MT: August 16-22, 1999

VOLUME: 20 / ISSUE: 595 / Monday – August 16, 1999
A survey by Italy’s Confesercenti and polling institute SWG found, in a pole which was released last Friday, that 22 percent or Italians (10 million people) believe in magic, fortune-telling, astrology and spiritualism. Italy has around 70,000 magicians, astrologers, clairvoyants and faith healers. 2.5 percent (1.2 million people) of the people poled declared that they were victims of fraud. To read the Aug. 13 Reuters story click: HERE.(8/16)

Lew Landers’ “The Mask of Diijon” (1946) featuring a magician who tries to master hypnosis in order to achieve great power was just released on DVD.(8/16)

Terry Lunceford, Earl Nelson, Michael Forbes, Michael Hack, Jim Piper, Andy Amyx, Paul Romkany, and Jeff Martin appearing at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles, on Aug. 16-22. Richard M. Sherman lectures on Sunday Aug. 22.(8/16)
VOLUME: 20 / ISSUE: 596 / Tuesday – August 17, 1999
The Hong Kong International Magic Convention will feature, Amos Levkovitch, Marc DeSouza, Fukai, Jay Scott Berry, Aldo Colombini, Lennart Green, Zhou Liang Tie, Mahka Tendo, Yuji Wada, Danny Cole, Fang Yan Ting, Ali Bongo, Xu Qiou, Harry Wong, Jimmy Leung, George Lee, Dante Law, Simon Ma, Albert Tam, and more. It will take place on Nov. 19-21 at the Panda Hotel in Hong Kong. For more information e-mail Mr. Hugo Wei at:

The Harry Houdini episode of Mysteries & Scandals with Lance Burton, Penn & Teller, Kenneth Silverman and Sid Radner on Wednesday Aug. 18 at 8:30pm, Aug. 19 at 9:30am and 3:30pm, Aug. 21 at 8am and Aug. 22 at 5:30pm ET on E!-TV (US-cable).(8/17,20)

A French girl falls in love with a carnival magician in the 1953 movie “Lili” on Thursday Aug. 19 at 4:15am ET on TCM-TV (US-cable).(8/17)
VOLUME: 20 / ISSUE: 597 / Wednesday – August 18, 1999
The fifth annual auction devoted to magic and conjuring antiques will take place at the Galerie de Chartres in Chartes, France on Sunday Oct. 17. The auction is split into two sessions. Rare magic books and magazines (mostly in French) from the 18th and 19th century will be auctioned off in the morning session. The afternoon session will feature, 19th century magic sets, posters, magic themed decorative items, magician prints, a walking stick with a magic lantern, two automatons, two Robert-Houdin clocks and much more. A catalog is available for 50-FRF. For more information click: HERE.(8/18)

Mr. Marick Super Magic Live “The Hand Power Challenge II” tours in Japan: On Thursday Aug. 19 in Shizuoka (053-454-9999), Friday Aug. 20 in Kyoto (075-211-0261), and Saturday Aug. 21 in Osaka (06-6341-8638).(8/18)

Christopher Fair performs on Thursday Aug. 19 at noon and 3pm at the Davis County Fair in Utah.(8/18)

David Blaine: Magic Man, Blaine’s second TV special, airs on Thursday Aug. 19 at 9pm ET on ABC-TV (US).(8/18)

Charles and Bobbi Peters are scheduled to appear on Extreme Gong on Thursday Aug. 19 at 11pm ET on GSN-TV (US-cable).(8/18)
VOLUME: 20 / ISSUE: 598 / Thursday – August 19, 1999
Abracadabra 1999’s scheduled performers are George Saterial, Nathan Burton, Dana Daniels, Michael Finney, Chuck Jones, and Tim Wright. There will be five performances running from Aug. 20-22 at the Playhouse in the Park, Eden Park in Cincinnati, OH. For tickets and information phone: 513-345-2242.(8/19)

The classic 1953 Houdini movie starring Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh airs on Saturday Aug. 21 at 6am ET on AMC-TV (US-cable).(8/19)
VOLUME: 20 / ISSUE: 599 / Friday – August 20, 1999
Phil Temple’s forthcoming Kellar book which was scheduled to be released this month has been delayed till mid October. The reason for the delay was a last minute chance to add more material. Temple traveled to Erie, PA on the 4th of July to meet with the Kellar family which helped him get new information. Temple told MagicTimes that, “Much of the material gathered in Erie will be seen in print for the first time, anywhere.” To reserve your copy you may e-mail Temple at:

Ron London in a biographical feature in the Kokomo Tribune where he talked about magic, “It’s a fun business… I like being on stage the most.” Asked about retirement the 57-year old London says, “I want to keep doing what I’m doing past 65.” To read Tom Carey’s story in the Aug. 18, titled “London loves his magic,” click: HERE.(8/20)

Dana Daniels and his ‘Psychic Parrot’ Luigi are interviewed as part of a promo about Abracadabra in Cincinnati. Also mentioned in the article are George Saterial, Nathan Burton & Sarah, Chuck Jones & Co. Michael Finney, and Tim Wright. To read Connie Yeager’s Aug. 19 article in the Cincinnati Post click: HERE.(8/20)

The Science of Magic hosted by Harry Anderson and featuring an array of popular magicians airs on Saturday Aug. 21 at 4pm ET on DSC-TV (US-cable).(8/20)
VOLUME: 20 / ISSUE: 600 / Saturday – August 21, 1999
A new law in Iraq has palm readers and fortunetelling magicians facing up to five years in prison if they are caught charging for their services. To read the Aug. 17 Associated Press article by Waiel Faleh click: HERE.(8/21)

WISCONSIN: Ron London lectures for IBM Ring #41 on Wednesday Aug. 25 at 7pm at the Perkos Lounge (54th and Burnham in West Allis). Cost is $5.00 for members and $10.00 for non-members. For more information click: HERE.(8/21)

“Lance Burton & Friends” starring Peter Reveen, The Pendragons, Fielding West, Greg Frewin and Lance Burton takes place on Sunday Aug. 22 at 5pm at the Lance Burton Theatre of the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. The show is a benefit for The Shriners’ Zelzah Shrine Temple. Tickets are $20 each and are available by phoning: 702-382-5554.(8/21)

The Bradys encourage Peter to take up magic on the Lights Out episode of the Brady Bunch on Sunday Aug. 22 at 4pm ET on NICK-TV (US-cable).(8/21)
VOLUME: 20 / ISSUE: 601 / Sunday – August 22, 1999
Experience the Magic of Boomtown Casino! Is the theme for six new television commercials created by Dean Hankey to promote Reno’s newly remodeled casino. Hankey is also their “In-House magician” who has been performing there for the past two years in addition to providing magicians for parties, meeting, and events through-out Nevada.(8/22)

David Oliver, Doc Swan, Rich Marotta, and Todd Robbins appear at Monday Night Magic on Aug. 23 in NYC. For tickets call Ticketmaster at: (212) 307-4100.(8/22)
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