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-VOLUME: 75 / ISSUE: 2,099 Wednesday - March 17, 2004-
Paul Daniel's "The Magic Of Max Malini"Paul Daniel's "The Magic Of Max Malini" which opened on Mar. 1 at the Jermyn Street theater in London and runs through Mar. 20 is the subject of a lengthy article/interview with Daniels in the London Theatre Guide. Daniels discusses his show, career, the state of magic and how magic is perceived by the public, "A magic trick, if it fools you, is a magic trick. But as people grow older they perceive magic as being for children, but it isn't: it's a defiance of the physical laws of nature: and that's a fairly adult concept….in Germany and France and Italy they treat it like opera or ballet. Part of the artistic scene! They also respect the incredible skills of jugglers and acrobats, but we don't. We have bought, hook, line and sinker the pop industry." To read the Mar. 9 story by Tom Bowtell titled "The Big Interview: Paul Daniels" click: HERE.(3/17)

Gerry McCambridge's "The Mentalist" television special, which was scheduled to run last November, has been given a new air date and should run on Wednesday May 12 at 8pm on NBC-TV (US).(3/17)

The Amazing JohnathanThe Amazing Johnathan who signed a multi-million dollar two-year deal with the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas had his contract terminated after a six-week run. It has been widely reported that he is currently in pursuit of a lawsuit for breach of contract. A Las Vegas Review-Journal article quoted Johnathan about why he felt that the hotel set him up, "They didn't advertise the first two weeks, they raised the ticket price too high, there was no press opening, they left people on hold too long at the box office -- often upwards of 20 minutes -- and used various other tactics." The article also reported that the cast of "Showgirls of Magic" has changed and that Steve Dacri's  "Xtreme Close-up Magic" show has moved. To read the Mar. 11 Mike Weatherford article titled "Amazing Johnathan's departure sparks speculation" click: HERE.(3/17)
--To read the Mar. 4 Las Vegas Sun article by Timothy McDarrah titled "New Sahara acts to rock the Casbar" click: HERE.(3/17)

Siegfried & Roy rumors about their relationship with their manager Bernie Yuman are reported in a Las Vegas Review-Journal article that also discussed the Amazing Johnathan lawsuit and quoted him, "It was clear the new owners wanted me out, but their only loophole in the contract was a 'kill clause.' That 'basically states that, if my attendance is ridiculously low, they can terminate the deal." To read the Mar. 7 article by Norm titled "Still managing Siegfried & Roy" click: HERE.(3/17)

RoyRoy is quoted in a Bunte article, "I have the same trainer as Christopher Reeve and I train nine hours a day with him… Spread the good news. You spoke to me and I am well." An Associated Press article also reported, "Last week, a German-based spokeswoman for the duo, Claudia Dressler, said Horn was able to walk with the help of a wheeled walking aid."(3/17)
--To read the Mar. 10 Reuters article titled "Magician Horn says recovering from tiger attack" click: HERE.(3/17)
--To read the Mar. 10 Associated Press article titled "Mauled Magician Roy Horn Doing Better" click: HERE.(3/17)

"Holy Toledo: The Magic Convention" starring Jamy Ian Swiss, Eugene Burger, Danny Archer, Simon Lovell, Patrick Przysiecki, Andrew Martin and Aaron Balcom is scheduled for Mar. 19-20 at the Clarion Westgate Hotel in Toledo, Ohio. For more information phone: 419-471-9085.(3/17)

The Swindler....Catch Him If You Can"The Swindler....Catch Him If You Can" starring Patrick McCullagh opens on Mar. 25 at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (Melbourne Town Hall) in Australia. The show which is described as "He will hoodwink you, con you, charm you and above all, make you laugh!" will run through Apr. 18 and will feature a lot of magic with cards. For tickets phone: 7 1300 660 013.(3/17)

"Head Magic" starring Eric Walton, Nelson Lugo, Maritess Zurbano, Emily Davis and some guests will take place on Mar. 19 at 8pm at Dillon's (245 W. 54th Street) in New York City. The show that is described as "An evening of mind-reading, mentalism, magic and music" is a benefit for an upcoming production at Relatively Theater. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. For more information click: HERE.(3/17)

Penn & TellerPenn & Teller will be honored as the "2003 Celebrity Community Advocates of the Year by United Blood Services" at the Images of Life fund-raising gala on Mar. 20. A Las Vegas Review-Journal article quoted Jan Dalby, United Blood Services director of marketing and development, "These men are true heroes in our community… We want to thank them for their service to United Blood Services. …During the past holiday season, the duo donated nearly $200,000 worth of show tickets to encourage and thank blood donors." To read the Mar. 14 article titled "Community Wrap" click: HERE.(3/17)

Davey Marlin-Jones died on Mar. 2 at the age of 71. Marlin-Jones started out as a magician and has kept his hand in magic by helping magicians with their shows using his rich expertise of theatrical productions and presentations. The Las Vegas Sun obituary reported "A gathering to celebrate his life and work will be at 2 p.m. March 20 at the Judy Bailey Theatre on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus."(3/17)
--To read the Mar. 4 Las Vegas Review-Journal obituary by Richard Lake titled "Play director, professor dies" click: HERE.(3/17)
--To read the Mar. 5 Las Vegas Sun obituary by Ed Koch titled "Marlin-Jones, UNLV prof, playwright, dies" click: HERE.(3/17)
--To read the Mar. 15 Playbill obituary by Kenneth Jones titled "Davey Marlin-Jones, Director, Professor and Arts Critic on Local TV, Dead at 71" click: HERE.(3/17)

MurrayMurray is profiled in a Burnaby News Leader feature that looks at his career as a young magician in the Vancouver Magic Circle to now as an award winning magician who has had his own Las Vegas show. The article reported that "Murray is currently based out of Las Vegas where he recently completed a run in La Femme, a French revue show from Paris, at the MGM Grand Hotel. He’ll be at the Golden Nugget in April and at the Aladdin in July." Also discussed are his television credits and current goals. To read the Mar. 12 article by Wanda Chow titled "Murray's magic career no illusion" click: HERE.(3/17)

Mac King's March Madness Book Drive at Sammy's Woodfired Pizza restaurants in Las Vegas is reported in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. To see the photos and read the Mar. 15 report tilted "Reading Can Be Funny" click: HERE.(3/17)

The third annual "Japan Cup 2004" convention takes place on Mar. 27-28 in Tokyo, Japan. Featured performers include Shimada Haruo, Fukai Hiromasa, and Troy Hooser but the main part of the convention is the award ceremony that honors magicians who have contributed to the art. The convention is sponsored by JCMA (Japan Close up Magicians Association). For more information click: HERE.(3/17)

Meir YedidMeir Yedid presents his "Published & Published" lecture on Wednesday Mar. 17 at 8pm for SAM Assembly #194 at the Catholic Slovak Club (49 Lockwood Avenue) in Yonkers, New York. For more information e-mail Ted Lee at:

"A Night Of Magic In Lincoln Square" featuring Bob Freidhoffer, Bert Sugar, and Tony Robins takes place on Tuesday Mar. 30 at 7:30pm at the American Folk Art Museum (Two Lincoln Square) in New York City. The theme of the evening is Houdini.(3/17)

John George lectures on Mar. 18 at 7pm at Tannen's Magic (24 West 25th Street, 2nd Floor) in New York City. Admission is $20 per person. For more information phone: 212-929-4500.(3/17)

Chad Lau and Tom Duselis who have decided to start the Magician's Club at Purdue are featured in a Purdue Exponent article that explained, "Lau said the club would mainly focus on small card tricks. While these do not sound as exciting as the big-name tricks performed by people such as David Copperfield, 'People actually like these better because they can see that there are no camera tricks. Plus, they can use them for their friends in social settings.'" To read the Mar. 9 article by Erin Annesley titled "Young illusionist duo creates Purdue Magician's club" click: HERE.(3/17)

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