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My Episode on Penn & Teller: Fool Us!

Check out my appearance on the Season 6 Premiere of Penn & Teller: Fool Us!

Until next time,

Giancarlo 

6/17/2020

Magic Trick NFTs - We Just Made History

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On February 24, 2021, I minted the first magic secret as an unlockable NFT.

Non-fungible tokens are revolutionizing everything. And now, that includes magic.

We implemented a two token system - an effect token and a method token. 

The Effect Token is a collectible, it's available HERE

 Then there is the Method Token which contains the actual secret. It is not for sale, but you can view it HERE 

The Method Token provides a safe place to store the secret and it allows magicians to claim ownership of an effect without revealing the secret. Check out the press release HERE for more info.

 

Until next time,

Giancarlo 

3/10/2021

Magicians are Simply Storytellers

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We've all heard it before.  At least as magicians, it's a common saying.  But it wasn't until I read this week's e-copy of Penguin Illusions Weekly that it hit home.  They had an article by a non-magician on the power of storytelling. I've attached a snippet of it here but recommend you check out the full thing.

 Storytelling Article 

Until next time,

Giancarlo 

2/23/2021

Craving Some Austin Food Right Now

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I moved out of Austin after graduating from UT, and of all the things I love about Austin, the one I missed the most is the FOOD!

Kerbey Lane and Franklin's BBQ were some of my favorite places to go, but my #1 spot to go was always Grill Shack.  I've attached their menu here:

Grill Shack Menu

Check them out next time you're in town.

Until next time,

Giancarlo 

2/20/2021

Need a new movie to watch...

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So over the course of this quarantine, I've realized that I've had plenty of time to check out a ton of movies... so having run out of stuff in my "suggested" page of most of my streaming services, my friend showed me this site on the International Movie Database.  A ton of people know about the IMDB but not many know that they have a "suggestions" page as well of their top picks.  You can check that out at the link below:

IMDB PICKS

Let me know if you find something cool to watch! I just saw Pixar's SOUL and found it quite interesting.

Until next time,

Giancarlo 

2/13/2021

I'm on Clubhouse!

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Found a crazy app that is insanely good for networking. I've been spending insane hours on this thing. Like seriously, I think my daily average is like 6 hours? IDK.  It's been awesome to connect with a ton of talented people. Encourage you guys to check it out.  This post is short because I'm on the app while writing this lol.

My handle is @BerniniMagic

Until next time,

Giancarlo 

2/12/2021

Are Encyclopedias Even a Thing Anymore?

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So I remember as a kid, I'd see this massive set of books in the library and think that they contained all the knowledge in the universe.  Haven't seen them in years, probably because of Google and Wikipedia these days.  So I'm thinking, as a magician, instead of doing tricks with books, which have limited info, what if I could do tricks with Wikipedia, which has unlimited potential.  Like, according to this site: www.WikiCount.net, which apparently is the most often updated, Wikipedia currently has over 6 million articles.  Think about how much information that is. ​

Until next time,

Giancarlo 

1/11/2021

Now offering VIRTUAL SHOWS!

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Forgot to post about this on here, but YES I am doing ZOOM SHOWS now!  What's more magical than being able to blow your mind even when I'm thousands of miles away? Check it out!

12/2/2020

Birthstones

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So a while ago, someone asked me to guess their birthstone, and to be honest, I didn't know anything about birthstones.  I had to look up the chart. I'm posting it here for anyone who needs to look up theirs.

Take a look:  Birthstone Chart

 

Until next time,

Giancarlo

11/4/2020

Harry Houdini, King of Cards

Most people know Harry Houdini as an Escape Artist, but only a few know that he was also known as the King of Cards.  He was known for not only being able to tell what card people were thinking of, but also give people the magical ability to guess what he was thinking of.  Check out this cool Black and White photograph I found of Houdini preparing to do this trick:

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It's pretty great quality considering the time period.

Until next time,

Giancarlo

10/31/2020

Ghostbusters and ESP

In the movie "Ghostbusters", they test for Extra Sensory Perception, which is basically mind-reading abilities. They do this using ESP cards - containing the circle, cross, wavy lines, square, and star. According to most experts, using a visualization exercise can help. With Halloween coming up fairly quickly, I thought it'd be fun to create a test of this.  If anyone would like to try it, let me know.

For those curious, these are what ESP Cards look like: (Click here)

Until next time,

Giancarlo

10/28/2020

Do people read their emails?

I was thinking about the concept of a mailing list, but the thing is... I don't like mailing lists. I don't like spam.  When I see a "newsletter" in my inbox, I don't click on it.  So if you sign up for an email list from me, you're only gonna get relevant info I genuinely think you'll find interesting. That's a promise.  But anyway, I figured that an email might be a way to do magic for people who aren't in the room with me, so that's an idea I think is worth exploring at least.  Sign up for my email list.

Until next time,

Giancarlo

10/12/2020

What's Trending in People's Heads

So a friend of mine told me about www.google-stats.com , which has an updated list of what the world is searching.  For any of my magician friends, you can check this from time to time to see what topics are trending and what people might be thinking about.  Might help you figure out what someone is thinking during a mindreading trick.  Muggles, you might find this fun as well, just to see what people are talking about.

Until next time,

Giancarlo

9/15/2020

New Promo Video!!!

Super excited to share my new promo video!​

8/20/2020

My Episode on Penn & Teller: Fool Us!

Check out my appearance on the Season 6 Premiere of Penn & Teller: Fool Us!

Until next time,

Giancarlo 

6/17/2020

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