Monday, June 30, 2008

Dynamo: Adidas Superstar Magic

Dynamo, known in the UK as the Hip Hop magician, has captivated audiences with his unique brand of street magic. The web film enables the viewer to traverse Miami for a week with Dynamo and his Superstars as he dazzles Miami locals with his unique brand of magic and exposes the city’s rich, local flavor through the eyes of an Englishman on holiday. To truly capture all of Miami’s essence, Dynamo visits Little Havana, the Arts district, South Beach, locals-only hang-outs, and other areas off the beaten path, mesmerizing a wide cross-section of interesting people with his street magic. Winter Music Conference provided a rich backdrop of entertainers who were in town for the event including Rich Medina, legendary club DJ from Philly, and Black Spade, who were blown away by Dynamo’s reality defying tricks.

Conceptualized and executed by TAOW, A Modern Marketing Agency and directed by Rob Bruce (Laguna Beach, The Hills, etc.), the Superstar Magic film features a musical score by Om Records / Om: Hip Hop, and also highlights the ‘Watch My Feet Superstar’ remix courtesy of the Tapemasterz, Inc. The film launchd digitally on Friday, the 13th of June, 2008, at the Adidas website, and is supported by a comprehensive online media rollout at retail and print as part of the Celebrate Originality campaign. The Superstar micro site will host the film and feature behind the scenes footage, downloads including new ring tones, and the newest collection of Superstars. Visitors can even perform some Superstar magic of their own on the site. Or, you might run in to him here at Tannen's Magic in NYC when he visits. He always does stop in.

Adidas Originals Film: Superstar Magic with Dynamo

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

David Boyd: Flying On

Tannen's Magic Camp, camper David Boyd, is featured in an article in the June issue of The Linking Ring. He is a 18-year old magician born and raised in Harlem, New York. He graduated W.C. Bryant High School in 2007.

David Boyd is an award-winning teen magician and has been involved with magic for six years. A believer in giving back, he had the chance in 2007 to produce and perform in an hour-long variety show benefiting the victims of Hurricane Katrina. He was one of the top five young musicians selected around the world to perform in “Stars of Tomorrow Show,” and has graced the pages of Magic Magazine.

He is a member of the Society of Young Magicians where he is constantly refining his talents with some of the world's top magic professionals performing all across the country. David is quickly becoming a rising star in the world of magic.

David Boyd

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Does Coin Size Matter?

In our blog recent poll the half dollar was determined to be the most popular coin for coin effects with 72% of the votes over the quarter and dollar coins.

Of the half dollars the most popular would be the Kennedy half which went into circulation in 1964. The size of the coin endorses its popularity. At a diameter of 30.6 mm it is easy to classic palm the half dollar without giving the hand a ‘cramped’ appearance one gets from a quarter. The larger size over the quarter also makes it more visible.

Due to the half’s popularity the copper English penny is equally popular because it is the same size. By the way, if you’re using halves and English pennies a copper silver coin can be an indispensable tool to have. Fortunately there are Chinese brass coin to match the half dollar and English penny.

The only drawback to the half dollar is the availability of the coin. When the Kennedy half was first minted in 1964 it was 90% silver. The 1965-1970 mintages were 40% silver. This lead to collector’s and hoarders stockpiling the coins the silver coins. When the nickel-clad coins began circulating in 1971 the half dollar had fallen out of favor with banks and the public. It’s unlikely that it will ever make a comeback in popularity. But, until then it will up to the coin magician’s to keep the coins in the public eye.