MT: December 20-26, 1999

VOLUME: 24 / ISSUE: 721 / Monday – December 20, 1999
Robert Reinhart died on Dec. 18 at the age of 93.  He was a contemporary and friend of magicians such as Dai Vernon, Charlie Miller, Cardini, Jarrett and many others of that time. He was also instrumental in the magic they performed. His most recent influences can be seen in Rudy Coby who told MagicTimes that, “Robert Reinhart was my mentor.  He took me under his wing at the age of ten and never stopped teaching me.” The last time Dai Vernon was in New York he remarked, “Bob’s the last one of us left.” Outside of magic he was a reviewer for “Variety” magazine over a period of five decades.(12/20)

Listing the people who made the biggest impacts and differences in northern Nevada entertainment, The Sacramento Bee included David Copperfield and described him as, “He came to us as an unknown magician, basically an opening act for the better-known Shields and Yarnell. He’s since rewritten the manual on illusion…” To read the Dec. 19 article by Mel Shields click: HERE.
–In a separate article David Copperfield’s upcoming shows at Caesars Tahoe are mentioned. Click: HERE.(12/20)

The Pendragons, Billy McComb, Handsome Jack, Monte Smith, Lou Serrano, and Howard Jay appearing at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles, on Dec. 20-26. The Castle will be closed for the holidays on Dec. 24-25.(12/20)

Monday, Dec. 20
The Circus starring Charlie Chaplin and was produced, written, and directed by him in 1928 and features a magician as one of the characters on Monday Dec. 20 at 9:30pm on TCM-TV (US-cable).(12/19)
A performance of young magicians on Zoom on Monday Dec. 20 at 7am ET on various PBS (US) stations — check local listings.(12/19)
Magic In The Movies episode of Grand Illusions: The Story of Magic on Monday Dec. 20 at 3pm ET on Discovery Canada.(12/19)
VOLUME: 24 / ISSUE: 722 / Tuesday – December 21, 1999
Greg Frewin and Juliana Chen star in “Odyssey” which opened on Dec. 18 at the Genting International Showroom in Malaysia and is scheduled to run for six months. For tickets to the show that runs daily at 8:30pm phone: 03- 2152993 or 03-2013555. In conjunction with the show The New Straits Times ran a story about Frewin and Chen mentioning their background and the many awards they have won at magic competitions. To read the Dec. 17 story supplied by NewsReal click: HERE.(12/21)

CANADA: Montreal’s Festival of Magic takes place at the Hilton Bonaventure in Montreal on Tuesday Dec. 28. The day features competitions of children’s entertainers. For more information phone: 514-684-5581.(12/21)

Tuesday, Dec. 21
The Great Teachers episode of Grand Illusions: The Story of Magic on Tuesday Dec. 21 at 3pm ET on Discovery Canada.(12/20)
Dai Vernon episode of Grand Illusions: The Story of Magic on Tuesday Dec. 21 at 9:30pm, and Dec.22 at 1:30am  ET on Discovery Canada.(12/20)
VOLUME: 24 / ISSUE: 723 / Wednesday – December 22, 1999
The December issue of Atlantic City featured a list of 100 stars which “have added brilliance to the past century in Atlantic City.” Houdini is included among the ten celebrities in the Novelty category where he is described as, “…the king of the escape artists and perhaps the most flamboyant entertainer of the early 20th century. Harry Houdini straitjacketed his taut torso and suspended himself — upside down — high above the gaping multitudes at Million Dollar and Garden piers. Somehow, he always managed to wriggle free and descend to terra firma in one piece.” Also in the Novelty category were the AC favorites the “Wild Man of Borneo,” “King Neptune,” Sonora Carver who was the blind woman who rode horses off the Steel Pier, and Ronald Harrison who in 1952 locked himself in a glass-topped grave for 42 days, reportedly taking only liquid nourishment delivered through a tube.(12/22)

Wednesday, Dec. 22
Noddy – The Magic Show -See 12/8.(12/21)
Dai Vernon episode -See 12/21.(12/21)
Bar Magic episode of Grand Illusions: The Story of Magic on Wednesday Dec. 22 at 3pm ET on Discovery Canada.(12/21)
VOLUME: 24 / ISSUE: 724 / Thursday – December 23, 1999
John Railing has a new book for the general public scheduled to be released in March, 2000 titled ” Ten Awesome Esp Tricks (Be a Real Magician).” This is the sequel to his 1998 release of “Ten Awesome Card Tricks” which included 22 cards needed to perform the routines. Both books are illustrated by Doris Ettlinger.
–Ten Awesome Card Tricks is available from Amazon for $7.16, click: HERE.(12/23)

CANADA: We were just informed that the Montreal Festival of Magic has been cancelled.(12/23)

Thursday, Dec. 23
Orson Welles performs magic with Lucille Ball on “I Love Lucy” on Thursday Dec. 23 at 1:30am ET on NICK-TV (US-cable).(12/22)
Simon & Simon’s “Grand Illusion” episode has a magician suspected of killing a young illusionist on Thursday Dec. 23 at noon and 6pm ET on A&E-TV (US-cable).(12/22)
Magic In Literature episode of Grand Illusions: The Story of Magic on Thursday Dec. 23 at 3pm ET on Discovery Canada.(12/22)
VOLUME: 24 / ISSUE: 725 / Friday – December 24, 1999
Meyer Lang died on Wednesday Dec. 22 at the Age of 93. He was the long time president of the Magicians Guild in NYC and was very active in all of the IBM, SAM, etc… magic organizations in the NY and NJ area. Lang loved to perform close-up magic and took every opportunity to do so. Outside of magic he represented the United States in the 1928 Olympics as a member of the gymnastics team. Funeral services will be held on Sunday Dec. 26 at the Robert Schoem’s Menorah Chapel (150 W. Rt. 4 – 201-843-9090) in Paramus, NJ at 11am.(12/24)

Magical Mark and Howie the Great perform on Friday Dec. 24 at the AirTran Airways terminal (Concourse C) at the Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport. Performers will be there trying to relax the travelers from 9am to 9pm.(12/24)

Friday, Dec. 24
Las Vegas episode of Grand Illusions: The Story of Magic on Friday Dec. 24 at 3pm ET on Discovery Canada.(12/23)
VOLUME: 24 / ISSUE: 726 / Saturday – December 25, 2000
Bob Little “The Wiz, the best there is – not the fuzz the worst there was” is recovering form a quadruple bypass which he had on Wednesday Dec. 22. Three of his arteries were 90% clogged. He was just moved out of intensive care into his own room, his spirits are good and he hopes to be back home next week. He is already planning on the conventions he will attend in the first part of 2000. You can send get well cards to: Bob Little – 27 Bright Road  – Hatboro, PA 19040.(12/25)

A Meyer Lang obituary appeared in the Bergen Record where they called him, “…the oldest performing professional magician in the United States and a member of the 1928 Olympic gymnastics team.” To read the Dec. 24 obituary by Evonne Coutros click: HERE.(12/25)

Saturday, Dec. 25
The Impossible Made Possible episode of Mysteries of Magic on Saturday Dec. 25 at 8pm and 11pm ET on TLC-TV (US-cable). (12/24)

Masters of the Mystery episode of Mysteries of Magic on Saturday Dec. 25 at 9pm and midnight ET on TLC-TV (US-cable). (12/24)

Death Defying Feats episode of Mysteries of Magic on Saturday Dec. 25 at 10pm and Dec. 26 at 1am ET on TLC-TV (US-cable).(12/24)

The Bradys encourage Peter to take up magic on the Lights Out episode of the Brady Bunch on Saturday Dec. 25 at 1am ET on NICK-TV (US-cable).(12/24)
VOLUME: 24 / ISSUE: 727 / Sunday – December 26, 2000
Michael Grasso, Todd Robbins, and Simon Lovell appear at Monday Night Magic on Dec. 27 at 8pm in NYC. For tickets call Ticketmaster at: (212) 307-4100.(12/26)

CALIFORNIA: Convention At The Capital 2000 announced that they have already booked: Carl Cloutier, Michael Ammar, Johnny Thompson, Martin Lewis, Whit Hayden, Christopher Hart, Alfonso, Gary Kurtz, Darwin Ortiz, Tony Clark, J.C. Wagner, Joshua Jay, John Bannon, with more to come. The convention takes place on May 12-14 at the Rancho Sheraton in Sacramento and the registration is $150 per person. For more information phone A-1 Magical Media at: 800-876-8437.(12/26)

Sunday, Dec. 26
Ricky Jay and Steve Martin in The Spanish Prisoner (1998) on Sunday Dec. 26 at 9am and 11:20pm, and Dec. 31 at 2:30pm ET on TMC-TV (US-cable).(12/25)
Death Defying Feats -See 12/25.(12/25)
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