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Archives: Week Of October 14-20, 2002
-VOLUME: 58 / ISSUE: 1,750 Monday - October 14, 2002

Blackstone Collection of MagicGay Blackstone will be auctioning the magic, costumes and ephemera that belonged to both Blackstone Sr. and Jr. on an online Sothebys/ebay auction on Nov. 14-24. The auction titled "Blackstone Collection of Magic" will represent "two generations of magic spanning three centuries, from the golden age of vaudeville to the digital age of today." Props include: The Vanishing Birdcage, Tiger Cage Illusion, Girl Without A Middle, Topsy-Turvy Illusion, Zig-Zag Illusion and the many props they used in their shows. Also being auctioned off are original poster artwork to posters that have and have not been produced. Mrs. Blackstone will also hold a séance on Oct. 30 at the Magic Castle where she will try to contact the two Blackstones for guidance. For more information click: HERE.(10/14)

Jeff McBride's show is reviewed in the Times Record News where it is described as, "A bit of funny stuff - a dab of hocus-pocus, really - plus a touch of mime, a smidgen of shaman trickery, a bit of playfulness and some netherworld mysticism. To read the Oct. 13 article by Lana Sweeten-Shults titled "Magician wows audience with variety of tricks, jokes Saturday" click: HERE.(10/14)

Steve Faris's poster collection in a Cincinnati Enquirer article that reported, "Nearly 40 of the colorful advertisements, ranging in size from 14 by 22 inches to 80 by 106 inches, framed and hanging throughout his residence. Mr. Faris' interest in magician's posters began in the early 1970s when he spotted a poster in a Mount Adam's antiques shop." To read the Oct. 13 article by Marsie Hall Newbold titled "Vintage posters have a magical allure" click: HERE.(10/14)

Billy McComb, Brian Gillis & Sue, Richard McDougall, John Fealey, Tim Noonan, Mark Cannon, Joseph Tran, and Jeanine Anderson appear at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles on Oct. 14-20. Daryl lectures on Sunday Oct. 20.(10/14)

NEW YORK: Eugene Burger lectures on Oct. 17 and 18 at Michael Canick Booksellers (200 East 82nd Street, #3B) in New York City. Burger will present his new, "Constructing a Show" lecture on the 17th and a 4-hour seminar on the 18th. For more information phone: 212-585-2990.(10/14)

CALIFORNIA: Losander presents his "The Art of Levitation" lecture for the Misdirections Magic Shop on Thursday Oct. 17 at 7:30pm. It will be held at the Fort Mason Center (Building C, Room 205) in San Francisco. For more information phone: 415-566-2180.(10/14)

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-VOLUME: 58 / ISSUE: 1,751 Tuesday - October 15, 2002

Victor and DiamondVictor and Diamond's show "The Soul of Magic" has moved from the Frontier to the Bourbon Street Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas where they will appear on Tuesdays through Sundays at 7:30pm. The show described as, "Victor and Diamond have brought their dynamic show around the world, using seductive background of primarily Motown, R&B and jazz music to enhance their flawlessly orchestrated illusions" officially opens on Tuesday Oct. 15. Tickets are $29.95 per person (which include one drink) and are available by phoning: 702-737-7200.(10/15)

Mark Waddington in a Craven Herald article that reported that, "…at just 13 he has become the youngest member of Bradford Magic Circle." To read the Oct. 15 article by Joanne Deane titled "Mark conjures up success" click: HERE.(10/15)

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-VOLUME: 58 / ISSUE: 1,752 Wednesday - October 16, 2002

Rare Houdini hand painted giant photo from 1920 - Carrandi collectionKey pieces from the Mario Carrandi Houdini collection will be on display at the Atlantique City antique show on Oct. 19-20 at the Atlantic City Convention Center. The exhibit will include ten wall-cases and ten showcases full of magic apparatus, posters, photographs, programs, magic sets, and much more. Carrandi explained, in a press release, that after Houdini's housekeeper Rose Bonanno died, her basement was found to be full of Houdini memorabilia which was auctioned off, "The sale was publicized in a small ad in The New York Times, but other than that, it didn't draw much attention. Carrandi was one of just a few serious bidders in attendance that day. He purchased more than 400 Houdini lots, paying about $37,500. It was a paltry sum for such historic items by today’s standards. 'I remember it was raining. I had two kids, a house and a mortgage, but I saw this as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.'" In addition to Carrandi, Joel Miller and Hap Korsen will be manning the exhibit. For more information about the event click: HERE.(10/16)

David Copperfield who regularly sends a spectator to Bali as part of his Portal piece had to rearrange the routine due to the recent terrorist attack on the island. He will now do the routine using Thailand as the destination. According to a Sacramento Bee article "The six-person camera and lighting crew, stationed in Bali near the bomb blast, traveled to Thailand on Monday." Unable to make a last minute change this weekend Copperfield explained, "I miscalled the island (Sunday) night because my job wasn't really to do the news in my show -- my job is to transport people from the news… My job is to make people dream, not remember." To read the Oct. 15 article by Will Evans titled "A portal too far" click: HERE.(10/16)

NEW YORK: Tom Craven lectures for SAM #1 on Friday Oct. 18 at 7:15pm at Fordham University (113 West 60th Street, room 1124) in New York City. The lecture is for members only.(10/16)

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-VOLUME: 58 / ISSUE: 1,753 Thursday - October 17, 2002
Sarah Burton - Norbert Ferre - Nathan BurtonJames Brandon, Norbert Ferre, Milko, Nathan Burton & Sarah, Rafael, and Phil Keller appeared on the 13th edition of Mandrake d'or in Paris, which was presented in five different theaters, this past week, to great response and press notices. The performers also received the Mandrake d'or Award, from the Societe de la Magie, which were presented by well-known French personalities.(10/17)

"Ghosts? Yes!" featuring Ben Robinson and parapsychologists George P. Hansen and Dr. Joanne D.S. McMahon will be presented on Friday Oct. 18 at 7pm at the Merchant's House Museum (29 East 4th Street) in New York City. The Merchant's House, which is New York City's oldest surviving example of a Greek Revival Towne House from the 19th century is allegedly haunted by the family that lived there for more than 100 years. Robinson will present several illusions which will make you "swear there was a ghost lurking." The presentation is a benefit for the museum. Tickets are $10 per person. For more information phone: 212-777-1089.(10/17)

WASHINGTON: Aldo Colombini lectures for IBM #52 on Sunday Oct. 20 at 2:00 pm at the VA hospital in Seattle. Admission is $15.00 for members and $20.00 others. For more information e-mail:

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-VOLUME: 58 / ISSUE: 1,754 Friday - October 18, 2002

Rick Bronson and David Acer David Acer and Rick Bronson consulted on the entertainment for the Edmonton Oilers' opening game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday Oct. 10 at the Skyreach Center. The evening was titled "A Night of Magic" and featured The Pendragons during the pre-game show. Acer and Bronson performed live and on taped segments on the Jumbotron throughout the game. Close-up magicians Jon Charles, Richard Sanders, Sheldon Casavant and several others also participated in the event.(10/18)

David Robinson describes his show in a Daily Home article as, "My show is very much like that of David Copperfield. It combines dance, drama and magic with a unique blend of comedy." Robinson presented his illusion show on Thursday at the Sylacauga High School in Alabama. To read the Oct. 17 article by Joe Schweizer titled "Illusionist comes home to perform" click: HERE.(10/18)

Gazzo, David Oliver, Jon Stetson, Steve Kradolfer, Alexander, and Erik Rochelle appear on Monday Oct. 21 at 8pm in the "Mystery Lounge" at The Comedy Studio (1236 Massachusetts Ave.) in Cambridge, MA. Admission is $10 per person. For reservations and information phone: 617-661-6507.(10/18)

NEW YORK: Eugene Burger lectures on Monday Oct. 21 at 7:30pm at the Magical Arts Center in Hastings-On-Hudson. Admission is $20 per person. Burger will also present a seminar on Tuesday Oct. 22 at 7pm. For more information phone: 914-478-2680 or e-mail:

NEW YORK: Ryan Swigert presents his "Hit & Run Lecture" at Woody's II in Rochester on Oct. 21 at 7:30pm. For more information phone: 315-568-6559.(10/18)

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-VOLUME: 58 / ISSUE: 1,755 Saturday - October 19, 2002

Christopher Lee Tabora, David Facchini and Fernando Rodrigues opened MartiniMagic on Thursday in Farmington, Connecticut. The restaurant is described as a "magically-themed entertainment destination." A New Britain Herald article reported that "the venue immerses visitors in a world of magical illusions. The experience begins when you enter the spectacular interior, which features a "volcanic" raining fire pit, a futuristic twinkling brushed steel bar, lava rock tabletops, plasma and flat screen TVs, and a waterfall." The current schedule includes magic shows every Friday and Saturday. To read the Oct. 18 article by Scott Whipple titled "MartiniMagic - shaken and stirred - comes to Farmington" click: HERE.(10/19)

Arian Black who is being promoted as "the heiress- apparent to Melinda, First Lady of Magic" appears at Fitzgeralds' in Las Vegas with her own one-hour show. A Las Vegas Sun article reported that "She has been a professional magician since age 18, first in New York City and then Atlantic City. She has lived in Las Vegas for the past seven years, appearing in such productions as 'Splash' and 'Vegas Magic.'" To read the Oct. 18 article by Jerry Fink titled "Black conjures up new life for Fitzgeralds show" click: HERE.(10/19)

PC Sorcar Junior's show at the Ravindralaya in Lucknowites, India which runs through Nov. 1 is described in The Times Of India as "With his piercing wit, sprightly gait and of course, mindboggling magic, he came, he showed and he conquered." To read the Oct. 19 article titled "PC Sorcar weaves his Indrajaal" click: HERE.(10/19)

Michael Forbes who appears at the Royal Kona Resort in Hawaii is mentioned in a West Hawaii Today article that lists his credentials. To read the Oct. 18 article by Bill Caputo titled "Hollywood master magician puts on two shows next week" click: HERE.(10/19)

Jerold Goldstein's career from magician to actor is reported in the Bridgeport News. To read the Oct. 17 article by Brad Durrell titled "A local's love affair with the stage" click: HERE.(10/19)

"Gleason Magic ... Embrace the Mystery" is reviewed in the Las Vegas Review-Journal where the nicest thing they had to report was that "Most of the illusions are attractively costumed and the music runs on the classy side." To read the Oct. 18 article by Mike Weatherford titled "'Gleason Magic' offers more of the same" click: HERE.(10/19)

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-VOLUME: 58 / ISSUE: 1,756 Sunday - October 20, 2002

René LavandRené Lavand appears at "The Theory and Art of Magic, Series II" in Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania. His full-evening show will be presented on Wednesday Oct. 23 at 7:30pm (with English translation) and on Thursday Oct. 24 at 7:30pm (in Spanish) at the Recital Hall. Lavand will also present "A Magical Conversation with René Lavand" on Oct. 24 at 4:30pm. Tickets and information are available from the college box office by phoning: 484-664-3333 or clicking: HERE.(10/20)

"Big Daddy Cool" (Johnny Dellarocca) appears at the Active Adult Expo in Alliance, Ohio on Oct. 23 at 3pm and 6pm. Admission is free to attendees.(10/20)

Puck, Mike Bent, and Denny Haney headline at Monday Night Magic on Oct. 21 at 8pm in NYC. For tickets phone Ticketmaster at: 212-307-4100. For more information click: HERE.(10/20)

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