Remembering Johnny Thompson

Remembering Johnny Thompson

Three weeks ago, I wrote about the death of Johnny Thompson, one of the most revered names in magic. In addition to his decades on stage, he also worked behind the scenes with Penn & Teller, Lance Burton, Criss Angel, and so many others. Not long after his death,...
The Late Tomsoni

The Late Tomsoni

Legendary magician Johnny Thompson died this weekend at 84. Even if you don’t know his name, you’ve probably been exposed to some of his work through other performers he mentored and designed illusions for — Siegfried and Roy, Criss Angel, David...
Best Thing I’ve Read Today: Teller’s Letter

Best Thing I’ve Read Today: Teller’s Letter

In 1995, a young magician named Brian Brushwood wrote to Teller, asking for some advice about how to hone an act that was original and clever. To his surprise, Teller wrote back the next day, explaining the struggles he and Penn had endured early on, and offering a...
Review: Jen Kramer, Vegas Magician

Review: Jen Kramer, Vegas Magician

I saw Jen Kramer on Penn & Teller’s “Fool Us” a few years ago and made a mental note to try to see her in person. That happened this weekend during my Vegas trip, when I went to catch her at The Westgate, where she’s been doing a 5pm show four days a week since...
Best Thing I’ve Read Today

Best Thing I’ve Read Today

This piece by my friend Jamy Ian Swiss about legendary card magician Harry Lorayne — and the accompanying videos of him in action — are well worth your time, and will likely end with you shaking your head in...