Monday, January 30, 2006

More Bullshit!

TOTH to Wayne N. Kawamoto:

In a recent release, Showtime announced that it has picked up seasons four and five of PENN & TELLER: BULLSHIT! The pick-up order will consist of 10, one-hour episodes for each season with season four premiering on Monday, April 3rd at 10:00 PM ET/PT.

Entering its fourth season, the series feature Penn & Teller, who deliver an aggressive, humorous expose of taboo topics using the duo's trademark humor, knowledge of carnival tricks as well as hidden cameras and blatant confrontation.

Winner of the 2004 and 2005 Writer's Guild Award for Best Comedy/Variety Series and nominated the last three years for the Emmy for Outstanding Reality Program and Outstanding Writing For Non Fiction Programming, PENN & TELLER: BULLSHIT! continues its controversial muckraking throughout season four by confronting many of the institutions society holds dear. Some of the controversial topics for season four will include the death penalty, prostitution and virginity.

Penn & Teller's mix of comedy, magic and the macabre has brought them critical acclaim, sold-out runs on Broadway and their own permanent performance home at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Together since 1975, their award-winning theater show has been a long running hit on and off -Broadway. The duo keeps a busy touring schedule, performing live more than 100 times in 2004 alone.

The 1985 PBS special, "Penn & Teller Go Public," won two Emmys and the International Golden Rose. Other television projects have included the recent Emmy-nominated variety series "Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacular" and the special "Penn & Teller's Home Invasion."

The series is produced by the Wolper Organization and Star Price Productions. Wolper Organization's credits include "The Mists of Avalon," "L.A. Confidential," "Murder in the First," "Thornbirds," "Surviving Picasso," "Queen" and "Legends, Icons and Superstars of the 20th Century." Penn & Teller serve as Co-Executive Producers. The Executive Producers are Mark Wolper and Star Price. Peter Adam Golden also serves as Executive Producer whose credits include the critically-acclaimed feature film "The Aristocrats."

"Penn & Teller continue to amaze us with their unique insight and hilarious interpretation of society's hot-button topics," said Greenblatt. "We are delighted to announce the return of one of the most iconoclastic and entertaining shows on television."


Thumb Thing

Don't you hate reading your magic books in bed and the damned things are so thick and heavy, it's more trouble than it's worth? Yeah, me neither, but this might interest you:



More Magic Blogs?

There are more magic blogs popping up all over. They seem to be a dime a dozen, for the most part. The real key is how long they'll be able to stay afloat and talk about stuff... The newest one comes to you from a Mr. Robert Ruse. Enjoy!



Thursday, January 26, 2006

New Magic Blog

Got an email today from Ticklish Girl announcing a new magic blog. I like it so far. No bullshit, black and white, and a nice review of Criss Angel.

Check it out here!


Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Amazing Jonathan Interview

Check out this in-depth interview with Amazing Johnathan by Dominick A. Miserandino from the Celebrity Cafe:

Almost everybody has seen the magician/comedian The Amazing Jonathan on HBO and dozens of other television specials which captivate the crowd. Not everybody was fortunate enough to see him when he was beginning his career, performing as a street performer.

DM) I remember the first time I saw you doing a special on HBO.

AJ) Yep, I think HBO and Alan Thicke's "Thicke of the Night" both really gave me my first big breaks. They happened at the same time.

DM) I remember watching your show and, at first, what I thought was a magic routine, and at one point I couldn't tell the difference between magic and comedy.

AJ) Yeah, that's the trick there.

DM) What do you call what you do, then?

AJ) I would call it more comedy than magic. When I was doing serious magic, it was so bad that people were laughing. I figured that I might as well just change the titles. I mean, I'm basically doing the same act that I was doing when I was doing serious magic.

DM) And now people are allowed to laugh at you! (laughs)

AJ) Right! (Laughing) The birds that I'm killing are fake now.

DM) I remember a couple of the things you did made the audience squirm, thinking, "This can't be serious."

AJ) At one time it really was. I think that the last serious magic show I did was at my high school talent show. That show was so horribly wrong that I swore I would never do magic again. It's funny, thirty-six years later last week, I walked into my drama department and all the kids recognized me. They all were asking for my autograph, saying, "I heard you bombed really bad on the stage." The legend has lived on, of my bombing there.

DM) So when you started, you really wanted to be a serious magician?

AJ) Oh yeah. I saw Doug Henning and I thought, that was it, and I was doing every kids' show that I could get my hands on. But it didn't quite work out that way; it took a tragic turn for the worse as far as magic goes.

DM) So who inspired you to switch over to comedy?

AJ) Probably that lousy show in high school motivated me to switch over. Harry Anderson had a lot to do with it. After that show, I took the summer off and went to San Francisco to perform with the street performers. I ran out of cash and decided to try my magic out on the street, and it was just as tragic there as it was back in Detroit. Harry Anderson ran into me, and he pretty much taught me how to add comedy to my show. At the time, he was the biggest street performer out there. He was telling me what I did wrong, and he also showed me a few twists. So because of him and his help, he's probably responsible for my being where I am now. He went on to do television's Night Court and all of this other stuff, but he still remembers his street days with me out there.

DM) I heard that Harry Anderson did perform on the street, and it always shocked me that he really started on the street.

AJ) He knew how to do it. He just would get hundreds and hundreds of people and stop them, as opposed to my getting only 13. I remember the first time I saw him, I took a break to get a sandwich real quick, and he took all of my equipment down. He packed everything away for me and then put his stuff up and started doing the show on the spot that I had all day. To teach me a lesson, I guess. When I got back, there was this guy with 200 people standing around him. When he was done, he was packing up his stuff and said, "That's how it should be done!"

DM) How did you react?

AJ) At first I wanted to kick his ass! (laughing) But then I realized that he was showing me how to do it.

DM) That's a hell of a sign of showmanship to be able to gather so many people so quickly.

AJ) Well, he was also a bit cocky back then... but he was good and he showed me a lot.

DM) When's the last time you did a street performance?

AJ) Probably twenty-five, maybe thirty years ago.

DM) Is it something that you miss at all?

AJ) No, it's something that you learn from and move on, hopefully. Actually, I went out there and there's a few guys still doing it from back when I was doing it. And that's thirty years later. If you're still out there thirty years later, you're considered sad.

DM) That's a pretty difficult crowd to play.

AJ) That's right. That's why it's great training. All of those acts that have that kind of training are now better indoor acts because of it. If you can do it there with street bums fighting you for your money, bag ladies knocking your equipment over, and just smart-ass kids... if you can deal with all that, you can deal with a rough indoor crowd that's paying to see your comedy.

DM) Did you have your worst crowd indoors or outdoors?

AJ) I've had bad crowds indoors, but I've probably had my worst crowd outdoors... well, actually I don't know, because they're totally different situations. One crowd is paying to see you, the other is just shopping, and you've got to get them to stop and take their mind off what you're doing. I've had rough crowds. I worked in Valdez, Alaska during the oil days when people were up there working on the pipeline. That was a rough crowd. It was a strip club and they weren't there to see you, they were there to see the women. I had introductions like, "You wanted to see some naked girls, but first here's a magician."

DM) Oh, that's horrible.

AJ) Yeah, that's the worst you can get. It was probably the worst introduction I ever had. There was even one audience who had two people in the audience, and the guy made me go on stage anyway. One guy in the audience had to be my volunteer, and that left one person in the audience, and that was the guy's wife who was yelling, "Sit down. Your food's getting cold!" I was dying up there. I wrote home to a friend of mine, asking him to get me every insult book he could find and send them all to me up there. I poured through those insult books and searched for any lines I could find, and I found about 50 of them. After that, nobody could say anything to me that I didn't have answer for--unless they had a better book than I did.



Monday, January 23, 2006

Business Card Set of Lockpicks

TOTH to Cory Doctorow:

A hacker, entrepreneur, and all around mischief maker, Melvin wanted something he could give to peers and prospective clients that spoke of this nature.

A lockpick concept was chosen very early on, and the post production results were excellent. The picks can quite easily be removed from the card and are entirely functional as lockpicks..



Sunday, January 22, 2006

Penn Jillette's Radio Show Podcast

Penn Jillette (the "Penn" half of the amazing comedy magic due "Penn and Teller") has a radio program on FreeFM. His radio show covers magic, politics and funny stuff, and FreeFM publishes the MP3s and a podcast of each program.



Saturday, January 21, 2006

Season's Cleanings

Due to the fact that most magic blogs are, well, vanishing (LOLROFLMAO!), I've gone ahead and trimmed down the ol' blogroll and added a couple of new blogs.


Got A Cold? Don't Take Zicam!

Today, Matrixx, makers of Zicam agreed to pay $12 million to settle a class action suit filed by 300 people who claim Zicam permanently damaged their sense of smell.

Matrixx has long insisted that Zicam does not cause anosmia:

Matrixx asserted that any research linking nasal products containing zinc to the onset of anosmia were erroneous because the compound found in the 1930s products was concentrated zinc sulfate as opposed to the zinc gluconate found in Zicam. Zinc sulfate “is a mineral salt that reacts with water to produce a strong acid (sulfuric acid) and zinc oxide,” while “zinc gluconate is a weak organic salt that dissolves to form positively charged zinc ions and negatively charged gluconate – a naturally occurring, non-toxic compound found in all human tissue.”

In 2004, Matrixx issued a press release claiming that studies have show Zicam to be effective in reducing cold symptoms without affecting sense of smell.

In no clinical trial of intranasal zinc gluconate gel products has there been a single report of lost or diminished olfactory function (sense of smell). Rather, the safety and efficacy of zinc gluconate for the treatment of symptoms related to the common cold have been well established in two double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trials. In fact, in neither study were there any reports of anosmia related to the use of this compound. The overall incidence of adverse events associated with zinc gluconate was extremely low, with no statistically significant difference between the adverse event rates for the treated and placebo subsets.

A multitude of environmental and biologic influences are known to affect the sense of smell. Chief among them is the common cold. As a result, the population most likely to use cold remedy products is already at increased risk of developing anosmia. Other common causes of olfactory dysfunction include age, nasal and sinus infections, head trauma, anatomical obstructions, and environmental irritants.



Friday, January 20, 2006

What Happens in Vegas...

Here's my new ad campaign for Las Vegas:


Thursday, January 19, 2006

Captain Kirk Sells Kidney Stone

Yep, the rumors are true, thanks to David Pescovitz.

William Shatner sold a kidney stone for $25,000 to Shatner's donating the dough to Habitat For Humanity. From the Associated Press:

The stone was so big, Shatner said, "you'd want to wear it on your finger."

"If you subjected it to extreme heat, it might turn out to be a diamond," he added... originally offered $15,000 for the stone but Shatner turned it down, noting that his "Star Trek" tunics have commanded more than $100,000.



Everyone's a Critic

It's easy for those who don't do the same thing you do to criticize it. It appears that I have one critic.



A little over a week ago, I posted that the Magic Mafia would be back and not so politically correct and less polite. In case you weren't privvy to the comments to that post, allow me to reprint them here:

Anonymous said...

LOL, you are so fucking lame. Like anyone gives a shit about your irrelevant opinions and half-assed insult 'comedy'.Comin' back with a vengeance, eh? What a legend you are to your little punk-ass friends. Wait I think I hear your mommie calling you to do your homework, mister mafioso...

7:31 AM

Dear Anonymous,

Allow me to defend myself, you bucket of jizz. Unlike you, you fat ham and cheese-eating faggot who forgot to disguise his IP address, I'm not some 7th grade girl who believes everyone has to agree with everything I say. I have an opinion and choose to share it. Why are you reading if you don't give a shit about my irrelevant opinions and half-assed insult 'comedy?'

So why don't you go wrap your 1970s rusted Chevy Nova around the nearest fuckin' oak tree.

Oh, and thanks for reading, cock in a Glad bag. My mommy's calling...


Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Where Am I?

Yeah, I know it's been a while since my last entry, and honestly, I don't care. I have a life and I'm tired of answering emails as to where the Magic Mafia has gone. It hasn't gone anywhere, it just isn't a priority right now. And honestly, in the world of magic, nothing's happening. Nothing I care about blogging about anyway...

Not to worry, the Magic Mafia is here to stay. And I'm planning on not being so fucking PC anymore. The reason people read the MM is due to its no-bullshit reviews and opinions. It's coming back. With a vengeance. If I piss you off, get over it!


Monday, January 09, 2006

Time's a Bitch

Time catches up to everyone, and it blows ape! Even the most beautiful people in the world look like aged prunes left out to dry in the sun over the years. Take Kelly Lebrock. Remember her? She was that piece of ass in Weird Science that everyone swooned over for years. Then she married that cornhole Steven Seagall and got flushed down the toilet. Well, she divorced that douchebag because she got tired of getting slapped around for not doing the laundry and cleaning the toilets. She's ready to turn her life around now by joining Celebrity Fit Club. Tipping the scales at 175 lbs., she looks more like a tranny than a former hot actress:

Kelly LeBrock, 45

Claim to fame: Sexy spots in '80s movies Weird Science and The Woman in Red

Weight-loss goal: 20-25 lbs. "They wanted me to lose 35," says LeBrock. "I think that might be a little much."

Her vices: "Chocolate flourless cake and spaghetti."

Why she joined the Fit Club: "It's going to be empowering to show the ladies out there that it's okay to say that you're a little overweight and actually do something about it."

On her weight gain: "When you raise children, Mommy tends to be everything else other than somebody who takes care of herself," says the mother of three (with her ex-husband, action star Steven Seagal). "My kids are in a place now where I can concentrate on myself a little bit."


Monday, January 02, 2006

Healthy Living for 2006

In order to complement those of you who wish to lose weight during the new year, I offer the following advice:

One glass of water shuts down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University study.

Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.

Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.

A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen.

Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.

Are you drinking the amount of water you should every day? Of course, too much water may have strange side effects: