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Archives: Week Of May 28 - June 3, 2001
-VOLUME: 41 / ISSUE: 1,246 Monday - May 28, 2001

David RegalEAST COAST: David Regal begins a whirlwind East Coast lecture tour with five lectures in five days. You can catch him at Denny & Lee Magic Studio in Baltimore, MD on May 28 (Phone: 410-686-3914), at Marc DeSouza's in Philadelphia, PA on May 29 (Phone: 610-668-9300), at JMMRT in Linden, NJ on May 30 (Phone: 732-969-2566), at SAM Assembly 127 in Wallingford, CT on May 31 (Phone: 203-269-3009), and at the Magic Shop in Long Island, NY on Jun. 1 (Phone: 631-692-4047).(5/28)

David Copperfield makes the 13 audience members that he vanishes, at the end of the show, promise not to tell how it was done. A Philadelphia Daily News article asked one of those people and she said, "David Copperfield came to us afterward and we made a gentleman's agreement not to tell. We all shook hands on it… He said he spends a lot of time figuring these things out. "To read the May 26 article titled "Clout: Casey-Evans ticket for governor? The lady disappears" click: HERE.(5/28)

David Blaine – Frozen In Time premiered on British TV where it was previewed in a Sunday Mail article which quotes Blaine, "It was a nightmare. I had to battle against delirium, sleep deprivation and, of course, hypothermia attempting to complete this endurance test in the tradition of the great Houdini. When the ice closed around me I was terrified. I thought: 'I can't do this, no way.' After 24 hours, I pretended I was a prisoner of war. It helped me survive it a little better." To read the May 27 story by Billy Sloan titled "After 62 hours entombed in ice he's Mr Cool of magic David chills out" supplied by YellowBrix and Infoseek click: HERE.(5/28)

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-VOLUME: 41 / ISSUE: 1,247 Tuesday - May 29, 2001
American HeritageDai Vernon's quest to track down the legendary center dealer Allen Kennedy in 1932 is the subject of a 10-page feature in the May issue of American Heritage magazine. Karl Johnson who wrote the article dug up previously unknown information about Kennedy by tracking down his neighbors and relatives who never knew he was a skilled card cheater. Also included is a photo of Kennedy and a two-page sidebar about Erdnase. Magicians mentioned in the article include Charlie Miller, Faucett Ross, T. Nelson Downs, John Scarne, and Ross Bertram. The issue can be found at many magazine stands or can be purchased directly from American Heritage by phoning: 800-925-9877.(5/29)

ARGENTINA: Rafael Benatar appears at the CADI convention in Buenos Aires on Jun. 1-4. For more information e-mail: Ray Francas at rayfrancas@ciudad.com.ar.(5/29)

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-VOLUME: 41 / ISSUE: 1,248 Wednesday - May 30, 2001
Parlor Magic RenaissanceThe genteel National Arts Club in New York City provides an opulent yet intimate setting for the presentation of a style of conjuring skewed to just such well-appointed salons and those who might be their habitués. Steve Cohen's production of " Chamber Magic: A Demonstration of Modern Conjuring" harks back to an earlier era when wealthy or titled patrons hosted or attended elegant entertainments in drawing rooms and conservatories. "Malini, Bertram and Hofzinser are my models," confided Cohen to MagicTimes. "Their performances were intended for an elite and moneyed clientele."  ...Go to full story.(5/30)

Olmedini who performs magic on the New York City subways is featured in the New York Times where he is described as, "Olmedini, 60, has been performing on the subway for the past seven years, making as much as $25 an hour on good days, enough to pay his rent in Jackson Heights and send money back to Ecuador to help put his daughter through college." Olmedini explained, "In the subway… I am famous. …People in the subway, they love me… But you know what my fondest wish is? It's to be so successful that I never have to work in the subway again." To read the May 29 story by Randy Kennedy titled "Tunnel Vision: A Magician Takes His Act on the Train" click: HERE. (Only members can read this).(5/30)

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-VOLUME: 41 / ISSUE: 1,249 Thursday - May 31, 2001
The Amazing DadGiovanni Livera has released a new book titled "The Amazing Dad: More Than 400 Ways to Wow the Kids" which is out just in time for Fathers Day. The book, which was co-written with Ken Preuss, teaches fathers how to do amazing things and impress their children by using magic, science, puzzles, games, and tricks. Many of the 400+ items will be of interest to magicians and childrens' entertainers who are always on the lookout for novel stunts to impress and amaze. The 212-page illustrated book is available at most book shops or directly from the authors at: www.amazingdad.com.
—You can also purchase the book from Amazon.com for $10.36 by clicking: HERE.(5/31)

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-VOLUME: 42 / ISSUE: 1,250 Friday - June 1, 2001

Igor - Memories From The FutureIgor opened his "Memories From The Future" show on Apr. 6 at the 13th Street Repertory Company in New York City. The show runs twice a week (Fridays at 7pm and Saturdays at 11pm) and features his two award winning acts which have been blended into what he describes as, "…a theatrical performance, built as a pseudoscientific lecture relating to time travel and how time travel may affect our memories. Although this show is primarily a play and not a straightforward magic show it is filled with magic." A guest performer is regularly featured in a 5-10 minute spot between the two halves of the play. For more information about the show or if you are interested in becoming the guest performer click: HERE.(6/1)

James Randi is consulted for a Las Vegas Sun article which looks and dowsing for Water. Randi commented that, "…most dowsers impress me because of their absolute devotion to their belief. These are honest folks who believe devoutly that they have the power." To read the May 29 story by Jerry Fink titled "All Wet? Dowsers search for water, respect for their ancient art" click: HERE.(6/1)

Ten members of the Dayton Assembly of the Society of American Magicians will be performing on Saturday Jun. 2 at the Festival of Magic at Yellow Springs High School. According to a Dayton Daily News story, the proceeds will be used to present two $750 scholarships. Tickets to the show can be reserved by phoning: 767-1521. To read the May 24 story titled "Magic Group To Have Fest" supplied by YellowBrix and Infoseek click: HERE.(6/1)

Max Maven will appear on the popular radio show, the Tim & Neil Show, on Sunday Jun. 3 at 3pm-7pm on KFI (640 AM) in Los Angeles where he will be promoting his upcoming shows at The Knitting Factory. The radio shows often streams live on the web or can be accessed after it is archived. For more information click: HERE.(6/1)

MARYLAND: George Schindler lectures on Sunday Jun. 3 at 3pm at Denny & Lee Magic Studio (325 South Marlyn Avenue) in Baltimore. Admission is $15 per person. For more information phone: 410-686-3914.(6/1)

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-VOLUME: 42 / ISSUE: 1,251 Saturday - June 2, 2001

"The Magicians" starring Ro'i Oron, Zvika Twik, and Adi Ezroni is a new magic TV series which begins airing on Israeli TV's Channel 2 on Saturday Jun. 2 at 8:30pm. The show has signed for eight specials which The Jerusalem Post described as, "There have been magic shows on Israeli TV before, but not with the pace and the sense of humor that The Magicians offers." To read the Jun. 1 story by Aryeh Dean Cohen titled "Reshet's on-screen magic" click: HERE.(6/2)

"Rouclere: Ridgewood’s Magician" is the title of a talk to be given by Joseph Suplicki, a relative of John Henry Terhune who performed as Harry Rouclere in the late 1800's early 1900's with his wife Mildred. The Roucleres were very talented and successful magicians who retired in their 30's to open the Hotel Rouclere in Ridgewood, NJ where they spent the rest of their lives. The talk will be given in conjunction with what would have been Rouclere's 135th birthday. The lecture will be held at the Ridgewood Public Library (125 North Maple Ave) in Ridgewood, NJ on Saturday Jun. 2 at 2pm. For more information click: HERE.(6/2)

Peter Reveen who appeared in Canada for ten days in April is profiled in a Report Newsmagazine where he gives great advice to magicians, "I never humiliate people; I never descend to dirty jokes. Only if you don't have talent do you stoop to filth." The article described the reaction to Reveen, "With each antic the audience convulsed with laughter, none more so than the friends and relatives of those onstage." To read the May 14 story titled "Half a century of 'impossiblism'" supplied by YellowBrix and Infoseek click: HERE.(6/2)

Torkova and Will Shaw will be appearing at CircuSundays in Red Hook, Brooklyn this Sunday. Shows will appear every Sunday in June at the Waterfront Museum with different performers each week. Next week the magical performer is Richard Cohn. To read the Jun. 1 New York Times story by Laurel Graeber titled "Family Fare: A Circus Goes Overboard" click: HERE. (It is a members only site).(6/2)

Looks like next year we might have two very similar movies which are based on the adventures of Robert-Houdin. Announced this week is the making of "The Magician's Wife" into a movie, but the story is just another version of Smoke & Mirrors which will star Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones. A Snowball.com article noted, "Now, I am not saying that The Magician's Wife is a "rip-off" of Smoke & Mirrors; both stories are based on historical events that are part of the public record so it is fair game." To read the Jun. 1 story by Stax titled "Holy Smoke! Dueling Magicians?" click: HERE.(6/2)

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-VOLUME: 42 / ISSUE: 1,252 Sunday - June 3, 2001

John Calvert and his DC-2 airplane is the subject of an article in Air Classics, which documents the history of Calvert's plane prior to it crashing on January 1, 1947 in the Burbank airport while trying to land. The plane's appearance is described as, "Calvert had his name boldly splashed down the sides of the fuselage while nose art of a falcon was applied along with the name The Falcon. Mystic Lady II was also applied to the nose and the DC-2 was used to move Calvert and his crew around to various shows." To read the Jun. 1 article titled "Falcon's final flight" supplied by YellowBrix and Infoseek click: HERE.(6/3)

Siegfried & Roy held a party for the cast and crew of "Traumschiff" a German TV show based on the Love Boat. A Las Vegas Sun article reported that, "Highlights included Roy welcoming the characters to his back yard while riding atop his 53-year-old elephant, Gildah." To read the Jun. 1 article by Kate Maddox titled "Uncovering Shadow's naked truth" click: HERE.(6/3)

Siegfried & Roy almost became known as Delmare and Roy. Siegfried explained in a Las Vegas Review-Journal article that someone told him that, "…the name Siegfried was 'too German,' that I needed a stage name. So I named myself 'Delmare,' which means 'from the sea.'" To read the Jun. 1 article by Norm titled "Sinatra pal says singer, Monroe were just friends" click: HERE.(6/3)

Ricky Jay's "Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women" is recommended as an ideal summer read in the Savannah Morning News. The review describes the book as, "Jay takes us on a fascinating, profusely illustrated survey of the strangest entertainers to ever hit the world's stages." To read the May 27 article by Doug Wyatt and Chuck Mobley titled "Seeworthy" click: HERE.
--To buy the book for $20 from Amazon.com click: HERE.(6/3)

Lior Manor received the coveted Dunninger Memorial Award at the Psychic Entertainers Association convention last week for his "Distinguished Professionalism and Excellence in the Performance of Mind Reading and Telepathy." Monor is one of the best-known mentalists in Israel who regularly appears on TV and at one time had his own weekly show.(6/3)

Puck, Jorge Blass, Gene Anderson, Jamy Ian Swiss, Carl Mercurio, Michael Chaut and Simon Lovell appear at Monday Night Magic on Jun. 4 at 8pm in NYC. For tickets call Ticketmaster at: 212-307-4100.(6/3)

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