Las Vegas’ Murray the Magician Banned from Magic Fortress

Posted on: March 11, 2024, 05:31h. 

Final up to date on: March 11, 2024, 05:51h.

Murray Sawchuck is already dropping his Las Vegas showroom when the Tropicana closes on April 4. Now the magician is not welcome at magic’s most prestigious showroom, both.

In a stick from one in every of a number of movies he just lately posted to Fb, Las Vegas magician Murray Sawchuck performs a trick whose secret get uncovered by his unimpressed spouse. (Picture: Fb/Magic Murray)

The poofy-topped prestidigitator has been banned from the Magic Fortress in Hollywood, the place he has been a member in good standing for many years and has carried out incessantly.

His crime? Breaking magic’s cardinal rule.

Casting Dispel

From January by means of final week, Sawchuck posted movies to Fb revealing the secrets and techniques behind a number of common magic tips. These embody precisely the place a bouquet of flowers vanishes to, how a sword will get “swallowed,” and the way a dove seems from inside a folded-up newspaper.

The movies all observe the identical format: Sawchuck performs a trick. Then his unimpressed spouse, Dani, simply figures out the way it’s carried out. Every time, the key seems to be a cleverly designed prop, not Sawchuck’s expertise.

The movies have been considered greater than 50 million instances.

The Magic Fortress was opened in 1963 in a creepy mansion constructed within the mountains above Hollywood in 1909. (Picture:

In keeping with a letter despatched to Sawchuck on March 5 by the Academy of Magical Arts, which runs the Magic Fortress, the magician is “suspended pending an investigation by the Committee of Member Conduct” and is “not allowed to enter the Magic Fortress” till the committee concludes its investigation and renders its ultimate verdict.

“It’s not like I’m getting (David) Copperfield’s tips or Criss Angel’s or Shin Lim’s and going, ‘Right here’s how they do it,’” Sawchuck defended the clips to TMZ. “Every part I’m doing in my movies is stuff you should purchase on Amazon. It’s not stuff that anyone’s labored years for and you’ll’t discover the key for.”

The letter mentioned that Sawchuck could be summoned earlier than the committee to plead his case.

“Individuals who say I shouldn’t share tips, these folks don’t perceive that it’s 2024 now,” Sawchuck continued. “Earlier than the web was round, it was straightforward to maintain secrets and techniques, and simply learn books or go discover secrets and techniques. Now, they’re all up there.

“It’s like all these magicians are guarding an empty protected,” Sawchuck mentioned. “For those who can’t discover a new means of doing a trick, or be entertaining with it, you then shouldn’t be within the enterprise.”

Whereas the Magic Fortress would be the most unique membership for magicians on the planet, the group of magicians banned from the membership is fairly unique, too. It contains Penn & Teller — no less than if the occasional boasts made by Penn Jillette from the stage of their present on the Rio will be trusted.


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