Escapologist and Magician RUA to Challenge Celebrities

Thanks to the Meath Chronicle for bringing this to our attention..

“Performing mind blowing predictions, dazzling the public with close up street magic, escaping from the most deadly situations…this is all in a day’s work for the most exciting new name in the world of Irish magic. Over the course of ten episodes, Paul Gleeson or RUA (Paul’s stage name) will astound, astonish and above all entertain the entire family.

In each weekly episode, RUA attempts to infiltrate the minds of two Irish celebrities in order to predict the outcome of an event.  Viewers will see model Rozanna Purcell, 2FM DJ Paddy McKenna, comedian Paddy Courtney, and former Riverdance star Dearbhla Lennon left dumbfounded after witnessing his gift at first hand…”. 

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Max Landis Takes on Sony’s ‘Houdini’ Project..

Mike Fleming Jr., for DEADLINE, reports on the latest Houdini Project. It’s been many years since Hollywood produced a good movie on the life of magic’s singular most popular performer..

“  EXCLUSIVE: The life story of illusionist Harry Houdini has long fascinated Hollywood, but nobody has been able to do anything about it. Sony Pictures has Max Landis working his magic on a new draft of Houdini, the film being produced by Jimmy Miller…”

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How Andrew Mayne Uses Magic To Tell Stories–And Screw With People At The Same Time

Very nice and in-depth article by Susan Karlin for Fast Company, following the successful debut of Andrew Mayne’s new show on A&E last night.. Nice combination of facts, pics, and videos…

 "A+E (which launched the TV career of Criss Angel) wanted another magic series. Producers Joke Fincioen and Biagio Messina (known professionally as Joke and Biagio) wanted to do a reality show about revenge. Andrew Mayne, a magician and illusion inventor, was looking for an unscripted series that could showcase his skills in another way.

Aligning these goals produced a twist on established, but disparate reality genres: “How’d he do that?” street magic, dissonant couples, pranking, and melodrama. The result, Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne, premiering Jan. 13, is a funny revenge show that uses magical hijinks to tell stories and resolve differences while wowing viewers…“

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Strip Scribbles: Magician rip-offs?

Robin Leach, for the Las Vegas Sun, reports on the latest magic news on the strip.. and this little ditty see’s some of magic’s headliners accusing other headliners of dirty tricks.. Oh, tell me it isn’t so….

“  Tropicana headliner magician Murray Sawchuck lashed out today at four other Las Vegas illusionists on tour in Australia, Asia and Europe for reportedly ripping off his…”

And if my omission wasn’t bad enough.. get this..

“Murray took aim at Las Vegas magicians Dan Sperry, Kevin James, Mark Kalin and Ginger, adding….”

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