Monday, January 21, 2013

Kainoa Harbottle WOWS New York Crowd

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Kainoa Harbottle describes himself as an expert amateur conjurer, and the inventor of sundry clever sleights and expedients. Indeed that self-description holds true. Last Thursday night, at his Tannen's lecture debut, Kainoa totally blew away the New York City crowd with his clear and direct routines and his impeccable chops.

Kainoa's lecture focused mostly on coin magic but did include some card magic, one highlight was a very fooling in the hands false faro shuffle. Still, the coins really stole the show, at one point Kainoa produced dozens of coins, each one appearing from nowhere and rolling over his knuckles before falling into an opaque goblet.

Lecture notes are available in very limited quantity so give Tannen's a call if you're interested at 212-929-4500.

Take a look at the photo album here and watch this video of Kainoa saying "hello" from Tannen's!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Sleight Ascent - A 365 Day Magic Challenge

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Tannen's customer, Alex Schaeffer, has just just completed a 365 day magic challenge entitled, The Sleight Ascent. Every day over the past year he posted a video of a different effect. He started and finished the project on his birthday, uploading the final video on his 24th birthday yesterday.

Check out the video that summarizes the project, and be sure to take a look at the other videos on his blog.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Is Magic An Art?

Dan & Dave Buck, Jason England and R. Paul Wilson have recently teamed up to release a short film on YouTube wherein the top magicians in the world are posed with one question... Is magic an art?
"Oh, it's absolutely an art and a creative art."
- Johnny Thompson 
The short video features Dani DaOrtiz, Chad Long, Asi Wind, Johnny Thompson, Lance Pierce, John Bannon, Brad Henderson, Richard Kaufman, Eric Mead, Gary Plants, Michael Weber and Christian Engblom.

Check out the video here, it's definitely worth your time and thought.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The New Yorker Profiles Apollo Robbins!

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The New Yorker magazine highlights magician and pick-pocket specialist, Apollo Robbins, in its latest issue.
"In magic circles, Robbins is regarded as a kind of legend, though he largely remains, as the magician Paul Harris told me, “the best-kept secret in town.” His talent, however, has started gaining notice further afield. Recently, psychiatrists, neuroscientists, and the military have studied his methods for what they reveal about the nature of human attention. Teller, a good friend of Robbins’s, believes that widespread recognition is only a matter of time."
Read the full article here.

Apollo stops by Tannen's whenever he's in New York City so we're so thrilled to see him getting this positive media attention. If you want to learn more about pick pocketing check out How to Pick Pockets for Fun and Money, The Watch Steal DVD and the Professional Stage Pickpocket.

Many thanks to our friend George Wells for sharing this article with us!