18 entries categorized "Jeannie"

The Price is Right 2

Image_00037 Yesterday Sue-Anne shot another segment on the TV game show 'The Price Is Right' at Channel Nine. It was her second time doing a magical cameo as 'Jeannie' on the show. This episode will probably air in a week or two and, for the incredibly short time she appears on screen, there's a lot of work behind the scenes!

She spent quite some time coming up with the brief (5 seconds!) illusion she would be performing in order to showcase a vacuum cleaner and an air conditioner. The apparatus was prepared in our studio and Sue-Anne spent the morning gathering all of her Jeannie costume and accessories together.

We arrived at the studios in Richmond for a 12 noon rehearsal, but weren't called on until about 12.30. We had a a quick technical run through with producer Michael Pope (who, luckily, is a big magic fan and really wanted to make sure everything was 100%). They had even designed a special prize display with a 'Jeannie' feel about it.

Shooting was scheduled for 2.15pm, so it was off for lunch and then Sue-Anne added the final touches to her make-up. Fellow magician and Channel Nine employee Carly popped in to the set to say hi and watch the proceedings as 2pm approached.

Finally, a little after 2.15, their 'Major Nelson' got into position behind the sliding prize doors, and Sue-Anne began to "levitate". Larry Emdur gestured to the doors and they opened revealing Jeannie sitting on a cushion of air as Major Nelson stood their scratching his head. The prizes were announced... and that was it! It was over. We said goodbye to Carly and the producer of our segment, gathered up our magical equipment and headed off. No applause, no reviews, no idea of how the whole thing is even going to look until it goes to air.

The Magic Is Right!

Last night we went down to Channel 9 for a taping of the popular TV game show 'The Price Is Right'. Sue-Anne was scheduled to do a guest cameo spot as 'Jeannie' in the gift shop. A lot of preparation went into this tiny segment of the show and it was quite a challenge to condense the floating table routine into under 10 seconds and still make it magical.

Looks like Sue-Anne did manage to achieve it though, as she's been invited to do more cameo appearances throughout the year. Last night's episode will air in early June.


Several people have been asking if they can buy a DVD of us performing magic, as opposed to teaching it. Well we do have one DVD available to the public which contains over an hour of live performances including:
  • The Multiplying Cell Phones
  • The Bill to Banana
  • Soda Resurrection
  • Razorblade Eating
  • Runaround Sue
  • Credit Card Fax
  • The Houdini Trunk Illusion
  • The full Jeannie stage act
  • The Six Card Rap Music Video
  • PLUS two Montages, a gallery of Jeannie photographs by 'Tashkah', teasers of the Levitation, Squash, Sawing in Half Illusions.
(Will not play on USA or JAPAN NTSC FORMAT DVD players)
To order this item, direct from us,
send a cheque or money order for $20 Australian dollars to
'Magic Unlimited', 3/114 Bent St, Northcote 3070, Victoria, Australia
or go HERE and order it via Paypal. It's the DVD at the bottom of the page.

Why call it 'I Dream of Jeannie' at all?

Jeanniemovie The new $90m Hollywood movie version of the TV series 'I Dream of Jeannie' is due for release next year. Judging from everything the director, Gurinder Chadha has been saying about this movie, it's got little to do with the TV series we all know and love at all:

Guriendhar10072004_1 "It's a Hollywood movie for Sony Pictures, a prequel to I Dream of Jeannie. It's set in ancient Persia, 200 BC, the time where Jeannie comes from. But we do go to Cocoa Beach later. It's a contemporary feminist adventure with an $80 million budget. I consider myself to be a feminist filmmaker, and I go out of my way to make three-dimensional female characters. When you go back and look at the old show, it's really dodgy [creepy]. I remembered it as this flighty little '60s show. But I went back and watched the pilot. Barbara Eden is like, 4 months pregnant, that's why she had so much material covering her everywhere. She turns up on Cocoa Beach, which is actually a beach in L.A., and she comes out of the bottle and sees the astronaut. And as soon as she sees him, she falls in love right away... moaning, "Ahhhhh," and caressing him. It's about her being in love with him... Every man's fantasy. I've been having a lot of fun learning about all the special effects and computer graphics cheating that goes on. We'll be filming it this summer, and it'll be ready in the summer of 2006."

"I'm directing a screen version of the American television series "I Dream Of Jeannie". We've zeroed in on two major Hollywood actresses. One of them will play the lead. It's the role of a 17-18 year old. It's a prequel to the popular TV show. It will be set in Persia. It's a huge studio movie with action, adventure and special effects. It will be much bigger than "Bride & Prejudice" with a budget of $80-90 million. It’s all about a girl who wants to be a soldier in the king’s army. She’s very good at sword fighting. But her mother says no... there comes a time when she has to put her sword down and be serious, get married, be in a harem. And in my films girls never end up doing that... The king then casts a spell on her and says, ‘From this day you will have to say ‘Yes, master’ to every man you see.’ My film is about how she tries to break that spell.” Chadha's next directorial project is an arabesque fantasy. It's an adaptation of the hit American serial I Dream Of Jeannie, about the life of a suburban witch. I've finalised Kate Hudson to play Jeannie! We start shooting this summer, in the US and Canada."

AshKate Hudson is no longer attached to the role. However, Ashton Kutcher [pictured left] has been cast as Major Nelson! In the original TV series, Jeannie was not a mortal turned into a genie, but a genie descended from a long line of genies. Genies were not human, but smoke, and they could use their magic to do or get anything at all... except for the love of her master. That's the essence of the TV series. In the new movie version, if the current rumours are correct, Jeannie is a Muslim girl in 200BC (years before the foundation of the religion) who is punished by being turned into a genie and having to serve her master. So instead of trying to please her master to attain his affections and by trying too hard inadvertantly causing chaos, this new Jeannie will be a feminist who will more than likely use her powers to intentionally cause mischief. Why promise something in the title of a movie (a remake of your favourite TV series) then deliver something completely different? (an action adventure girl-power movie).

Oh well... this movie has been in the starting blocks for at least a decade so far... we'll keep our eyes posted for the latest developments.