MT: January 25-31, 1999

VOLUME: 13 / ISSUE: 392 / Monday – January 25, 1999
Ricki Dunn, best known for his hysterical pickpocket act, died on Saturday in Las Vegas. He was in the hospital at the time recovering from a quadruple bypass. He began his career working side-shows and carnivals as a fire eater and later became a magician. His pickpocket routine was actually disguised as a magic act where he brought several people on stage and in the guise of performing magic stole their watches, wallets, belts, ties, glasses, suspenders and even the shirt off their back. Billed as “America’s Funniest Pickpocket” he died at the age of 69.(1/25)

Jim Spinato will join regulars David Oliver and Steve Kradolfer in “Magicians & Spirits” at The Green Street Grill in Cambridge, MA on Tuesday Jan. 26. Show starts at 10pm, bar magic at 9pm. All seats $10. For more info phone: 617-876-1655.(1/25)

An underwater-escape masks the murder of a famous magician on “The Death Challenge” episode of Quincy on Tuesday Jan. 26 at 8am and 2pm ET on A&E-TV (US-cable).(1/25)
VOLUME: 13 / ISSUE: 393 / Tuesday – January 26, 1999
David Copperfield called off his shows in Brazil because of the drop in its currency, according to the O Estado De Sao Paulo newspaper. The Brazilian currency has plunged about 30 percent against the US dollar since Jan. 12. Many other artists have also cancelled given the choice of a 30% pay cut or calling off the shows.(1/26)

Harry Houdini, Charles Greene and Peter Reveen are featured on “The Business Of Magic” episode of “Grand Illusions: The Story Of Magic” on the Canadian Discovery channel, Tuesday Jan. 26 at 9:30pm and again on Jan. 27 at 1:30am & 4:30am, Jan. 30 at 7pm and Jan. 31 at 3:30pm ET.(1/26)
VOLUME: 13 / ISSUE: 394 / Wednesday – January 27, 1999
Abril Lamarque died Jan. 25 at the age of 94. Born in Cuba on Aug. 28, 1904 and later moved to NYC. Lamarque was the original illustrator for Hugard’s Magic Monthly. Several of his original effects can be found in My Best by J.G. Thompson and in Hugard’s Magic Monthly. He had a very strong influence on the Society of American Magicians, Parent Assembly since the 1940’s and was their “artist in residence.” He was very well known in the art world as an art director to several leading magazines. A memorial “Broken Wand” service will be held at the Society of Illustrators in New York City on Mar. 4.(1/27)

Penn & Teller perform at the Hollywood Theatre in the M.G.M. Grand in Las Vegas on Jan. 27-30. Shows begin at 9pm. Tickets can be purchased for $43.25 per person at the box office or by phoning: 888-646-1203.(1/27)
VOLUME: 13 / ISSUE: 395 / Thursday – January 28, 1999
Condolences to Jack Ferero whose wife Annette died on Jan. 27 after a long struggle with cancer. Jack was one of the owners of Tannen’s Magic in the 1970s and 80s. Visitations will be at the Aloia Funeral Home (180 Harrison Ave., Garfield, New Jersey, 973-340-7077) on Friday Jan. 29 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm. Funeral will be held on Saturday at 9:30am. Cards can be sent to: Jack Ferero, 22 Parkview Ave., Elmwood Park, NJ 07407.(1/28)

“Magic acts on the Web” is a report of some of the interactive magic available on the Web. The magic is described as, “Real magic tricks that happen right before your eyes on the World Wide Web. I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen it myself.” The article written by Dan Keating for the Knight Ridder News Service appeared in the Jan. 24 edition of the San Jose Mercury News. To read the article click: HERE.(1/28)

Dale Scott, Paula Paul, Frank Martin & Neta, and Fred Moore star in “Masters of Illusion” on Jan. 29-31 at The Millennium Theatre in Kissimmee, FL. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster or the theater box office at: 407-397-9800.(1/28)

A mysterious magician on the “Air Tight Alibi” episode of Silk Stalkings on Friday Jan. 29 at 12am on USA-TV (US-cable).(1/28)
VOLUME: 13 / ISSUE: 396 / Friday – January 29, 1999
Michael Gigliotti as “MichaelAngelo” is presenting his full illusion and comedy show on Saturday Jan. 30 at 7pm at the Punxsutawney Community Center in Punxsutawney, PA. This is part of the celebration scheduled for last Groundhog Day of this century on Feb.2. Gigliotti is also scheduled to perform a large illusion on Groundhog Day. To purchase tickets for the show phone: 814-938-2346.(1/29)

Penn & Teller scheduled to appear on “NFL All-Star Comedy Blitz,” the show is a comedic tribute to the United Way. Saturday Jan. 30 at 8pm ET on CBS-TV (US).(1/29)

Penn & Teller appear on “Wild on the Vegas Strip” which features the sights and people on the strips in LA and Vegas on Saturday Jan. 30 at 9pm ET on E!-TV (US-cable). The show is scheduled for several reruns in February.(1/29)
VOLUME: 13 / ISSUE: 397 / Saturday – January 30, 1999
The Louisiana Magic Weekend has announced their lineup and dates for 1999. Booked so far are: Danny Archer, Paul Cummins, Glen Ghirardi, Howard Hale, Jon Racherbaumer, Samuel Patrick Smith, with special guest: Paul Diamond. This year’s convention will be held on Apr. 16-18 in Baton Rouge, LA. Registration is $35 per person. For more information e-mail Steven Zuckerman by clicking: HERE.(1/30)

The Amazing Kreskin will be performing at the Helen Hays Performing Arts Center in Nyack, New York on Saturday Jan. 30 at 8pm. Tickets are $20 an are available from the box office by phoning: 914-358-6333.(1/30)

Ricky Jay can be seen on the 1997 James Bond movie “Tomorrow Never Dies” on Sunday Jan. 31 at 9:30pm ET on SHOW-TV (US-cable).(1/30)
VOLUME: 13 / ISSUE: 398 / Sunday – January 31, 1999
The 52 registrants to the 1999 Professional Performers’ Workshop in Hollywood were treated to a late night tour of the Blackstone warehouse by Gay Blackstone and a half-day session with Dom DeLouise. These special events supplemented the teaching sessions which focused on the business end of being a magician. Also part of the convention were visits to the Magic Castle, Wizards, and Magicopolis.(1/31)

Michael Chaut, Steve Cuiffo, Gerry McCambridge, and Simon Lovell celebrate the 75-show anniversary at Monday Night Magic on Feb. 1 in NYC. For tickets call Ticketmaster at: (212) 307-4100.(1/31)
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