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-MagicTimes News Archives Week of June 27-July 3, 2011-

Magician Dynamo walks on water, crossing the River Thames on foot without using a bridge
He may be a relatively unknown illusionist, but you could hardly describe Dynamo as being wet behind the ears. And the magician, whose real name is Steve Frayne, certainly proved this was the case as he 'walked' across the River Thames. The nifty footwork was a suitably jaw-dropping publicity stunt for his new TV series. The Bradford-born illusionist, 28, made it half way across the stretch of the river in front of the Houses of Parliament in London before he was picked up by what appeared to be a River Police boat.
Publ.Date : Mon, 27 Jun 2011 02:33:03 -0700

Sidney Radner, of Holyoke, a top collector of Harry Houdini memorabilia dies at 91
Sidney H. Radner, an amateur magician who built one of the world’s largest collections of Harry Houdini memorabilia died Sunday at the age of 91...
Publ.Date : Sun, 26 Jun 2011 00:00:00 -0000

Sidney Radner - Telegraph.co.uk‎
Sidney Radner, who has died aged 91, was the self-appointed keeper of Harry Houdini's flame, and owned the biggest collection of props and artefacts used by the world's greatest illusionist and escapologist, including straitjackets, manacles and his famous Chinese Water Torture Cell...
Publ.Date : Mon, 27 Jun 2011 00:00:00 -0700

Champion Toledo teen magician slated to perform - 13abc.com
Fifteen-year-old Eli Portala won his 8th magic competition in May at the International Battle of Magicians. Eli competed against seven other contestants, all of whom were adults of at least twice his age. Area residents will have multiple chances to see Eli's show this summer as he performs at 14 of the Toledo-Lucas County Libraries. Eli can also be seen at the Woodville 4th of July Celebration...
Publ.Date : Mon, 27 Jun 2011 21:06:05 GMT+00:00

Street magician Damien ready to fool the legendary Penn & Teller - Daily Mirror
Popular magician Damien O’Brien will attempt to trick Penn & Teller as part of a new TV show. And the legendary showmen told O’Brien that he did one of the best performances they'd ever seen. “That’s why we love close-up magic,” they told the 25-year-old. His latest trick is called the ‘sign-off’ – which makes a signature inexplicably 'jump' between cards. O’Brien said: “It’s a trick that people have been begging me to reveal but I’ve never had the nerve to do it. "It’s massive for me but I’ve decided the time is right and I’m working with the biggest magic dealership in the world to release it on July 11....
Publ.Date : 2011-06-28T16:32:41Z

Warner Bros. waves its wand over 'Carter Beats the Devil' - Los Angeles Times
The world of magic is ripe for drama, what with its fierce rivalries and convincing in-movie performances (in a film, any illusion can look real). That world is also lucrative, as both "The Prestige" and "The Illusionist" proved in 2006. And far more than more than making rabbits disappear, Hollywood loves making green things appear....
Publ.Date : Wed, 29 Jun 2011 01:03:28 GMT+00:00

David Blaine and Andrew Weill coming for 2012 Naples Speaker series - Naples Daily News
David Blaine, a magician, and Andrew Weill, a pioneer in integrated medicine, are the final speakers to be announced for the Naples Town Hall Distinguished Speaker Series for 2012. While the speakers may seem unrelated, they are both "proponents of the power of the mind, body and spirit when it comes to overcoming challenges," said Rick Borman, president and producer of Naples Town Hall...
Publ.Date : 2011-06-27T14:32:10Z

Depp to cast spell as magician? - Belfast Telegraph
Johnny Depp is being sought for the role of a magician in period mystery Carter Beats The Devil. The film, based on Glen David Gold's best-selling 2002 novel, tells the story of 1920s illusionist Charles Carter, who impresses in his show by appearing to saw President Warren G Harding in half, but is forced on the run when Harding mysteriously dies shortly after...
Publ.Date : 2011-06-29T12:20:57Z

Magician plans daredevil stunt for fair - Tuscaloosa News
David Blaine, a magician, and Andrew Weill, a pioneer in integrated medicine, are the final speakers to be announced for the Naples Town Hall Distinguished Speaker Series for 2012. While the speakers may seem unrelated, they are both "proponents of the power of the mind, body and spirit when it comes to overcoming challenges," said Rick Borman, president and producer of Naples Town Hall....
Publ.Date : 2011-06-30T00:23:56Z

Criss Angel getting ready for next projects - Zimbio
Criss Angel is about to launch the website MagicPlace.com, for which he is recording a series of shows called "Magic Jam," focusing on magic and celebrities who are interested in the craft. Siegfried & Roy, Lance Burton and Ke$ha have been interviewed so far. To fill the 14-shows-per-week schedule, Angel and a camera crew are recording nearly his every move, including the recording of the radio show, which was being taped by a crew from Vegas TV (KTUD), as there are plans to put the radio show on Vegas TV. ...
Publ.Date : 2011-06-29T08:31:53Z

Masters of Magic Returns to Rialto July 8 & 9 - The Coloradoan
Masters of Magic, a live show featuring magic and illusion performed by a cast of magicians from around the country... In addition to an all-new cast of world-renowned magic acts, the show will feature the talents of 17-year-old Denver magician Derek McKee, the star of the new documentary film Make Believe, which is currently featured on Showtime as well as screenings at many top film festivals and cinemas.
Publ.Date : Wed, 29 Jun 2011 21:20:01 GMT+00:00

Believing in Magic: Local Illusionist Preaches Anti-Smoking Message with ... - Patch.com
Scarsdale-based magician Richie Magic has a World Record with a cause — and a burnt and blistered mouth to prove it. You don’t have to believe in magic to be stunned by local illusionist, sideshow performer and Guinness World Record holder Richie Magic – mostly because Magic’s famed anti-smoking stunt, in which he shoves dozens of lit cigarettes into his mouth, chews them into an ashy pulp and spits out the charred remains, is 100 percent real.
Publ.Date : Thu, 30 Jun 2011 04:11:45 GMT+00:00

Magician duo set to wow audience - Biggleswade Today
THE Scottish BAFTA nominated stars of BBC1’s The Magicians are set to bring their critically acclaimed and distinct brand of astonishing, gruesome and hugely funny illusions to Bedford. Funny duo Barry Jones and Stuart MacLeod will be bringing their amazing new show to Bedford Corn Exchange on Friday, July 22. This is a rare chance to see Barry and Stuart doing what they do best, performing dazzling acts of unbelievable dupery live on stage.
Publ.Date : Wed, 29 Jun 2011 09:19:38 GMT+00:00

No this picture ISN'T faked - it's a master magician's greatest stunt: Meet ... - Daily Mail
This was a trick to blow Derren Brown’s mind. One to put David Blaine back in his Perspex box. And persuade David Copperfield that it’s time to make himself vanish. This week, Steve Frayne, a 28-year-old from a tough Bradford housing estate who was introduced to magic by his great-grandfather, pulled off a stunt guaranteed to baffle the world’s greatest illusionists: he walked on water.
Publ.Date : Thu, 30 Jun 2011 19:39:42 GMT+00:00

Abracadabra! The Great Baldini Brings Some Magic to East Providence - Patch.com
Then The Great Baldini introduced his assistant, Skinny, known to most of us as a skeleton. “Skinny will take us all around the world,” said Baldini. “I hope we have lots of laughs and smiles as we go learn about the world.”
Publ.Date : Thu, 30 Jun 2011 12:34:36 GMT+00:00

She works her magic up close - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Suzanne Sinclair was early in her career as a computer programmer when she took up magic as a hobby. A mentor showed her that magic goes beyond puzzles, brain teasers and optical illusions, which piqued her curiosity. When performing a trick, "You want it to look like magic" even though you know there is no such thing, explained the magician, who goes by Suzanne professionally. "Building up that paradox is thrilling," she said...
Publ.Date : Thu, 30 Jun 2011 22:43:23 GMT+00:00

Is Magician's 'Walk On Water' Genuine?
Dynamo, whose real name is Steve Frayne, apparently took a stroll across the water towards the Houses of Parliament on Saturday night. ...Dynamo started in magic through his grandfather and developed his skills during trips to New Orleans. He wanted to make himself stand out from other magicians, and combined elements of dance and hip-hop culture into his routines.
Publ.Date : Mon, 27 Jun 2011 03:44:09 -0700

Magicians take different approaches to afternoon family shows - Las Vegas Review - Journal
Two magicians right next door to one another -- one new, one relocated -- are as different as can be, given that both turn out to be surprisingly good dancers and do the same bit with the little floating table.
Publ.Date : Fri, 01 Jul 2011 09:14:06 GMT+00:00

Local Society of Young Magicians hones the craft - The Salem News
Magicians are never supposed to reveal their secrets. ...That principle is expressed in the oath they swear before joining the Society of American Magicians, which counts Harry Houdini among its past presidents. "I will not expose the secrets and principles of magic, nor will I support those who do," its members vow....
Publ.Date : Fri, 01 Jul 2011 09:12:04 GMT+00:00

Houdini exhibit at Skirball is magic - SignOnSanDiego.com
“Houdini: Art and Magic,” the illuminating show newly arrived at Los Angeles’ Skirball Cultural Center from the Jewish Museum in New York, demystifies a magician and escape artist so spectacular he has become a cultural icon. A companion exhibit, “Masters of Illusion: Jewish Magicians of the Golden Age” (1875-1948), was created by Skirball curator Erin Clancey to remind us that Houdini was not the only show in town.
Publ.Date : Sun, 03 Jul 2011 07:12:22 GMT+00:00

 

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