The NoMad, a boutique, luxury hotel in the Flatiron district of New York City, is hosting a black tie Masquerade Ball this Halloween in collaboration with theory11.
Trick or Treat? There will be treats by world renowned chef Daniel Humm and tricks by theory11. The party will take up the first two floors of The NoMad Hotel featuring special drinks, live music, and magic. Masks are, of course, required.
Tickets are available now and very likely to sell out. Happy Halloween! This event marks our second collaboration with Daniel Humm and Will Guidara of New York’s prestigious Eleven Madison Park.
World renowned pickpocket, Apollo Robbins, is consulting for upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures feature film “Focus” starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie.
Apollo will be creating original effects for the film and teaching sleight of hand skills to the actors.
According to producer Denise Di Novi, “Apollo has been a tremendous resource both technically and creatively during this process. He designed and choreographed sleight-of-hand moves that have never been seen before on film.”
Apollo (dubbed The Gentleman Thief) has been involved in many television projects, including Brain Games, The Real Hustle, and Leverage. Check out the film synopsis here and stay tuned for more details about “Focus” as they’re released.
It’s been called “the sleeper hit movie of the summer,” capturing interest and enormous box office success. Part magic, part heist, Now You See Me has grossed over $300 million worldwide since release.
This week, the film was released on DVD, BluRay, and iTunes – and theory11 was honored to help make the magic happen.
theory11 worked in collaboration with Lionsgate and K/O to produce some incredible bonus content for the iTunes release, with instruction on the fundamentals of magic and cardistry from the industry’s best creators. (more…)
David Copperfield was featured this week on Google Ventures web series: Foundation, hosted by Kevin Rose. The episode explores the relationship, past and present, between magic and technology.
In the episode, Copperfield explores how magic and technology work together. It’s a fascinating glimpse into the creative process of David Copperfield: the highest grossing solo entertainer of all time. Watch it now on TechCrunch.
Magic and technology have a very close relationship – one informs and inspires the other, and it’s been that way for a long time. One of the first magic books ever written was by Luca Pacioli in the 1400’s. Pacioli was a close friend of Leonardo da Vinci, and among art, science, and sculpture, these guys were creating magic. (more…)
What’s the difference between “doing some tricks” and giving a powerful performance? Meaning. A purpose. A message.
Penn & Teller perform magic to promote Libertarianism and Rationalism. Ricky Jay and Steve Cohen perform magic to retell our art form’s amazing history. And David Copperfield performs to inspire people to follow their hopes and dreams.
What about you? Why do you perform magic? (more…)
There’s an old story in magic that goes like this: A young hotshot magician walks up to and old master and brags, “I know over a thousand tricks.” The old master replies, “That’s nice. I know ten.”
Allow me to interpret: When the young magician says he knows 1,000 tricks, he’s telling the truth. But he “knows” these tricks on the most superficial level: He knows their secrets. He couldn’t perform these tricks to save his life. The old master, by comparison, “knows” ten tricks like the back of his hand. He’s performed each one for decades. Each one is a miracle.
Using the old master’s standard, the young hotshot magician probably knows zero tricks. The young magician doesn’t have time to perfect any tricks; he’s too busy learning the secrets to new ones.
So how many tricks should you know? And how do you arrive at these tricks? (more…)
theory11 is featured today in The Wall Street Journal, the largest newspaper by circulation in the United States. The article spotlights one of the many unique ways that theory11 protects magic secrets.
Specifically, writer Ellen Gamerman talks about our Fake Exposure Contests, where theory11 members post fake exposure videos on YouTube – with ridiculous, hilarious methods – meant to make it difficult to find REAL exposure videos.
The concept began as a fun, lighthearted idea popularized by Rob Anderson and Rick Lax, but over the past two years, it has had a real, dramatic, positive effect on our fight against magic exposure. Read the article now on The Wall Street Journal website.
Guys like Daniel Garcia, Paul Harris, and Bizzaro think up amazing new tricks faster than the rest of us can even learn ‘em.
Calen Morelli invented a new trick every single day, for 177 days in a row. How is that possible? How do magic inventors think up new illusions? (more…)
David Blaine is mysterious. Steve Cohen is classy. Juan Tamariz is crazy. Mac King’s goofy. Penn & Teller are clever. And Copperfield’s suave.
Seems like all the great magicians have unique performance styles. So how do you develop a style of your own? Start with the cliché: Be yourself. (more…)
Back in high school I was serious about playing the piano. I practiced every day and
I took on extra-difficult pieces like Chopin’s “Fantasie-Impromptu” and Jack Fina’s
I performed Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” for the big Senior Concerto concert. All my classmates and family showed up to hear me. I was playing by memory, and ten minutes into the piece…my mind went totally blank. I had to stop the show, stop the band, apologize, walk off stage, get my sheet music, walk back on, and finish. I was so embarrassed. Just crushed.
Most performers—myself definitely included—get nervous from time to time. And realizing that everybody gets stage fright is the first step to moving past it.
The second step is messing up. Just as it’s okay to be nervous, it’s okay to mess up, too. When I perform a trick for the first time, I just assume I’ll mess it up. I look at my first five performances as disasters through which I have to wade. If one of those performances hits, well, it’s a bonus.
I don’t do these first five performances for just anyone; I do them for trusted friends and fellow magicians—people in front of whom I feel comfortable messing up.
David Copperfield recommends beating stage fright by growing your audience little by little. Start small and work your way up.
“Begin with small groups,” he advises. “Many performances for many small groups, and then you work up gradually.”
If you follow Copperfield’s tip, the third step will come automatically: Let confidence come to you. It doesn’t happen overnight; but it does happen inevitably. When you perform a trick 100 times, you can’t help but grow confident. Doesn’t matter if you’re performing in front of a TV camera or in front of a 500-person audience. Eventually you’ll get used to it; eventually, you’ll relax a little.
Want to squash stage right? Then go perform. Right now.
The 1st time will be scary, the 10th will be stressful, the 20th will be okay, the 50th will be smooth, and the 100th will be amazing.