MT: September 10-16, 2001

VOLUME: 45 / ISSUE: 1,351 / Monday – September 10, 2001
David Blaine’s upcoming book “Mysterious Stranger” is mentioned in a Seattle Times blurb on upcoming books. The book which is scheduled to be released in November (probably the 9th) is already being offered for sale on Blaine’s first book will explain how magic works as well as cover magic history, pranks, hoaxes and will include information on David Blaine. The 256-page Hardcover is being published by Villard Books and will retail for $24.95. To read the Sep. 9 article by Mary Ann Gwinn and Michael Upchurch titled “Fall Books: A sampling of new works offers something for just about everybody” click: HERE.(9/10)
–To pre-order the book for $17.46 click: HERE.

David Copperfield comes back to Las Vegas this month with an extended run at the Hollywood Theatre at the MGM Grand on Sep. 13-26. Tickets are priced at $77.50 to $97 per person and are available by phoning: 702-891-7777.(9/10)

Raj Fernando from Bangalore, India who is trying to get into the Guinness Book of Records for the most performances in a day is quoted in an Ananova article, “…I do not even charge for my shows. My desire is that through the medium of magic I should be able to take important values of life to my audiences.” To read the Sep. 9 story titled “Indian magician claims place in record books” click: HERE.(9/10)

Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold is reviewed in the Boston Globe where it is described as “A rich entertainment equally steeped in history and imagination.” To read the Sep. 9 review by Carlo Wolff titled “All the tricks in the bag” click: HERE.(9/10)

EAST COAST: Cody Fisher will be lecturing on Monday Sep. 10 for SAM #161 in Greenbrook, NJ and then continuing with lectures in Syracuse, NY on the 11th, Boston, MA on the 14th and Hartford, CT on the 17th. For more information click: HERE.(9/10)
Meir Yedid, Bill Malone and Eric DeCamps see no magic, hear no magic and speak no magic at Malone’s Magic Bar in Boca Raton Florida on September 6th. (Photo: MagicTimes).(9/10)
VOLUME: 45 / ISSUE: 1,352 / Tuesday – September 11, 2001
Guy Bavli just taped an infomercial in Sofia, Bulgaria for the Princess line of electronic kitchen products. The ad campaign titled “Magic Princess” will feature Bavli as the host of the infomercials and will include performance segments with him bending spoons a doing magic with the products. The commercials will begin airing this month on channels RTL, SAT1 and VOX in Germany and Austria and will later expand to the rest of Europe.(9/11)

David Blaine’s book “Mysterious Stranger” will not be released this year as scheduled. A representative from Random House, which owns Villard Books, told MagicTimes yesterday that the book has been tentatively postponed to October 2002, but that date is also subject to change.(9/11)

James & Lori Chartier star in Chartier Magic at the Golden Apple Dinner Theater (455 US 41 Bypass North) in Venice, FL. Shows run on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7pm through Oct. 30. Tickets are $12 at the door of $10 in advance and can be purchased by phoning: 941-485-5411.(9/11)

Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee will host a documentary, which looks at the romantic couples and lovers from television shows. The show will air on Saturday on channel 4 in the UK. To read the Sep. 10 Scotsman article by Gethin Chamberlain titled “Small screen proves big on love” click: HERE.(9/11)

Another rave review of Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold — this time in The Herald where the book is called a “Superior entertainment for intelligent readers.” To read the Sep. 8 review titled “Magic man has a few tricks up his sleeve” supplied by YellowBrix and Infoseek click: HERE.(9/11)

Tim & Robin Balster who performed at Legion Park in Platteville, WI on Sunday as part of the Dairy Days celebration are featured in a Dubuque Telegraph Herald article. To read the Sep. 10 story by Becky Sisco titled “Magicians make fun appear at Dairy Days” click: HERE.(9/11)

FLORIDA: Daytona Beach Magic will be producing their own magic convention this year titled “Festival Of Magic” on Sep. 14-16. Already booked are Harry Lorayne, Michael Finney, Harry Allen, a full Illusion show by Fred Becker, Seaworld’s Bill Whitmire, Joe Lefler and Glen Ghirardi. It will be held at the Hawaiian Inn (2301 S. Atlantic Ave.) in Daytona Beach, FL. Cost is $75 per person with hotel rates of only $49 per person. Registration is limited to 200 people and can be booked by clicking: HERE.(9/11)

VOLUME: 45 / ISSUE: 1,353 / Wednesday – September 12, 2001
Ricky Jay is scheduled to present his new Off-Broadway show “Back in New York” at the Second Stage Theater in New York City in March, 2002. David Mamet who directed “Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants” will also direct the new show. According to a New York Times article Jay described the new show as, “the show will include stories of ‘pickpockets, low-lifes and swindlers,’ as well as ‘a history of Broadway and its environs.'” To read the Sep. 7 article by Jesse McKinley titled “Starting Guns Are Loaded” click: HERE.(9/12)

The devastating tragedy at the world trade center in New York City has shook the world. I have done countless shows at Windows On The World atop of One World Center and performed at the tenth anniversary celebration atop of Two World Trade Center. Many magicians have appeared at and visited these two buildings, which are no longer there. Known magicians who regularly work in the vicinity are Eric DeCamps, Palmer Tilden and Jim Stewart. All three are doing fine. Because of the attacks Siegfried & Roy cancelled their shows on Tuesday Sep. 11 in Las Vegas.(9/12)

“Houdini’s Box: The Art of Escape” by Adam Phillips is reviewed in the Providence Journal where it is described as, “…certainly has an intriguing title. It’s a pity that what’s between the covers isn’t.” To read the Sep. 9 review by Bob Leddy titled “Look at Houdini can’t escape its limitations” click: HERE.(9/12)

Debbie McGee’s Ballet Imaginaire premieres it’s new work “Phantom – the Ballet” this week in Darlington, UK and it is covered in the Northern Echo. To read the Sep. 11 story titled “Now Debbie hopes for magic in spotlight” supplied by Infoseek and Yellowbrix click: HERE.(9/12)

NEW JERSEY: Bill Wisch will be lecturing on Wednesday Sep. 12 at 8pm for JMMRT at the V.F.W. (Pennsylvania Railroad Ave., two blocks from the NJ Transit — Linden train station) in Linden, New Jersey. He will be replacing Joshua Jay who had to cancel. Cost to non-members is $12. For more information phone Carl Bajor at: 732-969-2566 or click: HERE.(9/10,12)

WASHINGTON: Jerry Andrus, Ray Hyman and Jose Alemeneres appear at “A Day Of Magic” hosted by the I.B.M. Northwest Ring of Fire on Sep. 15 at the P.U.D theatre in Everret. Registration is $20-$25 per person. For more information click: HERE.(9/12)
VOLUME: 45 / ISSUE: 1,354 / Thursday – September 13, 2001
Rouclere SAM Assembly #25’s Annual Banquet & Magic Show takes place on Friday Sep. 14 at 7:30pm at the Russian all (4 Woodhull Ave., Little Falls, NJ). This year’s stage performers are: Chris Capehart, Puck, Steve Rodman, and Meir Yedid who will Emcee. Close-up performers will include: Bob Elliott, John Mintz, Bill Wisch, Richard Bangs, Ron Wohl, Mel Fields, Mike Randazzo, Warren Kaps and any others. This show, which usually sells-out months in advance, has some openings this year with. If you want to go, phone Phyllis at 201-797-5504 for a reservation. Tickets are $35per person and include the close-up shows, stage show and dinner. For more information click: HERE.(9/13)

Ricky Jay’s appearance in the Bob Dylan commercial is covered in a Chicago Tribune article in the Boston Globe. The commercial can be viewed at: To read the Sep. 12 article by Robert K. Elder titled “Dylan tips hand in commercial” click: HERE.(9/13)

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported on how Vegas entertainment decided to cope with the disaster in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. The article reported that Siegfried & Roy were dark and Rick Thomas’ afternoon shows were also cancelled. To read the Sep. 12 story by Mike Weatherford titled “Performers, casinos cancel shows on Strip” click: HERE.(9/13)

INDIANA: The 4th annual magic Flea Market sponsored by IBM Ring #310 takes place on Saturday Sep. 15 at 9am – 3pm at the Ross Community Center (1110 W. 10th St.) in Muncie. Admission is $3 per person with dealer tables at $5 each. For more information phone Rick Fisher at: 877-998-1662 or e-mail:
VOLUME: 45 / ISSUE: 1,355 / Friday – September 14, 2001
Joseph Michael White (Jan. 1, 1925-Sep. 10, 2001) died on Monday of a heart attack. White used many different names throughout his career, he went under, Little Joe White, Micro, Puzzles the Clown, Little Oscar, Prince Tiny, Midget Magician, The World’s Smallest Magician, and The World’s Smallest Magician and Mentalist.” Being only four feet, four inches tall he regularly joked about his size, “I’m never short on jokes… but I am short.” He contributed many routines to magic magazines and wrote several books on magic including: Micro Mental Miracles (1965), Magic For Heaven’s Sake (1962), Scotch Brand Of Magic (1967), Micro Mental Programs (1966), Select Mental Effects (1980), and Wee Wizard’s Wiles (1987). To read the Sep. 13 Orange County Register obituary by Robin Hinch titled “Little man had big following and bigger heart” click: HERE.(9/14)

The Gamesters (Doug Leferovich and Seth Yudof) star in “Manhattan Mayhem” at the Sands Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. The show opens on Sep. 15 and is scheduled to run through Oct. 31. Tickets are $20 per person and are available through TicketMaster at: 800-736-1420 or directly from the Sands box-office at: 609-441-4137.(9/14)

The House of Magic owned by Tracie Hughes and John Milner in Stourbridge, UK was hit twice by trucks in the last few days. An Evening Mail article reported “The shop in Brook Street is due to be officially opened later this month by TV magician Wayne Dobson.” To read the Sep. 12 story titled “New shop hit twice in days; Lorries run into awnings” supplied by Yellowbrix and Infoseek click: HERE.(9/14)

Lance Burton is one of the Las Vegas performers who is involved in organizing a benefit for the victims and survivors of the terrorist attacks. To read the Sep. 13 Las Vegas Sun article titled “Performers unite in aftermath” click: HERE.(9/14)

Houdini may have put a recently discovered trapdoor in The Grand Opera House. The Augusta Chronicle reported, “Floor renovations at the Grand have uncovered what might be a third trapdoor cut by the escape artist. …One of the other trapdoors Houdini is credited with creating is still operational. It is used annually for the Rat King’s entrance in the The Nutcracker.” To read the Aug. 31 article titled “Renovations Uncover Trapdoor At Theater” supplied by Yellowbrix and Infoseek click: HERE.(9/14)
VOLUME: 45 / ISSUE: 1,356 / Saturday – September 15, 2001
Le Grand David Spectacular Magic Company begins its 25th anniversary season on Sunday Sep. 16 at the Cabot Street Cinema Theatre in Beverly, MA. The show will continue to run every Sunday at 3pm throughout the year with a special New Year’s Eve show on Dec. 31 at 8pm. On Feb. 20, 2002 they will perform the actual 25th anniversary show, which premiered on Feb. 20, 1977. Tickets are $10-$15 per person. For reservations and information phone: 978-927-3677.(9/15)

Pennsylvania State University scientists are studying how magicians shake a knot into a rope in order to improve the odds of doing it with 100 percent accuracy. According to a Nature News article “The researchers think that self-knotting involves collisions between different parts of the chain – which is actually nothing magicians didn’t know already: the secret of the knot trick is to flick the rope so that the free end is knocked through a loop by colliding with another part of the rope.” To read the Sep. 11 story by Philip Ball titled “Tying a rope by shaking one end requires mastery of chaotic dynamics” click: HERE.(9/15)

Monday Night Magic in New York City cancelled their Sep. 17 show due to the recent terrorist attacks which took place a couple of miles from the theater.(9/15)

SOUTH CAROLINA: Lee Earle lectures in Greenville on Sep. 18. For more information about location and contact person e-mail Danny Archer at:
VOLUME: 45 / ISSUE: 1,357 / Sunday – September 16, 2001
Siegfried & Roy who were scheduled to fly to Germany this week to receive the 2001 Golden Henne award (a prestigious German media award) have decided to stay home in “respect for the victims of the terrorist attacks and their survivors.” Roy commented, “If any awards are to be given, the members of the New York fire and police department deserve them… Though we’re a few thousand miles away from New York and Washington, DC, the impact of these horrendous and maniacal events make it seem that it happened just down the street. What we have seen is surreal and at times seemed more like a movie.” The MGM Mirage has already donated a million dollars to the disaster relief fund and Siegfried & Roy plan to do more.(9/16)

Joe Labero’s show in New Zealand is reviewed in the Evening Post – Wellington where the reviewer noticed, “The boy in front of me was transfixed – mind you, so was the cynic next to me.” To read the Sep. 14 review by Mary Jane Boland titled “Even the cynics fell under Labero’s spell” supplied by Yellowbrix and Infoseek click: HERE.(9/16)

The Great Tomsoni & Co., Norm Nielsen, Lupe, Chef Anton, Bruce Cervon, David Avadon, and Jeff Martin appear at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles on Sep. 17-23. Howard Hale lectures on Sunday Sep. 23.(9/16)

WEST COAST: David Acer and Richard Sanders lecture in Reno, NV on Sep. 18, Fresno, CA on Sep. 19, San Francisco, CA on Sep. 20 in Eugene, OR on Sep. 22 and in Portland, OR on Sep. 23. For more information about locations and contact people e-mail Danny Archer at:
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