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Archives: Week Of April 28-May 4, 2003
-VOLUME: 64 / ISSUE: 1,912 Monday - April 28, 2003-
David CopperfieldDavid Copperfield is featured in a Wyoming Tribune-Eagle article in conjunction with his appearance at the Cheyenne Civic Center on May 2. Copperfield explained, "When you’re in my business people think -- they call it tricks, they call it illusion -- I try not to trick the audience. The whole show that I'm doing is based on people's dreams." The article also recaps his career since childhood. Copperfield also responds to exposers, "I am a fraud. They're right, …I'm an illusionist. I don’t have real powers and I don't claim to have real powers. When they say, 'I'm a fraud,' I say, 'You got it right, man, but did you have a good time?'" To read Apr. 27 article by Karen Cotton titled "David Copperfield is no illusion" click: HERE.(4/28)

David Copperfield is described in the Billings Gazette as, "Part stand-up comic, part magic man, part determined grandson of a man who didn't respect show business." His recent appearance at the 17th annual Alberta Bair Theater gala to raise funds for the theater is reviewed with descriptions to his current routines. To read the Apr. 27 article by Christene Meyers titled "Magic man magically appears at ABT" Click: HERE.(4/28)

Steve Cohen is scheduled to appear on the CBS Early Show on Monday Apr. 28 between 8:15 and 9:00am. He will discuss his current "Chamber Magic" show and his upcoming run in San Francisco.(4/28)

Al James is featured in a Chicago Daily Herald article that quotes him, "Magic is the worst kept secret in the world because it's published in books." James is the resident magician at O'Donovan's which used to be the famed Schulien's magic bar in Chicago. The article looks at close-up magic, Schulien's, recaps James' career and quotes im about close-up magic as a career, "You don't do this to become famous… You do it because it's something you enjoy… You do it because it's an art form." To read the Apr. 25 article by Barbara Vitello titled "Special effects" click: HERE.(4/28)

Alexander, Mike Bent, Steve Kradolfer, Erik Rochelle and David Oliver appear at the "Mystery Lounge" at the Comedy Studio in Harvard Square (1236 Mass Ave) Cambridge, Massachusetts on Tuesday Apr. 29 at 8pm. Admission is $10 per person. For reservations phone: 617-661-6507.(4/28)

Becky Blaney's appearance at the 14th Annual Women's Life Conference at Jones County Junior College is reported in the Hattiesburg American where she jokingly said, "It was the first time I ever got a standing ovation before noon… I'm used to doing shows in Vegas. When I found out I was doing this at 8:30 a.m., I told my agent I needed a month to prepare waking up this early." To read the Apr. 27 article by Lea Crager titled "Danza lures 750 to conference" click: HERE.(4/28)

Magic CastleArthur Benjamin, Losander, Jesse Dee, Joycee Beck, Alfonso, Howard Jay, James Holguin, and Ron Saylor appear at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles on Apr. 28-May 4. Jon Armstrong lectures on Sunday May 4.(4/28)

P.C. Sorcar Jr.'s scheduled shows in Dhaka have been cancelled because the Bangladesh Government denied work permits for most of his crew. A Newindpress article quoted Sorcar about why the visas were denied, "They know that we, the artistes, can always bridge the gap between the two countries. They just don't want that." To read the Apr. 26 article titled "Sorcar's magic fails with Bangladeshi officials" click: HERE.(4/28)

P.M. Mithra is featured in a News Today article that where his says, "…magic is a form of visual art which makes people belive what a magician performs on the dais. He says magic is basically of three kinds - skilled magic, scientific magic and mental magic." To read the Apr. 26 article by M. Bharat Kumar titled "Making 'em believe the unbelievable" click: HERE.(4/28)

Jon Dorenbos who is a prospect for the NFL is featured in an ESPN report that describes him as, "A professional magician, who has performed in Las Vegas and Hollywood and who has earned as much as $1,000 per hour as an entertainer." To read the Apr. 26 article by Len Pasquarelli titled "Dorenbos rises from tragedy" click: HERE.(4/28)

Michael Murray is featured in an ICNewcastle article that reports about his upcoming magic competition and career goals. To read the Apr. 27 article by Zoe Burn titled "Hat trick's just magic" click: HERE.(4/28)

The Grand Illusions magic website is discussed in a Press SA article that describes the contents as, "…a nice collection of fascinating illusions to put some magic back in life." To read the Apr. 24 article by Louis Nel titled "Show off your tricks" click: HERE.(4/28)

MARYLAND: Mathieu Bich lectures on Tuesday Apr. 28 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.(4/28)

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-VOLUME: 64 / ISSUE: 1,913 Tuesday - April 29, 2003-
The "Asian Magic Association" was formed on March 28 in Hong Kong during the Hong Kong 2003 International Magic Convention. The Association was founded by six Asian magic societies (Hong Kong Magicians' Association, Taiwan Black Hat Magic Club, China CuangDong Acrobatic Artists Association, Siam Magic Club of Thailand, Inner Magic Club of Philippines and Korea Alexander Magic Family) whose presidents will be on the board of directors. Some of the goals will be to promote the art of magic, unify the magic organizations in Asia and to eventually hold an Asian magic convention similar to FISM. For more information e-mail: General Secretary Albert Tam at:

Lance BurtonLance Burton will tape, on Tuesday, a segment for "National Lampoon's Funny Money" game show that will air on the Game Show Network. A Las Vegas Review-Journal article reported, "Lance Burton and ventriloquist Ronn Lucas are competing in the show, which includes comedians Elizabeth Beckwith, Bobby Collins, Jeff Dunham, John Mendoza and Rick Overton." To read the Apr. 28 article by Norm titled "Question lingers for 'Big Elvis': love child or unchained melody" click: HERE.(4/29)

Lance Burton's taping of "National Lampoon's Funny Money" on Tuesday is described as a "showbiz-trivia showdown" in a Las Vegas Review-Journal article that reported, "The half-hour show launches in June on the Game Show Network." To read the Apr. 28 article by Carol Kling titled "'CSI' making another return visit to tape scenes" click: HERE.(4/29)

Pat Page was announced as the Guest Of Honor for the 2004 F.F.F.F. convention to be held in April 2004 in Batavia, New York. Attendees to this year's event voted David Stone as the Most Valuable Person at the convention.(4/29)

Murray has just signed a contract to star as a bartender in a new TV sitcom pilot titled "Malibu Bar" which will begin taping in May.(4/29)

Philip Partridge's meeting with Prince Charles is covered in a Scotsman article that reported, "An amazed Prince stopped to ask members of the media: 'Let me see the video of that.'" The article quotes Partridge, "The Prince is an honorary member of the Magic Circle and I told him that I have a picture of him performing a classic cup and ball trick.…He likes magic and often has close-up magicians at his fund-raising dinners. He has not asked me yet, but you never know." To read the Apr. 28 article by Chris Marritt titled "Magician’s Royal Rope Trick Leaves Charles Blinking" click: HERE.(4/29)

Philip Partridge's performance for Prince Charles is described in the Manchester Evening News, "Philip, 33, from Didsbury, showed the Prince three pieces of rope, all different sizes and then appeared to make them all the same length… Bamboozled… He then made them different lengths again. A bamboozled prince asked for a video replay to see how the trick worked." To read the Apr. 28 article by Alan Salter titled "Charles roped in for synagogue opening" click: HERE.(4/29)

Carl Mercurio performs in The Dark House Side Show on Wednesday Apr. 30 at 8pm at the Jekyll & Hyde Pub (91 Seventh Ave South) in New York City. Also on the show will be various comedians and freak show performers. For more information click: HERE.(4/29)

Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee will be interviewed on the bilingual talk show Popcorn on Friday on S4C in the UK. A Liverpool Daily Post article asked why they have a long lasting marriage, "'We make each other laugh,' said Paul. 'We can have an argument and then it's instantly forgotten,' added Debbie. 'We never go to bed on an argument.'" To read the Apr. 26 article by Glyn Mn Hughes titled "Daniels still has the old magic" supplied by Infoseek and YellowBrix click: HERE.(4/29)

NEW YORK CITY: Michael Ammar lectures for the SAM Parent Assembly on Wednesday Apr. 30 at 7:30pm at the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen’s Club (283 Lexington Avenue). Admission is free to members and $25 for sponsored guests.(4/29)

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-VOLUME: 64 / ISSUE: 1,914 Wednesday - April 30, 2003-
Fred Jurgensen's Theophilus Magic Shop and its Metamorphosis Theater are featured in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article that reported, "…a good illusion is like an onion that just gets bigger and bigger the more you peel away its layers, and that's what Fred's shop is like… Inside the breezeway door, it's something out of a Harry Potter book. A magic store for magicians. Books, videos and isles of tricks and illusions, some costing thousands of dollars. Want to set your spouse's head on fire? Go ahead. It's therapeutic." Also mentioned in the article is Ben Siedman. To read the Apr. 28 article by Crocker Stephenson titled "Quiet little street leads - presto! - to whole world of magic" click: HERE.(4/30)

Scott Alexander, Phillip Morris, Keith StickleyPhillip Morris received an award "for his contributions to magic, spook shows, and the haunted attraction industry" during a special recreation of a "Spook" or "Ghost" show that was presented by Scott Alexander and Keith Stickley on Apr. 26 at Denny & Lee's Magic Studio in Las Vegas. The event was part of the International Association of Haunted Attractions (IAHA) convention. Morris presented his "Dr. Evil’s Terrors of the Unknown" spook show more than 5,000 times in a 20+ year span.(4/30)

Steve Cohen is featured in an Alameda Times-Star article that reported, "Cohen was every bit as good as his press clippings said he was. There were only about 30 of us in a relatively small room, and he worked from a tiny circular table about two feet in diameter, reeling off a series of card manipulations, coin tricks, and mind-reading stunts that ranged from improbable to impossible. I was appropriately awed." To read the Apr. 29 article titled "Magician/mentalist certainly ready for his big close-up" click: HERE.(4/30)

OHIO: Perhaps the wildest magic convention in the US is The International Battle of Magicians. This year's 12th anniversary event is scheduled for May 1-3 in Canton and will feature David & Dania, Greg Frewin, Kerry Pollock, Skilldini, Chris Capehart, Philip Morris, Jeff Bibik, John George, and Andy Dallas. For more information click: HERE.(4/30)

A very interesting article in The Independent reported about some of the findings at the Iraqi intelligence office in Baghdad. It seems that "…the document on the magicians was the most bizarre of all. Dated 16 April 2000, it describes how lectures were organised for Mukhabarat agents to teach them how to become magicians or hypnotists to cover their true identity, and wheedle out information from unsuspecting members of the public - presumably those in their audiences. Six spies performed especially well, and emerged with high marks." To read the Apr. 29 article titled "Scribes and scoundrels scour the treasure chest of Iraqi intelligence" supplied by Infoseek and YellowBrix click: HERE.(4/30)

Robert Baxt and Harvey Simpson will join David Groves in "Magic In The Burbs" on Thursday May. 1 at 7:30pm at the Home Brew Coffee Company, (661 W. Arrow Hwy) in San Dimas, California. Admission is $5 plus a one-drink minimum per person. For reservations and information phone: 909-394-1964.(4/30)

Lance Burton who taped his appearance on the new game show "National Lampoon's Funny Money" ended up beating Ronn Lucas and winning $5,800 to be donated to Opportunity Village. A Las Vegas Sun article reported, "The Monte Carlo magician's $32 billion in Funny Money topped the $20 billion won by The Rio's resident ventriloquist." To read the Apr. 29 article by Timothy McDarrah titled "Jackson could be starting something" click: HERE.(4/30)

Glen McMahan who performs as "The Wizard of Odd" to promote the Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus is featured in the Winchester Star where he is described as, "An ambassador with a high top hat and red nose, McMahan travels with a raccoon puppet and a bag of magic tricks to announce the coming of the 'World’s Largest Circus Under the Big Top.'" To read the Apr. 29 article by Val Van Meter titled "Big Top Promises Big Fun" click: HERE.(4/30)

Jon Dorenbos who has performed as a magician has been signed as a free agent by the Buffalo Bills. A Buffalo News article reported that "Along the way he learned to become a talented professional magician. He has performed in Las Vegas and Hollywood, Calif., and has earned as much as $1,000 per hour as an entertainer." To read the Apr. 29 article by Mark Gaughan titled "Long-snapper tops Bills' free agents" click: HERE.(4/30)

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-VOLUME: 65 / ISSUE: 1,915 Thursday - May 1, 2003-
Lee NobleEdwin L. Burchell who was best known as Lee Noble died on Wednesday Apr. 30 at the age of 87 in Florida in a car accident. Noble was a long time professional magician, comedian and magic inventor. He was the past president of IBM Ring #26 in New York City, A life member of the SAM and was one of the founders of New York's exclusive "The Thirteen." He also manufactured a line of magic wallets, created some classic close-up routines, contributed many routines to magic periodicals and wrote a book on the Himber Wallet.(5/1)

Joanie Spina is featured on the cover of this week's Callback with a story about her where she points out, "The bottom line… is sincerity and being comfortable and confident, because if the audience doesn't believe you, then it's all for nothing. The magic is in you." The article is full of good advice for magicians and points out that, "…in showbiz circles she's also recognized as a top-rate magic and performance consultant who specializes in staging, choreography and presentation." To read an excerpt of the May 2 article by Bill Sewers titled "Some Magical Advice" click: HERE.(5/1)

Judy Carter's upcoming appearance at the Log Cabin Banquet is discussed in The Republican which sponsors the event as part of their "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" series. Carter says, "I was obsessed with dreams of flying… When you're a magician, you're in charge, you make miracles happen." Her biography is described as, "She started her professional career as a magician at the tender age of 8. 'I was doing two or three birthday parties a weekend,' she says. 'I had business cards. I was a real entrepreneur.'" Carter also explained how she transitioned from magic to comedy, "One day, she says, her luggage full of magic tricks got lost en route to a gig at the Playboy Club in Cincinnati. She was stuck on stage with none of her props. So she made jokes. Jokes about lost luggage, about Cincinnati, about anything. That was in 1982, and she has stuck to comedy ever since. 'I thought, 'Oh my God, you mean I can just talk to people and get paid? Thank you, American Airlines, for launching my comedy career!'" To read the Apr. 30 article by Pat Cahill titled "A funny lady shares her secrets" click: HERE.(5/1)

David Copperfield begins May with a short tour through Colorado, Wyoming  and New Mexico and then finishes off the month with a stint at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. You can catch him at the Union Colony Civic Center in Greeley, CO on May 1, Cheyenne Civic Center in Cheyenne, WY on May 2, Pikes Peak Center in Colorado Springs, CO on May 3 and the Popejoy Hall - University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM on May 4.(5/1)

Michael Mode performed at the MGM Grand Casino in Detroit at a VIP party on Apr. 26 where he was joined by Evan Marriott (Joe Millionaire) who appeared during one of the routines "…in the middle of the audience saying, 'you got change for a million?'"  The show was for an all women audience.(5/1)

Robert Bloor is described in an Albuquerque Journal article as "a magician who is also a marketing problem solver." Bloor credits David Copperfield, Kevin and Cindy Spencer and Dean Hankey for inspiring to pursue a career in magic. To read the Apr. 29 article titled "Area Man Works His Magic on Seminar Audiences" supplied by Infoseek and YellowBrix click: HERE.(5/1)

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-VOLUME: 65 / ISSUE: 1,916 Friday - May 2, 2003-
Eric & Nelson: Men of Magic"Eric & Nelson: Men of Magic" starring Eric Walton, Nelson Lugo which is playing at the Abingdon in New York City through May 11 is reviewed at where it is called, "…its sly blend of comedy, sophistication, and awe-inspiring prestidigitational expertise makes it one of the city's great lesser-known, low-priced entertainment treasures." The review concludes, "whether or not Eric and Nelson choose to forsake their acting careers for the world of sleight-of-hand, their current Men of Magic show is great fun indeed. You'll laugh, you'll gasp, you'll be amazed and amused." To read the Apr. 22 review by Martin Denton click: HERE.(5/2)

James Swain is scheduled to appear on CBS News Sunday Morning (Charles Osgood Show) on Sunday May 4 at 9am EST. Swain will be joined by Steve Forte and together they will demonstrate some "never-before-seen gambling scams" and discuss Swain's recent novels.(5/2)

NEW JERSEY: Bob King, Rocco, Joe Mogar, Wayne Alan, and Lou Johnson headline at Magic Funday on Sunday May 4 at the VFW Hall in Port Monmouth. Admission is $40 per person at the door. For more information click: HERE.(5/2)

Lee Noble (Edwin L. Burchell)'s fatal car accident is described in a Leesburg Daily Commercial article that reported, "A retired Clermont man died after the car he was driving rear-ended a dump truck stopped at a traffic light Wednesday morning." To read the Apr. 30 article by Pete Skiba titled "Clermont man, 87, dies in truck crash" click: HERE.(5/2)

Will Shaw, Chris Capehart, and Jeff Moche headline at Monday Night Magic on May 5 at 8pm in NYC. For tickets phone Ticketmaster at: 212-307-4100. For more information click: HERE.(5/2)

Bruce Meyers, his family and his shows are featured in the Snohomish County Herald Business Journal where he is explains one of his secrets to success, "Some of our corporate programs, for example, are for getting people to relax together, build a rapport with each other or sometimes with management or the owners of the company… We can get them involved in the act without embarrassing them, and we don't use language that might upset anyone. As a result, we get people involved who would never dream of getting up in public--they end up having a great time and so does everyone else." To read the May 1 article by John Wolcott titled "Conjuring up smiles Magician finds niche in corporate, nonprofit events market" click: HERE.(5/2)

Bruce Meyers' career is discussed in the Snohomish County Herald Business Journal where his passion is described as, "…a lifelong love of magic. But it was much more than that, it was a 'bug,' a 'knack' and a 'love' that led to his life's work and a 'magic' business that has kept him busy professionally for more than three decades." To read the May 1 article by John Wolcott titled "Meyers bitten by 'magic bug' as a young child" click: HERE.(5/2)

Philip Partridge is scheduled to appear on "I'd Do Anything" on BBC1 on Saturday May 3 at 6pm in the UK.(5/2)

ILLINOIS: The 2003 Central Illinois Magic Get-Together takes place on Saturday May 3 at the Lakeview Museum in Peoria. Featured performers include Dan Garrett, Bob Bengel, Steve Chezaday, John Rogers, Rick Fisher, Tony Mitchell, Michael Stratman, Jon Gallagher, Greg Loschen, David Taylor, Troy Roark, 'Doc' Lowery, and Robin Walker. For more information click: HERE.(5/2)

SCOTLAND: "The Edinburgh Magic Circle Open Night" will feature performances by members and their guests on Monday May 5 at 7:30pm at the Pleasance Cabaret Theatre in Edinburgh. Tickets are £5.00 per person and are available at the door.(5/2)

CANADA: The 2003 Children's Magician of the Year competition/show sponsored by IBM Ring 92 takes place on Saturday May 3 at 1pm at the Studio Theatre (6450 Deer Lake Ave.) in Burnaby, B.C. Admission is $5 per person. For more information click: HERE.(5/2)

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