Fred Kaps is a legendary name in magic. Responsible for some ingenius techniques and plots, Kaps brought an incredible level of mastery to his performances. This clip is a great example of his work–wherein he makes challenging techniques look completely effortless and, well, like magic.
Kaps died in 1980. We are lucky there are clips like this available to keep his legacy alive.
The following is excerpted from The Magic Newswire, a great website devoted to magic and magicians.
The Magic Life is a film by Nelson Chang featuring Juliana Chen, Jonathan Levit and Richard Turner. The film chronicles the journey of three magician hopefuls: a 17-year-old from Beijing (Yang Yang) who travels to the U.S. to attend magic school, a 25-year-old trying to make rent by performing on Hollywood Blvd for tips (Mathew Noah Falk) , and a 32-year-old New York University MBA graduate who moves to Los Angeles to perform at the world famous Magic Castle (Michael Friedland). The film depicts the challenges of following an unconventional career path. Forget about parents, family, or friends who may not understand or support your choices – there’s almost an invisible societal pressure in terms of what types of jobs are acceptable. “The Magic Life” is about those who are willing to risk everything to take the road not normally taken. Sometimes the risk pays off, sometimes it doesn’t.
Just came back from seeing The Incredible Burt Wonderstone with my wife. I had no idea what to expect, and certainly didn’t expect much.
First the bad: i could have lived without the (rare) magic jargon and method divulsions. As I’ve previously written about, it’s not my favorite when secrets of magicians are divulged to the public, especially when belittled. That said, there’s not much of it, and whatever.
The good: almost everything else, especially Jim Carrey. Every time he is on the screen, be prepared to laugh incredibly hard–don’t put any food in your mouth, and certainly no liquids, as you will surely spit up or choke trying to stop yourself. The guy is simply unreal. I love him. I always have, and in this film he’s just as electric as ever. You can count on his delivering pure hilariousness every time he’s on screen.
Carrey plays a character that is a blend of David Blaine, Chris Angel, & Ace Ventura. He attempts over the top stunts, each one more gruesome and absurd than the next. For one of his spectacles, he gathers an audience around a large area of flaming red coals. The expected trick is for him to walk across the coals unscathed. Classic. Nearly every adult male in India can do that no problem (uh…kidding….just in case). Instead, Carrey’s stunt: he spends the night sleeping on the flaming hot embers bare chested. I don’t want to give away, well, anything, but it’s too late for that. So I won’t give away anything else. Just go see it. If you love Jim Carrey, you’re in for a treat.
Oh yeah, Steve Carrell is also in it and he’s good too.
I’ll be performing next week at The Magic Castle in Hollywood. Should be a great show and I’m super excited to be working with my close pal and incredible magician, Andrew Goldenhersh.
If you would like to be added to the guest list to enter the castle, sign up below. There is a cover and a dress code, so make sure to check with the Castle about details. All I can do is provide access with a list. Show’s are the 8,9, and 10 starting at 8PM.
Sign up below and you will be allowed access to castle. There is a cover and a strict dress code so best to check with the castle for details.
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