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Archives: Week Of January 1-7, 2001
-VOLUME: 37 / ISSUE: 1,099 Monday - January 1, 2001

Lincoln Bond produced and hosted the second annual Magic Marathon which featured magicians performing from Noon to midnight on Dec. 31. A Los Angeles Daily News article reported that seven magicians from the local IBM and the Magic Castle will help raise money for the children of the Santa Clarita United Methodist Church. Asked why he is doing this Bond responded, "I probably do it because I was a child who was in and out of hospitals throughout my youth... "I was a child in need, and I know there are children in our church who are also in need. Plus, I just love children." To read the Dec. 30 story titled "Magic Marathon Reappears Show To Benefit Church Children" supplied by Infoseek and YellowBrix click: HERE.(1/1)

Will Shaw, Michael Chaut, R.J. Lewis, Simon Lovell, Bob Torkova, and Carl Mercurio appear at Monday Night Magic on Jan. 1 at 8pm in NYC. For tickets call Ticketmaster at: 212-307-4100.(1/1)

EAST COAST: Jay Sankey spends January lecturing throughout the East Coast with stops in Greenbrook, NJ (Jan. 8), Gulf Mills, PA (9), Baltimore, MD (10), Yonkers, NY (11), New York, NY (12), Atlanta, GA (21), Charlestown, SC (22), Raleigh, NC (23), Washington, DC (24), Richmond, VA (25), Stauton, VA (26), and Newport News, VA (27). For more information check with your local magic clubs or e-mail the Magicians Lecture Network by clicking: HERE.(1/1)

PRESS RELEASE: THE PHOENIX RISES AGAIN! PHOENIX GATHERING 2001.

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-VOLUME: 37 / ISSUE: 1,100 Tuesday - January 2, 2001

Penn and TellerThe magic of Penn & Teller is reviewed in the Washington Times where Penn is described as "Mr. Jillette, a hulking stage presence with a rapid-fire tongue, is a magical trick on his own. His verbal deluge, at once sardonic and literate, never stops. Ever." Although the reviewer didn't like everything in the show his conclusions were, "It's a testament to their craft that even after all that exposure, from appearances with David Letterman to feature film work, their stunts still can surprise and even inspire that too-familiar gurgling in the stomach. That's no sleight of hand. That's talent." To read the Dec. 28 review by Christian Toto titled "The magic of Penn & Teller" click: HERE.(1/2)

J. Errol Nelson's magic show on Sunday at the First Baptist Church is covered in the Bristol Herald Courier. To read the Jan. 1 article by Jason Reeves titled "Kingsport's magical night" click: HERE.(1/2)

A transcript of a Teller chat organized by the Washington Post on Friday, Dec. 29 1pm is archived on their website. You can read many witty comebacks to some interesting questions from Penn & Teller fans. A sample answer went like this, "That was fun! Nothing I personally enjoy more then inflicting gory physical pain on Penn that's a dream come true." To read the "Teller Speaks!" chat click: HERE.(1/2)

Brian "Bev" Hills who is a police inspector and magician is featured in The Northern Echo. To read the Dec. 30 article titled "Bev's party piece is magic" supplied by Infoseek and YellowBrix click: HERE.(1/2)

Larry Wilson, Eric Buss, The Evasons, George Tovar, Jason Latimer, Joycee Beck,  Tommy Garbin, and Monique appearing at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles, on Jan. 2-7. Fred Hershberger lectures on Sunday Jan. 7.(1/2)

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-VOLUME: 37 / ISSUE: 1,101 Wednesday - January 3, 2001

An international magic theatre is scheduled to appear at the Kinfra park at Kazhakoottam, India. According to an article in the Hindu, the theater is scheduled to be opened by the International Magic Academy in January, 2002 with the first phase of construction already completed. Plans are also under way for a museum and a book about the history of magic. To read the Dec. 29 story titled "International magic theatre" click: HERE.(1/3)

John Ekin's business, Abracadabra Magical Entertainment in Claremont, FL, is featured in The Orlando Sentinel. Growing up in Baltimore, he lived near the Yogi Magic Mart and Phil Thomas, became his mentor. Ekin said, "I used to save all of my lunch money and spend it on magic... At 11 years old, I did my first paid show." Currently Ekin performs regularly at Disney at the Boardwalk Buskers show at the Boardwalk Resort and at the Diamond Horseshoe Saloon. Giving advice to young people he frequently tells them, "Education is the most important thing... But don't get too caught up in things. Follow your dreams, and success will follow." To read the Dec. 30 article titled "Clermont, Fla., Man Builds Entertainment Business on Talent for Magic" supplied by Infoseek and YellowBrix click: HERE.(1/3)

Dennis DeBondt who performed at the Naperville's Nichols Library in Illinois is featured in a Chicago Daily Herald article. The story describes the highlights from his show with a final quote from one of the guests, "Boy, that was fun. I loved it." To read the Dec. 29 article by Ann Piccininni titled "A little post-holiday magic" click: HERE.(1/3)

Fred A. Morton Jr. who died recently at the age of 75 is featured in a Knoxville News-Sentinel story. Morton is described as, "Fred Morton was the very essence of magic. He had it in his personality, in his nimble, quicker-than-the-eye fingers. To children, he was more than magic. He was a thrill." To read the Dec. 24 story titled "Late friend added magic to pals' lives" supplied by Infoseek and YellowBrix click: HERE.(1/3)

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-VOLUME: 37 / ISSUE: 1,102 Thursday - January 4, 2001
William Doerflinger 1910 - 2000Magic lost a notable champion in the death of William Main Doerflinger on December 23, 2000. He passed away at the Fellowship Village facility where he had resided since 1999. Born in Brooklyn, educated Magna Cum Laud at both Princeton and Harvard Universities, he was a long time resident of Convent Station New Jersey and a well respected member of the New York publishing community. He was 90 years old. In magic history circles, Mr. Doerflinger was a noted collector and writer of insight and skill. Most conjuring enthusiasts will be familiar with his book, "The Magic Catalogue: A Comprehensive Guide To The Wonderful World Of Magic," published in 1977. ...Go to full story.(1/4)

Ronnie Lee Douglas (9/23/1956 - 12/29/2000) who performed under the name Magic Ron died on Dec. 29 at the age of 44. A memorial service was held on Wednesday Jan. 3 at the Charlotte Park Club House. To read the Jan. 2 Sarasota Herald-Tribune obituary click: HERE.(1/4)

PENNSYLVANIA: Tony Daniels lectures for IBM Ring #6 on Monday Jan. 8 at 7:30pm at the C.C. Hancock United Methodist Church (Sproul Road (Route 320) & Wesley Road) in Springfield. Admission is $5 for members or $10 for non-members. For more information click: HERE.(1/4)

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-VOLUME: 37 / ISSUE: 1,103 Friday - January 5, 2001
Jenny Alexander has once again joined the cast of the newly renamed "Naked Angels" review at the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas on Dec. 29. Her new show features sleight-of-hand and large illusions and she performs as a solo act. She told MagicTimes about her new venture, "I'm very excited to be doing magic alone, it's an entirely different connection with the audience than I had with a partner." The show also features well known Vegas Comedian Pete Barbutti and runs on Tuesdays through Sundays at 8 and 10pm. Tickets cost $28.95 per person.(1/5)

Penn & Teller perform in Las Vegas, Philadelphia and New Jersey this month with shows at the Sambra Theater at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Jan. 5-14, the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia, PA on Jan. 23-38, and at the State Theater in New Brunswick, NJ on Jan. 31.(1/5)

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-VOLUME: 37 / ISSUE: 1,104 Saturday - January 6, 2001

Jenny AlexanderJenny Alexander, her magic and career, are featured in the Winter 2000/2001 issue of Smoke Magazine. Before her current Vegas gig Jenny and her husband Scott toured their magic show through the College circuit, performed at Bill Malone's club in Florida and at Caesar's Magical Empire. Her show is described as... "Her show, called Hot Trix, [now called Naked Angels] has taken magic performance to another level. Blending exciting physical magic, sleight of hand, dancing, and music in a tantalizing, sexy atmosphere, Jenny has created a unique show." She also describes the current magic scene in Vegas, "There are well over 400 magicians in Las Vegas... In fact, they have a meeting on Wednesday nights, and some of the big names will show up. Its a pretty supportive atmosphere, but its definitely a competitive environment." To read the Jan. 5 article by Mike Jessee titled "Magic Maven" click: HERE.(1/6)

A Las Vegas Sun article explains that Penn & Teller should get their own long running show in Las Vegas. The article also explains how they create new routines, "The Penn & Teller creative process is to first identify the mood and the image they wish to achieve, intellectually and emotionally. Then they sit down together and create a trick or illusion that will best illustrate this. Finally they find a way to make it both entertaining and funny. By their own admission, it is a long and tedious process." As part of the article is a recap of how all of the current Vegas shows got to where they are today and how different they all are in style and content. To read the Jan. 5 story by Joe Delaney titled "Penn & Teller lead a magical roundup of stars" click: HERE.(1/6)

Dixie Dooley's "Houdini Lives Again," which continues to run at the Plaza is reviewed in a Las Vegas Sun article. A description of the entire show is described with the final verdict being: "This is an entertaining show that could be easily overlooked -- don't overlook it." To read the Jan. 5 article by Joe Delaney titled "Dooley pays homage to the master magician at the Plaza" click: HERE.(1/6)

Penn & Teller are featured in the current issue of Neon with a cover story which describes them as "Together, the Las Vegas residents are the odd couple of magic with an offbeat take on making illusions." To read the Jan. 5 story by Ken White titled "It's All an Act" click: HERE.(1/6)

Anthony Lindan has written an article for the Computer Dealer News which describes how to use magic to draw customers and differentiate your business from others with customized magic presentations. To read the Dec. 8 story by Anthony Lindan titled "Marketing is magic" click: HERE.(1/6)

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-VOLUME: 37 / ISSUE: 1,105 Sunday - January 7, 2001

Christian EngblomNEW JERSEY: Christian Engblom, from Finland, will lecture on Wednesday Jan. 10 at 8pm for JMMRT at the V.F.W. (Pennsylvania Railroad Ave., two blocks from the NJ Transit - Linden train station) in Linden. His very original "Anti-Faro" technique caused a stir among many knowledgeable card experts a couple of years ago and it will now be tipped to all. This is an opportunity to see one of the next big stars in magic before he becomes the talk of the magic world. Cost to non-members is $12. For more information phone Al Hillman at: 732-257-3456 or click: HERE.(1/7)

Le Grand David and his Spectacular Magic Company perform every Sunday in January at 3pm at the Cabot St. Cinema Theatre (286 Cabot St.) in Beverly, MA. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12. For more information and tickets phone: 978-927-3677.(1/7)

Michael Chaut, Master Lee, Jamy Ian Swiss, Rich Marotta, Adam Rubin, Presto, and Simon Lovell appear at Monday Night Magic on Jan. 8 at 8pm in NYC. For tickets call Ticketmaster at: 212-307-4100.(1/7)

CALIFORNIA: R. Paul Wilson lectures on Wednesday Jan. 10 at Mind Over Magic (2214 Burbank Blvd.) in Burbank. For more information phone: 818-562-1921.(1/7)

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