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Archives: Week Of September 16-22, 2002
-VOLUME: 57 / ISSUE: 1,722 Monday - September 16, 2002

Gleason Magic"Gleason Magic… Embrace The Mystery" starring Gregory and Kristi Gleason will open on Saturday Oct. 5 at The Showroom at The Venetian in Las Vegas. Taking over the room that was just vacated by Melinda the Gleason's show is being described as, "a playful thrill-ride blending elements of romance, mystery, humor and dance. The Gleason's deliver an unforgettable performance with classic style and refreshing originality." The current schedule will have them performing on Saturdays-Thursdays at 6pm with a ticket price of $49.95-$69.95. For tickets and information phone: 702-948-3007 or toll-free at 877-881-4225.(9/16)

Rafael Benatar, J.J., Ya-Lipu are among the performers at the recent magic festival in Zamora, Spain which performed on the streets for enthusiastic audiences and received much press in the local papers. The stage shows featured at the event also featured Francisco Herrero, Arnó, Topper Martin, Salvano, and Leonardo. The event took place on Sep. 10-16. The festival and all the performers were transported the next day to Coimbra, Portugal where they were joined by David Williamson, Ken, and Mago Anton. In association with Luis de Matos Productions the festival will be repeated on Sep. 18-21 in Portugal.(9/16)

Brad Aldridge who has become well known in his school due to his magic is profiled in the San Diego Union-Tribune. To read the Sep. 15 article by Triveni Sheshadri titled "Magical scholar" click: HERE.(9/16)

Michael Ammar who will be performing at the Jim Dent Dinner on Oct. 15 is mentioned in a Sunday Gazette Mail article that explained how he got interested in magic, "His biography says he got his start in magic by answering a comic book ad that promised '500 tricks for 25 cents.' It led to an international career that has included hundreds of television shows and theatrical appearances." To read the Sep. 15 article titled "Ninth Jim Dent Dinner will be a magical event" click: HERE.(9/16)

Cody Fisher, Mystina, Richard Forget, Randy Pryor, Bob Busch, John George, Mike Wong, and Brandon Scott appear at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles on Sep. 9-15. Max Maven lectures on Sunday Sep. 22.(9/16)

Rick Franceschini who incorporates magic into his career as an Elementary School teacher is featured in an Athens Banner-Herald article that quotes him, ''It (magic) can be used most effectively as an educational tool. It's an established art form." To read the Sep. 16 article by Rhiannon Brewer Patrick titled "Magic of teaching" click: HERE.(9/16)

The Annual Splash Bash sponsored by the Wizards of Winter Haven in a News Chief article that describes the many events and talks to the participants. To read the Sep. 15 article by Kimberlee Bethay-Alford titled "Splash Bash is magical day for young, old" click: HERE.(9/16)

SPAIN: Henry Evans, Simo Alto, Francisco Aparicio, Richard McDougall, Ayala, Kevin James, Dream Makers, Victor Voitko, Bertan Lotth, Luis Manuel, and Txan will appear at the XIV Jornadas Internacionales De Magia on Sep. 19-22 in Vitoria. For more information click: HERE.(7/16)

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-VOLUME: 57 / ISSUE: 1,723 Tuesday - September 17, 2002

Tom MullicaTom Mullica presents his Red Skelton tribute show on Sep. 20 at the Palace Theatre in Canton, OH. A Canton Repository article about the show explained how Mullica and Skelton became friends, "Formerly a successful magician, Mullica met and befriended Skelton in 1985. Mullica was doing his magic show at Tom-Foolery, a club he owned in Atlanta, when Skelton came in to see the show. Skelton liked Mullica's performance except for its suggestive material. 'He told me, 'Who’s going to pay money to hear something that you can read free on a bathroom wall?',' Mullica remembers. 'That’s where my humor changed.'" To read the Sep. 16 article by Dan Kane titled "Performer brings back an old friend" click: HERE.(9/17)

Thomas Solomon's escape and show are reported in a Poughkeepsie Journal article that explained the stunt, "bound with four Smith and Wesson handcuffs and shackled to a 20-pound ball and chain, he attempts to cheat the Hudson once again on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at the boat ramp in Rhinecliff, off Hutton Street." Solomon's show Elusions is described as, '''It's really a multi-media experience,' Solomon said of the 90-minute show, which also includes video, music, fog and dramatic lights, not to mention two dancers." To read the Sep. 16 article by Rebecca Rothbaum titled "Escape artist will place life in peril in Hudson River" click: HERE.(9/17)

NEW YORK: The Upstate New York Magifest will be held on Sep. 21 in Rochester. It features a full day of magic, lectures, dealers, and evening show and dinner.  For more information e-mail


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-VOLUME: 57 / ISSUE: 1,724 Wednesday - September 18, 2002

Alan Garber, Jay Mattioli, The Magic Guys and Meir Yedid will be headlining at the Rouclere Assembly's Annual Banquet & Magic Show on Friday Sep. 20 at 7pm in Little Falls, New Jersey. The event has been running for more that 65 years and includes a six-course meal and close-up performances by Richard Bangs, Mike Bornstein, Dave Corsaro, Bob Delaney, Mark Eulie, Mel Fields, John Henderson, Warren Kaps, Albert Lasher, John Mintz, Harry Parkhurst, Jack Racklin, Mike Randazzo, Rocco, Alan Scherer, Stuart Schneider, Joe Silkie, Bill Wisch, Ron Wohl, Paul Zevin and many others. Ben & Carol Intorre will also be on hand with their wonderful balloon creations. Tickets are $35 per person and are available by phoning: 201-797-5504. For more information click: HERE.(9/18)

Gerry McCambridgeGerry McCambridge presents his one-man mentalism show "Mystical Minds" at the Palace Theater at the Claridge Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ on Friday Sep. 20 at 10pm. McCambridge told MagicTimes that "The Claridge was going to invite their Hi-Rollers first, and then open ticket sales up to the general public. Since the demand was so high for tickets, it was a complete sell-out… The Claridge asked me to do a second show on Saturday night. I had to turn them down, since I am flying out to Los Angeles on Saturday morning, to perform for the NBC Pre-Emmy party.(9/18)

Erik Jan Hanussen who was a magician/mentalist during the Natzi era is one of the main characters in Werner Herzog's film "Invincible." The movie which opens in the US on Sep. 20 is reviewed in the Village Voice where he is described as, "Hanussen is a popular avatar for Germany's postwar culpa: He was secretly a Jew, so his role in the Nazi machine had to be a misguided, self-hating delusion." To read the Sep. 18-24 article by Michael Atkinson titled "Dreams of Burden" click: HERE.(9/18)

Arturo Brachetti's show in Toronto is reviewed in the National Post where Brachetti is called "a virtuoso quick-change artist, a magician who does it with himself instead of with rabbits." To read the Sep. 17 review by Robert Cushman titled "Certainly quicker than the last one" click: HERE.(9/18)

FLORIDA: IBM Ring #251 presents a Magic Flea Market and Auction on Sep. 21 at the Peabody Auditorium (600 auditorium blvd.) in Daytona Beach. The event will include sales, lectures, door prizes and the auction. Admission is $20 per person at the door. For more information click: HERE.(9/18)

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-VOLUME: 57 / ISSUE: 1,725 Thursday - September 19, 2002

Criss AngelThe "Criss Angel Mindfreak" TV special which is scheduled to air on Oct. 20 at 9pm ET on the ABC Family Channel is taping some performance segments on Thursday Sep. 19 at 2pm at The World Underground Theatre in New York City. If you would like to be part of the studio audience phone: 212-580-9272, leave a message and someone will get back to you if the show has not sold out. For more information click: HERE.(9/19)

Spencer/Lorraine's annual "Making Magic" revue features Christopher Hart, Falkenstein and Willard, Matt Marcy, Danny Cole, Jim Spencer and Mike Douglas on Sep. 21 at 2pm and 7pm at the Ventura High School (2155 E. Main St., Ventura) in Ventura, CA. The show is a benefit for the school. Tickets are $8 per person and are available by phoning: 805-642-2358.(9/19)

Siegfried & Roy and Darren Romeo are scheduled to appear on The Caroline Rhea Show on Thursday Sep. 19. Romeo will perform and be interviewed about his new Las Vegas Show. Siegfried & Roy will talk about being the Grand Marshals of the German-American Steuben Parade. The syndicated show airs on many different stations all over the United States and Canada -- check local listings. For a listing of stations and times click: HERE.(9/19)

Michael Griffin has gotten approval from the Delray Beach city commissioners "to be wrapped in chains, placed in a locked crate and lowered into the Intracoastal Waterway." Griffin will present his escape at Veteran’s Park on Oct. 26 as a fundraiser. To read the Sep. 18 article by Aaron Shea titled "Houdini will live again for one night in Delray Beach next month" click: HERE.(9/19)

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-VOLUME: 57 / ISSUE: 1,726 Friday - September 20, 2002

Siegfried & RoySiegfried & Roy are this year's Grand Marshals of the 45th Annual German-American Steuben Parade. The parade takes place on Saturday Sep. 21 at noon and the route will go up Fifth Avenue from 63rd Street to 86th Street in New York City. Throughout the weekend there are many parties and events that will feature the magicians who are joined by Darren Romeo. For more information click: HERE.(9/20)

David Copperfield will be celebrating his birthday at a party on Friday Sep. 20 which will feature a number of local magicians as entertainment.(9/20)

The William Spencer magic collection that is being auctioned off this weekend in Indianapolis is reported in an Associated Press article that quotes appraiser Robert Brown, "To Spencer, the entire collection was priceless and he refused to have its contents catalogued and valued. At the auction, the remnants of a bygone era, the golden days of magic, are expected to fetch tens of thousands of dollars." Magicians quoted in the article include John Bravo and Meir Yedid. To read the Sep. 19 article by Ryan J. Lenz titled "Magic memorabilia collection to disappear at auction" click: HERE.(9/20)

A Harry Houdini exhibit at the Michigan Historical Center opens on Saturday and is scheduled to run through Jan. 26. A Lansing State Journal article reported that "While the exhibit focuses on Houdini's exposure of mediums, it also includes shackles and other items Houdini used in his escapes." To read the Sep. 19 article by Hugh Leach titled "Houdini exhibit a perfect escape" click: HERE.(9/20)

"Sideshow Saturday Night With Todd Robbins and Friends" will begin previews on Sep. 21and 28 at 10pm at the SoHo Playhouse (15 Vandam Street) in New York City. The official opening will be Nov. 9. The show is produced by the producers of Monday Night Magic. Tickets are $22.50-$25 per person and are available by phoning: 212-239-6200 or clicking: HERE.(9/20)

Simon Lovell and Baxter headline at Club HP's (8601 Torresdale Ave.) in Philadelphia, PA on Sunday Sep. 22 at 9:30pm. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. For tickets and information phone: 215-704-1214.(9/20)

Robert Austin has taken a non-magic acting roll in "Oliver" which runs at the John Cranford Playhouse in Uniondale, NY on Sep. 20-22 and 27-29. For tickets and information phone: 516-463-6644.(9/20)

Tom Boz is featured in a Chicago Daily Herald article that quotes him about the use of magic in his motivational endeavors, "People need to be entertained… Magic is a great selling tool. People are intrigued by it." To read the Sep. 17 article titled "Motivational speaker Boz entertains with magic touch" supplied by Infoseek and YellowBrix click: HERE.(9/20)

CALIFORNIA: Jeff Ezell lectures on Monday Sep. 23 at 7pm at the Ramada Inn-Burbank. Tickets are $25 per person and are available by phoning: 818-562-1921.(9/20)

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-VOLUME: 57 / ISSUE: 1,727 Saturday - September 21, 2002

Marco Tempest The Virtual MagicianMarco Tempest's Newmagic Communications received four AURORA Awards on Aug. 28th. The AURORA Award is an international competition designed to recognize excellence in the film and video industries. Awards were given for the work on "The Virtual Magician" TV show that is currently in production. The categories won were: Use of Graphics/Design, Cinematography/Videography, Art Direction, and Use of Special Effects/Animation. "The Virtual Magician" is a series that is currently being produced and is scheduled to begin airing around April 2003. The Sky network has already signed on to air it in Europe. The series has already received three Copper AXIEM awards in June. For more information about The Virtual Magician click: HERE.(9/21)

"V -- The Ultimate Variety Show" which opened last week at the Venetian in Las Vegas is featured in a Las Vegas Review-Journal article that speaks to it's producer David Saxe and magicians Russ Merlin and Jeff Hobson. To read the Sep. 20 article by Mike Weatherford titled "Random Acts" click: HERE.(9/21)

Keith Raygor who performs at The Watermark Grille in Naples, Florida is featured in a Daily News article that describes some of his routines describes him as, "Raygor is a magician and a darn good one at that, as his devoted following, who come time and time again to catch his act at The Watermark Grille, can attest. He performs tableside and no matter how closely you watch his hands, he proves they are indeed quicker than your eye." To read the Sep. 20 article by Kitt Walsh titled "The Watermark Grille offers a magical evening" click: HERE.(9/21)

Infantino begins performances at the White Post Farms Fall festival (250 Old Country Rd) in Melville, New York on Sep. 21 and will continue with shows on Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 27th with special shows on Columbus Day Oct. 14. For tickets and information phone: 631-351-9373.(9/21)

J.C. Sum presents a concept-theatre show, "Intimate Illusions" on Sunday Sep. 22at 7:30pm at the Alliance Francaise, AGF Theatre, in Singapore. Tickets may be purchased by phoning: 65-6296 2929 or clicking: HERE.(9/21)

AUSTRALIA: The International Stars Of Magic show takes place on Sunday Sep. 22 in Melbourne where featured performers include: Sean Taylor, Tim Ellis, Sue-Anne Webster, Darren Carr, Al Cappucino, Chuck Fayne, Magic 2, and Chad Long. The show takes place at The Comic's Lounge and is part of Taylor's Superday Convention. For more information click: HERE.(9/21)

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-VOLUME: 57 / ISSUE: 1,728 Sunday - September 22, 2002

Ricky Jay in a New York Times feature about his show, that was extended through Oct. 20 and his upcoming book "Dice: Deception, Fate and Rotten Luck." The bulk of the article is an interview with Jay where he discusses things relating to magic and magicians. When asked about exposure Jay explained, "Most people realize that magical powers are not being invoked and that it's someone who's created a way to mystify and entertain you. The key to that is surprise. If you're giving away the method, you're denying someone the surprise. Someone might still revel in the beauty of the piece and the patter and the skill involved in making a card vanish in your hand, but you're taking away the lovely element of a live show like this. I think surprise is a wonderful emotion." To read the Sep. 21 article by Emily Eakin titled "Ricky Jay, a Man Who Believes More in Magicians Than in Magic" click: HERE.(A member site).(9/22)
--To pre-order a copy of the book for $10.36 click: HERE.

Craig Shaner speaks about his father, Bill Shaner, in a Dayton Daily News article, "I grew up with a father that buried his kids alive, taught us to eat fire, chained us up and threw us in the lake, and put us down for a nap on a bed of nails." Bill Shaner was the guest of honor at a surprise dinner and tribute on Wednesday Sep. 18. To read the Sep. 20 article titled "A Truly Magical Evening" supplied by Infoseek and YellowBrix click: HERE.(9/22)

Michael Chaut, Chris McDaniel, Bobby Baxter, Todd Robbins, John Graham, Chris Capehart and Justin Style headline at Monday Night Magic on Sep. 23 at 8pm in NYC. For tickets phone Ticketmaster at: 212-307-4100. For more information click: HERE.(9/22)

Penn & Teller are featured in this week's Showbiz Magazine where they discuss their show and the three-part television they starred in a couple of years ago. To read the Sep. 22-28 article by Todd Peterson titled "Bordering On Bizarre" click: HERE.(9/22)

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