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-MagicTimes News Archives Week of March 9-15, 2015-

Interview: Penn Jillette-bestofneworleans
Penn Jillette, the talking half of the magician team Penn & Teller, has many skills, and playing bass guitar is one of them. He's proud to have played with the late Velvet Underground leader Lou Reed and Half Japanese when it featured fellow Velvet Maureen Tucker. Jillette often performs with the band that warms up the audience for the Penn & Teller show at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. But he won't be playing before the duo's performance at the Saenger Theatre March 13...
Publ.Date : 09 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0700

Magician Paul Daniels joins in glovie-mania-Horticulture Week‎
TV star Paul Daniels has joined the social media trend to take selfies wearing gardening gloves to raise awareness of Garden Re-Leaf. Garden Re-Leaf is a charity day held on 27 March founded by Hillview Group's chief executive officer Boyd Douglas Davies. Last year 230 garden centres took part in Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day, raising £60,000 for Greenfingers’ Rosy Cheeks appeal.
Publ.Date : 09 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0700

German iPad Magician's illusions create American online buzz
Simon Pierro, longtime star on German TV and current internet darling, is known internationally as the iPad Magician. In the past few months, he's established a firm foothold in the U.S. Pierro incorporates the iPad's touchscreen technology, familiar apps and slick sleight-of-hand to create jaw-dropping illusions. In keeping with his high-tech persona, he has blended traditional and new media to market his act.
Publ.Date : Wed, 11 Mar 2015 07:43:05 -0700

Think Like A Magician To Face Your Challenges
The Topeka Chamber of Commerce held a business breakfast Wednesday morning at the Lake Shawnee Event Center. Magician and chamber vice president of government relations Curtis Sneden spoke the audience about facing any challenges they may face, and a way to get past the hard times. “As a magician I’ve learned a lot about facing challenges in the office and facing challenges on stage and there’s a lot of overlap there,” said Sneden. “I believe that looking at the world the way a magician does could help other people who are striving to succeed in business do even better.”
Publ.Date : Wed, 11 Mar 2015 12:50:59 -0700

Magician David Copperfield Performs His Best Trick Ever By Making-IJ Review‎
Magician David Copperfield has wowed millions through his magic shows, but his best trick of all may have been the way that he made a wish come true for one special boy. 10-year-old Aiden Davis has been battling cancer since he was three years old. With a terminal diagnosis, Aiden made up a bucket list. The last thing on it? To see David Copperfield perform....
Publ.Date : 11 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0700

"It's all in the head": Pinoy magician in US studying to become brain surgeon
Magician Matthew Aaron Go did not realize the connection at first until he majored in Neuroscience at NYU and began to study the brain, this walnut-shaped organ powerful enough to mobilize all senses of the body. “There is an interesting connection,” Matthew, 22, explained to The FilAm in an interview. “Neuroscience is the study of brain, how it works and how it controls our thoughts. Magic uses the brain and human thoughts to distract your attention. It’s all in the head.” Matthew is currently a senior student taking up additional courses in Pre-Med Chemistry and Psychology. He is looking to become a brain surgeon.
Publ.Date : Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:50:51 -0700

This Bubble Magician Totally Has Secret Powers-Gizmodo Australia‎
This dude figured it out. While the rest of us foolish adults stopped playing with bubbles after the 4th grade, Su Chung Tai kept on going and became awesome at it. So awesome that he holds Guinness World Records for bubble blowing and can pull of tricks that probably involve sorcery and a heavy control over the atmosphere. Kuma Films made this short of the famous bubble artist showing off his tricks. Apparently, his blowing skills include the ability to blow 15 bubbles within each other and string together 30 bubbles in a chain. I personally like it when he plays with the smokey bubbles that look like Flubber...
Publ.Date : 12 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0700

Film review: Magician debunker stars in entertaining "An Honest Liar"
"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.
Publ.Date : Thu, 12 Mar 2015 23:36:41 -0700

Broadview Heights magician will attempt to break record for highest playing card ever thrown (video)
On Saturday, magician Rick Smith Jr., a Broadview Heights resident, will attempt to break the world record for the highest playing card ever thrown. The attempt is scheduled for 2:45 p.m. at Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland. Smith must fling the card higher than 55 feet, the existing record as tracked by Guinness World Records.
Publ.Date : Fri, 13 Mar 2015 14:08:27 -0700

Disney's Frozen is the inspiration for nine-year-old magician's snow-Bradford Telegraph and Argus‎
YOUNG illusionist Deanna Gore, who started performing aged just two, was inspired by Disney hit Frozen for her shimmering routine at Bradford Magic Circle's upcoming show. Deanna, nine, will join her father, a former President of Bradford Magic Circle, for the act, which features breath-taking illusions Fittingly, for their Frozen-inspired act, the father and daughter duo live at Mountain near Queensbury!..
Publ.Date : 13 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0700

Get "Mind Blown" at Palisade show
It has been nearly two years since magician Ty Gallenbeck has performed a public show, which is why the Delta-based magician is excited to bring his bag of tricks to Palisade for a special show with Telluride’s stand-up comedian Andy Konigsmark. Well, technically Gallenbeck won’t have a bag of tricks. He’s more of a cards guy. “Almost everything I do is card magic,” said Gallenbeck, 31.
Publ.Date : Fri, 13 Mar 2015 08:09:56 -0700

The Right Chemistry: Magicians are scientists of the stage-Montreal Gazette‎
I have seen countless live magic shows, watched numerous others on TV and have an extensive library of books on magic. Like most magicians, I have shelves and drawers brimming with magic tricks, many never performed, just purchased to find out “the secret.” After being immersed in magic for decades, one rarely comes across a performance that totally baffles. While the exact details may be elusive, basic conjuring methods are pretty standard and are known to most magicians. Not so for the case of Penn and Teller’s bullet catch. They load real guns with real bullets, each marked by an audience volunteer, on opposite sides of the stage. Without ever approaching each other, they fire the weapons, shattering a glass plate that divides the stage. Simultaneously they reveal the bullets, seemingly caught in their mouth, and show them to be the exact ones marked by the volunteers..
Publ.Date : 13 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0700

Stradishall magician wins coveted trophy-Bury Free Press
Being nominated and chosen to perform in this year’s British Children’s Entertainer National Championships was itself a huge achievement, so to also win a trophy was a truly magical experience for Gemma Raymond. The 25-year-old, whose act included making Harry, her pet rabbit, appear, said: “I was in absolute shock.
Publ.Date : 12 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0700

Magician Cosentino star and car-Drive
Cosentino the hugely popular illusionist and escapologist loves to get away from slow and inattentive drivers. Career highlights: being named International Magician of the Year; writing, producing and starring in four prime-time TV specials; having them air in 40 countries so far including Spain, India and New Zealand. See him: appearing in his new live show, Twisted Reality, during April and May....
Publ.Date : 13 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0700

Film review: Magician debunker stars in entertaining "An Honest Liar"
"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.
Publ.Date : 13 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0700

Local magician Rick Smith Jr. breaks world record for highest card-cleveland
Magician Rick Smith Jr. already holds the world record for throwing a playing card the greatest horizontal distance (72 yards) and Saturday notched another laurel, throwing a card vertically 67 feet. And there were plenty of witnesses because he set the altitude record at the Great Lakes Science Center, which was jammed with around 1,500 people, many with video cameras...
Publ.Date : 14 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0700

Magician Dell O'Dell: A girl with grit, dreams-Arkansas Online‎
Women don't appear much in the history of magic except as the magician's lovely assistant -- the one so often sawed in half. Dell O'Dell was so much the exception that Harding University English teacher Michael Claxton devoted eight years to his biography of her. "I saw a great story," Claxton, 42, says. An associate professor at Harding in Searcy, he lifts the curtain on the life of one of magic's forgotten founders. "I called every magician I could find who might have known or seen Dell," he says. "I traveled to places she lived, and searched through the literature of magic."..
Publ.Date : 15 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0700


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