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Archives: Week Of September 30 - October 6, 2002
-VOLUME: 57 / ISSUE: 1,736 Monday - September 30, 2002

Siegfried & Roy and Penn & Teller are featured in a Las Vegas Review-Journal article that looks at some dressing rooms of regular Vegas performers. Siegfried & Roy's digs are described as, "If the size of a performer's dressing room is directly equal to his star power, then Siegfried and Roy light up the Strip." The article also reported that, "The illusionists spend about eight hours a day in their apartment, their publicist Frank Liberman says, holding meetings, conducting business, preparing for the show, and entertaining friends and visitors." Penn & Teller on the other hand are at the other extreme, Jillette explained, "(Hotel officials) asked us what demands we had for our dressing rooms. They were surprised when we said we had none." Jillette pointed out, "If I had anything with special meaning I wouldn't have it at a hotel." The article also reported that Jillette "spends as little time as possible in his dressing room" while "Teller spends even less time in his dressing room than Jillette; about 45 minutes a night." To read the Sep. 29 article by Sonya Padgett titled "Home Away From Home: Waiting in the Wings" click: HERE.(9/30)

Ron Wilson (from Texas) in a Times Record News article about his recent performance explained, "It's the people's reaction that's the fun part…Watching their reaction, thinking back to being a kid when stuff wasn't impossible." To read the Sep. 29 article by Brian Clark titled "FallsFest offers fun times, good food" click: HERE.(9/30)

Murray, Borgia & Co., Paul Green, Aaron Fisher, Handsome Jack, Steve Dacri, and Trissia Baughman appear at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles on Sep. 30-Oct. 6. Cellini lectures on Sunday Oct. 6.(9/30)

Patrick Dempsey who stars in the movie "Sweet Home Alabama" is described in a New York Post article as "Dempsey got his start in the entertainment business as a teen, when he developed his own act and toured the New England vaudeville circuit as a juggler, unicyclist, comedian and magician. He landed in the top three among the competitors at the National Jugglers Convention." To read the Sep. 29 article by Farrah Weinstein titled "Style & Substance" click: HERE.(9/30)


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-VOLUME: 58 / ISSUE: 1,737 Tuesday - October 1, 2002

Magic TVMagic TV, a weekly magic show on Manhattan Cable, produced by Igor and Danny T. will end their first season with four shows in October that will culminate with a "television format close-up magic contest." Tapings will be held at the Den of Cin (44 Ave A) in Manhattan, on Oct. 2, 9, 16 and 23 from 7-10pm. The shows and contest are open to anyone who appears at the taping and is willing to perform. Igor commented "This is the easiest way to get your act on TV… All you have to do is show up and show a decent trick." The finals will be held on the 23rd where all the clips will be screened and the audience and judges will cast their votes. The two awards that will be presented are First Place Award for highest score and a Peoples Choice Award.(10/1)

Gerry McCambridgeGerry McCambridge in a Variety article that describes him as "the comedic but uncannily accurate mentalist who can tell you the exact contents of your wallet -- along with your favorite city, the concept or word you've just thought of at random or your long-kept-a-secret middle initial." His management will pitch him on Wednesday for a possible TV series, "CAA will attempt to levitate McCambridge from 'the easy thing -- a one-off TV special,' according to one CAA insider -- into the forefront of the reality TV wolfpack. The percentery intends to pack its theater with A-list TV scribes and producers, and even a few motion picture folk for good measure, in an effort to both entertain skeptics and package a new show." The Sep. 30 article by Claude Brodesser is titled "CAA puts its mind to it."(10/1)

"Men of Magic" which ran briefly Off-Off Broadway was reviewed at The show which stars Eric Walton and Nelson Lugo was described as "Men of Magic is a delightful show that has been put together by two talented young actors... a genuinely fresh and enticing new entertainment." The review concluded, "Men of Magic manages to be funny and gasp-inducingly astounding and sparklingly smart and sophisticated all at once. Actor-magicians Walton and Lugo keep us on our toes throughout, showing us (to crib from Tennessee Williams) what ought not to be true in the teasing guise of reality." To read the Sep. 16 review by Martin Denton click: HERE.(10/1)

Steve Cohen's Chamber Magic opens at Langham Hilton in London for a limited run on Oct. 2-19 with eight shows per week. The shows are limited to 30 guests per show in order to achieve optimum close-up conditions. Admission is £40 per person and are available by phoning: 020 7636 1000.(10/1)

PENNSYLVANIA: The Magicians' Alliance of the Eastern States (M.A.E.S.) will take place on Oct. 4-5 at Radisson Hotel Valley Forge (1160 First Avenue) in  King of Prussia. Performers scheduled to appear are: Kevin James, Michael Ammar, Eugene Burger, Oscar Munoz, David Ginn, Jeff O'Lear, Joe Holiday, Mario Christopher, Francis Menotti, Norm Klar, and Michael Rosman. Registration is $65 per person. For more information click: HERE.(10/1)

Cast of The Art And Soul Of MagicA group photo of many of the magicians which are part of the upcoming documentary "Art and Soul of Magic: The story of Black American Magicians." Pictured are: (bottom row) Jack Goldfinger, Randy Shine, Glenn Farrington, (middle row) Dove, Presto, Chris Capeheart, Malinda Farrington (back row) Frank Brents, Ice McDonald, Carl Andrews and Bill McQueen. The photo was taken on Monday Sep. 23 in New York City. (Photo: Glenn Farrington).(10/1)

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-VOLUME: 58 / ISSUE: 1,738 Wednesday - October 2, 2002

"Gleason Magic" which opens at The Venetian in Las Vegas on Saturday is featured in a Las Vegas Review-Journal article that explained how they managed to book the show, "The Gleasons rented the showroom for a day last August to shoot a promotional video. 'Coincidentally, that was the day Melinda gave her notice,' Kristi [Gleason] says. 'We submitted a proposal and got our investors together quickly.'" Their plans are "basically to pick up where "Melinda -- First Lady of Magic" left off, with the same 6 p.m. time slot, the same $20 to $70 range of ticket prices and the same aggressive commission structure for ticket brokers and time-share outfits." The article also gives a brief history of their performing career. To read the Oct. 1 article by Mike Weatherford titled "Magician couple fill Venetian showroom opening" click: HERE.(10/2)

Lance Burton will give a special "Magic Of Hope" benefit on Sunday Oct. 6 at 3pm at the Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Funds raised will help raise scholarship funds for The Milton I. Schwartz Hebrew Academy and benefit City Of Hope's pediatric care for chronically ill children. Tickets range from $20-$250 per person depending on the package which could include a V.I.P. reception with Burton following the show. For tickets and information phone: 800-235-0579.(10/2)

Penn and Teller's long term contract at the Rio hotel-casino in Las Vegas makes in into an Associated Press article that reported that the contract runs through December 2004 and that, "Penn and Teller, both Las Vegas residents, each will be paid "several million dollars" a year to perform six night a week inside the Samba Theater, publicist Glenn Alai said Tuesday." To read the Oct. 1 article titled "Penn and Teller sign new contract at Vegas casino" click: HERE.(10/2)

Terry Evanswood's Haunted Manor at the Charlestowne Mall is featured in a Chicago Daily Herald article that describes him as "Evanswood, 32, has been a professional magician since he was only 10 years old. During his career, Evanswood has performed throughout the country, from New York's Liberty Island to Las Vegas, Nev., and from Chicago to Miami Beach." To read the Sep. 28 article titled "Working magic on Haunted Manor St. Charles native makes sure you have frightfully good time" supplied by Infoseek and YellowBrix click: HERE.(10/2)

Felix Snipes' "Magical Wonder-Full Week-Ends" is scheduled to appear in Loganville, GA (Oct. 4-6), Bryant, AR (Oct. 11-13), Myers, FL (Oct. 18-20) and Valdese, NC (Oct. 25-27). Admission is free. For more information phone: 770-938-8073.(10/2)

OHIO: SAM #83 sponsors a "Magical Family Day" on Saturday Oct. 5 at 5:30pm at the Davis Discovery Center in Columbus. Part of the event will be a Magician Of The Year competition in Close-Up and Stage. For more information phone: 614-274-2157.(10/2)

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-VOLUME: 58 / ISSUE: 1,739 Thursday - October 3, 2002

Paul Gertner will present a Halloween themed magic show on Sunday Oct. 13 at 2pm at the Oaks Theater in Oakmont, PA. An Oakmont Verona Star article quoted Gertner, "The best part about magic is the moment when, just for a second, the person watching reverts to a 10-year-old kid… People let go of their inhibitions and just react." The article also lists Gertner's credentials and what led to him presenting this show. Gertner also "plans to meander throughout the Oaks Theater crowd before his show begins so he can perform one-on-one magical illusions." Tickets are $10 per person and are available by phoning: 412-828-7145. To read the Oct. 2 article by Kristie Linden titled "Magician brings world act to area" click: HERE.(10/3)

The Magic Castle is featured in a Sunset article that describes it as, "Milt Larsen's shrine to sorcery in the Hollywood Hills. In all the world there is nothing quite like it: a private club devoted to the art of-in Larsen's words-'confounding and bedeviling people.'" To read the Oct. 1 article titled "Magic Man" supplied by Infoseek and YellowBrix click: HERE.(10/3)

The Oct. 8 issue of the Star Magazine reported, "Desperate-to-make-money Michael Jackson, who is reportedly $200 million in debt, is planning a Las Vegas showbiz career as a magician."(10/3)

Aaron Radatz began his fifth year headlining at Cedar Point Amusement Park's Halloweekends. You can catch the show which ads new magic every year on Oct 4-6, 11-13, 18-20, and 25-27 in Sandusky, OH. For more information click: HERE.(10/3)

NEW YORK: Robert Baxt lectures on Monday Oct. 7 at 7:30pm for the Long Island Mystics at the Community United Methodist Church (100 Park Blvd.) in Massapequa. Admission is $10 per person. For more information phone: 516-938-8803 or e-mail:

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-VOLUME: 58 / ISSUE: 1,740 Friday - October 4, 2002

 Karen Beriss and Mark PhillipsMark Phillips & Karen Beriss star in "Thin Air" at National Theater's Helen Hayes theatre (1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW) in Washington, DC on Oct. 7 at 6pm and 7:30pm. It is part of the "Monday Night At The National" series where all the shows are free to the public. The event is being described as "A clever, original, humorous and timely magic show in the best New Vaudeville tradition.  …You will laugh and be mystified simultaneously!" For more information click: HERE.(10/4)

John Kaplan who performs at the Vancouver Magic Circle Weekend of Magic on Saturday is featured in a Richmond News article that recounts his career. Kaplan said, "You have to practise magic tricks like a concert pianist has to practise scales, constantly." His shows are described as, "Kaplan is well-known for his Broadway-themed shows. Halloween and Christmas are two favourites. He takes his audiences on magical journeys. For his Halloween show, imagine magician David Copperfield possessed by Beetlejuice - macabre magic and silly spookiness. Add a dash of eerie music, a killer light show and you have Stage Fright." To read the Oct. 3 article by Michelle Hopkins titled "Practice makes perfect" click: HERE.(10/4)

Joe Romano who presented his show "Books: The Magic is Real" at the Berryville and Boyce elementary schools is featured in a Loudoun Times-Mirror article. To read the Oct. 3 article by Jerry J. Herrmann titled "Magician brings books alive for Clarke elementary students" click: HERE.(10/4)

NEW JERSEY: Bob Sheets lectures on Monday Oct. 7 at 8pm for the IBM Ring #165 in Collingswood. Admission for non-members is $15 per person.  For more information phone: 856-962-7272.(10/4)

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-VOLUME: 58 / ISSUE: 1,741 Saturday - October 5, 2002

Penn & TellerPenn & Teller are said to "still mix intelligence and dark humor into their magic act" in a Las Vegas Review-Journal feature that covered their recent publicity event that was described as, "a crane hoisted a 21-ton box full of quarters -- allegedly a $1 million signing bonus -- to let the coins spill out from the open bottom, only to have the duo magically appear for the first time, emerging from the heap of loose change in their trademark three-piece suits." Penn also pointed out, "As Teller has said to me many times, people don't give us enormous amounts of money to be regular guys. They want us to be whack jobs." To read the Oct. 4 article by Mike Weatherford titled "Pushing the Envelope" click: HERE.(10/5)

The Penn & Teller show at the Rio is reviewed in the Las Vegas Sun where they are called "one of the best magician teams in the world. …No one can touch them when it comes to clever, creative, sometimes macabre illusions." The review also described many of their routines. To read the Oct. 4 article by Jerry Fink titled "'Penn & Teller' the talk of the town -- literally" click: HERE.(10/5)

Siegfried & Roy's cow statue "Moogicians of the Century" will be unveiled on Monday Oct. 7 at 3pm at the Mirage in Las Vegas. It is part of the Las Vegas CowParade 2002 that will feature a herd customized cows all over town.(10/6)

The Magicians Alliance of the Eastern States convention gets press on KYW Radio which reported, "More than 200 magicians -- along with their cards, rabbits and hats -- are meeting in King of Prussia Friday and Saturday for the largest convention of its kind in the region." Mentioned in the report were: Francis Menotti and Eugene Burger. To read the Oct. 4 report by Karin Phillips titled "Poof! Magicians Appear in King of Prussia" click: HERE.(10/5)

Danny Alan, Peter Kougasian, Simon Lovell, Dennis Kyirakos, Michael Chaut and Jamy Ian Swiss headline at Monday Night Magic on Oct. 7 at 8pm in NYC. For tickets phone Ticketmaster at: 212-307-4100. For more information click: HERE.(10/5)

OHIO: Dick Berry lectures on Oct. 8 at 7:30pm at the Christ's Church (7155 Glenwood Ave) in Boardman. For more information phone: 330-652-6506. Berry will also lecture for the Akron Magic Club, IBM Ring #161 at Loyal Oak Tavern (3044 Wadsworth) in Akron on Oct. 9 at 7:30pm. For more information phone: 330-760-7974.(10/5)

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-VOLUME: 58 / ISSUE: 1,742 Sunday - October 6, 2002

Steve Cohen who is currently presenting his show at the Langham Hilton in London is profiled in The Independent where he explained, "On a deep level people don't want to know how it's done… A comedian can make you laugh. Music can make you tap your foot. But magic makes you wonder." The article also discusses some of the magic in his show, "Two women close their eyes and hold out bare arms. He taps one with a feather, lightly, three times -- but it is the other who reacts and swears she has been touched. Now he takes three wedding rings from volunteers, puts them into a glass tumbler, shakes it and lifts the rings out with a pen. They are interlinked. Oh boy. Then he shows us the time on a stranger's watch, asks a woman to hold it and think of a number. She says 18. When she opens her fist the hands on the watch have moved back 18 minutes, on their own." To read the Oct. 6 article by Cole Moreton titled "People don't want to know how it's done" click: HERE.(10/6)

Lawrence Hass who is presenting the Theory and Art of Magic series at Muhlenberg College is the subject of an Associated Press article that quotes him about the subject, "It's to learn how to make magic out of a trick. Tricks are easy to come by… Magic is deceptive, powerful, entertaining, and perhaps - this is the Holy Grail - perhaps even artistic." To read the Oct. 5 article by Bill Bergstrom titled "Philosophy professor: Magic more than tricks; it's about life" click: HERE.(10/6)

Goldfinger & Dove, Shoot Ogawa, Monte Smith, Scott Lazar, Rob Zabrecky, Fitzgerald, Brandon Scott, and Jeff Martin appear at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles on Oct. 7-13. Aaron Fisher lectures on Sunday Oct. 13.(10/6)

NEW YORK: Charles Gauci lectures on Wednesday Oct. 9 at 7:30pm at the Magical Arts Center in Hastings-On-Hudson. Admission is $10 per person. For more information phone: 914-478-2680 or e-mail:

NEW JERSEY: Rick Maue lectures on Wednesday Oct. 9 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 click: HERE.(10/6)

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