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50 Harry Houdini Facts You didn’t knew.

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Although the legend of Harry Houdini continues lives on till this day and will so over the times to come, certain accounts of his life have been totally misrepresented and misconceived by the public and particular facts about him have not been known by many. The only exceptions to this could have been magicians of high caliber including advanced historians.

Harry Houdini facts every Houdini Fans Should know

1. Regarding the true nationality and origin of the magician, Harry Houdini’s real name was
Erik Weisz, a Jewish, and he was born in Austria-Hungary in Budapest on March 1874.

2. Later on, when his family moved to the USA, his name was Americanized to Ehrich Weiss.

3. Houdini falsely claimed that he was born in America.

4. Despite the fact that Houdini was more well known when he was a man, he started
performing as a trapeze artist at the age of 9 and called himself “Ehrich the Prince of Air”.

5. As Houdini had deep regards for the French magician Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin,
famously known as the father of modern magic, he turned his stage name into Houdini by
adding the “i” at the end to show that he was similar to Houdin. The French magician’s real
name was Jean Eugene Robert who added the word Houdin at the end by taking the last
name of his wife. Harry Houdini derived his stage name from the French magician’s wife, not the magician himself.

6. Apart from giving himself a name, he also gave one to Buster Keaton, a famous
American actor, director, producer, writer, and stunt performer, whose real name was Joseph Frank Keaton. The story behind it is that once Keaton fell down a flight of stairs but was unharmed and which Houdini called it a buster, which back then meant a fall that could
potentially hurt someone.

7. As Houdini wanted to be in the spotlight of fame, he acted in several silent films prior to
opening his own movie production studio. However, after producing and acting in two silent
films and realizing that it wasn’t a very profitable initiative, he abandoned that Line of interest.

8. Although Houdini initially was intrigued by spirituality and fascinated by the way of
communicating with the dead after the death of his beloved mother, due to him being a
master in sleight of hand and trickery, he soon went on to discredit and vilify them by
exposing their tricks to the public, which he did succeed in doing several times.

9. However, his wife was a believer in spirituality and continued to attend spiritual gatherings after his death in hope that she would be able to get in contact with him.

10. “Rosabelle Believe” was the secret code that Houdini and his wife had agreed to
communicate in after his death as Rosabelle was their favorite song.

11. Houdini was a member of the Scientific American committee that offered a cash prize to
anyone who could prove that they possessed supernatural abilities. Whatsoever, the prize
was never won by anyone.

12. As proposed by conspiracy theorists, Houdini did not die in Halloween but was poisoned to death by pro-spiritualists whose livelihoods had been shattered as Houdini exposed the
secret behind their work.

13. Although there is a widely held belief that Houdini died in the famous Chinese Water Tank trick, or immediately after being rescued from it as popularized by the 1953 Hollywood movie played by actor Tony Curtis, he actually died at a Detroit, Michigan hospital, one week after his last performance.

14. Many believed that Houdini died due to punches delivered on his stomach by a Canadian college student from McGill University that ruptured his appendix. But as stated by medical historians, Houdini already had appendicitis whose pain he had been feeling for a while.

15. The burial place of Houdini was separate to that of his wife for various reasons not known to many like the fact that he was Jewish and she was Catholic. Due to her not being Jewish, she was denied permission to be buried in the Jewish burial ground. It was also that her family thought that she would not go to heaven if she was buried next to a Jewish.

16. Houdini entertained and even instructed soldiers of World War I on the techniques of
escaping from ropes, handcuffs, and shipwrecks.

17. A thing that was not known to the public at the time was that Houdini hid a key beneath his foot, in his bushy hair and inside the hollowed-out compartment of his shoe to escape from handcuffs, leg irons, and jail cells. At times his associate would secretly place the key in his hand during a handshake.

18. At many times he used handcuffs that were rigged in such a way that they would unlock and snap open when they were turned upside-down.

19. One main reason that Houdini was able to perform difficult stunts was that he was an athlete and had the endurance, stamina, and strength required to sustain himself during such acts.

20. Houdini practiced holding his breath for three minutes in a bathtub that he had purchased.

21. Being a hardcore aviation enthusiast, Houdini mastered the skill of flying his own Voisin
biplane and was the third person to fly across Australia in 1910. He relied on aviation as his
second career and believed that someday all of his tricks would get exposed to the public.
Hence the way to keep his popularity alive was through his contribution towards the world of
aviation.

22. There is controversy surrounding the issue of Houdini being the first person to fly an
airplane in Australia when he flew over Melbourne on 18 March 1910. Some historians
report that Colin Defries, flying Wright Model Aircraft on 9 December 1909, was the first
person to do such an act.

23. Although many of his stunts were tricks, the suspended straightjacket escape wasn’t.

24. Randolph Osborne Douglas, a young boy, who met Houdini during a performance at
Sheffield’s Empire Theatre was the originator of the idea of the straightjacket escape trick.

25. There was an image of Houdini wrapped in chains, in the U.S. post stamp that could only be seen through a special lens obtained from the post office, although no longer the case, to honor the deceptive prowess of the magician for making people disappear into thin air.

26. Houdini was not successful with his magic career during 1891 and started performing at
museums, sideshows and at a circus as Wildman.

27. Being an escape artist came later in his career after he was not successful with his magic tricks during 1891.

28. Houdini’s brother Theodore was also an escape artist who escaped from straitjackets while hanging down from the roof of a building in the same city where Houdini was performing the same act.

29. Although his most famous stage illusion was vanishing a full grown Elephant along with the trainer from the Hippodrome Theatre in New York, the stage was set on top of a Swimming pool.

30. In a private meeting at the White House, President Woodrow Wilson told Houdini “I envy your ability of escaping out of tight places. Sometimes I wish I were able to do the same.”

31. Houdini worked as an undercover agent for the American and British government for several years where he was involved in espionage of royalty and political leaders of Europe.

32. Houdini was the president who served the Society of American Magicians for the longest
duration of time from 1917 to 1926. A broken wand ceremony is held at his grave at
Machpelah Cemetery in Queens, New York each year during his death anniversary.

33. Houdini introduced the famous milk can trick in 1908 in which he built a giant milk can, that would be filled with milk and sealed, put himself in it and then escaped. Later on he when this became an old thing, he made the stunt more difficult by encasing the can with a
wooden crate. However, this stunt failed badly when a British beer company named Tetley
hired him to escape from a barrel filled with beer and he had to be rescued.

34. One of his performances nearly killed him when he was buried in a pit six feet underneath the surface without a casket with dirt being shoveled on top of him. Although his attempt to verbally call for help failed, luckily he was able to dig his way up and lift his hand till it reached above the ground before being rescued.

35. Although he was about to attempt the buried alive stunt on stage for the second time, he died before it could happen and was carried in the same bronze casket he had prepared for the show.

36. Despite all of his brave stunts the last words he said before he died were “I am tired of
fighting” as he had optimistically believed that he would recover from the illness soon.

37. Although Houdini was suffering from immense pain caused due to appendicitis, he kept
performing on shows. Even after being punched in the stomach in the dressing room, he did
not consult with any doctors for two days.

38. While shooting the movie “The Grim Game” in 1919 there was an accidental mid-air collision between two planes; however, Houdini wasn’t involved in performing the stunt.

39. Houdini wrote many books and magazines on magic tricks; however, he kept those of his a deep secret that only his assistants knew about. In order to ensure his assistant’s loyalty, he made them sign an oath of allegiance.

40. Any overly eager and curious person who showed up on Houdini’s backstage were
chloroformed by his assistants and left unconscious at a different location.

41. Houdini was friends with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle the Scottish author and the creator of
Sherlock Holmes. Doyle believed that Houdini could talk to the dead without knowing it,
although Houdini despised spirituality.

42. Houdini’s had a fascination with the death was such that he bought the first electric chair and even performed stunts to inmates on Death Row.

43. There was once a story that Houdini escaped from jail using his trick which was later
reprimanded by the newspaper that bribed the official while doing so. Houdini sued the
newspaper and won the case.

44. Houdini wrote letters hundreds of love letters to his wife during their 30 years of marriage even when they were in the same room.

45. As Houdini was x-rayed several times by his brother, it is said that he got sterile due to the effects of the radiation. Hence, Houdini and his wife created an imaginary son and named him Mayer Samuel Houdini. Houdini kept writing letters to his wife on their son’s progress until it finally stopped when he became the president of the United States.

46. Houdini almost quit magic and even tried to sell his “magic secrets” for $20, but not a single person took his offer.

47. He received a lot of death threats as a result of exposing people who used the art of magic to deceive people.

48. He began performing at Orpheum Vaudeville circuit with the help of manager Martin Beck.

49. His first house was bought for $25000 in the U.S in 1904 at 278W.113th Street in Harlem, New York.

50. The newspaper company named “daily mirror” challenged Houdini to escape from a handcuff that was designed by the locksmith Nathaniel Hart. Hart worked for five years to complete the task. Although was able to get out of it after struggling for hours, there is the controversy that his wife who went on stage to kiss him must have hidden the key in her mouth although the key was 6 inches long and could not have been easily smuggled by her.

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Theodore Annemann Biography of an American mentalist/magician

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Theodore Annemann was Born as Theodore John Squires on the 22nd of February, 1907, in East Waverly, New York, Theodore (Theo) Annemann was a professional magic performer from America. He specialized in the field of mentalism and is best known for inventing and refining many of the standard mentalism routines that are still used by magicians 75 years after his death.

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Early days

Fred Squires, the natural father of Theodore, left him and his family when Theodore was only two years old. Flavilla, Theo’s mother, soon remarried to Stanley Anneman.
Theodore’s interest in magic first sparked when he was only ten years old after one of his friends showed him the common ball and vase trick. From then on, he took a great interest in all things magical. At some point, his new found love for magic started affecting his school work. His mother, concerned by her son’s obsession with magic and lack of interest in getting a formal education, decided to burn all his magic supplies. This did not stop young Theodore from pursuing his passion. As a result, after approximately 15 years, he sent his mother a bound copy with the first 50 issues of his own magazine, ‘The Jinx’. He attached a note to that, telling his mother that after she had thrown his books in the furnace, he decided to try and ‘write one’ for himself.

Theo Annemann’s evolution

As a teenager, Theo Annemann began performing magic tricks around his hometown, Waverly. One of the tricks he performed was the Substitution Trunk. This act, though, required another person, so he asked his younger brother, Leland, for help. However, Leland did not share the same enthusiasm for magic as his older brother, so Theo had to pay him handsomely for his assistance. Around 1923, Annemann became aware of the various magic magazines available. As IBM’s ‘Linking Ring Journal’ and ‘The Sphinx’ were considered to be the most informative materials for magicians at that time, he decided to subscribe to them. By the age of 17, Theodore Annemann began to make a name for himself with the art of magic. His performances were mainly based on cleverness and intuitive abilities, rather than dexterity and physical techniques. Also, he was already contributing to the two journals mentioned before. He began publishing some of his effects and sometimes he even stole others’ tricks, claiming them as his own. Nevertheless, there is no doubt that he possessed a remarkable skill in turning even the most basic card trick into a ‘mental miracle’. Still, as a young man, he worked as a railroad clerk. It was just after that he broke into show business. First, he did it as a singer and magician’s assistant, and later as a successful performer in his own right.

The switch towards Mentalism

Ed Marlo, a renowned prestidigitator who specialized in card magic, had a great influence on Annemann’s ideas and approach to mentalism. Although the magic effects that Theo created often used old principles, he managed to inject his own personality and methodology. His methods were original and emphasized bold and subtle approaches
over sleight of hand or more complex ones. Annemann channeled all of his impressive creative and intuitive skills in the direction of mentalism as soon as he first caught a glimpse of the art. His efforts lead to his emerging as one of the leading mentalists of his era. He became known as ‘Annemann the Enigma’.

In October 1934, Theodore Annemann’s ‘The Jinx’ was published for the first time. Each issue contained 48 pages and was originally a monthly publication. The journal’s growing popularity made the author change his mind about this in 1993 when started publishing one every week. ‘The Jinx’ ran for 151 issues, until October 1941. While most of its material was focused on mentalism and spiritism, ‘The Jinx’ also featured ground – breaking effects from other fields of magic. Annemann’s successful journal is still considered essential reading for any aspiring mentalist, while his editorials are considered to of a great benefit to all magicians. The written material within ‘The Jinx’ is still considered the foundation stones of mentalism. When the mentalist was not performing, he kept busy creating magic and mentalism effects and writing about them. He invented the ‘Window Envelope’ by 1931 and ‘Flat Rabbit’ in 1937. The numerous card tricks that Annemann invented and described in ‘The Jinx’ offer an enormous variety for performers to pick from.
One of Annemann’s greatest routines was the one called ‘Pseudo-Psychometry’. The act first required a spectator to collect a number of personal items from audience members. The items would then be placed into either envelopes or bags and mixed up. After that, Annemann would take each bag or envelope and, without looking inside, he would not only describe but also identify its owner. To top it all off, he would then give a character reading about the person.

To catch a flying bullet

On top of everything he has done for the field of mentalism, Theo Annemann was also known for his version of the ‘Bullet Catching Trick’, a magic trick that he performed outdoors. The notoriously dangerous trick has taken the life of many magicians throughout history (Do not try this at home!), including the renowned Chung Ling Soo. Coming back to Annemann’s version of the trick, the handgun or rifle was usually provided by a police officer. From a box of ammunition, Annemann would select a bullet and mark it in some way. While the marksman would load the weapon, Theo would stand holding only a plate. When the marksman would fire at the performer, the apparent shock of being shot would push Annemann backward, causing him to fall. After the fall, the performer would spit the bullet out of his blood – drenched mouth and onto the plate. Besides the blood, Annemann would have suffered no harm. The show’s best moment was undoubtedly the moment that the marked bullet was recognized and affirmed.

Lecture

The first book dedicated to Annemann’s magic was ‘The Cabinet of Card Miracles’, published by Burling Hull in 1929. Two years after this, Annemann published his first and last hardcover book, ‘The Book Without a Name’. Worth reminding of again is, of course, ‘The Jinx’. Annemann published several other titles, such as: ‘202 Methods of Forcing’, an impressive collection of magic tricks published in 1933, ‘Sh-h-h–!: It’s a Secret’, another collection of magic tricks, published in 1934, ‘Anemann’s Complete One Man Mental and Psychic Routine’ and ‘Annemann’s Mental Bargain Effects’ in 1935. 1937 brought Annemann’s ‘En Rapport’, which is a complete, routine act of telepathy,
mind reading and clairvoyance, designed for two people. Two years later, he published ‘The Incorporated Strange Secrets’.

Private life and Death of Theodore Annemann

Theodore Annemann was married twice, his first wife being Margaret (Greta) Abrams. They got married in 1927 and 8 years later they had a daughter, whom they named Mona Lee. Two years after Mona Lee was born, Greta and Theo divorced. One year later, the mentalist married Jeanette Parr. Annemann was scheduled to perform the impressive bullet catch trick for the first time indoors on January 12, 1942. He never got to do it, as he committed suicide two weeks before that. While the exact reason why he chose to do that will always be a mystery, it is well documented that Theodore Annemann had battled with his own demons for many years, including severe stage fright, alcohol, and his two failed marriages.
Although the final curtain fell for the genius known as Theodore Annemann when he was only 34 years old, his work in the field of mentalism still remains unparalleled.

 Magician Mark Wilson Biography, Net worth, Magic, Books, TV show -The Magic Land of Allakazam

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Widely credited as becoming the first major ‘television magician’, James “Mark” Wilson is an American magic performer and author born in 1929. Magician Mark Wilson is also considered to have been a great factor in the process of establishing the viability of magic shows as a television format.

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First steps into the world of magic

As a kid, Mark Wilson spent a lot of time traveling with his parents. This was due to the fact that his father was a salesman and had to move frequently. At the time Mark Wilson was eight years old, he and his family were living in a hotel in Indianapolis. When the magician known as Tommy Martin performed at the said hotel, young Mark Wilson was in the audience, catching the first glimpse into the world of magic. Mark has stated that it was at that moment that his interest in magic began.

Later, the Magician Mark Wilson family had to, once again, move. This time, they moved to Dallas, Texas. There, Mark Wilson started working for the Douglas Magicland shop as a clerk. This allowed him to improve his magic knowledge and, as his skills improved, he began performing his own magic shows at small functions. Mark Wilson studied at the School of Business Administration at Southern Methodist University, where he majored in marketing. These studies helped him learn some skills that would considerably help him in his future career.

Magician Mark Wilson and His TV Show “The Magic Land of Allakazam”

As television began to grow, Magician Mark Wilson had the idea of a TV show. Using the skills he learned while studying at the School of Business Administration, he presented his idea to the Dr. Pepper Bottling Company. They were interested in Mark’s proposal and offered him a sponsorship. So, in 1955, Mark Wilson was launching the ‘Time for Magic’ show on a local station in Dallas. Later, Wilson expanded to other shows in San Antonio and Houston.

In 1960, on the 1st of October, the ‘Magic Land of Allakazam’ black and white show debuted on CBS-TV. The show’s creator was, obviously, Mark Wilson. He created this show during the time that videotape was developed. ‘Magic Land of Allakazam’ was the first show to be videotaped and nationally syndicated. The show aired every Saturday morning for the next four years. It was sponsored by Kelloggs, the American multinational food manufacturing company. During the show, Magician Mark Wilson was assisted by his wife, Nani Darnell, and Bev Bergeron. Bev Bergeron, besides playing the character Rebo the Clown, has also helped writing the show. The three toured state fairs during the summer and made appearances on other network shows. Later, Bobby Fenton, Lin Searles, Leo Behnke and Bobby ‘Torchy’ Towner joined the writing team at CBS. Responsible for building the illusions were Johnny Daniel and Carl Owen. During the first year, Magician Mark Wilson and his team performed for a total of 39 shows. For the second year, joining the existing creative team were young John Gaughan and Frances Martineau. With fresh forces and ambition, the team has brought a new look to magic effects that are still performed today.

In 1962, the ‘Magic Land of Allakazam’ show moved from CBS – TV to ABC – TV. This has not caused the show to miss even one week on air, though. On September 29, the Western comedy and variety program

titled ‘The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Show’ debuted on ABC. Wilson also appeared in this show. Unfortunately, this show only ran for 13 episodes, from September to December 1962.

Unlike the short-lived Rogers and Evans show, Mark Wilson’s ‘Magic Land of Allakazam’ kept going on. The show left ABC in 1965 and was internationally syndicated in the same year, reaching the top ratings for Saturday morning shows during its peak.

The years after Allakazam

Five years after the ‘Magic Land of Allakazam’ show, in 1971, Magician Mark Wilson created ‘The funny Face Magic Show’ and the ‘Magic Circus’ show. The latter was sponsored by Pillsbury. At the 1964 – 1965 World’s Fair in New York, Wilson provided the Hall of Magic, and three years later, in 1968, he appeared on film at the Bell Telephone exhibit at HemisFair, which was held in San Antonio, Texas. In 1975, Mark published ‘Mark Wilson’s Complete Course in Magic’. The book is a popular reference for magicians and has been in print sinc its first issue. Wilson and his crew assisted in the technical production of magic in numerous shows. Some of the most notable of them are as follows: ‘Circus of the Stars’, ‘The Hollywood Palace’, the science fiction TV series ‘The Six Million Dollar Man’, the Marvel based series ‘The Incredible Hulk’ and Bill Bixby’s ‘The Magician’, which ran for only one year. Wilson’s net worth is estimated to be at approximately &70M dollars.‘The Magic of mark Wilson’ was Wilson’s last TV series which was seen in national syndication in 1981 and ran only for one year. During this series, Mark Wilson was assisted by his always trustful wife, Nani and his second son, Greg. Greg Wilson participated in the second series of ‘Penn & Teller: Fool Us’, Nani and Mark being part of the reveal of his act.

Juan Tamariz, Biography, Card Tricks, Books.

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Juan Tamariz – Martel Negrón, known professionally as Juan Tamariz or just simply Tamariz, is an experienced Spanish magician born in 1942 in Spain’s capital, Madrid. The magician specialized mainly in card and close-up magic, and has always been known for adding humor in all of his acts. Many times he has been recognized as one of the best magicians of his specialty. He has even been recognized as ‘the best current magician’ in general. This was especially after the magician was awarded the First World Prize in card magic in Paris, 1973. Juan Tamariz is well respected by his peers as an authority in the field of misdirection.

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Tamariz’s popularity

Juan Tamariz has performed his amazing acts for the public of all Spain. The magician did not stop only at that, and has also performed in cities all around the globe, such as New York, London, Paris, Chicago, Bogotá, Tokyo, Cairo or Santiago de Chile. The Spanish magician has also published a great number of books on the subject of magic and even some magic reveal titles. He is internationally considered to be one of the most important writers, fact owed to his magic theory writings.

Early days

Juan Tamariz was born on the 18th of October 1942 in the family of Julio Tamariz – Martel Fabre from Écija and María del Consuelo Negrónde las Cuevas, originally from Algeciras. Young Juan’s first contact with magic was at the young age of four. His father took him at a theatre to watch a magic show, and it was at that moment that Juan Tamariz decided to start learning the art of magic. He then received on ‘dia de Reyes’ a magic kit as a gift and started taking his first steps into the world of magic. In addition to that, he started going whenever he could at the circus to study the magicians. He also went at his older brothers’ schools to see magician Marlow’s shows, trying to understand how every trick is done.

As soon as he thought that he had learned enough by trial and error, he started borrowing his first books of magic. Also, he started performing magic tricks in front of bigger and bigger audiences and started preparing to join the Spanish Society of Illusionism. He first tried to join the society at the age of 16, but was rejected, as the minimum age to join was 20. Nevertheless, Tamariz returned when he was 18 and applied for the membership exam. The young magician astonished the examinators and was granted membership without having to meet the minimum age requirement.

Soon after joining the Society, Tamariz met Juan Anton. Together, they created the act known as ‘Los Mancos’, translated as ‘The lame’. In this act, Tamariz and Anton both performed while only using one hand. This was also the period when Tamariz met his teacher, Arturo de Ascanio, as well as other skilled magicians. He also began acting as a clown and puppeteer, roles that gave him the chance to improve his comedic skills.

Studies

Juan Tamariz studied for a bachelor’s degree in physical sciences, but only for four years out of the five required. He gave up on this mainly because his real interest was in the cinema. He then joined film school, where he met film directors and screenwriters José Luis García Sánchez and Miguel Hermoso. Due to a high number of strikes that took place in it, the school shut down in 1970. Unfortunately for Juan Tamariz, the school closing caused him not to graduate as a film director. During the time that he studied film, Tamariz directed two short films: ‘Muerte S.A.’ in 1967 and ‘El espíritu’, two years after that. Tamariz also wrote the script for ‘El espíritu’, movie which has brought on screen, for the first time, Spanish actress Carmen Maura. After the closing of the school, Tamariz, along with other classmates, founded the Magic School of Madrid.

Even at the age of 75, Juan Tamariz continues to perform numerous acts of magic and comedy in congresses around the world, especially in Spain, where he appears in diverse programs and television events on magic. Tamariz has four children: Mónica, who has a Ph.D in linguistics at the University of Edinburgh; Ana, director of the Magic School of Madrid, founded by Tamariz himself; Alicia, who is a musician, and Juan Diego. Tamariz married Consuela Lorgia from Colombia in 2008, who is also a professional magician.

Juan Tamariz Card Tricks

After winning several national awards and getting the second place in the FISM with ‘Los Mancos’, Amariz’s definitive leap into glory was the First World Prize awarded to him in Paris in 1973. The act that brought him this award was a mixture of card manipulation and illusion. This act, known as ‘The act of Paris’, included transformation, vanishing, and production, all accompanied by Tamariz’s great humor and his harmonica playing skill. Arturo de Ascanio, who is considered the father of Spanish card magic, stated that Tamariz’s performance was the best magic act he had seen in his life.

The renowned Canadian magician Dai Vernon, also known as The Professor, claimed that in more than eighty years of magic, no one had deceived him as Tamariz did. Tamariz’s card tricks also impressed Ricky Jay, the well-known American master of sleight of hand and card tricks. Jay said in an interview that Juan Tamariz is one of the magicians who will surely be remembered in the future.


During his career, Juan Tamariz has had tours and conferences with magic enthusiasts all around Europe, America and Asia. His deep knowledge of the theory and history of magic has even made people describe Tamariz as a ‘walking encyclopedia’.

Popular Books by Juan Tamariz

In addition to writing circulars for the Magic School of Madrid, Tamariz has published articles in several magazines. Throughout his career, he has written several books, which have been translated into English, French, Italian and German. Among his works, there is ‘Monedas, monedas y… monedas’, a 1969 book that presents a coin routine for magicians. In 1975, Tamariz published ‘Magia en el bar’, which included magic effects done with common things from bars or restaurants. Two years later, he published ‘Magicolor’, which focuses on magic effects that involve changing of colors. In 1987 he publishes ‘La via mágica’, a book in which he presents his theory on false leads. One year later, he publishes ‘Los Cincos puntos mágicos’, book based on one of his lectures on the presentation of magic.

Among his other works are ‘Truki-cartomagia’ from 1970, ‘Aprenda usted Magia’, 1973, ‘Secretos de Magiapotagia’ in 1988, ‘Sonata’, one year later and ‘Por Arte de Verbimagia’, published in 2005.

Juan Tamariz has also founded the publishing company known as Frakson, dedicated to the publication of titles related to the art of illusionism. Tamariz’s magic is now studied in the faculties of Fine Arts of the United States.

Uri geller – Biography, Children, Wife, House, Net Worth, Wealth

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Uri Geller is a well-known magician who has been around the magic scene for decades. His blend of magic is not only unbelievable, it is –as some people term it- supernatural and downright out of this world. He is a great magician and entertainer who has appeared on many TV shows where he has dazzled fans all around the world. Uri is a self-proclaimed psychic and he has also previously stated that he has supernatural abilities which he inherited after an encounter with aliens. For many years, his acts have incorporated conjuring tricks which have helped him pull of telepathy and psychokinesis illusions. He has traveled to the far reaches of the world entertaining fans with his incredible brand of magic and illusions.

Early life

Uri Geller was born in Tel Aviv, Israel. He was born in late December 1946 on 20th December to be precise. At that time, Tel Aviv was still being administered by the British under Palestine. His mother was Hungarian-Jewish while his father was Austrian-Jewish. Uri Geller was born during this politically turbulent period in Israel’s history to Itzhak Geller- who was his father- and Margaret Freud, his mother. Both of his parents had had Steller careers in their respective jobs with his father enjoying a particularly successful career as an army man. He retired as a Sergeant Major which is a very high rank in the Israeli army.

There are some reports that Uri Geller was a very distant relative of the legendary scientist Sigmund Freud. It is claimed that they are related on his mother’s side. When Geller was about 11 years, his family moved to Cyprus, to a small town known as Nicosia. Here, he was able to attend High School. He later attended college afterward – the Terra Santa college. Here, he was able to perfect his English skills. These skills would later prove to be very invaluable for his craft.

Uri Geller in Army and his starting Fame as a Magician.

When he was 18 years old he went back to Israel and joined the Israeli Army. Specifically the Paratroopers. In 1967, he tasted combat and got wounded in a six-day war. Uri has also previously worked as a model where between 1968 and 1969, he stood before cameras and posed. It is during this time, that Uri realized he was a performer. He would perform small acts for small audiences and he gained quite a reputation.

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As his fame grew all over Israel, Uri started performing in front of bigger audiences like halls, universities, and theaters. His acts were so famous, that by the 1970’s, Uri was a well-known name in magical spheres –even as far as in the United States. Geller’s performances also made him the subject of interest in the scientific world. Many Scientists wanted to examine his unbelievable powers that defied logic and science. Many other wanted to examine his Psychic abilities which he claimed were real. He rose to prominence in the 70’s where he would perform in numerous TV shows that would be watched worldwide.

Career

Uri made a career out of claiming that he had Psychic and telepathy powers. Audiences were instantly hooked to this magician who could not only read your thoughts, he could also perform supernatural acts that were reserved only for motion pictures. Geller had the ability to bend spoons, make watches stop and run and a host of many illusions that left people in complete disbelief. What’s strange about Geller’s acts is that he claims not to use any trickery or stunts but by sheer mind strength and will power. Some other magicians have however come out in the past to say that all his acts are only tricks and illusions that can be replicated by anyone. James Randi was his fiercest critic and he claimed once that Geller was a fraud who took advantage of helpless people. This seemed to be true according to Uri’s first autobiography where he stated that sometimes he would dupe the audience to thinking that he knew their vehicles plates when it was his manager who had earlier provided them to him. Randi even made a habit of performing Geller’s so called paranormal displays on stage to prove that they were all an illusion.

Uri also claimed to have dowsing capabilities and in the mid 1980’s he made quite a tidy sum offering mineral dowsing services for interested parties. He would charge a cool $1 million for his services. He was even described by a famous magazine as a “multi-millionaire” as a result of the earnings he made from his services. Geller has also had a rather successful acting career. He has been involved in a couple of projects that have been fairly successful. He appeared in the 2001 horror, Sanitarium and has also been on a TV reality show, “I’m a celebrity..Get me out of here”. He also played roles in “cursed” and ‘Uri’s Haunted Cities’.

Uri Geller was also the host to Israeli-based reality show ‘Successor’ where contestants’ showcased supernatural powers to the TV audiences. The show received heavy criticism from magicians all around Israel terming the show a fraud because all those tricks could be performed on a magic stage. Geller would also make appearances on NBC’s Phenomenon show where the biggest mentalist was to be revealed. Both he and Criss Angel were beaten by the eventual winner, Mike Super.

In early 2008, Uri Geller started hosting a show titled the next Uri Geller and his audience was mainly based in Germany. In the same year, he started sister productions of the same show in Holland, Greece, and Hungary. His ultimate aim for all these shows was to find another great mentalist of the future. In the show, Geller can be seen speaking both English and Hungarian and he is also seen performing his signature illusions on the shows. In the same year, he also helped to produce a show known as ‘The book of Knowledge’. Uri surely knew what it meant to reach everyone with his act.

Family and Residence

Geller currently resides in the UK in Sonning-on-Thames Berkshire. He has the unique ability to speak three different languages i.e. Hungarian, English, and Hebrew. Geller married his longtime manager in 1979- who was once accused of helping him out with his tricks. He married Hans Geller and together they had two children, Daniel and Natalie Geller. He has previously stated that he once suffered from Bulimia and Anorexia complications.

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From left to right: Uri Geller’s wife, Michael Jackson and Uri Geller

Uri Geller is a very accomplished author with over 15 books that are of fictional and non-fictional nature credited to his name. He had very close ties with the late legendary pop sensation, Michael Jackson and the latter was even best man in his wedding vows renewal back in 2001. Gellar is also the man who made the famous Michael Jackson interview, ‘living with Michael Jackson’ possible because it is said that he is the one who negotiated the interview. Geller is also president of a group known as the International Friends of Magen David Adom which lobbied to the International Committee of Red Cross to recognize this organization a relief organization.

Uri Geller holding football

Uri Geller has also tried using his magic in football where in 1997 he placed ‘energy crystals’ behind the posts of Exeter City’s posts in an attempt to ensure no goals were scored. Exeter lost heavily in that game bringing in to focus his supernatural abilities. Although he was appointed Chairman of the club in 2002, his appointment did not prevent the relegation of the same team in 2003 and after that, he was relieved of his duties to the club. He has also claimed in the past that he was the reason why Reading Football Clubs were not relegated in the 2002 season. He proclaimed emphatically that he hypnotized the fans and asked them to chant ‘win Reading win’ which brought the win. This was vehemently refuted by the then club manager who insisted that Read the club did not even win on the final day. A draw was enough for them to survive the cut, and on the final game, they did just that, draw.After the death of Jackson, many media outlets tried to get Uri to do an interview regarding his close relationship with the former icon.

Famous acts and Supernatural Claims

Geller has from time to time always maintained that he has supernatural powers which he inherited from aliens. These proclamations have sometimes landed him in lots of trouble as when one time a court ordered him to refund ticket money to a man whom Geller had claimed he would communicate with in a telepathic way. There was also clear evidence that showed that Geller would sometimes enlist the services of hos manager to aid him in fooling and tricking folks. However, in 1971 a parapsychologist backed the claims that indeed Uri was Psychic. Uri Geller was put under hypnosis and in this state, he claimed that he got his powers from Extraterrestrials who visited earth from a distant galaxy -52000 light years away. He would subsequently deny these claims in later interviews but maintain the fact that some of his powers have an alien connection.

In a sensational claim Puharich- who was the parapsychologist that claimed Uri was psychic –would release a statement saying that Uri once teleported a dog to another room. Scientists have over the years claimed that these claims are baseless and lack credibility. Puharich also claimed that Geller had the ability to talk to supercomputers from another distant galaxy and that the beings warned humans to mend their ways or a terrible disaster would strike the earth. These claims have been highly discredited by leading scientists and magicians like Randi.

Geller’s best-known act is where he appears to look at spoons and they magically bend. Geller has claimed on several occasions that he is able to do this thanks to the Supernatural powers that he possesses. These claim been fiercely opposed by magicians who go ahead and perform the tricks live on stage just to prove that no supernatural powers are involved. Magicians and distinguished Scientists have said repeatedly said that what Geller does is that he uses misdirection techniques and even magnets to full the public. What angers his critics is the fact that Geller uses his fraud to fleece people of their money which the critics say is unacceptable.

Some people have even said that Uri has on several occasions been unable to bend spoons and metallic objects in front of people’s eyes. Geller has also received a lot of criticism when he tries to predict football match results. James Randi Uri only knows how to predict wrongly because most of his predictions are usually wrong. Geller had controversy always following him. In one football match, he claimed that he had hovered around the stadium in a chopper and moved the ball with his powers just as a penalty was about to be hit.

In another bizarre occurrence, Uri Geller was asked to solve a case of a girl who had disappeared. He claimed that the girl would be found as fit as a fiddle but unfortunately, the girl was never found. Geller also claimed that he was the one who helped Bruce Bursford to be able control harness his mental strength during his cycling career. Geller when questioned about his immense wealth, has always said that his wealth was acquired not from his spoon bending stunts, but from mineral dowsing services which he used to offer. In late 2007. Geller appeared to tone down his sentiments on supernatural powers. He started claiming that he did not have supernatural powers and that instead, he was more of an entertainer.He however still maintained that he was no magician and instead opted to use the word mystifier to describe himself. He also appeared to adopt a stance of not encouraging kids to follow his footsteps and instead advised people to focus on school, and being the best they could ever be at anything. It looked like Uri was trying to show people that the paranormal or supernatural does not exist and that people should instead concentrate on making their lives better by using the normal things around them.

Uri Geller Pokemon and other Controversies

In November of 2000, Geller sued giant gaming company Nintendo for what he termed as illegal use of his identity. He was suing for over $60 million in damages. The genesis of the suit was a character known as “Kadabra” that was in the game. Uri claimed that the character represented him and that no one had come to ask for permission for use of his likeness. The character in the game was portrayed as having spoon bending and psychic abilities. The name of the character in Japanese corresponded to how one would write Geller’s name in the same Japanese which made Uri’s claim even more substantial. He also accused the company of portraying terrible signs that had previously been associated with the Nazi regime. He was later heard saying that Nintendo stole his identity and character and turned it into an evil that he would not sit around and watch.The case reached a point where the founder of Nintendo had to pull down the character from the game until when the case would be determined.

Geller had other feuds as well and in 2007, he had to ask Youtube to pull down a video where an excerpt showed that he had failed to perform in a show. After various legal battles with the uploader, including suits and counter suits, the video was eventually placed under Noncommercial creative commons license and the whole case was settled out of court.

Geller has also had feuds with his longtime critic James Randi and he once sued him when Randi went on television and claimed that Uri had caused someone to commit suicide as a result of being duped by his ‘supernatural fetes’. However, the case was dismissed because under Japanese law this amounted to an insult and insults were not punishable under their laws.

Uri was embroiled in yet another case with Randi in 1992 where he was seeking a $15million payment for statements that Randi had made. Again, the action proved futile because the court ruled that the action had been time barred and was thus restricted by the statute of limitation act. Randi again walked free. Uri has been involved in many legal tussles with private individuals and even corporations all in an effort to try and justify his act.

Net worth and Conclusion

It has been estimated that Uri Geller is worth $10 million dollars. This is very impressive for a man who started his career bending spoons, mind reading and stopping watches. Although Uri Geller has been shrouded in controversy for the better part of his career, he has contributed greatly in the magical world by providing out of the box illusions that have served to capture the minds of audiences all around the world. It is safe to say therefore that even though Uri is not your average magician, he has still done his part for the magical community.

Magician’s assistant: A list of 10 famous Magician’s assistant in the history of Magic.

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Magician’s assistant are the people who keep the show running smoothly through their physical appearance on stage by helping the magician/illusionist by moving props and even taking part in their magic tricks. Well, they are mainly not so much honored but some of them have been well-known since some even end up doing their own magic acts and even escapologist tricks in their own rights.

In this article, we are going to highlight the few Magician’s assistants who are well-known over the past years.

1.Nani Darnell

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She first came out officially into public as an assistant in October 1960 in Wilson’s series The Magic Land of Allakazam. She is the wife and assistant to her husband Mark Wilson who is a Professional Male illusionist. She became a television co-star to her husband’s tv shows which made her popular as his assistant. She was also able to be well established as a well-known public figure. Nani and Mark’s son Greg Wilson followed in their footsteps and went on with the magic art.

2.Adelaide Herrmann

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She was born in 1853 as Adelaide Scarcez in London. She went yo New York originally to become a dancer for a certain dance troop. She began acting as an assistant to her husband Alexander which lead to the take off of her career as a magician’s assistant. She entertained audiences with her husband while performing the bullet catch trick and escape tricks too. When her husband died she joined with his nephew to perform acts but they soon parted ways due to different issues and goals but she still continued with her show and so did her husband’s nephew. She performed magic tricks herself like catching 6 bullets in front of a firing squad and she went on to do more such tricks in front of journalists and large masses of people.

3.Frances Willard

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She is the daughter of the renown magician Willard the Wizard. She was born on December 12, 1940. She began by becoming an assistant to her father’s shows at the early age of 6 which of course must have led her to fall in love with magic. Later on, as a teen, she started to perform as a magician and she joined with her husband to fort a popular mentalism team where they played very many mental tricks on people on stage.

4.Joanie Spina

Joanie Spina

She was an American dancer, choreographer, director and a magician, and magician’s assistant too which came after she was an assistant to Copperfield. Spina was born on August 4, 1953, in Boston Massachusettes n the United States of America. She first began as a serious dancer as a child but she gave up dancing at the age of 11. She worked for Copperfield, who is a magician, after being chosen during auditions for his magic international tour which was being advertised. After 2000 she left Copperfield’s act and went on to create her own acts.

5.Morgan

Morgan studied theater and graphic arts. Later on, she joined and worked in magic tour shows and later she worked in a professional theater. In 1994 she joined Bundy who is a professional magician and she became his female magician’s assistant.Later on, she became an escapologist and she created her own escape show.

6.Jinger Leigh

Jinger Leigh

She worked side by side with Mark Kalin as magician’s assistant and they are well-known for great performances on various stages.Mark Kalin is Jinger Leigh’s husband and also they are business partners. They both bought a company and changed its name to Majikal. The company has hired many talents which even include Joanie Spina who is number four on our list here.

7.Gay Blackstone

Gay Blackstone

She is the wife and the assistant to Harry Blackstone Jr. She is a well-known magician of which she started performing her own magic acts after she was an assistant. She has worked as an executive producer on various shows and even she has worked as a Creative Consultant & Segment Producer for the Illusionist Hans Klok.

8.Moi-Yo Miller

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magician’s assistant Moi-Yo Miller

Her real name was Mona Loretta Miller and she was born on 24 April, 1914. She is an Australian and she was Dante’s main assistant. She dated Dantes son and well she quickly became Dante’s main assistant in all of his shows. She has been regarded by many in the magic industry and has been cited a couple of times as Magic’s greatest assistants.

9. Debbie McGee

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Her off-stage name was Debra Anne. She was the wife and the assistant to Paul Daniels.She is a Ballet dancer and she was also managing her own Ballet company. She auditioned for the Bernard Delfont Organization which later led her to working side by side with her husband-to-be Paul Daniels.

10.Bess Houdini

magician’s assistant Bess Houdini

She was the wife and assistant of the famous Harry Houdini. She was born as Wilhelmina Beatrice Rahner in New york. She was first being courted by Houdini’s little brother Theo Hardeen. Funny enough Bess fell in love with Houdini himself whom she later married in 1922. She worked as Houdini’s assistant under their roadshow which was known as The Houdinis. She prepared and collected Houdini’s props, pets and she was even the one who made Houdini’s costumes for his performances. After her husband Houdini passed away she went on to perform her own magic tricks like freezing a man in ice and she also went on to perform the Final Houdini Séance. But after the Seance failed she turned off a candle that was next to his photograph which was said to have burnt for ten years straight.

P.C. Sorcar: Biography of a legendary Indian Magician Jadugar Pc Sorcar

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Jadugar PC Sorcar was one of the finest magician and Illusionist to ever perform His acts and tricks were not only incredible, they were very intelligent and eye opening. His full names were Protul  Chandra Sorcar but he shortened it to P.C. Sorcar which he used all over the world as his stage name.  Jadugar P.C. Sorcar as he was commonly referred to in India, rose to fame in the 1950’s and 1960’s with his numerous acts especially on his Indrajal show which was a live show for both live audiences and television audiences. This show gained a lot of popularity during this period because of the unique and unprecedented acts that Jadugar P.C. Sorcar would showcase.

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Early Life

Sorcar had magical genes in him even before he was born. His family was very talented magically, and like many greats who have generations of magicians to look up to, he had seven generations of magicians to look behind to. His whole family down seven generations before him had practiced magic and illusions, so he just continued growing up in the family tradition. When he chose Protul Chandra Sorcar as his stage name, people immediately related with it because it had been a legendary name in the magical world. He started practicing small-time magic tricks very early in his life but had to shove the interest aside because at that time, the Indian society was taking a keen interest in education but secretly people knew from the onset that he would make it in magic.Jadugar PCSorcar was born in early 1913 –February 23

Jadugar PC Sorcar was born in early 1913 –February 23rd in a very small town known as Tangail which was still in India at the time but now in Bangladesh. He was therefore born an Indian contrary to what some people believe that he was a Bangladesh national. He was born to Barghawan Chandra Sorcar and KusumKasmini who were his father and mother respectively. Sorcar had only one brother and indeed, his brother was the only sibling he ever had. His brother’s name was Atul Chandra and he had very deep affection for his one and only brother. Atul was also ten years younger than him which explains why in a famous interview Sorcar said that he felt a deep connection and love for his brother. PC Sorcar was very academically gifted and this was seen from a very tender age. When the time came for him to graduate from High School, he did so with distinction. He had attended the TangailShibnath High school where he graduated among the top of his class with first class honors. This was in 1929. He shortly attended college thereafter where he excelled a lot in his studies. In 1931 he graduated from the distinguished Karotia College, earning an Intermediate Arts degree. He graduated with a first class honor in the same.He continued furthering his studies by joining the

PC Sorcar was very academically gifted and this was seen from a very tender age. When the time came for him to graduate from High School, he did so with distinction. He had attended the TangailShibnath High school where he graduated among the top of his class with first class honors. This was in 1929. He shortly attended college thereafter where he excelled a lot in his studies. In 1931 he graduated from the distinguished Karotia College, earning an Intermediate Arts degree. He graduated with a first class honor in the same.He continued furthering his studies by joining the Anandan Mohan College where he undertook a Bachelor of Arts degree. He majored in Mathematics and he later graduated with honors. It is, therefore, safe to say that PC Sorcar Jadugar’s academic life was very exceptional and exemplary. He conquered every academic huddle that was set forth before him with grace and brilliance. He, therefore, had a real future in academia if he had chosen to go that path. However, this was not to be because from a very tender age, he was deeply impressed by magic. The fact that his family also had a rich history of magicians, made Sorcar very interested in the art. So after he finished with his BA he decided to dedicate his life to the art. And it was not in vain because his dedication eventually bore fruit. He came up with previously unheard of acts which won the hearts of many people, including the press. He was praised highly in many quarters as the man who single-handedly took Indian magic to new heights especially attracting the international market thanks to his fluency of the English language, charm, charisma, and intelligence.

Professional Career of PC Sorcar

The magic of PC Sorcar Jadugar came into prominence in the 1930’s and he was fortunate to be able to traverse all the corners of the globe showcasing his talent. Since he had decided to dedicate his life to performing magic, he perfected his acts to such an extent as had never been seen before in India and anywhere else in the world. He came up with a very famous act known as the Indrajal which pulled many crowds to his show. All his shows were famed for a detailed organization. He brought to his performances, very exquisite props which had never been seen before. This was the norm because most of his acts were very unique. All his stuntmen and performers had very colorful costumes that were specifically designed to cater for each stunt. These costumes really attracted people to the shows.

Jadugar P.C. Sorcar was also known for having great stage settings that really brought out the themes of the shows. His marketing team was also very professional. At the height of his prominence, Sorcar proclaimed that he was the best magician in the world and this he made surepc sorcar jadugar in london that everyone knew about.

Jadugar Pc Sorcar had his team prepare giant billboards and posters around each town he went and even had programs that emphasized this point. This would draw curiosity from the public who wanted to know who this magician was. As a result of the crowds attending or watching his shows, he also became one of the more wealthy magicians at the time. He was therefore, a shrewd businessman as well.
Sorcar would later spread his magical wings out of India when in 1934, he decided to perform in Japan. The shows in Japan encouraged him to venture further and it is estimated that at the time of his death, P.C. SorcarJadugar had visited over 70 countries all over the world. His acts were so good, that he was able to break theater attendance records in many countries. He was also a great TV personality and his shows were watched by audiences all around the world.

Some Famous Magics of Pc Sorcar

There are many famous acts performed by Jadugar Pc Sorcar during his lifetime magic career. Some of the notable magic tricks he performed are:

The X-Ray Man: In this stunt of he used to blindfold himself and still see the writing of audience.

Aerial Suspension: It is another famous magic trick of Jadugar PC Sorcar

 

Commendations

PC Sorcar Jadugar would go on to amass a lot of awards and recognitions from various quarters during his career. In Germany, he was awarded with the German Sphinx Goldbar which is a very highly esteemed award for any citizen. Back at home, he was awarded the Padma Shri by the president on 26th January 1964. This award is a big deal in India because it is the fourth highest award that any Indian citizen can be awarded. He was also an ardent lifelong member of various magic organizations in the world. He was a member of the Magicians society of the UK, THE Rotary Club, and Magician societies in Belgium, France, Japan, and Germany. Sorcar has also been feted by many authors and many books have been written about his achievements.

Family of Jadugar Pc Sorcar

Jadugar PC Sorcar had a great family and he was married to BasantiDelvi whom he married and started a family with. Basanti died in 26th December 2009. The couple were blessed with three children. Two of the children eventually found themselves in magic. They were, P.C. Sorcar JR, and P.C. Sorcar Young who eventually became magicians. ManickSorcar- the third child- eventually became an animator and director.

Death and Legendary status

P.C. Sorcar cemented his immortality in the magic world as a result of the numerous top notch performances that he provided. Many people say he never failed the crowd and he will be remembered as the greatest Indian magician and performer of all time. He was also a great author who also wrote numerous books about his magic, and magic in general. These books have greatly influenced today’s magic and have ensured that Indian magic is now recognizable on the International stage. He has written over 22 books about magic and some of these books have gone on to receive International acclaim. Some of his most famous books are History of Magic, Hindu Magic, and Sorcar on Magic. On January 6th  1971, Sorcar was performing on a Japanese stage when he had a heart attack. He was rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. Sorcar’s passion for magic was one of a kind. It was difficult to compare his passion and dedication for the art with anyone else’s. He was so passionate and committed to the craft that he died performing.

Conclusion

Jadugar PC Sorcar was one of the best magicians and performers to ever grace the stage. He left audiences in shock and surprise with his sometimes death-defying tricks.Sorcar opened up a new wave of magical genius that is still being practiced to this day. His top performances like the X-ray ability, Buzzsaw, and cross-legged levitation will never be forgotten in Indian folklore. It is true to say thatJadugarPC Sorcar was a true legend.

 

 

 

7 Easy Magic Tricks revealed: Learn These Cool Popular Illusions.

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Magic is not Rocket Science. Professional magicians and illusionists will try to create the impression that magic is all about mystical and supernatural powers. The truth of the matter is that magic is all about performance, and tricks. Believe it or not, even the most complex acts you’ve seen out there are all about PERFORMANCE and TRICKS. What this means, therefore, is that anyone can become a magician; even you. You are probably a magic fan or enthusiast, with a burning desire to stand before an audience and see them applause at the end of your rousing performance. Well, it is possible for you to become a distinguished magician, but you will have to start from somewhere. You will have to start with the easy tricks that will give you much-needed experience and usher you into the next phase of professional illusion.

Here are seven Easy magic tricks that you can begin with.

The Table coin trick

This is a classic trick that is very easy to perform. The good thing with the table coin trick is that you don’t need too much equipment to ace it. Just a flat table, a coin, and of course the most important requirement is your audience.

The magic here is when the magician, who is tightly grasping the coin, mysteriously makes it go through the table, just by banging it hard on the table surface. He then grabs the coin on the other side with his other hand before it falls down on the floor. Sounds easy enough, right? Well, it’s easy, after countless hours of practice and mastery. Here’s how to master this trick. You will have to really practice your hand speed because the whole trick rests on how fast your hands move the coin from the table. It’s a split-second affair. There are no holes punched on the table, and you don’t need long sleeves where you can hide the coin. It’s just a matter of how fast one hand gets the coin to the other. Like with most tricks, you will have to find a distraction for your audience. A good distraction that will shift their attention, enabling you to slide the coin from the table. Another important aspect of this trick is the performance. You will have to act like you are holding the coin, and banging it on the table. Here’s how it works. Ask an audience member to verify if the coin is real. Once the audience member gives the coin back, pretend like you want to get a good hold of the coin so as to begin the magic.

Drag the coin of the edge of the table with your fingers and your thumb in a slanting position. Make sure your other hand is in a position to grab the coin once you drop it. The coin should never drop to the floor. Do not move the recipient hand at all as this may cause some audience members to be suspicious. Once the coin is safely in your other hand, the performance part kicks in. Pretend like you are still holding the coin with the first hand, in the same position like when you picked up the coin from the edge but this time the backside of your hand should face upward, while your fingers should be locked with your thumb as if you are actually holding the coin. The key here is to always ensure the audience will not be suspicious that you actually don’t have a coin in your hand.So make sure you do a good job of concealing that part of your fingers that is supposed to be holding the coin. Let the front side of your fingers face the audience while still maintaining that horizontal position for your hand like you want to bang something on the surface.Next, bang the ‘coin wielding’ palm on the table to give the impression that the ‘coin’ is actually passing through the table. Hit the underside of the table with the coin (which has been on your other hand all along) where the coin is supposed to go through to give an impression like the coin is falling on your other hand.

 The disappearing toothpick or matchstick

You have probably seen someone else perform this trick over and over again. This is a simple magic trick that is just dazzling. And the good thing about it is that it is a very simple and straight forward trick. It can also be done almost anywhere which is another bonus.

The magic works like this; you hold a matchstick or a toothpick between your thumb and index finger, wave your hand around, and the matchstick magically disappears into thin air. Another wave of your hand, and the matchstick appears from out of nowhere. The trick is really simple, and you don’t need to have a sleeve coat or shirt. All you need is some tape or glue. Take the glue and smear sparingly onto the nail side of the thumb which will be used to hold the toothpick. Make sure you attach only the lower side of the stick so that a greater portion of it will appear during the trick. When you want to make the stick disappear, just cause a distraction to the audience, waft your hand around, and straighten all your fingers and thumb to hide the stick. If you want to make it re-appear, fold your thumb in a holding position and make sure the stick is visible. Make sure you hold the stick towards the audience and you can also use saliva if glue is not available. However, saliva will not prove to be an effective sticking agent like glue.

Levitation

If I told you that it really is possible to do this trick, you would brush me aside and tell me that I am getting ahead of my limits. But this is a simple trick, and you will be kicking yourself once you find out how easy it is to get it done. You will need to get yourself to a good spot in the house or premises. A corner in the house is the best place to get this trick done. The most important part of this magic trick is to make sure that the audience is neither in front of you, nor behind you. The most preferable position for your audience to be in is just at the edge of the heel of your shoe. They must also be a couple of meters away from you in a diagonal position.  Another very important aspect is balance. You will need a lot of balance in this trick. In fact, you should probably start practicing on your balance first before attempting anything else.

Here is how to get it done. Get to your designated corner in the house, and make sure the audience is in the right location. It’s pretty easy. Lift your right leg and make sure it does not go up bent. Ensure it is always straight as it goes up. Also, let your hands not hold onto anything when performing the trick. You will find yourself levitating. How? You ask. Well, remember your left leg? Your left leg will perform a critical function to aid the trick. Lift your left leg with your toes, almost like a Ballerina dancer but not up to your tip toe. (But if you can, the better.) Make sure your right leg always conceals your left leg which is not levitating, and make sure it is always straight. It will really look like both of your legs are levitating. You should also ensure that your feet are together always.Also, as your left foot moves up slowly push your right foot downwards so as to further conceal your left foot.Balance is key here, so make sure you practice a lot before attempting this trick.

The floating coffee cup

The floating coffee cup is almost like the disappearing toothpick trick but the difference here is that this magic trick is more realistic than the previous one. It is also simpler than the first which makes it very easy to perform. For starters, you will have to get some coffee cups for the trick. That’s all. This trick will need a lot of performance and creativity as well. Cut a really small hole in the Styrofoam on the side of the coffee cup. This hole should not be too small. It should be large enough to fit your

For starters, you will have to get some coffee cups for the trick. That’s all. This trick will need a lot of performance and creativity as well. Cut a really small hole in the Styrofoam on the side of the coffee cup. This hole should not be too small. It should be large enough to fit your right-hand thumb. Stick your thumb into the Styrofoam discretely. Next, gently lift both of your hands simultaneously before your audience while distracting them with magic sounds and finger waving in a levitating motion. Try to keep the cup in the middle of both of your hands for a better illusion. It will really look like the cup is floating.

Flowing water becomes ice

This would be a really useful and cool magic trick especially during the hot summers when all your friends just want to stay cool. This trick is more scientific than it is magic. You will be surprised at how easy it is to wow your friends with this one. You will need some purified bottled water that you can easily access at your local store. Make sure the water is purified, and for the trick to work efficiently, it has to be in a bottle. Also, don’t just purchase one bottle. Get numerous bottles. If you can get a six pack or a dozen, it would be really great. Remember, the more bottles you have, the higher your chances of getting the trick done.

Next, you will have to place the bottles into your freezer at a constant temperature of -24 degrees. You can set the temperature knob to 5 or 7. (Make sure you leave the bottles overnight outside the freezer before putting them in the Freezer. This is to make sure the bottles absorb the room temperature.) After inserting the bottles into the freezer, make sure they lie on their sides, and that the distances between them are equal. Close the freezer door and wait for one and a half hours. Open the door and check if the bottles are frozen. If they are not, quickly shut the door and keep checking after 15 minutes. It usually takes about between 2 hours and 30 minutes to 2 hours and forty five minutes for the first bottle to freeze. Don’t expect the bottle to completely freeze over. It will still be a liquid albeit with flakes of ice floating about. Gently take the bottles out slowly and make sure you have an audience present. Grab a bowl and fill it with some ice. Now open your bottle and pour out the water onto the ice. You will immediately notice that the water will freeze upon contact with the flakes creating unique cone flakes that you can give your friends. The best way to ensure success with this trick is to make sure you get the temperatures right. Over freezing or under freezing might result in the trick not working, so make sure you get the temperature just right.

Gravity defying ring

This extremely simple trick attempts defy the laws of gravity by enabling a ring, to go in an upward direction without being pushed. It is a very unique magic trick because you only need basic objects to perform it. You will need a rubber band string and a ring. Pass the rubber band through the ring. Hold both sides of the rubber band and stretch. The ring will start going in an upward motion instead of going down as is expected. Your audience will be dazzled.

Magic tricks revealed learn popular illusions: Gravity Defying Pen revelaed

Here is how to get it right as a magician. Make after that after the band is in the ring, you

get a large piece of the band inside your palms. Hold one end of the remaining band with your fingers while also holding the other end. You will notice that when you slowly pull one side of the shortened band, the ring will appear like it’s climbing the band. This is brought about by the stretching nature of the band which drags it upwards. You can distract your audience by constantly staring at the ring as it goes up so that they will think that your mind is controlling the ring.

Easy Magic Trick: Mysterious pencil

This is a mind-blowing trick that will simply leave your audience awed. A simple pencil is driven through a water pack without causing a spill. You will, therefore, need a very sharp pencil, and a pack of water. Preferably in a Ziploc bag.

Magic tricks revealed Learn popular illusions: magic pencil

This is probably the simplest trick in the list. All you have to do is fill the bag ¾ way and drive the pencil into the bag. You will notice that the water won’t spill and the explanation is scientific. Plastic bags like Ziploc bags are polymers which have long bonds and chains. When the pencil enters the polymer, its molecules form a shield around the pencil trapping the water molecules. But this is your secret. No one in the audience has to know about it.

 

Hopefully, after getting a grasp of this easy tricks you will have the required experience and feel of what it’s like to perform some magic tricks. The plan is for you to get a burning desire and hunger to perform even bigger, and more complex stunts. You are surely on your path to becoming a great magician after mastering these tricks.

 

 

Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin : Bigraphy, Wife, Facts

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Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin

Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin was a magician born in the town of Blois, in central France
on December 7, 1805. He was widely acknowledged as the “father of conjuring” in its modern sense. With his father, Prosper Robert, being one of the finest watchmakers in Blois, Jean was expected to follow his path and eventually take over the family business although his father had bigger dreams for his son to become a lawyer. Jean did attend law school for about seven years at the University of Orleans and due to his impressive penmanship, he got the job of a clerk at the attorney’s office soon after graduation.

However, Jean’s fascination was with clocks and he spent time tinkering with mechanical
gadgets and wanted to become a clockmaker much like his father. Due to his inclination and obsession with clocks, his employer sent him back home to his father and even mentioned that he was better suited as a clockmaker. As his father had retired by then, he became an apprentice for his cousin who owned a watch shop.

Robert Houdin

Career

Although Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin initially began his career as a clockmaker, an event completely changed his career as well as the trajectory of his life. After purchasing a set of books on clockmaking, he returned home only to find out that the shopkeeper had handed him over the wrong package, which actually contained in it a two-volume set on magic called Scientific Amusements. The volume was about the art of conjuring. Jean turned out to be quite fascinated by it and spent countless hours leafing through the pages as he educated himself on the fundamentals of magic. As the book aroused his interest in the art of magic, Jean began taking lessons from a local amateur magician. He even learned from a podiatrist named Maous, who was also from Blois who performed at fairs and parties as a side hobby. Jean learned basic hand-eye coordination techniques from Maous, who was quite dexterous. Maos installed in Jean the idea that skill came from repetition due to which Jean got engrossed in relentlessly practicing the art.

From Jean Eugene to Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin

Nevertheless, Jean continued with his study of horology and later on moved to Tours to
open a watchmaking business while doing conjuring on the side. Among his earliest performances were the ones that came from joining an amateur acting troupe. Later on, he began performing as a professional magician at parties and social gatherings in Europe and the United States. He met Monsieur Jacques François Houdin during this period in one of the parties who was also from Blois. Monsier’s had a daughter named Josèphe Cecile Houdin with whom Jean fell in love with and they eventually ended up getting married on July 8, 1830. Jean hyphenated his name to hers and became Robert Houdin.

His Journey from Clockmaker to a Magician

From there on Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin moved to Paris and worked in the wholesale shop of Jacques François, his father-in-law. Francois was among the last of watchmakers to use the old methods of handcrafting each piece and embraced his new son-in-law’s ambitions for automation. While Jean’s wife worked in the main shop, Jean tinkered with mechanical toys and automatic figures.
Although Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin was occupied with the work of his shop a lot of the time, practicing magic was still part of his schedule. An accident that Jean walked into was when he visited the shop owned by Père Roujol in Rue Richelieu and discovered that it sold magic. Over there, he met a few amateur and professional magicians there whom he was involved in a conversation about conjuring. He also got the chance to meet an aristocrat by the name of Jules de Rovère, who had coined the term “prestidigitation” to describe a misguided technique used by magicians.

Jean capitalized on the opportunity to learn the nuts and bolts of many mechanical tricks of that time and how to improve them. Taking advantage of his expertise in mechanics and his knack for magic, Jean fused the two together. He constructed his own mechanical figures like a singing bird, a dancer on a tightrope, and a machine or automaton that did cups and balls that he used in his magic shows. Out of his many automatons, the one that did writing and drawing was the most renowned that even got displayed before King Louis Philippe and later on got sold to an American showman and circus master named P.T. Barnum at a fair price.

Death of his Wife

Jeans wife died at the age of 32 on October 19, 1843, after being bed ridden for 3
months. He got married again the year following that to François Marguerite Olympe Braconnier

He got married again the year following that to François Marguerite Olympe Braconnier
who then looked after the household.

How Robert Houdin struggled to create his dream Theatre

Watching big magic shows was what Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin loved doing and he had an ambition of opening his own magic show theater. During that time his friend Count de l’Escalopier hired him as a performer in private parties after which he no longer had to look after his shop. So, during his spare time, he started building equipment for his own use instead of selling them to others.

From how much he was earning through his watchmaking business and his new inventions,
gave him the chance of trying out new tricks. He started becoming financially well off, enough to turn his vision of having his own theater into a reality. As a blessing, he received a grant of 15,000 francs in funding from the wealthy benefactor Count de l’Escalopier after which he renovated the old assembly rooms around the gardens of Palais Royal, once belonging to Cardinal Richelieu, and turned it into a theater place.

Although his firs theater performances weren’t quite magnificent, with each show Jean
got more polished and his craft got more refined to point of him being critically acclaimed for his work. Later on, his business started to thrive and Jean was deemed worthy of being compared to his predecessors like Philippe and Bartolomeo Bosco. Struggle, continued on for Jean as his theater wasn’t thriving and he had to sell his inherited property to cover up the expense of running his business.

Achievements

Robert Houdin had many accomplishments that changed the landscape of magic performance. Previously, magicians performed only in marketplaces and fairs, but Jean started the culture of performing magic in theaters and private parties. He set the tradition of magicians wearing a formal outfit that is followed till today. Most groundbreaking of all was the fact that he was the first prominent magician to make extensive use of electricity, an idea which originated from his background as a clock-maker. His innovative use of contraptions and electricity in his performances, as well his attire and flair for performance, earned him the name “the father of modern magic.”

Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin and his international Fame

As he traveled around Europe in tours to perform on magic shows, his fame and
popularity grew to an international level. He even got called in to perform in front of important public figures like King Louis Philippe and Queen Victoria. After completing many tours, he finally decided to retire in 1855 and move to a farm outside of Blois.

How Robert Houdin used his Magic to quench a Revolution in France

Later on, the French government called Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin back from retirement to use his magic tricks to quench a revolution in Algeria where tribal holy men were using tricks such as fire walking and snake charming to demonstrate their power and set off the revolution against the French colonial government. Jean performed magic that astonished and awe struck the Algerian tribal leaders including the audience. During his performance, he made an audience member disappear into thin air that the tribesmen considered him to be a sorcerer.

Terrified by his powers, they surrendered the revolution and swore their allegiance to the France. Jean was even given a gift of an illuminated manuscript by the tribal leaders.
Twilight Years Despite all of his work and contribution to the French government, Jean came under intense public scrutiny and suspicion on the belief that he might have been performing witchcraft. In order to prove this innocence, he had to reveal many of his secrets to the French government.

Once back home, the rest of Jean’s life was devoted to magical inventions. Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin died of pneumonia in 1871. Ever since his death, his innovations has inspired upcoming generations of magicians. The most noted of his successor is Ehrich Weiss who later on took the name Harry Houdini and became the most famous magician in history. Jean’s house in Blois is now a museum devoted to his legacy.

Mac Ronay : A complete Biography of a French Magician and Television Star

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Born in 1913, on the 20th of June, in Longueville, Germain Sauvard, also known as Mac Ronay, was a renowned French actor and acrobat.

The Beginnings

Mac Ronay first started his career as an acrobat in his twenties, performing and always improving increasingly dangerous numbers. In 1936, he was one of the first stuntmen who performed, along with a friend on a motorcycle, stunts like the ‘wall of death’ and many other similar acts of courage. Two years later, in 1938, Mac Ronay landed in the United States of America, where he performed the incredibly dangerous act consisting of a triple somersault while driving a convertible car.

Mac Ronay’s arrival on the Stage

Soon after the end of World War II, the public attention was gradually switching from theater and stunts towards magic performers, so Mac Ronay decided to give up acrobatics and started performing magic tricks under the alias of ‘Magician Alcarthy’. First, he performed his magic tricks in France’s capital’s Night clubs. His act was placed in between striptease shows. Surprised by the positive reaction of the public and the hilarity that one of his failed tricks had caused, the magician had the brilliant idea to completely reinvent his show and turn it into a comedic bit. Like that, the artist’s character changed into a clumsy and awkward magician. This character, in combination with his ‘tamer of fleas’ and ‘mad pianist’ bits, has brought the magician a great success and international fame.

Mac Ronay performing Crazy horse saloon
During one of his shows as ‘Magician Alcarthy’, Mac Ronay was noticed by the French singer and actor called Maurice Chevalier, who got the magician a contract at the ‘Casino de Paris’, giving Ronay the opportunity to massively increase the quality of his shows. This would soon give the magician the chance to tread the stages of the most acclaimed Parisian theatres, such as ‘Le Lido’, ‘Bobino’, ‘ABC’ and many others. Mac Ronay debuted in 1956 at the famous Crazy Horse Saloon with his wild-eyed persona, always indifferent despite of his tricks always ending up disastrously, and always stubbornly unwilling to say any word on stage, except for his classic ‘Hep!’.

Worldwide fame

Very soon after his debut at the Crazy Horse, the character known as Mac Ronay was crossing the borders. During the 1960s, he performed in the United States in Las Vegas and Reno in the state of Nevada. He has repeatedly been a guest on the ‘Ed Sullivan Show’, an American TV variety show that ran on CBS for almost 23 years. This was also the period in which Mac Ronay first appeared in movies. The artist’s first apparition was in ‘Totò di notte n.1’, a parody of Luigi Vanzi’s 1960 documentary, ‘Il mondo di notte’.

Cinema and Television Fame of Mac Ronay

The people in the cinema industry quickly became aware of the comical value that the lunatic and indifferent mask of Mac Ronay could bring to movies in the form of supportive roles. Film director Luigi Comencini offered the French artist the opportunity to perform not as a magician, but to actually play a role, although minor, in his ‘Tutti a casa’ (‘Everybody Go Home’) production, one of the most famous films of the Commedia all’italiana genre. Ronay’s role in this movie was then followed by other roles in several films, both Italian and foreign, the last being in Yvan Chiffre’s comedy ‘Le fou du Roi’ in 1984.

mac ronay in movie monsieur gangster
It was on the small screen where Mac Ronay would gain the affection of generations of viewers. He was most loved especially in Italy, where, during the 60s and 70s, he was a permanent presence in musical shows such as ‘Studio Uno’, as well as a counter part of the renowned magician Silvan in ‘Sim Salabim’.

Ronay’s farewell to the stage

In 1989, the French Culture Minister, Jack Lang, offered Mac Ronay the title of ‘Chevalier des Artes et des Lettres’ (Knight of Arts and Letters). This title was only offered to artists and writer. And someone even said that in this occasion, the title was awarded to an artist who, in his career of letters, had really used very few. During the ceremony, Mac Ronay announced his intention to retire from showbiz to a more private life, at the end of an artistic career that lasted more than 60 years.

However, his legacy is carried on after his death by his son, Mac Ronay Junior. The artist’s son is kept performing his father’s acts after his death, seeming to have inherited the renowned artist’s vigor and enthusiasm, as well as his dazed expression that is now like a trademark of Mac Ronay.