Posts Tagged ‘Lee Asher’

Sorcerers Safari 2012 – Unfettered Magic Mayhem

Monday, February 6th, 2012


Sorcerer's Safari


So it’s 2012 and there are so many things happening this year that it’s almost too much to list. However, maybe it’s time to begin making plans for the summer!

We’re proud to announce that Ellusionist is a sponsor of this year’s Sorcerers Safari in Canada!

I recently had the pleasure of talking to the founder of the Sorcerers Safari, Mike Segal. The first thing I will say is that he is VERY passionate about doing this for the youth in the magic community. Throughout the years he’s rounded up some of the biggest names in magic for an experience unlike anything you’ve experienced before. For one week in the summer (August 27-September 2) campers will be immersed in all things magic and fun.

Having a line up like they do it makes me wish I was a kid again just to be able to experience what it’s like to be surrounded by my heroes who are there to help ME in what I’m trying to accomplish!

I’m going to run through some of the things that go on at the camp but for more information please head to their website at


This camp is packed with topics ranging from simple sleight of hand all the way to magic as a business and even magic theory!


This struck a real chord with me as you just can’t get that type of access to people of this calibre at a convention. Let me give you a few of the names that are part of the Sorcerers Safari;

  • Aaron Fisher
  • Lee Asher
  • Shawn Farquhar
  • Greg Frewin
  • Wayne Houchin
  • Eric Leclerc
  • Ben Train

And the list goes on and on….

This year the FISM Champion SOMA will be on the list of guests. Keep in mind that the guests may change but will definitely grow, as time gets closer.

So what does that mean for campers? Well it means an unheard of opportunity to actually spend an entire week not only learning from but also hanging out and just jamming with everyone! Man, I really wish I was a kid again. They even go as far as to assist the parents of campers find accommodations nearby if they’re worried about their little Houdini being too far away!

The point is that this is a WONDERFUL opportunity for you or your children who are aspiring magicians to have access to something that very few people do. If it weren’t for Mike Segal and his dedicated staff, none of this would come to pass.

Registration is easy and more than affordable for the week of unforgettable experiences and life long friendships made. We here at Ellusionist are proud to sponsor and honored to assist someone doing something truly amazing for the magic community!

Later this week I’ll be interviewing Mike Segal and he’ll be talking about the Camp and more. If you have any questions, we would like to help get them answered, leave your questions submitted below and we’ll get the info. Also as more information comes up about the camp we’ll be sure to update you as well. Keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter. Secrets come from everywhere 😉


-Xavior Spade


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There will be some amazing things happening this year and some opportunities for all of you to get some cool shizzle!

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Jones to be special guest at Sorcerers Safari

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Ellusionist artist Eric Jones will be the special guest at this year’s Sorcerer’s Safari, a Canadian magic camp that has hosted some of the top names in magic. Previous special guests include Daniel Garcia, Wayne Houchin, Dan and Dave Buck, Lee Asher, Aaron Fisher, Nathan Kranzo, Gregory Wilson and Johnny Ace Palmer.

Held at Camp White Pine, located north of Toronto on 1,600 acres, the camp gives students from 8 to 20 years old a behind-the-scenes look at magic like no other. Students learn new routines and magic, perform and get top-notch advice from the biggest names in magic. The creator of Metal and Audio will have plenty to teach attendees about close-up magic, performance and more that he’s learned in his almost 15-year career in magic.

“He simply loves magic and would be a perfect fit for camp and the kids,” said Mike Segal, owner of Sorcerers Safari. “And there is no better way to spend time immersed in the art of magic than with one of your heroes. Who doesn’t love Eric Jones? He’s awesome!”

Jones will be joined by a host of other magicians and business pros, including Ellusionist’s Jason Brumbalow and David Mitchell, Lee Asher and more.

Harry Blackstone Sr. : Magic Legends presented by Lee Asher

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Harry Blackstone Sr. MAGIC LEGENDS presented by Lee Asher

Harry Blackstone Sr. (1885 – 1965), was a famed stage magician and illusionist of the 20th century. He started doing magic at the age of eight after receiving a magic kit for a birthday present and seeing a performance by the great Harry Kellar.

Blackstone Sr. began his career professionally in his teens (1904) and was beloved as a USO entertainer through World War II, billed as The Great Blackstone. Following Houdini’s death, Blackstone would become the most well-known magican in the United States of America.

Eventually he would retire from touring in the 1950s, but would continue to make television and other appearances for the rest of his life.

FACT 1: Harry Blackstone Sr. appears in his own comic book series.

Harry Blackstone Sr.’s shows mixed small-scale slight of hand and elaborate prop-based illusions, and he pioneered such now-classic routines as the buzzsaw illusion, dancing handkerchief, floating lightbulb, and his unique frames of paper illusion where he would smash his hand through a framed sheet of paper and withdraw various objects, livestock, and even his wife seemingly out of nowhere.

FACT 2: His son Harry Blackstone, Jr. would follow in his footsteps and became a famous magician, too. Harry Jr.’s wife, Gay Blackstone, still keeps the family name in the public eye.

Watch rare snippets of Harry Blackstone Sr.’s stage show – right now!

If you find all of this very interesting and want to learn more about Harry Blackstone Sr., visit his official WikiPedia page. Also, spend a few moments visiting his official virtual grave.

Percy Abbott: Magic Legends presented by Lee Asher

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Percy Abbott (1886 – 1960), was an Australian magician and magic dealer who founded Abbott’s Magic Novelty Company in Colon, Michigan. In his prime, Abbott’s business was the largest manufacturer and retailer of magic tricks and stage illusions in the world.

Early interests included theater and magic; Abbott took part in amateur theatrical productions as a boy, and soon thereafter, discovered magic; it was the latter pursuit, along with its allied art, ventriloquism, to which he would devote the balance of his life.

By the end of 1945, Percy Abbott managed a small empire in southern Michigan. His magic business was spread over the small town in some seven buildings, and employed 54 or more workers. Facilities to transform nearly any raw material into a magic trick were at hand, and Abbott branch stores were established in Detroit, Indianapolis, New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

Percy Abbott enlisted well-known magicians to manage these outlets, and often appeared at the stores himself. He also became a fixture at magic conventions in the USA, putting his abilities as an outstanding demonstrator of Abbott-made tricks to good use.

FACT: Percy Abbott was the co-founder of the Blackstone Magic Company in Colon, Michigan with Harry Blackstone Sr. from 1929 to 1931.

Watch a rare movie of Percy Abbott performing the Super X Levitation in front of the Abbotts Magic Shop (Michigan):

Learn more about Percy Abbott by visiting his official MagicPedia page.

Watching professionals only increases the chances of you improving your own magic. It also helps educate you about magic’s rich past. In turn, the art of magic advances. Magic Legends a free resource for you to use, study and benefit from. Read more about Magic Legends.

Milbourne Christopher: Magic Legends presented by Lee Asher

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Melbourne Christopher MAGIC LEGENDS presented by Lee Asher

Milbourne Christopher (1914 – 1984) was an American illusionist.

He wrote more than twenty books, was national president of the Society of American Magicians (SAM), and was an honorary vice-president to the London Magic Circle. Milbourne Christopher was also chairman of SAM’s Occult Investigating Committee and was one of the original members of CSICOP.

His collection of magic memorabilia contained prints, paintings, photographs, posters, playbills and drawings of the greatest conjurers in history, and was the largest in private hands. Many of these items appeared in his book The Illustrated History of Magic.

FACT: David Coperfield owns the Milbourne Christopher collection and houses it in his secret warehouse in Las Vegas.

With more than 20 books, 10 TV specials (including the first on prime time network TV in the US), two Broadway magic shows, one off-Broadway spectacular, starring roles at Madison Square Garden’s Magicworld and performances in 72 countries, he was a master to say the least.

Watch Milbourne Christopher perform the Sword Basket illusion.

You are encouraged to learn more about Milbourne Christopher by visiting his official Wikipedia page.

Watching professionals only increases the chances of you improving your own magic. It also helps educate you about magic’s rich past. In turn, the art of magic advances. Magic Legends a free resource for you to use, study and benefit from. Read more about Magic Legends.