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Archives: Week Of June 9-15, 2003
-VOLUME: 66 / ISSUE: 1,942 Monday - June 9, 2003-
David Devant has been honored by the Magic Circle on Monday Jun. 2. A Hampstead Express article reported that, "Members of the exclusive Magic Circle gathered in Hampstead on Monday to unveil a blue plaque commemorating their first president: 'the greatest British magician'." John Fisher commented that, "Devant was the greatest British magician of the day and is now regarded as the finest of all time. He brought showmanship, wit and intimacy to his magic and was known for his skill with his audiences. I am absolutely delighted that he is the first magician to be honoured in this way." Also mentioned in the article were Michael Bailey, John Salisse, John Nevil Maskelyne, David Berglas and Doctor Ian Fletcher. To read the Jun. 9 article by Andrew Brightwell titled "Greatest British magician marked" click: HERE.(6/9)

The Magic CastleThe Magic Castle hosts a special "Long Beach Mystics Week" on Jun. 9-15 where many of the well-known and talented members will appear. Scheduled to perform are: Michael Weber, Kevin James, Mike Caveney, Stan Allen, Dana Daniels, Mark Kalin & Jinger, Randy Pryor, Bill Smith, Chef Anton, Les Arnold, Armando Lucero, Jonathan Matthews, Ron Anderson, David Alexander, Victor, and J. C. Dunn. Kevin James will lecture on Sunday Jun. 15.(6/9)

An update on the new Houdini Exhibit at Outagamie Museum in Appleton, WI appears in a Post-Crescent that reported, "Museum officials are working to secure funding to cover the exhibit's projected $780,000 budget. So far, the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region Inc. has given $10,000 and donors including magician David Copperfield have made individual contributions. Still pending are the two largest, most crucial grants -- $250,000 from the Fox Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau and $150,000 from the federal government." To read the Jun. 8 article by Steven Hyden titled "New Houdini exhibit to unlock secrets of Outagamie's collection" click" HERE.(6/9)

Christopher Carter in a WLS-TV (local ABC station) story that describes what he does, "Christopher Carter Messes With Your Mind, is a 90-minute exploration of the 'Mysteries of the Mind' and an homage to the famous mentalists of the past. Carter will weave their stories and stunts in and out of his own feats and illusions." To read the Jun. 6 report titled "Christopher Carter Messes With Your Mind" click: HERE.(6/9)

Rick Thomas"The Magic of Rick Thomas" is reviewed in the Las Vegas Sun where they point out, "There's no mystery why Rick Thomas has one of the most successful matinees in Las Vegas… The tall (6-foot-4-inch), handsome, graceful performer is a top-flight magician… He has a charming personality… He is witty… And his tickets are only $19.65 ($25.15 for booth seating)." The review concludes, "Whether he is doing shtick such as creating the illusion of putting a broken watch back together, cutting a woman in half or performing the age-old interlocking rings trick, Thomas' showmanship levitates his performance above the routine." To read the Jun. 6 article by Jerry Fink titled "Thomas' classic magic act a hit at Tropicana" click: HERE.(6/9)

Claudio de Negri who combines magic, pickpocketing and ventriloquism in his show is featured in a Las Vegas Sun article that noted that he calls himself "The Swiss Army Knife of Comedy." Negri presented some free shows this weekend at the Riviera in Las Vegas in order to showcase his talent and possibly garner a long-term contract. The article reported that, "Magic is interspersed with the routines, which gradually move into his skills as a pickpocket, stealing watches, ties, suspenders and other items from unsuspecting victims during the show and returning them at the end." To read the Jun. 6 article by Jerry Fink titled "Time is right for precise de Negri to hit LV" click: HERE.(6/9)

BJ Hickman is featured in a Dover Community News article that looks at his life and career as a performer and magician. Hickman explained, "I think when I was about 10 or 12 years old I got interested in magic… Most kids get interested for at least a short period of time, because they're curious as to how tricks are done and they want to try and fool other people. That was the case for me, but unlike other kids, I never gave it up." Hickman also noted that, "I don't really consider magic my job, but it is my employment… I enjoy magic as a hobby, and I enjoy the fact that I can make a living doing something that I enjoy." To read the Jun. 6 article by Dan Watkins titled "He's got magic to do, just for you" click: HERE.(6/9)

Francis Bosco who performs magic and side-show stunts is featured in a Straits Times article that quotes him, "There are about 200 magicians who are members of the Singapore Association of Magicians. But only a handful are full-time professionals." Explaining how he became interested in magic Bosco remembered, "More than 300 people applied for the gig to aid travelling American magician John Calvert who was performing for two weeks at the then-National Theatre. Bosco was one of the lucky few chosen. 'In one of his illusions, he created the silhouette of a beautiful woman behind a screen but when that was lifted, I appeared bare-chested instead.' The stint jumpstarted an obsession with magic." To read the Jun. 8 article by Wong Kim Hoh titled "Playing with fire" click: HERE.(6/9)

Teresa Towe and her act are described in a Nevada Daily Mail article as, "Her routine was more one-woman stage show than a traditional magic act. She has been called the Lucille Ball of Magic for her gestures, slap-stick comedy and retelling of her own childhood stories as distractions during her magical antics." To read the Jun. 5 article by Nancy Malcom titled "Fun at the library can be a magical experience" click: HERE.(6/9)

NEW YORK CITY: Shoot Ogawa & Apollo Robbins will be lecturing on Monday Jun. 9 at 8pm for the SAM Parent Assembly at the Soldiers' and Sailors' Club (283 Lexington Avenue). Admission is free to members and $25 for non-members.(6/9)

MARYLAND: David Solomon lectures on Tuesday Jun. 10 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. There will also be a special workshop offered in the afternoon.(6/9)

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-VOLUME: 66 / ISSUE: 1,943 Tuesday - June 10, 2003-
David BlaineDavid Blaine has new management. According to a Variety article Blaine has just signed with Brillstein-Grey who will take over from the Endeavor Agency, which has been handling him since March 2001. According to the article they are "Hoping to work some magic with a long-term Las Vegas show and TV specials." The article by Michael Fleming titled "Brillstein-Grey inks illusionist" ran on Jun. 1.(6/10)

Todd Robbins and his off-Broadway show "Carnival Knowledge" are featured in a New York Post article that looks at how difficult it is to find "little people" to join the cast. The article reported, "Robbins stars in a new  show that lifts the tent flap on the carny life - and opening night is just a month away. As a longtime sideshow performer, Robbins knows that a show about sideshows is nothing without a little person." To read the Jun. 9 article by Gersh Kuntzman titled "Trying To Pull Off Little Theater" click: HERE.(6/10)

Marc SalemMarc Salem presents his Mind Games show at the Dunstan Playhouse as part of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival-Australia on Jun. 10-15. Tickets are $32-$36 per person and areavailable by clicking: HERE.(6/10)

Rolando Santos is featured in an Atlanta Journal and Constitution article that looks at his broadcasting career which lead to running CNN Headline News and about adding diversity in the workplace. He is also interviewed about CNN Headline News. The article also mentions that his hobbies include "Amateur magician." To read the Jun. 9 article titled "CNN Headline News Chief Is Dedicated to Diversity" supplied by YellowBrix click: HERE.(6/10)

Magicanna featuring the magic of Joel Ward and Kristi Toguchi appears at the North Coast Repertory Theatre in Solana Beach, California on Wednesday Jun. 11 6:30pm. All proceeds go to benefit the Jonathan Tarr Foundation. Tickets are $20 per person and are available by phoning: 760-944-7894.(6/10)

Johnny Ace Palmer, Robert Baxt, and David Groves appear in the "Brentwood Magic Cabaret" on Wednesday Jun. 11 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.(6/10)

NEW JERSEY: David Solomon lectures on Wednesday Jun. 11 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 $10 for members and $15 for non-members. For more information click: HERE.(6/10)

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-VOLUME: 66 / ISSUE: 1,944 Wednesday - June 11, 2003-
Lance BurtonThe Travel Channel will be dedicating two episodes of their "Road Trip" series to magic venues and magicians around the world. Episode one debuts on Jun. 12 and features Penn & Teller, Franz Harary, The Pendragons, The Magic Circle and Monday Night Magic. Episode two which begins airing on Jun. 19 will feature Lance Burton, Mac King, Joe Kerrigan, and the Houdini Museum in Scranton. The shows are produced by the same people who gave us the masked magician exposure specials. For detailed listings of future airings check: TV Magic Guide.(6/11,13)

Derren Brown is the focus of a Telegraph feature by Simon Singh who wants to debunk Brown. Singh's thesus revolves around, "His mass appeal relies on his uncanny ability to predict and control human behaviour. He can read your mind, tell if you are lying, plant ideas in your head and mess with your subconscious. The audience is told that this is all down to Brown's stunning understanding of psychology. However, I believe that his amazing demonstrations of mind reading and control are based on little more than clever magic tricks, and that he is giving science a bad name." The article also exposes the basics to a ten-card poker deal. To read the Jun. 10 article by Simon Singh titled "I'll bet £1,000 that Derren can't read my mind" click: HERE.(6/11)

David Copperfield appears in the Hollywood Theatre at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for a short run on Jun. 12-25. Tickets range from $79.50-$97 per person and are available by clicking: HERE.(6/11)

Walter Zelhofer is featured in a Union article about his passion for magic and his upcoming show at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City. Zelhofer says, "I try to make everything look real… This is entertainment. It shouldn't be like a puzzle that you have to figure out." To read the Jun. 10 article by David Mirhadi titled "'The Mystifier' has magical quality" click: HERE.(6/11)

Jeff Martin, and Dan McKinnon will join David Groves in "Magic In The Burbs" on Thursday Jun. 12 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.(6/11)

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-VOLUME: 66 / ISSUE: 1,945 Thursday - June 12, 2003-
Andrew Lock has just been named as Paul Daniels' new manager and representative. Lock has been working with Daniels for several years and was the organizer of the successful Master Class tour, which appeared in Australia, England and the United States. The news followed the death of Daniels' long time manager and agent Mervyn O'Horan who died on Jun. 8. Daniels commented that, "Sadly my time with Mervyn has come to a close. He passed away on Sunday morning and he will be sadly missed." To contact the new management you can e-mail: management@pauldaniels.co.uk.(6/12)

Adam Steinfeld and Angelique CoolAdam Steinfeld just directed Dutch singer/actress/magicians assistant Angelique Cool in a new music video titled "Destiny Blues." The song is the title track of the movie "Knock 'Em Dead" which was written by Al Blanchard and will be shot by Steinfeld this summer between his MagicLive! shows at the Alhambra Casino in Aruba.(6/12)

Stuart Nolan managed to be awarded a £74,200 (around US $124,000) grant to study magic to help him improve interactive TV and teaching techniques. A Huddersfield Daily Examiner article reported that, "He will start by devoting nine months to cards and coins, then move on to stage hypnosis. At the end, he hopes to take the entrance exam for the Magic Circle." Explaining what he intends on using the knowledge for Nolan said, "Now, there is a greater emphasis on interaction, with people learning by getting involved. Magicians have tremendous control over their audiences, keeping them constantly amazed and enthralled… By understanding the psychology behind the performance, we could learn a great deal about how to teach, whether to children or corporate clients." To read the Jun. 11 article by Andrew Baldwin titled "Lottery £74k to study magic tricks!" click: HERE.(6/12)

The second annual Magic Bull Roast takes place on Friday Jun. 13 at 8pm at Rosedale Gardens (8037 Philadelphia Road) in Baltimore, Maryland. The event is an all you can eat party with lots of magic throughout the night. Performers scheduled include: Denny, Steve Myers, Puck, Tom Moran, and Paul Tratner. Tickets are $32 per person and are available from Denny & Lee or by phoning Tom Moran at: 410-823-0762.(6/12)

Aaron RadatzAaron Radatz will be presenting an interactive magic routine on Friday Jun. 13 at the Detroit Tigers baseball game. The first 25,000 fans to enter Comerica Park will receive a card with photos of several players. The audience will be instructed on how to select a player and Radatz will attempt to predict the player they all chose. To read the Jun. 11 company press release supplied by PRNewswire click: HERE.(6/12)

Amazing Almodarr presents a special show in conjunction with the Harry Potter book launching when he appears at a train ride, "A Journey Through the Wizard World" sponsored by the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library and the Railway Village. A Lincoln County Weekly article reported that "An award-winning magician, the Amazing Almodarr will conjure up an all-new show of effects that are visually intriguing and mentally entertaining." To read the Jun. 11 article titled "All aboard for magic at Harry Potter night" click: HERE.(6/12)

The Harry Houdini Museum in Scranton, PA is mentioned in the new book by Therese Boyd titled "The Best Places You've Never Seen: Pennsylvania's Small Museums, A Traveler's Guide." The book is featured in a Patriot-News article. To read the Jun. 8 article by Mary O. Bradley titled "Books offer interesting, kid-friendly state tours" click: HERE.(6/12)

Ross Johnson presents his "...enigmas and perplexities" on Jun. 13 and 20 at 8:15pm at Pop's Highwood (214 Green Bay Road) in Highwood, Illinois. For reservations phone: 847-266-1313.(6/12)

Rob Holladay's performance of his "Dinosaur Magic" show at the Tahlequah Public Library is mentioned in a Tahlequah Daily Press article that reported, "Holladay, who presents magic shows at schools and libraries across the United States and Canada, kept the children's attention with traditional magic tricks using colorful scarves and colorful puppets, such as his bird called 'Vern.'" To read the Jun. 11 article by April Stone titled "Magic at the library" click: HERE.(6/12)

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-VOLUME: 66 / ISSUE: 1,946 Friday - June 13, 2003-
OperaCadabraDavid Williamson is once again producing OperaCadabra at the Cedarville Opera House in Cedarville, Ohio. In addition to Williamson this year's featured performers are Tina Lenert, Mike Caveney, Bill Herz and John Ekin. The shows, which are a benefit for the theater, are scheduled for Jun. 20 at 7:30pm and Jun. 21 at 2pm and 7:30pm. Tickets are $5-$15 per person and are available by phoning: 937-766-5529. For more information click: HERE.(6/13)

Persi Diaconis will receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Science on Friday Jun. 13 from the University of Chicago. The honors are traditionally given to individuals who have made significant contributions to their fields of study. A University of Chicago Chronicle article reported, "Before he embarked on a career in mathematics, Diaconis was a professional magician with an expertise in card tricks. By bringing the power of abstract mathematical reasoning to bear on the concrete problems of chance that arise from the milieu of gambling, magic and everyday coincidence, Diaconis followed the best and oldest tradition of probability." The article also lists some of his accomplishments in the field. To read the Jun. 12 article titled "University will present three scholars with honorary degrees" click: HERE.(6/13)

One of the characters in a new sitcom scheduled for this fall is a magician. Arrested Development which debuts in September on Sundays at 9:30pm on FOX-TV will feature one of it's main characters as a "wildly eccentric brother, [who] has devoted his life to the field of magic but now he must contend with the possibility of getting a real job in the real world." Will Arnett will play the magician, George Oscar Bluth II. The show will star Jason Bateman and the executive producer is Ron Howard.(6/13)

Houdini MuseumThe Houdini Museum in Scranton, Pennsylvania is featured in a Scranton Times Tribune article about their upcoming appearance on the Road Trip TV show. Owned and operated by Dorothy Dietrich and Dick Brooks the Museum has been running for eleven years. Dietrich is quoted, "Houdini saved my life. When I read about him, I was so inspired and I wanted to be a magician." The article also described the taping, "Earlier this spring the normally quiet North Scranton neighborhood that is home to the museum became a bustling place when half a dozen staffers from the Travel Channel arrived to film. According to Mr. Brooks, at least eight hours of footage was shot. 'They brought everything from cameras to lights and just took right over.'" To read the Jun. 12 article by Heather Gach titled "Scranton's Houdini Museum Makes a Reappearing Act" click: HERE.(6/13)

Rick Green stars in "Victorian Secrets: A Performance of Classical Conjuring" every Sunday at 4pm, 5pm, 7pm and 8pm from Jun. 15 through Jul. 26 at the Old Spaghetti Factory (2nd Avenue) in Nashville, Tennessee. The second floor of the restaurant will be transformed into a dinner theater for the event. Shows are free to those dining at the restaurant.(6/13)

Parker Swan is honored at a Town Meeting where he has been there longtime Moderator. A MetroWest Daily News article reported that, "Swan stepped down in April after 33 years of running Town Meeting floor. The Town Administrator pointed out, "It is an opportunity to show appreciation for his service and an opportunity for community (members) and officials he's worked with over the years to give their regards to him." To read the Jun. 11 article by Michelle Muellenberg titled "Open house will honor Swan" click: HERE.(6/13)

Prof. Bobby Baxter, R.J. Lewis, and John Cassidy headline at Monday Night Magic on Jun. 16 at 8pm in NYC. For tickets phone Ticketmaster at: 212-307-4100. For more information click: HERE.(6/13)

Ian Saville is featured in an Express & Star article that reported, "Sav is one of eight illusionists taking part in a new series on ITV1 - Astounding Celebrities." To read the Jun. 12 article by Bob Davies titled "Sav's magic at baffling celebrities" click: HERE.(6/13)

The winners of the annual Order of the Magi's close-up competition on Jun. 10 in Manchester, England were: Philip Partridge and Harold Cataquet tied for the Henriques Trophy and Neil Drennan was the runner up. Ian Ball won the Sly Smith Shield for the best card trick of the night.(6/13)

Last year's release of the Houdini stamp is featured in an Associated Press article that gives a brief history about Houdini's career. To read the Jun. 12 article by Syd Kronish titled "Now you see it! Now you don't!" click: HERE.(6/13)

Justin Style performs for Fantasma Toys at FAO Schwarz (58th Street and 5th Avenue) in New York City on Saturday Jun. 14 at 2pm and 4pm.(6/13)

Kevin Hall who performs as Cannibal Kevin is featured in The Fairmont Sentinel where they promote his appearance at the Interlaken Heritage Days at Sylvania Park in Fairmont, Minnesota. The article reported, "There will be hula dancing and other Pacific and tropical dances performed by Hall and his cast. There also will be plenty of magic and a lot of interaction, Hall says, and other amazing feats, such as a flaming knife dance and cannibal tests of courage." To read the Jun. 12 article by Dave Smith titled "Cannibal Kevin" click: HERE.(6/13)

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