Theater Review: Penn & Teller

Theater Review: Penn & Teller

My wife and I have seen Penn & Teller many times since they made their off-Broadway debut in the mid-1980s, but haven’t gone back for seven years or so until this weekend. I’m glad we did. Unlike other Vegas acts, who have been doing the same tricks...
DVR Alert: Some Magical Television

DVR Alert: Some Magical Television

This month, Showtime is airing a documentary about Johnny Thompson, one of the most famous magicians of his time. He performed (with wife Pam) as The Great Tomsoni for many years, and then became a mentor for other magicians who needed help devising illusions,...

The Kreskin Question

John Burbage emails: I have been a long time reader of your blog, and listener to your podcasts. Not too long ago you had a young man on who hosts the Carson Podcast (Mark Malkoff — listen here). Being as how I am 66 years old now, and of the Johnny Carson Show...
Magic Men

Magic Men

Lance Burton and Mac King are two of the best magicians I’ve ever seen. I was first introduced to Lance’s work by Penn Jillette, who told me that Lance did the finest close-up routine (Max Maven tells me the preferred term is “stage...
The Transparent Man Illusion

The Transparent Man Illusion

Professor Richard Wiseman emails: For the past few months we have been working on a secret project involving the science of illusion and invisibility! In the 1920s a magician presented the plans for a strange illusion that he claimed would make people invisible....