MT: February 14-20, 2000

VOLUME: 26 / ISSUE: 777 / Monday – February 14, 2000
George Saterial who, last summer, won the highest competition awards the Society of American Magicians and the International Brotherhood of Magicians bestow on a performer, appears with Bruce Cervon, T. C. Tahoe, Armando Vera, Joycee Beck, Woody Pittman, Christopher Hart, and Bob Stone at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles, on Feb. 14-20. Don Drake lectures on Sunday Feb. 20.(2/14)

Monday, Feb. 14
The Geisha Boy -See 2/4.(2/12)
Ricky Jay in The Spanish Prisoner -See 2/1.(2/12)
VOLUME: 26 / ISSUE: 778 / Tuesday – February 15, 2000
David Blaine in a weird interview in the March issue of Vanity Fair. In the Q&A by George Wayne Blaine confirmed the rumors of his next big event which is scheduled for May, “I’m freezing myself in a block of ice about the size of a van. And leaving it right in the middle of Times Square. For one full day I’m going to be frozen like Han Solo was frozen by Darth Vader.” Also reported is that Blaine will find out this month whether his movie project, which he describes as “…the Rocky of magic movies” will go into production.(2/15)
VOLUME: 26 / ISSUE: 779 / Wednesday – February 16, 2000
Dave and Denise Hamner  star in Magic of the Night  at The Remington Theatre (3701 W. Highway 76) in Branson, MO.  The show opens on Thursday Feb. 17 and is scheduled to run through Apr. 29. The show which is geared toward a family audience will include performances of Vertigo, The Wings of Magic, Stargate, and  Lightning Levitation illusions. Magic of the Night was created, written and directed by Gary Ouellet. For tickets and information phone: 417-336-6220 or click: HERE.(2/16)

Wednesday, Feb. 16
Harry Anderson in the Korman’s Kalamity episode of Tales From the Crypt on Wednesday Feb. 16 at 7pm and Feb. 17 at 1am ET on SCIFI-TV (US-cable).(2/14)
The Linguini Incident (1992) about a waitress who dreams of becoming an escape artist on Wednesday Feb. 16 at 9:35pm and Feb. 17 at 2:15am and 4:45pm ET on ROMCL-TV (US-cable).(2/14)
VOLUME: 26 / ISSUE: 780 / Thursday – February 17, 2000 
Walter Edward Cummings died on Tuesday Feb. 15. He was born, Kaminski, on Sep. 9 1904 in Utica, NY where he spent most of his life — he was 95 years old. Cummings was known for his outstanding manipulative skills with cards and billiard balls. Billed as the “Prince of Cards” he performed all over the world, including a stint during WWII where he entertained the troops. He also performed an escape act under the name “Mysterious Cummings.” He is best remembered as a Chavez student and teacher — he continued to teach magic and manipulation until the end. His students reportedly included Channing Pollock, Neil Foster, and Tony Curtis who he prepared for his role as Houdini. Funeral services will be held on Friday Feb. 18 at 8:15am at the Myslinski Funeral Home in Utica, NY. For a Feb. 16 obituary by Teresa Lee click: HERE.(2/17)

ENGLAND: Harry Monti, the current president of the S.A.M., will lecture for the Magic Circle in London on Monday Feb.21. This Meeting is for members only.(2/17)

Thursday, Feb. 17
Kid magicians on Tonight Show -See 2/7.(2/17)
The Linguini Incident -See 2/16.(2/17)
Rudy Coby: The Coolest Magician on Earth on Thursday Feb. 17 at 10pm ET on FAM-TV (US-cable).(2/15)
Penn & Teller on Aspen Comedy Festival on Thursday Feb. 17 at 3am ET on COM-TV (US-cable).(2/15)
Harry Anderson on Tales From the Crypt – See 2/16.(2/15)
The Geisha Boy -See 2/4.(2/15)
VOLUME: 26 / ISSUE: 781 / Friday – February 18, 2000
Blackstone — a musical which is loosely based on the life of Harry Blackstone Sr. is closer to becoming a reality. The rights to the show were purchased by Teri Mitze in 1998 — the book has been written by Ivan Menchell, music by Grant Sturiale, lyrics by Barry Harman, choreography by Patricia Birch, and the magic consultants are Charles Reynolds and Gay Blackstone. The cast should be put together in the spring and summer with an out of town opening in the fall. It will eventually get to Broadway. To read more by David Lefkowitz in the Feb. 16 Playbill click: HERE.(2/18)


Friday, Feb. 18
World’s Greatest Magic II starring 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 reruns on Friday Feb. 18 at 6pm ET on FAM-TV (US-cable).(2/16)
VOLUME: 26 / ISSUE: 782 / Saturday – February 19, 2000
Joaquin Ayala performs in Latin themed “The Time Is Now” show at a casino in Lebanon. Ayala describes what he does as, “I have the chance to make the impossible possible but it’s only entertainment, I don’t claim to have any special powers.” To read the Feb. 15 Daily Star article by Warren Singh-Bartlett click: HERE.(2/19)

SCANDINAVIA: Rafael Benatar lectures throughout Scandinavia: Copenhagen (2/21), Århus (22), Stockholm (23), Norrköping (24), Göteborg (25), Bodø (27), Oslo (28), Bergen (29), Stavanger (3/1), and Trondheim (3/2). For more information phone Jarle Leirpoll at: +47-907-63363.(2/19)

Saturday, Feb. 19
Ricky Jay in The Spanish Prisoner -See 2/1.(2/17)
Magic For Sale episode of Grand Illusions: The Story of Magic on Saturday Feb. 19 at 7am ET on Discovery Canada. (2/17)
Animals In Magic episode of Grand Illusions: The Story of Magic on Saturday Feb. 19 at 7:30am ET on Discovery Canada. (2/17)
Women Conjurors episode of Grand Illusions: The Story of Magic on Saturday Feb. 19 at 11:30pm ET on Discovery Canada. (2/17)
VOLUME: 26 / ISSUE: 783 / Sunday – February 20, 2000
Mike Elkan is featured in the Antelope Valley Press. He describes magicians as, “…professional liars — what we do is not what we say, and what we say is not the truth. …A magician’s job is to entertain the audience by whatever means possible. Some magicians do it in big fashion on stage or television, and others do it close up in an intimate setting,”  While working at the Magic Castle Elkan was booked to appear at magic conventions in France in May and in New Zealand in October. Commenting about the recent exposures of magic he said, “As a magician, if you do a good show, the people aren’t trying to figure it out; they’re too busy being entertained.” To read the Feb. 18 story by Rich Breault click: HERE.(2/20)

George Saterial appears at Wizardz in Universal Studios, Los Angeles, CA from Feb. 21-27.(2/20)

Frank Brents, B.J. Hickman, Jeff Moche, Jamy Ian Swiss, and Dan Harlan appear at Monday Night Magic on Feb. 21 at 8pm in NYC. For tickets call Ticketmaster at: 212-307-4100. (2/20)

Sunday, Feb. 20
World’s Greatest Magic -See 2/4.(2/18)
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