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Archives: Week Of August 11-17, 2003
-VOLUME: 68 / ISSUE: 1,988 Monday - August 11, 2003-
P.C. SorcarP.C. Sorcar who has been touring throughout the United States is featured in a Samachar article about his Aug. 2 appearance in Columbus. The show is described as "…an exquisite evening of grand illusion" and he is described as, "the eighth generation in his family performing this highest type of illusion successfully." The audience reaction is described as, "Mr. Sorcar's shows in pomp and grandeur were much befitting to the arena of this ancient theatre, and most of his illusions were highly applauded with clapping from every section of the hall full to the brim with spectators." To read the Aug. 9 article titled "Sorcar waves magic wand in Columbus" click: HERE.(8/11)

Paul Daniels is featured in a BBC News article in conjunction with his two shows at the Edinburgh Fringe festival. The article reported that, "He is quick to point out to BBC News Online that just because he has disappeared from our TV screens, he has never stopped doing the job he loves. Daniels has performed his act around the world." Daniels also explained that, "Taking his cue from 'all the great stars, like Shirley Bassey and Ella Fitzgerald', he says he admires their ability to 'know nothing will go wrong' and 'let it all hang out'. This is what Daniels calls 'the entertainment factor'." To read the Aug. 8 article by Jenny Green titled "Paul Daniels' Fringe benefits" click: HERE.(8/11)

J.C. Wagner, Denny Haney, Puck, Sylvester the Jester, Jon Armstrong, Andy Nyman,  Danny Archer, and Dan Jordan appear at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles on Aug. 11-17 (closed the 16th). Danny Archer lectures on Sunday Aug. 17.(8/11)

Flo Johnson who is retiring as a schoolteacher this year is featured in The State where they report, "And one thing the students remember is her magic. In addition to performing shows as a hobby and side job, Johnson also uses magic to spice up lessons. When the class studies animals, she makes a live dove appear." It was also pointed out that "She makes sure to tell her students she's not really doing 'magic'; they can learn to perform the tricks by studying." To read the Aug. 8 article by Nicole Sweeney titled "A teacher's magical memories" click: HERE.(8/11)

Big Daddy Cool, Nelson, Scott Cantrell and Jason Michaels appear every Monday at 7pm in August in Music City Magic at Miss Marple's Mystery Theatre (135 2nd Ave N) in Nashville, Tennessee. For tickets and information phone: 615-242-8000.(8/11)

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-VOLUME: 68 / ISSUE: 1,989 Tuesday - August 12, 2003-
The New York Fringe Festival takes place on Aug. 8-24 all over Manhattan and this year there appear to be two shows which feature magic. On the fringes of magic there are shows like "Bad-Ass Clown: A One-Man Evening of Mostly Comic Mime," "Sherlock Holmes and The Secret of Making Whoopee II: The Houdini Incident," six different puppet shows, and several shows with clowns and mimes. But the magic shows are:

Maritess' "Girliemagic"Maritess' "Girliemagic" is a biographical magic show about "The life of a professional female magician told through illusion and dance." Shows run on Aug. 12 at 5:45pm, Aug. 14 at 8pm, Aug. 19 at 6pm and Aug. 20 at 2pm at the Great Hall at Cooper Union (7 East 7th Street at Third Avenue). Tickets are $15 each and are available at the box office on the day of the show.

Matthew Holtzclaw's "Red Head"Matthew Holtzclaw's "Red Head" is a play about a blind woman and her self-absorbed brother who live together and was written as a "show that used traditional magic in a symbolic way." Shows are on Aug. 12 at 5pm, Aug. 14 at 9:30pm, Aug. 19 at 9:15pm, and Aug. 20 at 3pm at the Wollman Auditorium At Cooper Union (51 Astor Place). Tickets are $15 each and are available at the box office on the day of the show.
--For advanced tickets and information about the Festival click: HERE.(8/12)

Elliott Smith and Ian Quick who recently wrote "Highway to Success - The Entertainer's Roadmap to Business" are featured in an Ottawa Business Journal article that reported, "The pair had an epiphany. While there were plenty of magic books on the market, there weren't any on the business of entertainment. And so the two re-invented themselves yet again into authors and business coaches, presenting seminars and selling rights to their new book all over the world. …Instead of card tricks and sleight of hand, they talk contracts, negotiating, cold calls and advertising." To read the Aug. 11 article by Anne Howland titled "Abracadabra. You're a successful entrepreneur." click: HERE.(8/12)

PC Sorcar, Jr. is expected to appear at the India Day Parade on Sunday Aug. 17 in New York City. A Kaumundi article reported that the parade "will celebrate the country's [India] 57th Independence Day." Sorcar will also perform at the Manhattan Center at 6pm (call 212-947-7427 for tickets). To read the Aug. 12 article titled "Shah Rukh Khan may lead I-Day parade in New York" click: HERE.(8/12)

David Copperfield is mentioned in the current issue of Showbiz Magazine that reported, "Copperfield, despite being the seventh-highest-paid entertainer in the world, does more than 500 shows a year. Staying busy and continually challenging himself with new, seemingly impossible feats keeps him on his toes--and audiences in his show's seats. In the last decade alone, he's grossed more than $1 billion and performed for 20 million people around the world." To read the Aug. 17-23 article titled "Inside The Mind Of A Magician" click: HERE.(8/12)

Rick Fisher's Fab Magic Company, which opened last week in Colon Michigan, is featured in a Sturgis Journal article that reported about the company's goals, "Fab Magic Company has something for every magic enthusiast, from the beginner to the professional and everyone in between. The shop also features a variety of magic capital memorabilia, including items on loan from Marilyn Abbott, the daughter of renowned magician Percy Abbott." To read the Aug. 10 article by Michelle Patrick titled "Childhood dream comes true with magic shop" click: HERE.(8/12)

NEW JERSEY: Bob Little lectures on Wednesday Aug. 13 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 $10 for members and $15 for non-members. For more information click: HERE.(8/12)

The Abbott's Magic Get-Together is the subject of a Sturgis Journal article that featured Wilma Rench who has played the organ during the shows at 62 of the last 66 conventions. The article also mentioned that, "on Friday Bill Watson performed. He is the son of the late magician, humorist and band-leader Monk Watson, who had performed with Blackstone and Benjamin Kubelsky, and was known for entertaining troops during World War II." To read the Aug. 10 article by Michelle Patrick titled "66th Festival cranks up and winds down" click: HERE.(8/12)

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-VOLUME: 68 / ISSUE: 1,990 Wednesday - August 13, 2003-
Michael Powers and Maria SchwieterMichael Powers and Maria Schwieter's career and marriage are featured in a South Bend Tribune article that quotes Powers, "Our love for magic is something that we share… It gives us pleasure in life, and it's a labor of love. It's a gas." Powers is described as, "the author of books about magic, including 'Powerful Magic' and 'Top Secret Stuff.' He invents illusions and magic effects, and entertains at magic conventions, at corporate trade shows and other events." Schwieter is described as, "a close-up magician who performs with cards, coins, flowers and doves at magic conventions and other venues." To read the Aug. 12 article by Sharon Dettmer titled "There are no tricks to their marriage" click: HERE.(8/13)

Robert Rodriguez, Nathan Gibson, and Nicholas Carifo join David Groves in "Magic In The Burbs" on Thursday Aug. 14 at 7:30pm at the Home Brew Coffee Company, (661 W. Arrow Hwy.) in San Dimas, California. Admission is $7.50 (includes one free drink) per person. For reservations and information phone: 909-394-1964.(8/13)

David Copperfield's appearance at the Place des Arts this week in Montreal is reported in a Montreal Gazette article that quotes him about what people can expect, "There are some greatest hits in the show - I still (make people) vanish, I still take people on trips to Hawaii - but there's also some new stuff. I walk through a steel wall, I show you how it's possible to win the lottery ... and we're doing sleight of hand with a black scorpion." To read the Aug. 12 article by Anne Sutherland titled "Illusionist David Copperfield isn't in the trickery business" click: HERE.(8/13)

CALIFORNIA: Dirk Losander lectures on Aug. 14 at 7pm for IBM Ring #280 at the Hilton Garden Inn Valencia at Six Flags (27710 The Old Road) in Valencia. Admission is $10 per person. For more information phone: 661-297-7884.(8/13)

PRESS RELEASE: Magic Jam Saturdays Creating Buzz In Philadelphia.

Lance Burton and Mac King with Robin LeachLance Burton and Mac King with Robin Leach on the set of Leach's new syndicated television show titled "Penthouse Vegas." The shows are being taped in a party atmosphere at the Hilton's Sky Villas in Las Vegas. The show that will run on Friday nights will feature headliners at a party who's conversations will be candidly recorded in hopes of finding secrets and gossip. Burton and King will be on one of the four pilot episodes filmed recently. (Photo courtesy of Wayne Bernath).(8/13)

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-VOLUME: 68 / ISSUE: 1,991 Thursday - August 14, 2003-
Jason LatimerJason Latimer who just won the FISM Grand Prix in Close-Up is featured in a Ventura County Star article that described the events leading to the win, "He spent his first year inventing the eight-minute show of visual and psychological misdirection, the next year practicing and perfecting it. Confident he had a come up with a concept never before seen in the magic world, the 22-year-old last month took his act to the Netherlands for the Federation of the International Society of Magic world championships." The article also recounts his career in magic and quotes him about his goal, "This one has really put me on the map… If I can do magic for the rest of my life, and make a living at it, I'll be happy." The article also describes his award winning routine. To read the Aug. 13 article by Aron Miller titled "Young area magician stuns peers with trick" click: HERE.(8/14)

Mac King will be presenting a 30-minute show as an opening act for Clint Holmes at The Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts in Cerritos, California on Aug. 15-16 at 8pm. Tickets are available by phoning: 800-300-4345.(8/14)

Chad Juros who was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of three credits magic to help him cope with  it. A Courier-Post article that quotes him, "Magic is everything - it got me through some of my treatments… It was a way to pass time in the hospital and focus on something else than being sick." The article also reported that "Last month, Juros and his family visited Las Vegas where he performed at the Riviera Casino and Hotel as part of a Stars of Tomorrow showcase during a weeklong magic convention. During his stay, Juros met several famous magicians such as Mack King and his idol, Lance Burton. Magic/comedy duo Penn & Teller even sent Juros an e-mail with words of encouragement." To read the Aug. 13 article by Christina Medina titled "Sleight-of-hand helped teen beat leukemia" click: HERE.(8/14)

Harry AndersonHarry Anderson's appearance in Texas on Aug. 1-2 was previewed in a Star-Telegram article that recounts his career and what he has been doing recently. The article also reported that, "Anderson says of the live performances, which incorporate many of his popular street routines, such as three-card monte, pickpocketing and card tricks. 'It's entirely audience participation and silliness. It's got carnival, it's got the streets, you know, but now I get to wear an Armani [suit] while I do it.'" To read the Aug. 1 article by Todd Camp titled "Tricky treat" click: HERE.(8/14)

Paul Daniels entertained at the home of First Minister Jack McConnell where a Scotsman article reported that "A spokeswoman for the First Minister said: 'He spent time chatting to Mr McConnell and doing a few tricks publicising his show for some of the other people there.'" To read the Aug. 14 article by John Innes titled "Paul Daniels adds some magic to Bute House party" click: HERE.(8/14)

David Copperfield's Project Magic and the upcoming implementation of it in a Las Vegas Hospital is mentioned in a Las Vegas Sun article that reported, "Copperfield is hosting an event Aug. 27 at HealthSouth at 2650 N. Tenaya Way to personally kick off the program in Southern Nevada." To read the Aug. 13 article by Timothy McDarrah titled "Copperfield projects magic with Project Magic" click: HERE.(8/14)

David Copperfield's appearance in Rhode Island is reported in a Providence Journal article that reported, "Cars will appear. People will disappear. And a technique for predicting lottery numbers will be revealed." The article also added that "Copperfield, who travels with a crew of 50 in four trucks and four buses, says it takes about two years to develop and perfect new tricks. He says he needs to keep his show fresh for audiences, who may be increasingly accustomed to magic through the special effects of movies." To read the Aug. 9 article titled "A sleight exaggeration" supplied by YellowBrix click: HERE.(8/14)

Monty, Yona, Harvey Ouchi, and David Brown appear at the Yum Yum Tree (Ward Center) in Honolulu, Hawaii on Aug. 15 at 7pm. For tickets phone: 808-592-3580.(8/14)

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-VOLUME: 68 / ISSUE: 1,992 Friday - August 15, 2003-
PC Sorcar, Jr.PC Sorcar, Jr. who has appeared in Chicago and Columbus in the past couple of weeks will continue his US touring schedule with appearances in New York, Arizona and California. You can catch him at the Manhattan Center in NYC on Sunday Aug. 17 at 6pm (phone: 212-947-7427), the Dobson High School Auditorium in Mesa, AZ on Aug. 23 at 6pm (phone: 602-317-3357), and the Chabot College on Aug. 30 at 5pm in Hayward, CA (Phone: 650-627-8295). Sorcar and his family have long been considered the leading magicians in India and this is a rare opportunity for Americans to see his full evening show with his 26 person troup. Tickets will also be available at the door prior to the shows.(8/15)

Herb Morrissey who was the founder of the largest magic manufacturing company in magic, Morrissey Magic, died on Aug. 13. Morrissey started the company in 1959 by producing metal cups & balls and eventually took over the manufacture of most metal close-up and stage items. He also opened a retail store in 1964 and another in 1978. Morrissey retired in 2001.(8/15)

The Midwest Magic Jubilee which takes place on Aug. 14-16 in St. Louis is featured in a Post-Dispatch article that mentions cast members: Max Maven, Chris Korn, Simon Lovell, Dan Garrett, Jay Mattioli, Tom Jones, Rachel Wild, David Sandy, Peter Marucci, Shep Hyken, Morgan & Mikala, Maria Schwieter, Caleb Russell, Richard Hughes, Harry Monte, Terry Richison, and Steve Zuehlke. The article also gives information on the three shows that are open to the public. To read the Aug. 13 article by Patricia Corrigan titled "Appearing act" click: HERE.(8/15)

FISM 2006The team of magicians that are organizing the FISM 2006 convention in Stockholm, Sweden have just finalized the dates. The convention will take place on Jul. 31-Aug. 5, 2006. It will be held later in the summer than previous conventions, allowing for much better hotel rates and as an added bonus will not be too close to the US conventions. For more information click: HERE.(8/15)

Aaron Radatz is featured in a Cincinnati Post article in conjunction with his appearance at the 13th annual Abracadabra show at the Cincinnati Playhouse this weekend. Radatz explained that, "The power of magic is that it's an art form that can satisfy everyone. No matter how old you are, magic will appeal to you." To read the Aug. 14 article by Connie Yeager titled "Magical bonanza at the Playhouse" click: HERE.(8/15)

Michael Chaut, Chris McDaniel, Simon Lovell, Dennis Kyriakos, and Richard Cohen headline at Monday Night Magic on Aug. 18 at 8pm in NYC. For tickets phone Ticketmaster at: 212-307-4100. For more information click: HERE.(8/15)

Maritess performs for Fantasma Toys at FAO Schwarz (58th Street and 5th Avenue) in New York City on Saturday Aug. 16 at 2pm and 4pm.(8/15)

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