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-MagicTimes News Archives Week of October 31-November 6, 2011-

Fire damages Hollywood landmark Magic Castle magician's academy - Republic
The Magic Castle, the spooky headquarters for generations of stage magicians, was closed by a fire Monday that damaged the Hollywood landmark and shut down its Halloween activities, including a seance. The blaze was reported shortly after 12:30 p.m. and took more than an hour to douse. Smoke rose from dormer windows at the height of the blaze. No injuries were reported. There was no immediate word on the extent of damage...
Publ.Date : 2011-11-01T00:05:44Z

Scranton's Houdini group replaces statuary bust of Harry Houdini at gravesite - Scranton Times-Tribune
Today is Houdini Commandos Day, thanks to a group of people from Scranton's Houdini Museum who replaced a statuary bust of magician Harry Houdini at his gravesite in New York City. The bust had been missing for 36 years. The feat was reported by national and international media, including The New York Times and the Canadian Broadcasting Co. "It looks amazing, it looks absolutely amazing," said Dorothy Dietrich, co-founder of the Houdini Museum. "And it's the way Houdini wanted it."...
Publ.Date : 2011-10-31T10:29:41Z

Houdini and Halloween - McCook Daily Gazette
Each year, on Halloween, members of the Professional Magicians' Fraternity conduct a séance in New York City, with the goal of connecting with the spirit of Harry Houdini, who died in 1926. To date, each year they have come away disappointed. Harry Houdini, born Erich Weiss in 1874, is generally regarded as one of the all-time great magicians, world-wide. His career began as an attempt to escape from a life of poverty in the Jewish ghetto of New York City.
Publ.Date : Mon, 31 Oct 2011 19:39:46 GMT

Houdini Relative Unlocks Some Family Secrets -
You'd think if you were a relative of someone as famous as Harry Houdini, you'd know it. But George Hardeen, 59, didn't find out he was Houdini's great-nephew until he was a teenager. His grandfather was Houdini's brother, Theo Hardeen, also an escape artist. At one point, the brothers performed together. Houdini and his wife, Bess, had no children, and when he died — on Halloween, 85 years ago — he willed all of his props to Theo...
Publ.Date : 2011-10-31T14:25:55Z

Magician hopes to help Chapman Center audience fly - Spartanburg Herald-Journal
When Germany-born Martin Lubcke was 7, he dreamed of one day being able to fly. He saw David Copperfield perform the superhuman feat during a televised performance and decided that he, too, would master this technique. “This was the influence for my magic,” Lubcke said. “It was just fantastic to see Copperfield fly through the air.”...
Publ.Date : 2011-10-27T07:56:57Z

Genius Turns iPad Into Amazing Halloween Magic [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO] - YAHOO!
When master magician Simon Pierro gets his hands on an iPad, watch out. Now he's created a special Halloween edition of his unique iPad magic, blending his special brand of prestidigitation with carefully constructed digital wizardry....
Publ.Date : 2011-10-29T17:20:05Z

After fire, Magic Castle hopes to reopen Friday - Los Angeles Times
Magic Castle officials said they hope to reopen Friday after a fire broke out in the attic of the century-old Victorian mansion Monday afternoon, canceling its popular Halloween night event. In a Twitter message, officials of the magic club said they would know more about the situation in the next 48 hours. It also noted that the Irma and Houdini Rooms were untouched by the fire.
Publ.Date : Tue, 01 Nov 2011 17:40:30 GMT

Magician Michael Cantor picks up the tools of the trade - Baltimore Sun
Magician Michael Cantor's studio is a cheerful, open space, on the top floor of a clean white building not far from Television Hill in Woodberry. It's not some sorcerer's cave or spooky, spider-webbed warehouse, but a bright, airy workman's office, with sprightly melodies streaming in from a classical music station and an array of nuts and bolts organized and ready, like brushes for an artist. This is where Cantor makes his magic, whether he's practicing routines or creating props and tricks with wood and metal. Cantor's love of illusion has never stopped growing since he staged his first magic show when he was 13. But only recently has he pulled all his childhood dreams together, as an artificer and an entertainer....
Publ.Date : 2011-11-05T18:16:12Z

'Harold & Kumar' Star and Magician Neil Patrick Harris Says Hollywood's Magic Castle Will Reopen 'Relatively Soon' - Hollywood Reporter
Neil Patrick Harris says that Hollywood's Magic Castle dodged a bullet Monday when a fire broke out at the famed institution, and that the landmark, which is also a performance space and restaurant for magicians, will reopen soon....
Publ.Date : 2011-11-05T08:22:04Z

Magicians share trade secrets at magician's festival in Gujarat - Daily News and Analysis
Magic as an art is not highly appreciated in Gujarat as in other states like Karnataka and West Bengal, rued magicians who had gathered at ‘Sammohanam 2011’- the ongoing National Convention of Magicians....
Publ.Date : 2011-11-04T12:33:47Z

'Another Magical Night at the Venetian' - Corvallis Gazette-Times
The Venetian Theater will be host to a world of impossibilities, where things can disappear and reappear at whim, where the wild flames of fire can be tamed, and where the escape is miraculously done despite the unwielding binds — all performed in “Another Magical Night at the Venetian.”
Publ.Date : 2011-10-28T01:29:13Z

Celebrity magician tells how grandad's tricks saved him from child bullies - Scottish Daily Record
HE IS the fastest-rising star in the world of magic, enthralling huge crowds and the biggest names in showbiz every day. Levitating Hollywood actresses, walking on water and committing vandalism to playing cards and the laws of physics, Dynamo could be the coolest magician to ever step in front of a camera....
Publ.Date : Sat, 05 Nov 2011 11:00:16 GMT

Mount Holly man has passion for art and magic -
John Cennimo Jr. is filled with illusions, but in a good way. For much of his life, the longtime township resident, 47, has pursued his joint loves of art and magic. As Johnny Cee Magician, he performs a few shows most weekends all over the mid-Atlantic region. And as an artist, he uses his love of fishing as motivation for the four or so paintings he creates each year, including a few commissioned pieces....
Publ.Date : 2011-11-06T23:44:18Z

Old-school magician teaches new tricks at Brook Park library
Because of the Harry Potter sensation and the Internet, more youngsters are playing with magic. Old-school magician Bob Durante wants to make sure the new-schoolers don’t miss a trick. Durante, 56, teaches tricks each month at the Brook Park branch library. He does so as an effort by the International Brotherhood of Magicians.
Publ.Date : Sun, 06 Nov 2011 10:24:08 -0800

First look: promotional poster for Jesse Eisenberg's criminal magician flick ... - Up and Comers
Louis Leterrier’s Now You See Me quickly became one of our most anticipated films! Now, thanks to the American Film Market (via, once again, Collider!), we have an official synopsis of the film, as well as the first promotional poster. The film also stars Dave Franco, Melanie Laurent, Isla Fisher, as well as Michael Caine, Mark Ruffalo and Morgan Freeman, and revolves around a group of highly skilled magicians who pull off bank robberies during their performances, ending their shows by showering their audience with the stolen money...
Publ.Date : Sun, 06 Nov 2011 16:59:39 GMT


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