MT: March 15-21, 1999

VOLUME: 15 / ISSUE: 441 / Monday – March 15, 1999
Leon “Lee” Falk who created the “Mandrake the Magician” comic strip in 1934 has died on Saturday March 13 of congestive heart failure. He was 87 years old. The strip which he created when he was a college student is syndicated and continues to appear in 125 newspapers.(3/15)

Alfonso, Alba, Woody Pittman, Bob Jardine, Whit Haydn, Adam Williams, John Shryock, and Doug Hoover appearing at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles, on Mar. 15-21. Daniel Raley lectures on Sunday Mar. 21.(3/15)

A French girl falls in love with a carnival magician in the 1953 movie “Lili” on Tuesday Mar. 16 at 10pm ET on TCM-TV (US-cable).(3/15)

A magic themed episode of Kung Fu: The Legend Continues titled “Magic Trick” airs on Tuesday Mar. 16 at 3pm ET on TNT-TV (US-cable).(3/15)
VOLUME: 15 / ISSUE: 442 / Tuesday – March 16, 1999
Marc Salem who starred in the Off-Broadway smash hit, Mind Games and made numerous TV appearances in 1998 will be taping his first television special on March 29 in NYC. The title of the show is “Marc Salem’s Mysterious, Wonderful, World of the Mind” and is being produced by Emmy-Award winner Marty Berman and the PAX television network. Several outside events have already been taped with celebrity participants. The show is scheduled to air the last week in May on PAX-TV (US).(3/16)

The All Magic Dealers Guide adds a new feature. Former MagicTimes columnist Greg Webb will be writing a weekly column titled “Magic Haunts” whose topics will focus on doing magic as a hobby in an enthusiastic and positive manner. To visit the Dealers Guide and read Webb’s first column click: HERE.(3/16)

Lance Burton’s magic and career are featured in the “Lance Burton: A Portrait” episode of “Grand Illusions: The Story Of Magic” on the Canadian Discovery channel, Tuesday Mar. 16 at 9:30pm and again on Mar. 17 at 1:30am & 4:30am, Mar. 20 at 7:30pm and Mar. 21 at 3:30pm ET.(3/16)
VOLUME: 15 / ISSUE: 443 / Wednesday – March 17, 1999
Ned Rutledge died of kidney cancer last week. He was born in 1926. Considered to be a giant in the field of Mentalism and was also known for his published card routines in various periodicals. He wrote “Card Party (1965)” and “Between Two Minds (1969)” with J.G. Thompson and is known in Mentalism for: Mass Miracle, Psych-Kick, Teleportation, Voice Print, and much more.(3/17)

Larry Maples & Raven will be performing their “Theater of Illusion” show on the Regal Princess from Mar. 18 through Apr. 17.(3/17)

Mini reviews of Penn & Teller and Fool Moon with Bill Irwin and David Shiner in the Mar. 12 “On Stage” section of the Washington Post. To read the reviews click: HERE.(3/17)
VOLUME: 15 / ISSUE: 444 / Thursday – March 18, 1999
Teller is quoted as saying, “What magicians typically do is they …give you a fairy tale story …and it insults your intelligence. You don’t need somebody to say: ‘Look, I’m holding a red ball. Now, I’m putting this into my left hand.’ So I don’t talk. I let the audience come up with their own story.” To read the article by Kelley L. Carter which appeared in the Mar. 16 issue of the Detroit Free Press click: HERE.(3/18)

Johnny Thompson, Scotty York, Vito Lupo, and Terry Lunceford are featured at the Glass City Conjurors Conclave held at the French Quarters Hotel in Perrysburg, OH on Mar. 19-20. For more information e-mail:

Harry Anderson & Son, The Passing Zone, Don Novello, The Enigma & Katzen, Father Guido Sarducci, Lyle Lovett, and Angelica Bridges appear on episode #23 of “Penn and Teller’s Sin City Spectacular” on Friday Mar. 19 at 10pm, Sunday Mar. 21 at 10pm and Saturday Mar. 27 at 8pm ET on FX-TV (US-cable).(3/18)

Orson Welles performs magic with Lucille Ball on “I Love Lucy” on Friday Mar. 19 at 11pm and on Saturday Mar. 20 at 4am ET on NICK-TV (US-cable).(3/18)
VOLUME: 15 / ISSUE: 445 / Friday – March 19, 1999
Fun Incorporated which manufactures the Royal Magic line and is owned by Graham Putnam has agreed to purchase Hampton Ridge Magic Creations, Inc. which has steadily increased its market share in the past few years and is one of the leading suppliers of magic to magic shops, web stores and pitchmen. The merger which has been agreed to in principal has not taken place yet but they expect the transfer to be finalized by early April. In the long run this will put more pressure on the other large magic distributors which were also trying to purchase Hampton Ridge. More mergers and acquisitions might be around the corner.(3/19)

Chandu, the Magician, the 1932 Black & White movie starring Bela Lugosi airs on Saturday Mar. 20 at 10:0am and midnight ET on FXM-TV (US-cable).(3/19)

A very young David Copperfield appears and performs magic in the 1980 movie “Terror Train” on Saturday Mar. 20 at 10pm ET on FXM-TV (US-cable).(3/19)
VOLUME: 15 / ISSUE: 446 / Saturday – March 20, 1999
Meir Yedid Muses #57 titled “Mandrake Muses” covers the life of Lee Falk and his classic comic strip “Mandrake the Magician.” Learn what magician Mandrake was based on and get the latest news about Marc Salem’s new TV show. Also, a quote by Rene Lavand and information about the Diamond Deck. The monthly column appears this week in Richard Robinson’s Magic Show. To go to Magic Show click: HERE.(3/20)

The two public shows at the 27th annual Glass City Conjurors Conclave get some press in the Mar. 19 issue of the Toledo Blade. Mentioned in the article are: The Great Tomsoni & Co, Vito Lupo, Dick Stoner, Terry Lunceford, Nancy Darst, and Jamahl Keyes. To read the article by Tahree Lane click: HERE.(3/20)
VOLUME: 15 / ISSUE: 447 / Sunday – March 21, 1999
Torkova, Todd Robbins, Rich Marotta, Frank Brents, Matthew Furman, and Simon Lovell appear at Monday Night Magic on Mar. 22 in NYC. For tickets call Ticketmaster at: (212) 307-4100.(3/21)

The Family Channel once again features a week of magic with two full-hours of magic every night this week. The festivities begin on Monday Mar. 22 with back to back episodes of the first two Lance Burton TV specials, Lance Burton: Master Magician at 9pm and Lance Burton, Master Magician: The Encounter and 10pm ET on FAM-TV (US-cable).(3/21)
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