Archive for April, 2009

Farrow receives fasting tips from Blaine for hunger strike

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Actress Mia Farrow, who is in the midst of a hunger strike, received fasting advice from a guy who knows what he’s talking about.

The New York Daily News reported that Farrow was contacted by David Blaine, and given advice on how to make it. Among the tips: After six days, she won’t feel a thing, and she should drink up to four liters of water a day.

Farrow is going without food to raise awareness of ongoing genocide in the Sudan region, including political leaders’ dwindling allowances of humanitarian aid. Currently in day three, she plans to live on only water for three weeks. She writes more about the experience on her blog, from which the below video came. She writes:

“What I am going through now is nothing compared to what the poeple of Darfur are facing. As things were, before the humanitarian expulsions, the rations for refugee were barely the minimum caloric requirement to sustain life-1000 calories per day. But soon more than one million people will not receive even that meager ration. The situation is urgent and dire. So, when I feel hunger pangs and my head aches, I think of them.”

This is not an easy thing to do. Magician Daniel Madison tried and failed a similar feat last year (he went for 44 days with a miniscule daily caloric intake). We wish her the best of luck.

Good weekend for magic videos

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Last weekend was a great weekend for new magic videos. Here’s some of the better ones.

  • We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Neil Patrick Harris rocks. Here’s an appearance from the Jimmy Fallon show. “Check this out, magic.”
  • Marco Tempest, buddy of Justin Robert Young at iTricks, passed along a unique card trick. Things get surprisingly awesome at the :56 mark. In the comments, Tempest directed people to some behind the scenes photos. Enjoy:
  • Dodd Vickers, over at the Magic Newswire, spotted the trailer for the upcoming movie “Magic Man,” starring Billy Zane:
  • And finally, Scott Baird, an Elite member of the Ellusionist forums, presents this great coin routine. Another forum member asked if he was really standing in the shower. Said Baird: “I like to end clean.”

Caine’s daughter banned from seeing latest film

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

Apparently, Michael Caine does too good of an acting job in his latest movie, “Is Anybody There?” Caine plays an aging magician coping with the onset of dementia, befriended by a boy who lives at the same nursing home.

Caine’s wife, Shakira Crane, did not like what she saw in the film, according to a report from The Guardian:

As a result Shakira Caine, his wife of 36 years, found the film so unsettling that she has banned their pregnant daughter, Natasha, from seeing it. “She didn’t like it one little bit,” said Caine, who supports his wife’s decision … “Shakira explained how she felt to me the other day. I said to her, ‘But you have seen me die in lots of movies’. ‘No,’ she said, ‘I have only seen you killed in movies. In this movie you die as an old man’. It touched her.”

Bill Milner, the 14-year-old actor who plays the boy, and Caine received top-notch magical training from Scott Penrose of the Magic Circle.

’90s blog heralds David Copperfield

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Out of all the podcast interviews I’ve done, it’s rare to hear a magician not bring up David Copperfield’s name when discussing their influences. But Copperfield has many fans across the world, and — believe it or not — not all of them are magicians.

One of the authors of the Vintage ’90s blog rediscovered online several episodes of “The Magic of David Copperfield,” and fell in love all over again. This post from the blog highlights the top five reasons Copperfield was, and is, awesome. And it’s hard to argue with the list.

What the heck: Here’s some proof on video:

Truth & Salvage Co. returns from trip to Iraq

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

We thought this band should be called “The Adam Grace Band,” but we guess Truth & Salvage Co. is cool, too.

The band, for which Grace plays keyboards, has just returned from a trip to the Middle East where the band played for American troops in Kuwait and Iraq. They toured and played several bases, rocked out for a lot of troops and even got to fire some weapons. Grace even got a chance to rest his rump in the same chair where former Iraq leader Saddam Hussein sat to be interviewed by Dan Rather in 2003 (pictured above).

The band kept a blog about the trip; it is PACKED with pictures and stories and well worth the read. Writes Grace at the end:

It was good feeling to be back in the US. There’s no doubt that we have the greatest country in the world. We also have the greatest people who make up this country… men and women who sacrifice thier lives to keep us safe. Our Military is big in might… but it also has a lot of heart. Getting to see that first hand was an experience we will never forget.