MT: July 2-8, 2001

VOLUME: 43 / ISSUE: 1,281 / Monday – July 2, 2001
Max Maven who has done record business during his limited engagement at The Knitting Factory (7021 Hollywood Blvd.) in Southern California has just been extended through July with shows every Tuesday at 8pm. Admission is a very low $10 per person at the Alterknit Lounge. For reservations and information phone: 323-463-0204 or click: HERE.(7/2)

Earl Nelson, Whit Haydn, Sylvester the Jester, Andrew Goldenhersh, Len Reid, Jason Baney, Dave Hamner, and Allan Hayden at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles, on Jul. 2-8.(7/2)
VOLUME: 43 / ISSUE: 1,282 / Tuesday – July 3, 2001
A CNNfn feature about becoming a magician reports that “…being a successful magician requires more than just a fancy wand and a deck of marked cards. It takes years of practice, patience, energy, and above all, a true passion for the craft. Throw in a talent for showmanship and a willingness to take a few risks and you just might have what it takes to become the next David Copperfield.” The main focus of the story is the career of Adam Williams who is slowly rising in the ranks of successful professional. The article also features advise from George Schindler and mentions the S.A.M., I.B.M., Magic Castle, Tannen’s Magic Camp and the AllMagicGuide. To read the Jul. 2 story by Kamala Nair titled “Being a magician takes hard work and a true passion for the craft” click: HERE.(7/3)

David Copperfield holds a python for an Associated Press photo while visiting the Night Safari in Singapore Monday Jul. 2. To see the Jul. 2 photo by Simon Thong titled “American Magician David Copperfield, Left, Holds up a…” click: HERE.(7/3)
VOLUME: 43 / ISSUE: 1,283 / Wednesday – July 4, 2001
Gary Haun “The Great Haundini” who Muhammad Ali praised, “You are a real magician,” is featured in the July issue of Accent on Living. Haun who has been performing magic shows for children and interweaving positive thinking and overcoming adversity messages from his book “Vision From the Heart,” explained that, “The only thing he asks before doing a show is that the audience not be told he is blind until after the performance.” To read the Jul. 1 story titled “The Amazing Haundini” supplied by Infoseek and YellowBrix click: HERE.(7/4)

VOLUME: 43 / ISSUE: 1,284 / Thursday – July 5, 2001
“Abracadabra,” the annual magic show at the Cincinnati Playhouse announced that this year in addition to the six shows on Aug. 16-19 they will also have AbraKIDabra magic workshops beginning on Aug. 11 where children will be taught magic and then treated to a show by a local magician. The events will also include special performances, parties, and meal packages. To read the Jul. 3 story titled “Playhouse expanding week of magic events” supplied by Infoseek and YellowBrix click: HERE.(7/5)

Peter Marucci will be performing his brand of magic and ballooning at the first annual Buskers’ Weekend in Brockville, Ontario, Canada on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 6-8.(7/5)

David Copperfield who is now in Hong Kong has his picture taken on a motorcycle during the “Portal” show. To see the Jul. 4 Reuters photo by Kin Cheung titled “Magician David Copperfield in Hong Kong” click: HERE.(7/5)
Jonathan and Charlotte Pendragon prepare for their lecture at the IBM Convention in Orlando on July 4, 2001. (Photo: David Sandy).(7/5)
VOLUME: 43 / ISSUE: 1,285 / Friday – July 6, 2001
Tom Mullica’s Red Skelton Tribute which opened at the Stage Door Theatre in Coral Springs is reviewed in a Sun-Sentinel article where Mullica is described as, From the moment Mullica walks onto a small stage adorned with two hanging murals of Skelton, it’s apparent that the beloved jester left his legacy in good hands. Mullica has obviously studied Skelton’s background in such detail, adroitly replicating his gestures and that peculiar, almost childlike voice, that it’s no great leap to imagine Skelton himself on the Stage Door stage.” To read the Jul. 5 review by Jeff Rusnak titled “Seeing Red” click: HERE.(7/6)

David Copperfield’s first appearance in China takes place next week with five shows at the Guangzhou Gymnasium. A People Daily article reported that, “Sponsor of the performance in Guangzhou briefed Wednesday that they have spent almost two years in preparing David’s performance. It is the first time for David to give commercial performance in China.” To read the Jul. 5 story by Du Minghua titled “World Top Magician David Copperfield to Perform in China” click: HERE.(7/6)

Dean Stern and Hal Meyers’ Skyliner is featured in a Kansas City Star article which comments on the device, “The how-is-that-possible reaction that the Skyliner provokes could make it this summer’s gotta-have thing.” To read the Jul 4 story by Peter Mucha titled “Write Your Message In The Air” click: HERE.(7/6)

David Copperfield’s duck was banned from entering Hong Kong due to a “ban on live fowl during the bird-flu crisis.” To read the Jul. 4 story by Agence France-Presse titled “Copperfield forced to cancel duck trick due to bird flu” click: HERE.(7/6)

Jeff McBride, Alain Nu, and Scott Alexander appear at Caesar’s Magical Empire in Las Vegas through Jul. 28. Admission runs $75.50 per person which includes dinner and shows. For reservations phone: 800-445-4544.(7/6)
VOLUME: 43 / ISSUE: 1,286 / Saturday – July 7, 2001
As an illustration morphs into live action footage in a film montage, similarly the pages of MAGIC magazine will be imbued with life; to “strut” for a few days in Las Vegas as Stan Allen and Co. stage a special convention celebrating the tenth anniversary of MAGIC. Those in attendance at this event will be able to interact and participate, walk around inside the pages, so to speak, of this conjuring journal brought to life, at what is being billed as MAGIC…Live! an “unconventional convention.” …Go to full story.(7/7)

David Copperfield’s “Portal” show in Hong Kong was cancelled. An AFP article reported that he “…was forced to cancel a show in Hong Kong Thursday after a typhoon alert was hoisted across the territory.” To read the Jul. 5 story titled “Typhoon forces cancellation of magician Copperfield’s show” click: HERE.(7/7)

John Spoentgen will present his 45-minute stage shows as part of the EBR Parish Library’s annual summer reading club, the theme of which is “Zip Into the Future – Read!” The Baton Rouge Advocate listed the itinerary for the free shows. To read the Jul. 6 article titled “Abracadabra! Magician visits local libraries” supplied by YellowBrix and Infoseek click: HERE.(7/7)

Monday Night Magic will be celebrating their 200th show on Jul. 9 at 8pm in NYC. Performers for the special event are Torkova, R.J. Lewis, Master Lee, Jamy Ian Swiss, Frank Brents, and Simon Lovell. For tickets call Ticketmaster at: 212-307-4100 or click: HERE.(7/7)
VOLUME: 43 / ISSUE: 1,287 / Sunday – July 8, 2001
Lance Burton celebrated his fifth anniversary show “Lance Burton: Master Magician” at the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on Jun. 21. The show opened on Jun. 21, 1996 with a 13-year contract worth $100 million. Burton’s family oriented illusion show continues to win many awards as well as ranking very high in newspaper and magazine surveys. Many of the local papers have called his show the best in Vegas and Burton the best magician.(7/8)

David Copperfield took credit for downgrading the typhoon which cancelled his show. A South China Morning Post quotes Copperfield, “It is totally, absolutely, positively me. I did a lot of praying and begging. It worked,” To read the Jul. 7 story titled “I made storm vanish: magician” supplied by YellowBrix and Infoseek click: HERE.(7/8)

Jim Swain’s new mystery novel, Grift Sense, is reviewed in the National Post where it is described as, “Valentine [main character] is a sixtysomething, Florida-living, misanthropic former cop, whose hobby and lucrative pension-stretcher is exposing cheats, frauds and con-persons.” To read the Jul. 7 review by John North titled “Sixtysomething, Florida-living, misanthropic former cop” click: HERE.(7/8)

John Calvert, Lorenzo Clark, Petrick, Brian Gillis & Sue, David Thorsen, and Brandon Scott at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles, on Jul. 9-15. John Calvert lectures on Sunday Jul. 15.(7/8)
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