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-MagicTimes News Archives Week of October 29-November 4, 2012-

Adelaide Festival Centre's THE ILLUSIONISTS Kicks Off 2013 on ... Broadway World
With some of the world’s hottest magicians appearing in The Illusionists on the Festival Theatre stage, two additional Illusionists have been added to the line-up when this spectacular show opens on New Year’s Eve, 31 December 2012 and running until 12 January 2013...
Publ.Date : Mon, 29 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0700

Lifelong love still a kind of magic for David
David Taylor doesn't miss a trick. The walls of his basement are lined with boxes featuring titles such as Devil's Toothpicks, Ghost Cards, Exploding Toilet Seat, Secret Agent Ink, Whoopee Cushions, Magic Soot and Houdini's Escape Trick. The 65-year-old was recently presented with a life achievement award by Magic New Zealand (MNZ) for his contribution to the magic arts.
Publ.Date : Mon, 29 Oct 2012 09:37:07 -0700

Neil Patrick Harris Has Magic to Do, Directing Nothing to Hide in LA -
Neil Patrick Harris, a fan of magic since his childhood, will direct Nothing to Hide, a unique theatrical event to feature sleight-of-hand artists Derek DelGaudio (2011 Close-Up Magician of the Year) and Helder Guimarăes (2011 Parlour Magician of the Year). Geffen Playhouse will present the engagement, opening Nov. 27 in Los Angeles.
Publ.Date : 30 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0700

Tricks become treats in local magic industry - Tri Parish Times
Glen Ghirardi is in the business of illusions. As a professional, nationally known magician, the Morgan City native and resident said participants in his trade are more common in other parts of the country than Louisiana’s Tri-parish region. New Jersey and Nevada, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), have the highest concentrations of professional magicians because of Atlantic City and Las Vegas. “I’m not really sure why it is not more popular around here,” Ghirardi said....
Publ.Date : 30 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0700

Houdini remembered through Fort Worth man's collection - WFAA
He died 86 years ago on October 31, but there is still a fascination with harry Houdini and his work. The magician ordered everything destroyed when he died, but that did not happen. Now, a Fort Worth man has rooms full of memorabilia. More than 4,500 items that were used, related and owned by the great magician harry Houdini. Arthur Moses’ fascination started after reading a book in 7th grade.
Publ.Date : 31 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0700

Harry Houdini Grave Sparks Fight Among Museum, Cemetery And... - Huffington Post
The magicians turned to the museum because their society has frayed relations with Machpelah's management. Resentments linger over a 1996 New York Times article that reported magicians had accused the cemetery's operator of selling pieces from the graves of Houdini's siblings. Machpelah's manager, David Jacobson, said the magicians are publicity seekers who have ignored vandalism that occurred around their "broken wand" ritual previously held each Halloween...
Publ.Date : 31 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0700

Rosyth magician breaks world record - Dunferline Press
Kevin McMahon has become a world record breaker! Kevin, formerly of Kings Road, helped break the world record for the biggest ever magic lesson in Edinburgh, on Saturday. He said, "I'm delighted to say that we smashed the Guiness World Record for the biggest ever magic lesson on Saturday at Fettes College in Edinburgh....
Publ.Date : 31 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0700

Magicians reveal a few secrets at special event - Coldwater Daily Reporter
Tom Craven, a magician who has performed for 38 years, demonstrated his expertise for an audience eager to soak up his secrets. Keynote speaker Joshua Jay began his lecture by explaining a “MacGuffin,” an item that catches the audience’s attention and drives the plot of the trick....
Publ.Date : 31 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0700

Ricky Jay: Sleight of hand, abundant of secrets
Ricky Jay is speaking in conjunction with the Folger’s exhibition “Very Like a Whale,” an historical exploration of misleading appearances and transformations. He is a voracious collector of rare books on magic and loaned about a half-dozen items from his personal collection to the exhibition.
Publ.Date : Thu, 01 Nov 2012 12:05:59 -0700

Meet The World's Top Mentalist - A Rock Star Of Modern Witchcraft - Worldcrunch
If we had been sitting on a stage instead of his home, I’d have had to block my credit card – because mentalist Christoph Kuch just told me what my PIN number is - and that it’s a MasterCard. All he had asked me to do was to think about the number as I answered questions about whether I preferred red or white wine, Porsche or Ferrari, guinea pigs or cats. How does he do it?..
Publ.Date : Thu, 01 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0700

Buskers prize disappears into magician's pocket - Clarence Valley Daily Examiner
This year Clarence Valley Council put up $1500 in prizemoney for the Jacaranda Buskers Competition. The competition ran two categories, one for street performers and the other for musical acts. Sam King took out the street performers' category with his comedy magician act and was pleasantly surprised to find he had been a success.
Publ.Date : Thu, 01 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0700

Good behavior earns students some hocus pocus -
Bill Schulert planned on lighting a candle, but instead the pages of a book he was holding burst into flames. And he laughed in the face of bad luck by opening an umbrella indoors only to find it had nothing but colored scarves hanging from the spines. It was all magic to youngsters at Memorial Elementary 1-2 Campus Tuesday who celebrated their good behavior and the Halloween season with a show by Baffling Bill the Magician....
Publ.Date : Thu, 01 Nov 2012 12:05:59 -0700

Magician amazes students with illusion, humor - SC Update
Magician Dennis Watkins amazed audiences at Richardson Auditorium on Nov. 1. With a combination of humor, fast talking and illusion, Watkins successfully produced a show that left audiences laughing and stunned.
Publ.Date : 2 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0700

Magician entertains evacuees in aftermath of storm - Shore News Today
Charles Barber gave about 50 people at the emergency shelter an hour-long magic show Tuesday. He said that after sitting at home and doing a little cleaning, he decided to go to the shelter and see if they were interested....
Publ.Date : 2 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0700

Magician pulls through sextuple bypass - The Dominion Post
Last year 73-year-old Wellington magician Michael Woolf was lying on a table with his life on a knife edge, and it was no illusion. After pulling through a six-way heart bypass, Mr Woolf was awarded with a lifetime achievement award in magic at the 31st New Zealand International Magician Convention in Christchurch at Labour Weekend...
Publ.Date : 2 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0700

Magic fest, convention ready to cast its spell on Daytona Beach - Daytona Beach News-Journal
Take a pinch of the world's most famous beach and mix it with 15 of the best performers from around the world, and abracadabra! You've got this weekend's Daytona Beach Festival of Magic and Florida State Magic Convention presented by Daytona Magic...
Publ.Date : 2 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0700


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