My Magic Adventures: Cicadas 2013

What are cicadas, and why were we on the news with them??

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Georges Melies - Vanishing Lady 1896



GEORGES MELIES
"The Vanishing Lady" is an 1896 French short silent film directed by filmmaker and magician Georges Méliès.
Based on the stage act of the famous Buatier de Kolta, the film is one of the first uses of movie special effects...

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Performance: Bite Out Quarter Street Magic

IMPROMPTU BITE OUT QUARTER

Always carry some quick closeup tricks in your pocket!
Here I am entertaining people on the street in Lexington VA...

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Musical Interlude: "Your Momma Don't Dance"

YOUR MOMMA DON'T DANCE
And your daddy may not rock and roll, but Nick Berkin and I got rockin' when we played this little duet during a break in our show rehearsal back in 2014...

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Need Your Opinion: Mind Force Key

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MIND FORCE KEY
Let me show you a fantastic closeup illusion, in the right hands...

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Showmanship Tips: Retiring a Trick

RETIRING A TRICK

You asked: "Do you ever retire a trick from your show?"
Here's my answer...

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Magic History 101: Antique Handcuffs



ANTIQUE HANDCUFFS
After last week's post about the handcuffs used by Tony Curtis in the 1953 Houdini movie, I got several emails asking to see more antique handcuffs from my collection.
Here are a few of the hundreds of cuffs I have collected over the years...

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Performance: MC Bit- Chameleon Silks

BEING THE MASTER OF CEREMONIES
Performing as Master of Ceremonies means having a number of quick routines that will keep the audience enthusiastic and entertained between all the acts.
Quick and visual tricks like the Chameleon Silks are perfect, especially when you add a kicker like I did with the streamer at the end....

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Slyidini Performs Balls Over Head Routine



SLYDINI
He was a master of closeup artistry, mentoring and inspiring many of the great names in modern magic.
Not only was he an incredible manipulator, he was also a master entertainer.
My favorite routine is his classic BALLS OVER THE HEAD comedy classic...

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Performance: Bob Carroll - Svengali Deck

BOB CARROLL
Our longtime friend, Bob always creates clever routines for his magic, especially classics like this Svengali Deck!

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Musical Interlude: "Love's Theme"

LOVE'S THEME
Written by the legendary Barry White, recorded by White's The Love Unlimited Orchestra, released in 1973 as a single- and another favorite of mine!

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Need Your Opinion: Card Box Prediction

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CARD BOX PREDICTION
Let me show you a great INSTANT ACCESS VIDEO...

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Magic History 101: Houdini Movie Handcuffs

HOUDINI MOVIE HANDCUFFS
If you think you can handcuff a magician, you are wrong!

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Showmanship Tips: How To Use a Fingertip As a Dye Tube

USING A FINGERTIP AS A DYE TUBE

You asked: "What can I use a false fingertip for?"
Here's an idea...

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My Magic Adventures: Dog Days

DOG DAYS

A typical day at MagicTricks.com- it's all about the dogs...

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Performance: Bob Carroll - That's Shoe Business

BOB CARROLL
Our longtime friend, the hilarious Bob Carroll performs a clever and surprising comedy magic routine- with a shoe!

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Steve Carell's Magic Characters

STEVE CARRELL
Two of his characters performing magic...

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Accordion Adventures: Jersey Polka Richie

JERSEY POLKA RICHIE

From time to time, I've performed in big shows with various other artists and performers.
The most memorable shows were the ones where I think I might have had a better time than the audience...

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Performance: Allan Crossan - Find the Queen

ALLAN CROSSAN
Our customer and friend, the very inventive Allan Crossan performs a unique and surprising version of FIND THE QUEEN!

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Need Your Opinion: Oct-ical Illusion

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OCT-ICAL ILLUSION
Let me show you a very clever way to reveal a selected card...

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Showmanship Tips: Custom Fit Your Thumb Tip

CUSTOM FIT YOUR THUMB TIP

You asked: "Is there a way to make my thumb tip fit my thumb better?
Why, yes there is! Take a look...

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Performance: Michael Medvigy - Center Deal Sensation

ALLAN CROSSAN
Our customer and friend, the talented Michael Medvigy performs a jawdropping version of the CENTER DEAL!

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Magic Clips: Al De Lage on "To Tell the Truth" TV Program


AL DE LAGE on TO TELL THE TRUTH 1960
Play along! Can you guess which man is the REAL Al De Lage, the World's Fastest Magician??

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My Magic Adventures: Entertaining the Queen

ENTERTAINING THE QUEEN
Wherever I go I am always ready to entertain.

Strolling through the Lake Anna Renaissance Faire, I met the Queen of the Faire.
It was the perfect opportunity to entertain the entertainers...

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Performance: Allan Crossan - Another Hat Trick

ALLAN CROSSAN
Our customer and friend, the very clever Allan Crossan performs an entertaining version of ANOTHER HAT TRICK!

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