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-MagicTimes News Archives Week of April 29-May 5, 2013-
Stephen Bargatze receiving his Guest Of Honor plaque from Obie O'BrienJoe Tyler Gold and Tammy Caplan autographing posters at the New York City opening of their movie "Desperate Acts of Magic." The movie opened on May 3 at the Quad Cinema where it will run for a week before having its Los Angeles premiere. (5/4/13: A MagicTimes photo).

"Impossibly excited" Watershed organisers launch search for-Culture24
An individual with an "artistic temperament", an "affinity for geek" and the ability to "pull robotic rabbits out of hats" and "conjure circuits" is being pursued by organisers in Bristol, where an arts centre is keen to employ a magician, artist, illusionist or designer for a Magician in Residence position.
Publ.Date : 29 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0700

Britain's Got Talent 2013: Silent mentalist Aaron wants to throw knife at Simon Cowell
Daredevil magician Aaron Crow is set to perform his most dangerous stunt yet – throwing a knife at Simon Cowell’s head, the Sunday People can reveal. Last night viewers saw the Britain’s Got Talent hopeful slice a pineapple balanced on terrified host Ant McPartlin’s head while BLINDFOLDED.
Publ.Date : Tue, 30 Apr 2013 16:25:34 -0700

Patent trolling even pissed off a magician back in 1903 - Death and Taxes
British magician Nevil Maskelyne was no stranger to this world. His father, John Nevil Maskelyne, was a magician, and his son, Jasper Maskelyne, would take up the family business and use his skills in creating illusions for the Allies in World War II. Nevil, however, was also a competitor of Gugliemo Marconi in the field of secure wireless telegraphy technology. It was in this competitive atmosphere that one of the world’s first hacks occurred.
Publ.Date : 30 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0700

Magician presents anti-bullying message - Wisconsin Dells Events
Magician Rick Allen, whose real name is Richard Alswager, is from Milwaukee and during the height of his business did 40 to 50 magic shows a year for young children. Now he does about 10 to 12 a year, but he sees a growing demand from schools for finding ways to educate youngsters about bullying...
Publ.Date : 30 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0700

Street magician back to work again - Tuoitrenews
Performing street magic is challenging work for many illusionists. However for Petey Nguyen, a street magician of Vietnamese ancestry, it is a passion and a way to communicate with the world. After watching people do card tricks on a website, Petey decided to study magic. He joined a magic club and shared his experiences with his friends, who also have a passion for magic. Day by day, Petey realized that he had fallen in love with the art...
Publ.Date : 01 May 2013 00:00:00 -0700

Glenview magician loves making kids smile - Glenview Announcements
Randy Bernstein saw his first magic show at a Cub Scout Blue and Gold event when he was seven years old. It was an experience that would lead Bernstein to a love of magic, entertainment and comedy, and to a 25-year career as a magician.
Publ.Date : 01 May 2013 00:00:00 -0700

'Deceptive Practice' review: Magician Ricky Jay talks mentors, card -Examiner.com
Actor, author, historian and – most notably – magician Ricky Jay has had plenty of people watch his game during his 60 years of performing card tricks and magic acts. And the subject of the new documentary Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay, opening May 3 in Atlanta, has made fools of plenty of skeptics along the way with his riveting live performances...
Publ.Date : Thu, 02 May 2013 00:00:00 -0700

He's on fire!
Piff The Magic Dragon has been named stage magician of the year by The Magic Circle. The honour means Piff’s alter ego, John van der Put, has becomes only the second member of the society to have ever won both that competition, and the close-up magician of the year title. The comedy magician scooped the title and Ł1,000 prize at the Magic Circle’s London headquarters, where he was assisted by Mr Piffles, ‘the world’s first card trick performing Chihuahua.
Publ.Date : Thu, 02 May 2013 08:01:54 -0700

'Desperate Acts of Magic,' Directed by Joe Tyler Gold - New York Times
Ms. Dillman is a flinty pleasure; Sascha Alexander is appealing as a ditz Jason brings into his act; and Jonathan Levit does nice work as Jason’s best friend. The story has a few convolutions too many, but a generous sprinkling of tricks and illusions will appeal to fans of magic...
Publ.Date : 02 May 2013 00:00:00 -0700

Film Review: Desperate Acts of Magic
Joe Tyler Gold, who wrote and co-directed Desperate Acts of Magic with Tammy Caplan, is himself a former birthday-party magician, and this slight yet quite endearing film benefits from the scruffily observed authenticity he brings to it, as well as a nicely dry sense of humor and full awareness of the absurdity of both his premise and profession.
Publ.Date : Fri, 03 May 2013 15:23:30 -0700

Leaders speaker says desired skills take practice, hard work
Michael Brandwein can still remember the first time he saw a magician: He was 4 years old, and the experience left quite an impression on him. “The magician did something that changed my life,” said Brandwein, swinging a handkerchief like a lasso and creating a knot, demonstrating the magic trick the magician performed. “He got me interested in studying process.” Immersing himself in the study of magic and trying to simply make magic happen, Brandwein said his parents became worried about him.
Publ.Date : Fri, 03 May 2013 02:01:00 -0700

Magician's headline prediction eerily close to Boston bombing case
If you foresee something, say something: Did a local magician/mentalist predict the terrorist bombings in Boston? In a fundraising stunt on April 6 at Big Guy's Magic Shop in Pewaukee, Paul Kastle wrote down what he thought the front page headline would be in the April 20 Journal Sentinel... On April 23, everyone gathered at the shop again and the cans were fished from the cake and opened. Vrakas read aloud Kastle's headline prediction: "Got them. Suspects in custody."
Publ.Date : Sat, 04 May 2013 16:43:55 -0700

 

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