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Archives: Week Of September 9-15, 2002
-VOLUME: 57 / ISSUE: 1,715 Monday - September 9, 2002

Dick Cavett is profiled in the Lincoln Journal Star where they describe his career and life. The article also describes when and how he became interested in magic, "One day, a young boy tells his parents he'd like to attend a magician's performance in the basement of Wesminster Church. His father agrees to take him. Upon returning home, the boy asks his stepmother if he can use an old military trunk she has stored in the basement. She agrees. The next morning the trunk is newly emblazoned with the title, 'The Great Cavetti.' 'Why that name?' she asks. 'Because the magician I saw last night, his name was the Great Carsoni.' Johnny Carson and Dick Cavett have been intertwined ever since." To read the Sep. 8 article by Matthew Hansen titled "It's Dick Cavett" click: HERE.(9/9)

NEW JERSEY/CONNECTICUT: Steve Dacri lectures for JMMRT on Wednesday Sep. 11 at 8pm at the VFW Hall (20 Pennsylvania RR Ave.) in Linden, NJ and for SAM #127 on Thursday Sep. 12 at 7:30pm at the Casimir's Church Hall (240 Quinnipiac Street) in Wallingford, CT.(9/9)

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-VOLUME: 57 / ISSUE: 1,716 Tuesday - September 10, 2002

NEW YORK CITY: The Card Clinic which is described as "an intensive seminar on sleight-of-hand magic with playing cards" takes place on Sep. 13-15 in New York City. As a special event, that is open to the public, there will be a cocktail reception and show by Jamy Ian Swiss and Roberto Giobbi on Friday Sep. 13 at 6pm at the Beacon Hotel (2130 Broadway at 75th Street). The fee for the party and show is $50 per person. There may also be some room left for last minute seminar attendees. For more information e-mail: or click: HERE.(9/10)

Juliana Chen is featured in a Vancouver Sun article that reported, "Juliana Chen, who rose from doing odd jobs in Vancouver to become Canada's world champion magician, will be honoured in Hollywood later this month when she receives the Chavez Memorial Trophy from the Society of American Magicians." To read the Sep. 9 article by Yvonne Zacharias titled "B.C. woman gets magic prize" click: HERE.(9/10)

Cerebral Sorcery "An evening of magical performance and experimental theater with magicians David London and Francis Menotti" promises "a thought provoking evening where magic comes face to face with philosophy, literature, art, emotions and the truth." It runs on Sep. 13-14 at 8pm at The Writers Center in Bethesda, MD. Tickets are $20 per person and are available by phoning: 301-279-7454.(9/10)

Peter Loughran, Michael Peterson, and Tom Cutts in a Turkish Daily News article about the recent "The Magic Festival" organized by the Izmir International Festival. To read the Sep. 9 article by Seval Deniz Karahaliloglu titled "Magicians, Coming from Childhood Memories" click: HERE.(9/10)

South Canterbury magicians will celebrate their 70th anniversary by having "40 magicians try to perform 70 magic tricks in the shortest possible time." A Timaru Herald article reported that, "The South Canterbury Magicians Society was formed in 1932 when four Timaru magicians felt they would benefit from getting together to discuss and improve their art." To read the Sep. 5 article titled "Magicians aim for turn of speed at anniversary" supplied by YellowBrix and Infoseek click: HERE.(9/10)

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-VOLUME: 57 / ISSUE: 1,717 Wednesday - September 11, 2002

Oh Eun-young is described as "Korea's foremost female magician" in a Joongang Ilbo article that reports on her nightclub and the magic scene in Korea, "Magic is becoming so popular that scores of magic clubs have opened on college campuses over the past few years. Ditto for magic-themed cafes and bars. And a whole new generation of sorcerers' apprentices is taking classes in the dark arts at cultural centers, which normally teach courses in flower arranging, cooking and salsa." It is also reported that Ms. Oh studied under, "Korea's first female magician, Jeong Eun-seon." To read the Sep. 8 article by Choi Jie-ho titled "Conjuring a craze" click: HERE.(9/11)

Anthony Mullé (June 17, 1926-September 10, 2002) died at the age of 76 on Monday of cancer, just two weeks after his brother who he cared for, passed away. Although not very well known outside of New York and Las Vegas Mullé was very knowledgeable and skilled with cards and gambling techniques. A number of his techniques have been published in various Harry Lorayne books and magazines. Services are being scheduled for Tuesday Sep. 17 at the Leo F. Kearns Funeral Home in Rego Park, NY (718-441-3300).(9/11)

A fascinating story in The Skeptical Inquirer about a website which performs the Princess Card Trick then asks how it works. The wild answers will surprise you. To read the Sep. 1 article by Cliford A. Pickover titled "'ESP test' fools UK's Daily Mirror" click: HERE.(9/11)

Greg Wilson & Company, Dana Daniels, Juliana Chen, Ray Pierce, David & Dania, and Brad Cummins star in the annual "It's Magic!" show on Sep. 13-15. This time the show has moved to the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts in Cerritos, CA. Tickets cost $15-$35 per person and are available by phoning: 800-300-4345 or clicking: HERE.(9/11)

Bruce J. Lish presents his "Dr. Molar Magic Show" at the On Common Ground Community health fair in Morningside Park (110th street and Morningside Drive) in New York City on Sep. 14.(9/11)

Walter Childs performs on National Grandparents Day and a Milford Daily News article describes the audience reactions to the show. To read the Sep. 9 article by Aaron Gouveia titled "Young and old play on National Grandparents Day" click: HERE.(9/11)

FLORIDA: The 5th Annual Splash Bash, sponsored by the Wizards Of Winter Haven takes place on Saturday Sep. 14, 2002 at the Chain-O-Lakes Complex in Winter Haven. Performers and demonstrators will include: Harry Allen, Rachel Wild, Tom Jones, Brenda & Marty Hahn, Mark Byrne, Jonathan Fisher, and Irving Luther. Admission is $20 per person at the door. For more information click: HERE.(9/11)

CANADA/US: Arthur Tivoli presents his lecture on balloons and entertaining at theme parks on Sep. 14 in Montreal, Sep. 15 in Toronto, Sep. 17 in Detroit, Sep. 19 in Rochester, Sep. 20-21 in Kansas City, Sep. 22 in Baltimore and Sep. 23 in Chelmsford. For more information click: HERE.(9/11)

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-VOLUME: 57 / ISSUE: 1,718 Thursday - September 12, 2002

Uri Geller interviews David Blaine in The Telegraph where the subtitle to the article is "What happens when the king of psychic spoon- benders encounters the most extraordinary talent in modern magic?" Blaine explained why some people don't believe his stunts are real, "If I asked you to stand in one spot for 35 hours or a certain length of time, you could do it. I think the reason people come up with alternative methods of how it's done is because if they accept I can do it, they have also got to accept that they are able to do it." When asked if he has special powers Blaine responded, "I think everything I do is normal, not paranormal but normal. It's using the power of the mind to achieve whatever we can endure." To read the Sep. 12 article by Uri Geller titled "When Uri met David" click: HERE.(9/12)

Maritess Zurbano stars in "Girliemagic The Life of A Professional Female Magician" on Sep. 14, 15 and 21 at the West End Theatre (263 West 86th Street) in New York City. Zurbano hopes that "in telling her story, in all its colorful, intense, and humorous glory, women will be encouraged to pursue their dreams." The show is part of the Artists of Tomorrow, the theater festival supporting women in theater. Tickets are $15 per person and are available by phoning: 212-696-8931.(9/12)

The auctioning of William Spencer's lifetime collection of magic on Sep. 21 is featured in The Indianapolis Star where the collection is described the collection, "By the time he died in May, at age 81, Spencer had amassed one of the larger private collections of magic memorabilia anywhere." Magicians quoted in the article include Frank Dailey, Bill McIlhany, Arthur Moses, and there is even a reference to MagicTimes. To read the Sep. 11 article by Will Higgins titled "Now disappearing" click: HERE.(9/12)

John Blake, former partner at Louis Tannen, Inc., has opened Magic, Music & More with new partner Ben Salinas. The magic shop is located at 422E Westerly Parkway Plaza in State College, Pennsylvania. For more information phone: 814-237-7740.(9/12)


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-VOLUME: 57 / ISSUE: 1,719 Friday - September 13, 2002

Arturo BrachettiArturo Brachetti who appears at the Canon Theatre in Toronto through Oct. 20 is featured in a Globe and Mail article that looks at how he began his career and how he ended up as the leading quick-change acts in the business. Brachetti explained his vision of magic, "To me, magic is not 'I want to fool you… It's a way to use theatre to express a dream. That's what I try to do -- I want people to be amazed, to feel that childlike sense of wonder. In each of us there's a child that I'm trying to reach, to make you laugh or cry or dream. Most importantly, to dream." The article reported that, "From Toronto, Brachetti will tour North American cities winding up, he hopes, in New York next March." To read the Sep. 12 article by Michael Posner titled "80 minutes, 80 costumes" click: HERE.(9/13)

Ross Skiffington is doing 10-minutes of card magic prior to the staging of The Comedy of Errors which is running at The Playhouse in Sydney. To read the Sep. 13, Sydney Morning Herald, article by Catherine Keenan titled "Hookah, tricks and whippings spice a bazaar tale of twin sets" click: HERE.(9/13)

NEVADA: The second annual Las Vegas Magic Invitational takes place on Sep. 15-17 at the San Remo Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Featured performers include: Nathan Kranzo, Bob Fitch, Chris Korn, Eric Mead, Aaron Fisher, Gary Norsigian, Apollo Robins, Lee Asher, Garrett Thomas, Bob Kohler, plus other surprise guests. Produced by Danny Archer and Robert Allen, the event caters to close-up and parlor performers. For more information click: HERE.(9/13)

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-VOLUME: 57 / ISSUE: 1,720 Saturday - September 14, 2002

Thomas SolomonThomas Solomon will be handcuffed, connected to a ball and chain and thrown into the Hudson River where he will attempt to escape from the restraints while under water. The escape is scheduled to take place on Sep. 17 at 12:30pm at the Rhinecliff Boat Ramp in Rhinebeck, NY. The stunt is a promotion and preview of his upcoming show "Elusions" that will run on Sep. 19-29 at The Center for the Performing Arts in Rhinebeck, NY. Tickets are $15-20 per person and are available by phoning: 845-876-3080. For more information click: HERE.(9/14)

Paul Zenon is featured in a Manchester Evening News article, in conjunction with his Sep. 15 show at The Lowry in Manchester, England. The article observed that, "Becoming a magician can be an even lonelier experience than becoming a comic, and for Paul, real name Paul Collins, the seaside shops of Blackpool were where he learned his skills." Explaining how he performs close-up on large stages Zenon explained, ""I'll sometimes have a member of the audience on stage with me to vouch that the serial number of the bank-note is the same or whatever, so then it's down to the audience believing the witness. But ultimately… it's an exercise in showmanship. I like the idea of doing something very small in a big venue, because then you're relying on your skill as a performer to sell the trick." To read the Sep. 13 aricle titled "Magic comedy with Paul Zenon" click: HERE.(9/14)

David Blaine's Fearless DVD is reviewed in The Miami Herald where they report that "In a nifty trick that turns this DVD into an unexpected interactive experience, Blaine holds a deck of cards up to the camera, rapidly flips them, asks the viewer to spot one and think about it. He then reveals the card viewers focused on. It worked for us the first time we watched the disc." To read the Sep. 13 article by Howard Cohen titled "DVD Scans" click: HERE.(9/14)

Joe Nickel featured in The Post-Standard where they discuss his career as a paranormal investigator and introduce him as, "A former magician, Nickell is an expert in recognizing, and creating, illusion." Nickell explained, "But the mere fact that we don't know the answer doesn't infer the supernatural. This is what we call 'an argument from ignorance.' You can't make an argument from a lack of knowledge." To read the Sep. 13 article by Leah Spezialetti titled "Former magician investigates paranormal" click: HERE.(9/14)

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-VOLUME: 57 / ISSUE: 1,721 Sunday - September 15, 2002

Sue-Anne Webster and Tim EllisTim Ellis and Sue-Anne Webster who will be appearing at the Comic's Lounge in Melbourne, Australia are featured in a Herald and Weekly Times article. The show is part of Taylor's Super Day magic convention. Ellis related that, "People need to get out and see what magic is really like these days. It's no longer about pulling rabbits out of a hat. It's all about theatre, drama and entertainment. It's the fun of suspending disbelief and leaving your stresses behind." To read the Sep. 15 article by Paula Beauchamp titled "That ole' magic called love" click: HERE.(9/15)

"Men Of Magic" which is described as "A Distinctive Spin on the Classic Magic Show" opens Off-Off-Broadway on Sep. 16 for a limited run of just three shows. The show stars Eric Walton and Nelson Lugo who promise, "An entertaining setting of polish and panache, combining pair and solo acts with music and a nod to melodrama and film noir." Shows will take place on Sep. 16, 23, 24 at 8pm at the Raw Space Theatre (529 West 42nd Street) in New York City. Tickets are $15 per person and are available by phoning: 212-761-4766.(9/15)

Jayson Morrison is called a "modern-day magic man" in a Herald-Tribune article that quotes him about becoming a better magician, "The best magicians in the world will tell you that it's not about how much money you make, it's about the number of shows you do… The more shows a magician does the better he'll be, so that's why I try and never turn down an opportunity to perform." The article also quotes Jeff McBride about Morrison's future as a magician. To read the Sep. 14 article by Maria Montoya titled "Teen's magic act dazzles audiences, other magicians" click: HERE.(9/15)

Jamy Ian Swiss - Herb Zarrow - Roberto GiobbiJamy Ian Swiss, Herb Zarrow and Roberto Giobbi pose on Saturday September 14 after Zarrow presented his lecture at the Card Clinic in New York City. Zarrow was the surprise guest lecturer at the event. (Photo: MagicTimes).(9/15)

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