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Archives: Week Of June 17-23, 2002
-VOLUME: 54 / ISSUE: 1,631 Monday - June 17, 2002

Gary Ouellet is described as a "Renaissance man who helped many Las Vegas magicians polish their acts and who gave them huge breaks via NBC TV specials." A Las Vegas Review-Journal article shares more light on his career and current projects. According to David Saxe Ouellet's new ventures were because, "It was important to him to have full creative control of something, and he could never do that by being a consultant." Magicians mentioned in the article include: Mac King, Lance Burton, Melinda, Steve Wyrick, Joaquin Ayala, The Amazing Johnathan, and David Copperfield. The Las Vegas memorial service takes place on Monday Jun. 17 at the "Insomnia club, where the musical "Tease" is Ouellet's last mark on the Strip." To read the Jun. 16 article by Mike Weatherford titled "Ouellet shared the magic" click: HERE.(6/17)

Tim and Janet Scarbrough who both recently won awards at the Florida State Magic Association Convention are featured in The Ledger. The article looks at there careers, projects and future plans. To read the Jun. 16 article by Billie Ellis titled "Magicians Win Awards at Miami Competition" click: HERE.(6/17)

In an article about scams on the Internet the Cincinnati Business Journal compares the skills of a magician to that of one of the scams. The author points out, "But we are not entertained every time we are fooled. Indeed sometimes it can make us quite angry. When we get less than we bargained for, we feel cheated, not amused. You see, magicians may be professional liars, but not all professional liars are magicians. Some are merely out to separate us from our money." To read the Jun. 7 article by Wm. Bruce Davis titled "Thieves use Web magic to make your money disappear" click: HERE.(6/17)

Danny Cole, Alan Watson, Steve Dacri, Taylor Hughes, Larry Chaffers, Matt Marcy, Tyler Knight, and Howard Jay appear at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles on Jun. 17-23. Doug Brewer lectures on Sunday Jun. 23.(6/17)

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-VOLUME: 54 / ISSUE: 1,632 Tuesday - June 18, 2002

David Acer can be seen weekly in the childrens' television series "Mystery Hunters," produced by Discovery International, and currently airing on Sundays at 2:30pm on YTV in Canada. Acer plays the part of Doubting Dave, a magician/scientist/skeptic, who helps the teenagers explore their mysteries from different perspectives as they scour the world in search of unexplained phenomena. Acer is also one of the writers of the new series, which began airing on Jun. 9. The show is scheduled to start airing in the United States on the Discovery Kids network this fall. Most Discovery International shows also manage to air in the United Kingdom, Continental Asia, Australia and Latin America. So check your local listings.(6/18)

Jeff McBride, Eugene Burger, and Abbi Spinner present a 3-day workshop titled "The Secret Art of Magic" where they will explore "The Magician: From Shaman to Showman." The course description explains, "All art is magic. From nothing but imagination, a few scraps, and a bit of raw talent the artist creates another world, a thing of beauty and value where there was nothing." The description continues, "we explore the history, mystery, mythology, and symbolism of the magical arts, from their ancient roots to today's modern theaters." The workshop will cost $250 per person and will be held at the Rhinebeck Campus in Rhinebeck, NY on Jun. 21-23. For more information and registration click: HERE.(6/18)

Lance Burton's apartment and Penn Jillette's home are being taped this week for a Travel Channel special titled "Vegas VIP Homes."(6/18)

MEXICO: Max Maven will be lecturing on Jun. 21 and 22 in Mexico City. For more information e-mail: MagoChenkai@hotmail.com.(6/18)

NEW YORK: Jim Cellini lectures for SAM Parent Assembly #1 on Friday Jun. 21 at 7:15pm at Fordham University (113 West 60th Street- #1124). This is a members only event.(6/18)

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-VOLUME: 54 / ISSUE: 1,633 Wednesday - June 19, 2002

David Blaine and his date are chased by the press while in London. According to an Evening Standard article, "…the couple made a bizarre attempt to conceal the fact that they were staying at the same west London hotel. They left through the rear kitchen door and raced across the street to a Mercedes. The car was chased across London to a five-star hotel where they have been staying for three days." To read the Jun. 18 article by Richard Simpson titled "Blaine fails to disappear in Soho" click: HERE.(6/19)

Michael Canick and James SawinMicahel Canick watches as James Swain performs on June 6 during his book signing and gambling themed show at Michael Canick Booksellers in New York City. The occasion was Swain's newly released novel "Funny Money." (Photo: MagicTimes). (6/19)

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-VOLUME: 54 / ISSUE: 1,634 Thursday - June 20, 2002

RED -- A Performance TributeTom Mullica's show "RED -- A Performance Tribute" which opened on Jun. 4 at the Branson Mall Music Theatre (2200 West Highway 76) in Branson, MO has just been extended through August. The show that features many of Red Skelton's best comedy and pantomime routines as interpreted and performed by Mullica runs on Tuesday-Sunday at 5pm (with special 10am shows on Jul. 7-19). There is a very good chance that if the run keeps going well, Mullica could turn into a continuously running show in that market. Tickets are $16 per person and are available by phoning: 417-335-5300.(6/20)

Gordon the Magician who performed at the Devereaux Memorial Crawford County Library is spotlighted in the Crawford County Avalanche that reported, "Gordon wowed the audience with his unique brand of magic and comedy. Many local children had a chance to get up front and participate. Gordon is about more than just watching a show, he's about participation and having fun with the audience." To read the Jun. 19 article titled "Summer Reading program proves magical for many" click: HERE.(6/20)

David Blaine's nightlife in London is reported in The Sun Online. To read the Jun. 19 article by Dominic Mohan titled "David and Daryl try a disappearing act" click: HERE.(6/20)

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-VOLUME: 54 / ISSUE: 1,635 Friday - June 21, 2002

An article about stage fright in the Las Vegas Sun speaks to Lance Burton, Mac King and Penn Jillette. Burton said, "What I found is that after you spend so many hours on the stage in front of people doing your act, you get over (stage fright)." Jillette explained, "…stage fright is merely a warped perspective from entertainers who place too much importance on their jobs." Jillette then explained, "…those who should have stage fright are police officers, firefighters and doctors, those with jobs 'where one mistake can do real damage.'" Jillette then concluded, "I think stage fright ultimately is an unhealthy ego that is out of control, thinking what you do is important." To read the Jun. 20 article by Kirk Baird titled "Fight the fright: Las Vegas performers discuss how they cope with stage fright" click: HERE.(6/21)

Günter Klepke who performs as Joe Bernard and owns a magic shop in Berlin is featured in a Frankfurter Allgemeine article which esplained, "Joe Bernard says you can tell a good magician by his ability to captivate the audience to the point where astonishment triumphs over skepticism and people forget to speculate how a trick works." Also in the article is a quote by Slydini. To read the Jun. 20 article by Andreas Seltzer titled "Magic Is in Store at Joe Bernard's Berlin Shop" click: HERE.(6/21)

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-VOLUME: 54 / ISSUE: 1,636 Saturday - June 22, 2002

Peter GossamerThe 17th annual Meadowlands Fair which runs through Jul. 7 at Giants Stadium in Rutherford, NJ will once again feature magicians, hypnotists, jugglers, acrobats, mimes, circus acts and of course the many 10-in-1 type shows, illusions and scams. The headlining magic act this year is Peter Gossamer who will be performing several times each day (except Jun. 29). Steve Trash will be doing the strolling version of his Ecological Magic Show and Steve Bayner will present his Hypnosis show. The massive fair opens daily at various times with various price structures depending on the day and time. For more information click: HERE.(6/22)

Ricky Jay will be doing a book signing of his "Jay's Journal of Anomalies" on Monday Jun. 24 at 7pm at the Union Square Barnes & Noble (33 East 17th Street) in New York City.(6/22)
--To buy a copy of the book click: HERE.

Lance Burton receives "Best Magician" honor from Nevada Magazine which publishes a list of "Best" awards in 44 categories throughout the state.(6/22)

David Copperfield's 28 shows in China on Jul. 9 to Aug. 4 is reported in a Xinhua News Agency article. To read the Jun. 20 article titled "American magician to perform in China again" supplied by YellowBrix and Infoseek click: HERE.(6/22)

A Houdini photo was released by the Associated Press in conjunction with the upcoming issuance of his stamp. To see the Jun. 22 photo and caption click: HERE.(6/22)

Fitzgerald, Chris McDaniel, Jamy Ian Swiss, Simon Lovell, Carl Mercurio, Rick Francheschini, and Asi Wind appearing at Monday Night Magic on Jun. 24 at 8pm in NYC. For tickets phone Ticketmaster at: 212-307-4100. For more information click: HERE.(6/22)

NEW JERSEY: Jim Cellini lectures on Monday Jun. 24 at 8pm for JMMRT at the V.F.W. Hall (20 Pennsylvania Ave., two blocks from the NJ Transit -- Linden train station) in Linden. Cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. For more information phone Carl Bajor at: 732-969-2566 or click: HERE.(6/22)

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-VOLUME: 54 / ISSUE: 1,637 Sunday - June 23, 2002
Abb Dickson who is a past-president of the International Brotherhood Of Magicians and current president of the World Alliance of Magicians is featured in a Clayton News-Daily article. The article begins by discussing the recent performers at the local library and how they interested the children in taking up magic and then segues into Dickson's career, "Jonesboro magician Abb Dickson, not only grabs his audience's attention, but also that of film-makers and other magicians. Currently on a tour of the country, Dickson has been performing his own magic shows since he began in 1975 with 'Presto'." To read the Jun. 22 article by Trina Trice titled "Something up their sleeve" click: HERE.(6/23)

Michael Grandinetti, Tom Ogden, Murray Hatfield & Teresa, Charles Gauci, Michael Hack, Jeff Martin, and Jeanine Anderson appear at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles on Jun. 24-30. Charles Gauci lectures on Sunday Jun. 30.(6/23)

NEW YORK: Cellini lectures on Wednesday Jun. 26 at 7:30pm for Elmwood Magic. The lecture takes place at The Screening Room (3131 Sheridan Dr.) in Amherst. Admission is $15 per person. For more information phone: 800-764-2372 or e-mail: paul@elmwoodmagic.com.(6/23)

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