Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Shane Gillen Lays the Cards Down for Kelsey Grammer

Shane Gillen, 22, is an Irish entertainer with his expertise lying in card and mind magic. Shane is in New York City this summer to perform his street magic.

He visited us at the shop last week stocking up on some supplies and said that he was going to perform magic for the actor Kelsey Grammer, famous from TV sitcoms such as Cheers and Frasier, at his home. Well he did!

Shane specializes in close-up table-to-table magic, and has dabbled in stage work. He is progressively getting more-and-
more into the mind control mentalism area. He has
done magic for some very prestigious clients - most recently performing magic both backstage at the Meteor Ireland Music Awards and at the afterparty, as well as in the VIP section and backstage at Lady Gaga's show in The O2 in London.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Eric Jones Lecture: Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Eric Jones Lecture

"It's Not As Hard As It Looks"

Thursday, September 16th, 2010 at 7:00 PM, $20.00.

Tannen's Magic
45 West 34th Street, Suite 608
(between 5th & 6th Avenues)
New York, NY 10001

Eric Jones will be providing a sleight-intensive training session covering some of his pet effects and techniques for coin and card conjuring with ranging difficulty. These effects are directly out of his working repertoire and will provide hands on training to all who attend.

Some of the items in the workshop will include:
• SpeedFly: A Visual Coins Across routine (3 Fly) that uses only 3 coins. NO gimmicks, gaffs or extra coins. Features Eric's Impromptu Rattle Gimmick, a utility sleight that you will be able to immediately implement in your own routines.
• Out With Three: A quirky 3 coin production that you'll have to see to believe.
• KKK (Three Klan Vanish): A Vanish of three ungimmicked coins that solves several problems for the serious student of coin magic.
• The Oxy Clean Challenge: A production and vanish sequence that is done under test conditions. The audience is invited to completely SURROUND the seated performer and be amazed as he produces and COMPLETELY vanishes three coins. A thing of beauty.
• El Cambio Nada: A chest level color change of a card that will floor both laymen and magician alike.
The Art of Using The Shoulder As A Servante: An old ruse brought into the 21st Century with new techniques and applications. Turn your spectator into an impromptu holdout.

Eric's teaching style will make learning both fun and easy. You'll quickly be using techniques you may have disregarded as too difficult after attending this workshop. No one will be left behind. No questions will go unanswered. At the end of this workshop, you'll know that "It's NOT As Hard As It Looks".

Here’s what others are saying about Eric Jones’ new DVD Mirage Et Trois:

"Eric Jones is one of the best of the "new breed" of coin workers. On this DVD you will find out why. This sequence of effects is visual, baffling and most of all magical. Your audiences will love it."
- Marc DeSouza

"Eric Jones is a bright and fast rising star in close-up magic as you will see in this new DVD. His magic is intelligent, smooth and packs a big punch!”
- Bill Wells

Get tickets here!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Play Dead: Directed and Co-Written by Teller, Begins Previews Off-Broadway in October

Teller (of Penn & Teller) and Todd Robbins invite Death out to play in Play Dead, a new spirit-shaking Off-Broadway show that explores themes of death, darkness and deception. As the guide for the evening, Todd Robbins draws audiences into an unknown haunted world full of frightful surprises and diabolical laughter. Although very much a theatrical work, it is hardly a typical "play," but rather a dramatic, unnerving thriller - here and now in an "abandoned" theater, illuminated by a single ghostlight - in which audiences test their nerves and face their fears as they are surrounded by ethereal sights, sounds and even touches of the returning dead - all achieved by wry, suspenseful storytelling and uncanny stage illusions.

Players Theatre
115 MacDougal Street
New York, NY 10012

Show Opens:
October 21, 2010
Open Run

Ticket Price: $39.50-$59.50

Tickets can be purchased by calling 212-475-1449.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Conrad Colon: Somerset County 4-H Fair

Tannen's Magic camper, Conrad Colon performs all next week at the Somerset County 4-H Fair at North Branch Park in Bridgewater, New Jersey. The fair runs Wednesday, August 11- Friday, August 13, 2010. Everyday he will be the MC for the 4H Magician's Guild during their show in the prep tent from 2:00pm until 2:30pm, and from 3:00pm until 4:00pm he will be doing close-up magic in the Art's tent. On Friday the 13 Conrad will present his show in the Clover Theater from 11:00am-12:00pm. Come to the show, enjoy the fun, and experience the wonder.

Conrad had his first experience with magic at the age of three when his Godfather, showed him a card trick. He soon caught the magic bug and began to perfect the simple trick. His father gave him his "First Magic Set” as a gift and he mastered every trick in the set by the age of 4. His appetite for magic grew even more after attending several magic shows sponsored by the Hillsborough High School Magic Club. From that moment on, Conrad was hooked, and devoted his time to learning everything he could about the art. In June 2008, Conrad performed in the Al Hillman Excellence in Magic competition, in which he received first place. Since then Conrad was become an awarding magician in both close-up and stage magic. Conrad’s unique style or performing encompasses many different forms of magic, ranging from close-up and mentalism, to grand illusions.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

New Look Bicycle Cards: 809 Mandolin Back

Bicycle Cards: 809 Mandolin Back
by United States Playing Card Company

Standard Bicycle playing card deck with a Brand new look from United States Playing Card Company!

Design: Paul Harris directed the development of the new 809 Bicycle back with USPCC. Paul worked with three world class artists (including Garrett Thomas) to create a soothing traditional looking back that's instantly trusted as part of the Bicycle family. And yes, this classic looking deck even features the trademarked Bicycle Ace of Spades, Joker and the traditional box.

Quality: Richard Turner worked directly with USPCC manufacturing to ensure the new Bicycle 809 Mandolin has a superior cut and quality. These are exquisitely crafted decks! Once you feel these cards you will never want to put them down.