Archive for December, 2009

Israeli magician chases Blaine’s cool record

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

An Israeli magician is aiming to break a record set by legendary street magician David Blaine. Hezi Dayan on Tuesday began his attempt to claim the record for remaining inside a block of ice. Blaine did it for 58 hours in 2000; Dayan is going for 64 hours.

The Associated Press has more info in this video report:

2009 Holiday Giveaway winners announced

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

UPDATE: Winners listed below will get an e-mail confirmation when prizes are shipped.

The presents are opened, the songs have been sung, Santa’s done his global chimney and all that’s left to do this Christmas is announce the winners of our 2009 Holiday Giveaway. As it was last year, we had two ways for you to score some extra stuff. In addition to the brackets, we drew random names for several huge prizes, one of which is a race through Ellusionist’s virtual shelves.

Those of you who won can expect your prizes via USPS Priority. Winners of the Great Ellusionist Sweep and training session with Brad: We’ll be in touch.

Without further ado, the complete list of winners is below. Congratulations! (more…)

Kardashian: Dynamo thrills, monkey spills

Monday, December 28th, 2009

Maybe it’s because we’re Saints fans that this post from Kim Kardashian, girlfriend of running back Reggie Bush, caught our eye. Maybe it’s because she’s a hottie.

But she wrote about the magician Dynamo, who was taping with Ashton Kutcher and — if you’ve read iTricks — has been performing for all kinds of stars lately. Dynamo made a monkey appear for Kim, but the little critter took a piddle on her.

The monkey also pooped on Kutcher, so at least its priorities are straight, right?

Aaron Fisher has a present for you

Friday, December 25th, 2009

Aaron Fisher, creator of the One-Hand Popover and Search and Destroy, has had a great year. So great that he put some thoughts about the double lift to tape with Tim Trono of Murphy’s Magic. The following vid is from him to you. After watching it, your double lift will get better.

Keep an eye out: Earlier this week, we recorded a podcast about the One-Hand Popover, the differences between flourishes and flourishy, Larry Jennings, Avatar and a whole lot more. We’ll have it posted just as soon as we clean up all the ripped and shredded wrapping paper. Happy Christmas!

More Control: Director’s cut now available

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Here is your chance to take control.

Wayne Houchin has released a special director’s cut of his pulse-stopping — literally — effect. Brilliant in its simplicity, Control lets your spectators hear your heart quicken, slow, then come to a dead stop.

Control: The Director’s Edition is 143 minutes long and includes several new features, including:

  • New interview footage of Dexter, Daniel Garcia and Randall (yes! Randall is back!) that strings sections of the DVD together.
  • Remastering and re-editing for a sharpened look.
  • New ideas that didn’t exist at the time of the first edition.
  • Training about the new “Johnston Justification, which lets you perform Control under “test conditions”: That means a doctor or nurse verifies everything you do and say. SWEET.
  • A section with nothing but advice and tips for practicing the effect.

Houchin said the additions enhance the original effect, which was originally released with Theory 11.

“If you own the original DVD and Control works perfectly for you, you may not find much use in this new edition,” Houchin said. “However, if you have had trouble performing Control in the past, if you are interested in learning how to perform Control even when there’s a doctor present, or if you simply overlooked this effect when it was first released, CONTROL: The Director’s Edition is for you.”