Speak of Fantasio!

IBM Jacksonville Convention LogoWe were just mentioning on this very virtual vehicle that we went through an influential and formative period when we owned every type of cane and candle made by the great Fantasio.  Hours later we received this great press release from the IBM.

The I.B.M. Convention Just Went From GREAT to AWESOME!!!!

Haven’t made your reservations for Jacksonville?  What are you waiting for?  JUST ANNOUNCED – the incomparable lineup for the Fantasio Tribute Show. Ricardo “Fantasio” Roucau will be joined by his friends from Argentina for the show that will be the highlight of the summer convention season!  See the most awarded magician from the FLASOMA convention – Gustavo Raley; Gus Yelar’s mesmerizing hand shadows; Daba and Cielo performing mental telepathy; Sebak will performing the act he will present the week before at FISM; Fred Karis; and of course Fantasio!  You won’t see this show anyplace BUT Jacksonville!

For our younger magicians (ages 13-19) don’t forget we will be presenting the Lance Burton Teen Seminar immediately before the convention – July 13-15.  If you are registered for the convention – you can attend this event at NO EXTRA CHARGE.  Since 2003, this has been the premier seminar for young magicians.  Join us and see why!  For more information, contact Becki Wells at beckiwells@cox.net.

We still have some spaces available in our Stage and Close-Up contests. Go for the Gold in Jacksonville.  Over $14,500 in cash and prizes available!  Sign up today.  For more information go to www.magician.org/convention/contest.

The complete convention schedule is now available:  http://www.magician.org/convention/convention-schedule

To register go to http://www.magician.org/convention/upcoming-convention TODAY!  Jacksonville HERE WE COME!

Copperfield’s Pool Floods Penthouse

Inside Magic Image of David CopperfieldYou may have already heard but in case you missed it, Illusionist David Copperfield’s Manhattan rooftop swimming pool burst and flooded his penthouse apartment and those in the 30 stories below.

Apparently the pump for his lap pool went on the fritz and pumped water throughout his “four-story, greenhouse-like penthouse.”

It could have been a real tragedy because Mr. Copperfield keeps some of his most valuable artwork and antiques.

What kind of antiques? Our kind of antiques.  He has a wonderful collection of vintage arcade pieces from Coney Island.  We would like to think that when we get really wealthy, we will have such collectibles in our east coast apartment.  We’re not being ironic or even sarcastic.  We mean it. We find it depressing when millionaires invest in artwork that we wouldn’t pay to see.  We would pay good money to see a collection of vintage arcade pieces from the home of cool carny things, Coney Island.  Perhaps that thinking is why we will never be a millionaire.

The water did damage the elevators for a day or so and there was damage to the apartments below all the way down to the basement.

Mr. Copperfield’s attorney told the press, “David was terrified, because he has these rare, vintage Coney Island machines, which are priceless, irreplaceable antiques, including a fortune teller, strength testers, an electric shock machine and shooting galleries. But for some unknown reason — or stroke of luck — these machines were spared by the water. There’s a magic trick called ‘The Bullet Catch,’ where the illusionist catches the bullet in his teeth, and David thinks he really dodged a bullet here.”

Mr. Copperfield was not in New York at the time – he was in Las Vegas, performing at the MGM Resort.

Houdini Museum Announces Hollywood Tour

Inside Magic Image of The Grim Game PosterInside Magic Favorites Dorothy Dietrich and Dick Brookz  will be traveling west to lead tour of Hollywood Houdini Sites on what would have been the great magician’s 141st Birthday, March 24.

Ms. Dietrich and Mr. Brookz recently uncovered Houdini’s long lost film The Grim Game are in Hollywood as special guests of Turner Classic Movies to introduce the world premiere of the film.

Those in the know consider The Grim Game the best of Houdini’s five feature films but it has not been seen by the public for more than 96 years.  Thanks to Ms. Dietrich and Mr. Brookz, the film will be featured as part of the finale of the TCM Film Festival, March 29.

After the Hollywood showing, it will be exhibited at The Directors Guild in New York City and then in Scranton, Pennsylvania – the home of the incredible Houdini Museum.  Turner Classic Movies intends to broadcast the film on their cable channel later in the year.

The Hollywood tour will begin on March 24 at 10 AM in front of the Hollywood Heritage Museum at 2100 Highland Ave. The museum was once part of the Famous Players-Lasky Studio where Houdini made The Grim Game.  Dorothy Dietrich will perform magic for those in attendance and then she and Mr. Brookz will join John Cox for a private Hollywood tour.  Mr. Cox is the host of the most important Houdini website in the universe, Wild About Harry.

The Houdini Museum has the largest and only continuing traveling exhibit on Houdini, “Houdini Road Show,” that has finally all come back from being on display at the Seminole Coconut Creek Casino in West Palm Beach.

Ms. Dietrich and Mr. Dick Brookz are also currently starring in Psychic Theater’s Haunted Seance!  The show is the longest running performance of its kind in history – more than 10 years at the Houdini Museum Theater.

Visit The Houdini Museum at http://www.houdini.org.

Updated: Penn & Teller Return to Broadway

Inside Magic Image of Penn & TellerBreaking news from Variety: Penn & Teller have signed to return to Broadway this July.

The show titled “Penn & Teller” will bring the best from their Vegas show and some of their classic stuff from their years of work and will run six weeks at the beautiful Marquis Theater.

Variety points to the recent success of The Illusionists – Witness the Impossible as evidence that a magic show will work well for the tourists that invade Broadway during the summer.

Penn Jillette issued a statement, saying, “When I was born in Greenfield, Massachusetts, I felt I should have been in NYC, and when I moved there I was home. We loved being on Broadway. We love doing our show in Vegas, but even after all this time in Vegas . . . well, coming back to Broadway feels like we’re coming home. Our hearts never left. Do they make Elmo costumes in my size?”

The duo are returning to Broadway having appeared there in 1987 and 1991.

The show runs from July 7th through August 16th.  Check back for updates as we learn more.

Lance Burton Retweets and Favorites

Inside Magic Image of Avid Readers of Panther PrideInside Magic Favorite and Master Magician Lance Burton retweeted and favorited a tweet about our article this morning.

We wrote about his new film and expressed our unmitigated and real excitement about the movie.  Our joy was even less mitigated and excitement more real when we learned he so honored us and this humble, virtual rag.

We have taken screen prints of the Twitter notifications and are still doing our Snoopy “Happy Dance.”

It is distracting to the other passengers on bus but it was the only place we could find wifi in a pinch since they kicked us out of Starbucks for “borrowing” their wooden stirrers to practice a trick we saw on YouTube.

It is not our fault that we like to practice our tricks until we feel they are perfect and that each time we perform the “Broken and Restored Stirrer of Wood” we need two stirrers.

It is also not our fault that we don’t like coffee that much and have never bought a thing from our local Starbucks location as we sit in the air-conditioned comfort of their old leather chairs, stare out onto Santa Monica Boulevard and absently practice the illusion that will no doubt put us over the top.

Maybe they should think about stocking things that everyone likes — Diet Coke, Tang, Funyun and pork rinds.  We did find some beef jerky there this morning but it wasn’t for sale and we’re not sure it was beef jerky proper.  It may have been something other than beef jerky and because anything that looks like beef jerky but is not beef jerky is something you should not put into your own mouth, we passed up the opportunity.

Our stop is coming up now so we need to sign off.

Hey, what are the odds? We just saw more of something that looks like beef jerky on the seat next to us.

Thank you, Mr. Burton.  You have made our month, year and decade.