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-MagicTimes News Archives Week of September 7-13, 2015-

Doug Hofkins, the Surfing Magician, is looking forward to big things in his future
If you spent more than 10 minutes at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk this summer, you probably caught the act of Doug Hofkins, the Surfing Magician. Really, how could you have missed the guy? He logged in 20 performances a week, alternating between sites at opposite ends of the Boardwalk...
Publ.Date : Sun, 06 Sep 2015 15:17:00 GMT

Magician Paul Daniels heartbroken over death of favourite bunny-Mirror
Paul Daniels' favourite rabbit has passed away, and he's heartbroken over his loss. The famous TV magician, 77, revealed the sad news on Twitter, after first telling fans that Harry O'Deeni was "very poorly". In a sad series of tweets, he wrote: "Poor little Harry Rabbit is very poorly. "Bad times... Harry didn't make it. It's awful"....
Publ.Date : 7 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT

Deadpan Comedian-Magician Slays During Semifinals
Piff The Magic Dragon’s unique brand of deadpan comedy and magic once again slayed the judges on Tuesday’s “America’s Got Talent.” Check out the video below!..
Publ.Date : Tue, 08 Sep 2015 19:32:00 GMT

Escapologist narrowly survives being buried alive in failed stunt-Telegraph
An escapologist, who hoped to out-manoeuvre Harry Houdini during a Buried Alive stunt, was left with a broken rib after he failed to break through to the surface almost nine minutes into the daring bid. Antony Britton hoped to escape unaided after being handcuffed and buried in a standard-size grave, under six feet of soil. But the daredevil had to be hauled out by crew members when he lost consciousness and now says he is ‘lucky to be alive’...
Publ.Date : 8 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT

Former lawyer goes to 'war,' becomes local magician-TBO
Just because he was a mediation lawyer for 46 years doesn’t mean Jerome Levy, 73, can’t be the life of the party... Now with the time to practice and refine his earlier performance skills of half magic and half humor, Levy began performing for the Rotary Club at Freedom Plaza and other private parties. “I was invited to one of the Great American Teach-In days at the Apollo Beach Elementary School,” Levy said. “I went from one class to the next, performing my magic for the students.” ...
Publ.Date : 9 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT

Atlantic City flash mob honors EHT magician Juros-Press of Atlantic City
Chad Juros was selected because of his Spread the Magic Foundation, a program that provides magic shows for pediatric oncology wards, where children stay during cancer treatment. It was the same thing his father did when Juros fought cancer, but his father later died from a malignant brain tumor....
Publ.Date : 9 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT

Meet the magician who helped Northern Ireland get out of jail in-Belfast Telegraph
And now the Belfast Telegraph can reveal that they received inspiration from a local magician who entertained them with his mind-blowing tricks on the evening before their crucial match. Rodd Hogg (35) says he is not taking credit for Northern Ireland's 1-1 draw against Hungary but hopes his visit with the team in some way helped them stay relaxed and on track to qualify for the European Championships next year...
Publ.Date : 9 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT

Las Vegas magician makes 'America's Got Talent' finals
So the lucky little dragon heads into his final showdown with The Regurgitator. The Las Vegas-based comedy magician Piff the Magic Dragon made the Top 10 cut on "America's Got Talent" Wednesday, putting him into the NBC talent show's final showdown on Tuesday.
Publ.Date : Thu, 10 Sep 2015 20:53:00 GMT

Local magician advances to 'America's Got Talent' finals-Santa Monica Daily Press
Every exceptional magic trick is said to have three acts: the pledge, the turn and the prestige. And Derek Hughes has already taken care of the first two. He vowed to wow audiences as a contestant on “America’s Got Talent,” and he’s been able to turn heads with his blend of stand-up humor and engaging magic. The locally based performer is now in the hunt for prestige as he enters the NBC talent show’s finals, which begin Tuesday, Sept. 15, at Radio City Music Hall in New York City...
Publ.Date : 10 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT

Gig review: Band of Magicians-Stuff
The Band of Magicians show opens with music, a light show, and swirling smoke. The audience waits for the magicians to appear in a burst of pyrotechnics, grandeur and the swish of a cape. Instead, four guys in jeans and t-shirts walk out from the wings and give a meagre wave sending the message clearly: this is not just any old magic show. In fact, what carries this show isn't even the magic, it's the showmanship, charisma and comedy of the "band": Ben Hanlin, Adam Mada, Brett Loudermilk and James Galea....
Publ.Date : 10 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT

New Jersey Do-Gooder Gets Magical Surprise With David-ABC News
One do-gooder from New Jersey got a very magical surprise of his own on “Good Morning America” today with help from his idol, magician David Copperfield. Chad Juros, 27, is a child leukemia survivor who has established a foundation called “Spread the Magic” where he travels the world performing magic for children with cancer “in the hopes that they can find magic in their lives as Chad did in his,” Juros’ mother, Penny Juros Bilker, told ABC News...
Publ.Date : 11 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT

10 Historical People Who Were Real-Life Magicians
If you think magic is just for Dungeons & Dragons players and Criss Angel, you’re sadly mistaken. Magic is totally real, and was totally practiced by totally real people who lived in history! Here are just 10 real-life wizards and sorcerers who used magic for a lot more than just party tricks....
Publ.Date : Fri, 11 Sep 2015 14:12:00 GMT

Fourth-graders spellbound by magician -Collection Today
What they got was a magician show performed by Caleb Alexander, a 16-year-old from West Ashley... Alexander captured the attention of his young audience as soon as he walked on stage and produced a white dove from a square of blue fabric...
Publ.Date : 11 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT

Showboat magician gains national attention-Branson Tri-Lakes news‎
Aaron Radatz is getting some national TV exposure, along with local entertainers Chipper Lowell and Rick Thomas, on the current season of the CW show “Masters of Illusion.”...
Publ.Date : 11 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT

Natural-born magic salesman still travels light-Las Vegas Review-Journal‎
Working through these iffy moments, Franco closes strong with a great bit involving an audience member's phone, and the rare use of a large prop: a cannon that clobbers the whole audience with playing cards. A closing card trick smartly recaps the show we have just witnessed; a final piece of salesmanship from a natural-born salesman. Let's just hope this one reinvests some of his good fortune in the R&D department. After all, the dude's only 27 and looks to be here a long time...
Publ.Date : 11 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT

Penn and Teller wow with smart, funny Riverside Theater magic show-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel‎
After an evening he honestly and humorously proclaimed was filled with lies and deceit, funnyman magician Penn Jillette, performing at the Riverside Theater on Friday with his silent partner Teller, sat low to the stage, illuminated only by candle light, and for a few moments, got real...
Publ.Date : 11 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT

Street magician cheers up shoppers by making money appear from -Mirror
Julien Dauphin took to the streets of Stockholm to perform an amazing magic trick where he appears to pull money from nothing. In the clip, he can be seen approaching a woman who is sat on the street. He picks up a tin and knocks the bottom, to prove it is empty, before appearing to conjure coins from mid air. One becomes several, which suddenly becomes half a tin. The tin is full to the brim with money, so much so that the coins are spilling onto the pavement.
Publ.Date : 11 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT

My Phnom Penh: Teng Samao, magician
I mostly perform my magic show for private companies, but recently my favourite place to perform has been on the boats that go up and down the river. The first time I performed on a boat, I hid my cameraman in the audience and he captured the reaction as I performed...
Publ.Date : Fri, 11 Sep 2015 23:15:00 GMT

From creator to contestant, stage magic is a small world-Las Vegas Review-Journal
On Monday, Rick Lax will step up as a contestant on the CW's "Penn & Teller: Fool Us." If you don't know the name, it's because Lax hasn't really performed as a magician in more than 15 years. "I haven't done a paying gig since I was 17, and back then it was kids' birthday parties," he says. But the Las Vegan does work for the online Penguin Magic, inventing new tricks and improving the presentation of existing ones for the company...
Publ.Date : 12 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT

The most magical wedding ever?
Justin Willman and his comedian bride-to-be Jillian Sipkins, busting out a cool first dance was a little 2014. Also - neither can really dance. So they decided to get tricky. During their first dance, they pulled off an amazing stunt during which the groom appeared to levitate. The couple had already gone viral earlier this week by creating their own parody of Comedy Central’s Drunk History - which was shown at the rehearsal dinner...
Publ.Date : Sat, 12 Sep 2015 09:44:00 GMT

Watch bride and groom pull off wild magic trick during wedding dance
A bride put a “spell” on her groom, stunning their guests during a dance at a wedding reception. Justin Willman and Jillian Sipkins were married on Sept. 6 in Malibu, California, according to the YouTube description on Justin Willman’s video. The couple said they decided to create a parody of the popular show “Drunk History” to explain their relationship to their guests....
Publ.Date : Sat, 12 Sep 2015 18:22:00 GMT

Magician offers slice of fun at Franklin pizzeria-The Tennessean‎
Tim Friday, a professional Nashville magician, is currently performing at the downtown Franklin restaurant on Saturday nights. “I love magic because it is a great way to provide extra special hospitality for customers at the restaurant,” he said “and when it’s that close to you, it’s an experience you remember the rest of your life.”..
Publ.Date : 12 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT

 

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