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by CraigMitchell
September 19th, 2020, 3:44 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Blackpool 2021 - another event bites the dust
Replies: 4
Views: 370

Blackpool 2021 - another event bites the dust

Not unexpected sadly ... BMC announcement: “We are sad to announce the postponement of The Blackpool Magic Convention 2021. After much thought and consideration, due to the current pandemic we realise that we simply can’t produce an event for 2021 that would guarantee the safety of our valued custom...
by CraigMitchell
September 6th, 2020, 4:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Justin Willman's Zoom Shows
Replies: 1
Views: 516

Justin Willman's Zoom Shows

If you haven't yet booked tickets for Justin Willman's Zoom shows ... do so! http://www.justinwillman.com/virtual A fantastic hours entertainment - one of the most effortless Zoom shows I've watched. Justin has a wonderful connection with his audience, is beyond natural on camera and his personality...
by CraigMitchell
September 3rd, 2020, 3:00 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New David Blaine Event
Replies: 42
Views: 3292

Re: New David Blaine Event

Stats are in ... 770,000 peak live concurrent viewers ... a new record for a "Youtube Originals" production.

The Youtube clip as of today currently has 6.1 million views
by CraigMitchell
September 2nd, 2020, 2:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New David Blaine Event
Replies: 42
Views: 3292

Re: New David Blaine Event

Kudos to Blaine. Whilst it took a while to get to actual launch - once airborne, I was riveted. The initial release was chilling - a piercing cracking sound followed by immense silence as he plummeted straight to earth ... and for that split moment wandering what if ... That right there was theatre.
by CraigMitchell
August 31st, 2020, 9:16 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Online reviews PropDog and Wizard Product reviews
Replies: 28
Views: 1962

Re: Online reviews PropDog and Wizard Product reviews

https://www.propdog.co.uk/little-hand-gimmick Not to derail the thread ... @Bob - the website says "Bob Farmer has very kindly granted permission to PropDog to produce our version and as our way of thanking Bob, we donate £1 from the sale of each little hand gimmick to a local charity; the Houn...
by CraigMitchell
August 31st, 2020, 7:33 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New David Blaine Event
Replies: 42
Views: 3292

Re: New David Blaine Event

David was beaten to the punch by a 3 year old and kite in Taiwan...

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3998200
by CraigMitchell
August 31st, 2020, 3:42 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Online reviews PropDog and Wizard Product reviews
Replies: 28
Views: 1962

Re: Online reviews PropDog and Wizard Product reviews

@Chris ... Threatening Prop Dog online is not going to assist matters:

"Chris Randall: Watch your Back"
"Chris Randall: I’m coming to England you to see you just wait"

Take Richard's feedback.
by CraigMitchell
August 30th, 2020, 2:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New David Blaine Event
Replies: 42
Views: 3292

Re: New David Blaine Event

Postponing due to weather is one thing ( light breeze forecast for NY tomorrow ) - but an entirely new location announced the day before ? Seems a bit ‘off’ when you consider how much effort goes into venue location / logistics / preproduction etc. Was Arizona ever mentioned as a possible site previ...
by CraigMitchell
August 30th, 2020, 5:16 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New David Blaine Event
Replies: 42
Views: 3292

Re: New David Blaine Event

Live link here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwzvNAAqH3g Broadcast time is interesting - weekday morning - appears to be 6 am New York time ... which would be midnight in LA ? Will be missing out on a number of live viewers in the US as a result - but likely works out better for global demographic.
by CraigMitchell
August 16th, 2020, 9:52 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Disney's Magic Camp
Replies: 20
Views: 1293

Re: Disney's Magic Camp

I didn't realise - but the film was shot in 2017 and subsequently put on hold by Disney following allegations of improper conduct surrounding Jeff Tambor ... "So why did Magic Camp spend years locked in a vault like an Animaniac, receiving a quiet release on Disney+ with just one week of promot...
by CraigMitchell
August 14th, 2020, 4:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Disney's Magic Camp
Replies: 20
Views: 1293

Re: Disney's Magic Camp

Lots of fun references in the show.

Kudos to those involved - it can only be good for magic ... and Tannens is going to have a bumper enrollment :-)
by CraigMitchell
August 14th, 2020, 4:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Roy was the ultimate showman - even in death
Replies: 0
Views: 452

Roy was the ultimate showman - even in death

Roy was the ultimate showman - even in death.

He left a farewell message to be played at his funeral ... what a legend.

It is available on the S&R FB page
https://www.facebook.com/11336929870151 ... /?vh=e&d=w
by CraigMitchell
August 14th, 2020, 8:24 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Someone didn’t get the memo - performing animals
Replies: 8
Views: 626

Re: Someone didn’t get the memo - performing animals

"Even now in historically low attendance times Vegas is getting 30,000 visitors per day. There’s no other shows running (and none making any serious moves to re open before Christmas) so he will have a complete monopoly and since the venue is only 300 seats even if 99% of visitors decide the sh...
by CraigMitchell
August 13th, 2020, 12:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Someone didn’t get the memo - performing animals
Replies: 8
Views: 626

Re: Someone didn’t get the memo - performing animals

The cats are tethered to a cable running across the length of the stage.

Perspectives have shifted. Performing animals are just no longer being accepted by today’s modern audience.

Why persist ?
by CraigMitchell
August 12th, 2020, 4:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Someone didn’t get the memo - performing animals
Replies: 8
Views: 626

Someone didn’t get the memo - performing animals

https://vitalvegas.com/big-cat-magic-sh ... gas-strip/

Performing animals + decimated entertainment market = recipe for disaster
by CraigMitchell
August 11th, 2020, 8:17 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Disney's Magic Camp
Replies: 20
Views: 1293

Re: Disney's Magic Camp

Been a long road. Steve Martin was initially attached, Steve Valentine I'm told later ... and most recently Justin Willman served as magic consultant.

https://www.slashfilm.com/steve-martin- ... agic-camp/
by CraigMitchell
August 10th, 2020, 3:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Disney's Magic Camp
Replies: 20
Views: 1293

Disney's Magic Camp

by CraigMitchell
July 2nd, 2020, 3:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Not magic ... robotic dolphin
Replies: 1
Views: 285

Not magic ... robotic dolphin

It's not magic - but certainly opens up a world of possibilities ...

Robotic dolphin
https://www.edgefx.com/real-time-animatronics

"Blending live puppeteering, programmed behavior, and artificial intelligence to create a unique guest experience."
by CraigMitchell
July 1st, 2020, 7:32 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Brad Jacobs RIP
Replies: 2
Views: 525

Brad Jacobs RIP

The interwebs are reporting the passing of Brad Jacobs who was a SAM stalwart.

RIP
by CraigMitchell
July 1st, 2020, 7:31 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cirque du Soleil
Replies: 9
Views: 774

Re: Cirque du Soleil

I never understood the model of Cirque--start with a circus and then eliminate everything that's fun about it. Not a winning formula. Not a winning formula ? You were in the minority, Jack. It was an entertainment juggernaut - and one of the most successful franchises about ( prior to its private e...
by CraigMitchell
June 29th, 2020, 4:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cirque du Soleil
Replies: 9
Views: 774

Re: Cirque du Soleil

In a fascinating example of perfect timing - founder Guy Laliberte offloaded his final shares in Feb of this year ...

And ironically may well be in the running to purchase the company back.
by CraigMitchell
June 28th, 2020, 12:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: LVRJ teases new Copperfield project
Replies: 3
Views: 571

LVRJ teases new Copperfield project

LVRJ reports ...

“Flight plan

Teaser alert for a new project from David Copperfield in the coming months. It has to do with flight, and the history of such...”
by CraigMitchell
June 25th, 2020, 1:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Untitled David Blaine Live Event - Youtube
Replies: 3
Views: 499

Untitled David Blaine Live Event - Youtube

Deadline reports ... "Untitled David Blaine Live Event — As was announced earlier this year, David Blaine will be conjuring up a first-of-its-kind special event. The death-defying magician will partner with YouTube Originals for an unprecedented live event this fall. Usually known for his dark ...
by CraigMitchell
June 12th, 2020, 12:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM WCM moved to 2022
Replies: 2
Views: 451

FISM WCM moved to 2022

"IMPORTANT MESSAGE Due to the various events that affected our lives in relation to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) including the fact that several of the continental qualifications could not take place in 2020, the organizers of the FISM WCM in Quebec along with FISM International, have ma...
by CraigMitchell
May 29th, 2020, 1:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shin Lim cancels in Vegas
Replies: 103
Views: 14305

"S and R were fired from the Frontier and Steve Wynn and Dan Yoshida from Japan saved them by taking the show to Japan and that’s when Steve Wynn saw them and put them in the Mirage. The show at Frontier was killing and selling out but the casino take was the same so the hotel didn’t care so th...
by CraigMitchell
May 19th, 2020, 10:01 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Corona compliant seems to have different meaning in NYC
Replies: 7
Views: 613

Corona compliant seems to have different meaning in NYC

https://youtu.be/ObhraLewkOM

'Corona compliant" seems to have a different meaning in NYC
by CraigMitchell
May 16th, 2020, 4:05 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NY Times Review of Zoom Magic Shows
Replies: 7
Views: 1172

Re: NY Times Review of Zoom Magic Shows

Kudos to Helder who seems to have conquered the Zoom model.

$85 a ticket

A special delivery in the mail

And sold out virtual houses ...

https://www.geffenplayhouse.org/shows/the-present/
by CraigMitchell
May 10th, 2020, 8:35 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Roy Horn
Replies: 5
Views: 842

Re: RIP Roy Horn

There's a great interview with S&R in the Sept 1993 issue of Magic Magazine available in the archive. Roy was asked if people walked out of their show thinking it's a magic show? His answer encapsulated it all: "In the first couple of minutes of the show, they may be thinking, 'How's this h...
by CraigMitchell
May 9th, 2020, 6:13 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Roy Horn
Replies: 5
Views: 842

Re: RIP Roy Horn

The world has lost a legend. Roy’s love of life and ethereal bond with his animals combined with Siegfried’s desire to do the impossible, saw this unstoppable force create one of the most spectacular live entertainment experiences ever seen. A phenomenon so powerful that night after night, sell-out ...
by CraigMitchell
April 3rd, 2020, 2:46 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: IBM Convention Postponed
Replies: 0
Views: 529

IBM Convention Postponed

Another one bites the dust ... Magic NZ reports: "The IBM, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Convention (July 8-11, 2020) has been postponed until next July 2021." The July 2021 dates is NOT mentioned on the official FB post though: " Throughout the current global health crisis, our internatio...
by CraigMitchell
March 28th, 2020, 9:55 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Corona death - magician mentioned on CNN
Replies: 4
Views: 1393

Re: Corona death - magician mentioned on CNN

Further impact ... https://www.kansascity.com/news/coronav ... 18411.html ... with possible spread at an IBM ring meeting ;-(
by CraigMitchell
March 23rd, 2020, 5:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Live is cancelled
Replies: 5
Views: 969

Re: Magic Live is cancelled

Dates for Magic Live 2021 are Aug 22-25 ... three weeks after FISM.

FISM 2021 already has bumper numbers ... and Live has its consistent core group of attendees - so both will no doubt be fine ... just a pity it isn't possible to have spaced them out.
by CraigMitchell
March 23rd, 2020, 1:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Live is cancelled
Replies: 5
Views: 969

Magic Live is cancelled

Stan has just announced the cancellation of Magic Live


:-(
by CraigMitchell
March 19th, 2020, 10:54 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Corona death - magician mentioned on CNN
Replies: 4
Views: 1393

Corona death - magician mentioned on CNN

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/19/health/coronavirus-deaths-victims/index.html Richard Curren lived at a Florida assisted living facility with his wife of more than five decades. The retired magician fell ill last week and died days later. "Richard was ebullient. He was loving," his wife,...
by CraigMitchell
February 28th, 2020, 3:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RUN closes ... another Cirque flop
Replies: 0
Views: 1695

RUN closes ... another Cirque flop

https://m.lasvegassun.com/news/2020/feb/27/cirque-du-soleil-run-show-closing-march-8-luxor/ Rumors have The Illusionists possibly moving in... LVRJ: There is no plan for a show to move into the “R.U.N” theater at Luxor. Lamarre said the magic show “The Illusionists” is one possibility, as the show i...
by CraigMitchell
February 18th, 2020, 3:19 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Kudos to Blackpool Magic Club
Replies: 71
Views: 5031

Re: Kudos to Blackpool Magic Club

4300 was the number I was given including registrants, day visitors, guests et al and I could believe it. The place was heaving ... two gala show performances nightly, dealers room jam packed to the point of not being able to walk and overflowing lecture rooms like I have never seen. They have fast ...
by CraigMitchell
February 17th, 2020, 4:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Kudos to Blackpool Magic Club
Replies: 71
Views: 5031

Kudos to Blackpool Magic Club

As someone who was highly critical of the Blackpool convention under Derek Lever - I must give the new organizing team credit. The event has grown in leaps and bounds and the changes / improvements are phenomenal compared to my last visit a few years back. The investment in tech, talent and design s...
by CraigMitchell
January 1st, 2020, 8:18 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2019 In Review
Replies: 17
Views: 2192

Re: 2019 In Review

Dustin - your 'year in review' is a much-anticipated Genii tradition ... thank you!
by CraigMitchell
December 13th, 2019, 9:19 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn and Teller cancel Australia Tour
Replies: 1
Views: 579

Penn and Teller cancel Australia Tour

Penn and teller’s Jan Australian tour has been cancelled due to Teller having to undergo further “urgent back surgery”

He underwent spinal fusion surgery in July 2018 and there have been followup procedures since. The Vegas show was most recently dark in Oct 2019.

Wishing Teller a speedy recovery

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