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-MagicTimes News Archives Week of January 12-18, 2015-

Q&A with Joel Ward, magician to the stars-Ball State Daily
He's performed on "The Tonight Show" and "Tosh.0," but on Wednesday evening, magician Joel Ward makes his Ball State debut at the L.A. Pittenger Student Center. Here, he talks his unlikely beginnings and how magic can be the greatest pick-up line...
Publ.Date : 13 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Artist-Magician discusses art collecting, magic history
A packed audience at the Yale School of Art was treated to a glimpse into the life and artwork of an armless 17th-century artist on Tuesday night. Renowned magician and art collector Ricky Jay came to the Yale School of Art’s 36 Edgewood Ave. building to speak as part of its weekly lecture series. His hour-long talk, which coincided with the opening of a new School of Art exhibition titled “Side Show,” focused on the accomplishments of sideshow performer Matthew Buchinger, an armless conjurer and calligrapher. Jay noted that Buchinger is his favorite figure in the history of magic. “This is a man with no arms who was writing words so small we literally cannot see with our naked eye,” Jay said. “If you believe this, you’ll believe anything.”
Publ.Date : Tue, 13 Jan 2015 23:54:32 -0800

Magic and comedy at Bethlehem's Ice House-Allentown Morning Call‎
Join Joe Keppel and Bruce Ward for a morning of magic and hijinks Saturday. The pair of Lehigh Valley performers, who blend magic with a little vaudeville-style comedy, kick off Mock Turtle Marionette Theater's Saturday's Child series at the Ice House in Bethlehem. "Magic, Mayhem and Motion" will be presented at 10 a.m. as part of Magic Day with longtime magician Keppel doing his trademark sleight of hand and card tricks as Ward offers helpful and not-so-helpful assistance to tickle the audience's funny bone....
Publ.Date : 14 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Chamber banquet featuring comedian magician as entertainment-Daily Journal Online
Comedian and magician Steve Barcellona has been tapped to provide the entertainment for the 2015 Park Hills/Leadington Chamber of Commerce Installation Banquet this Friday evening. Barcellona, who has an entertainment company based in St. Louis, has studied acting and directing at the Lee Strasburg Theatre Institute in New York City and has appeared in numerous plays and short films, according to his website. According to the site, “Barcellona provides clean, comedy magic at corporate events throughout the country.”..
Publ.Date : 14 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Criss Angel to fulfill boyhood dream of performing at Easton's State-Allentown Morning Call‎
At 6 and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Angel will bring a new stage production, "Criss Angel: Mindfreak Live," to the State. The shows have been sold out for weeks. He'll also meet fans at a Sunday event at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center's Vision Bar and at a Monday lunch at Billy's Downtown Diner in Bethlehem. For the past decade, Angel has been arguably the world's preeminent magician. His BeLIEve stage show is halfway through a scheduled 15-year run in Las Vegas, where it generated a reported $150 million in 2010...
Publ.Date : 15 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Q&A With Local Celebrity Steve Cohen-Westchester Magazine
Q: You describe your style of magic as a thinking man’s magic, but have you ever been tempted to cross over into the flashy side of magic? Big, flashy magic certainly surprises you in the moment, but it rarely lingers with you after the performance. When I designed my show, I wanted to create seemingly impossible moments that guests would talk about for years afterward. ..
Publ.Date : 15 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Maker of Giant Tablets Has a Magician Accost People on the Street -Adweek‎
Fuhu is promoting its giant new Nabi tablets. (They're available in 24-, 32-, 43-, 55- and astonishing 65-inch versions.) To that end, it made a new reality-style video featuring magician Adam Trent, one of seven stars in stage show The Illusionists, pretending to transform random people's iPads into Nabis, outside the glass-box Apple store on Fifth Avenue in New York....
Publ.Date : 16 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Film Review: 'An Honest Liar'-Variety
“An Honest Liar” is a highly entertaining portrait of James “the Amazing” Randi, a magician-cum-escape artist who, like his role model, Houdini, eventually turned his primary attention to debunking professional mystics, telepathists and other “supernatural” charlatans. Justin Weinstein and Tyler Measom’s documentary bounces along enjoyably on a sea of archival clips from Randi’s high-profile career, with latter-day input from numerous celebrity pals (and at least one famous foe). It gains added dimension from the subject’s late-in-life coming out as a gay man, and from a different sort of “coming out” by his longtime lover, who turned out to be hiding a secret identity. Prospects are good for niche home-format sales and possible limited theatrical release..
Publ.Date : 16 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Magician and Mentalist at El Campanil Theatre this Saturday-Antioch Herald‎
Whether looking for the best date night ever, or a fun evening out with family and friends, Jay Alexander’s Mind Tricks is a non-stop journey of laughter and amazement. Find out why his fans include celebrities like David Crosby, Bono, John Cleese, and the Rolling Stones. At a comedy club you may laugh, but here you will get the triple experience of comedy, mentalism, and Human Lie Detection. Can you lie to Jay? Don’t fool yourself – grab your tickets now...
Publ.Date : 16 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Larry Wilmore can keep calm. But can he carry the show?-Macleans
Larry Wilmore’s unusual comedy style may have to do with the fact that although he started as a performer, he’s spent most of his career out of the spotlight as a writer-producer: “I was aware of Larry’s background in stand-up, and I knew he was also a fine magician, but he was always a writer to me,” Price says...
Publ.Date : 17 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Ricky Jay's magical New York-New York Post‎
“Was I ever tempted to be a con man or a card shark? Yes,” says Ricky Jay, who overcame temptation to become one of the greatest sleight-of-hand artists of all time. Born Richard Jay Potash in 1948, the Brooklyn native’s parlayed his way with cards into a career as an actor, writer, historian and collector. “My peregrinations are hard to establish,” says Jay, who, throughout his travels, has held onto his place on the Upper West Side. He’s also the first magician to materialize on PBS’ American Masters series: “Ricky Jay: Deceptive Practice” airs Friday. This is his magical New York.
Publ.Date : 17 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0800

MAGIC MOMENT: Darwen trickster and restaurant owner meets-Lancashire Telegraph‎
A TRICKSTER was treated to a magical meeting with two of the world’s most famous illusionists. Resh Gohel, from Darwen, who is in two magic circles, was given the chance to talk with his idols David Blaine and Derren Brown at a convention – and even performed tricks for them. The 37-year-old said he was amazed to meet the men who had inspired him to get into magic himself....
Publ.Date : 17 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Meet conjurer who writes poems for top magicians
THEY are an elite group, almost entirely made up of men, who meet every week to perfect their jealously-guarded magic tricks. But now it has emerged that as well as fine-tuning their card tricks and perfecting new ways to “saw” glamorous assistants in half, the magicians of the Scottish Conjurers’ Association (SCA) have their very own Scottish Poet Laureate of Magic. Magician Gerry McKendry (stage name Gerry the Jester) from Newton Mearns, Glasgow, composes personalised poems for the grand-masters of magic who fly in from around the world to give lectures and reveal the tricks of their trade to fellow magicians.
Publ.Date : Sun, 18 Jan 2015 05:49:47 -080

 

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