Author Archives: Tom Interval

About Tom Interval

San Diego Magician Tom Interval, owner of Interval Magic, provides magic entertainment and training to private and corporate clients locally and nationally. A member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM), Society of American Magicians (SAM), and the Academy of Magical Arts (AMA), Interval has captivated tens of thousands of people at numerous venues, including Busch Gardens theme park in Williamsburg, Virginia. With a BA in professional writing and minors in communications and business administration, Interval writes magic-related e-books, magazine articles, and blogs and produces tutorials and related videos for his YouTube channel. Most recently, Interval earned The Linking Ring Award of Excellence for a cover story he wrote for the magicians' publication. To learn more, please visit

Cups and Balls: the First Routine Magicians Learn

By Tom Interval Here’s a magic trivia question for you: What is the oldest magic trick ever performed? Many magicians would quickly answer, “The cups and balls!” But the truth is, while the cups and balls is one of the … Continue reading

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How to Do the Ribbon-Spread Turnover

By Tom Interval If you love movies, you might have seen Paul Newman in The Sting (1973) manipulating cards like a magician or gambler. Of course, there was expert manipulation going on, but it mostly wasn’t Newman doing it. Why … Continue reading

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How to Fan a Deck of Cards: The Pressure Fan

By Tom Interval You don’t have to be a magician to learn really cool flourishes with playing cards, but it does help if you’re already good at shuffling, cutting, dealing, and knowing your way around a deck in general. If … Continue reading

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How to Roll a Coin on Your Fingers

By Tom Interval Have you ever seen a movie in which a character rolls a coin on his fingers? Examples include Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday in Tombstone (1993) and as Chris Knight in Real Genius (1985), Van Heflin as … Continue reading

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Harry Houdini Lives: a Deepfake Encounter

By Tom Interval I recently uploaded a video compilation of clips I made animating old photos of magicians, thanks to deep-learning software called Deep Nostalgia. Being a hopeless Houdini enthusiast, I couldn’t resist doing the same with photos of the … Continue reading

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Magicians of the Past Brought to Life

By Tom Interval Ladies and gentlemen, step right up! For my next trick, I shall bring past magicians back to life! Not literally, of course, but with uncanny results, nonetheless. Although this magic is of the technological variety introduced more … Continue reading

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Humorous Double Prediction Card Trick

By Tom Interval I just made a short tutorial for beginning magicians interested in learning an easy card trick that will not only amaze people but also entertain them with a humorous finish. One caveat, though: The following video is … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Houdini!

By Tom Interval On this day 148 years ago, my childhood hero, Harry Houdini (1874–1926), pulled off his first great escape—from the womb! And the celebration will continue this Sunday, March 27, with a 13-hour virtual birthday event hosted by … Continue reading

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Happy 88th Birthday to Bill Bixby, The Magician

By Tom Interval Wilfred Bailey Everett Bixby III, more popularly known as Bill Bixby, (1934–1993), would have been 88 years old today. He was famous for his roles in My Favorite Martian, The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, and The Incredible … Continue reading

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Received The Linking Ring Award of Excellence

By Tom Interval I recently received this awesome award from the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM) publication, The Linking Ring, for the cover story I wrote about John Cox, creator of Wild About Harry (Houdini). The Linking Ring Award of … Continue reading

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