Tonight (September 15th, 2012) at 9PM, Animal Planet's "Tanked" ventures to the Magic Castle where Neil Patrick Harris oversees the installation of a new aquarium. Why is this magical? Because the it pays tributed to Harry Houdini by replicating his famous water torture excape! Watch the preview clip here:
From the Argus Leader we learn of a lawsuit between two distributors of magic supplies. According to the article, Rob Stiff of Magic Makers filed suit last week against Chuck Leach of Chazpro. According to the suit, Leach used copyright claims to flag Stiff’s products on eBay, Amazon and YouTube temporarily removing Magic Maker's products. Attorney's representing Chazpro responded saying that Magic Makers is in the business of selling knock-off magic products. It went on to claim that some were knock-offs of Chazpro’s products and that the takedown notices were proper. The article then recognized the murly waters of intellectual propery within the world of magic.
“It’s very murky as to what you can copyright in magic,” said Jacob Loshin, a Washington, D.C., lawyer and former amateur magician who wrote a paper on copyright law in magic for Yale Law School in 2007. “Magicians have developed a lot of norms that allow them to share secrets but shame people who take too many liberties with someone else’s work,” Loshin said.
CBS News Entertainment has posted an interview with Jim Steinmeyer for "Author Talk." Discussing "The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston Versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards" with Jeff Glor, Jim talks about his next project.
JG: What's next for you?
JS: I've written a few books that aren't books on show business or magic, and my next book will be one of those. It's called, "Who Was Dracula?" and it's a historical story about Bram Stoker's novel and the important influences that were responsible for that character. It will be published by Penguin early next year. It's really a great tale, with lots of surprises and ties to history. And, I confess, there's plenty of "show business" in this story, too, because Stoker was heavily influenced by the late Victorian theatre. I think that Dracula has to be seen in that context.
I just received this info from my friend Bill Kalush of the Conjuring Arts Research Center. For your ske, I hope that you are a member! If not, JOIN NOW!
Conjuring Arts is quite pleased to finally be able to release our newest design the Skull and Bones deck! As might be expected we didn’t create this deck out of whole cloth but in fact found an amazing single card dating more than 100 years ago. To our knowledge this is the only card like this that is known to exist and we don’t think any other collector has another single card, let alone a whole deck of them! We found the subject matter fun and up to date for today’s tastes so we had the art redrawn by hand and printed at USPCC. Imagine all of the additional presentations and drama added to your routines with a deck or even a couple of these cards for a surprise finish!
As per our custom we used their larger press and their thicker Casino stock to print this deck. We have done a few things differently though. We have printed two colors, Black and Blood red simultaneously and we also managed to do a very interesting hybrid of these colors which is boxed in a special all black tuck case and is not for sale. This special deck is extremely limited and only 700 decks will be circulated. To get one you must buy a solid brick of either Red Air-Cushion, Red Ivory, Black Air-Cushion or Black Ivory. As with our last promotion if you buy a brick you will get one special deck as our gift to you.
Act now as these will sell out very quickly. They are offered at a special discounted rate for members only!
Last night, Criss Angel posted the following statement on his official Facebook Page:
I was disappointed and disgusted by this video that popped up. Someone in the UK is blatantly ripping me off and I need your help to spread the word. Post comments on the actual YouTube video to show your support and let your voice be heard. Love you all! XC http://youtu.be/B9uOXuZqlw0
The video link that he shared hs since been taken offline after an apparent copyright claim by UK Channel Management and UK Gold Services LTD, but was entitled "Dynamo Exposed! A Criss Angel Wannabe."
The clip was taken from Dynamo's UK series Magician Impossible which debuted in 2011. The show was renewed for a second season which began airing in July of this year.
Vanity Fair profiles Drummond Money-Coutts, a young British magician inspired by David Blaine. According to the article:
Now 26, D.M.C. (as he likes to be known) has heftier ambitions than purely entertaining at parties. Having devoured everything produced by David Blaine, he is planning his own physically challenging stunt in London this autumn. He has already created a portfolio of short films, and with his easy charm and astonishing looks he’s an ideal host for a much-talked-about TV show—“about magic with meaning”—in development. But in the meantime Drummond continues to hone his craft. “Being able to elicit the feeling of the unfathomable in intelligent adults is like falling in love.”