MT: December 28, 1998 – January 3, 1999

VOLUME: 12 / ISSUE: 364 / Monday – December 28, 1998
The LA Times ran a wonderful story on Sat. Dec.26 about Newport Beach magician Len “Doc” Wayne and his 12th year of Christmas performances for abused and neglected children. Wayne also teaches them magic and gives them gifts. He is currently working to establish Kids Are Magic, a program to aid in the education and development of children. To read Elise Gee’s story titled “The Magic of Christmas” click: HERE.(12/28)

Mike Bent, Brian Gillis, Steve Kradolfer, David Oliver, and Jon Stetson appear in “Magicians & Spirits” at The Green Street Grill in Cambridge, MA on Tuesday Dec. 29. Show starts at 10pm, bar magic at 9pm. All seats $10. For more info phone: 617-876-1655.(12/28)

Bob Arno, Dirk Arthur, Nathan Burton, Brett Daniels, Michael Finney, Greg Frewin, Joseph Gabriel, Galina, Hans & Sittah, Guy Hollingworth, Peter Marvey, The Pendragon’s, Jean Piere Valerino, David Williamson, and Steve Wyrick on a rerun of the “World’s Greatest Magic III” on Tuesday Dec. 29 at 9pm ET on FAM-TV (US-cable).(12/28)
VOLUME: 12 / ISSUE: 365 / Tuesday – December 29, 1998
“Clowntrodden: Birthday Bozos party for a living, but it’s not all fun and games” is a very interesting story about the pitfalls of being a children’s entertainer. It appeared in the Boston Daily Globe on Dec. 26 and centers mostly on clowns and interviews them about some of their offbeat and memorable experiences. Also in the article is lots of good advise like Spunky the clown’s tip, “The real trick to being a party clown is to keep the show rolling, to move faster than the kids.” Or, the author’s insight, “As any clown will tell you, the job is largely a matter of crowd control.” To read the story by Nathan Cobb click: HERE.(12/29)

Ayala & Lillia, Jason Byrne, Brett Daniels, Luis De Matos, Jeff Hobson, Amazing Jonathan, Mark Kalin & Ginger, Mac King, Rene Lavand, Max Maven, Jeff McBride, Melinda, Penn & Teller, and Rick Thomas on a rerun of the “World’s Greatest Magic II” on Wednesday Dec. 30 at 9pm ET on FAM-TV (US-cable).(12/29)

“Breaking the Magician’s Code: Magic’s Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed 2″ on Wednesday Dec. 30 at 8pm followed by “Breaking the Magician’s Code: Magic’s Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed 3” will be rerun at 9pm ET on FOX-TV (US).(12/29)
VOLUME: 12 / ISSUE: 366 / Wednesday – December 30, 1998
Alain Nu will be presenting his “Mysteries of Nu” show at Alcatratz Nightclub (1214 18th St.) at Dupont Circle in Washington, DC on New Years Eve. For reservations phone popstars at: 202-333-2532. The show is scheduled to begin at 10:15pm and promises, levitations, Ducks and fire.(12/30)

Siegfried & Roy give a special performance on New Year’s Eve at the Mirage in Las Vegas. Show times are 7pm and 10:15pm. Tickets are $100 per person. (12/30)

Lance Burton, Alain Choquette, Brett Daniels, Greg Frewin, Franz Harary, Max Maven, Melinda, The Pendragons, Princess Tenko, and Topas on a rerun of the “World’s Greatest Magic I” on Thursday Dec. 31 at 9pm ET on FAM-TV (US-cable).(12/30)

The Magician episode of “Matlock” has him defending a magician accused of murder on Thursday Dec. 31 at 12pm ET on TBS-TV (US-cable). (12/30)
VOLUME: 12 / ISSUE: 367 / Thursday – December 31, 1998
Richard Robinson headlines ‘First Night Providence’ with his current show, ‘Make Believe,’ with performances at 10 and 11pm on New Years Eve in the 360-seat Providence Public Library Theater. Nearly 200 afternoon and evening performances and events featuring over 50 artists are scheduled at various locations throughout downtown Providence, making this ‘First Night’ one of the largest in the country. Performance artists from Spain, India and the U.S. will be appearing as well as various musical and theater groups. For more info click: HERE.(12/31)

Penn & Teller perform at the Mystic Lake Casino (2400 Mystic Lake Boulevard, Prior Lake, Minnesota) on New Years Eve. For tickets and information phone: 612-445-9000 or 800-262-7799.(12/31)
VOLUME: 13 / ISSUE: 368 / Friday – January 1, 1999
Ricky Jay is featured in the Dec. 29 issue of the Los Angeles Times. The story by T.H. McCulloh shines some light on Jay’s passion for close-up magic, his growing up with magicians all over the house, and his relationship with David Mamet and Jules Fisher. A short bio of Jay is also given which leads to his current sold-out show “Ricky Jay & His 52 Assistants” which runs through the 9th. The show is also scheduled for St. Louis in March and at the Spoleto Festival in South Carolina in May. To read the story click: HERE.(1/1)

Will David Copperfield’s Magic Underground restaurant in New York City ever open? On Dec. 30 the New York Post reported that “…investors stand to lose the $30 million they sunk into magic-themed restaurant of David Copperfield, which may never open.” Similar stories about the restaurant have been reported in other papers and magazines as the theme-restaurant business is beginning to soften.(1/1)

Juliana Chen, Farquhar and Felicity, Clark Robertson and Murray Hatfield & Company star in Murray Hatfield’s “Illusions 98/99…A Magic Spectacular!” which have been touring Canada for the past couple months. In January they will be at the Massey Theatre, Vancouver (2-4), Royal Theatre, Victoria (8-9), Centre of the Arts, Regina (12), Centennial Theatre, Saskatoon (13), Centennial Auditorium, Brandon (15), and Walker Theatre, Winnipeg (16). For more information e-mail:

The Le Grand David show which has been running for more than 20 years in Beverly, MA is featured on the “Le Grand David” episode of “Grand Illusions: The Story Of Magic” on the Canadian Discovery channel, Saturday Jan. 2 at 7pm and Sunday Jan. 3 at 2:30pm ET.(1/1)
VOLUME: 13 / ISSUE: 369 / Saturday – January 2, 1999
The 25th Anniversary Winter Carnival of Magic will take place on Mar. 11-13 at the Gatlinburg Convention Center in Gatlinburg, TN. Booked so far are: Daryl, Peter Gossamer, Jessie & James, Steve Kissell, Joe Lefler, Oscar Munoz, Johnny Ace Palmer, Johnny Thompson, Mark Wade, and Tommy Wonder. Registration is $65. For more info e-mail Ed Denney:

Lance Burton, Michael McKean, Roseanne, and Marina Siritis appear on “Penn and Teller’s Sin City Spectacular” on Sunday Jan. 3 at 10pm and will be repeated on Monday Jan. 4 at 9pm ET on FX-TV (US-cable).(1/2)

“Eternally Yours” (1939) staring David Niven as a debonair magician on Sunday Jan. 3 at 1:30am on WLIW-TV which can be seen around the New York area.(1/2)
VOLUME: 13 / ISSUE: 370 / Sunday – January 3, 1999
Jeff Lefton whose company Lefton Promotions produces about 1,400 shows a year in 40 states with Lefton performing magic acts once or twice a week is featured in the Dec. 28 issue of the St. Louis Business Journal. Lefton Promotions made the Journal’s 1996 and 1997 lists of fastest-growing private companies with 1998’s income estimated at US $1.9 million. To read the story by Ron Janecke click: HERE.(1/3)

Larry Maples and Raven, Derek Hughes, Peter Samelson, Todd Robbins appear at Monday Night Magic on Jan. 4 in NYC. For tickets call Ticketmaster at: (212) 307-4100.(1/3)
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