Magician Troy Von Scheibner Lauded in UK Press

Inside Magic Image of Avid Readers of Panther PrideAccording to press reports, the entire pop band One Direction asked UK Magician Troy Von Scheibner a very valid question, “What is wrong with you, why have you eaten a balloon?”

We realized as we wrote this sentence that if we failed to mention that Mr. Von Scheibner is a magician, the teen-fave super-group’s question would likely not have garnered such prominent placement in a major metropolitan daily.  It would be just another group of musicians combined for purposes of hitting the top of the charts and asking questions about the eating habits of young people.  Like when the Beatles famously asked 19-year-old Mobile, Alabama car wash cashier Harriet Williamson, “Why do you only eat the tops of muffins?” or the Asian Touring Edition of Les Miserables inquired of Japanese supermodel Nozomi Sasaki, “Why do you eat so little in the way of green vegetables.”

Hardly news.

But because Mr. Von Scheibner is a magician, the question reveals that he performed a trick for the loveable lads that make up One Direction.  He did not really eat a balloon – we think.  He just did a trick that gave the impression that a balloon was eaten.

It is a well-respected journalistic technique employed by Susannah Butter, the smitten writer for The London Evening Standard.

Ms. Butter is impressed with the young performer and star of his own television show, Troy.   She admits she is frustrated by his skills and her inability to uncover his secrets but she clearly fancies him.

Troy Von Scheibner is the closest thing to a superhero London has. He uses his powers to help others. “I was outside a party with Thandie Newton,” the magician tells me. “She asked for a lighter. I didn’t have one but I made one appear. She kissed me on the cheek and I thought, ‘I’ll never wash my face again’.”

We do not know Thandie Newton but she must be very attractive or famous or both to cause someone to risk acne and general scruffiness from a single, tobacco-smoke infused kiss.  For you younger magicians, remember that audiences will judge you on your appearance and hygiene so make good choices and form good habits.  Mr. Von Scheibner notes later in the article that he was kidding about not washing. “Presentation is part of the job done so I’ve always made sure I look the part – nails clean, hair done.”

And as for smoking, as someone once said, “cigarettes and kittens are wonderful and safe until you pop one in your mouth and light it on fire.”

Mr. Von Scheibner seems to have a good head on his shoulders and is unlikely to have it turned by the fawning of amorous media types or smoking damsels in distress.  He became intrigued with magic after watching David Blaine and clearly enjoys the attention our craft brings him.

At school he was known as “Magic Boy”, and if anyone teased him about it he won’t admit it. “I stopped performing for people at university because when you are known as the magic man everyone wants you to do tricks all the time. Sometimes I just want to chill so I kept it on the low.” Does it impress women? “It does. Girls are like: ‘You must be so good with your hands’. I don’t deny it.”

Ms. Butter ends her article with a purr: “Von Scheibner, I salute you – next time I need a cigarette lighter I will try my hardest to conjure you up.”

Editor’s note: we normally would have an image of Mr. Von Scheibner accompanying this article but were unable to find any available for editorial use.

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Dan Garrett’s Heartz Is a Keeper

Inside Magic Image of Dan Garrett's Heartz LogoInside Magic Favorite Magician Dan Garrett’s newest effect Heartz is a winner.

We have spent incredible amounts of money for effects we have never used or even opened.  Most of the items were brought home and immediately condemned to permanent storage in our old steamer trunk or magic junk drawer.

Those effects probably grabbed our interest initially but lost their luster by the time we returned to our estate.  We are neither wasteful nor wealthy so we have tried to break this habit.

We now only buy magic tricks that we will actually perform.  It does not have to be a trick we would include in our professional act.  If we are sure we will perform it somewhere for someone, it is worthy of further consideration.

Few tricks may the cut.

Mr. Garrett’s Heartz is one of those very few tricks worthy of our attention and funds.

Here is what the audience sees.  We know this to be true because we sat in the audience during Mr. Garrett’s lecture last week when he performed.

The magician’s hands are empty.  He or she brings them together to form a heart shape.  The hands are still empty.  Slowly, the hands are rotated and a bright red sponge heart magically appears.

Let us review.

Hands are empty.

Hands are brought together to form the shape of a heart and can still be seen to be empty.

The hands turn slightly and a red heart appears between the fingers.

We were fooled and we watched Mr. Garrett carefully – we were getting wise to his tricky ways by that point in the lecture – and were amazed when the red heart appeared.

He held a red pen behind the sponge heart to resemble Cupid’s arrow.   In one fluid movement, the heart was split into two separate hearts; setting up a nice sponge ball routine with love as its theme.
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Happy Birthday to Nozomi Sasaki

Inside Magic Image of Nozomi Sasaki in Magic Bunny OutfitInside Magic Favorite Nozomi Sasaki (“??? ?”) celebrates her birthday today.

We do not imagine she donned a Magician’s Rabbit costume as part of her fete but the press release from Fujicolor said she magically transformed into a bunny.

Fujicolor is celebrating its annual post card promotion and apparently wanted to show off the quality of its digital products by having gravure idol Nozomi Sasaki hidden within a big pink costume just in time to celebrate the Chinese new year which coincidentally is the Year of the Rabbit.

Yes, we know that Fujicolor and Nozomi Sasaki are Japanese but the press release said the costume was in recognition of the Chinese New Year.

That’s good enough for us.

Happy Birthday, Miss Sasaki-chan!

Here is a less costumed image of Miss Sasaki.

Inside Magic Image of Nozomi Sasaki

The Gifts of Christmas Made Magical

Inside Magic's New Object of Our Unrequited Creepy Feelings - Nozomi SasakiNathan Kranzo is an established Inside Magic favorite and regular at Mystic Hollow’s magic bar The Thumb Tip Inn.

Nathan Kranzo dropped us a line to boast he has completed his Holiday shows and has apparently completed shopping and/or decided which household objects will be re-gifted to loved ones.

We have finished nothing. We had great plans for this year. We were going to develop a comprehensive schedule for shows, surveys, and shopping. We thought it wise to include “surveying” as a task this year to ensure our gifts were desired – or would at least be tolerated.

Our idea of giving library books last year did not earn the type of admiration and praise we expected. We thought it showed the ultimate in consideration and thought.

It was a gift they would return and yet we picked out books we thought they would enjoy. Some saw it as cheap. Coincidentally, those who considered our gesture miserly, were the very same who failed to return the books on time, thereby incurring late fees.

In the spirit of the holidays, we offered to split the penalties but some recipients lacked the grace and maturity to accept the offer without sarcasm or acerbic comments about us.


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