MT: September 6-12, 1999

VOLUME: 21 / ISSUE: 616 / Monday – September 6, 1999
Ricky Jay’s magazine Jay’s Journal of Anomalies which debut in 1994 has announced that it will “suspend publication indefinitely.” The current issue which was just mailed to subscribers rounds out volume four. Volumes 1-3 contained four issues per year while volume 4 was reduced to three issues. As a parting gift all subscribers will receive a free bonus issue which will be mailed to them in a few months. That would make a complete set consist of 16 issues.(9/6)

Christopher Hart, Brian Gillis, Mr. Mysto, Alfonso, Jeff Steele, Woody Pittman, Lee Bayliss, and Joshua Seth appearing at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles, on Sep. 7-12. Woody Pittman lectures on Sunday Sep. 12.(9/6)

PENNSYLVANIA: The Annual Pittsburgh Magic Picnic, sponsored by IBM Ring #13 and SAM Assemblies #157 and #18 takes place on Sunday Sep. 12 at North Park in the Roosevelt Shelter. For more information click: HERE.(9/6)

Monday, Sep. 6
Sid Caesar stars as a once-great magician attempting to regain his former expertise with the help of a magical deck of cards on the “Mr. Magic” episode of Amazing Stories on Monday Sep. 6 at noon ET on SCIFI-TV (US-cable).(9/5)
Salty-Come-Lately/It’s Magic is a magic themed episode of Salty’s Lighthouse on Monday Sep. 6 at 11:30am and Sep. 23 at 6:30am ET on TLC-TV (US-cable).(9/5,22)
Magic Versus Televison episode of Grand Illusions: The Story of Magic on Monday Sep. 6 at 3pm ET on Discovery Canada.(9/5)
VOLUME: 21 / ISSUE: 617 / Tuesday – September 7, 1999
Mac King who just finished performing at the Funny Bone in Evansville, IN for the past five days is featured in the Evansville Courier. The article gave a brief history of King’s career and then he was asked about the masked magician. King said, “…I hope he got a bundle of money for doing what he did, enough to put his kid through college…It was a mean thing to do.” To read Garret Mathews’ Sep. 5 article click: HERE.(9/7)

Tuesday, Sep. 7
Lance Burton: A Portrait episode of Grand Illusions: The Story of Magic on Tuesday Sep. 7 at 3pm ET on Discovery Canada.(9/6)
VOLUME: 21 / ISSUE: 618 / Wednesday – September 8, 1999
The Magic Circle, which is based in London, has just finished its election cycle with this being only the second time in its history that someone ran in opposition to the president. 633 ballots were returned with the following results: Michael Bailey (444 votes), retains his presidency against Fay Presto (166). Ali Bongo (389 votes), defeats Chris Pratt (239) for Vice-President. Brian Miller was unopposed and remains the Treasurer. Chris Pratt (463 votes) defeated Brian Sibley (159) to retain his post as Secretary. The following were elected to the Council of The Magic Circle: Alan Shaxon (502 votes), Ali Bongo (488), Janet Clare (461), Anthony Owen (418), Jack Delvin (393), Richard Stupple (363), Peter Scarlett (356), Derrick Speight (349), Ian Keable (342), Henry Lewis (341), Fay Presto (339), Graham Reed (313), Alan Snowdon (296), Rupert Connell (290), and Christopher Woodward (286). To find out more about The Magic Circle click: HERE.(9/8)

The Theory and Art of Magic is a lecture series produced by Dr. Lawrence Hass for Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA which will run from Sep. 8 through Oct. 14. The featured performers/lecturers will be: Eugene Burger and Margaret Steele (Sep. 8), Lawrence Hass (Sep. 15), Darwin Ortiz (Sep. 22 and 23), Hiawatha (Sep. 29), Bob Fellows (Oct. 6), and Robert E. Neale (Oct. 13). All of the shows and lectures are open to the public for a small fee. For more information click: HERE.(9/8)

Wednesday, Sep. 8
Ricky Jay in The Spanish Prisoner (1998) on Wednesday Sep. 8 at 9:30pm, Sep. 20 at 9:05pm, and Sep. 26 at 6pm ET on SHOW-TV (US-cable).(9/7,9,16)
Johnny Mysto Boy Wizard –See 9/2.(9/7)
Close-Up Magic episode of Grand Illusions: The Story of Magic on Wednesday Sep. 8 at 3pm ET on Discovery Canada.(9/7)
VOLUME: 21 / ISSUE: 619 / Thursday – September 9, 1999
It appears to be official that David Copperfield and Claudia Schiffer have split up. The news has been reported in about a dozen newspapers around the globe. Also reported is that Copperfield is now dating Angelica Castro while Schiffer has been seen with Bruce Hoeksemar or Tim Jeffries depending on which newspaper you want to believe.(9/9)

Penn & Teller will guest star on the Beating the Odds episode of’s WhirlGirl which is Showtime’s animated online series about a sexy, 21st century cyber-heroine. The show will be available on the web on Friday Sep. 10 at 1pm ET at:

INDIANA: The Muncie Mystifiers, IBM Ring #310, will hold its 2nd Annual Flea Market on Saturday Sep. 11 at the UAW Union Hall in Muncie. For more information click: HERE.(9/9)

Thursday, Sep. 9
James Randi challenges the authenticity of paranormal phenomena on the Secrets of the Psychics episode of NOVA on Thursday Sep. 9 at 10pm and Wednesday Sep. 29 at 8pm ET on WLIW-TV (US). This show is syndicated and may appear at different times and channels — check local listings.(9/8,27)
Ricky Jay in Tomorrow Never Dies-See 9/4.(9/8)
The Magic Fire episode of Charlie’s Angels has them proving that a flame-throwing magician is not an arsonist on Thursday Sep. 9 at 5am ET on TNT-TV (US-cable).(9/8)
It’s Magic!/One Bad Day is a magic themed episode of Salty’s Lighthouse on Thursday Sep. 9 at 6:30am ET on TLC-TV (US-cable).(9/8)
The Blackstones: The Father episode of Grand Illusions: The Story of Magic on Thursday Sep. 9 at 3pm ET on Discovery Canada.(9/8)
VOLUME: 21 / ISSUE: 620 / Friday – September 10, 1999
Steve Wyrick signed an eight year deal with the Sahara Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to be its headliner in the new $22 million 950-seat theater with a special retractable roof to allow for Wyrick’s Helicopter illusion. The show is scheduled to open in February 2000. Currently Wyrick can be seen at the Lady Luck through New Year’s Eve.(9/10)

David Copperfield spends September performing in Australia. You can catch him at: Perth Entertainment Centre in Perth (Sep. 10-12), Sydney Entertainment Centre in Sydney (17-19), and the Melbourne Regent Theatre in Melbourne (22-26).(9/10)

The Harry Houdini Historical Center in Appleton, Wisconsin is discussed in an article by Don Boxmeyer in the Sep. 4 issue of PioneerPlanet. To read the article click: HERE.(9/10)

WASHINGTON: Max Howard lectures at the VA in Seattle on Sunday Sep. 12 at 2pm. For more information phone Ed Loveland at 253-631-7516 or e-mail:

Friday, Sep. 10
The Off Sides episode of Home Improvement features a baby sitter-magician on Friday Sep. 10 at 7pm ET on FOX-TV (US). This show is syndicated and may appear at different times and channels — check local listings.(9/10)
Magic On The Edge is scheduled to be a new half-hour, weekly series on the FOX Family Channel. The show which is being co-produced by Jim Steinmeyer promises the world’s greatest magic and masters of illusion taking “…the viewers into a world of mystery and magic to show everything from the bizarre to the spectacular.” John Carney, Mike Caveney, Christopher Hart, Pat Hazell, Mark Kalin & Jinger, Mr. Mysto, Nicholas Night & Kinga, and The Pendragons are among the performers which have already been taped for the series. On Friday Sep. 10 at 7pm ET on FAM-TV (US-cable) two of the shows will be airing as a one-hour special which is being used as a pilot for the show.(9/9)
Doug Henning appears on the Muppets on Friday Sep. 10 at 7:30am and 6pm ET on ODSY-TV (US-cable).(9/9)
Johnny Mysto Boy Wizard –See 9/2.(9/9)
The Blackstones: The Son episode of Grand Illusions: The Story of Magic on Friday Sep. 10 at 3pm ET on Discovery Canada.(9/9)
VOLUME: 21 / ISSUE: 621 / Saturday – September 11, 1999
The contest winners at last week’s Texas Association of Magicians convention which attracted 1,600 attendees were: Diamond Jim Tyler (Senior Close-Up), Murray Sawchuck (Senior Stage and Best of Convention Award), Nowlin Craver (Comedy), and Chase Alan Curtis (Junior Close-Up and Stage). For a complete review of the convention by Scott Wells click: HERE.(9/11)

Saturday, Sep. 11
Howard Posener performs magic on the streets and in the studio for five consecutive episodes of the new weekly TV show, The Hidden Camera Show. His first appearance will be on the second show which airs on Saturday Sep. 11 at 6.05pm on BBC1-TV (United Kingdom). The magic consultant for the show is Pat Page.(9/10)
Johnny Mysto Boy Wizard –See 9/2.(9/10)
VOLUME: 21 / ISSUE: 622 / Sunday – September 12, 1999
The World Magic Awards will be taping live in front of a studio audience on Monday Sep. 13 from 6-8pm at the Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, California. Award winners include: Lance Burton, Franz Harary, Max Maven, The Pendragons, and The Amazing Jonathan. The TV special which is hosted by Bob Saget will air on the Fox Family Channel later this year. Proceeds from the show will go to the United Nations Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF) and the Blackstone Young Magicians Foundation.(9/12)

Mitch Williams presents “Make Your Life a Magical Work of Art” on Sunday Sep. 12 from 1-3pm at the Seal Beach Church of Religious Science (500 Marina Drive, Seal Beach, CA, 562-598-3325). Tickets are $15 per person.(9/12)

OHIO: Lee Asher lectures for The Magic Studio on Monday Sep. 13 at 7:30pm at the Masonic Temple Building (912 Phillips Ave. in Toledo). For more information phone Mike Night at: 419-478-8781 or e-mail:

Sunday, Sep. 12
The classic 1953 Houdini movie starring Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh airs on Sunday Sep. 12 at 5:30pm ET on AMC-TV (US-cable).(9/11)
Harry Anderson & his son appear on episode #23 of “Penn and Teller’s Sin City Spectacular” on Sunday Sep. 12 at midnight ET on FX-TV (US-cable).(9/11)
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