MT: May 17-23, 1999

VOLUME: 17 / ISSUE: 504 / Monday – May 17, 1999
Jim Bently who stars as Houdini in the play, “The Great Houdini,” which runs through May 30 at the Stella Adler Theatre (Hollywood, CA) is profiled in the May 16 Los Angeles Times. In promoting the show Bently did an upside down straitjacket escape 40 feet above the theater on Apr. 19 and will do a Milk Can escape on May 19 at 10am outside the theater trying to beat Houdini’s record of 4 minutes and 32 seconds. Bentley speaking of Houdini says, “He made himself a star by escaping locks and chains, but he made himself a legend by showing limitations of any kind are only an illusion in one’s mind.” To get tickets for the show phone: 323-465-4446. To read the story by Leslie Parrilla click: HERE.(5/17)

Martin Nash, The Falkensteins, Ed Ellis, Jeff Martin, Martin Lewis, Mystina, and The Fabulous Valentis appearing at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles, on May 17-23. Ed Ellis lectures on Sunday May 23.(5/17)

CALIFORNIA: David Groves lectures for S.A.M Assembly #94 on Tuesday May 18 at 7:30pm at the First Lutheran Church in Palo Alto. For more information click: HERE.(5/17)

INDIANA: Ray Mangel lecturing for IBM Ring #10 on Monday May 17 at 7pm at the Wile Hall Auditorium, WG-33, Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. For more information click: HERE.(5/17)
VOLUME: 17 / ISSUE: 505 / Tuesday – May 18, 1999
NEW JERSEY: Dominique Duvivier will be lecturing on Wednesday May 19 at 8pm for JMMRT at the V.F.W. (PA.RR Ave., two blocks from AMTRAK station) in Linden, New Jersey. For more information phone Al Hillman at: 732-257-3456. This will be his only New York area appearance.(5/18)

CONNECTICUT: Gaetan Bloom lectures for SAM Assembly #127 in Wallingford, CT. on Tuesday May 18 at 7:30pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall (279 Quinnipiac Street, Wallingford, CT). For more information phone Tom Prete at: 203-269-3009.(5/18)

A magician is suspected of killing a young illusionist in the “Grand Illusion” episode of Simon & Simon on Thursday May 20 at noon and 6pm ET on A&E-TV (US-cable).(5/18)
VOLUME: 17 / ISSUE: 506 / Wednesday – May 19, 1999
Murray Hatfield & Teresa, Greg Frewin, Juliana Chen, Ed Alonzo and Nicholas Night & Kinga will be starring in “Stars of Illusion” at the 1999 Calgary Stampede on Jul. 9-18 in Canada. Hatfield who produces the show will be taking an 8000 seat arena and converting it into a 4000 seat theatre by bringing in a 40 x 60 foot stage, full trussing and draping, 100,000 watts of lighting and 2 10 x 14 video projection screens. For more information you can visit his website by clicking: HERE.(5/19)

Lance Burton’s second TV special, “Lance Burton, Master Magician: The Encounter,” reruns on Thursday May 20 at 7pm ET on FAM-TV (US-cable).(5/19)

Houdini: Unlocking His Secrets with performances by Lance Burton, Brett Daniels, David Williamson and the Pendragons on Thursday May 20 at 8pm ET on FAM-TV (US-cable).(5/19)
VOLUME: 17 / ISSUE: 507 / Thursday – May 20, 1999
“Evening of Magic” featuring, Rex Steven Sikes, Rick Allen, Tom Bergermeister, Ron Fable and Kathy, John Kurtz, David Seebach and Julie Sobanski on Friday May 21 at the Walker International Middle School (32nd & Burnham in Milwaukee). Show begins at 7pm and tickets are $5.00 per person at the door. For more information click: HERE.(5/20)

A nice write-up of the “K.C. Clambake ’99” appeared in the May 15 issue of the Kansas City Star. To read the story by Jeffrey Spivak click: HERE.(5/20)

NEW YORK: Pavel will be lecturing for SAM #1 in New York City on Friday May 21 at 7pm at the N.Y.U. Main Building, Room 903, 100 Washington Square East. Admission is $10 for members and $35 for non-members.(5/20)

NEW JERSEY: Simon Lovell will be giving a free lecture at the All 4 Fun Magic Company (101 Rt. 46 East, Bldg. 14 Unit 131, Pine Brook) on Thursday May 20. For more information phone: 973-575-9915.(5/20)

VIRGINIA: Al Cohen will be doing a dealer show for IBM Ring #180 on Thursday May 20 at 7:30pm at the Hatcher Memorial Church, 2300 Dumbarton Rd (at Hermitage Ave) in Richmond. For more information click: HERE.(5/20)

Houdini: The Great Escape is part of the biography for kids series on Saturday May 22 at 6am ET on A&E-TV (US-cable).(5/20)
VOLUME: 17 / ISSUE: 508 / Friday – May 21, 1999
The Convention at the Capital will once again feature an incredible lineup of close-up magicians on May 21-23 at the Sheraton in Rancho Cordova, CA. Scheduled to appear this year are: Alfonso, Frank Balcerak, John Bannon, Gaetan Bloom, Phil Cass, Michael Close, Aldo Colombini, Dominique Duvivier, Lee Earle, Paul Green, Chad Long, Rich Marotta, Tom Mullica, Mark Strivings, Gregory Wilson, Paul Wilson, Andrew Wimhurst and some surprise guests. By the way, have you noticed that the organizers, A-1 Multimedia have changed their name to A-1 MagicalMedia without telling anyone? For more information click: HERE.(5/21)

World’s Greatest Magic IV starring Ayala, Jonathan David Bass, Kirby Van Birch, Lance Burton, Juliana Chen, Carl Cloutier, Raymond Crow, Dexion, Lennart Green, The Hamners, Mac King, Tim Kole, Sherry Lukas, Ken Mate, Max Maven, Tabary, and Rick Thomas will rerun on Saturday May 22 at 6pm ET on FAM-TV (US-cable).(5/21)
VOLUME: 17 / ISSUE: 509 / Saturday – May 22, 1999
Jason Baney from St. Louis will lecture and headline the evening show at Bob Little’s Super Sunday on Sunday May 23 at The Warrington (Rt. 611, Warrington, PA). In addition to the auction, free Champagne, cake, and homemade chocolate you will also see Hank Moorehouse, Eric Paul, Caesar, and Ron Geoffries. Admission is a very low $20 per person for this 11-hour, one-day convention. For more information phone: 215-672-3344.(5/22)

Steve Burton, Danny Sparks and Chuck Maricle appear every Sunday evening at Magic Night at the Mausoleum (411 Westheimer, Houston, TX). Close-up magic starts at 9pm with the stage show at 10:00. The cost is $3.00 per person. For more information click: HERE.(5/22)

PENNSYLVANIA: Pavel will be lecturing for IBM Ring #6 on Monday May 24 at 7:30pm at the Church of the Brethren in Drexel Hill, PA. For more information click: HERE.(5/22)
VOLUME: 17 / ISSUE: 510 / Sunday – May 23, 1999
Show goes up in smoke is the title of a news article which ran in the May 21 issue of The Press. It seems that magician Nick Nickolas who was performing at the Green Room in Christchurch, New Zealand last Wednesday triggered the smoke alarms when he burned a $20 bill. The theater had to be evacuated while the fire department made their inspection. Nickolas, a veteran street performer, followed the audience out and continued his show outside. To read the article click: HERE.(5/23)

Torkova, Tom Durnin, Rocco, Simon Lovell, and Frank Brents appear at Monday Night Magic on May 24 in NYC. For tickets call Ticketmaster at: (212) 307-4100.(5/23)

Penn Jillette on “Politically Incorrect” on Wednesday May 26 at 12:36am ET on ABC-TV (US).(5/23)
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