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-MagicTimes News Archives Week of January 5-11, 2015-

Magic show needs a little more sparkle-Las Vegas Review-Journal‎
Dirk Arthur’s stage is jam-packed with contraptions, and wee folk (or their parents) who have never seen a magic show may still be wowed by what pops out of them. But I’ve seen his show a lot over the years, and this time it struck me that Arthur’s career is working in two directions. The illusions reflect a downward mobility and a point of diminishing returns, while his stage presence keeps getting more comfortable. During his five years as an afternoon attraction at the Tropicana from 2005 to 2010, Arthur became the last magician to feature tigers and other exotic animals. They added a wow factor to the big-box illusions, and Arthur seemed to know as well as the rest of us that all of this worked just as well when he kept his mouth shut.
Publ.Date : 5 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0800

A visit to the New Orleans pilot shoot for Syfy's 'The Magicians'-NOLA
On a mid-December evening, "The Magicians," a prospective Syfy fantasy series, was coming to life inside the Round Table Club, a 19th-century mansion adjoining Audubon Park. Outside in the fading dusk, streetcars rolled down St. Charles Avenue, and joggers logged miles around the park's oval path. Inside it was daytime, thanks to large screens bouncing bright artificial light onto the side of the building and into a few windows...
Publ.Date : 5 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Magician Ricky Jay Featured in New Episode of THIRTEEN's -Broadway World
For the first time, THIRTEEN's AMERICAN MASTERS series profiles a magician: the inimitable Ricky Jay, considered one of the world's greatest conjurers, capable of creating a profound sense of wonder and disbelief in even the most jaded of audiences. He is also a best-selling author, historian, actor and a leading collector of antiquarian books and artifacts...
Publ.Date : 6 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Young magician dreams of touring abroad-China Post‎
Harry Houdini, one of the most famous magicians of all time, once said that magic is the “sole science not accepted by scientists, because they can't understand it.” But to ordinary people who simply enjoy a good magic trick, they don't really care about how the tricks are performed. All they want is to be amused and to experience a sense of wonder in believing something they used to believed was impossible — by watching a magician pull a rabbit out of his hat. This is also what attracted Huang Po-han (黃柏翰), a young Taiwanese magician, to start learning magic nine years ago..
Publ.Date : 6 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Bozeman magician enjoys entertaining kids of all ages-The Bozeman Daily Chronicle‎
She goes by Laurie the Illusionist and the kids in her daughter’s class call her Mrs. Magic. But no matter the title, one thing about 35-year-old Laurie Rugemer is certain. “I love magic,” she said, smiling after performing a few magic tricks. Magic has been a nearly life-long passion for Rugemer, who remembers putting on magic shows for her neighbors as a kid as young as 5. “I’ve been doing it a long time,” she said....
Publ.Date : 6 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0800

'American Horror Story' Season 4, Episode 11 Spoilers: A Magician-The Christian Times‎
The "American Horror Story" is about to come back on your screens on Jan. 7 for Season 4's 11th episode entitled "Magical Thinking." In this episode, it will finally be revealed that Stanley (Dennis O'Hare) has been lying to everybody and that his promised television show and meeting with producers were all a bluff. Maggie (Emma Roberts) tells Desiree (Angela Bassett) about Stanley's lies. Desiree then tells Elsa (Jessica Lange) directly about Stanley's plan to kill the show's freaks to earn money. Despite Desiree's efforts, Elsa will doubt her stories..
Publ.Date : 6 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Sleight of Hand: 'American Masters' Profiles a Magician for the First ...
Television Week‎

PBS’s “American Masters” profiles a magician for the first time in its season premiere on Jan. 23, 2015. Says PBS, the magician, the multi-talented Ricky Jay, “is also a best-selling author, historian, actor and leading collector of antiquarian books and artifacts. A writer and speaker on subjects as varied as arcane conjuring literature, con games (e.g. dice, poker, etc.) and sense perception, Jay performed a left-field brand of comedy magic in comedy clubs early in his career.”
Publ.Date : 7 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Syrian Street Magician Beheaded: ISIS Kills 'Sorcerer,' Says Magic Tricks Are Insult To Allah
A street magician in Syria beloved by children was beheaded by Islamic State group militants after his performances were deemed to be insulting to God, the Daily Mirror reported Wednesday. The murder of the magician, who was known as “Sorcerer,” was called “barbarism and butchery” by a Syrian activist who knew him but fled to safety in nearby Turkey.
Publ.Date : Wed, 07 Jan 2015 05:00:42 -0800

All Tied Up
“Houdini” was never supposed to take this long, not nearly. The idea started a decade ago with Mr. Rockwell, an architect and theater set designer, who had a long fascination with the legendary magician. Houdini’s life — he died in 1926 at the age of 52 — had been explored on screen, in a 1953 movie and more recently in a cable mini-series, but not on a Broadway stage. (A 1990s bio-musical never made it far.)
Publ.Date : 7 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Magician Steve Fisher, of Alma Street, Sheerness convinces-Kent Online‎
A Magician from Sheppey cast a spell over a Disney Princess when he landed a holiday on dating game show Take Me Out. Steve Fisher appeared on the ITV programme and managed to convince Disneyworld worker, Gabriella to keep her light on for him after he impressed with some fire eating before making a person in a squirrel costume appear in a cage....
Publ.Date : 7 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0800

In 'The Illusionists,' magicians bring Vegas flash to the Kennedy-Washington Post
But the Kennedy Center has enough surplus dignity to indulge a brief sideshow, so the issue Wednesday night was whether the magic tricks onstage could translate into wonderment that electrifies the house. The answer was not quite, despite zingy (and time-tested) bits that included bodies sawed in half, cards pulled out of thin air and a suspenseful Houdini-like escape by a guy handcuffed and hung upside down in a water tank. Maybe (definitely) the crowd was cold. They certainly leapt at every chance to shake with laughter, which luckily happened often as the seven varied illusionists of this touring show -- a brief Broadway hit already this winter -- bantered with volunteers from the audience...
Publ.Date : 8 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Magician to amaze all ages in Rancho Bernardo on Jan. 18-U-T San Diego‎
A magically-good time is in store for those of all ages attending the first “Sunday Afternoons @ 3” program of the year. Award-winning magician Jacques Lord will perform his slight-of-hand and other magic tricks at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18 in the Ed Brown Senior Center, 18402 W. Bernardo Drive in Rancho Bernardo Community Park.
Publ.Date : 8 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Luther College SAC Spotlight presents Magician Ben Seidman Jan. 16-Luther College News‎
Currently co-starring in two TV specials on the Travel Channel and named as the first Resident Magician at Mandalay Bay, Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Magician Ben Seidman will perform at Luther College at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, in Marty's in the Dahl Centennial Union on the Luther campus...
Publ.Date : 8 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Magician Criss Angel to appear out of thin air at Sands Vision Bar
“Mindfreak” magician Criss Angel, who has sold out two performances Jan. 20 at Easton’s State Theatre, will suddenly appear out of thin air at another Lehigh Valley venue. Vision Bar at Sands Bethlehem Event Center. Two days before the State Theatre shows, Angel will be host of a "Welcome Back to the Lehigh Valley" special event at the bar from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 18. Event center General Manager Matt Salkowski said the magician will “meet with everybody, mingle with guests and take pictures.”  Angel is not scheduled to perform magic at the event. There will be a $15 cover charge at the door for the event. The bar also will show the NFC and AFC football playoffs at the event.
Publ.Date : Thu, 08 Jan 2015 11:26:06 -0800

Comedy-magician Murray uses reality TV to drum up interest-Las Vegas Review-Journal
Say what you will about the show that comes after it. But you can’t deny Murray has one of the most impressive pre-show videos on the Strip. You know, those video montages which often play on the side screens as sort of an overture to the live show? They remind you who you bought a ticket to see and why it was such a wise choice. Canadian comedy-magician Murray SawChuck can’t trot out the “Toy Story” and “Santa Clause” clips like Tim Allen. But there he is on “America’s Got Talent,” “Pawn Stars,” “Wipeout” (dare we say he has the best abs of any Las Vegas magician?) and “Wizard Wars.”..
Publ.Date : 8 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Masters of Illusion bring magical shows to Harrah's all month-Press of Atlantic City‎
Some of the old magic -- and a little new -- is back in Atlantic City. “Masters of Illusion Live!” -- a stage version of the TV magic performance series -- will open 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at The Concert Venue at Harrah’s Resort, with a lineup that features Wayne native Michael Turco (known for his “Wonder” performances in A.C.), veteran illusionist Jonathan Pendragon and comedian-magician Michael Finney. The show will also be performed on the following three Thursdays through Jan. 29, with three different magicians each week...
Publ.Date : 8 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Britain's Got Talent Darcy: Fan asked me to heal sick wife with magic
Britain's Got Talent finalist Darcy Oake has revealed how one viewer believed in his magic act so strongly that he begged him to heal a sick relative with his powers. The illusionist, who advanced along with singing group Collabro in last night's (May 26) semi-final, told Digital Spy about some of the "crazy" messages he has received on Twitter since appearing on the show.
Publ.Date : Fri, 09 Jan 2015 13:23:29 -0800

Fiction review: 'The Magician's Lie,' by Greer MacAllister-Dallas Morning News
Meet Ada Bates. You may know her as the Amazing Arden, pre-eminent female illusionist of 1905. Or you may, as does officer Virgil Holt, think of her as a murderer on the lam. Ada’s husband has been found with an ax buried in his chest. Since this happened less than an hour after a packed theater in Waterloo, Iowa, watched her hack a man encased in a box in half, Ada is looking pretty guilty. Holt and his friend, the sheriff, catch her act, then catch the murder case. Then, on his way back home, Holt catches Ada, still in her costume, carrying a suitcase...
Publ.Date : 9 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0800

The Amazing Kreskin to play mind tricks in Milton-Delmarva Daily Times
The Amazing Kreskin will dazzle spectators with his mind powers Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Milton Theatre. The mentalist has used his powers of suggestion for 50 years, showing off on “The Tonight Show,” “Late Night,” and “The Amazing World of Kreskin.” Born in 1784, or so he said, the 80-year-old is nowhere close to slowing down. Last year, he performed 364 shows. “I love my work and I have a passion for what I do,” he said. “If I weren’t (paid to perform), I would be performing on the street.”..
Publ.Date : 9 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0800

'No one's ever really done a show like this' Dynamo to bring debut -Nottingham Post‎
The tour follows four series of Magician Impossible and the show will be, he says, the best bits brought to life. “I want it to be a fully interactive show. Not even a show, more an experience, where you’re there and you’re involved in the show and the magic happens to you personally. It’s not going to be like anything anyone’s ever seen before. No one’s ever really done a show like this.”
Publ.Date : 9 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Krendl 'happy' to return to Delphos-Delphos Herald‎
The Delphos Optimist Club couldn’t be “happier” with an upcoming fundraiser. Comedy, magic, music, dance and danger merge as magician Paul Krendl keenly captivates local crowds with his award-winning new show, Happy! His last public performance before touring for the first time in Australia, magician Krendl will return to his hometown of Delphos Jan. 25 to enthrall the community that supported him on his journey to success. Krendl’s last appearance in Delphos in 2013 included two sold-out shows each with record-breaking persons in attendance (1,000-plus)....
Publ.Date : 9 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0800

"Jonathan Strange", Period Magician Drama For All Auds, Not Just Adults
Is magic just for kids? At today’s TCA panel of BBC America’s new 7-part series Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, premiering in early 2015, writer Peter Harness and other panel members (actors Bertie Carvel and Charlotte Riley, director Toby Haynes and producer Nick Hirschkorn) pointed to the universal popularity of screen incarnations of Lord of the Rings and the Harry Potter series to prove that’s not the case...
Publ.Date : Sat, 10 Jan 2015 13:59:45 -0800

Magician, a Steelers fan, dazzles Ravens -Tribune-Review
The good thing for Tim Kutch of West Kittanning is that a National Football League player tweeted that he was “the real deal magician” after a performance he put on before the Army-Navy game in Baltimore last month.
Publ.Date : 10 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Interview with Magician Criss Angel -Hellenic News of America
World renowned magician Criss Angel chatted about his upcoming “Mindfreak Live!” shows at The Paramount in Huntington, New York, on January 23 and 24. These shows will be like a homecoming for Angel, since he was born at Hempstead General Hospital and raised in Elmont, Long Island, up until fourth grade, when his family moved to East Meadow. “This is amazing for me. I grew up on Long Island and that’s where the dream began, and that’s where everything started for me. It took me 18 years to become an overnight success. The last time I played in New York was on Broadway in 2001, so coming back there and living the dream is just amazing. All of my fondest memories of my family and my career and my trials and tribulations are from Long Island. That’s where it all started. Being part of the Greek Orthodox Church, performing for the church, performing in GOYA, in the Sunday schools and being an altar boy and going to all the festivals and Greek churches. My family continues to be a part of that community,” he said...
Publ.Date : 10 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Shen Yun Dancers Float on Air without Trickery, Says Magician-The Epoch Times
In the words of the world-renowned magician and author Michael Stroud, a.k.a. “Magic Mike”, the seamless fashion by which Shen Yun Performing Arts dancers move on the stage makes it seem like they are “floating in the air without any trickery.” “I mean, just clear skill. It was amazing,” said Mr. Stroud. Mr. Stroud is a 12-time award-winning magician, and has authored many books on magic, including the best-seller “Book of Magic,” which has sold over 2 million copies. He came to see Shen Yun’s performance at the War Memorial Opera House with fellow performer Jeanne Perry on Jan. 9...
Publ.Date : 10 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Cosentino impresses the magic industry in New York, and is ready -The Daily Telegraph‎
It has taken Cosentino a year to complete his new show. Not only does it stretch the limits of imagination, it also challenges his skill. “There’s brand new escapes; they have to be more elaborate and death-defying. “I’m always trying to push myself, and at the same time the audience expects to see more. “For me it’s about keeping it fresh and exciting.” But even a two-minute trick can take him months of practice. Cosentino keen to show off his new tricks...
Publ.Date : 10 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Band of Magicians-Australian Stage Online
As if they stepped out of a fashion catalogue, the quartet who compose Band of Magicians – Justin Flom, Justin Willman, Nate Staniforth and James Galea – look, talk and act completely different than any other visual illusionists out there. With the exception of the intro, the show was devoid of stereotypical laser, smoke and half naked magician’s assistants, it was obvious that Band of Magicians was going to take an alternate route to entertaining an eagerly awaiting Melbourne audience at the Crown’s Palms theatre....
Publ.Date : 10 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0800

 

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