In his video series Antique Apparatus, magician John Stessel digs up old and unusual magic trick gimmicks. This one he dubbed “The Pyramid of Death” is four hinged triangles which can form a pyramid that conjures flames and random objects. He goes on to give away the painfully simple secret at the end.
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“Everything he’s saying is a lie.” In this interview with Vanity Fair, magician, professional sceptic, and generally smart guy Penn Jillette takes a look at movie and TV scenes that featured magic tricks, and reveals how feasible each of the illusions might be, versus just being movie magic.
This upcoming virtual reality game Frankly Unfair, Unkind, Unnecessary, and Underhanded from magicians and smart guys Penn & Teller will mess with player’s minds by subjecting them a variety of minigames which include facing their worst fears and a variety of cruel tricks.
Ellusionist took the technology from its wrist-mounted flash gun and incorporated it into a marker pen. The Pyro Fire Shooter Pen looks like a Sharpie and actually writes, but press its covert button for 3 seconds, and it will ignite and shoot flash paper over 10 ft.
Magician Eric Chien won the 2018 FISM Close Up Grand Prize with this amazing series of tricks. He uses a ribbon and two rectangles to transform playing cards (and his vest), swapping their colors, slicing and repairing and ultimately turning the cards into coins.
An amusing clip from the Netflix series Magic for Humans in which magician Justin Willman uses a mix of illusion and collusion with the audience to convice two subjects that they are now invisible. Lots of commenters think the marks were actors, but we’re not so cynical.
CaptainDisillusion is getting so good at debunking, he’s now tackling two lies in a single short video. The cup levitation trick is easier to do, but at least you know it’s a trick. The train track near miss video on the other hand leverages realism for views.
Magician and escape artist David Blaine dropped by The Tonight Show, and proceeded to freak out Jimmy and the guys from The Roots with a series of impressive close-up card tricks, culminating in a serious mindbender. Then he pulls a Steve Jobsian “One more thing…”
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