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-MagicTimes News Archives Week of September 15-21, 2014-

Aaron C. Dutton, Marine, engineer & magician -Baltimore Sun
Aaron C. Dutton, who walked away from a scholarship at Morehouse University to join the United States Marine Corps at the age of 17, died from stroke complications on Aug. 25. The 40-year Baltimore resident was 74. But one of his biggest passions dated back to his childhood in New Orleans. He got a magic set as a gift and started a quest to learn magic tricks. As a child, he frequently visited a magic shop—one of the places he could enter where skin color didn't matter, his wife said. Dutton became enthralled with card and coin magic as he grew older. He later joined the local chapter of the Society of American Magicians and became friends with Arturo de Ascanio of Spain, considered one of the world's best magicians. The friendship developed after Dutton interpreted for de Ascanio at a magic convention in Las Vegas.
Publ.Date : 14 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0700

Magicians Penn & Teller on Houdini, Graceland and their first-Memphis Commercial Appeal‎
On Friday night, noted magicians Penn and Teller will play the hallowed ground where their idol once performed as they return to Memphis for the first time in 17 years. Even though the original Orpheum burned down a month after Houdini's show, the new building, erected in 1928, sits on the same site. "Wow, that's fabulous," Penn Jillette said in a recent interview from his home in Las Vegas. "It is quite a treat. We got a few places we play that he played, but not many. Most of them are gone now.".
Publ.Date : 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0700

'Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles': Telluride Review
An in-depth study of Orson Welles' singular life and career would run the length of a miniseries, but Chuck Workman engagingly hits a good many highlights in stone-skipping fashion in Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles. Additionally, by delving into the protean talent's bag of unfinished projects, the veteran documentary and clips-reel whiz tries to counter the view that Welles had a fear of completion later in life; as the film shows, he was always working, however under-financed he may have been.
Publ.Date : Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:51:25 -0700

Magician terrifies cafe customers by disguising himself as a SEAT
Visitors entering this cafe expecting a quiet, relaxing coffee and a bite of something to eat should think again. Hidden in one of the most comfortable looking chairs in San Luis Obispo, California, is a magician called Rich Ferguson known as The Icebreaker. He is concealed from view by a large pillow strapped to his legs, smaller ones on both his arms and a rug draped over his head, so that you wouldn't even know he was there.
Publ.Date : Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:42:46 -0700

Newport magician wins $1M on TV talent show
A Newport magician wowed the audience and came home with the $1 million prize in the NBC talent competition “America’s Got Talent.” Mat Franco, a native of Johnston, also won the opportunity on Wednesday to headline a show in Las Vegas.
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:43:28 -0700

"America's Got Talent" winner Mat Franco's magical night
Magician Mat Franco pulled a victory out of his hat Wednesday evening when he was announced as the winner of "America's Got Talent, taking home the show's impressive $1 million prize and a headlining gig at a casino in Las Vegas. Franco, an illusionist from Rhode Island, could hardly contain his excitement when he met up with ET back stage after the show.
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:29:29 -0700

R.I. magician Mat Franco still reeling, friends cheering his win on - The Providence Journal‎
Has Rhode Island magician Mat Franco’s victory Wednesday night on NBC talent competition “America’s Got Talent” sunk in yet? “There’s been no sinking in whatsoever,” said Franco in a phone interview on Thursday afternoon, less than 24 hours later. “My mind is blown, like I’ve just seen the greatest trick of all time.” Franco said he was operating on no sleep. “None. Zero.”...
Publ.Date : 18 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0700

America's Got Talent Winner Mat Franco: I'm No Longer -People Magazine
Mat Franco made America's Got Talent history Wednesday night as the first magician to win the NBC variety competition. "I couldn't help but just be shocked and honored," the Johnston, Rhode Island, native tells PEOPLE. "It's great to be an inspiration to people. … The underlying message is following your passion. Whatever it is you like to do, do it: Dreams can come true."..
Publ.Date : 18 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0700

First magician to win 'America's Got Talent' credits Las Vegas star Las Vegas Review-Journal
But on Wednesday, it was non-Nevadan Mat Franco who became the first magician ever to win NBC’s talent contest and its $1 million prize. Still, the city is so thick with magicians that it’s no surprise Las Vegas can claim a little piece of the 25-year-old magician’s victory. “It’s not little at all,” Franco said by telephone from New York today. “Jeff McBride was the biggest magic influence in my life growing up,” he says of the Las Vegas-based veteran who stages the monthly event “Wonderground” in Henderson.
Publ.Date : 18 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0700

Showboat spotlights new magician for fall -Branson Tri-Lakes news
The Showboat Branson Belle is featuring Aaron Radatz, a new emcee and magician who happens to be currently featured on the nationally televised show “Masters Of Illusion” on the CW network. Originally from Detroit, Radatz usually performs for private events, casinos, cruise ships, resorts and at theme parks. In all, Radatz has performed in 45 states, in 37 countries, and 6 continents...
Publ.Date : 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0700

The Magician's Lie
Our latest Sneak Peek Feature spotlights THE MAGICIAN'S LIE by Greer Macallister, a debut novel in which the country's most notorious female illusionist stands accused of her husband's murder --- and she has only one night to convince a small-town policeman of her innocence...
Publ.Date : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 05:26:20 -0700

AGT: How Heidi Klum Helped Magician Mat Franco Win
“During the season, Heidi at one point said, ‘You’re my favorite magic act.’ This was in the Top 12 -- there were three magic acts, at that point, and I think that really helped push me through that she acknowledged that I was her favorite magic act,” Mat told us exclusively. “That meant a lot to me. It really did.”
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:21:41 -0700

Earl "Jim" Artle -Obituary
Earl "Jim" Artle, age 63, of Highlands died Thursday, September 18, 2014 at home in Highlands. Jim was born in West Union, WV and grew up in Warren, OH he later lived in Hoboken and then settled in Highlands. Jim was a Paramedic for 43 years beginning in Warren and continuing in Hoboken and Highlands. He was a lifetime member of the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corp. During this time of literally saving lives, he also wanted to share more laughter. As a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, and the Magic Castle Membership in Hollywood, CA where he was also a performer, Jim intrigued thousands with his close up hand workfor over 30 years.
Publ.Date : 20 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0700

Hoboken EMT who died of ALS remembered for compassion, magic-The Jersey Journal
Artle, 63, died on Thursday after a long struggle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. For 20 years, he served on the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corp. with Malta. Artle had worked as a paramedic in Ohio before moving to Hoboken in the early 90s...
Publ.Date : 20 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0700

 

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