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Piff the Magic Dragon is back!

The world first fell in love with the quirky Piff, the magic Dragon few years back in the UK on Penn and Teller’s Fool Us. This week he appeared on America’s Got Talent. As much as I love the magic seen below, the delivery is what’s most important. And that delivery should be a lesson to all performers, whether you’re a magician, an artist, or an actor. People don’t often remember what you did, but they remember how you made them feel.

Enjoy!
-Durgy

David Kaplan

I saw David lecture a few months back and what an interesting talk. The amount of work that has gone into this 10 minute routine is ridiculous. If you ever have a chance to see him perform, do not miss it!

Durgy

Darcy Oake & Tim Horton’s

You might remember Canadian magician Darcy Oake from his recent appearance on Britain’s got Talent (perhaps a little strange he didn’t get popular on Canada’s got Talent but who’s questioning that). Well he’s back in a new Tim Horton’s (Timmies as us Canadians refer to it) commercial. Sure you could probably never pull this off in the real world, but it’s still fun to watch. Great job Darcy!

-Durgy

Magic of Rahat

If you’ve been following my blog/site, you’re already aware of my work and the Magic of Durgy Spade. There’s also other great magicians out there in internet land with some great material. If you haven’t seen any of Rahat’s work, you need to immediately look up Magic of Rahat on YouTube.

I’ve enjoyed his work over the last few years but two of his recent videos are REALLY magic. Take a look below.

Durgy

Winnipeg Love

Back in January, I was in Winnipeg for a week and I found myself on Global Television Winnipeg performing on the Breakfast Show. Unfortunately I didn’t get to meet any other illusionists on my trip.

I’m happy to notice there’s no lack of magical talent in Winnipeg. Darcy Oake, from Winnipeg, wowed judges of Britian’s Got Talent a few days back leaving Simon Cowell and the gang speechless. Check him out below.

Enjoy!
Durgy

Mime Magic

I enjoy watching all sorts of performing arts- and the magic that comes with it. We don’t see (good) mimes often but it’s always a pleasure to watch these artists work their craft. I especially like the video below as these guys combine their astonishing skill with some magic.

Enjoy!
Durgy

Girls

The question I get asked most often after performing tends to be along the lines of ‘do you pick up a lot of girls with your magic’? Magic- like any performing art- can be a great ice breaker, but ultimately, your personality is what allows you to build either a love or business relationship. I performed my first magic trick around the age of seven, back when I thought all girls had cooties. I wouldn’t recommend anyone get into magic to ‘pick up’. However if you’re a magician (and obviously not committed as I am), I guess there’s nothing stopping you from trying.

Durgy

Miss Katalin

One of the best female magicians I’ve ever seen. Miss Katalin kills it while performing on Viva la France!

Let’s catch up.

It’s been 3 months (to the day!) since I last posted so I figure it’s time to catch up! It’s been a great, warm summer and I really couldn’t have asked for more. I’ve been keeping myself busy and staying out of trouble (for the most part). Magic has kept me on my toes and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

In May I went to the annual national magic convention. The last time I had this opportunity was in 2007 so I was rather excited. This year it was held in Hamilton Ontario. Thank God it was only a couple days long because living in Hamilton for even that short while made me want to cry. Perhaps I’m just used to the hustle and bustle of a larger city, but for some unknown reason, Hamilton just made me really depressed. Lots of crazy people and the ghetto stores downtown just weren’t doing it for me. Thankfully the convention kept me going. I got to see some very memorable lectures including one by Michael Finney. He was great during his performance at the Gala show on the last night as well. Of course meeting Shawn Farquhar – one of Canada’s greatest magicians – was also a great highlight. From the few seconds I got to talk to him, I realized this guy was just so genuine. Not only is he a great magician, he is one of the most down to earth people I have ever met. I am proud to have such a Canadian at the top of his game- and look forward to seeing more of his work in the future.

I performed multiple times throughout the summer but just this last weekend I got to do my first proposal! I was hired to help a gentleman propose to his girlfriend. I won’t give away all the secrets but she was in tears and she said yes!

I also was featured on the cover of one of Canada’s largest South Asian magazines called “Desi News”. Feel free to head over to the “In the News” section of the website to see the cover and article. I’ll also have a short appearance on a South Asian, national television show called V-Mix, airing this Sunday night at 7:30pm on OMNI2. Make sure you catch that, but in case you don’t, I’ll have it posted here shortly!

Now of course summer wouldn’t be summer without one of my favorite shows, America’s Got Talent! This year on AGT, for the first time ever (that I can remember), we have a mentalist! Mentalism is a branch of magic that is focused on powers of the mind and thoughts more so than visual “stunts”. Not only is Erick Dittelman a great mentalist, but he’s been recently winning over the hearts of the judges as well and I hope to see him continue. I leave you with a short clip of Mr. Dittelman.

Until we meet again!
Durgy

Marco Tempest at it again…

Last year I posted a clip of Marco Tempest demonstrating some awesome technology inspired magic at TED talks. Well this year he was at it again- and once again, he did not fail to deliver. This is what you get when a technological genius is also a magician.

(For the technically curious, I believe part of his set up includes a Microsoft Kinect along with custom software)

Enjoy!