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Pop Haydn performs the Three Shell Game

Pop Haydn explains how Throg the Neanderthal invented the Three Shell Game:

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Dai Vernon: The Spirit Of Magic

From 1999, a 45 minute documentary on the life and work of The Professor…

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Wired: How Real Is the Magic in Now You See Me?

Lots of people talk about “movie magic,” but when films need a little actual abracadabra they call on David Kwong… So how does someone become a magic consultant? For Kwong, it started at Harvard University, where he convinced the history department to let him get his degree in magic studies. “They’re now so proud that I’ve done something interesting with my history degree, when they welcome freshmen into the department or try to convince them, rather, to join, they say, ‘Look, when you study history you don’t have to become a professor, you can be a magician,’” Kwong told Wired. From there he went on to do marketing for HBO, study magic in China, and move to Los Angeles to work in film development – which lead to founding the Misdirectors Guild.

To find out what was “real” magic in Now You See Me and what was just movie magic, Wired asked Kwong to explain a few of the film’s best tricks. He didn’t give everything away, naturally, but he did share some of his secrets.

How Real Is the Magic in Now You See Me? Here’s a Primer

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Interview with Wes Iseli: “Charitable Magician”

I racked my brain for about a year wanting to do something big at Christmas time as a way to inspire others and give back. I set up a booth in front of a local Walmart performing close up magic while asking for donations for the charity. I do it outside in the cold on the sidewalk, which sounds crazy but if I were inside and warm it wouldn’t be as much of a news story.

I advertise “24 hours of magic” or “72 shows in 24 hours.” I guarantee ten minutes on and ten minutes off for the entire 24 hours but work more than that during busy times and in the middle of the night I try to keep an audience as long as I can because at that point they are entertaining me and keeping me busy. The best part is I always get newspaper coverage and TV news to cover me as well.

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Ricky Jay: Behind the mysteries of a master magician

NJ.com brings us a lengthy, in-depth interview with the multi-talented Ricky Jay…

“What first attracts you, as a kid, is the idea of ‘I know something you don’t know,'” he says. “Magic is a secret that you have, and your friends don’t. And I’ll incur the wrath of many here, but what can happen is that the practitioner never grows out of that… And so instead of presenting something effective and entertaining he’s led into something much more competitive and much less aesthetically appealing. It’s not about throwing down a challenge. It’s about something much more profound. It’s about creating a sense of wonder.”

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Mark Setteducati, inventor and magician

“Mark Setteducati is a magician and artist who uses principles of mathematics and illusions in the toys and puzzles he invents. He’s also a founder of the Gathering For Gardner, a biennial celebration of the life of mathematician and writer Martin Gardner. Here he talks about how math and magic influence him as an inventor.”

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Ken Klosterman interview

In this Club 808 interview, past International President Ken Klosterman discusses his incredible collection of magical apparatus and memorabilia, and his Salon de Magie museum.

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Yann Frisch: Baltass

Utterly amazing…

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Is magic an art?

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That’s real magic