Posts Tagged ‘Celebracadabra’

Wind to be featured on iTricks Clinic

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Remember, on VH-1’s Celebracadabra, the incredibly patient magician who was paired with Ant?

That was Asi Wind, a magician who has performed on TV and for countless live events. He will be the featured guest on this week’s iTricks clinic, at 8 p.m. Eastern this Thursday. Get your performances ready to go, clinic with the man, and try not to be as difficult as Ant, OK?

Bullets: Sparks still doing magic, Alonzo helping Jacko, self-promotion touted, lack of mystery mourned

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Are we playing catch-up, or is there so much going on in the magic world that we have to cram four posts into one? You decide:

  • Hal Sparks, actor and competitor on VH-1’s Celebracadabra, was interviewed by SLAM creator Travis McPherson on Scrapple Sandwich. During the interview, he talked about his experience on the show. And yes, he still does magic: “All the time … it becomes a compulsion. Once you learn a coin trick, a card trick or any trick that requires the practice of a motion over and over again, you do it like monkey taught to feed itself by pushing a button that shocks them.” We’re also big fans of “Chris in Vancouver,” who got to ask Hal a question on air.
  • Mystery solved from the horse’s mouth. Michael Jackson has hired magician Ed Alonzo to create illusions for an upcoming tour. Alonzo told Dodd Vickers at the Magic Newswire that he won’t be in Jacko’s show like he is in Britney Spears’ (though on vacation now, he will be on tour with Spears until December).
  • Magician Ted Outerbridge testifies to the power of marketing and self-promotion in this report from The (Montreal) Gazette. He has landed a show at a major downtown Toronto theater with his promotion savvy, which has impressed others.
  • Mentalist Stuart Cumberland offers a thought-provoking article on his newly-revamped Web site. His thought: Why can’t people put mystery back into magic and mentalism? He argues, among other things, that mentalists who present their art as “psychological” or “scientific” instead of “mind-reading” do their part to murder mystery.

Magic news sources protest TV show

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

A popular, respected news source about the magic industry is ready to call out those who would expose illusions. Another is calling for a boycott of a TV show and its advertisers.

The show causing the concern features the Masked Magician, a professional magician who risks breaking the magician’s code in order to reveal secrets of many major illusions, from the classic sawing lady in half to simple street-magic card tricks. iTricks broke some disturbing news about the show: An anonymous source reports that members of The Magic Castle have been contributing to the exposure. Young said he will name those alleged to have helped the show profit at the expense of other magicians.

Keep in mind, that charge about Magic Castle members is still an allegation. If proven to be true, it would be heartbreaking to many. Membership in the group is significant, and earning the chance to perform there is an honor.

But here’s the question: How does exposure affect you? Tremendously, some would argue. If you spent money and hours of practice on perfecting Tattoo Joe, then perform it for a crowd on the street, only to have someone yell, “I know how you did that! You’re blanking a blank that has been blanked,” it would seem your performance, credibility and future gigs have disappeared like that bass on Russell’s arm.

But consider this: The Masked Magician has been doing his shows since 1997, yet magic is incredibly popular right now. Look at all the new shows that have cropped up on TV and in Vegas. We have seen David Blaine, the Mindfreak, Phenomenon, CelebraCadabra and many incredible performers. And the Masked Magician isn’t the only one exposing magic these days. Yet magic has thrived. Ellusionist has grown since its creation THREE YEARS AFTER the first special. (Don’t get us wrong: Ellusionist condones NO FORM of exposure of any magician’s effect.)

ITricks and Magic Newswire are doing what they can to fight the problem. You can fight the problem by simply performing this art you have discovered. Many people know that magic is accomplished through sleight of hand, and they love watching it anyway. A strong performance persona and compelling style will bring back spectators and fans, even if they know how all your tricks are done. Don’t believe me? Consider that one of the MM’s shows was about street magic, yet the field has grown by leaps and bounds, and Blaine and Angel still have popular shows.

If exposure still gets you down, do a search through target=”_blank”>the Ellusionist forums. You’ll find great advice on dealing with exposers, hecklers and other malcontents.

C. Thomas Howell Live Webchat!

Thursday, June 12th, 2008









Tommy Howell from Celebracadabra is going to drop by and hang out on our forums, on this thread Friday 6pm PST / 9pm EST June 13th 2008.

He’ll be answering questions live about his interest in magic, what got him stoked, Celebracadabra and his trials & tribulations with learning the craft.

Tommy is a cool, down to earth guy and he’s excited about speaking with everyone. It’ll be a fun gig. Hope to see everyone here.

The sky is falling!

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

No matter where you go on the internet to find your news and community, sooner or later you’ll see someone talking about how this or that is killing magic.

But is it?

Is magic *actually* dying?

With an unprecedented number of new magicians entering the art, some magicians with what you might call ‘Old fashioned values’ claim that magic is becoming watered down and hijacked, becoming nothing more than a fad.

Whilst this may be true for some, what negative impact does it actually have on the community?

I’ve read on a number of forums, how “All the kids want to do is learn the secret and then expose it on the internet,” and whilst this is undoubtedly true in a small number of cases, in many others, it’s because those new magicians haven’t yet learned any better.

It’s up to *US* as a community to band together and look after the beginners, to teach them the right way to learn, to teach them the power of the magic club or society, and finding a trusted friend with whom to practice.

I have no doubt that reading this entry will be a huge mix of skill levels and experience, from professional to just beginning.

To the beginners, please, be patient with your progress. You might think that one day you’re getting nowhere, and another you’re ready to go out and perform for the world, but please, be patient and brutally honest with yourself.

To the professionals, I beg of you – be a little more lenient and patient with the “kids” who are just beginning. All they want is to learn the right way… Teach, don’t preach.


Others say that the prevalence of magic websites such as are to blame for the proliferation of new magicians. Again, now it would seem that a magic store is only ever a google away – but how much easier is that for us?

The closest real magic shop to me, the one I visit most often and would love to hang out at every day, is a hundred miles away – and I’m sure I don’t have it as bad as some.

A few years ago, we would have had to make that journey every time we wanted to pick up a new deck of cards, pick up some refills for our lotions and potions or replace the thumbtip that the cat ran off with. (Don’t laugh, I swear one day I’ll find a dozen or more hidden away somewhere.)

Now, we click on the right name in our favourites and a few moments later, the order is placed and being processed.

Some may say that this takes away a lot of the human contact associated with a visit to the magic shop, but if you’re in a rush… Well, honestly – how many of us were ever able to just nip into the brick and mortar store, purchase the one or two items we wanted and walk out again?
How about the prevalence of magic on TV with shows like Celebracadabra, showing how Celebrities can learn magic quickly? *Surely* that’s to blame for the downfall of magic? The fact that you can tune in almost any day and find a show with magic on it, that the tricks are being performed by a variety of skill levels, cluing our spectators and audiences in when performed badly.

The fact of the matter is that when Penn & Teller can’t kill the Thumbtip by exposing it on international tv, and the efforts of all the Masked Magician’s shows put together can’t keep us down, will the next show that features no exposure do us any bad?
Yet other complaints have been based around custom cards, and the manufacturer’s website being emblazoned across the box. I can honestly tell you that the magician behind one of the top rated effects so far this year has exactly that to blame for hooking him in to magic. If it hadn’t been for a deck of black tiger cards, and seeing “More Black Tiger Gear available from” on the bottom of the box, his entire magical output so far and in the future would never have existed.

That may be just one story – but that’s the first story that springs to mind.

Cards, like anything else, are a tool – they’re like the mechanic’s spanner or the painter’s brush.

They do what the artist chooses to do with them.

That’s right, it’s up to *you* to make them make sense, it’s up to *you* to create a web of mystery surrounding them, or fashion a reason for using them.

Some say that they shouldn’t have to do that – but hey, if we were all the same, we’d all like musical theater…