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Archives: Week Of March 10-16, 2003
-VOLUME: 63 / ISSUE: 1,877 Monday - March 10, 2003-
David Copperfield describes himself in a Journal-Gazette article as, "I'm a guy like a songwriter or screenwriter… I use my magic to express my stories or my feelings… I'm pretty honest about who I am. I'm funny sometimes, romantic sometimes, daring sometimes, very shy sometimes." To read the Mar. 9 article by Rick Farrant titled "Master of Surprise" click: HERE.(3/10)

David Copperfield's upcoming appearances in Dayton on Tuesday are covered in a Dayton Daily News article that quotes Copperfield, "For magic to be relevant… it has to evolve so it keeps up with, or even surpasses, the best film and theater. I want to base my work on what people really dream about. Most of us don’t dream of pulling a rabbit out of a hat. But what affects people is realizing personal dreams -- dreams everyone shares -- that they thought were impossible. In the cinema the audience watches the characters’ dreams come true." To read the Mar. 7 article by Laura Dempsey titled "No way? Yes way" click: HERE.(3/10)

David Copperfield's appearance in Cleveland is previewed in The Plain Dealer where the article also points out that "He is currently the seventh-highest-paid entertainer in the world, which - like his performances - is almost unbelievable. There was a point not long ago when the prospect of a magician cracking the top 50 in the United States alone almost would certainly be considered a bit of trickery." To read the Mar. 7 article by Tim Piai titled "Watch closely " click: HERE.(3/10)

Rolando H. SantosRolando H. Santos is profiled in a Dallas Morning News feature that looks at his career and current position as the Executive Vice President and General Manager of CNN Headline News. Santos is also described as "An accomplished magician, he even finds time to perfect a new card trick or write an article for a magic magazine." Santos who was named Magician Of The Year by his local SAM and IBM clubs and is an associate editor of The Linking Ring explained about his magic, "You get to perform, make people smile. You get to create these routines, story lines. And you can't do it if you're stressed. So it's a stress buster." To read the Mar. 2 article by Beatriz Terrazas titled "High Profile: Rolando H. Santos" click: HERE.(3/10 – A member site)

Ricky Jay's new weekly radio segment is featured in a San Bernardino Sun article that has fun with what a magician could do on radio. To read the Mar. 7 article by John Weeks titled "Abracadabra! Magician makes radio go ga-ga" click: HERE.(3/10)

Whit Haydn, John Shryock, George Tovar, Eric Buss, Ivan Amodei, Jeff Ezell, Mallory Lewis & Lamb Chop, Kenneth Havard & Co., and Howard Jay appear at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles on Mar. 10-16. David Regal lectures on Sunday Mar. 16.(3/10)

Derren Brown gets a visit to his home by a London Sunday Telegraph columnist who describes Brown's mental demonstrations and gives a brief biography about his life and career. Brown will also begin a tour on Mar. 21. To read the Mar. 9 article by John Preston titled "Can this man read minds?" supplied by Infosek and YellowBrix click: HERE.(3/10)

A London Evening Standard article describes Derren Brown as "the biggest, and the weirdest, thing to happen to magic since David Blaine." The article also reported that "When Blaine was in town recently, Brown ended up playing a ( comically inept, as he describes it) game of basketball with the American magician and Ali G star Sacha Baron Cohen." To read the Mar. 6 article titled "Unlocking the secrets of the mind-reader" supplied by Infoseek and YellowBrix click: HERE.(3/10)

Rafael Benatar is teaching a "Magic University" class on Monday Mar. 10 at 7.30 p.m. at the Magic Castle. Registration is $40. The subject will be card magic and a discussion on how to integrate patter with magic.(3/10)

The Amazing JohnathanThe Amazing Johnathan's show at the Flamingo in Las Vegas is reviewed in the Las Vegas Sun where it gets four stars out of five. The article describes many of Johnathan's routines and concludes, "Although the Amazing Johnathan bills himself as a magician, magic is an almost insignificant part of his performance. The entertainment value comes from the off-the-wall, and frequently off-color, cutting-edge, anti-establishment comedy that has become Johnathan's trademark." To read the Mar. 7 article by Jerry Fink titled "Poof! Amazing Johnathan makes good taste disappear" click: HERE.(3/10)

"The Spencers: Theatre of Illusion" is previewed in the Bergen Record where Kevin Spencer explained that "Good art challenges and provokes: It's funny, dramatic, suspenseful… Magic is no different." To read the Mar. 7 article titled "Boy's illusion ... ; ... became man's theatrical fantasy" supplied by Infoseek and YellowBrix click: HERE.(3/10)

Wally Reid's show at the Chestnut Hill Elementary School is featured in a Midland Daily News article that quotes from Reid's show, "Magic deals with secrets and the secret to success is reading… You can take letters and words and sentences and change them into thoughts." To read the Mar. 9 article by Amy Soper titled "Reading magician spellbinds students" click: HERE.(3/10)

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-VOLUME: 63 / ISSUE: 1,878 Tuesday - March 11, 2003-
Lance BurtonLance Burton's upcoming TV tapings for "Al Rojo Vivo con Maria Celeste" and "The Virtual Magician" are reported in a Las Vegas Review-Journal that also shines light on Marco Tempest's series, "The Virtual Magician," that will be taping in Las Vegas this week. The article quotes Burton about the show and reports that the series that has been sold around the world is still looking for a US cable contract. To read the Mar. 10 article by Carol Cling titled "Lance Burton to participate in two television projects" click: HERE.(3/11)

Dick Steiner is featured in a Philadelphia Business Journal article about corporate entertainers that reported, "Steiner gets paid as much as $1,500 an hour to be a corporate jester of sorts, a magician and 'mentalist' who entertains at business parties." An interesting statistic on the competitive field quotes a recent survey by The National Speakers Association, "..that 21.7 percent of its members made $25,000 or less annually in entertaining fees, but 11.8 percent made between $101,000 and $150,000 per year; 2.6 percent made more than $500,000." To read the Mar. 7 article by Keith T. Reed titled "Looking for the life of the (office) party?" click: HERE.(3/11)

RoccoNEW JERSEY: Rocco lectures on Wednesday Mar. 12 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.(3/11)

David Copperfield's lawsuit for $506,343.00 against the Fireman's Fund Insurance Co. to recover his losses in Russia is covered in an Associated Press article that revues the case that is currently in front of a Nevada jury. To read the Mar. 10 article by Ken Ritter titled "Vegas jury hears magician's plea for money paid 'Russian mafia'" click: HERE.(3/11)

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-VOLUME: 63 / ISSUE: 1,879 Wednesday - March 12, 2003-
Showbiz MagazineSiegfried & Roy are featured on the cover of the Mar. 16-22 issue of Showbiz Magazine that looks at their work with animals and how they are treated on stage. Roy explained, "We create an illusion around their personalities, so the animals never feel they have been forced to do anything… What they do is what they like to do. Because if you have a 500- to 600-pound tiger or lion on a leash, he can decide exactly what he wants to do if he's not comfortable." The article also points out that, "Their lives have impacted the survival of these creatures so dramatically, that they truly are the men who have brought back the white tiger and white lion to share with the world of today and the future." To read the Mar. 16 article titled "Nature’s Protectors Create A Sanctuary" click: HERE.(3/12)

John Mulholland is mentioned in the March issue of Reason Magazine which excerpts from a 25 year old article by James Date Davidson titled "The CIA and the Occult": "The CIA has experimented with mind-- control, telepathy and other parapsychological techniques. The agency even went so far as to hire John Mulholland, the New York magician, to help teach what Admiral Turner has called "aspects of magicians' art useful in covert operations." To read the Mar. 1 article titled "25 years ago in reason" click: HERE.(3/12)

David Copperfield loses his lawsuit against his insurance company this week. An Associated Press article reported that "After five days of testimony and one day of closing arguments, the jury spent almost six hours deliberating." To read the Mar. 11 article by Ken Ritter titled "Vegas jury rules against David Copperfield in $500,000 insurance case" click: HERE.(3/12)

Peter Petrashek is featured in a Republic article that describes him as, "The 5-year-old farm lad, who was indelibly impressed by a carnival magic act, is now billed as "Peter the NEAR Great," enjoying retirement while continuing into his 50th year as an easygoing, aw-shucks magician/humorist." The article also traces his career in and out of magic. To read the Mar. 12 article by Evelyn Stringham titled "Tricks are treat for magician" click: HERE.(3/12)

Set designer George Allison who is designing the "high-tech hub for the international media" for the upcoming Iraq war is reported to have "worked with the illusionist David Blaine" in an article in The Times. To read the Mar. 11 article titled "Movie men add special effects to media war" click: HERE.(3/12)

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-VOLUME: 63 / ISSUE: 1,880 Thursday - March 13, 2003-
Marco Tempest"The Virtual Magician" starring Marco Tempest who is taping episode two of the 13-part series on Mar. 13-18 in Las Vegas will be screening the High Definition (HD) show in Cannes, France later this month at the world's prime international television program market (MIP-TV) where decision makers from more than 90 countries will be searching for new programming. "The Virtual Magician" has also just received two coveted Telly Awards making 16 total awards for a show that has yet to air. The series has already been sold to TV, cable and satellite networks in the UK, Pan-Asia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mexico and Finland.(3/13)

Maxwell Magician who presents a youth smoking prevention program to schools titled "Just Say MOE" is featured in a Mitchell Advocate article that quotes him from the show, "You can do anything you want to do and be anything you want to be in life if you stay away from smoking." Maxwell also explained that, "Any monkey can stand up there and do magic, but we incorporate magic as the message with facts encouraging students to stay smoke-free." To read the Mar. 12 article by Jennifer Jackson titled "Area students told to 'Just say MOE'" click: HERE.(3/13)

Michael Grandinetti is featured in the March issue of Pittsburgh Magazine with a two page article about his old home which is described as, "Imagine a room filled with steel spikes, power saws, goldfish tanks, torches, and stacks of some of the oldest books ever written.  It sounds like a scene from a movie, but it’s actually the boyhood storage and rehearsal area of illusionist Michael Grandinetti."(3/13)

David Copperfield's lost lawsuit was covered in a Las Vegas Review-Journal article that quoted his lawyer, "New York attorney Leslie Trager said he will, with Copperfield's approval, file motions seeking to overturn the verdict." To read the Mar. 12 article by Carri Geer Thevenot titled "Jury goes against magician" click: HERE.(3/13)

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-VOLUME: 63 / ISSUE: 1,881 Friday - March 14, 2003-
Tina LenertR.G. Smith's 16th Annual Evening(s) of Comedy & Magic begins this weekend with shows at East High in West Chester, PA (Mar. 15), The Forum in Harrisburg, PA (Mar. 21), and at the Capitol Theatre in Chambersburg, PA (Mar. 22). This year's performers include: Mike Caveney, Tina Lenert, Gulamerian, Ardan James, Tom Burgoon, R.G. Smith, and Jaron Nalewak. Contact the local schools or theaters for tickets and information.(3/14)

Bill Warren is featured in The Virginian-Pilot where he is described as "Warren is a professional magician, and he uses magic tricks to help Sentara patients recover hand dexterity, memory, fine motor skills and other abilities damaged through accidents, disease or illness." Warren is part of David Copperfiled's "Project Magic." To read the Mar. 14 article by Elizabeth Simpson titled "Program mixes magic and medicine" click: HERE.(3/14)

David Oliver, Frank Brents, John Graham, and Todd Robbins, Andy Roberts and Dennis Kyriakos headline at Monday Night Magic on Mar. 17 at 8pm in NYC. For tickets phone Ticketmaster at: 212-307-4100. For more information click: HERE.(3/14)

Rondini (Ron Lindbergh) who will presents his fourth annual Grand Illusion Family Magic Show Friday and Saturday at The Grand Opera House in Oshkosh, WI is featured in the Post-Crescent. Lindbergh explained that, "When I see most magicians do their stuff I know within the first 30 seconds of him introducing the trick how he's going to accomplish what he’s going to do before he does it… I have seen some illusionists do things that will give me pause, but there really isn't a lot that fools me." To read the Mar. 13 article by Cheryl Sherry titled "He might blur the lines between serious magician and entertainer, but Rondini’s success is no illusion" click: HERE.(3/14)

MARYLAND: Mike Caveney lectures on Monday Mar. 17 at 7:30pm at Denny & Lee Magic Studio (325 South Marlyn Avenue) in Baltimore. Tickets are $15 per person and are available by phoning: 410-686-3914.(3/14)

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