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Elliott Terral

What is A Secret Has Two Faces?

A Secret Has Two Faces is an exploration of the collaborative work of A.Bandit - Derek DelGaudio and Glenn Kaino - that examines artistic existential crisis, the power of belief and its role in our...

Ian Flinn

Review: IMPOSSIBLE - New York's Night of Magic

When people think of magic and magicians, Las Vegas immediately springs to mind. Though many of the innovators and masters in magic are located in the Desert of Dreams, a place with equally as much...

Elliott Terral

Derek DelGaudio - Invisible Dialogues

Derek DelGaudio is one of the few fine artists of conjuring - elevating the performance of tricks into the manifestation of Magic.Though not technically defined as such, “Magic” is colloquially use...

Elliott Terral

So, what's new?

I want to take a moment to thank you for supporting us and for doing your part to advance the art of magic. It really means a lot to Dan, Dave, myself, and all of our artists, that you have chosen ...

Ricky Smith

"Feeling Pretty Cull Today" with Ricky "Needs Help With Titles" Smith

Hello Team!“The Hofzinser Cull is one of the most useful and amazingly deceptive moves in the history of the world.” - Ricky SmithI’m pretty sure I’m not the first person to say the above quote, so...

Ricky Smith

"The Greatest Popover in the World" with Ricky Smith

"Hello Team!Dan, Dave and I went to Las Vegas for a magic convention. Lee Asher was there, I believe he was living there at the time and working at Caesar’s Magical Empire, and we were well acquain...

Ricky Smith

"Owning it" with Ricky Smith

"Hello Team!While hanging out with Lee Asher at a Convention at the Capitol in the late 90s I learned an important lesson that has made me a better part of the magic community and also a better mag...

Elliott Terral

Alberto de Figueiredo's ONE

Alberto de Figueiredo presents ONE, a collection of six marvelous pieces of card magic. As one of the premier magicians in Spain, Alberto has applied his thousands of hours of performing experience...

Elliott Terral

Excerpt from 'Take Two' by Jamy Ian Swiss

We're happy to share an excerpt from a recent Take Two, Magicana's weekly blog written by acclaimed author and renowned magician, Jamy Ian Swiss, which discusses the Cardistry community and a bit a...

Elliott Terral

Allan Hagen's Completing the Hand

Allan Hagen teaches his original material on video for the first time. Completing the Hand is his two-phase poker routine with demonstrations of exceptional memory and skill. By using a mix of clas...

Elliott Terral

Asi Wind's Gypsy Queen

After several years of development, Gypsy Queen is finally available. Inspired by working closely with David Blaine over the years, Asi's newest contribution to magic will leave your spectators wit...

Elliott Terral

TV Magic Recap 2016

2016 was a huge year for magic on television. Astounding effects on shows like Penn & Teller: Fool Us, AGT, and The Carbonaro Effect, have left us, as well as millions of others, begging for th...

Elliott Terral

Library of Wonder: Derek Hughes

Derek Hughes is the quintessential showman. After blowing the competition away on America’s Got Talent this past year, Derek has become a beacon of what good magic can truly be. Attention to audien...

Elliott Terral

Creepy Magic Tricks for Halloween

Creepy Magic Tricks for Halloween using Bicycle Bone Rider Playing Cards! Haunted Deck:Loops - Ricky thinks that this is the best practically impromptu method. He recommends finding Spencer Peterso...

Elliott Terral

The Magic of Meaning

This is an excerpt from the first chapter of Henning Nelms' Magic and Showmanship: A Handbook for Conjuring, an absolute must-read in our list of important magical publications.No matter how astoni...

Elliott Terral

The Power of Magic

This week's blog is a guest contribution from BJ Bueno, a top retail consultant, marketing strategist, and magician! This blog comes from his boutique marketing strategy firm, The Cult Branding Com...

Elliott Terral

Slow Dance

Slow Dance is a magical frame designed by Jeff Lieberman that allows objects to move in slow motion without the need of a camera. The mechanics, similar to a zoetrope "combine technology, science, ...

Elliott Terral

Art of Magic Presents: Flourishes for Magicians

Art of Magic is proud to present Franco Pascali teaching Flourishes for Magicians. Within this video, you'll find four beautiful, simple flourishes that can add style to your existing repertoire or...

Elliott Terral

Dale Harney performs the Linking Rings

Dale Harney performs the classic of magic, The Linking Rings on his Canadian magic program, The Magic Palace.Find the entire exhibition, including performances from the greatest magicians in the wo...

Elliott Terral

Mahdi Gilbert fools Penn & Teller

Our friend Mahdi succeeded in fooling master magicians Penn & Teller on FOOL US. Watch his performance and learn a little bit more about Mahdi's evolution as a conjuror over at ConjuringArts.or...

Elliott Terral

Art of Magic Presents: Street Magic 2

Art of Magic is proud to present the second in a series of street magic videos with Franco Pascali. Franco roams the streets of Los Angeles, performing a selection of miracles from our Learn Magic ...

Elliott Terral

Tips on Practicing

Several years ago, while filming OUR MAGIC, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Richard Tuner who shared many great stories but it was this brief bit on "training" that really stood out to me.I...

Elliott Terral

Welcome to The Magic Palace

Thanks to David Ben and Magicana for this excerpt from Magicol 191:The most successful performers wear many hats, and perhaps no hat is more important than that of entrepreneur. It doesn’t take lon...

Elliott Terral

Library of Wonder: Mahdi Gilbert

Last month we had the privilege to glimpse the shelves of Adam Rubin—a short and invaluable grazing of what the cannon has to offer. This month proves no less substantial.Curated by Mahdi Gilbert, ...

Elliott Terral

Earl Nelson performs on The Magic Palace

One of the smoothest workers of all time, Earl Nelson performs miraculous sleight of hand at a tempered, bewildering pace. Earl chooses exceptional magic, and as a testament to this, his book Varia...

Elliott Terral

Dale Harney performs the Finger Chopper

A Canadian television series, The Magic Palace was an inspiration for a generation of magicians. Filmed in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in the late 70s and early 80s, the show featured an enormous rost...

Elliott Terral

Paul Harris on The Magic Palace

Paul Harris, born in 1954, is one of the most prolific names in the pantheon of American magicians. Hundreds of his effects have been explained in print and on video and are performed by thousands ...

Elliott Terral

Bruce Cervon on The Magic Palace

Bruce Cervon was born in 1941 and raised in Akron, Ohio. He was very interested in magic, and Dai Vernon, The Professor, had just moved to Hollywood to be a part of the Magic Castle. Cervon knew vi...

Elliott Terral

Art of Magic Presents: Street Magic

Art of Magic is proud to present the first in a series of street magic videos with Franco Pascali. Franco roams the streets of Los Angeles, performing a selection of miracles from our Learn Magic s...

Elliott Terral

Wrestling with Magic: The Three Presentations

Excerpted from Curtis Kam'sWrestling with Magic : The Three PresentationsNinety Five Percent of all magical presentations are either stories, lectures or games. Yes, there are exceptions, I probabl...

Elliott Terral

Dale Harney's Magic Palace

A Canadian television series, The Magic Palace was an inspiration for a generation of magicians. Filmed in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in the late 70s and early 80s, the show featured an enormous rost...

Elliott Terral

Wrestling with Magic: Experience Trumps Theory

Excerpted from Curtis Kam's Wrestling with Magic : Thank you, thank you, thank you, for whatever attention you'll dedicate to these random thoughts about magic. In consideration for your indulgence...

Elliott Terral

Code of Secrets

A magician holds the responsibility to offer the experience of wonder.There is no straight path to become a magician. Your commitment to mystify will be an ongoing journey, and we encourage you to ...

Elliott Terral

Wonder cabinet

The estate has countless doors. Bedrooms, bathrooms, a library, smoking room, parlor, even a turkish bath. But the real treasure of the manor—the true opulence of the home—isn't found on the other ...

Elliott Terral

Library of Wonder: Adam Rubin

When one sets sail on the journey of magic, books quickly become oars. Without them, you’re stranded. With them and if you put enough work in, you’ll glide. But where do you begin? Maybe you’re on ...

Elliott Terral

10 Movies Every Magician Should See

For me, movies are magic shows. They take my imagination and my emotions on a journey that inspires me to conjure images and ideas based on experiences I felt while sitting in darkened rooms, watch...

Elliott Terral

Lincoln Now: The Art of Cardistry

In 2013 we were contacted by the folks at Cool Hunting, one of our favorite blogs for inspiration and all-around coolness, asking if we’d be open to talking about cardistry for a video series spons...

Ricky Smith

Fundamentals in Card Magic

Giving the fundamentals of card magic in 10 essential books could be determined an unnecessary task. Clearly, many have succeeded without some of these resources, and others have all of these thing...

Ricky Smith

10 Tips for Constructing Original Material

1. Study…a lot!The more you encounter, the better your knowledge will be. This will allow you to identify problems and make changes creating better methods than the ones in print already. It will a...

Ricky Smith

How to Read a Magic Book by Ricky Smith

IntroductionI remember a lecture that Tommy Wonder gave many years ago. It was a fantastic lecture where he read his lecture notes, 1 page, folded, with four sentences. He read the whole thing, and...

Elliott Terral

A Magical Search for a Coincidence

In 2014, our dear friend Helder gave an amazing performance for TED. In his talk, he discusses the small coincidences that pervade everyday life and why it’s so important for us to be aware of thos...

Ricky Smith

A Brief Education in Card Magic

In The Expert at the Card Table, under the heading “Importance of Details”, Erdnase writes, “The finished card expert considers nothing too trivial that in any way contributes to his success, wheth...

Elliott Terral

Deceptive Practice

Ricky Jay is a world-renowned magician, author, historian and actor (often a mischievous presence in the films of David Mamet and Paul Thomas Anderson)—and a performer who regularly provokes astoni...

Elliott Terral

The Magician's Secret

Because of the nature of the magician’s work, secrecy is important. The magician depends upon mystery which in turn depends upon secrecy. Magic is interesting just as long as an audience can be puz...

Elliott Terral

Observations by Bill Simon

SpecializationThis is an age of specialists. The specialization in magic runs the gamut from a full evening performer to the one who has only thirty seconds to dress up a quick television commercia...

Elliott Terral

Simplicity: A Keynote to Good Magic

Theoretically any trick that is deceptive should be a good magical effect, but unfortunately this is not the case in actual practice. This is particularly true of a great many card tricks. More oft...

Elliott Terral

Character in Performance by Eric Mead

I heard an interesting story about Trevor Nunn. For those that may not know, Trevor Nunn is head of the Royal Shakespeare Company in London, a theater director, and probably knows more about Shakes...

Elliott Terral

The Magic Box

The Magic Box is a film about the delight of being passed on the secret of a real magic trick that you’ve been shown all your life.A young boy is shown a magic trick by his beloved Grandfather. The...