Archive for July, 2009

Michigan town hosts interesting magic fest

Friday, July 31st, 2009
Photo courtesy Battle Creek Enquirer

Photo courtesy Battle Creek Enquirer

It’s still summer. There’s still time for a road trip. May we suggest Colon, Mich., U.S.

The self-proclaimed “Magic Capital of the World” is hosting a magic festival from Aug. 5 to 8. A report from the Battle Creek (Mich.) Enquirer gives a great look at the history between two rival magic stores.

OK, maybe Abbott’s Magic Company and FAB Magic Co. are not exactly rivals:

“This has always been Abbott’s,” FAB owner Rick Fisher said of the Get Together. “We were budging in on their turf, but we weren’t doing it to be nasty or put them out of business.”

The two stores host a bevy of magic lectures and performances during the festival. It’s a fitting fete for the town which houses the grave of the legendary Harry Blackstone.

The Web sites for Abbott’s and FAB have event schedules. Enjoy your trip and send us a postcard.

Bullets: Great gig, Burton’s boon, Angel’s deaths, future card sharp

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Because the home base of the Ellusionist blog is so close to the world’s largest sporting goods store, that means we have an abundance of bullets:

  • Congratulations to Dover magician BJ Hickman, who will be performing at the Cocheco Arts Festival, in Dover, Del. for the 35th consecutive year. The Magic Castle regular calls the event his “favorite gig.”
  • Can’t blame this disappearance on America’s Got Talent’s suspected hatred of magicians: Nathan Burton has disappeared from the show. Dodd Vickers at the Magic Newswire tells the reason why: Dude signed a sweet contract extension at The Flamingo in Vegas. Good on ya!
  • iTricks, always a solid source of information on everything mind-freaky, has a breakdown of the five ways Criss Angel will die during season five of Mindfreak. We were really hoping for something that involved fire ants. Or sponge bunnies.
  • TLP, official wife of the Ellusionist blog’s chief wordmonkey, found the below video of a future card sharp. We suspect this kid is a distant relative of De’vo. Our favorite moment happens at about :14.

Magicians no help to Harry Potter

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

The guys at College Humor explored a theme previously covered by Robot Chicken, and took it to the next obvious level. Pretty funny, but what happens to Penn & Teller is harsh.

Canada event a busker’s paradise?

Monday, July 27th, 2009
Photo courtesy Telegraph Journal

Photo courtesy Telegraph Journal

The Telegraph-Journal published an interesting report about busking performers and how it’s tough to get a crowd, even during a festival devoted to busking.

There were a bevy of performers at the Buskers on the Boardwalk Festival in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. One of them was Jonathan Burns, the star of Burnsy’s Flexible Comedy Show.

Reporter Andrew McGilligan tailed the performer and detailed how a crowd of four grew into about 100:

With the sun not yet shining through, Burns warmed up his tiny audience with some magic tricks as part of Burnsy’s Flexible Comedy Show. The crowd steadily grew as Burns interacted with as many passersby as possible; ending his show some 20 minutes later with approximately 100 people crowded in front of the entrance. “It was weird walking up because no one was around and you never really know how it’s going to go. You just sort of cross your fingers and hope,” he said.

Angel Mindfreaks Comic Con with funeral

Friday, July 24th, 2009

Courtesy A&E Television

We first heard of a Criss Angel appearance at Comic Con, in San Diego, from iTricks, which spotted a heads-up on his MySpace page. Now, no less than the New York Times tells us what it was: A mock funeral. (Of course, we had to read about all kinds of 3-D films to get to the two sentences about it… C’mon, Mike Rutherford, where are ya?)

We predict Angel’s haters are going to have a field day with this one.

ANYWAY… Staged by the A&E Network, ladies and gentlemen donned in black carried coffins through the main walkway. The network published a couple of pictures on its Twitpic site. The funeral was held to promote the upcoming season No. 5 of the show: