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In Memory of Houdini

By Tom Interval Harry Houdini (1874–1926), the world’s most famous pioneering escapologist, showman, and magician, died 94 years ago today. In memory of the man who inspired several generations of aspiring mystery men, including me. Happy Halloween, Harry.

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Houdini Jack-o’-Lantern 2020

By Tom Interval Here’s the latest installment of my annual Houdini jack-o’-lantern. I’ve been carving these since about 2009 or 2010. See below for a few pictures outlining the basic steps.

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Online Children’s Magic Classes Scheduled

By Tom Interval Do you know any little wizards or wizardesses? In other words, children who are crazy about magic? If so, I highly recommend enrolling them in one of my online magic classes for students ages 9 through 18 … Continue reading

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A New Move for the Hot Rod

By Tom Interval If you’re a magician who likes to perform the Hot Rod, you’ll like this video. In it, I introduce a new move I invented for the square, heavier rods on the market. For those not familiar with … Continue reading

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James Randi 1982 Radio Interview at Cornell University

By Tom Interval Today is magician and skeptic James Randi‘s 90th birthday, so I thought it would be appropriate to post a radio interview he gave 36 years ago during his visit to Cornell University to give a public lecture, … Continue reading

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Magic Video Tutorials

By Tom Interval I’m working on some semi-informal video tutorials by request. This one is 9 minutes and covers how to fan a deck of cards using a basic, very old method called the thumb fan:

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The Secret to All Magic

This manipulated image symbolizes the true secret to literally all magic tricks and illusions. (Revision of The Great Lyle poster, copyright 2013 Tom Interval)

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Harry Blackstone Jr. Born 79 Years Ago Today

By Tom Interval You’d think only one entertainer at a time could bill himself as “America’s foremost magician,” but that didn’t seem to phase some early to mid 20th-century performers, such as Ralph Richards, Anton Zamloch, Bob Haskell, McDonald Birch, … Continue reading

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Blackstone’s Commercial Sleight of Chin

By Tom Interval A birdcage disappears from the hands of The Great Blackstone without a trace. An illuminated light bulb defies gravity without any visible means of support. Facial hair effortlessly falls from the deadly blades of a Gillette razor. … Continue reading

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Artist Pete Fecteau Turns my Houdini Optical Illusion into a Mosaic for National Geographic Channel’s Brain Games

By Tom Interval Have you heard of Brain Games? It’s an excellent, semi-new show that airs on Monday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The National Geographic Channel. Already into its second season, the show, hosted by Jason Silva, is … Continue reading

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