Tech-free tricks, old-school sleight of hand: How modern magicians keep magic alive

Darcy Oake
Canadian illusionist Darcy Oake once had the judges of both Britain’s Got Talent spellbound, and now impresses audiences here in Toronto as part of The Illusionists.

A century ago, magicians like Harry Houdini ​and Howard Thurston amazed audiences with their death-defying stunts and sleight of hand. But that was long before there were YouTube videos explaining the secrets behind magic tricks and special effects capable of wowing crowds with computer-generated illusions.

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