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-MagicTimes News Archives Week of April 28-May 4, 2014-
Shawn Farquhar receiving his Guest Of Honor plaque from Obie O'BrienShawn Farquhar receiving his Guest Of Honor plaque from Obie O'Brien at the 44th Annual Obie's 4F (Fechter's Finger Flicking Frolic) Convention held on April 23-26 in Batavia, New York. The 2014 MVP as voted on by the attendees was Michael Dardant. (4/29/14: A MagicTimes photo).

Magician Todd Robbins to speak at film benefit for Cultural Alliance-ShorelinePlus
Off Broadway's master magician Todd Robbins will provide insight on the intriguing deceptions which are the tricks of his trade following a screening of the 2013 crime thriller NOW YOU SEE ME, a benefit for the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut at the Bethel Cinema on Tuesday...
Publ.Date : 28 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0700

Comedy Magician Mike Hammer to Appear on Storage Wars Star -VegasNews
Comedy Magician and Four Queens headliner Mike Hammer will be featured on former Storage Wars star Barry Weiss’ new show, Barry’d Treasure on A&E at 10:30pm PST. The episode is entitled “The Unbearable Enlightenment of Barry” and is described as “Barry takes some antiques and a magic sidekick from the city of sin to Arizona. Along the way, he stares at the sun, does a little haunting, and almost gets reborn.”..
Publ.Date : 28 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0700

Hot Docs: James Randi, the original mythbuster -Toronto Star
For decades, James Randi, now 85, has been the world’s foremost debunker of anyone who claims supernatural powers — psychics, mystics, faith healers. Before that he was best known as a magician, having appeared on stages worldwide as The Amazing Randi. Some considered him the best escape artist since Harry Houdini. But for the Toronto-born, Florida-based illusionist, there’s a clear divide between his magic and that of his targets. “I have never reported to have genuine psychic powers,” says Randi, sitting in a small U of T press office for an interview with the Star. “And I resent those magicians who have turned in that direction and fool people to make more money.”..
Publ.Date : 2 May 2014 00:00:00 -0700

North’s magicians set sights abroad - Korea JoongAng Daily
Pyongyang has asked an international organization of magicians to arrange a visit by North Korean illusionists to the United States amid rising tensions between the two countries over allegations that the regime is preparing for a fourth nuclear test, Radio Free Asia reported. Dale Salwak, an official from the International Brotherhood of Magicians, told RFA on Wednesday that the regime had proposed that the organization lead visits next year by at least 20 North Korean magicians to the United States, where they would perform. Salwak said he was planning to meet with North Korean officials in July in China to discuss the visit, RFA said...
Publ.Date : 2 May 2014 00:00:00 -0700

Magic is family secret for this professional magician
While others are happy with a desk job, Mr S. Chandran prefers one where he gets to eat fire, skewer his wife and have birds as co-workers. And as a professional magician, Mr Chandran, 33, gets to do just that. While he can make things disappear with just a wave of his hand, he explains that doing magic full-time is one of the hardest tricks. Mr Chandran explained that being a magician is not just about rehearsing magic tricks. Sourcing for a variety of props and costumes and designing themed shows well is important too...
Publ.Date : Sat, 03 May 2014 18:56:04 -0700

Britain's Got Talent illusionist Christian Farla has magic formula -
Many viewers tuning into Britain’s Got Talent tonight will wish they had the skills of Christian Farla. The 44-year-old magician and illusionist performed an act which saw his four glamorous assistants appear, one by one, to join him on stage. One magically appeared in a box, while another, as if by magic, joined him on a chair.
Publ.Date : Sun, 03 May 2014 18:03:20 -0700

SHOWBIZ: Cyril takes on Rio
WITH an elaborate flourish, magician and illusionist Cyril Takayama took out a tissue from a packet and gently placed it on his palms. He bounced the tissue several times in front of everyone’s eyes, and it slowly took form in the shape of a crane! “Wuyo!” a reporter exclaimed at an interview with the American-Japanese entertainer recently. Cyril grinned. “See, that’s how a Malaysian reacts to my magic, but in Brazil, the locals say Caraca!”
Publ.Date : Sun, 04 May 2014 18:03:20 -0700

Man breaks world record for 50ft Optimus Prime balloon statue - Daily Star
He took 42 hours to create the massive blown up statue which is made of a whopping 4,302 balloons. John Reid, a New York based artist and magician, hand crafted the 50ft-tall leader of the Autobots at the 2014 Salt Lake Comic Con in Utah. He named the impressive piece of art Poptimus Prime - a play on of the Transformers robot. Officials were there to declare that he had broken the world record for the largest balloon sculpture ever made by a single person.
Publ.Date : Sun, 04 May 2014 18:03:20 -0700


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