MT: January 31 – February 6, 2000

VOLUME: 25 / ISSUE: 763 / Monday – January 31, 2000
David Copperfield in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette titled, The Price Of Fame tells us that: “I’m clearly an illusionist who does magic… The effect is magic. But I’m honest; I’m an illusionist. I’m not claiming to have any supernatural powers — I may have them, but I’m not claiming to have them.” He also stated that in response to the exposure shows his team has several ways to end each illusion just to throw people off. To read the Jan. 25 article supplied by NewsReal click: HERE.(1/31)

David Regal, Ed Alonzo, Bob Jardine, Alfonso, Howard Jay, and Jeff Martin appearing at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles, on Jan. 31-Feb. 6.(1/31)

Monday, Jan. 31
Ricky Jay in House of Games (1987) on Monday Jan. 31 at 8pm and 11pm ET on BRAV-TV (US-cable).(1/29)
–To purchase this movie for $11.99 click: HERE.
It’s Magic episode of The Puzzle Place on Monday Jan. 31 at 10:30am ET on WNET-TV (US-PBS). This show is syndicated and may appear at different times and channels — check local listings.(1/29)
VOLUME: 26 / ISSUE: 764 / Tuesday – February 1, 2000
The first “Magic International – 2000” convention held in Jaipur, India on Jan. 26-28 attracted around 150 magicians from India and 28 from abroad. International talent came from Russia, Germany, USA, Cyprus, and Mauritius. The highlight of the event was a cocktail party where Indian Street Jugglers performed classic Indian Magic like the Great Indian Mango Trick and the Great Indian Basket Trick. K. Lal received a lifetime achievement award and Anand received the Pride of Indian Magic Award. Convention chairman Mahipal Gupta also announced that the Government of Rajasthan promised to help in the creation of a Magic Academy in Jaipur (Capital of Rajasthan) to help develop & flourish the art of magic.(2/1)

Siegfried & Roy are the brunt of the joke in Norm Clarke’s column where he prints David Letterman’s Top 10 “middle-of-the-night messages Siegfried leaves on Roy’s answering machine.” At the end of the list he ads a few more of his own. To read the Jan. 30 Las Vegas Review-Journal column click: HERE.(2/1)

Penn & Teller spend the first half of February in the East coast performing at the Lyric Opera House in Baltimore, MD (Feb. 1-6), Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, MA (10), Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Ledyard, CT (11-12), and Union County Arts Center, Rahway, NJ (13).(2/1)

CALIFORNIA: Jay Scott Berry lectures for the Misdirections Magic Shop at the Laurel School (350-9th Ave Lower Gym) in San Francisco on Thursday Feb. 3 for more information phone: 415-566-2180.(2/1)

Tuesday, Feb. 1
Ricky Jay in The Spanish Prisoner (1998) on Tuesday Feb. 1 at 12:30pm and 9pm, Feb. 10 at 7:05pm, Feb. 11 at 3:15am, Feb. 14 at 3:13pm and 10pm, and Feb. 19 at 3:15pm and 11:20pm ET on SHOW2-TV (US-cable).(1/30,2/11)
–To purchase this movie for $16.99 click: HERE.
Ricky Jay in House of Games (1987) on Tuesday Feb. 1 at 5pm ET on BRAV-TV (US-cable).(1/30)
–To purchase this movie for $11.99 click: HERE.
VOLUME: 26 / ISSUE: 765 / Wednesday – February 2, 2000
OHIO: The 69th Annual Columbus Magi-Fest takes place on Feb. 3-5 at the Columbus North Mariott Inn. Headlining will be Jeff McBride, Eugene Burger, Charles Green, Dan Harlan, Alain Nu, Hank Moorehouse, Howard Hale, Scott Hitchcock, David Parr, Jenn Adams, Nick Lakin, Tom Shawver, Ryan Skiver, Abby Spinner, Peter White, John Shyrock, Brad Lancaster, Laura Derringer, Joan DuKore, Carl & Barb Fowler, Marty & Brenda Hahne, St. Ignatius Circus Club, and more. Registrations are $90 per person. For more information phone: 614-299-8995.(2/2)
VOLUME: 26 / ISSUE: 766 / Thursday – February 3, 2000
David Copperfield’s props and personal belongings were held for ransom by a Russian Mob after his Dec. 12 performance in Moscow. He had to hire the IGI security agency which is staffed with former CIA and FBI agents who then hired an ex-KGB who negotiated a deal where Copperfield had to pay $250, 000 to get his equipment back. To read the Jan. 31, New York Post  Page Six story click: HERE. A related story ran in Time on Jan. 24 by Desa Philadelphia which put the amount at $500,000. To read the Time story click: HERE.(2/3)

David Copperfield spends February at home, performing at the Circus Maximus theater in Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV from Feb. 3 to Mar. 2. For tickets phone: 800-445-4544.(2/3)

Thursday, Feb. 3
Houdini: Unlocking His Secrets with Lance Burton, Brett Daniels, David Williamson and the Pendragonson Thursday Feb. 3 at 10pm ET on FAM-TV (US-cable).(2/1)
–To purchase this video for $8.99 click: HERE.
VOLUME: 26 / ISSUE: 767 / Friday – February 4, 2000
Siegfried & Roy celebrate their first 10 years of shows at the Mirage on Tuesday Feb. 1. At the party they were also presented with  the “Millennium Merlin Award” as magicians of the century. The bronze statue of a magician pulling a rabbit out of a top hat was presented by Tony Hassini’s International Magicians Society (IMS). In his acceptance speech Siegfried joked, “If you want to be in show business, do it alone. Forty years with Roy, what a record. I deserve another special award for this. Trust me.” To read the Feb. 3 Variety story by Barbara Scherzer click: HERE.(2/4)

Friday, Feb. 4
World’s Greatest Magic I, featuring Lance Burton, Alain Choquette, Brett Daniels, Greg Frewin, Franz Harary, Max Maven, Melinda, The Pendragons, Princess Tenko, and Topas reruns on Friday Feb. 4 at 6pm and Feb. 20 at 6pm ET on FAM-TV (US-cable).(2/2)
Carl Ballantine appears in the Could This Be Magic? episode of Night Court with Harry Anderson on Friday Feb. 4 at 9am and 3pm ET on A&E-TV (US-cable).(2/2)
The Geisha Boy (1958) starring Jerry Lewis as a magician on Friday Feb. 4 at 3pm and Feb. 9 at 9:35am, Feb. 14 at 8:45am, Feb. 17 at 7:35am and 4:15pm, Feb. 25 at 11am, Feb. 29 at 9:45am on SHOW-TV and on Feb. 5 at 5:20am and Feb. 21 at 5:25am ET on ENCORE-TV (US-cable).(2/2,7,23)
–To purchase this video for $13.99 click: HERE.
VOLUME: 26 / ISSUE: 768 / Saturday – February 5, 2000
Magic is the theme of an art exhibit at the Business of Art Center in Manitou Springs, CO where Joe Givan and Carol Massie performed and were among the judges at the opening night ceremonies. Givan said, “There is a huge connection [between magic and art], …We consider magic as an art form.” The show titled Magic: From Alchemy to Zodiac opened on Jan. 20 and will run through Feb. 25. To read the Jan. 14 story from The Gazette supplied by NewsReal click: HERE. For samples of the pieces in the exhibit and photos of the opening click: HERE.(2/5)

Le Grand David Spectacular Magic Company performs every Sunday in February at 3pm at the Cabot St. Cinema Theatre in Beverly, MA. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12. For more info and tickets call: 978-927-3677.(2/5)

Saturday, Feb. 5
Ricky Jay in Things Change (1988) on Saturday Feb. 5 at 4am and 11:30am and Feb. 28 at 5pm ET on BRAV-TV (US-cable).(2/3)
–Buy the video for $9.95; click: HERE.
The M Volume of Encyclopedia features Magic on Saturday Feb. 5 at 10am and 3pm ET on HBOFAM-TV (US-cable).(2/3)
The Geisha Boy -See 2/4.
The First Signs Of Magic episode of Grand Illusions: The Story of Magic on Thursday Feb. 5 at 7am ET on Discovery Canada.(2/3)
Young Conjurors episode of Grand Illusions: The Story of Magic on Thursday Feb. 5 at 7:30am ET on Discovery Canada.(2/3)
The Royal Dynasty episode of Grand Illusions: The Story of Magic on Thursday Feb. 5 at 11:30pm ET on Discovery Canada.(2/3)
VOLUME: 26 / ISSUE: 769 / Sunday – February 6, 2000
A very funny group of magic tricks were exposed in The Independent. You will learn The card in the turkey trick, The helpful fireman trick, The BBC announcer trick, and The vanishing village trick. To read the Jan. 28 article supplied by NewsReal click: HERE.(2/6)

Michael Chaut, Chris Capehart, Jamy Ian Swiss, and Todd Robbins appear at Monday Night Magic on Feb. 7 at 8pm in NYC. For tickets call Ticketmaster at: (212) 307-4100.(2/6)

NEW JERSEY: The legendary Earl “Presto” Johnson who is a true icon of the New York City magic scene will be making one of his very rare lecture appearances on Wednesday Feb. 9 at 8pm for JMMRT at the V.F.W. (Pennsylvania Railroad Ave., two blocks from the NJ Transit – Linden train station) in Linden, New Jersey. For more information phone Al Hillman at: 732-257-3456. Cost to non-members is $12.(2/6)

Sunday, Feb. 6
American Experience – Houdini on Sunday Feb. 6 at 8pm ET on WNJN-TV (PBS-US). This show is syndicated and may appear at different times and channels — check local listings.(2/4)
–Buy the video for $14.99; click: HERE.
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