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-MagicTimes News Archives Week of February 10-16, 2014-

He has more than a few tricks up his sleeve
Not only does William J. Schmeelk know the tricks of the trade. “My trade is tricks,” he is fond of saying. The owner of Wellington Enterprises, Schmeelk, 63, has spent spent nearly four decades designing and building large-scale illusions for many of the world’s most famous magicians like David Copperfield and Criss Angel as well as commercials and theatrical shows.
Publ.Date : 24 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Troy: E4's brand new magician on why he's not the new Dynamo - Digital Spy UK
When Troy came into the Digital Spy office and displayed my debit card PIN code to the office via the medium of playing cards, we knew he wasn't messing around. Once I'd just about recovered, I chatted to Troy about his brand new E4 series, so read on to find out why he's not the new Dynamo, which magician is his idol, what kind of tricks you can expect in his show, and why he's not interested in tricking celebrities right now...
Publ.Date : 11 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Biting the bullet, Prince Sil style - The Hindu
The ‘Bullet Catch’ is often described as the most dangerous illusions in magic lore and this trick was performed live at the Gandhi Park by Prince Sil who has earned the distinction of being the only Asian magician capable of ‘catching the bullet’. The tempo leading up to the performance was set by his daughter Roshini whose ominous introduction mentioned the deaths of 19 magicians who failed to defy the bullet...
Publ.Date : 11 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Magician turns badge on Arsenal fan's shirt into a Spurs crest, Arsenal fan can't bear to wear it
Magician and apparent MC Hammer admirer Troy has his own TV show in which he unleashes his tricks and illusions on the public. In this clip, Troy visits an Arsenal pub prior to the north London derby and ruins one fan's day.
Publ.Date : Wed, 12 Feb 2014 11:10:24 -0800

Martin Gardner: The Most Interesting Man in the World - The Millions
You may think that the most interesting man in the world has a scraggly gray beard, drinks Mexican beer, and hangs out with women half his age. But you’re dead wrong. I discovered the real deal, the authentic most interesting man in the world, on the shelves on my local public library when I was a freshman in high school. His name was Martin Gardner...
Publ.Date : 12 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Video: David Acer always has a new trick up his sleeve - Montreal Gazette
In keeping with the spirit of Sochi, David Acer, ace close-up magician/standup comic, is demonstrating his Olympic card trick. It entails no skates or snowboards or moguls. It does entail, however, mittens as well as a deck of cards.
Publ.Date : 12 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Local magician booked on Ellen DeGeneres Show for September -
Do you believe in magic? You just might after watching one of T.J. Hill’s performances. In September, Hill will appear on a national stage as he was booked to perform on The Ellen DeGeneres Show...
Publ.Date : 12 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Magic man finds fame in Vegas -
Magician Paul Dabek will present a one-man show in Chester next week, after wowing audiences on the world famous Las Vegas strip. During his time out in the entertainment capital Paul also performed with the legendary magic duo Penn & Teller at a private party for Las Vegas entrepreneur Tony Hshai.
Publ.Date : 12 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Masters of Illusion entertain at Harrah's - Shore News Today
The Masters of Illusion show has been a hit on TV and now they are taking it on the road for you to enjoy right up front and as close as possible. Unfortunately, the show booked in the concert Venue in Harrah’s on Thursday evenings only. The next show is Feb. 20 featuring Gossamer and Alonzo then Turco, Pendragon on Feb. 27. The good news is the shows start at 8 p.m., early enough if you want to make it a family night...
Publ.Date : 13 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Criss Angel's 'Magicjam' fills in nicely for the duration - Las Vegas Review-Journal
But as compromises go, more of this one lands on the half-full side. The guests give you a broad overview of stage magic and lighten up the goth-rock blustering of “Believe” at full dosage. And the illusions that carry over include some of Angel’s best and most original. You get a lot of the highlights without a lot of clutter...
Publ.Date : 13 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Dynamo tweets poster for Bradford Magic Circle's show - Bradford Telegraph and Argus
Watch out Dynamo – there’s a hot new illusionist on the scene and, despite being only eight years old, she’s already becoming a veteran of magic shows. Deanna Gore, of Queensbury, started performing magic tricks at the age of two and wows audiences with illusions such as escapology and being sawn in half...
Publ.Date : 13 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Magician David Blaine meets Toronto Mayor Rob Ford
Blaine - clearly a master magician - managed to enter and leave the mayor's office through the back door, avoiding media gathered out front. "David Blaine was amazing," Ford said after the private show for a collection of mayor's office staffers, councillors and the city's top bureaucrats. Ford's staff did show off a bent quarter and a playing card - the five of hearts - as evidence of Blaine's appearance.
Publ.Date : Fri, 14 Feb 2014 14:49:11 -0800

Magician David Blaine meets Rob Ford, upstaging candidate David Soknacki
Meanwhile, well over a dozen journalists, plus TV cameras and photographers, were camped outside Mayor Rob Ford’s office waiting for famed magician David Blaine to appear...
Publ.Date : Fri, 14 Feb 2014 18:44:43 -0800

Clowning with Avner at Super Saturday - Tryon Daily Bulletin
He calls himself “Avner the Eccentric.” He is an American vaudeville performer – a clown, a mime, a juggler, slight-of-hand magician, international stage and film actor, and he has been called “a clown for the thinking man and the most exacting child.”
Publ.Date : 14 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Theater Review: 'Criss Angel MAGICjam' -
Criss Angel MAGICjam is not Criss Angel BeLIEve. Yet it never pretended to be. The limited-engagement show, which began its two-month run at Luxor Hotel and Casino last Tuesday, is an entirely different experience - the best variety show in Las Vegas...
Publ.Date : 14 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Dynamo says he tests out his tricks on his NAN!
The award-winning magician has baffled some of the biggest names in showbiz – he’s done card tricks with Harry and Liam from One Direction, tricked Will Smith and he made the cool Pharrell Williams lose his cool by correctly calling out his bank details. But in his bid to stay one step ahead of the game, he revealed to us that he actually tests out his tricks on his nan! Yes. HIS NAN!
Publ.Date : Fri, 14 Feb 2014 11:12:40 -0800

Magician to take a 'leap of magic' at Many Lights Theatre - Canton Daily Ledger
An awe-inspiring, thought-provoking, fun experience of mystery and wonder" -- that is what audiences can expect from "Mitch Williams: A Leap of Magic," which will be held at Many Lights Theatre next weekend. And that's according to Williams himself. In addition to having fun and being entertained, Williams said he hopes to inspire audience members to take a leap of magic, which he likens to a leap of faith, and find that something more is possible.
Publ.Date : 14 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Jonathan Creek series 5 unveils first trailer - Digital Spy UK
Alan Davies will resume his role as the magician's-assistant-turned-crime-solving-sleuth when the program returns to screens in the coming weeks, with Sarah Alexander starring as Creek's wife Polly.
Publ.Date : 14 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Magic as therapy: Professional magician delights physical therapy students
When professional magician Kevin Spencer suffered head and spinal cord industries in a near-fatal car accident, he wondered if he would ever be able to perform again. Months of physical therapy showed him how hard it was to stay motivated to keep working to heal.
Publ.Date : Sat, 15 Feb 2014 06:10:33 -0800


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