robinson died unexpectedly from complications involving his heart.

The rest of Bill Robinson’s tribute (with photographs) can be found, HERE.

Rest in Peace, Bill.

You are well and truly missed.

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Las Vegas magician Nathan Burton performing at the Flamingo

Hotel Flamingo Las Vegas

Hotel Flamingo Las Vegas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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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Las Vegas prepares for the arrival of over 1,200 magicians

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Las Vegas Strip (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Magicians are arriving in record numbers to take part in the MAGIC Live! convention for professional magicians. This year MAGIC Live! is “Celebrating 20 years of MAGIC.” The popular convention event is sponsored by Las Vegas-based MAGIC Magazine. The theme of this year’s event happily coincides with the 20th anniversary of the publication. MAGIC Live! takes place August 14th through August 17th at The Orleans Hotel & Casino.

Convention activities include a Cover Party, entry to The MAGIC Shop (vendors/dealers booths where magicians may purchase magic-related items, equipment and props), giveaways, Focus sessions, Parlor Experience courses, Close-up Experience courses, Documentary Live sessions, Night at the MAGIC Museum, Onstage sessions, Film Festival viewings (I & II), the Final Party & Film Festival. The festivities will conclude with Late Night Live.

Article continues, HERE.