Hans Klok eröffnet Las Vegas Show

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Hans Klok Instagram Screenshot

Hans Klok hat am 29. Juli seine neue Show in Las Vegas erstmals auf die Bühne gebracht. Er tritt nun täglich (außer freitags) im frisch renovierten Thunderland Showroom des Hotels Excalibur auf. In dem 70-minütigen Programm verspricht der selbsternannte “schnellste Zauberer der Welt” 50 Illusionen. Der Showroom bietet 425 Gästen Platz, Klok teilt ihn sich mit einer Bee Gees-Tribut-Show und einer Männer-Strip-Show. Die Ticketpreise beginnen bei 45 Dollar. Zuletzt trat Klok 2007 in Las Vegas auf, zeitweilig unterstützt von Pamela Anderson als Assistentin.

Online-Kritiken habe ich bislang keine gefunden, aber hier ist ein Vorschau-Artikel aus dem Las Vegas Review Journal.


 

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Alexx Alexxander lässt See verschwinden

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Der norwegische Illusionist Alexx Alexxander hat kürzlich eine wirklich große Großillusion vollbracht: Innerhalb weniger Sekunden entleerte er den 3,7 Quadratkilometer großen Maridalsee bei Oslo und füllte ihn kurz danach wieder auf. Ein Live-Publikum von ca. zehn Personen beobachtete das Geschehen von einem Hang aus, Kameratricks kamen laut Alexxander nicht zum Einsatz. Als Berater fungierte offenbar noch der leider vor kurzem verstorbene Don Wayne.

Trotz einiger Bemühungen – Ankunft auf schwerem Motorrad, Leder-Look, direkte und bedeutungsschwangere Anmoderation des Wunders in die Kamera, Edvard Griegs Klavierkonzert als Begleitmusik, Zuschauer-Reaktionen in Zeitlupe – kam in der etwas biederen Inszenierung nicht gerade das typische Copperfield-Flair auf. Der (warum auch immer) nur spärlich gefüllte Plastik-Pitcher, der hier zum Einsatz kam, ruft vielleicht sogar manch unfreiwilligen Lacher hervor. Dennoch hat diese Illusion m.E. mehr Aufmerksamkeit als bisher verdient!

Hier ist das Video:


 

In the Conjuror’s Kitchen

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Some of you will remember that a few years back Annabel de Vetten ran a shop that featured her graphic magic art: black-white-red pop art renditions of Vernon, Mandrake and other luminaries. (In fact, I dedicated a very early blog entry to her snappy paintings but neglected to buy one, stupid me!) She had also created the cutting-edge designed “Jill Deck” with Card-Shark Christian Schenk back then. Sadly, she seemed to have closed that business when she turned to magic edible art. Upon her own wedding (to a magician, would you have guessed?) she made her own magic wedding cake. But that turn in career was not only a loss. Under the label “Conjuror’s Kitchen” she creates the most magical and spooky sweet stuff I have ever seen.

Look at the above screenshot from her website: Wouldn’t you love to have such a classy cake at your next big celebration, either at home or at the magic club?! And even better, produce it from your dusted-off Square Circle or Super Dove Pan? I certainly would!

Don’t be shy. Her website portrait claims, “If you can eat it, she can warp it into some form you’ve never dreamed of.” As she further states, “Our favourite conversations start with, ‘Now, …this might sound a little weird…’

Excuse me for a minute, I do need some chocolate now!


 

Peter “The Painter” Warlock

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The Davenport Collection website screenshot

It’s not uncommon for magicians to pursue other creative ventures, like painting, shadowgraphy (Dai Vernon‘s main source of income) or edible magic art (Annabel de Vetten). Please have a look in my “Magic Art” section for numerous other bits and links.

As I just noticed on The Davenport Collection website (a fine and growing resource for magic history buffs!), magician and mentalist Peter Warlock was also an anbitious amateur painter. Several examples from the Davenport collection are on display there, including some where he tried his hand on trompe de l’oeil art (which links him with Georges Méliès, see an upcoming post).

Above you see his rendition of Buatier de Kolta performing his unique “Expanding Die” illusion.


 

Rarely Seen Tricks (1): Leg Illusion

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I must admit that I had never seen this illusion before. I found these pictures and a desciption in a manuscript by past editor Donald Bevan on Goodliffe, founder of Abracadabra magazine.

According to Bevan, “Leg Illusion” was the only notable magic invention by Goodliffe, as you can read here.


 

A Word on Dani Lary

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Boy, you gotta love that small, Napoleonic Frenchman and grand illusionist! Just spent a pleasant morning enjoying about ten of his presentations on Patrick Sebastien’s “Le Plus Grand Cabaret du Monde”. Did you know that Dani Lary has closed each month’s program there with a fresh illusion for the past twenty years? That’s quite an accomplishment!

Yes, he’s very much into boxes and cabinets, dim lighting and fog, vanishes and transformations, but then, which illusionist isn’t? I love the gorgeous scenes and ornate props, the playfulness of his crew, the music, and the romantic moments incorporated. Not to mention the array of classic cars used in some illusions, or his appearing steam train.

Get yourself a treat and get started here or here!


 

Magic Exhibitions in London

Speaking of magic exhibitions: “Staging Magic” has opened in London and promises to tell “the story behind the illusion.” It will be enhanced by special events and film screenings. You can see it at the Senate House Library, which is part of the University of London, until June 15th.

Staging Magic London

Another exhibition, “Smoke and Mirrors”, will open April 11th at the Wellcome Collection in London and run until September 15th. On that occasion, a new book on magic will be published: “Spectacle of Illusion” by Matthew Tompkins, who, according to the site, “recently became the first member of the Magic Circle to be admitted on the basis of a peer-reviewed scientific publication.”

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