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-MagicTimes News Archives Week of May 4-10, 2015-

SyFy Greenlights Lev Grossman's 'The Magicians' TV Series
SyFy might have the supply, as the network just announced a greenlight for The Magicians TV series. The show will be based on the first book in Lev Grossman’s fantasy trilogy, which just came to a close at the end of last summer. Today the network announced a 12-episode order for The Magicians TV series that will feature Jason Ralph (A Most Violent Year, Aquarius) as Quentin Coldwater, a brilliant grad student who enrolls in Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, a secret upstate New York university specializing in magic.
Publ.Date : Mon, 04 May 2015 01:00:00 GMT

Business briefs: Cocoa Village magic convention, etc.
The Magic Dove Magic Shop of Cocoa Village has partnered with the Society of Young Magicians to host a “Weekend of Wonder” (WOW) Convention designed to engage youth in magic. “This convention is designed to give our youth an opportunity to learn and grow from seasoned professional magicians as well as network with their peers,” said Dan Ezell, sponsor of Society of Young Magicians (SYM) Assembly #143. This club meets every Friday evening at Ezell’s Magic Dove shop and holds the record for being the largest youth magic club in the United States...
Publ.Date : Tue, 05 May 2015 12:49:00 GMT

The magician who astounded the world by conjuring spirits and -Boing Boing‎
"The latest exhibition at the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn is called "Do the Spirits Return?," says Ben Marks of Collectors Weekly. "Focusing on the great, early-20th-century magician Howard Thurston, who was more acclaimed in his day than Harry Houdini, the exhibition features posters, props, and scraps of Thurston ephemera from the collection of Rory Feldman.".
Publ.Date : 06 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT

Magician Lefty Caress -Salt Lake City Weekly
He holds séances and burlesque shows, and he can make you believe you're the one with magical powers, doing the tricks while he manipulates the cards. Fifteen years ago, he was Elias Caress, a software engineer working in a bank. He hated it. As nice as the money was, the job made him miserable, so he picked up some hobbies. A friend got him into magic, which he resisted at first, saying magic is for kids. Now he performs weekly as Lefty Caress (pictured above center, with assistants Celeste McCulley and "Shuffles"), at Slices Pizza..
Publ.Date : 06 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT

Taiwanese magician Lu Chen confirms marriage with model 10 -The Straits Times
Taiwanese magician Lu Chen, 38, has confirmed his marriage to Chinese model Ariel Wang, 28. His hand forced by rumours about his secret marriage, he posted a confirmation on Weibo on Tuesday. A photo of him and his magically floating bride was shared with a caption that read: "The system is automatically forwarding wedding news". His agent confirmed that the couple had registered their marriage, but declined to disclose details about their wedding plans, said China Times.
Publ.Date : 06 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT

Meet the smoldering magician casting a spell on celebs
Or, more specifically, to lock eyes with Dan White, the smoldering 33-year-old magician who studied under David Copperfield, performed alongside David Blaine and is now razzle-dazzling fans of his own with tricks involving cards, iPhones and the occasional, eye-popping levitation. Since “The Magician,” a self-described “intimate evening of magic, mystery and deception,” opened at the hotel in March, Manhattan’s hunkiest illusionist is also making tickets disappear...
Publ.Date : Wed, 06 May 2015 21:00:00 GMT

Teller's Favorite Gadgets - Some of Them Magical
I have an OM Bluetooth speaker that levitates an inch over a base with a beautiful little blue light that shines up on it. The sound is OK, but I just love looking at it. I love anything that levitates...
Publ.Date : Fri, 08 May 2015 13:26:00 GMT

See magician, comedian Andy Gross mesmerize staff at The Bay - MLive
Before taking the stage at Bay City's State Theatre, Los Angeles-based comedian, ventriloquist and magician Andy Gross stopped by The Bay City Times hub for a sneak peek of his show. Gross ran through a few tricks which you can see in the video above. From making sugar disappear and reappear to a couple head-scratching card tricks, he left MLive journalist Sam Easter stumped and confused...
Publ.Date : 08 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT

Magician's got some new tricks; 'Castle' star making music-Miami Herald‎
Rhode Island native Mat Franco is taking advantage of his downtime. Come next month, the magician, who last year won season 9 of NBC’s America’s Got Talent, will begin a residency at the Linq Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Franco flew to Miami briefly to perform a private show for VIPs, and we were able to catch a few minutes with the sleight of hand specialist.
Publ.Date : 08 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT

Waukegan basketball star's brother has the magic touch
The difference is, Jibrizy Taylor also is a magician WITHOUT a basketball. "I could make your signed playing card appear inside a basketball. Just deflate it a bit," he said, and based on watching him perform upclose, table magic, you have to believe him. Clearly, pursuing dreams and the pursuit of excellence are traits that run in the Taylor family. For Jibrizy Taylor, the dream involves his ability as a magician along with his ability as a writer/composer of music to put together a show that appeals to boys and girls, and young men and young women of his generation.
Publ.Date : Sat, 09 May 2015 13:39:00 GMT

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: can the BBC's ambitious magician drama put a spell on audiences?
Magic has returned to England. Like all tales of the fantastic, it was a matter of stars aligning and heroes triumphing. But unlike most tales of the fantastic, it was also a case of budgets groaning and options expiring. It’s been a lengthy, arduous and – according to director Toby Haynes – “terrifying” process that has brought Susanna Clarke’s epic novel Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell to the screen, but the transformation from 800-page tome to seven-part series for BBC1 is now complete.
Publ.Date : Sat, 09 May 2015 02:18:00 GMT

Britain's Got Talent magician's assistant Chloe Crawford has past as-Daily Mail‎
With every new series that comes by, the range of show-stopping acts featured on Britain's Got Talent is a consistent bag of surprises, but Chloe Crawford may have provided the biggest one yet. The Sun reports that the blonde beauty, who appears as a magician's assistant alongside her husband on Saturday night's instalment of the hit ITV talent show, has a past as a topless model. The 27-year-old, who hails from Portsmouth, has posed for racy Playboy magazine and is a topless fixture in Las Vegas show Fantasy, though sources tell MailOnline she has never hidden her past.
Publ.Date : 09 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT

The Shape I'm In: Keith Barry, magician-Irish Examiner‎
KEITH BARRY’S new hypnotic show, You’re Back in the Room, got massive ratings from when it premiered on TV3 in March. Ratings were impressive in Britain too and the show is set to head Down Under after the format was sold to an Australian broadcaster. “People are hugely fascinated by the workings of the human mind and by my being able to hypnotise them and get them to do things they wouldn’t normally do,” he says. No matter what hair-brained deeds Keith gets his subjects to do, nobody has ever come back and complained, he says. “With hypnosis, the whole idea is to get rid of inhibitions and free up somebody’s mind to allow them act in a way they wouldn’t normally. People enter it willingly. "They know going in they’re going to do something outside their boundaries or rules. Most of them end up being more positive. When I’m taking them out of hypnosis, I instil a sense of positivity they’ve never felt before.” ...
Publ.Date : 09 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT

 

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