Category Archives: Multimedia

Blogcast #11: Dinner at the Magic Castle with Kristen Connolly

By Tom Interval About six years ago, I wrote a blog about the night John Cox and I had dinner with actress Kristen Connolly (The Cabin in the Woods, House of Cards). Kristen was researching the role of Bess Houdini, … Continue reading

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Easy Cups and Balls Tutorial

By Tom Interval One of the oldest, if not the oldest, magic effects is the cups and balls. While some magicians still believe it dates back to around 2500 BCE—based on a simple painting on the wall of a burial … Continue reading

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Shoelace Rope Trick Tutorial

By Tom Interval The first trick I ever learned was to tie my shoes. But I wasn’t very good at it, and the ends always got caught inside the loops, ultimately leading to knots that were impossible to untie. Fortunately, … Continue reading

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Magnetic Attraction Card Trick Tutorial

By Tom Interval We magicians have enough card tricks under our belts to last us ten lifetimes, but it’s always fun to play with new effects even if we don’t need them. Although someone had to have thought of this … Continue reading

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Ball Through Table Tutorial

By Tom Interval There are two indispensable magicians’ utility moves that will allow you to perform a countless number of tricks over the course of your magic career. Of course, many sleight-of-hand moves exist, but every beginning magician should start … Continue reading

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Rainbow Deck Tutorial

By Tom Interval Very few easy beginners’ magic tricks pack a triple punch like the Rainbow Deck. I’ve been doing it on and off since the 1980s and even recently performed it on CBS News 8 (KFMB) as an example … Continue reading

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Houdini Knot Tutorial

By Tom Interval Harry Houdini (1874–1926) was a magician, but he became a legend for his uncanny ability to promote his exciting escapes from any contraption humankind could devise. He escaped from handcuffs, leg irons, straitjackets, packing crates, milk cans, … Continue reading

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Easy Card Prediction Tutorial

By Tom Interval Let’s keep it real. If you could actually predict the future, you’d use your talents to play the lottery, not to guess which card someone will choose. But as prediction card tricks go, this one is among … Continue reading

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A Quick, Quirky, Corky Trick

By Tom Interval When I was about 14 or 15, my father, Jerry Interval (1923–2006), taught me an amusing, if not amazing, little trick with two corks. I’m not 100 percent sure who taught it to him, but I suspect … Continue reading

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Appearance on KFMB CBS News 8 with Jenny Milkowski

By Tom Interval Yesterday morning, KFMB CBS8 invited me to appear on Morning Extra with Jenny Milkowski. A few days before, they heard about the five-week adult magic class I’m offering and thought it would be fun to have me … Continue reading

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