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-MagicTimes News Archives Week of February 3-9, 2014-

Magician Ricky Jay profiled in film at Academy of Music in Northampton
What do you think distinguishes Jay from his contemporaries and why?: Many magicians care about the history of their tradition, but few have dedicated themselves so obsessively to research and disseminate information about that history. Also, Ricky is unusual in the magic world for his wide range of interests and achievements; in addition to being a magician, he is an actor--everything from HBO's "Deadwood" to the modern classic "Boogie NIghts," directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, an acclaimed author and a collector of rare antiquarian books and ephemera....
Publ.Date : Sat, 03 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Magician Workshop For Children To Be Held In Glastonbury
Ever want to pull a rabbit out of a hat or quarter from someone's ear? The parks and recreation department will hold a magical workshop Tuesday. "The Wizard's School of Magic" is open to children 5-10-years-old. The children will learn five magic tricks from Tom O'Brien, a full-time professional magician who has appeared on the Fox CT Morning Show.
Publ.Date : Mon, 03 Feb 2014 08:47:38 -0800

'Wonderground' variety show offers gamut of performers - Las Vegas Review-Journal
It happens every third Thursday of the month. A room inside The Olive, a Mediterranean restaurant at 3850 E. Sunset Road, is transformed into a dimly lit chamber filled with belly dancers, magicians, tarot readers, painters, musicians and the smell of hookah. For $10, people are transported to the magical world of Jeff McBride’s “Wonderground.” It’s a place where artists engage in color therapy, magicians interact with audience members and local and international performers show off their talents. “It’s like Magic Castle in Hollywood meets Burning Man,” McBride said. “Every show is unique and features different artists from the Strip.”..
Publ.Date : 4 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800

A Reality Show About Magicians, Because Why the Hell Not - Wired
Rick Lax is a close-up magician; yes, for real. About a year and a half ago, he put together a homemade reality TV pilot called Wizard Wars, in which a bunch of Las Vegas illusionists faced off a la Chopped to see who could invent the best new trick. I interviewed Lax about it at the time, and during the conversation we joked that the ball was now in Syfy’s court. Obviously, that would probably never happen. Obviously, we were wrong....
Publ.Date : 4 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Melfort magician to perform at Telemiracle - Melfort Journal
Every year Saskatchewan performers take the stage at Telemiracle. This year Melfort magician Magic Jay has been chosen as a performer for Telemiracle 38 in Regina on March 2 and 3. Magic Jay (Jason Lamoureux) is looking forward to the experience.
“This will be huge for me. I was researching in the area and nobody had performed something like this on television,” Jay said. Magic Jay considers the act he has developed to be a sequel to his blind drive that was performed for the grand opening of the new Melody Motors location...
Publ.Date : 4 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Awarding winning magician performs at TownMall - Carroll County Times
Hampstead based magician Dave Thomen will bring his whole bag of tricks, including a bunny, to the TownMall of Westminster, where he will put on a free performance...
Publ.Date : 4 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Masters of magic and illusion to appear in Stamford - Ct Post
When asked to name one of his signature tricks, Farrell Dillon was quick with his response. "I do a straight-jacket escape while surfing," he said. Given that such a feat is accomplished indoors, on stage, it begged for more details. "You'll have to come to the show to see," he said, during a recent telephone interview...
Publ.Date : 4 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800

'Magic Man' is a real card at Culpeper County Courthouse - The Free Lance
Nate “Junior” Jasper who turned 65 last week, is one of the most likable and community-minded men in Culpeper. His magic act is now his trademark, but for almost three decades he entertained thousands with an annual Halloween haunted house he put on at his home at his own expense. Known to many as “The Magic Man,” Jasper’s primary duty at the courthouse is to wave the electronic security “wand” over and around those who cause the walk-through metal detector to buzz...
Publ.Date : Thu, 06 Feb 2014 08:57:00 -0800

Laughter is the best medicine: Redneck magician moonlighting as Naples anesthesiologist
Next week, Brooks -- yes, it’s actually the doctor under all that country boy attire, even though the differences between the real guy and the character couldn’t be more pronounced — will be the opening act at Comedy Two Nite, a combination magic and stand-up show... “If I can make audiences laugh as well as amaze them, then I’m happy,” Brooks said. “But with this show, I also want to make them uncomfortable.”
Publ.Date : Thu, 06 Feb 2014 08:57:00 -0800

Asheville magic shows support disabilities nonprofit - Asheville Citizen-Times
Making disabilities disappear will be just one of the tricks that performers will do at “Magic, Mirth & Meaning” on Saturday. A half dozen magicians, musicians and other artists abled and disabled will perform during the show. The 90-minute, family-friendly event is being put on by The Vanishing Wheelchair, a nonprofit organization created to help performers move past disabilities toward opportunities...
Publ.Date : 6 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Magician to give lecture - Shoreham Herald
PUNCH and Judy will be part of an illustrated lecture at Steyning Decorative and Fine Arts Society. Bertie Pearce, a magician and lecturer in Victorian pastimes, will give an illustrated talk on The Punch and Judy Show, exploring it as a subversive symbol from Commedia dell’Arte to the present day...
Publ.Date : 6 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Bring some magic to complete circle - Carmarthen Journal
Magician Nick Brunger, who also runs the award-winning Creepy Carmarthen -- The Spooky Town Tour, is hoping to start the town's first ever magic circle, for magician's in the area to practice their hobby and share tips and tricks....
Publ.Date : 6 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Algebra-cadabra! Here's a classic magic trick, and the mathematical secret behind it
You only need a cursory familiarity with the work of magicians like Derren Brown and David Blaine to realise that at the heart of many illusions lies a piece of rock-solid mathematics. Sometimes tricks require fooling people with probability, as Brown expertly did in The System, his classic show about predicting the results of horse races. And sometimes it relies on genuinely surprising and clever theory. The literature on mathematical magic overwhelmingly concerns tricks using playing cards. Irishman Colm Mulcahy is a legendary cardsmith in the mathe-magical community, and his lovely new book Mathematical Card Magic is jammed with entertaining and thought-provoking tricks...
Publ.Date : Thu, 06 Feb 2014 17:16:16 -0800

Magician reveals plan to make Ilfracombe's Verity statue vanish
A MAGICIAN plans to make a famous Ilfracombe statue disappear. Inspired by footage of American magician David Copperfield, who made the Statue of Liberty “disappear”, Ben Ratcliff is planning a similar stunt with Damien Hirst’s Verity. Ben said the idea had been at the back of his mind for a while and was the result of hearing so many different opinions about the statue. “It’s thought-provoking because some people say they hate it, but why?” he said.
Publ.Date : Wed, 05 Feb 2014 22:30:36 -0800

'That's Magic!', Paul Daniels visits Huddersfield - but who is this - Huddersfield Examiner
Paul Daniels steamed into Huddersfield Railway Station this afternoon to perform some of his trademark tricks. The TV magician was in Huddersfield as part of the 10th anniversary celebrations for First TransPennine Express. Daniels, who sprang to fame with the The Paul Daniels Magic Show in 1979, has been a hit on our screens for more than 30 years- most recently appearing as a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing and on All Star Mr & Mrs with his wife Debbie McGee...
Publ.Date : 6 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Paul Daniels entertains train passengers with magic tricks on their -
Commuters were stunned when magician Paul Daniels started doing card tricks on their train. Travellers on the Leeds train from Manchester Piccadilly were treated to close-up conjuring in a stunt celebrating the 10th year of First TransPennine Express. Daniels, 75, said: “As a magician I know there is nothing better than seeing the reaction on the faces of the people I perform for. “It was great fun to surprise First TransPennine travellers today with some magic - it was fantastic to see the delight and astonishment on their faces.”
Publ.Date : 6 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Beth Einhorn on Being the Only Woman Writer for - Huffington Post
DP: What's your favorite Tonight Show piece that you created?: BE: My favorite was one I created and directed called "Magic Clerk." I went to the Magic Castle one night to see a friend perform, a magician named John Carney. On the way home I thought, Wouldn't it be fun to go into a convenience store and have the guy behind the counter be a magician without the customers knowing he's a magician? So I pitched it and we hired a magician and it became one of the most successful ongoing segments on The Tonight Show. In the past month when they showed some favorite pieces from the past 22 years, I was happy that Magic Clerk was one of Jay's favorites....
Publ.Date : 7 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Mark Hinson column: Even 50 years later, The Beatles are still a - Tallahassee Democrat
Let us pause for a moment in the memory of Dutch illusionist and magician Fred Kaps. What? You have never heard of Kaps? Kaps (1926-1980) made his debut on American television on Feb. 9, 1964. He performed his act on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” the most popular TV program in the United States at the time....
Publ.Date : 7 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Magician Paul Daniels wows audience at Burnham-On-Sea theatre - Burnham-On-Sea
Legendary TV magician Paul Daniels and his wife Debbie McGee performed in front of a sell-out audience in Burnham-On-Sea on Friday night (February 8th). The well-known duo took to the stage at Burnham’s Princess Theatre as part of their national tour....
Publ.Date : 7 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Spencer comes to Spencer - Spencer Daily Reporter
They will all be visited by special guest performer Kevin Spencer, a magician who uses magic tricks as a type of therapy for persons with special needs and in rehabilitation. The artist's visit to Spencer Feb. 9 and 10 was made possible by the city of Spencer's relationship and partnership with the University of Iowa's Hancher Auditorium...
Publ.Date : 7 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800

"The American Museum of Magic on Stage!" Magic Show - Battle Creek Enquirer
The American Museum of Magic - On Stage! - Marshall's own world-famous museum is honored by the local magicians who exchange secrets there each month. Join us for a fun-filled historical tour of the world of magic, through the eyes and talents of the members of Neil Foster Ring 89 of the International Brotherhood of Magicians...
Publ.Date : 7 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800

FIVE MINUTES WITH: Blackwood magician and Take Me Out star - South Wales Argus
What item could you not live without?: Being a magician (Jase the ace) I could not live without a deck of cards....
Publ.Date : 7 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800

TNJN Spotlight: Amateur magician and juggler volunteer talents - Tennessee Journalist
The art of performing magic is one that communicates to people of all ages. Two young performers strive to put wonder back into the people of Knoxville by performing magic and juggling at any event that can.
Publ.Date : 8 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800


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