Archive for May, 2009

Magician prepares to break sleep-deprivation record

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with information from Andrew Warner.

Came across an interesting video tonight: Andrew Warner’s teaser for an upcoming magic production.

Warner is currently training to break the sleep deprivation record currently held by Briton Tony Wright in 2007 (264 hours). His training includes a heavy workout regimen and a vegan diet.

The Columbus, Ohio-based magician is still trying to pick the perfect public location where he can be on display throughout his sleep-deprivation stunt. He plans to begin in late summer, “so I don’t have to spend 12 days awake in the sweltering, midsummer heat,” he said. (We don’t blame him. Hot = bad. Hot + no sleep = suck.) The whole stunt will be blogged and webcast, and it will be the focus of Warner’s upcoming video.

Check out his moves in the video above.

Daniel Garcia to be guest at Sorcerers Safari

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

One of the coolest camps in the continent just got cooler.

According to a press release from the Sorcerers Safari Summer Magic Camp, Daniel Garcia, creator of Fraud, the Daniel Garcia Project, Fallen and Torn, will be a special guest for this year’s camp.

There was a lot of hot debate during the camp’s executive staff meeting, according to the release, about whether to have an online personality featured at the camp. But the debate turned into excitement, said Mike Segal, the camp’s founder and president:

“Mr. Garcia is going to have a great time up here, and so are all the campers and staff. Imagine all of the experiences he can recount about David Blaine, Frank Price, Paul Harris, and the rest of the legends he’s spent time with. This is going to be our thirteenth year in operation, and I can’t remember a time when everyone was so excited about a special guest like Daniel Garcia.”

The camp will be held from Aug. 23 to 30 in Haliburton Highlands, north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Blogger: Bad music reason for scarcity of magic TV shows

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

A short-and-sweet post to get you thinking: A blogger known as “The Allengator” writes that TV magic specials are on the decline because the music is awful:

You know what I mean, you hear some sort of ambient, house-type arrangement that is supposed to sound like some sort of mystical presentation, and none of them have ever sounded much good. I remember one special on years ago, it might have been David Copperfield, and they were “reuniting” a “lost” “son” and “father”, and the music sounded like it came from a bunch of partially drunk glass bottles of Pepsi Cola.

He also speculates that David Blaine’s emphasis on stunts is souring public opinion to magic.

Why am I posting this? To get you riled up and to flame him? Not at all; he makes some good points. So put your keyboard of fire down, flameboy. Besides, you have to admit that “partially drunk glass bottles of Pepsi” is pretty funny.

I’m just wondering: What are YOU doing to prove him wrong?

Singapore magic duo to chase Klok’s record

Monday, May 25th, 2009

A pair of Singapore magicians are chasing a record unofficially set by Hans Klok.

J C Sum and “Magic Babe” Ning are going to attempt 15 grand illusions in five minutes. The feat, to be performed on June 27, will close out the Singapore River Festival 2009. And keep in mind, these are “grand” illusions: Sleight of hand acts, card tricks, hankies, birds won’t count. From a press release:

(They) will be making themselves appear, vanish, teleport, exchange places, dissect their bodies, pass through solid objects, making a motorcycle appear, and much more in this physically & mentally challenging feat of attempting 15 grand illusions in 5 minutes.

Authenticating the feat will be the Singapore Book of Records and the International Brotherhood of Magicians. According to the release, it will also be submitted to Guinness World Records. Klok set an unofficial record last year by performing 10 illusions in five minutes for a TV studio recording.

Contest announced: You could spend a day with Wayne

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

As usual: Ellusionist has an incredible release contest to go with the release of an incredible project.

You already know about Wayne Houchin’s Art of Magic, which will be available on June 11. You may not know, but will want to know, that you could be one of 20 people to spend the day with W:H.

When you order the Art of Magic from Ellusionist, you may become eligible for some incredible prizes. If you are order No. 31 to 40, you will get a free Indecent DVD. If you are order No. 11 to 30, your copy of AoM will be signed by Wayne, and you’ll get a free Stigmata DVD.

If you’re one of the first 10 to order, then you will win a ticket to the GRAND GIVEAWAY: An incredible “All-Day Intensive” with Houchin himself at E’s HQ in Sausalito, Calif. A full day of magic performance, education and training in a close-up and personal environment. Awesome. You’ll also get an ultra-rare Ultragaff uncut sheet, signed by Wayne.

All the details and FAQs are right here. Oh, you noticed the number 20 up there, right? Wondering who the other 10 winners are? They will be chosen randomly from orders placed between June 12 and 21. So if the traffic pushes you out of line, or you can’t punch through for some reason, you still have a chance at the big prize. We’re cool like that.

Also, if you have questions about the Art of Magic, and you don’t want anyone but Wayne to answer them, then ask away on the E Forums. He’s cool like that.

But even if you don’t win anything in the contest, you’re going to get your money’s worth from this video. All of Wayne’s videos have been packed with good advice and effects, but all of those have been single-trick DVDs. AoM is FILLED TO THE BRIM with sweetness: Interviews with Aaron Fisher, Joel Paschall and David Regal? Live performance footage at the Magic Castle? Multiple effects? Wayne talking about the state of magic today? You kiddin’ me? This video will be an instant classic. It’s cool like that.