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Archives: Week Of April 7-13, 2003
-VOLUME: 64 / ISSUE: 1,897 Monday - April 7, 2003-
Carol Massie and Joe Givan  Joe Givan and Carol Massie's "Theatre of Dreams" which opened on Saturday in Castle Rock, Colorado is featured in the Rocky Mountain News that quotes Givan, "What we do is a visual art form… To have our own facility where we can do anything we conceive of, has been a huge dream." The article reported of their plans, "Initially, the couple will offer two types of shows: a Saturday matinee series geared toward kids, with clowns, jugglers, musicians and magicians from around the country; and starting next month, an evening cabaret show featuring the Dream Masterz signature production." Also quoted in the article were Richard Robinson and Danny Archer. Givan closed with, "This isn't about making big money… It's about giving people an experience they'll never forget." To read the Apr. 4 article by Erika Gonzalez titled "It's no illusion" click: HERE.(4/7)

In a related article about the "Theatre of Dreams" opening the Rocky Mountain News looked at the state of magic in the Denver area while speaking to local magicians Mark Strivings and Danny Archer. To read the Apr. 4 article by Erika Gonzalez titled "Pulling a magic venue out of your hat isn't easy" click: HERE.(4/7)

Andrew Goldenhersh, Alan Marchese, Handsome Jack, Etienne Pradier, Randy Pryor, Mandy Muden, Yonkany & Anabel, and Bill Perron appear at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles on Apr. 7-13. Etienne Pradier lectures on Sunday Apr. 13.(4/7)

Kevin and Cindy Spencer and their touring show "Theatre of Illusion" are featured in a Worthington Daily Globe article that quotes Kevin, "Most of the magic in the show is created or redesigned for our show, and there's an element of surprise, an element that they don't know what's going to happen… When you think of magic, you think of cutting a lady in half. Well, we'll cut a lady in half, but very differently -- nothing like they've seen before. There'll be a little bit of what they expect to see and a lot of what they don’t expect to see." To read the Apr. 5 article by Beth Rickers titled "Illusionists promise plenty of surprises" click: HERE.(4/7)

Tom O'BrienTom O'Brien is featured in a Litchfield County Times article about his move from business man to professional magician. O'Brien points out that "…being organized and motivated has enabled him to work as a full-time performer. 'I'm an entrepreneur, as well as a magician. It is a business.'" O'Brien also observed that, "When you start laughing, I think most people forget about their problems. The combination of magic and laughter gives the audience a sense of fun." To read the Apr. 4 article by Melanie McMillan titled "Have Magic Tricks, Will Travel" click: HERE.(4/7)

Dr. Peter Lamont is described in a Scotsman article as "an academic and historian, he is a conjurer, a member of the Magic Circle." Lamont began a new radio series titled "Wizards of the North" that started airing on Radio Scotland on Apr. 6. The show is said to examin "the history of magic in Scotland, from celebrated Victorian and Edwardian conjurers such as John Henry Anderson and the Great Lafayette to the 'Scottish Nostradamus', the Brahan Seer." Lamont will also present, "Confessions of a Psychic" at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh on Apr. 19 at 8pm. To read the Apr. 5 article by Jim Gilchrist titled "The magical history tour" click: HERE.(4/7)

Jeff Moche, Jon Stetson, Mike Bent, David Oliver, Steve Kradolfer, and Erik Rochelle appear at the "Mystery Lounge" at the Comedy Studio in Harvard Square (1236 Mass Ave) Cambridge, Massachusetts on Tuesday Apr. 8 at 8pm. Admission is $10 per person. For reservations phone: 617-661-6507.(4/7)

The "Magic: the Science of Illusion" exhibit which has been traveling around the United States opened on Saturday at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago where it will remain through Sep. 1. A Chicago Sun-Times article reported that quotes Joe Shacter, the president of the museum, "It's a true collaboration that the magic community has embraced… You'll experience magic as you have never experienced it before. You'll see the illusions as if you're at a magic show, and then you'll go behind the scenes to see how they're done." To read the Apr. 4 article titled "Exhibit teaches kids the science--and math--behind the magic" supplied by Infoseek and YellowBrix click: HERE.(4/7)

Jeffrey Deaver's "The Vanished Man" continues to get great reviews, this time in the Akron Beacon Journal which observed, "If The Tempest was Shakespeare's homage to the magic of his own writing and stagecraft, then The Vanished Man is Jeffery Deaver's homage to the magic and thrills of his own novels." His plot structure is also compared to the structure of good magic, "You'll think you've figured out what he's up to but that's part of his plan.... He'll use your suspicions -- and your intelligence -- against you. In fact, he needs your suspicions and intelligence for his tricks to work.'' To read the Apr. 6 article by John Orr titled "Plot twists reign in intelligent, vintage Deaver mystery" click: HERE.(4/7)
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-VOLUME: 64 / ISSUE: 1,898 Tuesday - April 8, 2003-
Paul Daniels Magical Masterclass Invades the United States
The British are coming... The British are coming... in an army of one. He is one of the most influential magicians of the modern age and his name is a household word in Europe and many other parts of the globe. Paul Daniels will be offering a once in a lifetime opportunity to the US magicians in the next few weeks as he presents his full-day masterclasses in Chicago, New York, Orlando, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Lance Burton calls him, "The finest magician of the past century" and the magicians who have already signed up to see him include: Mac King, Lance Burton, Kevin James, Jeff McBride, Bill Malone, Eugene Burger and a literal whose who of American Magicians. To find out more about the tour and Paul Daniels in this MagicTimes exclusive click: HERE.(4/8)

The Pendragons will be performing at the Center for Excellence in Port of Spain, Trinidad on Apr. 11-13.(4/8)

Tommy Cooper who is the subject of a new show in London is featured in a Guardian article that looks at the use of magic in Cooper's performances, 'The magic is a sort of metaphor for the unprivileged life: the doomed attempt to gain power, to be impressive, to dominate the world. No matter what you do, how much you spend on your tricks, how diligently you practise them, you will fail: they have a life of their own." The article concludes in "Jus' Like That" show, "There is a feeling that someone has returned who should never have gone away. He is a genuine folk hero, and his return is as welcome as that of Robin Hood or John Bull. But, as Cooper would say, they never got a laugh in their lives." To read the Apr. 8 article titled "And for my next trick" click: HERE.(4/8)

David Copperfield is on the cover of the Apr. 13-19 issue of Showbiz Weekly  where his is featured in an exclusive interview. To view the cover click: HERE.(4/8)

A transcript of an ABC7 spot by Frank Mathie about the "Magic: The Science of Illusion" exhibit stated, "For the next five months at the Notebaert Nature Museum visitors will be getting an up close look at the smoke and mirrors of magic." Jeff Bibik also mentions that, "Because magic defies the laws of nature and that's why we tied this into the Nature Museum here. Because magic goes against nature because the things we know to be true are suddenly shown to us to not be true." To read the Apr. 7 transcript titled "Magical exhibit reveals some well-kept secrets" click: HERE.(4/8)

Scott Cantrell's show at the North City School is described in The Daily Post-Athenian as, "Cantrell spoke about recycling and composted material to help keep the environment clean and safe." To read the Apr. 7 article titled "Cantrell's magic teaches recycling" click: HERE.(4/8)

James Randi's upcoming testing of Natash Lulova who claims to be able to "see" while blindfolded is the subject of a New York Post article that reported, "Last year, Lulova failed Randi's long-standing, $1 million "Psychic Challenge," in which the magician puts a would-be mentalist through his or her paces. It started so well: With her own blindfold, Natasha identified colors and read passages. But when Randi switched her to tin-foil-covered, sponge-filled swim goggles - and then covered them with an additional layer of duct tape - she folded like a Uri Geller spoon." To read the Apr. 7 article by Gersh Kuntzman titled "Psychic's 'Blind' Faith Retested" click: HERE.(4/8)

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-VOLUME: 64 / ISSUE: 1,899 Wednesday - April 9, 2003-
Funtime Innovations Pvt. Ltd. logoSam Dalal who has long been supplying magic products to magicians around the world is featured in a Times Of India article that describes how he ended up in this business, "My community, my family, never took to my 'magical' leanings in the right spirit but they were all for entrepreneurship, which is what encouraged me to invent my own tricks and get them printed in international magazines like Abracadabra and Magigram." The article continued, "When both the editors got back to him saying they had managed to manufacture his concepts and sell them, Dalal wondered what if he started manufacturing his own products? This is how his brands Electro Fun and Fun Time Magic were born. Now 57, Dalal is thinking of handing over his business to his son, Zubin." To read the Apr. 9 article titled "Sam Dalal: The man behind every illusion" click: HERE.(4/9)

John Kaplan's "Millennium Magic" show on Apr. 13 will have him place High Prairie Mayor John Brodrick in a guillotine. A South Peace News article reported that, "Kaplan, who comes from British Columbia, fell in love with magic when he attended his first show at the age of nine. He has criss-crossed the country pursuing his dream ever since." To read the Apr. 9 article by Chris Clegg titled "Mayor to be guillotined" click: HERE.(4/9)

The Flicking FingersAUSTRALIA: "The Flicking Fingers" featuring Manuel Muerte, Gaston, Helge Thun, Ben Profane, Nicolai Friedrich, Thomas Fraps, Rainer Pfeiffer, and Pit Hartling will be traveling as a group for two very special events in Australia. The Fingers Festivals weekends take place on Apr. 12-13 in Melbourne and Apr. 19-20 in Sydney. The weekends will include their FISM Team-Lecture, solo lectures, close up and stage shows, and MagicSports. For more information click: HERE.(4/9)

Steve Reisberg, San Dimas, Michael LaFond, and David Groves appear in "Magic in the Burbs" on Thursday Apr. 10 at 7:30pm the Home Brew Coffee Company, (661 W. Arrow Hwy) in San Dimas, California. Admission is $5 plus a one drink minimum. For reservations and information phone: 909-394-1964.(4/9)

Dr. Richard Wiseman is interviewed on NBC News' Dateline where he discusses his latest book, "The Luck Factor: Changing Your Luck, Changing Your Life: The Four Essential Principles." The feature excerpts part of the book where Wiseman explains, "When I was eight I was asked to complete a school project on the history of chess. Being a diligent young student, I decided to pay a visit to my local library to find some books on the topic. Quite by chance, I was directed to the wrong shelf and came across some books on conjuring. I was curious, and started to read all about the secrets that magicians use to achieve the impossible. This was my first introduction to the world of magic, and it influenced the whole of my life. I have no idea what might have happened if I had been directed to the correct shelf and found the chess books. Perhaps I wouldn’t have developed an interest in magic, trained as a psychologist, or conducted the research described in this book." To read the Apr. 8 Dateline story titled "The Luck Factor" click: HERE.(4/9)

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-VOLUME: 64 / ISSUE: 1,900 Thursday - April 10, 2003-
The 15th annual Hank Lee's Cape Cod Magic ConclaveMASSACHUSETTS: The 15th annual Hank Lee's Cape Cod Magic Conclave has managed to put together an outstanding lineup of talent for their 15th anniversary convention on Apr. 11-13 in North Falmouth. Scheduled to appear are: Mark Wilson and Nani Darnell, Greg Wilson, Nicholas Night and Kenga, Julianna Chen, Kevin James, Richard Forget, Guy Bavli, Whit Haydn, Troy Hooser, Garrett Thomas, Henry Evans, Boris Wild, Rich Marotta, Jay Scott Berry, Julius Frack, David Merry, Duane Laflin, John Cassidy. For more information click: HERE.(4/10)

Jeff McBride and Abbi Spinner appear at "The Experience: A Night-Long Journey of Consciousness" on Apr. 12 at 6pm-2am where they will join a group of musicians, artists, yoga teachers, and spiritual guides who are all renowned for their ability to create authentic, transformational experiences. The event takes place at the Manhattan Center (8th Avenue & 34th Street) in New York City. For more information phone: 800-944-1001.(4/10)

Senate of Maryland ResolutionAl Cohen who recently retired as the owner of the popular Washington, DC magic shop was honored on Jan. 15 by the State Senate of Maryland which stated in a resolution, "Be it herby Known to all that The Senate of Maryland offers its sincerest congratulations to Al Cohen in recognition of being a world renown magician and the honor bestowed on him by having the World Magic Seminar dedicated to him…"(4/10)

Russ Merlin has been asked to appear in "An Evening With Larry King and Friends" on Apr. 17 in Washington, DC. A Las Vegas Sun article quoted Merlin, "I was thrilled to meet King when he came to see the show… And when his organization called the next day and asked me to perform ... I feel extremely honored to have been invited to make people laugh in the birthplace of comedy, Washington, D.C." To read the Apr. 9 article by Timothy McDarrah titled "Diva Las Vegas to miss 'Diva' concert" click: HERE.(4/10)

MARYLAND: Chris Capehart lectures on Friday Apr. 11 at 7:30pm at Denny & Lee Magic Studio (325 South Marlyn Avenue) in Baltimore. Tickets are $25 per person and are available by phoning: 410-686-3914.(4/10)

Monty's Magic Theater will be presenting a special magic show on Friday Apr. 11 at 7pm to benefit The Farrington High School Class of 2003 for their Graduation Night. Performers include: Monty, Harvey Ouchi, Richard Kennedy, David Brown, Mike Turman, Aaron Vermeer, and James Lee. The show will take place at Monty's Magic Theater in Honolulu, Hawaii. Tickets are $8-$12 per person and are available by phoning: 808-524-1791.(4/10)

Philip Yordan died on Mar. 24 at the age of 88. Yordan was the Academy Award winning screenwriter who wrote the 1953 Houdini movie, which starred Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh. An Associated Press obituary reported that, "Yordan is credited with writing 61 films and producing 16, according to the Internet Movie Database. He also appeared in small roles as an actor in two films." To read the Apr. 2 obituary titled "Oscar-Winning Screenwriter Yordan Dies" click: HERE.(4/10)

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-VOLUME: 64 / ISSUE: 1,901 Friday - April 11, 2003-
Dennis LoomisDennis Loomis, Professor Paranormal (Loyd Auerbach), Chuck Mignosa and Robert Kane will be presenting "An Evening of Magic, Mind Reading & Hypnotism" on Saturday Apr. 12 at 8pm at the Concord Hilton (1970 Diamond Boulevard) in Concord, California. After the stage show close-up magic will be presented. Tickets are $15 per person and are available by phoning: 925-518-4071 or by clicking: HERE.(4/11)

Diego Domingo will be presenting a display of memorabilia about the classic 1947 film "Nightmare Alley" at the "5th annual, Festival of Film Noir" on Sunday Apr. 13 at 7pm at The Egyptian Theater, in Hollywood, California. Expected to make an appearance will be Colleen Gray, who starred with Tyrone Power, in the film about carnivals, mentalism, and spiritualism. Tickets are $9 per person and are available by phoning: 323-466-FILM.(4/11)

Wayne Hoffman's "Mind Candy II" will appear on Apr. 12 at 8pm at the Sovereign Performing Arts Center in Reading, Pennsylvania. A funny comment made by a Tribune reporter stated that "...if David Copperfield had a kid with The Amazing Kreskin... they would name him Wayne Hoffman." Tickets are $12.50-$22.50 per person and are available by phoning: 215-336-2000.(4/11)

Jerry SadowitzJerry Sadowitz' two-week run at the Soho Theatre in London is reviewed in the Times Online where they report, "Give him a pack of cards, however, and he blossoms into a much more interesting companion. As an exponent of close-up trickery, he is said to be one of the very best. …Suffice to say that, though you need to be reasonably close to the front to catch the full impact, even a jaded London audience lets out gasps from time to time. Sadowitz is so relaxed about his sleight of hand that it is easy to underestimate his skill. He is the antithesis of a bouffant prime-time showman, and all the more entertaining for that." To read the Apr. 11 article by Clive Davis titled "Jerry Sadowitz" click: HERE.(4/11)

MICHIGAN: The 34th annual Michigan Magic Day sponsored by the Ann Arbor Magic Club takes place on Saturday Apr. 12 at the Pioneer High School. Featured performers include: Aldo Colombini, Chris Moss, Jeff Boyer, The Deringers and Jeff Jackowski. For more information click: HERE.(4/11)

Paul Daniels will make a special appearance on Sunday Apr. 13 at 8pm at Michael Canick Booksellers, (200 East 82nd Street, #3B) in New York City. Daniels is expected to give a performance and do a book signing with the guests. For more information phone: 212-585-2990.(4/11)

Richard Cohn performs for Fantasma Toys at FAO Schwarz (58th Street and 5th Avenue) in New York City on Saturday Apr. 12 at 2pm and 4pm.(4/11)

Tommy Cooper is profiled in a Western Mail article in conjunction with the new show about his career. The article concluded, "Cooper could play an audience as expertly as a virtuoso plays his violin. He could tug at their heart strings, making them feel sorry for him, as easily as he could convulse them with laughter. In that, as in everything else he did, he epitomised the qualities of the great clown." To read the Apr. 10 article titled "Just like that" click: HERE.(4/11)

Paul Daniels, David Oliver, Chris McDaniel, Todd Robbins, and Dennis Kyriakos headline at Monday Night Magic on Apr. 14 at 8pm in NYC. For tickets phone Ticketmaster at: 212-307-4100. For more information click: HERE.(4/11)

PENNSYLVANIA: Pavel lectures for IBM Ring #6 in Springfield on Monday Apr. 14 at 7:30pm. Admission is $5 for members and $15 for non-members. For more information click: HERE.(4/11)

NEW YORK: Jay Scott Berry lectures on Monday Apr. 14 at 7:30pm at the Magical Arts Centre (578 Warburton Ave) in Hastings-On-Hudson. Tickets are $15 per person. For more information phone: 914-478-2680.(4/11)

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