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Archives: Week Of June 2-8, 2003
-VOLUME: 66 / ISSUE: 1,937 Monday - June 2, 2003-
Mandy MudenMandy Muden who appears in the new British TV show, "Astounding Celebrities," is featured in a Sunday People article that quoted her, "I have to pinch myself at times. I never dreamed when I was that skinny, magician's assistant that one day I'd be mixing with the stars, let alone tricking them. It's a wonderful life. I travel all over the world doing a job I love, although I would like to meet a guy one day." The article also looks at how she became interested in magic and sculpted her career from a magician's assistant, to a children's entertainer and her current success working for celebrities. To read the Jun. 1 article titled "Real People: I Trick The Stars!" click: HERE.(6/2)

Robert E. Rice (the original masked magician/exposer) who sued FOX television for stealing his concept, lost his appeal when the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Dec. 29 upheld a lower court's ruling of dismissing the case. An Associated Press article reported that the three-judge panel concluded, "There is simply no copyright protection afforded to the idea of revealing magic tricks… It is true that both magicians wear masks, but even Rice concedes that any magician who reveals the secrets behind magic illusions risks ostracism from the magic community." To read the Jun. 1 article titled "Federal appeals court makes magic suit against Fox vanish" click: HERE.(6/2)

A preview of "Criss Angel: Mindfreak" prior to it's airing in New Zealand appeared in The New Zealand Herald. To read the Jun. 2 article by Fiona Rae titled "Criss Angel: Mindfreak" click: HERE.(6/2)

Magic CastleKevin James, Bruce Cervon, Doc Eason, Handsome Jack, Monte Smith, Lou Serrano, Sophie Evans, Bruce Block, and Joe Monti appear at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles on Jun. 2-8. Jeff Ezell lectures on Sunday Jun. 8.(6/2)

Christopher Williams who just joined the Plymouth's Magic Circle is featured in a Plymouth Evening Herald that quotes him, "I want to do magic as a professional like David Blaine does on TV… He's not like normal magicians - he goes one step further and does the impossible, like pulling a card through a window. He makes up his own tricks and doesn't follow people." To read the May 30 article by Liz Parks titled "Life Is Just Magic For Christopher" click: HERE.(6/2)

Mike Bent, Steve Kradolfer, Erik Rochelle, and Alexander appear at the "Mystery Lounge" at the Comedy Studio in Harvard Square (1236 Mass Ave) Cambridge, Massachusetts on Tuesday Jun. 3 at 8pm. Admission is $10 per person. For reservations phone: 617-661-6507.(6/2)

Suresh Anjaneya is featured in a Newindpress article that described him as, "Suresh's is an expert in close-up magic, a rather difficult act as the magician is usually enveloped by a huge inquisitive crowd watching hawk-eyed all his movements." To read the Jun. 2 article titled "Watch him, he speeds down under the eyes" click: HERE.(6/2)

Jeffery Deaver's "The Vanished Man" is reviewed in The Californian where it described as, "Not only is this a fast-paced thriller with virtually no lulls in the action but Deaver also provides a wealth of information on how illusionists fashion the routines that awe their audiences. And, in case you're interested, at the novel's conclusion the author even lists the reference books he used to research the topic." To read the May 31 article by Silas Spaeth titled "'Vanished Man' is full of twists" click: HERE.(6/2)

David Blaine's approach to TV is being copied to produce commercials for a butter substitute. An article in Marketing reported, "The ads feature groups of Americans being shown something that shocks and amazes them. The creative is in the style of programmes featuring US magician David Blaine, who elicits gasps of amazement from the public with tricks he performs on the street." To read the May 15 article titled "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter uses element of surprise" supplied by YellowBrix click: HERE.(6/2)

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-VOLUME: 66 / ISSUE: 1,938 Tuesday - June 3, 2003-
Objective ProductionsAndrew O'Connor who heads Objective Productions which has been producing many magic television programs in England is featured in a Guardian article that describes him as, "The one-time young magician of the year now heads up one of the UK's fastest-growing independent production companies thanks to the success of his Channel 4 show featuring "mind control" expert Derren Brown, who scooped a Silver at last month's Montreux television festival." A scoop as to upcoming specials is reported, "O'Connor's company, Objective Productions, has won five major magic commissions in recent weeks including Secrets of Magic, a one-hour primetime Saturday night entertainment show, for BBC 1; Black Magic, featuring "performance art magicians" in which tricks of questionable taste are played on an unsuspecting public, for Channel 4; and The Greatest Magic Tricks in the Universe - Ever! for Channel Five." O'Connor also points out that, "There's no reason why magic can't be as varied and popular as comedy… And there's hundreds of comedy shows out there at the moment on TV." To read the Jun. 2 article by Meg Carter titled "And for our next trick..." click: HERE.(6/3)

Nicholas Carifo, Jon Armstrong, and David Groves appear in the "Brentwood Magic Cabaret" on Wednesday Jun. 4 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.(6/3)

The Amazing RandiThe Amazing Randi who will be presenting his "Junk Science in the New Millennium," lecture on Jun. 4 in Michigan is featured in a Midland Daily News article that quotes him, "I try to acquaint people with common sense rules… If it's too good to be true, it probably is. The saying has been around a long time but people have forgotten that." To read the Jun. 2 article by Patti L. Darnell titled "Amazing Randi challenges local would-be psychics" click: HERE.(6/3)

"Magicanna: Magic by Joel Ward and Kristi Toguchi" are scheduled to appear on KUSI-TV's Morning Show on Wednesday Jun. 4 at 8:30am. The local station can be seen in California and on some cable networks.(6/3)

Tony Blanco's performance at Robin Leach's private party in Las Vegas is mentioned in a Las Vegas Sun article that also reported, "A midnight performance by a 300-pound Elvis impersonator was the highlight at Penn Jillete's party at his west side warehouse/museum/home." To read the Jun. 2 article by Timothy McDarrah titled "Stars bask in Meat and greet at Palms" click: HERE.(6/3)

Rick Fisher and his wife Cheryl have just formed a new magic company in Colon, Michigan. The new venture named "FAB Magic Company" will specialize in the design and manufacture of magic that will be distributed through a future retail shop in Colon and on the web. The company also plans on servicing many of the allied fields.(6/3)

NEW JERSEY: Shoot Ogawa and Apollo Robbins lecture on Wednesday Jun. 4 at 8pm for JMMRT (John McNicholas' Magicians' Round Table) 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.(6/3)

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-VOLUME: 66 / ISSUE: 1,939 Wednesday - June 4, 2003-
Ali BongoAli Bongo was in a car accident on Tuesday Jun. 3 and a BBC News article reported that, "Comedy magician Ali Bongo has been seriously injured in a road accident… [He] and his passenger in the car were both hurt, but neither are thought to have life-threatening injuries." A Daily Record article reported that "Indian-born Bongo - real name William Wallace - and his passenger were taken to hospital in Swindon after the crash near the M4 in Wiltshire." To read the May 3 BBC News article titled "JK Rowling grilled by Paxman" click: HERE.(6/4)
--To read the Jun. 4 Daily Record article titled "TV Bongo Hurt In Crash" click: HERE.(6/4)

The Tower Comedy Magic Bar in Snowmass, Colorado will not be closing as previously reported. Doc Eason, the featured magician at the venue told MagicTimes, "The owners and landlords have come to some agreement that will keep the doors of this magical institution open for a little while longer. While the summer schedule may be limited to four days (and nights of course) a week, it appears -at this point- that popular attraction will also be open for the winter season of 03-04."(6/4)

Paul Daniels is featured in a Western Mail article that reports on his recent success in West Wales, England where demand for tickets was so large that they had to find a bigger theater. The article reported, "Originally scheduled to take place in the Bro Myrddin Bowls Club, the event was moved to the 500-seat Carmarthen Leisure Centre due to increased demand… But after a further intervention by the town's Chamber of Commerce now the show on June 21 is being staged in the plush surroundings of the 740-seat Lyric." To read the Jun. 4 article by Joanne Atkinson titled "You're really gonna like this" click: HERE.(6/4)

Jon Armstrong, Dave Cox, and David Groves appear in "Magic In The Burbs" on Thursday Jun. 5 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.(6/4)

Kevin Wade presents his "Magical Expedition" show at the Eufaula Memorial Library and is featured in a McAlester News-Capital article that quotes him about the show, "The Library Program that I offer is fun, entertaining, mystifying, and at the same time encourages reading… As an educator, I understand the importance of reading." To read the May 31 article by Myrna Kiester titled "Emergency response in Eufaula was stellar" click: HERE.(6/4)

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-VOLUME: 66 / ISSUE: 1,940 Thursday - June 5, 2003-
Joe Daly's "Vapours with Daemon Codell" which opens at the Helix Theatre in Dublin, Ireland is featured in a Dublin Daily article that reported the show, "takes the audience on a gruesome journey which sees clowns decapitated, women burned alive and people passing right through each other." The article also takes a look at who Daly is, how he has gotten this far and what are his plans for the show in the future. To read the Jun. 4 article by Frances Winston titled "That old black magic" click: HERE.(6/5)

DanteA "Dante Memorial Fund" was established this month in order to raise money for a proper burial spot. Currently Dante's (Harry August Jansen. Oct. 3, 1883-June 16, 1955) remains are in a Communal Vaultage at the Pierce Brothers Chapel of the Pines in Los Angeles. Many well known magicians and Dante's two daughters and granddaughter are involved in raising money to have him and his wife moved to the famed San Francisco Columbarium where magicians could visit a prominent name in the annals of magic. Fund Chairman Phil Temple pointed out that "…if every I.B.M., S.A.M., Magic Circle or Collector's Association member were to donate just $1.00, we would reach our goal - and rewrite magical history." Donations can be sent to: The Dante Memorial Fund, c/o WestAmerica Bank, P.O. Box 47, Novato, CA 94948, USA.(6/5)

Paul Daniels' upcoming show at "The Merlin, Magic and Mystery Festival" continues to get press. This time a BBC News article reported that "…without the change of venue many people would not have been able to see the magician who became a household name due to his television work." To read the Jun. 4 article titled "Daniels casts spell on Carmarthen" click: HERE.(6/5)

An update on Ali Bongo and Jack Delvin (who was in the car with Bongo). After the car accident both where rushed to the hospital and were released after around five hours. Both suffered many bruises and are expected to be fully recover. The are currently resting back at their homes.(6/5)

The cast for the 13th annual Abracadabra show at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park on Aug. 14-17 has been announced in a Cincinnati Post article. Featured performers include Kevin James, Aaron Radatz, Dale Salwak, and Kerry Pollock. To read the Jun. 2 article titled "Linda Gray joins cast of 'Graduate'" supplied by YellowBrix click: HERE.(6/5)

David Haversat who is a magician, collector and magic publisher is featured in a Voices article about his bid to enter politics. The article reported, "that he is seeking his party's nomination for either the first selectman or selectman's position." To read the Jun. 4 article by Leda Quirke titled "Haversat Seeks GOP Nod" click: HERE.(6/5)

Alex Gonzalez's desire to become a professional magician is reported in a Contra Costa Times article that quotes him about practice, "I would practice so much the back of the cards would rub off on my hands, and my fingers would turn blue. I spent hundreds of hours practicing." The article also looks at his career and his upcoming performances. To read the Jun. 4 article by Sara Steffens titled "Teen is almost magic" click: HERE.(6/5)

Eugene Victor Walter who died on May 16 at the age of 78 is featured in a Boston Globe article that reported, "At one point, Mr. Walter became fascinated by a street magician. It was not enough for him to watch; he had to participate. He took lessons with a local magician, was admitted to the Society of American Magicians, and was soon putting on shows for children and adults." To read the Jun. 4 obituary by Tom Long titled "Eugene Victor Walter, at 78; professor, author, magician" click: HERE.(6/5)

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-VOLUME: 66 / ISSUE: 1,941 Friday - June 6, 2003-
Paul DanielsPaul Daniels is reported to be presenting two different shows at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival. An Edinburgh Evening News article reported that, "Paul Daniels will also be making a first Fringe appearance, starring in two shows: The Magic of Max Malini and An Audience with Paul Daniels, both showing at St Cuthbert’s at the West End… His other play tells the story of the early 20th century magician Max Malini, who travelled the world on the strength of his tricks." To read the Jun. 5 article by Fiona MacGregor and Liam Rudden titled "Get down with driving beat of the disco taxi" click: HERE.(6/6)

Joel Ward and Kristi Toguchi will be presenting their Magicanna show, joined by juggler Bobby Hartman and musician Jack Tempchin, at the Mira Costa Theatre in Oceanside, California on Saturday Jun. 7 at 7pm. Tickets are $15 per person and are available by phoning: 760-795-6820.(6/6)

Steve Kellogg's TV appearance on "30 Seconds to Fame" is reported in a Munster Times article that quoted him about the type of act he put together for the initial audition, "I wanted it to be crazy and have some kind of a theme, so I went with food… I got a chef's hat and apron and use food-related items. I had milk disappear and turn into confetti, I sneezed a donut. It was like the Swedish Chef from the Muppets." Kellogg also commented, "It was really a fun experience… I would love to make it big, play Vegas some day, and this show was an experience most people don't get." To read the Jun. 5 article by Sharon Porta titled "Local magician serves up tricks on national TV" click: HERE.(6/6)

Jarrett & RajaJarrett & Raja's "Classical Magic" show appears on Jun. 7-8 at 1pm at the Golden Rainbow-Ribbon Of Life 2003 event held at the Paris Hotel & Casino.(6/6)

Torkova, Michael Chaut, Levent, Jamy Ian Swiss headline at Monday Night Magic on Jun. 9 at 8pm in NYC. For tickets phone Ticketmaster at: 212-307-4100. For more information click: HERE.(6/6)

"An Evening With Marty Polio" takes place on Saturday Jun. 7 at 7pm at the ShowBugs Theater in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Tickets are $12 per person and are available by phoning: 812-283-7429.(6/6)

Carl Mercurio performs for Fantasma Toys at FAO Schwarz (58th Street and 5th Avenue) in New York City on Saturday Jun. 7 at 2pm and 4pm.(6/6)

MARYLAND: Shoot Ogawa and Apollo Robbins lecture on Saturday Jun. 7 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. There will also be a special workshop offered in the afternoon.(6/6)

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