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

English: Las Vegas Strip

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

Top hat as an icon for magic

Top hat as an icon for magic (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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:

Article continues, HERE.

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

Top hat as an icon for magic

Top hat as an icon for magic (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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:

Article continues, HERE.

The International Magic Experience offered first-rate magical experiences

Casino logo

Casino logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The International Magic Experience was hosted by the Orleans Hotel & Casino May 21-23, 2012. The Orleans proved to be an excellent choice for the placement of this event considering both the large theater on premises . . . as well as the Orleans offering comfortable, well-appointed conference rooms. The spaciousness of the theater–and all of the generously-sized conference rooms–had been thoughtful amenities which were much appreciated by the event attendees as well as the many guest artists and/or performers present during this spectacular event.

The organizers of the International Magic Experience (IMX) promised “3 days of nothing but magic overload” and they successfully delivered on that promise. This reporter was on hand in order to offer exclusive media coverage during the entire run of event. Summed up in 6 words?

An abundance of magic was experienced.

Article continues, HERE.

Top 10 things you might not know about Teller

Teller, of the comedy magic duo Penn & Teller....

Teller, of the comedy magic duo Penn & Teller. Photo taken after their show at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How much do you know about the quiet, shorter half of Penn & Teller? Here are some little-known facts about Las Vegas magician Teller:

  1. He has been profoundly inspired by a line from Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George. The line that moves him to tears is the line which says ‘Look, I made a hat where there never was a hat’ saying about it “I can’t say that line without choking up, because it states, in profoundly poetic terms, what I have always wanted to do with my life. It’s so simple and so funny, but boy, it hits me deep.”
  2. Directed and co-wrote the Off-Broadway show Play Dead.
  3. Describing his partnership with Penn Jillette, Teller says “We are artistic and business partners, not primarily friends. When we look at each other, we don’t think: ‘Now there’s a likeable chap!’ We think about the projects we are doing and how we will get them done. When we were first working together, we didn’t have such thick skins. But we recognized how useful we were to each other. And that prevailed.”

Article continues, HERE.

Top 10 things you might not know about Penn Jillette

English: Penn Jillette at Rio Las Vegas

English: Penn Jillette at Rio Las Vegas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How much do you know about the audible, taller half of Penn & Teller? Here are some little-known facts about Las Vegas magician Penn Jillette:

  1. In order to demonstrate that he didn’t have “any tricks up his sleeves” – Penn used to arrive onstage for his magical performances, naked.
  2. Penn was once an on-air announcer for the cable channel Comedy Central.
  3. In 1974 he was part of a three-person act called the Asparagus Valley Cultural Society. The other two members of the act were Wier Chrisemer and someone that Penn had been introduced to earlier that same year: Teller.

Article continues, HERE.

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.

Top 5 picks for Las Vegas illusion and magic shows

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Las Vegas Strip (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With everything from edgy magic that is sure to please any enigma-seeking adult to offering up family-friendly entertainment, Las Vegas performers cover every contingency!

The Magic and Tigers of Rick Thomas

Illusionist Rick Thomas brings together unique combinations of magic, illusion, exotic cats, birds and music. Upgrading a ticket to the VIP status allows the audience members to take part in the “Tiger Encounter” where VIP ticket holders may ask questions about Bengal tigers and then go on stage to have a photograph taken with Rick’s majestic cats. The VIP “Tiger Encounter” takes place directly following each show. Show times are 3:00 p.m., Monday through Sunday. Ticket prices are $39.95 and $49.99. Ticket prices for children are $19.95. Ticket prices listed do not include applicable fees and taxes. This show is appropriate for any age.

Article continues, HERE.