MT: December 13-19, 1999

VOLUME: 24 / ISSUE: 714 / Monday – December 13, 1999
Mark Setteducati who gave us Magic Works, Talking Magic Works, and the Mr. Creepy Line of magic products has outdone himself with a new interactive book titled “The Magic Show.” With the aid of Anne Benkovitz they created a popup style of book which performs the magic for the reader or it can be used by the reader to perform for others. Either way the magic can fool even magicians and will certainly fool non-magicians. The book whose first printing, in October, of 120,000 copies has already sold out with a 20,000 copy reprint being delivered to the stores. You should get a copy while you can. Amazon has already ranked the book in the top 2,000 best selling in their inventory and includes positive reviews from Mac King, Ben Robinson, Tyler Barrett, Ed Justice, Jr. and several others. It is a very attractive full- color hardcover book and is priced at a very low $18.95. The best part is that Amazon is discounting the book for a low $13.27. To read the reviews and purchase a book click: HERE.(12/13)

Diamond Jim Tyler, Danny Cole, George Millward, Cheri Soleil, Mark Hendrickson, Jason Baney, David Zirbel, and Doug Hoover appearing at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles, on Dec. 13-19.(12/13)

Monday, Dec. 13
Tim Gabrielson on Crook & Chase on Monday Dec. 13 at 3pm ET on TNN-TV (US-cable).(12/12)
It’s Magic!/One Bad Day is a magic themed episode of Salty’s Lighthouse on Monday Dec. 13 at 6:30am and ET on TLC-TV (US-cable).(12/12)
The Sucker’s Game episode of Grand Illusions: The Story of Magic on Monday Dec. 13 at 3pm ET on Discovery Canada.(12/12)
VOLUME: 24 / ISSUE: 715 / Tuesday – December 14, 1999
David Ben’s new show The Conjuror’s Suite which opens at the ROM in Toronto Canada got some press on Canoe. Ben describes the show as, “…a tribute to the intimate performances magicians did in private salons at the turn of the century in the private homes of the rich and fashionable.” To read the Dec. 12 story by Natasha Stoynoff click: HERE.(12/14)

NEW JERSEY: S.A.M. Assembly #25 will have its annual Wine & Cheese Party on Friday Dec. 17 at 8pm at the VFW Hall (Veterans Place) in Elmwood Park. The show will feature performances of “Magic Classics.”(12/14)

Tuesday, Dec. 14
Women Conjurors episode of Grand Illusions: The Story of Magic on Tuesday Dec. 14 at 3pm ET on Discovery Canada.(12/13)
Comedy In Magic episode of Grand Illusions: The Story of Magic on Tuesday Dec. 14 at 9:30pm, Dec. 15 at 1:30am and 5:30am ET on Discovery Canada.(12/13)
VOLUME: 24 / ISSUE: 716 / Wednesday – December 15, 1999
Irv Weiner who is best known by his stage name “Mr. Fingers” died on Tuesday Dec. 14 at 6pm. Born in 1923 and a graduate and former teacher of the Chavez School of Magic, Weiner was for many years one of the most successful college performers. He also owned a magic shop in Boston and released many original routines and manuscripts dealing with close-up, cards and menalism. Funeral services will be held on Friday at the Stanetsky Memorial Chapel in Brookline, MA. He was survived by his wife of 49 years Ruth, son Alan and daughter Cheryl. Cards can be sent to Ruth Weiner (1236 Great Plain Ave., Needham  MA  02492).(12/15)

Wednesday, Dec. 15
Comedy In Magic -See 12/14.(12/14)
The Maskelyne Dynasty episode of Grand Illusions: The Story of Magic on Wednesday Dec. 15 at 3pm ET on Discovery Canada.(12/14)
VOLUME: 24 / ISSUE: 717 / Thursday – December 16, 1999
Leonard B. Ayres is featured in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. “Ayres was a magician at heart, but puppetry made him famous.” In the early 1900s when he wanted to begin his career as a magician he, was encouraged to create a  marionette act instead. His show evolved from “The Royal Marionettes,” “Mantell’s Marionette Hippodrome” to “Mantell’s Manikins” with which “…He toured the country and became a vaudeville headliner. Hundreds of people paid 25 or 40 cents to see his show.” Ayres died in 1967 at the age of 82. “He is definitely one of the biggest names in puppetry.” To read the Nov. 25 article furnished by NewsReal click: HERE.(12/16)

The South Carolina Association of Magicians (SCAM) holds its Fifth Annual Convention on Jan. 21-22. Booked so far are Jeff McBride, Mark Mason, Matt Fore, and John Tudor. For more information click: HERE.(12/16)

Larry Maples & Raven perform at the Nanba Grand Kagetsu Theater (NGK – 11-6 Sennichimae, Nanba Chuo-ku) in Osaka, Japan from Dec. 17, 1999 to January 25, 2000.(12/16)

Thursday, Dec. 16
Busting The Fakes episode of Grand Illusions: The Story of Magic on Thursday Dec. 16 at 3pm ET on Discovery Canada.(12/15)
VOLUME: 24 / ISSUE: 718 / Friday – December 17, 1999
Bill Kahn who started performing magic when he was a teenager is now 80-years old and continues to do shows and donate his fees to charity. “Kahn estimates he has performed about 1,600 times in the past 20 years and raised about $400,000 for charities such as Shriners’ hospitals, Meals On Wheels and shelters for battered women and children.” One of his shows at the Hampton at Clearwater, Florida is reviewed in the St. Petersburg Times where he is quoted as saying, “I’m having more fun than ever before in my whole life.” To read the Nov. 27 article furnished by NewsReal click: HERE.(12/17)

Lance Burton & Friends perform their fifth annual children’s Christmas party on Saturday, Dec.18 at the Zelzah Shrine Temple in Las Vegas.(12/17)

An Irving Weiner obituary appeared in the Boston Globe on Tuesday where they describe how he got his name and other interesting facts about his fascinating life. To read the Dec. 16 obituary by Tom Long click: HERE.(12/17)

Friday, Dec. 17
A Day In The Life episode of Grand Illusions: The Story of Magic on Friday Dec. 17 at 3pm ET on Discovery Canada.(12/16)
VOLUME: 24 / ISSUE: 719 / Saturday – December 18, 1999
Mark Setteducati’s new book The Magic show is getting some great press. Besides being mentioned in the current People Magazine as a great gift idea it also received an outstanding review in the Los Angeles Times. The writer describes his meeting with Setteducati and describes the way the book was presented/performed for him. You will also discover some of Setteducati’s theories on what it takes to make good magic. The outcome of the reporters test with two young children was, “On a Christmas gift scale of 1 to 10, they rated it an 11. When last seen, the book was in the hands of the 10-year-old, who was sitting on the floor at day-care, surrounded by a circle of her peers. ‘How did you do it?’ they were asking. ‘How did you do it?'” To read  Bettijane Levine’s Dec. 13 review click: HERE.
–To purchase a copy of the book click: HERE. (12/18)

Joseph Gabriel, Bob Jardine, and Fernando Keops are currently appearing at Caesars Magical Empire in Las Vegas. Gabriel is there till Jan. 8, Jardine till Jan. 1 and Keops till Dec. 25.(12/18)

ENGLAND: The Pentacle Club entertains at the Magic Circle in London on Monday Dec. 20. This Meeting is for members only.(12/18)

Saturday, Dec. 18
Wild, Wild West’s magic themed episode “Night of the Braine” has a newspaper predicting the death of a magician on Saturday Dec. 18 at 9am ET on TNT-TV (US-cable).(12/17)
VOLUME: 24 / ISSUE: 720 / Sunday – December 19, 1999
The 8th World Deaf Magicians Festival will be held at Nagpur, India on January 17-24, 2000. The convention was established in 1986 and runs every two years. The highlights of the festival are usually the competitions in stage magic, comedy magic, and micro-magic where only deaf magicians can participate. The event is sponsored by the Society of World Deaf Magicians which was established in 1990. For more information about the convention or the society you may contact Simon J. Carmel by e-mailing him at:

Tom Durnin, Jamy Ian Swiss, and Jeff Moche appear at Monday Night Magic on Dec. 20 at 8pm in NYC. For tickets call Ticketmaster at: (212) 307-4100.(12/19)

Sunday, Dec. 19
Dan Fudim is scheduled to appear on the ” On the Money” episode of In the Mix on Sunday Dec. 19 at 11:30am ET on WNET-TV (US-PBS). This show is syndicated and may appear at different times and channels — check local listings.(12/19)
Penn & Teller appear as attorneys in the “See Drew Run” episode of Drew Carey on Sunday Dec. 19 at 6:30pm ET on FOX-TV (US). This show is syndicated and may appear at different times and channels — check local listings.(12/18)
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