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David Blaine North American Tour

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David Blaine, in his very first North American tour, may be coming to a city near you… Here’s a list of all the venues where he will appear….

MAY 30
David Blaine Live
Tue 8 PM PDT ·
Balboa Theatre – San Diego
San Diego, CA

MAY 31
David Blaine Live
Wed 8 PM PDT ·
Riverside Live
Riverside, CA

JUN 2
David Blaine Live
Fri 8 PM PDT ·
The Granada Theatre
Santa Barbara, CA

JUN 3
David Blaine Live
Sat 8 PM PDT ·
Bob Hope Theatre
Stockton, CA

JUN 6
David Blaine Live
Tue 8 PM PDT ·
Hult Center for the Performing Arts
Eugene, OR

JUN 7
David Blaine Live
Wed 8 PM PDT
Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox
Spokane, WA

JUN 10
David Blaine Live
Sat 8 PM MDT ·
Pikes Peak Center
Colorado Springs, CO

JUN 12
David Blaine Live
Mon 8 PM CDT ·
Wichita Orpheum Theatre
Wichita, KS

JUN 14
David Blaine Live
Wed 8 PM PDT ·
Omaha Performing Arts
Omaha, NE

JUN 16
David Blaine Live
Fri 8 PM · 17 guests
Dow EventCenter
Saginaw, MI

JUN 17
David Blaine Live
Sat 8 PM CDT ·
Peoria Civic Center
Peoria, IL

JUN 19
David Blaine Live
Mon 8 PM CDT ·
Pabst / Riverside / Turner Hall (116 W. Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee)
Milwaukee, WI

JUN 20
David Blaine Live
Tue 8 PM ·
20 Monroe Live
Grand Rapids, MI

JUN 21
David Blaine Live
Wed 8 PM ·
Old National Centre
Indianapolis, IN

JUN 23
David Blaine Live
Fri 8 PM ·
Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park
Northfield, OH

JUN 24
David Blaine Live
Sat 8 PM ·
Taft Theatre
Cincinnati, OH

JUN 25
David Blaine Live
Sun 8 PM ·
Byham Theater
Pittsburgh, PA

JUN 27
David Blaine Live
Tue 8 PM ·
The Oncenter
Syracuse, NY

JUN 28
David Blaine Live
Wed 8 PM ·
The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts
Worcester, MA

JUN 30
David Blaine Live
Fri 8 PM ·
Merrill Auditorium
Portland, ME

JUL 1
David Blaine Live
Sat 8 PM ·
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
Burlington, VT

JUL 2
David Blaine Live
Sun 8 PM ·
Capitol Center for the Arts
Concord, NH

JUL 4
David Blaine Live
Tue 8 PM ·
Centre In The Square
Kitchener, ON, Canada

JUL 5
David Blaine Live
Wed 8 PM ·
FirstOntario Concert Hall
Hamilton, ON, Canada

JUL 7
David Blaine Live
Fri 8 PM ·
Sands Bethlehem Event Center
Bethlehem, PA

JUL 8
David Blaine Live
Sat 8 PM ·
Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center
Baltimore, MD

JUL 9
David Blaine Live
Sun 8 PM ·
Chrysler Hall
Norfolk, VA

JUL 11
David Blaine Live
Tue 8 PM ·
Ovens Auditorium
Charlotte, NC

JUL 12
David Blaine Live
Wed 8 PM ·
Louisville Palace
Louisville, KY

JUL 15
David Blaine Live
Sat 8 PM CDT ·
TheBJCC
Birmingham, AL

JUL 16
David Blaine Live
Sun 8 PM CDT ·
The Saenger Theatre
New Orleans, LA

JUL 18
David Blaine Live
Tue 8 PM CDT ·
ACL Live
Austin, TX

JUL 19
David Blaine Live
Wed 8 PM CDT ·
Majestic & Empire Theatres
San Antonio, TX

JUL 21
David Blaine Live
Fri 8 PM MDT ·
The Plaza Theater Performing Arts Center
El Paso, TX

JUL 22
David Blaine Live
Sat 8 PM MST ·
Fox Tucson Theatre
Tucson, AZ

JUL 23
David Blaine Live
Sun 8 PM MDT ·
Kiva Auditorium
Albuquerque, NM

Happy Birthday Harry!

Happy Birthday to our dear friend Harry Houdini… Born in 1874,  Harry set the standard by which all other magicians are measured. Although not a highly prolific magician, per se, he was a master marketer and generated tremendous interests in anything he did. His escapes were front page news around the world, entertaining a public hungry for something different.  Happy Birthday Harry!

From Wikipedia…..     Harry Houdini (born Erik Weisz, later Ehrich Weiss or Harry Weiss; March 24, 1874 – October 31, 1926) was a Hungarian-American illusionist and stunt performer, noted for his sensational escape acts. He first attracted notice in vaudeville in the US and then as “Harry Handcuff Houdini” on a tour of Europe, where he challenged police forces to keep him locked up. Soon he extended his repertoire to include chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, straitjackets under water, and having to escape from and hold his breath inside a sealed milk can with water in it.

In 1904, thousands watched as he tried to escape from special handcuffs commissioned by London’s Daily Mirror, keeping them in suspense for an hour. Another stunt saw him buried alive and only just able to claw himself to the surface, emerging in a state of near-breakdown. While many suspected that these escapes were faked, Houdini presented himself as the scourge of fake spiritualists. As President of the Society of American Magicians, he was keen to uphold professional standards and expose fraudulent artists. He was also quick to sue anyone who imitated his escape stunts.

Houdini made several movies, but quit acting when it failed to bring in money. He was also a keen aviator, and aimed to become the first man to fly a plane in Australia.  Read much more at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Houdini

Smooth Prediction – The Other Brothers

Smooth Prediction – The Other Brothers
$25.00

For those of you too young to remember the Bob Newhart Show.. three characters on the show, brothers all, took over the Minuteman Cafe and only one of the three spoke.. Larry, one of many eccentric characters on the show, always introduced himself as ” I’m Larry.. and this is my brother Darryl.. and this is my other brother Darryl.”

Well, Darryl Davis and Daryl Williams.. the ‘Other Brothers’ have created several interesting magic effects over the past short while. Their latest is ‘Smooth Prediction’.

It’s advertised as – “… all about simplicity and impact. Two cards are fairly selected by two different spectators. (from the deck provided) The performers then removes two handwritten predictions from two pockets, pockets otherwise empty, The predictions perfectly match the chosen cards.”

That’s the promo, and I can safely say that’s how it plays out. Is there a little magic along the way? Of course. But nothing beyond the average Joe’s ability. There is actually ONE move, performed twice, to accomplish everything. I appreciated the handling as it provides perfect cover for the move.

I had a little trouble appreciating the instructions.. until I saw the performance video. Then everything fell in place and I realized what was involved was far less daunting than my imagination wanted me to believe. It really is a fairly simple and straight forward effect. The two spectators will see exactly what the promo states: The first spectator picks a card from a spread deck. The second spectator cuts the deck… and the magi reveals their selections wrote on two cards in his two front jean pockets. Nothing more. Nothing less. No extra cards.

The Brothers also provide several additional effects you can perform with the same deck. One is a card to wallet. Another is an effect similar to the first effect.. except using one spectator instead of two. Another is a prediction to an envelop. They go to lengths to teach you how to gaff the envelope to make everything impossible. And a predication under the shoe.

The deck is gaffed. Perhaps you’d figured that. And the instructions, 22 minutes worth, are provided online. I didn’t have a problem with either. I honestly feel if you buy this, you’ll use it. I think with a small amount of practice you’ll be ready to take this wherever you perform.

Available from magic dealers who handle Murphy’s Magic products…
http://www.murphysmagic.com/product.aspx?id=57872

Sands of the Desert from Start to Finale.. Aaron Smith

From Aaron Smith’s The Magic Depot.. 

“In this episode, I am going to share with you my methods for transforming ANY classic trick into a signature magic performance. And I’m going to do this while answering all of the most frequently asked Sands of the Desert questions. If you love the classics, have ever considered performing Sands of the Desert specifically—or you just want to know how it works to see if it will fit your show—then this is the episode for you…”

Read it or listen to the podcast at:   http://themagicdepot.com/s/sands-of-the-desert-from-start-to-finale/

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