MT: September 13-19, 1999

VOLUME: 21 / ISSUE: 623 / Monday – September 13, 1999
Turk Pipkin, long time friend and partner of Harry Anderson writes a wonderful article about Harry Anderson and the Left-Handed League in the Sep. 3 issue of the Austin Chronicle. This is the most truthful account of Anderson’s early career – You have never read most of this before. Pipkin gives a wonderful and frank account of their careers. In describing their transition from the streets he wrote, “It did not take us long to tire of passing the hat, but since the street was the hardest gig going, it was a simple matter to switch to clubs, theatres or college union shows that actually told you how much you were going to make before the show.” To read “Harry Anderson, the Left-Handed League, and Me: What the Right Hand Is Doing” click: HERE.(9/13)

Abb Dickson has been named as the new director of the World Alliance of Magicians (WAM). Dickson who is a Past President of the International Brotherhood of Magicians wants WAM to help maintain the secrecy of magic and prevent exposure to the public. For more information click: HERE.(9/13)

Billy McComb, Rich Bloch, Douglas Brewer, John George, Tommy Garbin, Mike Elkan, Michael McGiveney, and Bill Perron appearing at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles, on Sep. 13-19. Rich Bloch lectures on Sunday Sep. 19.(9/13)

Monday, Sep. 13
David Copperfield in Terror Train (1980) on Monday Sep. 13 at noon and Saturday Sep. 18 at noon ET on FX-TV (US-cable).(9/12)
Weird Magic episode of Grand Illusions: The Story of Magic on Monday Sep. 13 at 3pm ET on Discovery Canada.(9/12)
VOLUME: 21 / ISSUE: 624 / Tuesday – September 14, 1999
The Jeff McBride Magic Master Class Series is a personalized magical experience for serious students of close-up and stage magic. The intensive session is three days long and is conducted by Jeff McBride, Eugene Burger, and Tobias Beckwith. The Sessions which are limited to 10 people have sold out in August and September. Three more sessions are scheduled this year: Nov. 18-20, Dec. 3-5, and Dec. 10-12. Everything takes place in Las Vegas at Jeff McBride’s Magic Theater. If you are serious about your magic and over 18 years old phone McBride at: 702-868-8869 or e-mail:

Jasen Magic who caught fire doing an escape last year and ended up on TV on the “World’s Most Shocking Moments” once again attempted the straitjacket escape while dangling upside down above a burning platform on Sunday Sep. 5. To read more about the escape in Julie Hinds’ Sep. 7 article in the Detroit Free Press click: HERE.(9/14)

NEW JERSEY: Lee Asher lectures on Wednesday Sep. 15 at 8pm for JMMRT at the V.F.W. (Pennsylvania Railroad Ave., two blocks from AMTRAK station) in Linden, New Jersey. For more information phone Al Hillman at: 732-257-3456. Cost to non-members is $12.(9/14)

Tuesday, Sep. 14
The Tale of the Magician’s Assistant episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark? On Tuesday Sep. 14 at 5pm ET on NICK-TV (US-cable).(9/13)
The Greats Of Modern Magic episode of Grand Illusions: The Story of Magic on Tuesday Sep. 14 at 3pm ET on Discovery Canada.(9/13)
VOLUME: 21 / ISSUE: 625 / Wednesday – September 15, 1999
Yaq Andrews (Andrew Yakoobian), who is the winner of the 17th Annual New England Magic Contest is featured in the North Shore Weekly Newspaper. Discussing his career after graduating college he said, “…I began to look at my magic in a deeper way… I wanted to focus in on ‘close-up’ magic, which is doing magic for a small group of people using cards, coins and other common items. A lot of people have not seen magic up close, and it becomes much more intimate.” To read the Aug. 29, Cause and Effects, article by Carol Brooks Ball click: HERE.(9/15)

WISCONSIN: Bruce Bernstein will be lecturing for SAM Assembly #61 on Thursday Sep. 16 at 7:30pm at the Broadway Baby Dinner Theater (51st and Mill Road) in Milwaukee. For more information click: HERE.(9/15)

Wednesday, Sep. 15
The Death Challenge episode of Quincy has an underwater-escape mask the murder of a famous magician on Wednesday Sep. 15 at 9am and 3pm ET on A&E-TV (US-cable).(9/14)
Hiccup-and-Down is a magic themed episode of Hello, Mrs. Cherrywinkle on Wednesday Sep. 15 at 10am ET on WLIW-TV (US-PBS). This show is syndicated and may appear at different times and channels — check local listings.(9/14)
Johnny Mysto Boy Wizard –See 9/2.(9/14)
Seeking Automata episode of Grand Illusions: The Story of Magic on Wednesday Sep. 15 at 3pm ET on Discovery Canada.(9/14)
VOLUME: 21 / ISSUE: 626 / Thursday – September 16, 1999
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NEW YORK: Lee Asher lectures for the SAM Parent Assembly #1 on Friday Sep. 17 at 7pm at the New York University (Main Building, 100 Washington Square East, Room 703, NYC). For more information phone Jeremy Medows at: 212-533-7184 or e-mail:

FLORIDA: IBM Ring #170 presents “Magic for the next Millennium” on Sep. 17-18 at the Elks Lodge (333 E. Oak Ridge, Orlando). Friday will feature a show with Rodini, Joseph Constantine, Todd Alexander, Murry, and Niels Sayers. Saturday will be an auction and flea market. For more information click: HERE.(9/16)

Thursday, Sep. 16
The Trash TV episode of Diagnosis Murder with Valentino reruns on Sep. 16 at 8pm ET on CBS-TV (US).(9/15)
Houdini – Part 1 episode of Grand Illusions: The Story of Magic on Thursday Sep. 16 at 3pm ET on Discovery Canada.(9/15)
VOLUME: 21 / ISSUE: 627 / Friday – September 17, 1999
Houdini the Musical by Michael Martin & Brian Bazala will be showcasing in New York City on Nov. 1 and Nov. 8 at 5pm and 8pm at the Judith Anderson Theater (422 West 42nd Street). Auditions for actors and singers are being held on Oct. 2 from 10am-2pm at the Producer’s Club (358 W. 44th St.). If you are interested in an audition — phone Believe Theatrical at: 718-396-2459. To attend one of the showcases and for more information about the show click: HERE.(9/17)

DENMARK: Tony Griffith is lecturing in Aarhus on Sunday Sep. 19 (For info e-mail: and in Copenhagen on Monday Sep. 20 (For info phone Mikael Boe Larsen at 45 43 90 1281).(9/17)

Friday, Sep. 17
Houdini – Part 2 episode of Grand Illusions: The Story of Magic on Friday Sep. 17 at 3pm ET on Discovery Canada.(9/16)
VOLUME: 21 / ISSUE: 628 / Saturday – September 18, 1999
Hurricane Floyd flew over the MagicTimes and Meir Yedid Magic offices in Bergen County, New Jersey on Sep. 16 leaving us with minor flooding and damage. All orders have continued to be shipped. Unfortunately the AT&T switching station which is located about a mile from our offices was flooded causing phone services in the area to be down. This gave us a chance to practice for the upcoming Y2K problem with no phones, no e-mail, no beeper, no cell phone, no internet, no orders, nobody for miles accepting credit cards, as they have no way of getting them approved, banks not being able to cash checks, many stores with no electricity or gas, malls shut down because the parking lots are under water and my favorite — watching ducks and geese swim across the highway! Every effort has been made to have MagicTimes not miss it’s daily update #627.(9/18)

Saturday, Sep. 18
David Copperfield in Terror Train (1980) –See 9/13.(9/17)
The Problem at Gallows Gate episode of Jonathan Creek has a magician’s sister witnessing a murder on Saturday Sep. 18 at 10pm ET on WLIW-TV (US-PBS). This show is syndicated and may appear at different times and channels — check local listings.(9/17)
VOLUME: 21 / ISSUE: 629 / Sunday – September 19, 1999
Soiree Fantastique is a new magic show produced by Bruce Sinclair featuring George Millward, Andrew Goldenhersh, and Sinclair. The show will run every Sunday night in October (Oct. 3,10,17,24 and 31) at the Cinegrill inside Hollywood’s legendary Roosevelt Hotel.(9/19)

ILLINOIS: Keith Fields is lecturing on Wednesday Sep. 22 at 7pm for Midwest Magic in Franklin Park. Tickets are $15. For more information phone: 847-455-4288.(9/19)

Sunday, Sep. 19
Alan Shaxon does magic in the “Mr. Bean Goes to Town” episode of Mr. Bean on Friday Sep. 19 at 4:30pm ET on FAM-TV (US-cable).(9/18)
Jamy Ian Swiss appears on episode #24 of “Penn and Teller’s Sin City Spectacular” on Sunday Sep. 19 at midnight ET on FX-TV (US-cable).(9/18)
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