Posts Tagged ‘Daniel Garcia’

Video catchup: Oberle shows a killer tat; Asher, Fisher, Houchin and more stop clocks

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

We kneel at the altar of the magic internet gods and ask for forgiveness for not posting these sooner. Two cool magic vids here:

The first features some of the guys behind Near the end, you can watch B. Smith, a co-creator of Rizer, perform like crazy. But we’re kinda partial to Chris Oberle, who shows off a nice-looking tat. He tells us that’s no temp, and that makes us wanna tell you that he’ll be performing on Dec. 17 at the Southgate House in Cincinnati, Ohio. Because he totally will. Enjoy:

What happens when Lee Asher, Aaron Fisher, Wayne Houchin, Daniel Garcia and other great magicians take the same stage? Time stops. Well, the clocks do, anyway. Enjoy, but don’t blame us if watching this makes you late for work:

Thursday three-for-all: Three new magic releases will be available later this week

Monday, November 15th, 2010

This is going to be a crazy week of new releases. You already know about Arcane Gaff Techniques and the white and black Arcane Gaff Decks, which will be available in about 60 minutes. Here’s what else is coming:

  • The long-awaited fourth, fifth and sixth chapters of the Daniel Garcia Project. DGP 4, 5 and 6 continues the powerful close-up magic that made him one of magic’s top performers, creators and a consultant for David Blaine.
  • Clench, a new release from Calen Morelli. You might have heard some forum buzz about this guy, who has been creating a trick a day on his YouTube page. He’s legit, and you’ll love sinking your teeth into this card location.
  • A new project from Eric Ross, creator of Election and Conspiracy. This one has been kept under close wraps for months, under tight secrecy. Cat’s out of the bag in a few days…

Three solid effects in one day. We’re doing our part to help you earn rewards and win an Xbox.

New routines, ideas, interviews part of Houchin’s Control: Director’s Cut

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Magic evolves. A sleight or effect, once created, doesn’t just remain the same. It grows and learns, like a living creature, and we learn from it.

Wayne Houchin has been in the process of evolving two of his creations. We already told you about Sinful: The Graphic Novel. But another project he has coming out takes a heart-stopping (literally) effect and expands it in several different directions.

In Control, you make your heart stop at your command as a spectator feels your pulse slow, then stop. Control: The Directors Cut features everything in the original Control DVD, but also includes new presentations, ideas and interviews, including:

  • An effect called Stop by Daniel Garcia, which allows a spectator to hear your heart slow, then stop, as if you were knockin’ on heaven’s door.
  • An interview with Dexter, of Criss Angel’s Mindfreak.
  • Remember Randall? He’s back. We’ll leave it at that.

Control: The Director’s Cut features more than 143 minutes of Houchin’s teaching, performances, tips and more dealing with this death-defying effect. It is impromptu and chillingly convincing. It requires no gimmicks or gadgets under your arm. It will be available from Ellusionist very soon.

Blaine gives advice to campers through Garcia’s cell phone

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

You know that Daniel Garcia was at Sorcerer’s Safari this year, right? You also know that he was a consultant for David Blaine’s “Dive of Death” special, right. Safe to say that DG has Blaine on speed dial. He took advantage of that connection this year and got Blaine to give some advice to the campers. The video is, well, you’ll see:

Top 10 best easy magic tricks named

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Judging is under way for the 2009 Video Contest, and all the entries reaffirm something Brad Christian has said from day one: “Simple hits hard.” That, and watching too many episodes of Late Night with David Letterman, got us thinking: What are the top 10 easiest magic tricks available? Here’s the list we came up with:

  • No. 10: Indecent, by Wayne Houchin. A card ends up inside a plastic bag, with little work from you.
  • No. 9: Two Card Monte, from Kard Klub. This is a David Blaine regular; the only reason it’s not higher is because that one part is kinda nerve-racking. But what a payoff!
  • No. 8: Mercury Aces, by David Kong. We can’t tell you how many times this has blown people away. This is an outstanding, powerful packet trick that is easy to perform. And we like how this one directs newcomers to discover Arturo Ascanio.
  • No. 7: Negative Erdnase, from Army of 52. We’re big fans of the Erdnase color change. But in this one, Justin Miller adds his smooth handling to the classic color change, and with one simple tweak makes it look so much more beautiful and convincing.
  • No. 6: Trick Sharpie. This thing combined with a simple force blows minds left and right. The hard work is already done for you with this one. All you do is point it out when you’re good and ready.
  • No. 5: Fallen, by Danny Garcia. As an ending to an ambitious card routine or a great reveal, Fallen opens eyes. And it’s easy to perform, especially when you use a fresh deck of playing cards.
  • No. 4: Biddle trick, from Inside Magic. We love watching all the different presentations you come up with for this. It’s a find the card effect with an inexplicable, impossible ending. What you guys do with that ending is awesome.
  • No. 3: Search & Destroy, by Aaron Fisher. This is the best invisible pass on the market, even though everyone sees it. This is a powerful sandwich effect that puts all the work in the spectators’ hands, leaving you to focus on the magic and suspense.
  • No. 2: Invisible Deck. What magician doesn’t have one of these as a Plan B? They name any card, and it turns out to be the only one flipped over in a deck. All it takes is some deft handling from you.
  • And No. 1: Here Then There, from Crash Course 1. This is another effect that Blaine uses regularly, and he gets as many dropped jaws as you guys did in the videos.

Let the debating begin. What do you think of the list?