Ricky Jay

Ricky Jay

It’s silly to try to name the Greatest Magician Ever, even if you break it down into subcategories like Grand Illusionists, Escape Artists, Mentalists, Comedy Magicians, etc. Yes, there are competitions held each year at which magicians win prizes and honors,...
Picture Of The Day: Misty Lee

Picture Of The Day: Misty Lee

I had never heard of magician Misty Lee until my friend (and hers) Mark Evanier mentioned her a few times on his blog. Since then, I’ve watched some of her videos on YouTube, seen her perform on Penn & Teller’s “Fool Us,” and subscribed to...
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...