Archive for September, 2011

Red Artifice : Anything is Possible. Limited to 100 Bottles

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Inspiration. We all need it. It’s what sets us off on journeys. What spurs us to create. What encourages us to dream. The Red Artifice Anything is Possible bottle is inspiration that any magician can draw from.

This artwork will stretch the limits of your imagination, as you ponder just how it is possible to get a fully sealed Red Artifice deck into an empty milk bottle. Produced in a limited edition of 100, each Anything is Possible Bottle is painstakingly constructed and hand-numbered by the artist.

We commissioned ‘Ripley’s Believe it or Not’ spotlighted Magician and Craftsman, Jamie D. Grant to produce a limited run of 100 Red Artifice Decks in Anything is Possible bottles in an effort to capture the ephemeral beauty of the Red Artifice for an eternity.

We’re not sure how the decks end up in the aged glass, but we can assure you that the bottles are in no way altered by the process. It’s simply the Red Artifice Deck, captured for eternity.

“I have one of Jamie D. Grant’s “Anything is Possible” bottles here on my desk, and it continues to inspire me every day.” – David Blaine

Whether this be a magical piece of artwork that sits on your mantelpiece for all to admire or the ‘Break Glass in Case of Emergency’ deck of cards – or both, the Red Artifice Anything is Possible bottle will inspire you each day to challenge the limits of the possible.

It is inspiration, bottled.

Get your Red Artifice Anything is Possible bottle here. They will go fast.

Playing cards an essential part of emergency supplies

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Since when did a deck of cards become important enough to put in a disaster survival kit? Seems kinda frivolous at first, but after reading Katherine Rosman’s story about surviving Hurricane Irene on, it makes perfect sense.

According to her column, her husband is one of those thorough, list-making types. Before the hurricane hit, her husband devised an epic list to get through a few powerless days. Apparently, he didn’t appreciate her joke about how the “survival pile” needed playing cards. Sure enough, their power was out for six days. Those cards came in pretty handy.

With no light, no iPads and no TVs, Joe and I poured wine, and we played cards by candlelight. I lost two out of three rounds of gin rummy. “I’m glad I married someone smart enough to think about putting a deck of cards in the Survival Pile,” Joe said.

That’s the power of cards. There are a myriad of games that can be played with them. But for us magicians and flourishers, they are so much more. They are time-passing hobbies, tools of self-improvement, a medium of artistic expression and a way to snap anyone out of their funk by making their eyes get a little bigger.

So we completely recommend throwing a deck of cards into a survival kit. Heck, keep a brick beside the batteries and bottled water. Here’s some other invaluable places to keep a deck stashed (supply is also no problem for us magicians, because we tend to buy a lot of these things): (more…)

Take out your Earbuds and get a Free Gold Arcane

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Free Gold Arcane with shippable Orders over $75

To coincide with the launch of Earbuds by Adam Wilber we’re giving away a free gold Arcane in all shippable orders over $75. You will see the Free Gold Arcane automatically added to your cart when it reaches the $75 level – and you still get all the normal free gifts with your order as well.

Both the Free Gold Arcane Promotion and Earbuds will be released at 1pm EST Tuesday, September 13th. The Gold Arcane promotion runs for 48 hours only, so you’ll have to be quick.

Earbuds by Adam Wilber allows you to fuse a spectator’s chosen and signed card onto the wires of their earbuds.

Have a spectator select a card, sign it, and return it to the pack. You then run the wire from their iPod through the deck, and have them play their favorite song. When you move the pack away, the wire is actually running through their signed card, in between the layers of the card itself. The only way to remove it is to tear the card and rip the wires through, or you can leave the card there as a memento of your magic.

Be at 1pm EST 13th September 2011 for the release.

Cheat your way to Victory: Win the Red Artifice Collection

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

The Artifice Deck. Cards carrying the legacy of gambling like no other deck before. 48 hours of blood, sweat and caffeine is what it took to create the original Red Artifice trailer. Ellusionist resident film guru Pete McKinnon takes you behind the scenes of the trailer. Make sure you hang around for the whole video – he just might make you an offer you can’t refuse.

That’s right. Grab your camera, your Ellusionist decks, and prepare your most devious gambling routines, because Pete managed to sneak away some groovy things from the shoot and we’re offering them up to the one person who impresses us the most. So… What’s on the line?

  • • The Red Artifice deck used in the trailer, signed by the production team
  • • An original Red Artifice Trailer Script signed by the crew, framed and mounted
  • • Six (6) sealed Decks of Red Artifice Playing Cards

Some tips to get you started.

Where do we enter?

On our Facebook page you’ll find a tab aptly named ‘Red Artifice Contest‘. There is an entry form on there for you to fill in your details, including providing a link to your YouTube clip. All entries will be viewable on the ‘Videos’ tab after the deadline. You have from now, until 23:59 EDT on September 22nd, 2011.

What we’ll be looking for;

  • Your Execution of Gambling Sleights/Moves/Routines
  • Your Use of Framing, Lighting, Blocking and Editing
  • Your Flair for the Creative.

We do not want to see videos of people sitting in front of their computer, performing to a webcam, just doing sleight after sleight. It may be technically brilliant – but it’s a Zero for creativity.

We do not want to see videos where last Thursday’s laundry is clearly visible crawling its way out your bedroom door. Take your surroundings into consideration when filming – and film somewhere, and in a manner you think suits the Red Artifice.

If you’re using music – please make sure you have the rights to do so, and that revenue sharing is turned off on YouTube. We do not want to be forced to listen to Limp Bizkit, especially if it means the added insult of a pop-up ad. If you or a friend can make your own musical score – you’ll get brownie points for sure. We’re not expecting John Williams and the London Symphony Orchestra. Danny Elfman on a Casio Keyboard will do.

Please upload your video to YouTube as an unlisted video, and provide the link on the entry form. If you wish, you can make the video public once the contest deadline has passed (after 09/22/11 EDT).

One last note – when Pete says that you’ll get all the cool stuff you see there, it doesn’t include the couch he’s sitting on. Or the paintings on the wall behind him. Or his shirt. Marcus has already called ‘dibs’ on the shirt.

They’ve got the magic in ’em: Sorcerers Safari closes with video

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

So what did you miss at this year’s Sorcerer’s Safari? Here’s a look:

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This video was shot by Mark Baluk with direction from Trevor Watters at Camp White Pine for Sorcerer’s Safari 2011. (Thanks Mike!) They managed to get every camper, young and old, into this clip — and included some slick cameos.

We were honored to be a part of this year’s camp. It was great to work with all the campers, including getting pie-faced, double wet-willied, balloon graffiti’d and everything else.

But really, the video tells much more than we ever could.