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A grumpy magician who wears a dragon suit!

These days, John Van der Put is best-known as Piff the Magic Dragon. He’s a magician with an onstage persona that is somewhere between grumpy, irritating and disinterested. If you’ve seen him on TV, you’d remember him. He wears a satin dragon costume and is accompanied by a Chihuahua – Mr. Piffles, who has his […]

Branson magician brings show to Pittsburg

PITTSBURG, Kan. — Reza Borchardt, like most professional illusionists, was seduced by magic at a very early age. After witnessing his first magic show at the age of 6, he was conducting his own shows less than a year later, wowing his fellow classmates. “I was an entrepreneur from day one; it was in my […]

A Comedy Magic Show

Comedy and magic, magic and comedy. The two are made for one another. Tricks can be hilarious as well as awe-inspiring, and a few laughs can help a magician distract an audience, diverting their attention away from the trick. David Eliot mixes magic and comedy with aplomb, joking with the audience while spinning out tricks: […]

Howard Thurston, the Magician Who Disappeared

A woman rose in mid-air. Cards hovered, and a box of candy became a rabbit. A horse and rider vanished, floating away as if in a dream, spangles sparkling in audiences’ eyes. At the magician Howard Thurston’s show, the world flouted nature. Through it all, the audience felt Thurston’s affection. Dale Carnegie included Thurston in […]

The street magic of India once captivated the world, including Harry Houdini himself

n 1893, years before he made his name as a legendary escapologist, a 19-year-old Harry Houdini sought to entertain visitors at the Chicago World Fair. So he darkened his face with makeup, put on a white robe, and posed as a “Hindu fakir.” Houdini was capitalizing on the growing fascination with the mysticism and magic […]

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