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  1. Gillian Jacobs Has Joined the Magic of Burt WonderstoneBurt Wonderstone is quickly shaping up to be the most eagerly awaited movie of 2012. Community’s Gillian Jacobs just joined the cast, which […]
  2. Steve Carell Looks Like a Smooth-Chested Lion in Burt WonderstoneI wish they’d just go ahead and decree that every movie has to be about magicians already. This photo of Steve Carell in a plunging rhinestoned […]
  3. Magic
    Paying for Food With No Cash, Cards, or WoesSquare put the “app” in appetizing.
  4. Jim Carrey Is Literally Magic In Steve Carell’s Burt WonderstoneWhile he’s apparently still in negotiations, Deadline reports that we’ll probably be seeing Jim Carrey in Burt Wonderstone, starring alongside […]
  5. clickables
    See the Perfect Tablecloth Magic TrickTruly.
  6. clickables
    Watch a Magician Perform for Various Surprised Drive-Thru WorkersBehold, the Floating Dollar To-Go illusion.
  7. clickables
    Watch Jon Benjamin Perform a Stunning Chain-Escape Magic TrickMeet the Great Handini.
  8. clickables
    Enjoy Some Card Tricks From Piff the Magic DragonFrom ‘Penn & Teller: Fool Us.’
  9. Michael Cera Goes From Timid To Terrified In Indie Thriller Magic, MagicWe all love Michael Cera and the sweet nebbish that he channels in 97% of his performances. But what if Cera was doing what he does best…while […]
  10. trailer mix
    Watch the Trailer for Make Believe, a Doc About Teen MagiciansThink ‘Spellbound,’ but about magic.
  11. Openings
    What to Drink at Theater Bar, Now Serving Hooch With a Side of HoudiniAlbert Trummer’s magical follow-up to Apotheke has finally opened.
  12. clickables
    Watch Danny Pudi Demonstrate His Particular Brand of Bedroom MagicOhhh, get it.
  13. the industry
    Netflix’s Big SummerIt added almost 2 million new subscribers in the period from June to September.
  14. tv
    Young Woman Performs Incredible Magic TrickWhat the!?
  15. tv
    Watch a Commercial for Criss Angel’s Ridiculous Magic KitCriss Angel knows the rules: Show us our card and we will sleep with you.
  16. magic
    Netflix Comes to Your iPhoneStream movies, even over a slow 3G connection.
  17. magic
    Hulu Possibly Coming to iPhonesNow that the weather’s getting nicer, wouldn’t it be great if you could enjoy NBC’s two good shows outside? Soon you might be able to!
  18. magic
    New Streaming Video-game Service Could Make Your Wii ObsoleteHow does it work? It’s magic!
  19. anil kapoor
    Anil Kapoor Wins the Slumdog FootraceWhen ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ won Best Picture last night, did you notice which hilarious Bollywood egotist was the first one to the podium?
  20. magic
    Jonas Brothers Appear in Two Places at OnceThey are omnipotent.
  21. magic
    YouTube Gets FatBeginning today, all YouTube videos will be presented in wide-screen format.
  22. magic
    Don’t Get Up: Netflix’s ‘Watch Instantly’ Hits Xbox 360We tried it last night and can indeed confirm that there is no longer any good reason to leave your couch ever.
  23. crazytown
    We Check In on David BlaineWe sent our reporter to watch him as he went through the first 24 hours of his 60-hour stint of hanging upside-down in Central Park. He doesn’t look so hot. Anybody remember when that dude used to do magic?
  24. apropos of nothing
    So What Did the FBI Find When They Raided David Copperfield’s Warehouse? His Lingerie Collection!Let Ricky Jay explain.
  25. apropos of nothing
    So Is Bruce Springsteen Cribbing From the Magnetic Fields or What?Via the magic of streaming audio, you can decide for yourself.
  26. the take
    TropeWatch: Bruce Springsteen, Lover of the Magnetic FieldsWe trace this trope from the most disreputable of bloggy sources all the way to the august pages of the New York Times.
  27. party lines
    At Billy Joel Hamptons Gig, David Blaine Steals the Show The $3,000-a-ticket Billy Joel show in the Hamptons Saturday was billed as “the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll fantasy,” and it was — if your idea of rock and roll begins and ends with wretched excess. Upon arrival, guests were whisked to a quasi-secret location in a fleet of chartered buses that came so often they practically formed a train; once inside the perimeter, they had to contend with troupes of caterers, candy girls, cigar-toting Davidoff reps, and the like. We weren’t too surprised to find megamagician David Blaine, bulkier than we remembered him, moodily walking around, but our hearts sank a bit once we realized the guy had been hired as pre-show entertainment. Because Blaine is mostly famous for very public acts of endurance, we inquired how long, in his estimation, he’d be able to continuously listen to Billy Joel. “Ha-ha,” said the magician. “Seriously, he’s awesome.” (Actually, later, Billy Joel would prove to be, well, Billy Joel.)
  28. the morning line
    Maxwell Wheat Will Not Be L.I. Poet Laureate • Nassau County had its first poet laureate all picked out: Maxwell Corydon Wheat Jr. Then they discovered his poem that begins “Males and one woman / Sip coffee mornings in the White House, / Talk of desires about Iraq.” So that’s a no. Good call, incidentally: The poem is beyond awful. [NYT] • Meet Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, a SUNY-Albany nanotech scientist who happens to be the best-remunerated state employee in New York. After last week’s record pay hike, his various salaries add up to an annual windfall of $947,538. Not that anyone’s counting. [NYP] • Nothing like a crazed-insurance-broker yarn: Noel Lauria bought a bow and fired arrows out his UES window, landing a stray one through a neighbor’s terrace door. His explanation to the cops: “I’m turning 40.” [NYDN] • Oh, goody, another “edgy” magician dangling over Times Square. The ingredients in the current mess: a guy named Criss Angel, a glass box, 6,000 pounds of concrete, and a crappy A&E show to promote. Go concrete! [amNY] • And over the weekend, all manner of deformed, tattooed, and hairy freaks played baseball. Also, there was a Coney Island charity game, with the Sideshow By the Seashore performers battling the Cyclone staff. See what we did there? [Metro NY]
  29. photo op
    Will Houdini Escape From Queens? The descendants of escape artist Harry Houdini want to exhume his body to determine if he was poisoned. Houdini died on October 31, 1926, of a supposed burst appendix (the result of a punch in the stomach), but the performer’s great-nephew believes it was murder. An autopsy could determine if Houdini was poisoned by his rivals for debunking the Spiritualists, a group that claimed to communicate with the dead. Houdini’s grave, above, is in Machpelah Cemetery in Glendale. NYC Exhumation Could Determine If Houdini Was Poisoned [AP via Newsday]
  30. intel
    Breaking: Séance Fails to Conjure Houdini!They sat there for a half-hour, fourteen writers, mediums, magicians, and old showgirls gathered around a circular table, 28 palms clasped together, 28 eyes shut, everyone waiting for the great Harry Houdini to come back from the dead. There was silence (save for the pesky clicks of a New York Times shutterbug). And there was more silence. (Click, click.) And then there was nothing. The Great Houdini never showed.
  31. intel
    The Magician Was a Spy? Ask Him Today!The latest tale conjured about Harry Houdini, who died 80 years ago today, is that the famed magician and showman was actually an American and British spy — and that he was murdered as part of an elaborate plot concocted by his arch-enemies, a trans-national clique of turn-of-the-century mediums supported by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. And perhaps at the annual Houdini séance this afternoon at the Center for Jewish History, in Chelsea, ol’ Harry will come back from his Long Island grave to answer shed some light on these new charges.