Top 10 Famous Magicians

Below is a video featuring the Top 10 Famous Magicians!

We are not sure how they come up with that conclusion (probably through the number of Google search results), but here’s an article which talks about the success behind magic and influence as well as Zen Stare that most successful magicians have!

Enjoy!

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How to Hire a Great Entertainer (Magician, etc)

When someone pays good money for a magician or for any form of entertainment, they expect a certain level of professionalism, quality and fun. Whether the event is a wedding, trade-show or corporate event; the main objective is to make it memorable. Unfortunately, there are amateur/newbie entertainers out there who call themselves professional magicians right after purchasing a trick at a novelty shop. Newbie “entertainers” often put on a bad show, waste your money and embarrass the organizers. Here’s a tip to separate the bad magicians from the great one:

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The first thing is to decide what type of magic based on the scale of your event type. Is it more than 30 pax? Is there technical systems to support the show? Magicians generally have 3 types of magic performance scale:

  • 1) Close-Up Magic (or Street Magic or Roving Magic) which perfect for virtually all events with intervals, cocktail reception, etc.
  • 2) Area Magic (or Parlor Magic, Mini-Stage Magic) which is perfect for a small/medium size group.
  • 3) Stage Magic which is common for large events.

Next, have the entertain(s) done similar events? For high-scale events, there is zero-tolerances to hiccups; pictures and videos can deceive your decision process. Always request for a previous client contact number just to be sure. Most clients are happy to put in a good word for an entertainment they enjoyed very much. Such clients excludes, private home parties and birthday events.

Lastly, not all entertainers dressed up to the nines for all events. They may have a ragged look like Criss Angel. Nevertheless, a professional magician will have always something for the occasion.

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Professional Magician and Author from America, Wayne Kawamoto, suggest to insist on a professional magician whichever state you live in. “Professional magicians provide fun, magical shows, and it can take years for a performer to hone his or her show to the point that it’s a great one. Any professional these days should have a website that offers information about them and their shows.”

Very often, the price is an indication of quality. Newbie magicians have NO overhead as they have NO office, NO staff, NO… you get what I mean no standard to get high volumes of shows. As Darren Ho mentioned, artistes get paid for the countless amount of practice hours put into practicing hard and squeezing [customized] rehearsal at short time from point of engagements to ensure quality is delivered.

Bottom-line is choosing the right entertainers can help build your event. Speak to your favorite booker/agent/organizer or directly to ATOM’s friendly staff and they will guide you everything you need to know to ensure your event goes smoothly and to fit in the right entertainment.

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Happy Lunar New Year & Happy Valentine’s Day!

Phew it was a hectic week for the entire team and we are glad we made through the numerous shows during the joyful month of love: Lunar New Year and Valentine’s Day.

Lunar New Year

Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy Lunar New Year to you! May the Year of the Snake bring you greater abundance of wealth, good health and happiness!

If you’re not around the region, Chinese across the globe will be celebrating the Chinese/Lunar New Year or Spring Festive from 10th to 12th February 2013. The festival traditionally begins on the first day of the first month based on the lunar/lunisolar calendar and ends on the 15th day.

Typically before the celebration, people will be pampering themselves through retail therapy. New clothing is said to symbolize the mark of the new year. It is also said to be good to thoroughly clean homes and offices to usher in the good luck. This festive season also brings people together, the entire family will participate with the purchasing of festive goodies, decorating the homes and buying grocery.

During the festive day, there is house visitation to kin, relatives and friends. A pair of Mandarin oranges are also being exchange with the host to symbolizes exchange of blessing. Red envelopes (hongbao [mandarin] or angpao [hokkien]) are given by the married to the unmarried, this is to symbolize well wishing and blessing. It is said that the more you give the more blessings you will receive.

At ATOM, we had so much fun performing in sync with Lunar New Year celebration!

If you didn’t manage to check us at some of our live shows, here’s a consultation prize for you; a performance of Lu Chen and Cyril Takayama during a TV special:

Valentine’s Day

The history of Valentine’s Day–and the story of its patron saint–is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition.

While some believe that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s death or burial–which probably occurred around A.D. 270–others claim that the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to “Christianize” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia.

Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. (The greeting is now part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England.) Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois.

In addition to the United States, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia. In Great Britain, Valentine’s Day began to be popularly celebrated around the 17th century.

This year we found ourselves working with several couple who wanted to use magic to charm their other half. And MAGIC works… here’s proof of Criss Angel charming then model-girlfriend Holly Madison with his “love spell”.

Reference: http://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day

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Wayne Houchin (Magician) Burned

The rumours are true.

Support by Daniel Garcia’s Facebook post and several other sources. Wayne Houchin was recently burned during an appearance in support of the Curiosidades show in the Dominican Republic.

Here is a statement from Wayne Houchin on his Facebook Page:

Monday while appearing on a TV show in the Dominican Republic, the TV host took a handful of Aqua De Florida, ignited it and intentionally dropped it on my h
ead, setting me on fire.

I was not aware he was going to do this. This was not a stunt or part of an act – this was a criminal attack.

The fast actions of the rest of our Curiosidades team saved my life. The fire was put out and I was rushed to the emergency room. I have bad burns on my head, face, neck and right hand.

I am in pain, but am recovering. I will update you on the situation when I can.

For those who doesn’t know who Wayne Houchin is: Wayne Houchin is a magician and renowned contributor to the magic community. His contributions are also recognized by Criss Angel.Oh, and he looks like Leonardo DiCaprio too!

Below is video performance of Wayne Houchin. Enjoy!

This is really unfortunate news but ATOM wishes Wayne a speedy recovery. Stay tuned for more updates.

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Incanto: A Magical Spectacular – LIVE IN SINGAPORE (The Cast – Joe Labero)

INCANTO that is premiuming 8 November 2012 is headlined by renowned illusionist Joe Labero, a three-time recipient of the Merlin Award whose shows have reached worldwide audiences of more than 100 million. Some of the other Merlin Award recipient are David Copperfield, Criss Angel and Lu Chen.

All the way from Sweden, Joe Labero (birthname: Lars Bengt Roland) started magic at the age of 12 and has worked his way into big productions such as “A Magic Night”, “Mystique”, “Rhapsody in Rock with Magic” and more.

Labero and his wife Anna Vinterfall their daughter Nicole Vinterfall Labero

Labero and his wife Anna Vinterfall their daughter Nicole Vinterfall Labero

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Morgan Strebler extends challenge to Criss Angel (Yahoo! News)

It has now made it to Yahoo! News…

Morgan Strebler “The Man Criss Angel Fears”, master illusionist and internationally renowned mentalist, today has issued a brash, “no holds barred”, public challenge to “Mindfreak” magician, Criss Angel.

Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) September 11, 2012
Let the games begin…

Morgan Strebler “The Man Criss Angel Fears”, master illusionist and internationally renowned mentalist, today has issued a brash, “no holds barred”, public challenge to “Mindfreak” magician, Criss Angel.

Morgan has boldly declared; “Criss Angel likes to issue challenges to other magicians, but someone has to look out for the legions of loyal fans of legitimate magic. I’m tired of seeing them disrespected and subjected to “magic” that is long on camera tricks and short on talent!”

Full article.

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Criss Angel Slams Dynamo For Theft: BANNED VIDEO

Within the magic circle there has been news that British magician Dynamo (Steven Frayne) has been called a thief by American magician Criss Angel (Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos).

http://official.crissangel.com/news/criss-angel-exposes-mindfreak-copycat

Nobody can be certain as of now if Dynamo had the intention of replicating Angel’s work. Plans seems to be backfiring for Angel as he gunner more support from magicians and fans to prove that Dynamo did indeed copied him.

Magicians are now “traveling back in time” to gather some facts for themselves but only to find that it is evident that David Blaine (David Blaine White) might have been the so-called first performer to certain magic act rather than Angel.

Morgan Strebler a renowned psychological illusionist and grand stage illusionist responded to this ordeal with a challenge to Criss Angel. It is unknown if Criss Angel will take up this challenge but we will definitely keep you update through this blog if he does.

Although is starting to get a little more exciting for me. Far more exciting than ONE Fighting Championship on Mediacorp Channel 5. I decided to seat on the fence this time and grab a popcorn. May the greater good win!

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Magical 1 Malaysia Festival 2012 is CANCELLED

Magical 1 Malaysia Festival 2012 is official cancelled. For more information on the procedures on how you can get your refund, visit: http://www.ticketpro.com.my/jnp/family/791106-magical-malaysia-festival.html

Magical 1 Malaysia Festival 2012 at KLCC – Update

Jay Scott Berry: “OK, everyone – We’re officially shifting gears to focus on the next big show and concert: The M1M Festival will take place in the 3000 seat KLCC Plenary Hall on March 23-25th. A spectacular fusion of magic, music and visual effects, we are now in full countdown for a world-class, state-of-the-art event. As show producer and star, I will be opening up my playbook, so to speak, to give you all an insight on the Festival, the challenges and, hopefully, the triumph. You want a reality show? Here we go!”

Event information: https://magicatom.wordpress.com/2011/12/31/m1m-festival-2012-in-malaysia-blogged-by-singapore-magician-mentalist/

Media News: http://www.nst.com.my/life-times/holiday/big-bag-of-tricks-1.46964

Magical 1 Malaysia Festival 2012 at KLCC

M1M-Festival-2012-malaysia-Singapore-MagicianThe Magical 1 Malaysia Festival is the largest Celebration of Wonder ever held in Malaysia!

13 of the world’s finest magicians will appear at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre for a 3-day ONLY performance from March 23rd through 25th, 2012.

There will be two International Gala shows daily, “The All-Star Magical Matinee” and “The Concert of Illusions”. Both of these will showcase never seen before acts from Close-up and Stage to Grand Illusion.

Producing this spectacular event is the dynamic duo of Jay Scott Berry and Mahdi Moudini, who have spent over three years in planning and preparation.

In addition to the Gala shows, magic enthusiast can attend four magic lectures by Michael Ammar, Dirk Losander, Rafael Benatar and Tom Noddy.

Also gracing the event will be Irene Larson (Co-Founder of Magic Castle Hollywood), Domenico Dante (International President, FISM 2012), Tony Hassini (President of International Magician’s Society), Derek Lever (Producer of 2012 FISM World Congress Blackpool Magic Convention) and Grandmaster Magician Johnny Thompson (consultant of Criss Angel).

To find out more about M1M Festival 2012, please visit their website here.