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...
Best Thing I’ve Read Today

Best Thing I’ve Read Today

Here’s a wonderful appreciation of magician Ricky Jay by Tracy Newman, his onetime girlfriend, who shares stories and video links you’ll want to watch, too (hat tip to Ken Levine, who posted this on his blog). Here’s one of the many things I learned from...
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...