MT: January 3-9, 2000

VOLUME: 25 / ISSUE: 735 / Monday – January 3, 2000
Lior Manor stopped the biggest countdown watch in Israel on Dec. 29 at 10pm as a publicity stunt on one of Israel’s highest rated TV talk shows. After concentrating for around 45 seconds he made the clock stop for one minute and then restored it to normal. This caused even more interest as it was reported on TV, radio and in newspapers. Manor is known for these types of stunts. In the more than 100 TV appearances he has already predicted election results, lottery numbers, performed blindfold drives, stopped pulses, etc…(1/3)

Mike Rogers, Dana Daniels, Scott Tokar, Tom Ogden, Michael Grasso, Doug Malloy, Jeff Ezell, and Jeanine Anderson appearing at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles, on Jan. 3-9.(1/3)
VOLUME: 25 / ISSUE: 736 / Tuesday – January 4, 2000
George Carl, the legendary pantomime artist, died on Saturday Jan. 1 at the age of 83. Carl appeared on the Ed Sullivan show and the Tonight Show many times — always bringing down the house. He also worked the Crazy Horse in Paris for many years and received the prestigious clowning award at the Circus of Monte Carlo. Carl can be seen performing segments from his show in the 1995 movie Funny Bones which starred Jerry Lewis and was also the last time he performed professionally. To read the AP obituary which appeared in the Las Vegas Sun click: HERE.(1/4)


Tuesday, Jan. 4
The It’s Magic episode of Gilligan’s Island on Tuesday Jan. 4 at 5am on TNT-TV, and Saturday Jan. 8 at 6:30am ET on WTBS-TV (US-cable).(1/3)
Johnny Mysto Boy Wizard (1996) has a Los Angeles magician being whisked away to King Arthur’s court on Tuesday Jan. 4 at 5:05am, Jan. 10 at 5:15am, Jan. 14 at 9:30am, Jan. 25 at 9:40am ET on STARZ-TV (US-cable).(1/3,23)
VOLUME: 25 / ISSUE: 737 / Wednesday – January 5, 2000
NEVADA: The World Magic Seminar announced their lineup for their Mar. 5-8 convention at the Tropicana in Las Vegas. Already booked are: Jeff McBride, Majestix, Wayne Dobson, Hans Davis, Rick Thomas, Passing Zone, Carl Hackner, Vanni Bossi, Steve Valentine, Ardan James, Ted Lesley, David & Dania and of course appearances by Siegfried & Roy and Lance Burton. This year’s guest of honor is Cesareo Pelaez. For more information visit their website by clicking: HERE.(1/5)

US: Rich Marotta goes on an extensive lecture tour this month. You may catch him in Baltimore, MD (Jan. 6),  Lynchburg, VA (7), Carol Gables, FL (11), Tampa. FL (13), Gainesville, FL (15), Melbourne, FL (16), West Palm Beach, FL (17), Jacksonville, FL (19), Pensacola, FL (20), Huntsville, AL (21), Montgomery, AL (22), Chicago, IL (24), Indianapolis, IN (25), Louisville, KY (27), Cincinnati, OH (28), and Lexington, KY (30).(1/5)

Wednesday, Jan. 5
WOW! The Most Awesome Acts on Earth on Wednesday Jan. 5 at 10pm ET on FOXFAM-TV (US-cable).(1/5)
Uri Geller appears on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Wednesday Jan. 5 at 11:35pm ET on NBC-TV(US).(1/4)
Wimzie the Magician episode of Wimzie’s House on Wednesday Jan. 5 at 3pm ET on WNET-TV (US-PBS). This show is syndicated and may appear at different times and channels — check local listings.(1/4)
Lili (1953) – See 1/1.(1/4)
VOLUME: 25 / ISSUE: 738 / Thursday – January 6, 2000
Francis Joseph Herman died on Jan. 4 in San Diego at the age of 84. Known to magicians as Frank Herman and several generations of TV audiences in the California area as “Skipper Frank,” he became a professional magician at the age of 15. His career spanned close to 70 years with live shows, TV shows, children’s shows and he even worked at Thayer’s Magic Studio and Bert Wheeler’s Magic Shop in the late 1930’s. He has been honored by the SAM, IBM, Magic Collector’s Association and was made a lifetime member at the Magic Castle. At the time of his death he was working on a book about his life to be titled, “Isn’t It Amazing?” Funeral services and a broken wand ceremony will be held on Sunday Jan. 9 at 1pm at the Eternal Hills Chapel in Oceanside, CA.(1/6)

Thursday, Jan. 6
Lance Burton, Master Magician: Top Secret on Thursday Jan. 6 at 10pm and Jan. 9 at 2pm ET on FAM-TV (US-cable).(1/5)
The Magician episode of Matlock on Thursday Jan. 6 at noon ET on TBS-TV (US-cable).(1/5)
VOLUME: 25 / ISSUE: 739 / Friday – January 7, 2000
Emil J. Trainor known to magicians as Joe Trainor died on Jan. 4 at the age of 64. Trainor was the current Vice Chairman of the International Magicians Society and was their World President from 1983 to 1993. He was also instrumental in the production of their many video programs. Viewing will be on Jan. 7 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at the Clinton Funeral Home, Cold Spring Chapel, in Upstate NY (914-265-3333). Church services will be held on Jan. 8 at 10:30am at the First Presbyterian Church of Cold Spring (914-265-3220).(1/7)

Uri Geller’s Tonight Show appearance gets some press. Speaking of Jay Leno Geller said, “He’s a complicated, very powerful man… I tried with Jay, but it didn’t work. Then I tried it with Tim Robbins, and it worked. I think actors are more sensitive people.” Speaking of his last appearance on the Tonight Show in 1973 with Johnny Carson when nothing worked he said, “It just proves to you that I’m not a magician, I’m not a machine.”
–To read the Jan. 5 Reuters article titled, Psychic Uri Geller makes “Tonight Show” comeback click: HERE.
–To read the Jan. 6 Steve Gorman article for Reuters titled, Psychic Uri Geller Redeems His ‘Mind Power’ click: HERE.(1/7)

CALIFORNIA: Danny Archer lectures for Tom Frame on Tuesday Jan. 11 at 7pm at the Fort Mason Center (Building C, #205) in San Francisco.(1/7)

Friday, Jan. 7
Howard Posener appears on Donny & Marie on Friday Jan. 7 at noon on FOX-TV (US). This show is syndicated and may appear at different times and channels — check local listings.
VOLUME: 25 / ISSUE: 740 / Saturday – January 8, 2000
CONNECTICUT: Michael Finney, Marc DeSouza, Gregory Wilson, and Peter White will be headlining the 19th annual NEMCON (New England Magician’s Conference) on Saturday Feb. 26 at the Holiday Inn in North Haven. Registration is $50 per person before Feb. 1 and $60 thereafter. For more information contact Lisa Gagne by phone: 203-265-4118 or e-mail:


Saturday, Jan. 8
The It’s Magic episode of Gilligan’s -See 1/4.(1/7)
The Abbott’s Get Together episode of Grand Illusions: The Story of Magic on Saturday Jan. 8 at 7am ET on Discovery Canada.(1/7)
Illusions Of Legend episode of Grand Illusions: The Story of Magic on Saturday Jan. 8 at 7:30am and 11:30pm ET on Discovery Canada.(1/7)
VOLUME: 25 / ISSUE: 741 / Sunday – January 9, 2000
David Blaine’s appearance with Peter Jennings on New Year’s Eve is discussed by Sean Elder in Salon on Jan. 6. “After asking the anchor for the names of the people he cared most about (Jennings named his two children), Blaine set his own coat sleeve on fire — and then pulled it back to reveal “Elizabeth” — the name of Jennings’ daughter — magically written on his arm in charcoal!” To read the entire article click: HERE.(1/9)

Bobby Baxter, David Oliver, Mike Bent, and Richard Cohn appear at Monday Night Magic on Jan. 10 at 8pm in NYC. For tickets call Ticketmaster at: (212) 307-4100.(1/9)

Sunday, Jan. 9
Siegfried & Roy are featured on Entertainers which is being rerun from last October on Sunday Jan. 9 at 2am ET on FOX-TV (US).(1/8)
Lance Burton, Master Magician: Top Secret -See 1/6.(1/8)
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