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Archives: Week Of July 28 - August 3, 2003
-VOLUME: 67 / ISSUE: 1,978 Monday - July 28, 2003-
Siegfried & Roy were seen in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday Jul. 23 at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay where they came to support their protégé Darren Romeo who is appearing there through Aug. 3. After each of the shows Siegfried & Roy joined Romeo on stage to acknowledged the audiences cheers and applauds. Romeo commented that, "They wanted me to try the Florida area to create a different fan base from Las Vegas… Now, with the incredible response from my new fans at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, a major 'Siegfried & Roy Present' show could be a reality in the Florida area." (7/28)

Siegfried & Roy's show at The Mirage is reviewed in the Las Vegas Review-Journal where they also report on their new venture, "The latest project to further the duo's legacy is an upcoming computer-animated sitcom, 'Father of the Pride,' in which the likes of John Goodman and Carl Reiner will provide voices for the white tigers." To read the Jul. 25 review by Mike Weatherford titled "'Siegfried & Roy' a welcome reminder of old Vegas" click: HERE.(7/28)

Jerry AndrusJerry Andrus, Goldfinger & Dove, Andrew Goldenhersh, Doug Brewer, Bob Dorian, Mike Wong, Matt Marcy, Dan Sperry, and Bill Perron appear at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles on Jul. 28-Aug. 3. Jerry Andrus lectures on Sunday Aug. 3.(7/28)

"Music City Magic" which begins a weekly run at Miss Marple's Dinner Theater in Nashville is mentioned in The Tennessean where John Pyka is quoted, "'We each have a unique style that is far from the stereotypical magician… We each have backgrounds in theater, so each of our performances will be very theatrical.'' To read the Jul. 27 article by Kevin Nance titled "Miss Marple pulls magical Mondays out of hat" click: HERE.(7/28)

BJ Hickman celebrates his 29th consecutive year of shows for The Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce this week as he is featured in a Dover Community News article. Hickman explained, "It started in 1975 when I performed for the Downtown Dover Summer Festival… I also did shows for most of the Dover Apple Harvest Days and all of the city’s Cochecho Arts Festivals. All of the local area community leaders have been very kind to me, enabling me to go 'full-time' with my magic and speaking career about 8 years ago." To read the Jul. 25 article titled "Hickman celebrates 29th year" click: HERE.(7/28)

Steve Moore is featured in a Penn State Digital Collegian article about street performing in State College, Pennsylvania. Moore explained about his street performing, "People get frustrated… But then frustration turns into amazement. I think they leave feeling happier… It takes people away from reality into a new, fancy world for a little while… That's why I do it." Also mentioned in the article were Chris Chelko, John Blake and Ben Salinas. To read the Jul. 25 article by Sarah Haner titled "Street performers bring magic downtown" click: HERE.(7/28)

Lawrence Sullivan is featured in a Mid-Day Mumbai article that "The unassuming son of the CEO of Development Bank of Singapore in Hong Kong, Lawrence is here to learn the ropes of the business world. But he manages to combine work with pleasure, wowing audiences wherever he goes -- even at office conferences." The article also reported that "Lawrence has another feat planned towards the end of the year. It is to beat David Blaine’s record of spending six days buried alive. 'I am hoping to spend eight days,' says Sullivan, adding that it needs tremendous will power and training of the mind." To read the Jul. 26 titled "He mixes business with magic" click: HERE.(7/28)

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-VOLUME: 67 / ISSUE: 1,979 Tuesday - July 29, 2003-
Lee Eun-kyol who won second place in the Manipulation category of FISM is featured in a Korea Times article that described him as, "Only 22 years old, Lee has already risen as another kind of idol star, with a fan club of about 110,000 members. By winning the award, the handsome magician proved that his skills definitely didn't fall short of his popularity. He also participated in the Society of American Magicians (SAM) Convention last July, the oldest magic contest in the world, winning the SAM Centennial Award, People’s Choice Award, along with Second Highest Score Award. The SAM sponsored Lee at the Hague competition as a part of the award." To read the Jul. 28 article by Yoon Ja-young titled "Magician Lee Eun-kyol Shines at International Magic Contest" click: HERE.(7/29)

Pat Perry and ArchibaldPat Perry and Archibald Brändli who won several awards at FISM are mentioned in a Swissinfo article that reported that they, "also won the special prize for most original act with their performance of vertical poker, which seemingly defies the laws of gravity." To read the Jul. 28 article titled "Top magicians" click: HERE.(7/29)

The success of Jamy Ian Swiss' "Card Clinic" that ran in New York and California led him to expand it this year to include general close-up magic. On Oct. 3-5 in Philadelphia Swiss will be joined by David Ben in the first "Close-Up Clinic" where they will teach an intensive course in close-up sleight-of-hand magic. The expected curriculum will include coin magic, the magic of Ross Bertram, Cups & Balls, basic techniques, impromptu magic, the classic effects of close-up magic, and much more. Also in attendance will be Dick Hatch and a special guest lecturer. Each attendee will also be given an opportunity to have their magic critiqued by Swiss and Ben and then receive a DVD with all the advice on how to improve their magic. The clinic is only open to the first 20 magicians who register. Hor more information click: HERE.(7/29)

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-VOLUME: 67 / ISSUE: 1,980 Wednesday - July 30, 2003-
Pacific Coast Association of MagiciansCANADA: Greg Frewin, Aldo Colombini, Diamond Jim Tyler, Martin A. Nash, Shawn Farquhar, Julie Eng, Oscar Munoz, Sean Bogunia, Reed McClintock, Joshua Jay, Eric Buss, John Shyrock, and Jeff McLeod are among the headliners at this year's PCAM (Pacific Coast Association of Magicians) convention held at the Executive Hotel & Resort in Coquitlam, BC on Jul. 31-Aug. 3. Two of the evening shows will take place at the Massey Theatre and will be open to the public. For more information click: HERE.(7/30)

Mike Douglas appears at The Comedy and Magic Club (1018 Hermosa Ave.) in Hermosa Beach, California on Jul. 31-Aug. 2 and on Aug. 5-9. For more information and reservations phone: 310-372-1193.(7/30)

Wayne Kawamoto, David Lovering, Rob Zabrecky, and Fitzgerald appear in "Magic In The Burbs" on Thursday Jul. 31 at 7:30pm at the Home Brew Coffee Company, (661 W. Arrow Hwy.) in San Dimas, California. Admission is $7.50 (includes one-drink). For reservations and information phone: 909-394-1964.(7/30)

Bruce Gauthier and Walter Zelhofer who are members of the Nevada County Magicians' Guild are mentioned in The Union in conjunction with their show at the Nevada Theatre on Wednesday Jul. 30. To read the Jul. 29 article by Anne Lowrey titled "Magicians show off at Summer Nights" click: HERE.(7/30)

Alton Browne who is both a magician and tailor and performs as Professor Black is featured in an Evening Mail article that reported, "Alton, who is also a professional magician, is a popular figure across Handsworth and starred alongside Lenny Henry and Paul Daniels on TV’s New Faces." Browne commented, "Birmingham Carnival gave me the chance to use my tailoring skills and I become the first carnival costume maker in Birmingham." To read the Jul. 29 article by Alison Dayani titled "Tailor made to be magic!" click: HERE.(7/30)

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-VOLUME: 67 / ISSUE: 1,981 Thursday - July 31, 2003-
The "Metamorphosis" sculpture at Houdini PlazaThe First Annual Houdini Days Celebration that will take place on Aug. 29-30 in Houdini's old hometown Appleton, Wisconsin is a festival that is open to all. The shows during the two days are free to all attendees and the lineup of talent is outstanding. Featured performers include: Mark Wilson, Michael Finney, Michael Ammar, Goldfinger & Dove, Sylvester the Jester, David Seebach, Mark Bond, Doc Eason, Joshua Jay, Glen Gerard, Bruce Hetzler, Michael P. Lair, Lou Lepore, Stuart MacDonald, Julie Sobanski, Danny Magic, Jeff McMullen, Tom Richards, Nate Nygren, Rondini, and The Comedy Magic of Mike & Chris. Organized by Chris Cochrane the event should inspire many young people to take an interest in magic and give the public an opportunity to see live magicians in action. Most of the events will take palace at Houdini Plaza and the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel. For more information click: HERE.(7/31)

Derren Brown's upcoming "Russian Roulette" stunt on live television is featured in The Independent. Commercials started running on TV in England to find someone who is willing to pull the trigger. The article commented on the changes in the public perception of magic, "Everything is different today. Since then we have had Penn & Teller and David Blaine. Magic has moved into the late-evening slots, winning a younger audience with a blend of what one media commentator calls 'baffling tricks, stylish filming and lurking menace'." To read the Jul. 31 article by Paul Vallely titled "He shoots, he scores" click: HERE.(7/31)

Penn & TellerPenn & Teller are featured in a CNN article that looks at their career, projects and thoughts about Las Vegas. Teller discussed Penn's strengths, "Penn's fundamental gifts are his respect for the audience and his intelligence… He combines vocabulary words that wouldn't seem to belong together -- a word out of rap and a word from a physics textbook -- so a lot of images collide." The article also reported that, "…their Showtime TV show "Bulls**t!", which was nominated for two Emmys. A DVD of "Bulls**t!" is due out shortly." To read the Jul. 30 article by Todd Leopold titled "Penn & Teller: Living it up in Sin City" click: HERE.(7/31)
--In a related sidebar Penn Jillette recommends Michael Close and Mac King as his favorite acts for "magic aficionados." To read the Jul. 30 article by Todd Leopold titled "The magic of Vegas" click: HERE.(7/31)

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-VOLUME: 68 / ISSUE: 1,982 Friday - August 1, 2003-
Marc Salem's Out Of His MindMarc Salem premiers his new show, "Out Of His Mind," on Aug. 1-25 at The Assembly Rooms (George Street) in Edinburgh, as part of the Fringe Festival. The new format is styled as a talk show and will have guests. Of course the theme and unique style remain the same, reading people's thoughts and body language, or the Sydney Daily Telegraph put it, "It’s not just the shock value of Salem's show that makes it one of the most compelling performances ever, it's also his great comic ability." For more information and tickets click: HERE.(8/1)

Eric Anderson and Kenneth Lightfoot present their show "The Invisible Men" on Friday and Saturday at the Bas Bleu Theatre in Colorado. A Coloradoan article reported that "Together, they stage a theater experience that blends mind reading, absurd comic theater and magic into an evening of entertainment as the Invisible Men." Lightfoot explained, "It's more of a thinking person's show… Most of the time, I'm putting monkey wrenches into Eric's mind, and then he reads minds. There's a lot of tension between us onstage, which makes for a lot of humor." To read the Jul. 31 article by Anna Maria Basquez titled "Invisible Men invite you to see the show" click: HERE.(8/1)

Tannen's 29th annual Magic Camp takes place on Aug. 2-9 in Long Island, NY. Many of the leading magicians from the New York area regularly make cameo's at the camp with a show, lecture or even teach a class to the 100+ young magicians who will have an experience they will never forget.(8/1)

David Copperfield's show, "An Intimate Evening of Grand Illusion" that will be presented at the John Labatt Centre on Aug. 5 in Canada is reported in a London This Week article that describes what the audience can expect from his new illusion sequences. To read the Jul. 30 article by Dave Miller titled "Copperfield does more than pull rabbits from hats" click: HERE.(8/1)

Roger DreyerRoger Dreyer performs for Fantasma Toys at FAO Schwarz (58th Street and 5th Avenue) in New York City on Saturday Aug. 2 at 2pm and 4pm.(8/1)

Aaron Balcom will present his 90-minute illusion show on Saturday Aug. 2 at 7:30pm at the Coca Cola Arena (13333 Telegraph Road) in Taylor, Michigan. The show is a fundraiser for the Junior League World Series. Tickets are $8-10 per person and are available by phoning: 734-374-8900.(8/1)

David Oliver, John Cassidy, John Stetson, Jamy Ian Swiss, Bob Elliott, Andy Roberts, and Michael Chaut headline at Monday Night Magic on Aug. 4 at 8pm in NYC. For tickets phone Ticketmaster at: 212-307-4100. For more information click: HERE.(8/1)

ILLINOIS: George Schindler lectures for SAM Assembly #3 on Monday Aug. 4 at 7pm at the American Legion Hall (6431 Pershing Rd.) in Stickney. Admission is free to members and $15 for non-members. For more information phone: 708-308-1280.(8/1)

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