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Archives: Week Of March 17-23, 2003
-VOLUME: 63 / ISSUE: 1,882 Monday - March 17, 2003-
Fay PrestoFay Presto who is one of the most popular close-up magicians in England is featured in a lengthy London Mail on Sunday article that looks at her career, life and struggles. The article mentions many of her high-powered clients like, the Royal Family, Rod Stewart, Sting, Cliff Richard and even Paul McCartney who Presto recounts, "But then Paul McCartney stopped in the middle of his sound check,' she recalls. 'He walked down to the front of the stage and said to me, 'Fay Presto, you're a bloody genius.'" The article also reported that, "They all love Presto's simple but stunning up-close magic that leaves her audience open-mouthed and unable to stop talking about it for weeks." To read the Mar. 9 article titled "More Than A Woman" supplied by YellowBrix and Infoseek click: HERE.(3/17)

Patrick McCullagh who is described as a card cheater who now uses his skill in his magic and comedy shows is featured in a Courier-Mail article that reported, "The gambling tricks, the magic and the con games collided head-on with his Irish brand of humour, and The Swindler was born. …McCullagh discovered that what he was best at -- along with deception, craftiness and winning – was performing." To read the Mar. 15 article by Kris Olsson titled "What a swindler" click: HERE.(3/17)

Les Au and Terri are featured in a Star Bulletin article that promotes their upcoming show and describes their careers in and out of magic. The "Magical Moments" show will also feature Mama Clown, Terry Lunceford, Tom Yurasits, Stacie Hata and Kevin Tsunoda. To read the Mar. 14 article by Gary C.W. Chun titled  "Sinking their teeth in magic" click: HERE.(3/17)

Magic CastleJoaquin Ayala & Tanya, Shoot Ogawa, Dirk Holtkotte, Wesley Edberg, Brian Gillis & Sisuepahn, Jeanine Anderson appear at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles on Mar. 17-23. Brick Tilley lectures on Sunday Mar. 23.(3/17)

An article in the Mar/Apr issue of the Skeptical Inquirer looks at the world of spiritualism and the life of a not too well known magician named William "Dr. Wilmar" Marriott. The article also has many interesting references to magicians. To read the March article by Massimo Polidoro titled "William S. Marriott's gambols with the ghosts" supplied by Infoseek and YellowBrix click: HERE.(3/17)

Gopinath Muthukad who founded the "Magic Academy" in India is profiled in a Sify News article that reported, "Since its setting up nearly seven years ago, Magic Academy has trained nearly 2,000 aspirants in the art of magic. Not surprisingly, among the large number who have joined the courses - ranging from three months to a year - are professionals such as doctors and engineers who are curious to know the tricks of the trade." To read the Mar. 16 article titled "Kerala's magic school casts a spell" click: HERE.(3/17)

David Blaine is back in the gossip columns where a New York Daily News article reported that he "looked couple-y with model Bridget Hall at the Knicks Bowl 4 benefit at Chelsea Piers Lanes the other night. But Blaine insisted, 'Bridget's my best friend,' and was seen exchanging numbers with model Petra Nemcova." To read the Mar. 15 article by George Rush and Joanna Molloy titled "Liza's rest pulls the plug on her party" click: HERE.(3/17)

R.G. Smith's "Evening of Comedy and Magic" is previewed in a Patriot-News article that reported, "Friday's lineup includes Mike Caveney, Tina Lenert, Tom Burgoon, Gulamerian and Ardan James." And gave brief credits for each performer. To read the Mar. 16 article titled "'Evening of Comedy, Magic' appears" click: HERE.(3/17)

Wayne Dobson's upcoming lecture (Jun. 23) for The School of Wizardry in Black Country, England is reported in the Express & Star. To read the Mar. 14 article titled "Magic expert conjures up a talk" click: HERE.(3/17)

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-VOLUME: 63 / ISSUE: 1,883 Tuesday - March 18, 2003-
Lance Burton"Lance Burton's Guerilla Magic: Taking It to the Streets!" will be taping for eight days in Las Vegas where well known magicians will perform magic with animals on the streets. According to a Las Vegas Review-Journal article, scheduled performers include Penn & Teller, Mac King, Fielding West, Dana Daniels, Sophie Evans, Bob Massey, Kevin James, Andrew Goldenhersh, Bruce Black, Steve August, Snake-Babe Maria, and Apollo. The one-hour special is scheduled to air on the Animal Planet in June. To read the Mar. 17 article by Carol Cling titled "NBC pilot on casino security to begin production" click: HERE.(3/18)

Daniela Maxová will be making a car levitate and vanish at the 13th annual Bratislava Auto Show on March 18. A Slovak Spectator article reported that "Apart from the specially designed set, lots of fireworks and lights, she needs a good and reliable team around her. This time she will be assisted by around 50 people." The show is scheduled to be broadcast on Czech TV. To read the Mar. 17 article by Zuzana Habšudová titled "Czech illusionist Daniela Maxová comes to open this year's Bratislava Auto Show Now you see it, now you don't" click: HERE.(3/18)

Craig Browning will present his "Murder & The Psychic Detective" show on Wednesday Mar. 19 at Ryan's (1805 W. 1st St.) in Springfield, Ohio. The evening includes full buffet access, a 30-minute pre-meal warm-up and post meal mystery encounter for $25 per person. Shows are also scheduled for Mar. 26.(3/18)

Juliana Chen is nominated for Stage Magician of the Year by the Academy of Magical Arts along with James Dimmare, making two of the five nominees from Canada. The award banquet will be held on May 6 in Hollywood. To read the Mar. 17 press release click: HERE.(3/18)

Michael Night appears at the grand opening of Wal-Mart in Oregon, Ohio on Mar. 19, 21 and 22 from noon to 6pm -- all shows are free to shoppers.(3/18)

The Comedy & Magic Spectacular featuring R.G. Smith, Gulamerian, Mike Caveney, Tina Lenert, Tom Burgoon, and Arden James at The Capitol Theatre on Mar. 22 is covered in a Gazette News article. Proceeds to benefit the E.S.C.A.P.E. Center. To read the Mar. 17 article titled "16th Annual Comedy & Magic Spectacular set for March 22" click: HERE.(3/18)

MARYLAND: Michael Ammar lectures on Monday Mar. 19 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.(3/18)

NEW YORK: Lee Asher lectures on Wednesday Mar. 19 at 7pm at Ronjo Magic in Port Jefferson, NY. Admission is $15 per person. For more information phone: 631-928-5353.(3/18)

PRESS RELEASE: S.A.M. JOINS PERFORMER'S ALLIANCE.

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-VOLUME: 63 / ISSUE: 1,884 Wednesday - March 19, 2003-
Joe Givan and Carol Massie-Givan have opened the Theatre of Dreams, Arts and Event Center (735 Park Street) in Castle Rock, Colorado on Mar. 18. Magicians scheduled to join the Givans in the opening night festivities included Chris Randall, Danny Archer, John Bryan, Shawn Popp and Cosmo Salano. The current schedule of events includes cabaret shows on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and special family matinees running once a month through November. Joe told MagicTimes, "With The Theatre of Dreams, we're doing something you can't find in Denver, or anywhere else in the world for that matter." Carol added, "Our goal …is to give people a wonderful experience like nothing they've ever had before." For information and reservations phone: 303-660-6799.(3/19) --Opening night was cancelled due to a major snow storm in the area.

PuckPuck will be presenting his full-evening show on Mar. 21-23 at the City Hall Theater in Hamilton, Bermuda as part of "Magic Fest." Appearing on the same show will be Johnny Main, Johnny Toronto, and the Junior magicians from the Bermuda Magic Workshop. For tickets and more information click: HERE.(3/19)

Penn & Teller are featured in this week's Showbiz Magazine that reviews their show at the Rio in Las Vegas. The review closed with, "Don't miss the remarkable Penn & Teller in their unique magic show at the Rio. You'll be talking about knife-throwing, fire-swallowing and gorillas long after you've left the theater." To read the Mar. 23-29 article by Hilary L. Green titled "Magic Of The Mind" click: HERE.(3/19)

David Knight who is looking for an assistant to travel with him is featured in a Huddersfield Daily Examiner article that reported, "David and his new assistant will be performing at hotels and on ships for between three weeks and nine months in places are varied as Blackpool and Barbados." To read the Mar. 18 article by Katie Campling titled "Magic! A chance to see the world" click: HERE.(3/19)

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-VOLUME: 63 / ISSUE: 1,885 Thursday - March 20, 2003-
The PendragonsOHIO: The Pendragons, Joanie Spina, Meir Yedid, Tom Craven, Stuart McDonald, Troy Hooser, Sean Bogunia, Michael P. Lair, Jania Taylor, Pattrick Przysiecki, and Andy Dyko headline at "Holy Toledo! …The Magic Convention!" on Mar. 21-22 at the Ramada Inn & Suites in Toledo. The two-day event will feature seven lectures, a close-up show and two stage shows. For more information and registration click: HERE.(3/20)

The 22nd annual "Best Of Las Vegas" poll announced the winners in the "Best Magician" category. Lance Burton was the reader's pick for the award but the staff's pick was a surprise. The Las Vegas Review-Journal staff picked Michael Close who performs close-up magic and plays the piano at the Houdini Lounge, also at the Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino. The newspaper reported, "As his last name suggests, Close is a master of close-up magic, which always impressed us more than those funny-shaped boxes. On top of that, he's a pianist too! So bring your magic-hating friends." To read the results click: HERE.(3/20)

MARYLAND: John Calvert lectures on Monday Mar. 21 at 7:30pm at Denny & Lee Magic Studio (325 South Marlyn Avenue) in Baltimore. Tickets are $20 per person and are available by phoning: 410-686-3914.(3/20)

Monday Night MagicMonday Night Magic is featured in a New York Press article that follows the entertainers after the show and recounts their conversations about magic, women, and life. Jamy Ian Swiss and Todd Robbins are heavily quoted in the article and the writer follows Michael Chaut on a week of performances all over town describing some of his routines and strategies for getting work. The Monday Night Magic team is described as, "…their production company, Magical Nights Inc., are at the forefront of trying to keep another generation of working magicians employed and in front of New York audiences." Other magicians mentioned in the article include David Oliver, Jeff Moche, Doc Swan, Frank Brents, Peter Samelson, Simon Lovell, and Max Maven. To read the Mar. 19 article by Logan Hill titled "The Magic Hustle" click: HERE.(3/20)

Wayne Hoffman will be performing a straitjacket escape on Friday Mar. 21 at the Sovereign Center Arena in between periods of a Reading Royals hockey game.(3/20)

Chad Davis' appearance at the East Park Elementary School is covered in a Times West Virginian article that quotes Davis about entertaining children, "A lot of people make the mistake of trying to fool the kids. But kids don't want to be fooled. They want to be entertained." To read the Mar. 18 article by Julie Sheldon titled "A magical program" click: HERE.(3/20)

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-VOLUME: 63 / ISSUE: 1,886 Friday - March 21, 2003-
ILLINOIS: "A Tribute To Ed Marlo" is the theme for the 4th annual The Second Deal convention held on Mar. 21-23 near Chicago. Scheduled lecturers are Jimmy "Cards" Molinari, John Bannon, and Steve Draun. Many of Marlo's friends are scheduled to appear and reminisce about Marlo and his contribution to magic. For more information click: HERE.(3/21)

Penn & TellerPenn & Teller's weekly series on Showtime is getting great ratings. A Variety article reported that, "The series is averaging more than 500,000 households each week, a cool 33 percent more than the pay cable channel averaged in that time period (Fridays at 11 p.m.) during the previous four months, when the slot featured the sci-fi series "Jeremiah" for a while and then movies." The article also quotes the co-executive producer about the very good possibility for a second season renewal. The largest expenses in producing the shows are the lawyers and insurance premiums against lawsuits. To read the Mar. 17 article by John Dempsey titled "Showtime Scores with Penn & Teller Series" click: HERE.(3/21)

Glenn Strange and Steve Brogan present "A Night Of Constant Laughter" on Mar. 22 at 7pm at The Palace Theatre in Crossville, Tennessee. Tickets are $12 per person and are available by phoning: 931-484-6133. For more information click: HERE.(3/21)

David Penn is featured in a Northants News article about his upcoming TV project and a look at his career. The article reported that "Next month the 30-year-old stars in a new ITV series performing 'close-up' magic to celebrities and this Saturday his spectacular show Let The Magic Begin is staged at the Derngate in Northampton." To read the Mar. 20 article titled "Life's an illusion" click: HERE.(3/21)

The 14th annual Magic, Mirth and Mystery magical extravaganza takes place on Mar. 22 at 2pm and 7pm at the Case High School (7345 Washington Ave.) in Racine, WI. The show is sponsored by the Southeastern Wisconsin Magical Entertainers Club (SEWMEC), the Racine YMCA, the Lighted Schoolhouse Program, and the Bank of Elmwood. Tickets are $5 per person at the door and proceeds will benefit the YMCA youth programs.(3/21)

NEW YORK CITY: Lee Asher lectures for the SAM, Parent Assembly on Friday Mar. 21 at 7:15pm at the Soldiers', Sailors', Airmen's & Marines Club in Manhattan. Members Only.(3/21)

Lance Burton and Teller are quoted and mentioned in a Christian Science Monitor article about how performers in Las Vegas can have an ordinary lifestyle. To read the Mar. 21 article by Steve Freiss titled "For a diva, it's home" click: HERE.(3/21)

David DuChemin's upcoming show at the McPherson Playhouse on Sunday is previewed in a Times Colonist article that describes the show as, "60 minutes of magic, juggling and other routines such as getting out of the dire straitjacket, all with a fair amount of audience interplay." To read the Mar. 20 article by Katherine Dedyna titled "Family comedy is his stock in trade" click: HERE.(3/21)

MARYLAND: Harvey Berg lectures on Monday Mar. 24 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.(3/21)

Noah Kelly began his parody on David Blaine on Thursday at noon by entering an encasement made of blocks of cheese. A BBC News article reported that "Kelly, 32, went in to the construction at 1200 GMT on Thursday and expects to last until the same time on Saturday, without food or drink in the cramped confines of the cheese construction." To read the Mar. 20 article titled "Magician's cheesey stunt" click: HERE.(3/21)

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