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-MagicTimes News Archives Week of January 23-29, 2012-

Harry Houdini in south Wales - BBC News
When legendary magician and escape artiste Harry Houdini visited Newport in 1905, he was already a star on both sides of the Atlantic. Welsh audiences in 1905, 1913 and 1914 were treated to his usual programme of well-known feats, including the water torture cell, jail-breaking and an array of miraculous escapes. He even accepted challenges from the locals, most notably a group of Newport joiners who built a series of wooden casks from which he would escape. According to contemporary newspaper reports, he complained on only one occasion, during a performance at the Newport Lyceum on 18 April 1905: "They had omitted to provide air holes, and as Houdini, who has his share of humour, quietly remarked that he needed air sometimes, there was little delay while the holes were made."..
Publ.Date : 2012-01-23T11:20:23Z

Exclusive photo: Roy Horn rides horseback for rehabilitation program - Las Vegas Sun
Here’s the first photo of Magicians of the Impossible Siegfried & Roy riding their new horses, which have become an integral part of Roy Horn’s physical rehabilitation program -- and Roy is certainly proving that he is the master of the impossible!
Publ.Date : Mon, 23 Jan 2012 22:17:50 GMT

Magician takes show to Edinburgh Fringe - Gazette & Herald
Chris Cassells’ show, From Houdini To Potter, takes a look at the driving forces behind some of the nations most recognisable magicians both real and fictional. The 25-year-old, who works as a biology tutor at the Cranedale Environmental Centre in Kirby Grindalythe, near Malton, and lives in the village, said he has been interested in magic ever since his great gran bought him a magic set for Christmas when he was seven.
Publ.Date : Tue, 24 Jan 2012 09:36:55 GMT

Watch: David Blaine catches a bullet in his mouth for new TLC special - HitFix
David Blaine is technically a magician, but mostly he seems to like trying to get himself killed. Whether it's burying himself alive, sticking himself into a block of ice, or his latest trick of catching a bullet in his mouth, he appears to be more interested in proving he can survive insane feats of endurance than conning us into believing he can float (though he does that, too)...
Publ.Date : 2012-01-25T19:24:47Z

Magicians gather at Downtown convention - Columbus Dispatch
Opening today and running through Saturday at the Columbus Renaissance hotel, MAGI-FEST is more than magic acts. More than 600 magicians and magic enthusiasts are expected to attend lectures, workshops and a “dealer room,” which the festival describes as a “magic shop on steroids.”...
Publ.Date : Thu, 26 Jan 2012 10:07:53 GMT

Children share their pasts, their hopes for the future at Wine Festival kids' day - Naples Daily News
The festival has raised a total of $94.5 million so far for the Naples Children and Education Foundation, which distributes it to the charities. The theme of this year's festival is "Believe in the Magic." Each child wore a shirt that said: "Believe in the magic. Believe in me."
Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Jan 2012 00:20:16 GMT

Pendle magician "Mr Magic" dies
POPULAR Pendle magician Mr Raymond Smith - better known as Mr Magic - has died aged 86. In the Sixties, he became highly-skilled and a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Paul Daniels and Ken Dodd. He performed his magic many times on stage at Bethel – his magical interludes were a popular part of many Bethel pantomimes.
Publ.Date : Fri, 27 Jan 2012 12:22:36 -0800

Spell-binding end to search for magician's apprentice - New Straits Times
The month-long search for top talent in the art of magic and mentalism ended with a bang at the grand finale of "The Great Magician's Apprentice Search" at Pavillion Kuala Lumpur recently....
Publ.Date : 2012-01-29T14:26:33Z

Martin Scorsese on "Hugo": A very personal film - CBS News
One inspiration, and the subject of "Hugo," is the pioneering film-maker George Melies. "Melies actually was a magician," said Scorsese. "And so he understood the possibilities of the motion picture camera." "Hugo" is a tribute to Melies. In the film, Scorsese shows us just how the old magician worked his tricks. Melies, who directed more than 500 films between 1896 and 1913, was the inventor of special effects. "He invented everything, basically, he invented it all," Scorsese said. "And when you see these colored images moving, the way he composed these frames and what he did with the action, it's like looking at illuminated manuscripts moving." But by the end of World War I, Melies was a forgotten man - reduced to selling wind-up toys in a Paris train station....
Publ.Date : 2012-01-29T21:21:44Z

Hickory magician moving to the big time - Charlotte Observer
It's been 10 years since I met Sammy Cortino. He was 13 at the time. Neither before nor since have I met a young person so sure of the path his life would take. In 2002, I interviewed Cortino at his Hickory home - in his bedroom actually, which looked partly like a magician's rehearsal hall and partly like an illusionist's storeroom.
Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Jan 2012 05:23:09 GMT

Homegrown magician returns - Sun.Star
Kent Oliver was awarded as the country's top street magician and cited as one of the 13 Young Achievers' Award in the Philippines in December 2007. After winning several magic competitions, he performed across the world where he honed his skills as an illusionist. He is the Philippine's most active and the most widely traveled performer of magic and illusions. He has performed in Iran, Dubai, Spain, La Valleta Malta, France, Rome, Germany, Italy, Greece, Civitavecchia, Hongkong, China, India, United Kingdom London, Taiwan, Japan, Quatar, Turkey, Egypt and Brazil.
Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Jan 2012 15:41:23 GMT

Sun girl tries Myleene magic act - The Sun
The BBC1 hit — the first live magic TV show in 30 years — pulled in 5.2million viewers, beating ITV1 rival Take Me Out. To prove there was no trickery involved, I agreed to recreate Myleene's stunts. World Champion magician Latimer was my instructor.
Publ.Date : 2012-01-30T02:08:04Z


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