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-MagicTimes News Archives Week of January 27-February 2, 2014-

Magic meets mind games - Mumbai Mirror
You might want to think happy thoughts around magician and mentalist Nicolai Friedrich. He has been using his mind to get what he wants since he was a toddler. If that doesn't work, try wearing aluminium foil on your head. Mumbai audiences are going to be the first to witness his mind games, as part of a four-city tour in association with Ashvin Gidwani...
Publ.Date : 27 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Protecting magic secrets can be tricky proposition
One of China's most popular acts, Lu Chen has performed his magic tricks in the annual gala four times. But he has grown hesitant to return to stage this year because his illusions lack proper legal protection. After each gala, various accounts pop up online purporting to demonstrate how his illusions were performed. "The Spring Festival Gala is my largest challenge, not the content, but the performance itself," Lu told Nanning Evening News at a recent interview.
"People will try to find the flaws in my performance by reviewing the videos frame by frame, which is very terrible and to some extent ruins the mystery that the traditional magic works to attain," he said.
Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jan 2014 21:15:11 -0800

Criss Angel reveals secrets and surprises of 'Magic Jam' debuting - Las Vegas Sun
Despite still being in recovery and rehab from intensive 3-hour-plus shoulder surgery, magician Criss Angel vows that his new show “Magic Jam” will premiere on schedule one week from tonight. “It’s been a dream for many years,” he said. “I promise you that it will be the best of the best from my friends in magic who are the most talented of artists in its different disciplines.” Criss revealed that he, too, will be onstage, but in a limited capacity...
Publ.Date : 29 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Q&A with Tricked Magician Ben Hanlin - World Screen
Ben Hanlin, the host of ITV Studios' Tricked, spoke with TV Real about the universal language of magic and about what sets him apart from other magicians in the field. Trickster Ben Hanlin has been conjuring up mischief with his own unique blend of magic and entertainment. In the series Tricked, produced by ITV Studios for ITV2, he pranks unsuspecting celebrities and members of the public alike, and their reactions are captured on hidden camera. Tricked is distributed as a format and finished show by ITV Studios Global Entertainment...
Publ.Date : 29 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Abhishek Sethi to play a magician in Baal Veer - Times of India
Sources inform that Akshay has been finalized to play the role of a magician with a negative shade. The actor has already started shooting for the role from today and his character will be called Mogambo Gobango. The character is good at stealing expensive jewellery and clothes of Kings and Queens. It's a 10 episode cameo...
Publ.Date : 29 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Actor-magician initiates 'Fightback' for women - Business Standard
P C Sorcar's magician daughter and popular actor Mumtaj Sorcar now dons the activist garb in 'Fightback', an initiative where any lady can be part of to pick up self-defence skills and confidence-booster counseling...
Publ.Date : 29 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Night of magic to benefit Shaler schools - Tribune-Review
The magic show will feature illusionist Dan Kuniak and Dennis Bowman, a ventriloquist and television personality... “Dennis is doing the illusion of sound, and I'm doing the illusion of sight and mind,” Kuniak said of their vaudeville-like show. “It's worth coming just for the bad jokes.” Kuniak and Bowman met while they both were working for a local television station and became friends over their common interest in entertainment. They have teamed up for a variety of benefits.
Publ.Date : 29 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Earl L. Keyser, 70 - Marshalltown Times Republican
Earl L. Keyser, 70, of North Liberty, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at Windmill Manor in Coralville, IA, following a courageous battle with Parkinson's disease... Earl was a wonderful man who loved to spend time with his family. He enjoyed showcasing his skills as an amateur magician, working on puzzles, playing games, watching movies and attending plays. He will be greatly missed!
Publ.Date : 30 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0800

A 'half lady' and optical illusions among new attractions at North - Norfolk Eastern Daily Press
Davenport’s Magic Kingdom at North Walsham opens for the season on April 3 - with a new corridor of optical illusions and an expanded theatre. But the venue is also hosting a range of private functions, from an apprenticeship conference to a wedding reception. Owner Roy Davenport said he was also thrilled that it was now running third out of 270 Norfolk tourist attractions ranked on the TripAdvisor website for visitor ratings...
Publ.Date : 30 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Masters of puppets - Ventura County Reporter
“This (KAX) is a first-of-a-kind event combining every form of family performer in the variety arts: magicians, ventriloquists, balloon twisters, storytellers, clowns, jugglers and more,” says Axtell. “The only thing like it is the mother conference [KIDabra] itself, which meets in Tennessee in August and has for 25 years.”..
Publ.Date : 30 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Liars and swindlers - This is Cornwall
With a combination of elegant classics and cutting edge alternative magic, Champions Of Magic promise that audiences will witness a mastery of card manipulation, death-defying stunts, mind-boggling sleight of hand and spectacular illusions...
Publ.Date : 30 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0800

An evening of illusion in Nevada City - The Union of Grass Valley
Tonight Nevada County native Nick Fedoroff will bring his elegant style of old-school magic with a contemporary spin to the Nevada Theatre. Best known for his seemingly effortless and graceful manipulation of cards and coins, along with an impeccable sense of timing, Fedoroff’s on-stage performances blend comedy and inspiration, to entertain audiences of young adults to those young at heart...
Publ.Date : 31 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Magician Dynamo shoots TV show on UC Berkeley campus
Cal students were invited to participate in the show when Frayne, who goes by the name Dynamo, dazzled them with his magic powers. One student, for example, pictured above, was asked to select from her three textbooks. She picked a thick biology textbook. Frayne then had her select a random page and he quoted a line correctly from the book, according to Albion...
Publ.Date : Fri, 31 Jan 2014 07:01:37 -0800

The Chinese internet is not kind to Spring Festival magician 'Yif' - Shanghaiist
Yif, formerly known as Wang Yifeng, was born in Beijing and grew up in France. He became famous after his 2012 "YIF Art of Magic" documentary video gained more than one hundred million views online. He was also famous for his unique magic tricks and his charming appearances. However, in last night's performance, something wasn't quite right. "It doesn't have to play in slow motion," some internet users said, after spotting Yif's poorly-hidden bread tube (about 37 seconds into the video). Apparently the pipe should have been cropped out of the shot, but instead hit the camera front-and-center...
Publ.Date : 31 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Magician Paul Daniels is packing up his box of tricks - Derby Telegraph
MAGICIAN Paul Daniels is packing up his box of tricks for what could be the very last time -- well, possibly one of very many last times -- in a "first farewell" tour which brings him to Derby tonight. Paul says he will retire at some point and jokes: "It is a fairly simple process but one that has avoided me so far...
Publ.Date : 31 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Notes about Spiritualism and séances -
Spiritualism, a religion based on communicating with the dead, became a fad in the 19th century. In 1848, Kate and Margaret Fox of Hydesville, New York, declared they had made contact with a spirit. They recanted, then recanted that they later recanted, then recanted the recantation, and their books are still in print...
Publ.Date : 1 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Magician Amey Vinaykumar Sarang creates fastest handcuff escape - ANINEWS
Renowned magician Amey Vinaykumar Sarang performed thrilling illusion acts and created records in the presence of the team of Limca Book of Records at a press club in Mumbai. Sarang performed the jaw dropping act of opening his hands handcuffed behind the back in mere 2.65 seconds, creating a world record...
Publ.Date : 1 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Michael's magic marathon - Arbroath Herald
An Arbroath magician is hoping to conjure up some serious cash with a magical marathon in association with the Relay For Life. Well-known local illusionist, sleight-of-hand master and magician Michael Brandie is in the middle of organising a marathon event of 12 45 minute magic shows in the space of 12 hours...
Publ.Date : 1 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Code word - Hocus Pocus! - Manoramaonline
The Academy of Magical Sciences, is all set to popularise the science behind Indian magic, particularly among children. The academy also hopes to strengthen R & D activities in the field as well. The formal annoucement of the Academy's projects would be taking place at Thiruvanathapuram on February 10. The core project of the Academy would be to establish the world's first 'magic mansion' in Kerala's capital city. Award-winning magician Prince Sil would be performing the bullet-catching act on the same day.
Publ.Date : 1 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800

NAU grad Eric Buss brings his unique brand of comedy to campus - Arizona Daily Sun
Meet Eric Buss, AKA the “Comedy Imaginator,” defined as a clever and funny comedy magician who imagines crazy concepts, illusions and inventions, turns them into reality, and performs them for an audience with hilarious and mind-blowing results...
Publ.Date : 2 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800



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