MT: July 19-25, 1999

VOLUME: 19 / ISSUE: 567 / Monday – July 19, 1999
Josh Fort who works at Houdini’s Magic Shop in the Irvine Spectrum Center in Irvine, California is profiled in the Jul. 15 Los Angeles Times. The 19-year-old magician, who will be joining the Army this fall says that, “The people [audiences] are very intuitive, inquisitive and speculative, which can be dangerous for magicians. …In essence, it teaches you to better yourself in interpersonal relations,” To read the article by Tariq Malik titled, “Teenage magician makes living out of tricks” click: HERE.(7/19)

Special-effects pioneer and magician Georges Melies on a rerun of the “Special Effects: Titanic and Beyond” episode of “NOVA” on Tuesday Jul. 20 at 9pm and Thursday Jul. 22 at 4:30am ET on PBS-TV (US). These dates and times are for New York, check local PBS stations for dates and times in your area.(7/19)

A magician dies during his magic act in the “Murder With Mirrors” episode of Diagnosis Murder on Tuesday Jul. 20 at 10pm ET on PAX-TV (US-cable).(7/19)
VOLUME: 19 / ISSUE: 568 / Tuesday – July 20, 1999
Abra Cadabra Cafe is the name of a magic themed restaurant which is scheduled to open in September in Fairfield, Ohio (near Cincinnati). The owners Rick Walkenhorst and Ken Riley who are both amateur magicians will spend more than a quarter of a million dollars to renovate the 3,900-square-foot restaurant which will seat 105. Riley said “We want to make the food really good and just blow customers away with the magic.” To read the story by Rajiv Sekhri titled, “Abra Cadabra and poof: New restaurant to open,” which appeared in the Jul. 19 issue of the Cincinnati Business Courier click: HERE.(7/20)

Marvyn Roy, Barry Price, Gregory Wilson, Tom Ogden, Mike Elkan, Glenn Falkenstein, Frances Willard, and Aldo Colombini appearing at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles, on Jul. 19-25. Kelley Thoma lectures on Sunday Jul. 25.(7/20)

A magic themed episode of Charlie’s Angels titled “Magic Fire” has them proving that a flame-throwing magician is not an arsonist on Wednesday Jul. 21 at 3am ET on WSBK-TV (US).(7/20)

Brandon Scott hosts Vip TV from the Magic Castle. The show airs on many different local stations at different times and channels. In NYC it will air on Thursday Jul. 22 at 7pm ET on WXNY-TV (US).(7/20)
VOLUME: 19 / ISSUE: 569 / Wednesday – July 21, 1999
A Night of Miracles on Friday Jul. 23 at 8pm at the Newberry Opera House, Newberry, SC. Performers include John Tudor, Glenn Strange, Tim Sonefelt, Rhett Bryson, Jr., and Alan Bryson. Tickets are $15 each, $10 for students, children or if purchased online. For more information phone: 803-276-6264 or click: HERE.(7/21)

Penn & Teller perform at The Palace Theater in Myrtle Beach, SC on Thursday Jul. 22 at 8pm. For tickets phone: 843-448-0588 or 1-800-905-4228.(7/21)

NEW YORK: David Solomon lectures for SAM #1 on Friday Jul. 23 at 7pm at the NYU Main Building (100 Washington Square East, NYC). Cost is $10 for members. For more information e-mail:

“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 Thursday Jul. 22 at 7pm ET on FAM-TV (US-cable).(7/21)

Alan Shaxon does magic in the “Mr. Bean Goes to Town” episode of Mr. Bean on Thursday Jul. 22 at 6pm ET on FAM-TV (US-cable).(7/21)

Adam Steinfeld slices through a contestant using his “X-Sword Visible Slicer” on “El Super Blablazo” on Wednesday Jul. 21 at 10pm ET on UNI-TV (US-Spanish speaking).(7/21)
VOLUME: 19 / ISSUE: 570 / Thursday – July 22, 1999
Lance Burton will unveil his wax likeness and entertain 100 kids from Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas on Thursday Jul. 22 at 10am as part of the festivities surrounding the opening of Madame Tussaud’s Celebrity Encounter at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. This is the first time that Madame Tussaud’s Wax museum will open an exhibit of their famous wax portraits of celebrities in the U.S. Other magicians are also included in the exhibit.(7/22)

A transcript of the May 28 interview with Val Valentino (Masked Magician) for Live is available by clicking: HERE.(7/22)
VOLUME: 19 / ISSUE: 571 / Friday – July 23, 1999
The International Society For Paranormal Research (ISPR) has announced that they will accept the $1,000,000 James Randi Foundation Challenge. On Friday Jul. 23 at 4pm they will have a press conference at the Vogue Theatre (6675 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA) where they will officially announce what they intend to prove. So far the ISPR team said they will prove “to James Randi and all witnesses that psychic abilities do exist” and they will “donate the one million dollar prize to complete the restoration and renovations of the Vogue Theatre.” (7/23)
VOLUME: 19 / ISSUE: 572 / Saturday – July 24, 1999
Tom Mullica and David Acer perform on the Loto-Quebec Gala Ten on Sunday Jul. 25 at 7:30pm at the Theatre St-Denis I (1594 St-Denis Street, Quebec, Canada). The show is hosted by Beverly Hills 90210 star Luke Perry. Tickets are $25.75-$54.15 and are available through JFL Ticketing by phoning: 514-845-2322. This show is part of The Montreal Comedy Festival. Other magicians who are performing during the 11-day event are Ed Alonzo and Arturo Brachetti who is doing his own show through Jul. 31 at the Centre Pierre-Péladeau. For more information click: HERE.(7/24)

A new show at the Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, NJ called Vertigo is reviewed in the Jul. 16 Bergen Record. The show which runs through Sep. 2 stars Michael McPherson and Don Baker and features many illusions. To read the Chuck Darrow review click: HERE.(7/24)

COLORADO: Mountain Magic Fest 1999 takes place on Jul. 29 – Aug. 1 in Leadville. Performers include: Robert Allen, Danny Archer, Tony Blanco, Eric Buss, Doc Eason, Sophie Evans, Antonio Hoyos, Bill Martin, Kenrick “Ice” McDonald, Loren C. Michaels, Professor Higgins, Professor Rusty, John T. Sheets, Swami Salami, Kelly Thomas, Joe Trammel, and The Halls of Magic. For more information phone: 702-434-5204 or e-mail: Evening show tickets are available for $10 each by phoning: 800-933-3901.(7/24)

The Geisha Boy (1958) staring Jerry Lewis as a magician who stumbles from one chaotic situation to the next when he joins a U.S.O. tour airs on Thursday Jul. 29 at 4pm ET on AMC-TV (US-cable).(7/24)
VOLUME: 19 / ISSUE: 573 / Sunday – July 25, 1999
Eric Citron, Paul Ruben, and Bruce Robinson are performing for Nickelodeon at Universal Studios in Hollywood on Monday Jul. 26 at 5pm and 7pm to celebrate their 20th Year Birthday Bash where more than 15,000 people are expected to attend. The shows will be taped by one of their film crews for a later broadcast.(7/25)

Paul Daniels performs at the Pavilion Theatre (The Esplanade, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8ED) in England on Jul. 26-28. For more information phone: 01305 765218.(7/25)

Dulldini, Harley Newman, and Rocco appear at Monday Night Magic on Jul. 26 in NYC. For tickets call Ticketmaster at: (212) 307-4100.(7/25)

Dom DeLuise appears as Magic Morton on the “I Only Have Eyes for You” episode of Beverly Hills, 90210 on Monday Jul. 26 at 10am ET on FX-TV (US-cable).(7/25)
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