Wizard Wars Kyle Marlett

Its not a secret that I often fiddle around with magic tricks, its been one of my hobbies since I was a kid. It seems to me that Magic is coming into a new renaissance, with big screen movies like Now You See Me (which they are set to make a sequel) and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (which they won’t be making a sequel), and this year alone has filled my DVR with magic television series, including the magic prank television series The Carbonaro Effect on truTV and Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne on A&E, CW is doing a US airing of the amazing British television series Penn & Teller‘s Fool Us (which will very likely spawn a new season with new episodes), the reboot of Masters of Illusion television specials from my childhood, Dan White‘s White Magic on Travel Network, and Comedy Central recently ordered Sleight of Mouth, a weekly comedy/variety/magic show starring comic/magician and TV host Justin Willman.

But one of the shows I’m most looking forward to is Wizard Wars which will begin airing on SyFy on August 19th at 10pm. The competition reality series pits teams of magicians against each other to invent and create new tricks with a set of constraints (props, rules…etc). I was able to chat with Las Vegas magician and /Film reader Kyle Marlett who appears on the premiere episode. Marlett is a member of the new generation of magicians, he owns up to the nerd/geek label, and has appeared on the Tonight Show and performs magic daily on the Las Vegas Strip. Find out more about Wizard Wars Kyle Marlett in our exclusive interview after the jump.

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Tims Vermeer

Of all the films that got incredible buzz out of last week’s Telluride Film Festival (12 Years A Slave, Labor Day, Gravity, etc.) one stood out just because it sounded so very different. That film was Tim’s Vermeer, a documentary by noted magicians Penn and Teller. Penn produced and Teller directed the film, which follows inventor Tim Jenison on his attempt to duplicate the famous painting The Music Lesson by Johannes Vermeer. Jenison surmises that Vermeer may not have painted all his famous works by hand, instead using technology to aide in the creation. By attempting this, Jenison (as well as Penn and Teller) question the very nature of art itself.

Below, we’ve got a clip from the film that makes that above paragraph a bit more clear, as well as some early buzz from noted film critics. Read More »

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Penn and Teller‘s unique brand of magic feels like it’s been around forever. Over decades, it has permeated many levels of popular culture, through their successful Showtime show Bullshit, their long running Las Vegas stage act, appearances on The Celebrity Apprentice or cult movies from the Eighties. The duo hopes to continue that notoriety as they prepare another multimedia onslaught in the coming months.

New plans include a new TV show called Smoke and Mirrors and a movie focused on the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. The former is currently in development while the latter is in post-production, with an eye on the coming festival season.  Read More »

penn_and_teller_headerSeven seasons into their bunkum-busting Showtime series Bullshit, and on top of their decades of stage magic mastery, Penn & Teller are about to take their double act onto primetime TV in a most intriguing way. They’ll be starring in a new hourlong mystery series as themselves, give or take: Las Vegas performers who sideline as reluctant detectives. The detective bit is obviously where the give and take comes in.

Similarly brilliant is the news, perfectly timed to coincide with this TV show’s announcement, that the duo’s mini-classic movie Penn & Teller Get Killed is now finally available for order on DVD.

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