MT: June 28-July 4, 1999

VOLUME: 18 / ISSUE: 546 / Monday – June 28, 1999
Today in MagicTimes you are treated to two stories about Ricky Jay and two reviews of his show which premiered at the Old Vic in London, where it continues through July 17. Read about what is described as “…probably the greatest close-magic artist working in the world today.” Use the links below to read the full story.(6/28)

Charles Spencer describes Ricky Jay & His 52 Assistants: “You are going to have to move fast on this one. Ricky Jay is probably the greatest close-magic artist working in the world today and he is giving only 20 performances.” To read the Jun. 24 Electronic Telegraph article titled, “Techniques of deception transformed into art of perfection,” click: HERE.(6/28)

Nicholas de Jongh reviews Ricky Jay & His 52 Assistants: “For a hundred minutes Jay makes you believe your eyes are playing tricks or that you’re in illusion’s grip. The impossible keeps on happening to Jay’s playing-cards and your startled belief-system.” To read the Jun. 24 This Is London article titled, “Artful sleight of hand but a slight on our theatre” click: HERE.(6/28)

Laying his cards on the table is the title of a Ricky Jay story where he is quoted: “I’m pretty sure that, no matter how long I live, I’ll never learn all there is to learn about them [playing cards], …The fact that there are 52 objects makes it infinite. I don’t think there’s conceivably a way anybody could know all there is to know about playing cards. It’s wonderfully rich.” To read the Jun. 21 Electronic Telegraph article click: HERE.(6/28)

Alison Roberts quotes Ricky Jay: “I’ve spent most of my life with cards, …practising for eight to 10 hours a day … those hours have always been hours of pleasure, not torture.” To read the Jun. 18 This Is London article titled, “The best cardsharp in town” click: HERE.(6/28)

Billy McComb, Dana Daniels, Paul Green, Lou Serrano, Mike Wong, The Great Tostada, and Richard Burr & Josett appearing at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles, on Jun. 28-Jul. 3. The Castle will be closed on Jul. 4 and 5.(6/28)

Amazing Jonathan Live From Vegas on “The Lounge Lizards” (episode #007) on Wednesday Jun. 30 at 5:30pm and 9pm ET on COM-TV (US-cable).(6/28)
VOLUME: 18 / ISSUE: 547 / Tuesday – June 29, 1999
A Georges Melies Retrospective (1902-1912) takes a look “at the work of the French magician-turned-filmmaker who pioneered movie special effects in witty fantasy films like ‘A Trip to the Moon’ and ‘The Impossible Voyage.’” This is part of the New Jersey Film Festival and takes place on Wednesday Jun. 30 at 7pm at Borders Books (Route 18, East Brunswick, NJ). For more information phone: 732-932-8482.(6/29)

ARKANSAS: The 71st Annual Convention of the International Brotherhood of Magicians will be held on Jun. 30-Jul. 3 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Scheduled to appear are: Kevin James, Sonny Fontana, Rich Bloch, Michael Close, Nick Lewin, Nicholas Night, Jay Marshall, Daryl, Joshua Jay, Evgeney & Svetlana Voronin, Gene Anderson, Arden James, Tom Ogden, Walter ‘Zaney’ Blaney, Ice McDonald, Duane Laflin, Rousseau, Doc Dixon, Abb Dickson, Marcom, Sergey Krutikov, Terry Seabrooke, Michael Bailey, Bob Bloenk, Adam Williams, Nathan Burton, Skip Banks, Mahka Tendo, Stephen Bargatze, and some surprises. For more information click: HERE.(6/29)

CALIFORNIA: Greg Wilson gives a lecture and workshop for IBM Ring #313 on Tuesday Jun. 29 at 7pm in South Orange County. It will be held at the Board of Directors room at the Irvine Ranch Water District (15600 Sand Canyon Avenue, Irvine). For more information click: HERE.(6/29)
VOLUME: 18 / ISSUE: 548 / Wednesday – June 30, 1999
Tom Mullica will be presenting his complete “Tribute to Red Skelton” show as part of the Society of American Magician’s national convention. It will be held on Thursday Jul. 15 at 10:30pm at the Omni Netherland Ballroom in Cincinnati, Ohio.(6/30)

Howard Posner appears on a rerun of Donny & Marie on Thursday Jul. 1 at 9am ET on FOX-TV (US). This show is syndicated and may appear at different times and channels — check local listings.(6/30)

A magic themed episode of the Beverly Hillbillies titled, “The Great Jethro,” airs on Thursday Jul. 1 at 8:30am ET on TBS-TV (US-cable).(6/30)
VOLUME: 19 / ISSUE: 549 / Thursday – July 1, 1999
David Copperfield was extended at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV until Jul. 18 after which he will take off for Japan where he will tour for most of August. The tour begins on Jul. 31 in at the Kobe World Hall in Kobe, Japan.(7/1)

The Extreme Magic of Doug Ries on Friday Jul 2 at 8pm at Lincoln High School Auditorium in Ellwood City, PA. Also on the bill are John Montefusco Jr, Howard Mincone, Max Putas, and Jim Tate. For more information phone: 724-752-0943.(7/1)

Larry Maples & Raven will be performing their “Theater of Illusion Show” on Holland America’s Westerdam cruise ship on Aug. 2 – Sep. 28, which will be cruising from Vancouver through Alaska.(7/1)

“Jedlie’s Totally Interactive Magic Circus!” is a family show which travels throughout the East Coast doing mostly school shows. If they appear in your area you may want to e-mail Jed Doherty at: about the possibility of attending one of the shows. In July they will be in: Paramus, NJ (Jul. 2), Boston, MA (6), Ansonia, CT (7), Westboro, MA (8), Lynnfield, MA (9), Scituate, MA (12), Marblehead, MA (13), Leominster, MA (14), Merrimack, MA (16), North Stonington, CT (17), Reading, MA (21), Boston, MA (22), Paramus, NJ (23), Nashua, NH (24), Westboro, MA (28), and Thompson, CT (30).(7/1)

Mike Shelley is re-editing Walter Gibson’s The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Magic which is scheduled to be released this November by Fredrick-Fell Publishers. Shelly will also be adding one or two new chapters.(7/1)

The New York City Council has decided to close a loophole that was created when a silly judge (Judge Sheryl Parker) ruled in 1995 that the con game of Three Card Monte was a game of skill, not chance and therefore making it legal. The bill, which will make “any public dealing of three-card monte illegal,” is expected to pass the full council next week and receive quick approval from Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. To read the Associated Press story written by Larry McShane click: HERE.(7/1)

A magic themed episode of Wild, Wild West titled “Night of the Braine” where a newspaper predicts the death of a magician on Saturday Jul. 3 at 3:20am and Jul. 10 at 9am ET on TNT-TV (US-cable).(7/1)

Harry Anderson performs with his son on a rerun of episode #23 of “Penn and Teller’s Sin City Spectacular” on Friday Jul. 2 at 10pm and Saturday Jul. 10 at 7pm ET on FX-TV (US-cable).(7/1)

David Copperfield appears on a rerun of the Howie Mandel Show on Friday Jul. 02 at 3pm ET on CBS-TV (US). This show is syndicated and may appear at different times and channels — check local listings.(7/1)

Rudy Coby: The Coolest Magician on Earth, his first TV special, reruns on Thursday Jul. 1 at 7pm on FAM-TV (US-cable).(7/1)

Lance Burton’s second TV special, “Lance Burton, Master Magician: The Encounter,” reruns on Thursday Jul. 1 at 10pm ET on FAM-TV (US-cable).(7/1)
VOLUME: 19 / ISSUE: 550 / Friday – July 2, 1999
Jonathan Creek is the title of a 1997 British crime drama series which featured a magician as one of the two main characters. Creek is actually and an inventor of magic and puzzles and uses his magic knowledge to solve murders. The series debuts in the United States on Saturday Jul. 3 at 10pm ET on WLIW-TV (NYC area-US) with “The Wrestler’s Tomb” episode. To visit the Jonathan Creek homepage click: HERE. This show may appear at different times and channels — check local listings.(7/2)

Glen Gerard and the Amazing Jonathon appear at the Summerfest (the nation’s largest music festival), in Milwaukee, WI on Saturday Jul. 3. They will perform at the Pepsi Comedy Stage. Gerard’s show is scheduled for 2:30pm and Jonathon at 6:15 and 9pm. Tickets to the festival are $8.00 in advance or $10.00 at the door. For more information call the Summerfest hotline: 414-273-3378.(7/2)

Infantino performs his Family Magic Show at the Rocking Horse Ranch in the Catskills (600 Rte 44-55, Highland NY) on Jul. 3 and 20. For more information phone: 914-691-2927.(7/2)
VOLUME: 19 / ISSUE: 551 / Saturday – July 3, 1999
The Meadowlands Fair which is held in and around Giants Stadium in New Jersey, and is one of the largest ones in the country, opened on Jun. 24 and continues through Jul. 11. Rudy Coby is one of the featured performers appearing every day on the main stage. Other performers of interest are Steve Bayner and Steve Trash. Kreskin is headlining on Saturday Jul. 3 at 8pm on the main stage. For more information click: HERE.(7/3)

Craig is asked to perform a magic act for children on “St. Elsewhere” in the Nothing Up My Sleeve episode on Sunday Jul. 4 at 7am and Jul. 5 at 3am ET on TVLAND (US-cable).(7/3)

Brandon Scott appears in the network series “Reyes y Rey” which airs on Telemundo (Spanish speaking station broadcast around the world). The show which has English subtitles airs on Saturday Jul. 3 at 11pm ET on TEL-TV (Channel 47 in NYC).(7/3)
VOLUME: 19 / ISSUE: 552 / Sunday – July 4, 1999
Herbert Becker is back to doing another exposure book. The working title is “The 101 Greatest Magic Secrets: A Tell-All Guide to the Most Amazing Tricks and Illusions of All Time.” The book which is scheduled to be released this November (Carol Publishing Group, Secaucus, NJ) promises to reveal the secrets of Houdini, Penn & Teller, Kreskin, Joseph Gabriel, and Doug Henning.(7/4)

FLASH: Jul. 5th show cancelled.
Torkova, Jimmy Fingers, Simon Lovell , Frank Brents and Jamy Ian Swiss appear at Monday Night Magic on Jul. 5 in NYC. For tickets call Ticketmaster at: (212) 307-4100.(7/4)

SOUTH CAROLINA: Carl Andrews will be lecturing on “how to make a living performing close-up magic” on Jul. 8 at 7:30pm for The Magic Club in Greenville. The lecture takes place at the Greenville Tech criminal justice building mock courtroom. For more information phone Jake Jacobs at 864-250-8396.(7/4)

Bridget Fonda stars as a magician’s assistant in the 1995 movie “Rough Magic” on Monday Jul. 5 at 12:30pm, Jul. 13 at 1:45pm, Jul. 24 at 10:30am and Jul. 30 at 4pm on SHOW-TV (US-cable) and Jul. 15 at 8:15am ET on MAX-TV (US-cable).(7/4,21)
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