Posts Tagged ‘Magic on TV’

Frewin’s hook for magic fame: Be family man

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Ellusionist Web master David Mitchell reminded us of Greg Frewin’s upcoming Christmas special, “Greg Frewin Magic Man: Home for the Holidays,” which will be shown tomorrow by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The show sounds pretty interesting just from the CBC’s description (only Canadians can access the accompanying online-exclusive videos).

But a series of stories by the Niagara Falls Review make it downright compelling. Reporter John Law scored exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to taping for the show and preparations for a big stunt at the end; his three-part series was published this week. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.)

Frewin, a former Vegas entertainer, invested almost everything he had into converting a factory into a 700-seat theater. The bold move paid off after its bumpy first year in 2005 — it now sells out every summer and has become a top attraction for the city of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. But he knows that it’s TV that will push his name to legendary status, he said. Instead of emulating Blaine’s urban shamanism or Angel’s shock and raw, Frewin’s hook is to show life behind the curtain, as a husband and father of two.

Lee Asher, Frewin’s street-magic consultant, vouches for his work ethic in part one:

“Greg is cut from a different cloth. Greg will do a show, and when he’s done he’ll go backstage and weld his props. When he’s done with that, he comes out and manages the theatre. When he’s done with that, he gets to go home and be a dad. He’s constantly doing something, constantly pushing. Hopefully, they’ll film that. There’s no one like Greg, there really isn’t. Greg’s working on the lights … I don’t know anyone (like him) who does that. They’ll wait. Greg, he doesn’t have time for the light guy. He’s gotta get down there and get his hands on that board. We work with Greg. We don’t work for Greg.”

Classic vid: Martin amazes as ‘Flydini’

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

We browse the ‘net like you wouldn’t believe and find all kinds of stuff. Check out this classic video that Brad found — it features Steve Martin on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Awesome stuff… bet you never thought of doing the egg basket this way.

Bullets: Cyril’s debut, Jay’s cameo, Kate’s campaign, skeptic’s complaint

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Sometimes, when I look for something cool and blogworthy, I find a couple of things worth pounding keys. Other times, I find a whole bunch of stuff. Tonight is one of those nights. Bullets, baby. Bullets:

  • Attention, Asian viewers of the AXN Network: We are jealous of you. Cyril Takayama’s newest TV show, Simply Magic, is slated to premiere this Thursday. Set your DVRs and save it until we can crash on your couch and watch it with you… we’ll bring the roast beef and Baconnaise sandwiches on sourdough. AXN has a teaser vid you can watch.
  • When we’re not pounding keys (Hey! Twice in one post for that phrase!), we’ve been getting wrapped up in ABC’s FlashForward. So we not only geeked out when Lloyd Simcoe managed to beat a four-of-a-kind in poker with, we suspect, some sleight of hand — we about jumped out of the couch and threw our practice Arcanes in the air when we saw Ricky Jay at the end.
  • Speaking of Arcanes: Remember that video in the Artist Gallery featuring the redhead who perched a stack of cards on her wrist and gave them a spin? That’s Ekaterina Dobrokhotova, a magician and flourisher widely known in the flourishing community. She’s asking for help landing another job as a shopping consultant. Thecuso is helping her out with a contest; he has the details.
  • We all know magicians have powers, but Ontario may be giving too much power to them, according to a skeptic’s blog. A member of the Canadian Skeptics United has a problem with an effort to grant the power of prescription to naturopaths, who practice natural healing. Not really magic related, but interesting nonetheless.

Daniels: No respect for David Blaine

Monday, November 9th, 2009

For those wondering what Paul Daniels has been doing: He has been searching for the best sausage in Britain, as part of British Sausage Week (Sorry, Brits, we just can’t bring ourselves to call them “bangers” for very immature reasons). In an interview with Andrew Trendell of the Nottingham Evening Post, he spoke about a number of things, including today’s crop of magicians including Derren Brown, David Blaine and Criss Angel.

Blaine and Angel drew Daniels’ ire, because of their use of technology:

“I can’t respect David Blaine, Chris (sic) Angel and particular others coming from America. There was a rule for us magicians when we were on television, and that was that if you can’t do it live then you don’t use technology to change the appearance. You have to be able to do it live, that’s the job of being a magician.”

Daniels also wasn’t impressed with how Blaine has moved into stunts, and his wife, Debbie McGee, said that it’s the same thing as the vaudevillian endurance acts of the Great Depression, only that TV companies are paying, not customers.

Bullets: Blaine makes waves, Barry on Conan, Canadian magic, new mascot

Monday, August 24th, 2009

When I write up Bullets, I try to find a theme. This time, I just can’t find one. Mea culpa. Really, I’m all ripped up inside. There may be tears.

  • David Blaine made waves by jumping in the waves caused by hurricane Bill, while vacationing in the Hamptons. According to the New York Post, it did not go well — he was escorted from the waves by two lifeguards who had warned him to stay on shore.
  • Keith Barry dropped Blaine’s name while talking about his upcoming Thursday appearance on Conan. Says Barry: “He’s a super nice guy.”
  • Shawn Farquhar, who recently won the World Championship of Magic at FISM in China, can get gigs all around the world, but not in his home country. Apparently, Canadians just aren’t into magic: “There doesn’t seem to be a lot of support for magic as an art form in Canada,” he said.
  • The Orlando Magic needs a new mascot, according to the blog Both Teams Played Hard. We got a big kick out of its suggestion: It introduces the perfect magician to represent the new face of the “Orlando Illusions”: