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Archives: Week Of May 19-25, 2003
-VOLUME: 65 / ISSUE: 1,927 Monday - May 19, 2003-
DevlinDevlin & Bronwyn's show "Majique" currently appearing in the Bahamas is reviewed in "What's On." The show is called "…the kind of show you've been hankering for: a performance by an award-winning magician and a quartet of dancers who'll make your head spin!" Devlin discussed what he expects from his audiences, "I hope the audience knows that they are coming to be fooled and that they enjoy the experience. It's not a challenge. I hope they come, sit back, relax, and suspend their disbelief. Like watching a movie. You know someone might be getting killed or (having) their heart broken. But that's not what's really happening. But you still feel the emotion. And with magic, that's the way to watch a magician -- just to relax and enjoy the physical transformations, metamorphosis, and disappearances." The show is produced by magician Allen Valentine. To read the May 3 review by Glen C. Nairn titled "Majique: The Show" click: HERE.(5/19)

David Copperfield's show at the MGM is described in the Las Vegas Review-Journal as, "His show is consistently one of the most solid that Las Vegas can offer, one that's suitable for children without consciously reminding those who came for the wilder side of Vegas that it is, well, suitable for children." The article also describes his latest routine, "Copperfield plays on his rakish reputation by announcing he's going to impregnate a woman from the audience and offer the miracle of life right there onstage. …The bit turns out to be a variation on the prediction school of card tricks, aided by a little high-tech video imaging. But the real fun is the slow, droll humor of the buildup, complete with Copperfield making goofy faces into a video camera while mouthing Paul Anka's icky-gooey '(You're) Having My Baby.'" To read the May 16 article by Mike Weatherford titled "Mature Copperfield comes across cooler than ever" click: HERE.(5/19)

Gregory Wilson, Jonathan Levit, Bob Jardine, Dale Hindman, Alfonso, Jon Armstrong, Scott Land, David Haines & Kathie, and David Skale appear at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles on May 19-25.(5/19)

Glen David Gold's "Carter Beats the Devil" is discussed in a Honolulu Advertiser article that looks at some of the comments of book club members. An interesting point was made about a clue being given on the cover of the paperback edition in Braille. One reader also commented about Mike Caveney and his brother Rob. To read the May 18 article by Wanda A. Adams titled "'Carter Beats the Devil' stumps many readers" click: HERE.(5/19)

Peter Marucci is pictured in a Guelph Mercury article that mentions his appearance at the Fergus Teddy Bear Caper. To read the May 16 article by Kathleen Elliott titled "Kids can parade to a bruin tune" click: HERE.(5/19)

NEW JERSEY: Simon Lovell lectures for IBM Ring 200 on Tuesday May 20 at 8pm at the Villagers Theatre (475 DeMott Lane) in Franklin. Admission is free to members, and $10 for non-members. For more information phone: 732-826-6647.(5/19)

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-VOLUME: 65 / ISSUE: 1,928 Tuesday - May 20, 2003-
Clifford Warne who died in Australia on May 14 at the age of 73 is featured in an Anglican Media Sydney article about his career and accomplishments. He is described as, "Clifford Warne is probably best known for his contributions to Australian television… Clifford produced thousands of hours of television programs for the Seven, Nine and Ten Networks for a period of over forty years." The article also points out, "A talented magician, he also took on the position of chaplain to the International Brotherhood of Magicians." The funeral will be held on Tuesday May 20 at 10:30am at the St. Thomas Anglican Church in North Sydney. To read the May 16 obituary titled "Funeral details for Clifford Warne..." click: HERE.(5/20)

A tribute to Clifford Warne by Kel Richards which aired on FM103.2 describes him as, "When he wrote and spoke no one missed a word, or misunderstood a word. He told the message cleverly, and was always searching for new ways to do so. He used magic, ventriloquism, puppetry, story-telling, songs, documentaries -- anything that would make folk sit up, and pay attention, and hear the great story of who Jesus is and why he came." To read the May 15 article by Kel Richards titled "Clifford Warne Remembered" click: HERE.(5/20)
--To read the May 14 report on Clifford Warne's death on FM103.2 click: HERE.(5/20)

Professor Norris's Box of Clever and Astonishing Conjuring TricksTwo magic related items are scheduled to be auctioned at Christies in London on Tuesday May 20 at noon. Lot number 945 is a Coin-operated "Musical Fairy" Fortune Teller by John Dennison (1885) and lot number 1188 is a Professor Norris's Box of Clever and Astonishing Conjuring Tricks magic set (1880).
--To view lot #945 click: HERE.
--To view lot #1188 click: HERE.(5/20)

Andrew Goldenhersh, Jeff Martin and David Groves appear in the "Brentwood Magic Cabaret" on Wednesday May 21 at 7:30pm at El Dorado Cantina (11777 San Vicente Blvd.) in Brentwood, California. Tableside magic will begin at 6:30pm. Admission is $10 and a 2-drink minimum per person.  For more information and reservations phone: 310-207-0150.(5/20)

Graham Roe who performs as Jack Diamond stacked 24 dice at the recent Leeds Magical Association's annual day of magic. A This Is Leeds article reported, "A sizeable crowd flocked to see the record attempt and were stunned when he achieved the feat first time. Graham is now sending off a video of his success in a bid to win a place in the Guinness Book of World Records." To read the May 19 article titled "Spot on!" click: HERE.(5/20)

NEW JERSEY: Michael Ammar lectures on Wednesday May 21 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 $15 for members and $20 for non-members. For more information click: HERE.(5/20)

NEW YORK: Long Island's First Mega-Magic-Auction sponsored by all of the local magic clubs takes place on May 20 at 7:30pm at the The Parker Jewish Institute on Lakeville Road in New Hyde Park. For more information phone: 516-328-9289.(5/20)

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-VOLUME: 65 / ISSUE: 1,929 Wednesday - May 21, 2003-
Lance Burton and Penn & Teller are scheduled to be presenters at the 38th annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Wednesday May 21. The live show which airs on CBS-TV at 8pm ET takes place at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Burton will present the award for "Best Single."(5/21)

Showgirls of MagicDavid Saxe shares some news about his two Vegas shows, the "Showgirls of Magic" and "V -- The Ultimate Variety Show." A Las Vegas Review-Journal article reported that he is trying to convince the Venetian to keep "V" past the Nov. 30 guarantee and that he is "…using profits from 'V' for a $70,000 'Showgirls' relaunch. It's the second makeover for the cabaret show since Saxe took it over from his mother Bonnie in early 2001." Other news included the denial of the rumor that Steve Wyrick's show might be moving to The Palms and that Arian Black's show 'Secrets' will close at the end of May. Dan Rodriguez will be opening for Paull Casas at the Bourbon Street as "The Great Golfini." To read the May 20 article by Mike Weatherford titled "Producer Saxe still stumping shows" click: HERE.(5/21)

Donato Colucci's "The Great Gorgonzola & His New Assistant" is reviewed in the Theater Mirror where they point out, "I cannot see why this delightful bit of fluff shouldn't become an established favorite alongside Shear Madness and Blue Man Group; all it needs is an audience." The review also reports, "Mr. Colucci has resurrected the vanished world of Vaudeville in all its glory and tackiness: here is an entertainment that can only exist on a stage in its immediacy, its love of stagecraft and, especially, in its interaction between performers and audience." To read the May 20 review by Carl A. Rossi click: HERE.(5/21)

Joycee Beck, Mike Wong, and David Groves appear in "Magic In The Burbs" on Thursday May. 21 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.(5/21)

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-VOLUME: 65 / ISSUE: 1,930 Thursday - May 22, 2003-
Ricky Jay and David Mamet will most likely be working on a movie about a magician. A Screendaily article reported that, "David Mamet is attached to script "Sleight Of Hand," a US-set period piece loosely based on the real life story of a turn-of-the-century magician and card-sharp. Ricky Jay is attached as consultant." Harbour Pictures chief executive Nick Barton described the movie as, "It has elements of 'Chinatown' and 'Bonnie And Clyde.'" To read the May 21 article by Leon Forde titled "Delhi calls for Calendar Girls' Cole" click: HERE.(5/22)

Paul DanielsPaul Daniels' show at the Merlin, Magic and Mystery festival on Jun. 21 is forced to be moved to a larger theater due to high demand. A Carmarthen Journal article reported that, "They have been flooded with calls about tickets, in advance of them going on sale this week. Demand is now expected to go though the roof." One of the organizers is quoted, "It promises to be a superb show and the money raised will be put towards next year's festival." To read the May 21 article titled "Paul Proves To Be Star Attraction" click: HERE.(5/22)

P.C. Sorcar Junior who is described as "the living legend of Indian magic" is featured in a News Today article about his show at the Vani Mahal in Chennai. The article reported that, "Speaking to reporters here yesterday, he said the show was an experimentation before his foreign tour commencing next month." To read the May 21 article by N.T. Bureau titled "Working wonders for Chennaiites" click: HERE.(5/22)

The Houdini museum in Appleton explained why they decided not to renew their lease with Sid Radner in a Post-Crescent article. It seems that their new budget has been slashed and they can no longer afford the annual cost of the collection. The article also reported that, "The museum is creating a new exhibit called 'A.K.A. Houdini' consisting of materials from the Houdini Historical Center's private collection. It will open June 2, 2004." To read the May 21 article by Steven Hyden titled "Houdini artifacts deal cost $27,000 per year" click: HERE.(5/22)

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-VOLUME: 65 / ISSUE: 1,931 Friday - May 23, 2003-
Steve CohenSteve Cohen is profiled in an Associated Press article that promotes his New York show upcoming shows in San Francisco. The show is Cohen is quoted, "Magic works for everybody, from the poorest guy out there to the richest guy on Wall Street… I feel like I've been called to do this, and most importantly, my audience thinks it works." |After mentioning the high fees Cohen can demand or corporate events the article pointed out that, "Despite the lucrative nature of the magic trade, Cohen says it's not about the money, but the love of entertaining." To read the May 22 article titled "Magic On A More Intimate Scale" click: HERE.(5/23)

Le Grand David and his Spectacular Magic Company begin their new season on May 25 with shows every Sunday at 3pm through Jul. 27 at the Cabot St. Cinema Theatre (286 Cabot St.) in Beverly, MA. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for children under 12. For more information and tickets phone: 978-927-3677.(5/23)

James Randi's presentation at the University of Colorado on Wednesday to a conference of physicists is covered in The Daily Camera where they describe some of is routines. The article reported, "In a film introducing the audience to his work, Randi said the country is descending into a state of ignorance. He said more Americans believe in psychic powers than evolution." To read the May 22 article by Amy Hebert titled "Magician aims to debunk tricks in front of physicists" click: HERE.(5/23)

David Oliver, Chris McDaniel, Rocco, Jamy Ian Swiss, Justin Style, David Condon, and Michael Chaut headline at Monday Night Magic on May 26 at 8pm in NYC. For tickets phone Ticketmaster at: 212-307-4100. For more information click: HERE.(5/23)

Michael McMillan who won the John Ramsey Rosebowl at the close-up competition at the "Scottish Association of Magical Societies Championships" is featured in a Fife Online article that quoted him about his act, "My routine involves making coins, cards and rope disappear from one hand and then making them re-appear in the other -- it looks very magical." To read the May 21 article titled "Magician Comes Up Trumps" click: HERE.(5/23)

Rich Cohn performs for Fantasma Toys at FAO Schwarz (58th Street and 5th Avenue) in New York City on Saturday May 24 at 2pm and 4pm.(5/23)

Robert Fellows' show in Elkhart County in Indiana is mentioned in an eTruth article that reported, "Fellows uses his talents to promote self-responsibility, focusing specifically on the hazards of tobacco and breaking the addiction to nicotine." To read the May 22 article titled "Fellows promotes healthy lifestyles in shows" click: HERE.(5/23)

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