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Archives: Week Of March 22-28, 1999
-VOLUME: 15 / ISSUE: 448 Monday - March 22, 1999

Ben Harris, from Australia, who left the magic scene about five years ago after creating many original effects is planning his return for May. Four new marketed effects will be release on May 1, with plans for a large book highlighting the best of Harris' nineteen years worth of published material plus new material. Harris describes the new items as, "They're all strong effects, easy to do and value-priced."(3/22)

The Pendragons, John Carney, Larry Clark, Alba, "Dusty" Miller, and Jeanine Anderson appearing at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles, on Mar. 22-28. Larry Clark lectures on Sunday Mar. 28.(3/22)

Jim Spinato, David Oliver, Jon Stetson, Steve Kradolfer, and Marcelo Contento appear in "Magicians & Spirits" at The Green Street Grill in Cambridge, MA on Tuesday Mar. 23. Show starts at 10pm, bar magic at 9pm. All seats $10. For more info phone: 617-876-1655.(3/22)

Lance Burton, Alain Choquette, Brett Daniels, Greg Frewin, Franz Harary, Max Maven, Melinda, The Pendragons, Princess Tenko, and Topas on a rerun of the "World's Greatest Magic I" on Tuesday Mar. 23 at 9pm ET on FAM-TV (US-cable).(3/22)

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-VOLUME: 15 / ISSUE: 449 Tuesday - March 23, 1999

Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacular has not been renewed for next season yet. If you enjoy this show write to FX (Mr. Peter Liguori, c/o FX, 1440 South Sepulveda Avenue, 2d Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90025) and let them know that you like the show and you want it back writing them increases the odds that it will be.(3/23)

The Harry Houdini episode of Mysteries & Scandals with a Lance Burton interview on Wednesday Mar. 24 at 7:30pm, Mar. 25 at 9:30am and 5pm, Mar. 27 at 8am, and Mar. 28 at 4:30pm ET on E!-TV (US-cable).(3/23)

Houdini: Unlocking His Secrets with performances by Lance Burton, Brett Daniels, David Williamson and the Pendragons on Wednesday Mar. 24 at 10pm ET on FAM-TV (US-cable).(3/23)

Lance Burton, Omar Pasha and Mark Kalin discuss the secrets of magic on the "Hidden Secrets of Magic" on Wednesday Mar. 24 at 9pm ET on FAM-TV (US-cable).(3/23)

"The Unmasked Magician" on a rerun of the Howie Mandel show on Wednesday Mar. 24 at 3pm ET on CBS-TV (US). This show is syndicated and may appear at different times and channels -- check local listings.(3/23)

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-VOLUME: 15 / ISSUE: 450 Wednesday - March 24, 1999

Magic on the Internet is discussed in an article titled, "Surf a spell and learn about magic and magicians from some of the pros" in the Mar. 18 issue of The Detroit News. Penn Jillette discusses how the Penn & Teller site came about and their involvement with it. David Copperfield and The Amazing Jonathan discuss their sites and some quotes about teaching and buying magic on the web as well as what Abbott’s Magic is working on for their website. To read the article by David Dodd click: HERE.(3/24)

Ayala & Lillia, Jason Byrne, Brett Daniels, Luis De Matos, Jeff Hobson, Amazing Jonathan, Mark Kalin & Ginger, Mac King, Rene Lavand, Max Maven, Jeff McBride, Melinda, Penn & Teller, and Rick Thomas on a rerun of the "World's Greatest Magic II" on Thursday Mar. 25 at 9pm ET on FAM-TV (US-cable).(3/24)

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-VOLUME: 15 / ISSUE: 451 Thursday - March 25, 1999
Tom Mullica's 75-minute "Tribute To Red Skelton" show will play at The Little Theater On The Square in Sullivan, IL on Mar. 26-28. To visit the Mullica/Skelton website click: HERE.(3/25)

David Blaine: Magic Man which is the title for Blaine’s second TV special has been officially scheduled to air on Wednesday Apr. 14 at 10pm ET on ABC-TV (US). His first special, Street Magic, received huge raves from young people, which are his biggest fans. That is why it seems very strange for ABC to schedule this show outside their 8-10pm prime time schedule.(3/25)

Tom Mullica, Slovin & Allen, Norman Barrett, Conan O'Brien, Rockapella, Cindy Margolis, Victoria Rowell, Steve Sax, and Gordon Clapp appear on episode #22 of "Penn and Teller's Sin City Spectacular" on Friday Mar. 26 at 10pm, Sunday Mar. 28 at 10pm and Saturday Apr. 3 at 8pm ET on FX-TV (US-cable).(3/25)

Behind the Scenes of Saban's Tenko and the Guardians of the Magic hosted by Amy Jo Johnson on Friday Mar. 26 at 3pm ET on FAM-TV (US-cable).(3/25)

Bob Arno, Dirk Arthur, Nathan Burton, Brett Daniels, Michael Finney, Greg Frewin, Joseph Gabriel, Galina, Hans & Sittah, Guy Hollingworth, Peter Marvey, The Pendragon's, Jean Piere Valerino, David Williamson, and Steve Wyrick on a rerun of the "World's Greatest Magic III" on Friday Mar. 26 at 9pm ET on FAM-TV (US-cable).(3/25)

Children help an old magician regain his self-confidence in "The Magic Is Believing" episode of Shining Time Station on Friday Mar. 26 at 1:30am ET on FAM-TV (US-cable).(3/25)

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-VOLUME: 15 / ISSUE: 452 Friday - March 26, 1999
"An Evening of Comedy and Magic" featuring The Wilsons, Tom Ogden, Lee Bayless, Muray, and Mike Elkan takes place on Saturday Mar. 27 at 8pm at the McKinney Theatre, Saddleback College, 28000 Marguerite Parkway, Mission Viejo, CA. Tickets range from $16-21 and are available by phoning: 949-582-4656.(3/26)

A magician demonstrates easy-to-learn tricks on "What's Your Hobby?" on Saturday Mar. 27 at 1pm ET on HGTV (US-cable).(3/26)

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-VOLUME: 15 / ISSUE: 453 Saturday - March 27, 1999
Mel Stover, from Winnipeg, Canada, a true genius in the magic and puzzle world is currently at the Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, CA. He suffered some chest pains after the Desert Seminar a few weeks ago and was admitted for tests – turned out that he was in very serious condition and was forced into a high risk surgery. At the age of 86 recovery can be very slow – we wish him the very best, our thoughts are with him.(3/27)

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-VOLUME: 15 / ISSUE: 454 Sunday - March 28, 1999

Mel StoverSad to report that Mel Stover (Melville Edward Stover) did not make it. He died on Saturday Mar. 27 while at the hospital. Born in 1912 in Winnipeg, Canada, he was a frequent contributor of magic ideas and routines, in most if not all magic magazines, over the years. The puzzles, optical illusions and mind games he has created will continue to baffle us for centuries to come. He will be missed. For more information read yesterdays news.(3/28)

A source close to the upcoming David Blaine special explained why it will air at 10pm, "It turns out that ABC wants to pull some serious ratings with this special. The 10pm on Wednesday time slot is one of the most-watched each week (ER, 20/20, etc.), so ABC chose to knock out 20/20 on April 14, and replace it with the Blaine special." To read what ABC-TV wrote in promoting this special click: HERE.(3/28)

Frank Brents, Peter Kougasian, and Steve Bedwell appear at Monday Night Magic on Mar. 29 in NYC. For tickets call Ticketmaster at: (212) 307-4100.(3/28)

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