MT: February 7-13, 2000

VOLUME: 26 / ISSUE: 770 / Monday – February 7, 2000
The most important book on card magic is without a doubt S.W. Erdnase’s Artifice, Ruse and Subterfuge at the Card Table, popularly referred to as Expert at the Card Table. It was published in 1902 and has stayed in print in dozens of editions for almost a century. Although the true identity of the author is still a mystery (with books and countless articles written on the subject) the illustrator, Marshall D. Smith, was found by Martin Gardner in the 1940s. On behalf of Martin Gardner, H&R Books has put on the ultimate Erdnase collection in one lot. The lot includes: A first edition copy of the book autographed by Smith and Gardner (only one known to exist), correspondence  between Smith and Gardner, an original pen-and-ink caricature by Smith, and research material gathered by Gardner over the years. The opening bid of $3,000 is very low considering that the book alone is worth twice that. The auction is scheduled to end on Sunday Feb. 13 at 10:24pm PST. Although no estimates are available my guess is $10-20k and possibly more. For a more detailed listing of the items offered or to place a bid on item number 255433085 click: HERE.(2/7)

R. Paul Wilson, Andrew Wimhurst, Loren C. Michaels, George Tovar, Jonathan Neal, Todd Oliver, Ice McDonald, and Bill Perron appearing at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles, on Feb. 7-13. R. Paul Wilson lectures on Sunday Feb. 13.(2/7)

Siegfried & Roy’s 10-year anniversary and the receipt of the Merlin Award are covered in the Feb. 4 Las Vegas Review-Journal. to read the story by David Mirhadi click: HERE.(2/7)


Monday, Feb. 7
Dom DeLuise plays TV show host Magic Morton on the I Only Have Eyes for You episode of Beverly Hills, 90210 on Monday Feb. 7 at 5pm and Feb. 8 at 10am ET on FX-TV (US). This show is syndicated and may appear at different times and channels — check local listings.(2/7)
Penn & Teller guest star on the Knee Deep episode of Home Improvement on Monday Feb. 8 at midnight ET on FOX-TV (US). This show is syndicated and may appear at different times and channels — check local listings.(2/6)
VOLUME: 26 / ISSUE: 771 / Tuesday – February 8, 2000
Douglas James Henning (5/3/1947-2/7/2000) was instrumental in the revival of magic in the second half of the twentieth century. The Magic Show which opened on Broadway in 1974 was a key moment in magic which triggered a renewed interest in the art. His highly rated network TV specials became a springboard to the current trend of prime time television specials. In 1987 he retired from magic to study transcendental meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and has spent the past few years raising money for the creation of, Veda Land, a transcendental meditation theme park in Niagara Falls, Ontario. In the past year he once again came back to magic, buying and studying all that he missed while he was away. He died on Monday Feb. 7 of liver cancer.  Since the announcement of his death MagicTimes received dozens of phone calls and e-mails from our readers wanting to reminisce about what a wonderful human being Doug Henning was and how he touched each and every one of us. A very sad day for all who were inspired by his sense of magic and wonder.(2/8)
Web based stories on Henning death:
–The Daily News 2/8/00 report on his death- click: HERE.
–The Associated Press 2/8/00 obituary- click: HERE.
–The Canadian Press 2/8/00 obituary- click: HERE.
–Reuters 2/8/00 obituary- click: HERE.
–CBC News 2/8/00 obituary- click: HERE.
–Mr. Showbiz 2/8/00 obituary- click: HERE.
–CBS Channel2000 obituary- click: HERE.
–Yahoo News 2/8/00 obituary- click: HERE.
–Magic Show 2/8/00 obituary- click: HERE.
–Magic and Illusion 2/8/00 tribute- click: HERE.

Johnny Fantastica (John Gapp) who was the reigning World Champion Deaf Magician was disqualified during competitions in Nagpur, India last month. The reason given by the judges was that he was “hearing too much.” Even though he produced his hearing test certificate as proof that he was deaf and has been deaf since the age of 7 (he is now 65) the panel insisted he cheated and gave first prize to Bhupatlal Pandi from India. He is appealing to the World Federation of Deaf Magicians in Rochester, New York. To read the Feb. 4 article by Hugh Davies from The Daily Telegraph London click: HERE.(2/8)

A frequent question to MagicTimes has been when is the Secrets of Street Magicians Finally Revealed going to be aired. FOX has announced that it will air during the February Sweeps on Wednesday Feb. 23 at 9pm. The good news is that it will air opposite the live telecast of highly rated 42nd Annual Grammy Awards.(2/8)

Tuesday, Feb. 8
Dom DeLuise as Magic Morton -See 2/7.(2/7)
It’s Magic!/One Bad Day episode of Salty’s Lighthouse on Tuesday Feb. 8 at 6:30am ET on TLC-TV (US-cable).(2/6)
VOLUME: 26 / ISSUE: 772 / Wednesday – February 9, 2000
The day after Doug Henning’s death was announced there were more insightful articles with quotes from leading magicians and never before seen photos. Visit them below:(2/9)
–Los Angeles Times 2/9/00 article- click: HERE.
–Ottawa Citizen 2/9/00 article- click: HERE.
–Associated Press 2/9/00 article- click: HERE.
–Variety 2/9/00 article- click: HERE.
–Playbill 2/8/00 obituary- click: HERE.
–E!Online 2/8/00 obituary- click: HERE.

For yesterday’s articles go to Headline News by clicking: HERE.(2/9)

Wednesday, Feb. 9
Kid magicians featured on the Tonight Show on Wednesday Feb. 9 at 11:35pm ET on NBC-TV (US). Anthea Carns and Chase Curtis are two of the three scheduled to appear. The show reruns on Thursday Feb. 17 at 2:05am on WNBC-TV (US).(2/7,17)
Ricky Jay in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) on Wednesday Feb. 9 at 8pm, Feb. 13 at 6pm, Feb. 21 at 6pm, and Feb. 26 at 2:30pm ET on SHOW-TV (US-cable).(2/7,19)
–Buy the video for $13.99; click: HERE.
The Geisha Boy -See 2/4.(2/7)
VOLUME: 26 / ISSUE: 773 / Thursday – February 10, 2000 
TEXAS: Barrie Richardson lectures on Sunday Feb. 13 at 1pm for the Houston Association of Magicians (HAOM) at the IATST Meeting Hall (3030 North Freeway) in Houston. For more information e-mail Trixie Bond at:

For more Doug Henning stories go to Web News by clicking: HERE.(2/10)

Thursday, Feb. 10
Lance Burton: Master Magician on Thursday Feb. 10 at 10pm ET on FAM-TV (US-cable).(2/8)
Penn & Teller’s voices on Light Years (1988 animated movie) on Thursday Feb. 10 at 4:40am an Feb. 22 at 2:40am ET on ENCORE-TV (US-cable).(2/8,11)
Ricky Jay in The Spanish Prisoner -See 2/1.(2/8)
VOLUME: 26 / ISSUE: 774 / Friday – February 11, 2000
Lance Burton is quoted in the  Las Vegas Review-Journal: “In the 20th century of magic, you’d have Houdini and Doug Henning at the top of the list, …Doug came along and did Broadway shows and TV specials and kind of single-handedly made magic a big business, very popular, kind of like game shows now.” An interesting fact also appears in the article: “In a 1985 Review-Journal feature, Henning was credited with being the first magician to headline in Las Vegas.” To read the Feb. 9 article by Norm Clarke click: HERE.(2/11)

Walt Donohue appears on the “Jordan Rich Show” on WBZ Radio (AM 1030), Boston, on Saturday night Feb. 12 from midnight to 5am Sunday morning where he will perform hypnosis and Mentalism. The show airs in 38 states. You can call in to the show at 617-254-1030.(2/11)

Le Grand David’s Anthology of Stage Magic will appear on Saturday Feb. 12 at 2pm at the Larcom Theatre (13 Wallis Street) in Beverly, MA. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12. For more information and tickets phone: 978-927-3677.(2/11)

Friday, Feb. 11
The Mad Magician (1954) a classic movie starring Vincent Price and Eva Gabor on Friday Feb. 11 at 6am ET AMC-TV (US-cable).(2/9)
Ricky Jay in The Spanish Prisoner -See 2/1.(2/9)
VOLUME: 26 / ISSUE: 775 / Saturday – February 12, 2000
MICHIGAN: Roger Klause, Mark Mitton, Gene Anderson, Stephen Bargatze, Bob Bloenk, Paul Cummins, Andy Dallas & Co.,  Hank Moorehouse and Mike Powers to headline the Michigan Magic Day 2000. The one day convention with a night before party will be held on Saturday May 13 at Western Michigan University’s Shaw Theatre in Kalamazoo. For more information about the IBM Ring #333 hosted convention contact the Timid Rabbit Magic shop: by phone 616-343-7777 or e-mail:

Saturday, Feb. 12
Ricky Jay in Sink or Swim  (1997) on Saturday Feb. 12 at 4:55am on HBO-TV (US-cable).
Escape Artists episode of Grand Illusions: The Story of Magic on Saturday Feb. 12 at 7am ET on Discovery Canada.(2/9)
The Herrmann’s episode of Grand Illusions: The Story of Magic on Saturday Feb. 12 at 7:30am ET on Discovery Canada.(2/9)
The Sucker’s Game episode of Grand Illusions: The Story of Magic on Saturday Feb. 12 at 11:30pm ET on Discovery Canada.(2/9)
VOLUME: 26 / ISSUE: 776 / Sunday – February 13, 2000
The New York Toy Fair is one of the largest in the world and this year it is projected to be the largest ever. In addition to having exhibitors throughout the many Toy Buildings they are also filling up the entire Javits Convention Center — which is huge. The fair always attracts magicians, I remember one year hearing my name called out — when I turned around it was Blackstone running toward me to say Hi. Performing this year will be Marshall Brodien, Meir Yedid, Chris Hurlbert, Eddie Au (Eddie’s Magic), and most likely a few others. Many magic shop owners are often seen there, so far Mark Setteducatti, Hiroshi Kondo (Tenyo), and Bob Little have confirmed they will be there. For the past few years magic products have been produced by many toy companies — this year should be no different. The Javits displays will be open on Sunday Feb. 13 through Thursday Feb. 17.(2/13)

Tom Durnin, Scott Wells, Peter Samelson, and Simon Lovell appear at Monday Night Magic on Feb. 14 at 8pm in NYC. For tickets call Ticketmaster at: (212) 307-4100.(2/13)

Sunday, Feb. 13
A girl falls in love with a magician on Lili (1953) on Sunday Feb. 13 at 12:15am ET on WNET-TV (US-PBS). This show is syndicated and may appear at different times and channels — check local listings.(2/11)
–Buy the video for $16.99; click: HERE.
Ricky Jay in Tomorrow Never Dies -See 2/9.(2/11)
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