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-MagicTimes News Archives Week of January 3-9, 2011-

Magicians seek to reinvent an old art for the Internet age - Toronto Star
In the days of the Internet, magic is losing its mystery, and some magicians are running out of rabbits to pull out of a hat. "Magic is definitely in decline," says Toronto comedian/performer Jay Sankey, who creates magic and consults with the best magicians in the world, including David Copperfield. "It’s shrinking."
Publ.Date : Tue, 04 Jan 2011 05:26:49 GMT+00:00

'Magic really does exist' - Windsor Star
Ron Gudel is the ward's volunteer magician, visiting sick kids like Xander and Cristian every Monday to provide a bit of relief from their pain, boredom and anxiety.
Publ.Date : Mon, 03 Jan 2011 11:46:44 GMT+00:00

Magician Bill Blagg coming to Weill - Sheboygan
Some entertainers' careers seem to ascend almost magically. Ironically, this was not the case for magician Bill Blagg III, who will be bringing his Las Vegas-style magic show to the Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday...
Publ.Date : 2011-01-05T09:50:35Z

Rob Hardy: 'Sleights of Mind' - The Commercial Dispatch
In a way, magicians perform optical illusions and even behavioral illusions. You enjoy a magician's performance because although it looks as if he makes coins manifest from the air or makes a ball vanish when he throws it up, you know that such things cannot really be and yet you cannot figure out how the impression the magician makes is so strong. If we can get neurological understanding of the visual system from optical illusions, perhaps the illusions performed by magicians would offer an even broader range of tools to evaluate brain function....
Publ.Date : Wed, 05 Jan 2011 16:41:36 GMT+00:00

Magician Darren Romeo makes audience part of show - Reno Gazette
While many magicians prefer to keep an invisible shield of mystery separating them from their audiences, Darren Romeo relishes getting close to them. Even before the show starts, he engages the audience with a tongue-in-cheek video presentation that tests their knowledge of famous magicians....
Publ.Date : 2011-01-06T09:27:55Z

Hook, line and sinker: Wait till you see what this magician swallows at Collinsville fishing show - News-Democrat
ne of Houdini's most famous illusions involved swallowing thread and needles then pulling the thread out of his mouth with the needles tied on. Amy Short does the same thing with fishing line and hooks. ...
Publ.Date : 2011-01-06T11:43:56Z

Comic magician John Archer fools Penn & Teller - British Comedy Guide
Comic magician John Archer was one of just two acts to successfully fool world-famous magicians Penn and Teller last night and win a trip to open their Las Vegas show.
Publ.Date : Sat, 08 Jan 2011 14:11:07 GMT+00:00

Terrier em-barks on new career with East Lancashire magician - This Is Lancashire
And now she has been made an honorary member of the Magic Circle. Sophie has perfected card tricks and is even to show off her new skills in the upcoming Britain's Got Talent auditions.
Publ.Date : Sat, 08 Jan 2011 07:14:39 GMT+00:00

India's magicians: striving hard not to disappear - AFP
"There are a lot of magicians in Mumbai who use the vernacular language -- Hindi or Marathi," said Mavinkurve, who counts the bumbling, fez-wearing British comic and magician Tommy Cooper as a hero. "But there are very few that use good English. Magic is declining in popularity in English because English-speakers have more access to television, DVDs and so on. "They have their own priorities... Now a magician has to compete."
Publ.Date : Fri, 07 Jan 2011 04:00:00 GMT+00:00

"The Cape" is a bad Batman knock-off - Reuters
Their leader, Max Malini (Keith David), is a magician (and bank robber) prone to good wine. He gives Faraday a special cape and trains him (really fast, by the way) to spin it around, snapping up knives and glasses and knocking large men into walls....
Publ.Date : 2011-01-10T02:13:41Z

Magician embarking on tour for his stage show 'Insanity'
Mario Orsini is a magician, mentalist, illusionist and stage hypnotist in the midst of pulling a full-time magic career out of his hat. The 29-year-old Bunker Hill native has enjoyed magic as a hobby on and off over the years since his childhood fascination with close-up magic.
Publ.Date : Sat, 08 Jan 2011 21:28:46 -0800

The Weekend's TV: Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Fri, ITV1 - Independent
The business of coming up with something fresh usually lies in concealing the old clockwork under a new casing. The competitors in The Magicians – notionally competing against each other with the help of celebrity assistants – aren't always terribly successful at this, which makes the programme sag distinctly, unless you're 10 years old and can bring an unsmirched innocence to the thing.
Publ.Date : Mon, 10 Jan 2011 00:01:29 GMT+00:00


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