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Abracadabravision! The Year in Magic

by Jane Murphy, posted Dec 21st 2010 8:00AM
2010 is about to disappear, and magicians might be glad to see it go. TV illusionists Criss Angel, David Blaine and multiple Emmy-winner David Copperfield did not have TV specials this year. Penn & Teller's Showtime staple 'Bulls***' continues, but the only trick on that show is how they get away with the title, even on pay cable.

Still, TV still had some enchantment up its sleeve. Magic abounded again on 'America's Got Talent,' and Houdini's lesser-known brother, Hardeen (at right), dazzled the patrons of 'Boardwalk Empire'.

Enjoy a review of this past year's sleight of hand.

David Copperfield on 'America's Got Talent.' He didn't have an hour-long special in 2010, but Copperfield needed only five minutes to stop the show on 'AGT'. In his 'Secret Warehouse' trick, Copperfield climbed into a magic box and atronishingly made himself Weeble-sized.

Jamy Ian Swiss on 'The Late, Late Show.' Madcap Craig Ferguson is reason enough to stay up late, but it's a particular treat when he welcomes "close-up magician" Jamy Ian Swiss. His first-rate card tricks have Ferguson begging for "more, more, more!"

Phil and Cameron, 'Modern Family.' In an episode airing in January, magic overtook the Pritchett-Dunphy home, with obsessive Phil (Ty Burrell, at left) passing the time during an unexpected hospital stay with card tricks. Later, a fed-up Cam (Eric Stonestreet) attempts to suppress Phil's inner-Blaine with magic of his own.

Penn & Teller on 'Lopez Tonight'. The duo gives the audience and host George Lopez a taste of their long-running Vegas act. In this clip from May, it's no surprise that it's full of Penn's patented bluster and Teller's don't-try-this-at-home inclinations. We're guessing only Teller can -- or should -- smoke a cigarette through his ear.

Murray the Magician on 'America's Got Talent.' With Ziggy Stardust hair and a laid-back manner, Murray SawChuck (apparently with a capital "S" and "C") is most memorable on this season's search for new stars. Below is a trick so dazzling, Howie Mandell gives bespectacled Murray a standing-O.

David Blaine on 'Iconoclasts.' This Sundance series pairs artists with mutual interests and a commitment to doing things differently. That is certainly true of magician David Blaine, who was paired with avant-garde painter and photographer Chuck Close in an episode airing last month. Watch this clip below, as Blaine makes a deck of cards fly.

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It's 'sleight of hand'.

Seriously. Professional writer.

December 21 2010 at 8:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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