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

"I'm A Newspaper Strip Fan From Way Back" -Bleeding Cool News‎
The way I’m playing it is that he knows more magic than he lets on, and there are reasons he doesn’t use it, some of which we’ll find out during this story (and maybe we’ll even see his resolve crack a little, as he finds he has to use a bit of real magic despite his misgivings). The biggest difference for me, though, is his relationship with his colleague Lothar, which is the rock the strip is built on as far as I’m concerned. He’s not a loner. He’s a performer; he’s charismatic and charming. He has friends, some of whom, like Lothar, have known him longer than any of us have been alive. Those relationships set him apart from his imitators, who tend by and large not to be social creatures...
Publ.Date : 02 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0800

'Cheers' veteran now a magician, performs in BN -Bloomington Pantagraph
Joshua Lozoff doesn't back away from the fact that at one time he was on one of television's most popular television shows. From 1991 to 1993, he had a recurring role on "Cheers," playing Gino Tortelli, one of waitress Carla Tortelli's eight children....
Publ.Date : 03 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Magician performs this weekend at Ariel -Point Pleasant Register‎
Carl Michael is such a performer and he will be performing his “Magic & Illusions” show twice at the historic Ariel Theatre in downtown Gallipolis. From childhood, Michael has immersed himself in the study and practice of magic and illusion. His voracious quest for perfection, relentless work ethic, enormous talent, and astonishing skill and creativity have yielded one of the most brilliant young illusionists of our day...
Publ.Date : 03 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Magician Criss Angel attempts Houdini stunt at Foxwoods -TheDay
Criss Angel will attempt the Harry Houdini Death Escape at Foxwoods on Nov. 11, at 1 p.m., during which he will be suspended upside-down in a regulation straight jacket while dangling from a 75-foot-high crane. Angel also will have a 50-pound weight hanging from one end of a rope with the other end around his neck in a noose. Angel is the first to attempt this escape with a 50-pound weight hanging from a noose, and he must escape before he goes unconscious...
Publ.Date : 04 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0800

And now for the next trick, making Hebrew disappear -The Times of Israel‎
“There were always English-speaking entertainment shows in Israel, until the mid-1990s,” says Dror Liwer, an entrepreneur and amateur magician who founded Sorcerers Night, the English-language magic, comedy and illusion show that happens here every Sunday night. “But then the First Intifada came, and the venues crashed. The top performance venue in Jaffa that catered to English speakers is now a wedding hall. The industry just never recovered.”
Publ.Date : 04 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0800

The Secrets Behind Harry Houdini's Ten Greatest Illusions -Gizmodo‎
There is an unwritten rule among magicians never to reveal how a trick is done. So when a 2004 exhibition explained Harry Houdini's illusions, magicians around the world were apoplectic. David Copperfield called it a breach of magic protocol, and performers declared that they would boycott the exhibition. Many claimed to still use Houdini's tricks themselves. But Harry has been dead nearly 90 years. Despite their claims, few modern illusionists use his dated techniques. And the great magician's secrets had been revealed decades earlier. He had been in his grave just three years when his team began spilling the beans. This list is for those who want to know Houdini's secrets. Those who don't want to know should stop reading now...
Publ.Date : 04 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Here's a library for anyone interested in deception and card tricks -WGBH NEWS
But one particular institution helps modern magicians get on the right path. The fifth floor of a non-descript high-rise in midtown Manhattan may not be the first place you would go in search of magic, but that’s exactly where one of the rarest repositories of magical literature in the world is housed — the Conjuring Arts Research Library. “I wanted a place that was available for anyone with an appointment, to be able to come in and find some of the rarest material — the things that you couldn’t find, almost anywhere else in the world,” says Bill Kalush, the founder of Conjuring Arts Research Center...
Publ.Date : 05 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Magician ready to his reveal secrets
Known internationally for making everyday objects vanish, reappear and float, Sheldon Casavant plans to captivate audiences with his sleight of hand at the Rotary Performing Arts Centre on Nov. 8. He will also share some of his secrets with youth before his performance.
Publ.Date : Wed, 05 Nov 2014 17:46:18 -0800

Magician Jeff McBride and his Clone -KUOW News
Big media corporations have staked out some strong protection for intellectual property, but for the individual magician, protecting ideas is tricky. There’s a lot of legal ambiguity, according to Sara Crasson, an intellectual property lawyer and magician herself. “If someone can watch the performance and figure out what the secret is, then that magician would lose trade secret protection,” says Crasson. “For magicians, trade secrets are a lot tougher to keep because magicians frequently do know how other magicians do their work; it’s a much more complicated thing for magicians to do.”..
Publ.Date : 05 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Drummond Money-Coutts on why he swapped money for magic -Daily Mail‎
He's the heir to the Latymer baronetcy and the Coutts banking fortune that goes with it but Drummond Money-Coutts has more than money on his mind. Rather than follow his father Crispin into banking, the Eton educated 28-year-old chose to become a magician. Now better known as DMC, Money-Coutts is one of Britain's hottest young magic acts with a following that rivals those of Dynamo, Derren Brown and even David Blaine. And his success looks set to continue with the launch of new show, Beyond Magic with DMC, which starts tonight on National Geographic and sees him travel the world in search of fresh tricks and inspiring magical talent.
Publ.Date : 06 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0800

World class magician and master mentalist team up for a one night -Salisbury Post
After travelling the world as single acts, Chris Collins and Erik Dobell wanted to find out what would happen if they worked together for a special evening of magical mischief. Magical comedian Chris Collins and mentalist Erik Dobell have spent a combined 40+ years travelling from South Dakota to South Korea entertaining NFL football players and celebrities at private and public events. For their new project, they wondered what would happen if a magician and a mind reader worked together as a duo? The result is the show Impossibilities: An Evening of Magic, Mind Reading and Mayhem, which will be playing on the Lee Street stage..
Publ.Date : 06 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0800

An Angel helps magician Cosentino: Chris Angel, that is -The Daily Telegraph
COSENTINO has scored his big break in the US, after being asked to join The Supernaturalists, a tour with eight of the world’s best magicians. The tour, created by American magician Criss Angel, is due to begin in June of next year. A spokesman for Cosentino has confirmed the Australian star was approached directly by Angel to join the big-budget production. It’s yet another major step for the 32-year-old illusionist and escapologist from Melbourne. Cosentino’s television specials have already been broadcast in 40 countries this year and they were a ratings hit for Channel 7. He first found fame as the runner-up on the 2011 series of Australia’s Got Talent.
Publ.Date : 06 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Great State: Magician Rob Lake Keeps Magic History in a Secret -kfor
Magicians are serious about never revealing their secrets. “I’ve been doing magic since I was 10 years old,” says Rob Lake, “and some of my first illusions are still in here.” But Lake did agree to shed just enough light to make our way around the lair that locks away all his props when he’s not touring. “This is the history of your career tucked into one room,” remarks a visitor. “It is,” he agrees. “It’s my personal magic collection, magic history, and the history of my show.”..
Publ.Date : 06 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Syfy's 'The Magicians' series casts three roles -Entertainment Weekly
Syfy is casting its magicians for its adaptation of Lev Grossman’s trilogy, which follows a group of young people who attend Brakebills, a college for magic, and has been labeled “Harry Potter for adults.” Though the pilot has yet to cast its protagonist, it has enlisted Hale Appleman to play Eliot, Quentin’s older, wine-loving friend, and Arjun Gupta to play Penny, a prickly, punk student. Stella Maeve, meanwhile, will play Julia, Quentin’s crush from his high school days before magic. Julia does not get into Brakebills but becomes plagued upon knowing that magic exists and she does not have access to it. Appleman, Gupta, and Maeve have recurred on Smash, How to Get Away with Murder, and Chicago PD, respectively...
Publ.Date : 06 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0800

The Unbelievable Skepticism of the Amazing Randi -New York Times‎
The day before the challenge, the Amazing Randi was wandering the halls of the casino, posing for snapshots and signing autographs. The convention began in 2003 in Fort Lauderdale, with 150 people in attendance, including staff. This year, it attracted more than 1,000 skeptics from as far away as South Africa and Japan. Often male and middle-aged, and frequently wearing ponytails or Tevas or novelty slogan T-shirts (product of evolution; stop making stupid people famous; atheist), they came to genuflect before their idol, drawn by both his legendary feats as an illusionist and his renown as an icon of global skepticism...
Publ.Date : 07 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0800

A shop in Wellingborough is on the look out for local budding -Northampton Herald and Post‎
A shop in Wellingborough is on the look out for local budding magicians to entertain its customers. The O2 Shop, Wellingborough is looking for magicians who would like to show off their talents to its customers in Market Street on a Saturday, with the best magician being given regular paid work in the new year. The magicians will be able to promote themselves in the store. Mark Jones, O2 Franchisee explains “We want to create a retail environment that is exciting and different for our customers, somewhere customers will enjoy coming to even more and our idea is to have a magician surprising our customers with close magic and card tricks that will help to create a fun atmosphere on a Saturday. The best magician will be offered paid work every Saturday in the new year.”
Publ.Date : 07 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Magicians conjure Daytona convention, show -Daytona Beach News
If you see rabbits being pulled out of hats and ladies sawed in half this weekend, there’s a reason: The Daytona Beach Festival of Magic is back in town. Magician Rudy Coby will perform as part of “A Gala Night of Magic” on Saturday Nov. 8 at the Mainland High School Performing Arts Center in Daytona Beach. The 14th annual edition of the event will include a full-fledged convention with stage competitions, workshops led by renowned professional magicians and more, plus “A Gala Night of Magic” stage show open to the public...
Publ.Date : 07 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Hey Presto! Perth 12-year-old Sam Parrish turns magical talent into -ABC Online‎
At just 12, Sam Parrish has already achieved more than many magicians manage in a lifetime: television and radio appearances and a regular, live gig. The Attadale Primary School student has been in high demand since his local newspaper, the Fremantle Herald, featured him on its front page last month...
Publ.Date : 07 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Magic Circle elects Megan Knowles-Bacon as first female officer -Telegraph
Megan Knowles-Bacon has pulled a rabbit out of the hat. The 22-year-old has become the first female officer in the Magic Circle. Miss Knowles-Bacon, whose unusual act combines ballet and magic, is the youngest person to be elected as an officer of the body which has represented magicians for more than a century. Following a seven-month contest against an older, male candidate she was voted in as secretary, one of four voluntary roles at the top of the organisation. She said she was “over the moon” at her election victory...
Publ.Date : 07 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0800

World Chess Championship: Magician helps players to draw out -Hindustan Times‎
Indian chess wizard Viswanathan Anand will open his campaign with white pieces against defending champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the first game of the World Championship that gets underway. Given the first choice, Carlsen drew out a black coloured balloon out of a magician's box especially prepared for the occasion while Anand got the second remaining white one. The balloon was then punctured by the magician and there appeared black and white coloured birds in the middle of a colourful opening ceremony.
Publ.Date : 08 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Magician at Foxwoods to try Houdini-like escape -Danbury News Times
A magician inspired by escape artist Harry Houdini says he'll try to escape a straitjacket while hanging upside down and dangling from a 75-foot high crane. Criss Angel is scheduled to perform the stunt at Foxwoods Resort Casino in southeastern Connecticut on Tuesday afternoon. He'll also have a 50-pound weight hanging from one end of a rope with the other end around his neck in a noose. He must escape before losing consciousness...
Publ.Date : 09 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Hoop, hoop hooray! Woman, 22, becomes first female officer elected -Daily Mail‎
Magician Megan Knowles-Bacon, whose captivating act combines tricks with ballet, has become the first woman elected to be an officer in the Magic Circle. She was voted in as secretary, one of four voluntary roles at the top of an organisation that has represented magicians for more than a century. Miss Knowles-Bacon is one of just 100 women invited into magic’s inner sanctum since it opened its doors to them 30 years ago. There are around 1,500 members in total.
Publ.Date : 09 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0800

 

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