LOS ANGELES - Michael Grandinetti hopes that, by the end of the summer, people around the country will be feeling one thing - true and utter amazement. Recently named by Entertainment Weekly as "a great magician who can truly communicate with a TV audience" and one of the popular stars of last year's hit series Masters of Illusion on The CW (which has currently aired in 106 different countries around the world), Grandinetti has many surprises in store when he returns for both season two of Masters of Illusion and the brand new magic series Don't Blink on Pop TV in July.
Hosted by actor Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman), Masters of Illusion premieres on Friday, July 10 (8:00-8:30pm EST/PST) on The CW. The 13 all-new half-hour episodes will feature cutting-edge grand illusions, daring escapes, fascinating sleight of hand, interactive mind magic, and hilarious comedy routines, all performed in front of a live audience in Hollywood by some of the world's top illusionists.
Don't Blink on Pop TV (July premiere date TBD) takes viewers inside the world of underground street magicians as they perform incredible tricks before the general public and celebrity guests in each hour-long episode. For the series, Grandinetti performed magic at locations including Hollywood Blvd, The Grove, Venice Beach, and Universal Studios.
Last year, Michael performed some of his favorite illusions on season one of Masters of Illusion, including levitating 10 feet above the stage, shrinking a girl to the size of a basketball, and vanishing from high above the stage and reappearing in the center of the audience. For season two and for Don't Blink, Michael filmedover 30 brand new illusions, many of which have never been seen on television before, including:
Test Conditions Levitation
The classic levitation illusion is pushed to its limits as Michael levitates a girl while she is surrounded by 10 audience members holding super bright LED flashlights, which they are invited to wave above, around, and behind the floating girl.
Michael visibly causes an object in his hand to change places with an object in a photo on an audience member's iPhone
In an artist's studio, Michael visibly pulls a woman from a large, 6-foot-tall tall painting, into the real world. Moments later, she vanishes and reappears back in the painting, but now with a special souvenir Michael has given her.
Sleight of Arm
The image of a card, thought of by a member of the audience, appears under her hand on Michael's arm
A borrowed necklace vanishes from an audience member's hands and reappears on the neck of a beautiful dancer, who instantly materializes in an elevated Plexiglas box.
Walking Through Steel
At Universal Studios Hollywood, Michael makes grand illusion up-close and personal as he walks through a 7-foot-tall wall of solid, examined steel, while the audience surrounds the magic only a few feet away.
This is just the beginning of the wide range of magic that Michael performed with objects including sea shells, water bottles, fire, necklaces, silver coins, lipstick, razor blades, goldfish, and more.
"I'm honored to be able to play a part in bringing magic to audiences across the country in both of these exciting series," Michael said. "I'm so proud of how both shows turned out and can't wait for people to see the new magic we spent the last year creating. My hope is that viewers will be able to sit down, at least for 30 minutes, forget about the hectic pace of their day, and feel like a kid again."
Not your ordinary magician, Michael Grandinetti is a modern young illusionist with contemporary style, an inventory of stunning original illusions, and an engaging personality. Michael's career history boasts performances on television series and specials (NBC's The World's Most Dangerous Magic, CW's Masters of Illusion, Entertainment Tonight, SportsCenter, Pardon the Interruption, The Bold and the Beautiful), for NFL halftime shows while surrounded by 70,000 people, with Oscar-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch and symphony orchestras, in theaters, casinos, and arenas around the country and even at The White House. Michael was recently the first illusionist ever invited to appear in the National Independence Day Parade in Washington DC, where he levitated a girl high above a float as it moved down Constitution Avenue as 250,000 people lined the streets. This is magic on a major scale. Earlier this year, Michael performed the halftime show for the Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Championship at Barclays Center in New York City and for the Chicago Bulls NBA playoff game at United Center in Chicago, causing commentators Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley to comment in amazement during the live "NBA on TNT" broadcast.
In the crowded world of entertainment, what makes Michael stand out is his personality. A true "people person", whether he is performing a massive grand illusion or intimate sleight of hand, Michael's sincerity and passion for his work comes across the footlights and creates a strong bond with his audience. During his two-month headlining run at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino last summer, several audience members returned to the show as many as 7 times and audience members routinely followed him from location to location during the tapings of Don't Blink.
Born and raised in West Mifflin, PA, a suburb of Pittsburgh, Grandinetti, 37, has been performing magic now for over 30 years. Since first starting in magic, he has grown from a child practicing card tricks and performing neighborhood shows, to working hard to achieve large and challenging goals, to amassing a resume beyond most other magicians on the performing scene today. Michael currently resides in Los Angeles.
Masters of Illusion is from Associated Television International with executive producers David McKenzie (The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards," "Marie"), Al Schwartz (The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards," "The Golden Globe Awards" 2013 & 2014, "The Gulf is Back"), Gay Blackstone ("The World Magic Awards 2007-2009) and David Martin ("Marie"), along with co-executive producers Justin Pierce ("The Rocky Saga: Going the Distance") and Jim Romanovich ("Inside Story: Ferris Bueller's Day Off"). Sony Pictures Television will handle the show's international distribution. Don't Blink is produced by Associated Television International as well.
Michael's 2015 sizzle reel can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWvtvEHtOgw
TORONTO - Braden Barrie will add the 2015 Vans Warped Tour to his musical project SayWeCanFly's long list of accomplishments, as he joins the summer massive music festival this week.
"Playing the entire Vans Warped Tour has been a goal of mine for many years," said Barrie. "It's something I've kept in my mind almost every day since I knew it existed, so it's incredible to know it's about to become a reality and an accomplishment."
Barrie, who has played a couple one-off Vans Warped Tour dates in the past, will appear every day in the Acoustic Basement Tent.
"I'm really stoked because everything is so intimate and I can literally have face-to-conversations with the kids during my set," Barrie said. "I think everyone will enjoy the closeness. It will be fun for me to work my butt off to pack as many people into the tent as possible too. My goal is to fill it to capacity every day - and then some."
Barrie has been supporting his debut full-length, Between The Roses, with headline and support dates across the country and overseas since its release earlier this year. The album, which received a Deluxe Edition release via Barrie's own PureWolf just in time for the tour, debuted at # 14 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and #5 on iTunes singer/songwriter chart. Additionally, SayWeCanFly became a featured artist on MTVHits' "Fresh Faces" and won MTVU's "The Freshmen" competition with the first single, "Song of the Sparrow."
At just 20 years old, Barrie offers a remarkable maturity, expressing raw feelings and offering a sense of hope, inspiration and understanding that fans of all ages can relate to. Much of SayWeCanFly's early success can be attributed to Barrie's strong social media presence and deep connection with his fans.
"I think what I will remember most about my first full Warped Tour is knowing the reason I was offered the tour in the first place is because so many kids requested that I be there," Barrie said. "That in itself makes every moment worth it. For me, personally, it's a chance to hang out with the people who have helped push SayWeCanFly to where it is now, and understand the heartbreak I write about. It feels like such a family, even though there are so many different elements to it. I have so much respect for Kevin Lyman along with everyone else involved for keeping it running so successfully for so many years."
With set times varying daily, Barrie has come up with a unique way to let fans know when to check out SayWeCanFly's set. "Fans can swing by the SayWeCanFly merch tent early in the day and pick up a few flyers with my set time listed on it to hand out or post around the venue," he said. "In return, they will be offered a free piece of merchandise. I thought that would be a cool way to get people involved and spread daily awareness."
Always accessible to fans, Barrie will be doing meet and greets a minimum of once a day and will also teach a class on being an independent artist for the Entertainment Institute. "I'm stoked about this because it gives kids a chance to have some one-on-one time and ask any questions they may have about the business side of things, which is something I've always paid close attention to as I've worked on building this project," said Barrie.
There also plans to shoot select dates for an innovative music video involving SayWeCanFly's fans singing along with Barrie.
"I really want to maximize the opportunity I have to make as many people a part of my experience this summer as possible, and capture the realness of it all. I'm most looking forward to making new friends and meeting so many of my social media followers in person. I think we already feel very close to each other because I spend so much time on social media making sure we are always connected."
Vans Warped Tour dates featuring SayWeCanFly are as follow:
June 19 - Pomona Fairplex, Pomona, CAJune 20 - Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CAJune 21 - Seaside Park - Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura, CAJune 23 - Quail Run Park, Mesa, AZJune 24 - Isleta Amphitheatre, Albuquerque, NMJune 25 - Remington Park, Oklahoma City, OKJune 26 - NRG Park Main St Yellow Lot, Houston, TXJune 27 - Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas, TXJune 28 - AT&T Center, San Antonio, TXJuly 1 - The Fairgrounds Nashville, Nashville, TNJuly 2 - Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta, GAJuly 3 - Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg, FLJuly 4 - Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the So Florida Fairgrounds, West Palm Beach, FLJuly 5 - Tinker Field, Orlando, FLJuly 6 - Tailgaters Festival Grounds, Jacksonville, FLJuly 7 - PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NCJuly 8 - Farm Bureau Live, Virginia Beach, VAJuly 9 - First Niagara Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PAJuly 10 - Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJJuly 11 - Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheatre, Wantagh, NYJuly 12 - Xfinity Theatre, Hartford, CTJuly 14 - Xfinity Center, Mansfield, MAJuly 15 - Darien Lake PAC, Darien Center, NYJuly 16 - Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OHJuly 17 - Molson Canadian Amphtheatre, Toronto, ONJuly 18 - Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MDJuly 19 - PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJJuly 21 - The Pavilion at Montage Mountain, Scranton, PAJuly 23 - Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OHJuly 24 - The Palace of Auburn Hills Parking Lot, Detroit, MIJuly 25 - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Chicago, ILJuly 26 - Canterbury Park, Shakopee, MNJuly 27 - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Maryland Heights, MOJuly 28 - Marcus Amphitheatre, Milwaukee, WIJuly 29 - Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, INJuly 30 - Cricket Wireless Amphitheater, Bonner Springs, KSAugust 1 - Utah State Park, Salt Lake City, UTAugust 2 - Pepso Center Parking Lot, Denver, COAugust 5 - Qualcomm Stadium Parking Lot, San Diego, CAAugust 7 - Portland Expo Center, Portland, ORAugust 8 - White River Amphitheater, Auburn, WA
TORONTO - SawWeCanFly has added a handful of headline dates to the itinerary prior to the start of the upcoming tour with Metro Station and 7 Minutes in Heaven.
SayWeCanFly will stop off in Allentown, Penn., Rochester, N.Y., Barrington, Ill., and Des Moines, Iowa, before joining up with the other bands in Fresno, Calif.
"I'm really excited to actually make the drive up to California, but it's even better knowing I get to hang out with some familiar faces on the way up," said SayWeCanFly's Braden Barrie. "It's also nice to have an opportunity to get into tour mode before the Metro Station run starts. These shows are going to be super fun!"
No stranger to the road, the young singer/songwriter has crossed the country numerous times as a headliner, both before and after the release of SayWeCanFly's debut album, Between The Roses, received a worldwide release.
Barrie has been to on a fast-track to success since Between the Roses' release, beginning with a #14 spot on Billboard's Heatseekers chart, a #5 position on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart and a huge win in MTVU's "The Freshmen" competition, rocketing the video for the track "Song of the Sparrow" into regular rotation on the music channel. All the while, Barrie has kept busy playing live in America and the UK while promoting Between The Roses.
With an already loyal following thanks to Barrie's online social connection with fans, the 20-year-old Canadian is ready to introduce his music to a new set of fans.
SawWeCanFly headline dates are as follow:
4/19/15 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
4/20/15 - Rochester, NY - Water Street Music Hall
4/21/15 - Barrington, IL - Penny Rd Pub
4/22/15 - Des Moines, IA - Wooly's
With Metro Station and 7 Minutes to Heaven:
April 26 - Fresno, CA - Strummers
April 27 - Las Vegas, NV - Hard Rock On The Strip
April 29 - Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue
April 30 - Colorado Springs, CO - The Black Sheep
May 1 - Merriam, KS - Aftershock
May 2 - Springfield, MO - Outland Ballroom
May 3 - Dekalb, IL - House Cafe
May 5 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Stache
May 6 - Columbus, OH - The Basement
May 7 - Newport, KY - Thompson House
May 8 - St. Louis, MO - Fubar
May 9 - Little Rock, AR - Juanita's
May 10 - Austin, TX - Red Seven
May 12 - Tucson, AZ - The Rock
TORONTO - SayWeCanFly will kick off the spring with a U.S. tour alongside the recently reunited Metro Station and 7 Minutes in Heaven.
"It's an honor that Metro Station is bringing me out on the road with them," said SayWeCanFly's Braden Barrie. "I think it's a solid tour package and it's going to be a blast for everyone."
No stranger to the road, the young singer/songwriter has crossed the country numerous times as a headliner, both before and after the release of SayWeCanFly's debut album, Between The Roses, received a worldwide release last month.
"I've played in a few of these places before but many are going to be a new adventure for me," he said. "I'm happy to be starting up in California to absorb some of the sunshine before we get started!"
Barrie has been to on a fast-track to success since Between The Roses' release, beginning with a #14 spot on Billboard's Heatseekers chart, a #5 position on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart and a huge win in MTVU's "The Freshmen" competition, rocketing the video for the track "Song of the Sparrow" into regular rotation on the music channel. All the while, Barrie has kept busy playing live in America and the UK while promoting Between The Roses.
Tour dates are as follow:
April 26 - Fresno, CA - StrummersApril 27 - Las Vegas, NV - Hard Rock On The StripApril 29 - Salt Lake City, UT - In The VenueApril 30 - Colorado Springs, CO - The Black SheepMay 1 - Merriam, KS - AftershockMay 2 - Springfield, MO - Outland BallroomMay 3 - Dekalb, IL - House CafeMay 5 - Grand Rapids, MI - The StacheMay 6 - Columbus, OH - The BasementMay 7 - Newport, KY - Thompson HouseMay 8 - St. Louis, MO - FubarMay 9 - Little Rock, AR - Juanita'sMay 10 - Austin, TX - Red SevenMay 12 - Tucson, AZ - The Rock
TORONTO - SayWeCanFly's "Song of the Sparrow" video has aced MTVU's "The Freshmen" competition, awarding the video with future airplay on the college-targeted channel.
"Song of the Sparrow" was selected from a group of five up -and-coming artists by viewers who casted votes online.
MTVU is viewed at over 802 college campuses, where it plays commons areas, dorms and libraries. MTVU also reaches 55 million homes.
"It's amazing to see a platform like MTV still caring about up and coming artists," SayWeCanFly's Braden Barrie said. "It takes a lot of work to move forward in the music industry, and I can honestly say this has given me new perspective. MTV is clearly alive and well and I think really helps everyone connect and feel like family."
Barrie, who is the artist behind the SayWeCanFly moniker, has built his career through personal connections with fans through social media and live performances. With the release of his debut full-length, Between The Roses, those dedicated fans have shown undying support while helping to spread the word about SayWeCanFly.
"It means the world to me that everyone cared so much to make this happen," Barrie said. "It's moments like these when I think we all feel and understand how each of us plays such an important role in helping SayWeCanFly grow, and I hope everyone knows this was our win, not mine."
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