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Archives: Week Of November 10-16, 2003
-VOLUME: 71 / ISSUE: 2,055 Monday - November 10, 2003-
Steve CohenSteve Cohen is featured in a Journal News article that reports on the success of his show "Chamber Magic" and his career from a novice magician as a child to a full-fledged professional. Cohen explained about the excitement of magic, "I think what I do is bring people back to that state of childhood when they have that wonder, that mystic belief that maybe there is a Santa Claus, an Easter Bunny, a Tooth Fairy… And that maybe there is real magic." The article also reports on his upcoming shows in San Francisco, London and Osaka. To read the Nov. 9 article by Heather Salerno titled "Amazing with old-fashioned flair" click: HERE.(11/10)

Chia Ke-li, Fang Yuan-shih, and P.J. Wen are interviewed in a Taipei Times article about the condition of the magic business in Taiwan and how illusion shows are no longer popular and how local magicians are now performing on the streets. They also quote Wen, "China has a TV show which showcases young magicians and films them as they do street magic. It's a pretty good show and the level of the tricks is quite high" To read the Nov. 9 article by Gavin Phipps titled "Putting magic back in the box" click: HERE.(11/10)

Jonathan Levit, Terry Lunceford, Shoot Ogawa, Bob Jardine, Monte Smith, Jeff Ezell, David Zirbel, David Goldrake, and Barry Mitchell appear at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles on Nov. 10-16. Barry Mitchell lectures on Sunday Nov. 16.(11/10)

The "All of the People, All the Time" show that will open at the Duke Power Theatre in Charlotte, North Carolina is reported in a WSOC Eyewitness News story that reported, "Conceived for the stage by Patrick Cook, the cast stars Darwin Ortiz and David Roth as themselves. The smaller venue, Duke Power Theatre at Spirit Square, allosws the audience to fully appreciate the astonishing sleight-of-hand tricks throughout the production." To read the Nov. 8 story titled "'All Of The People, All The Time' Has World Premiere In Charlotte" click: HERE.(11/10)

Ricky JayRicky Jay's "Jay's Journal of Anomalies" which is being released in paperback for the holiday season is reviewed in The Guardian where they conclude, "It looks fantastic, full of wonder: the pages are liberally illustrated with playbills, etchings and portraits both crude and powerful. But the most salutary lesson of this book is that everyone in here was a sensation at one time, yet almost all are unheard of now. We must once have lived in a vulgar and celebrity-driven society." To read the Nov. 8 review by Nicholas Lezard titled "Conjurors, cheats, hustlers and hoaxsters" click: HERE.(11/10)
--To buy the book click: HERE.

"The World's Greatest Magic Show" is reviewed in the Las Vegas Review-Journal where the article concluded, "'World's Greatest' truly has something for everyone, but could still use better transitions than recorded introductions to get from one act to the next… Give them time, and this variety show just might reach the full potential of its title." To read the Nov. 7 article by Mike Weatherford titled "Magic show offers something for everyone" click: HERE.(11/10)

EAST COAST: Doc Eason lectures in the East Coast with stops in Massapequa, NY on Nov. 10 (516-483-3769), Bridgeport, CT on Nov. 13 (, Peabody, MA on Nov. 15 (781-639-0283), at Tannen's in New York City on Nov. 18 (212-929-4500), and at JMMRT in Linden, NJ on Nov. 19 (

Jackson Rayne's escape is reported in a Statesman Journal article, "[he] was shackled from head to toe in chains and locked in a coffin, before he was lowered into the university swimming pool. …He escaped -- as planned -- in about two minutes." To read the Nov. 8 article by Crystal Bolner titled "Escape artist amazes crowd with daring act" click: HERE.(11/10)

MARYLAND: Max Howard lectures on Tuesday Nov. 11 at 7:30pm at Denny & Lee Magic Studio (325 South Marlyn Avenue) in Baltimore. Tickets are $20 per person and are available by phoning: 410-686-3914.(11/10)

Bryan Abichandani who performs close-up magic in Canada is featured in a Toronto Star article that quotes the owner of the club he performs in, "People are always cheering and screaming and laughing when they see him." To read the Nov. 9 article by Lisa Wright titled "His hocus-pocus has a hip-hop beat" click: HERE.(11/10)

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-VOLUME: 71 / ISSUE: 2,056 Tuesday - November 11, 2003-
Scott Sullivan's new short film "Liberation" will be screened on Saturday Nov. 15 at 3:35pm at the Center Theater on the University of Kentucky campus as part of the Midwest Entertainment Industry Conference Film Festival in Lexington, Kentucky. The film is described as, "the story of a failed, desperate escape artist who finds a way to make the world care about his work." For a detailed schedule of screenings click: HERE.(11/11)

Gopinath MuthukadGopinath Muthukad debuted a new magic television series titled "Magically yours" this month in India. The show is scheduled to air on Surya TV (Sun Network) every Sunday at 9pm. The shows will feature many illusions, a story line and presentations using math and science with children participants. The show has the "aim of enhancing diligence among children." It is being produced by "The Magic Academy-Network Television" which previously created, "Vismayam," the 100-part magic series.(11/11)

David Saxe's latest Vegas production is discussed in a Las Vegas Sun article that also reports on his upcoming magic projects, "A great believer in syndication, he's preparing to take "Showgirls" to Japan next year and he's opening a version of "V" at Pier 39 in San Francisco in April." The new Ovation show at the Aladdin that features magicians Mark Kornhauser and Jason Byrne is described by Saxe as, "We've been billing this as 'V' for Generation-X… It's kind of skewed to a younger audience." To read the Nov. 7 article by Jerry Fink titled "All-ages show 'Ovation' debuts at Aladdin" click: HERE.(11/11)

Rafael BenatarCANADA/US: Rafael Benatar is lecturing on Nov. 12 in Victoria and on Nov. 13 Vancouver, Canada and on the 15th at the Seattle Magic Club – IBM #52 in Seattle, Washington.(11/11)

Lance Burton announced that the second annual "Lance Burton's Magic & Comedy All-Stars" will take place on Dec. 12-14 at the Lance Burton Theatre in Las Vegas. Performers already announced include Jeff McBride, Tomsoni & Co., Norm Nielsen and Tyler Linkin. Discounts are available for hotel guests and Nevada residents. For advance tickets and reservations phone: 877-386-8224.(11/11)

NEW JERSEY: Wesley James lectures on Wednesday Nov. 12 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.(11/11)

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-VOLUME: 71 / ISSUE: 2,057 Wednesday - November 12, 2003-
Ben RobinsonBen Robinson is appearing at "Unplugged at the Loft:  A Weekend of Music" on Nov. 14 and 15 at 8pm at the Private Soho Loft in New York City. Robinson will present a 15-20 minute set prior to the October Project concert. Currently the Saturday show is sold out with a few seats available for Friday. Tickets are $50 per person and are available by clicking: HERE.(11/12)

Murray is appearing in "Le Cabaret" at the Monte Carlo Casino in Monte Carlo through Dec. 13. He will also make special appearances at Le Hermitage Hotel in Monaco.(11/12)

John Lenahan is featured in an Eastern Daily Press article in conjunction with his emceeing "Stand Up If You Love Comedy!" at the The Comedy Store at The Forum in Norwich, England on the 19th. Lenahan who is described as "one of Britain's top comedy and magic entertainers, and a natural television host" discusses his tastes and career. To read the Nov. 4 article by Mark Nicholls titled "John Lenahan: the rebel magician" click: HERE.(11/12)

Steven BestSteven Best & Cassandra who appear in Viva Las Vegas Night at the Chilliwack Arts Centre in Canada on Nov. 14 are featured in a Chilliwack Progress article that quotes him about the show, "People want to be amazed… A good magician has the ability to get up on stage, hold the audience's attention and send them away happy." The article also discusses how he became interested in magic and his future plans. To read the Nov. 7 article by Jennifer Feinberg titled "Lure of Las Vegas" click: HERE.(11/12)

Francis Menotti, Alain Nu, Thin Air, and Bob Sheets perform at Wednesday Wizardry on Nov. 12 at 7:30pm at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn (311 Kent Square Road) in Kentlands, Maryland. Tickets are $15 per person and are available by phoning: 301-258-6394.(11/12)

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-VOLUME: 71 / ISSUE: 2,058 Thursday - November 13, 2003-
Memorial Arturo de AscanioSPAIN: The "Memorial Arturo de Ascanio" convention takes place on Nov. 15-16 at the Gran Hotel Colón in Madrid. Featured performers include Michael Ammar, Yunke, Jandro, Jorge Blass, Boyano, Gabi, Miguel Gomez, Arcadio, and Pepe Dominguez. For more information click: HERE.(11/13)

Gay Blackstone will host a viewing and reception on Nov. 14 at 6pm at the The Sofitel  in Los Angeles where she will demonstrate and discuss some of the illusions that will go on sale on Nov. 15 at "The Blackstone Magic Collection" auction. For more information click: HERE.(11/13)

The difficulty in staging card games during theatrical productions is the subject of a Backstage story that reported on Suzan-Lori Parks' Topdog/Underdog, "Magician David Roth came to rehearsal three times to help the actors learn the sleight of hand required, and the particular way that street hustlers keep their eye on their mark--that is, the other guy." To read the Nov. 12 article by Jean Schiffman titled "Cards on the Table" click: HERE.(11/13)

"Young Champions of Magic" starring Shayna and Mandy Reed, Bradley Foley, Eli Portala and featuring Andrew Martin and Jania Taylor appears at the University of Toledo's Doermann Theater in Toledo, Ohio on Nov. 16 at 2pm. Tickets are $9.50-$11.50 per person and are available by phoning: 419-472-4333.(11/13)

Paul DanielsPaul Daniels and Debbie McGee's home that was severely damaged earlier this year is the subject of a Telegraph article that reports on Daniels plan to rebuild the home on risers. Daniels explained, "We have no kitchen or washing facilities because of the flooding in January. We cannot use the downstairs because it is too unhealthy," he said. They sleep in a back bedroom that contains their bed, a small sofa and a portable television." To read the Nov. 13 article by Stewart Payne titled "Floods confine Daniels to one room of £2.5m home" click: HERE.(11/13)

Gopinath Muthukad's latest illusion is described in a Mid Day article, "…what the audience (which included Municipal Commissioner Karun Srivastav, waiting with bated breath) saw was a light and shadow show where the shadow of a life-size statue of the father of the nation turned into a moving shadow. The live shadow moved from one clothed-draped box into the other in the alternating light and answered a couple of questions. But it was thrilling, nevertheless, said the audience." To read the Nov. 12 article by Sasi Nair titled "Desi Houdini pulls off illusion" click: HERE.(11/13)

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-VOLUME: 71 / ISSUE: 2,059 Friday - November 14, 2003-
October issue of Heat MagazineDean Gunnarson is featured on the cover of October issue of Heat Magazine where he is profiled in a five page pictorial story that discusses his career and the many escapes he has performed around the world and on television. After discussing the many highlights of his career the article pointed out, "There is a side of an escape artist's life the public does not see. If you put aside the exhilaration and triumph of escape, you would witness a more tenebrous and painful side to the story. Too numerous to mention, the injuries Gunnarson has sustained throughout his career are physically torturous. During an escape, the demands placed on his body are extreme." Gunnarson also commented, "I deal with chronic pain all the time. It’s always there." There is also a story about Houdini séances in the issue. To view a pdf edition of the magazine click: HERE.(11/14)

Bernie Yuman, Siegfried & Roy's manager, is scheduled to be a guest on Larry King Live on Friday Nov. 14. The show's website announced, "Siegfried and Roy's manager joins Larry to update Roy Horn's fight for life." Perhaps Yuman will comment on some of the very grim stories that have been appearing in the tabloid press lately. The show will air on Friday at 9pm and midnight ET on CNN-TV and again on Saturday at 3am.(11/14)

Oz Pearlman's show "WatchMagic" continues to run every Sunday at 7:30pm at the Joyous Life Theater (119 W. 23rd Street) in New York City. Currently scheduled to run through Dec. 28 the shows have been selling out at the limited-seating venue. As a special discount Pearlman is offering a $10 discount for all MagicTimes readers (all you have to do is use the discount code: "PIONEER" when purchasing the tickets on the web). For tickets click: HERE.(11/14)

Thomas Durnin, Jamy Ian Swiss, and Peter Samelson headline at Monday Night Magic on Nov. 17 at 8pm in NYC. For tickets phone Ticketmaster at: 212-307-4100. For more information click: HERE.(11/14)

Timothy Wenk who recently presented his recycling themed magic show is featured in a WALB-TV story that quotes him, "The children are the future, and they're going to end up with all this trash if they don't do something about it now." To read the Nov. 13 story titled "Students learn the magic of recycling" click: HERE.(11/14)

Irv Furman who owns the "Hocus Pocus Magic Shop" in Philadelphia has been named "Small Business Man of the Year" by the Eastern Montgomery County SCORE Chapter #513 who will be honoring him at its first annual award luncheon on Monday Nov. 17.(11/14)

MARYLAND: Chuck Hickok lectures on Nov. 15 at 7:30pm at Denny & Lee Magic Studio (325 South Marlyn Avenue) in Baltimore. Tickets are $20 per person and are available by phoning: 410-686-3914.(11/14)

Drew Murray who will do a benefit for the "St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church Parent Teacher League" is mentioned in a Lakewood Sun Post article. To read the Nov. 13 article by Pat Salemi titled "Conjuring up a good time" click: HERE.(11/14)

Simon Lovell performs for Fantasma Magic at FAO Schwarz (58th Street and 5th Avenue) in New York City on Saturday Nov. 15 at 2pm and 4pm.(11/14)

Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee's plan to raise their home off the ground is closer to being approved. A Reading Evening Post article reported, "A new planning application to rebuild the extension that was damaged by flooding has recently been received and is being considered." To read the Nov. 14 article titled "Wave of hope for flood-hit magician" click: HERE.(11/14)

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