MT: April 23-29, 2001

VOLUME: 40 / ISSUE: 1,211 / Monday – April 23, 2001
Daytona 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.(4/23)

André Kole continues to tour through the East Coast with shows at the Bethany Church in Rye, NH on Apr. 25 (603-964-5332), the Calvary Bible Church in Rutland, VT on Apr. 27 (802-775-7280), the Trinity Covenant Ch. in Manchester, CT on Apr. 28 (860-649-9778), and at the Buckingham Church in Glastonbury, CT on Apr. 29 (860-633-799).(4/23)

VOLUME: 40 / ISSUE: 1,212 / Tuesday – April 24, 2001
James Randi will take part in Santa Clara University’s three-day conference about the faith in science, the arts and education. Randi’s talk will take place on May 3 at 7pm where he will discuss “…science’s pursuit of magic and miracles in the 20th century and into the 21st century.” Cost for Randi’s presentation is $10 per person. For reservations and information phone: 408-554-4455. To read the Apr. 23 Bus. Wire story titled “Faith and Science Draws Nationally-Known Skeptics and Cult-Watchers to SCU; Author, Magician James Randi Investigates Myths of Science and Magic” click: HERE.(4/24)

Johnny Brown, a very popular magician from Abilene, TX died on Saturday Apr. 21 at the age of 75. To read a biography of Johnny Brown, which appeared in the Jun. 10, 1999 issue of the Abilene Reporter-News click: HERE.(4/24)
VOLUME: 40 / ISSUE: 1,213 / Wednesday – April 25, 2001
Herb Zarrow is the Guest Of Honor at the annual F.F.F.F. (Fechter’s Finger Flicking Frolic) Convention held in Batavia, NY on Apr. 25-28, 2001. He was also featured on the cover of the April 2001 issue of The Linking Ring. To find out more about this fascinating man and his magical creations, MagicTimes is reprinting the featured article from the magazine. …Go to full story.(4/25)

David Copperfield’s show is reviewed in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel where it is described as, “Copperfield doles out a host of illusions, complex and simple, all of which are performed with the ease and glee of a class clown hamming before his peers. But these are not simple gags. He is a master of the art of illusion. To read the Apr. 23 story by Elaine Schmidt titled “Copperfield’s appeal is no illusion” click: HERE.(4/25)

Will Tremont who has been doing escapes on the “Masters of Illusion” TV series is featured in a Chicago Daily Herald story. Tremont who earns a living as a barber explains, “I don’t want to do magic full time… I love the barber business and I have loyal customers. Magic has never been a career for me.” To read the Apr. 24 article by Kate Grusich titled “Practical magic” click: HERE.(4/25)

NEW JERSEY: Pat Page lectures on Monday Apr. 30 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. Cost to non-members is $12. For more information phone Al Hillman at: 732-257-3456 or click: HERE.(4/25)
VOLUME: 40 / ISSUE: 1,214 / Thursday – April 26, 2001
Steve Cohen who is a very busy New York magician and a consultant to David Blaine will be premiering his new one-man show “Chamber Magic” on Friday Apr. 27 at the National Arts Club in NYC. Cohen told MagicTimes, “The show is presented in the same intimate and sophisticated format as Hofzinser’s salon shows. Only 30 guests are invited to each performance.” Friday’s show is sold-out with a waiting list of around 100 people. Plans are to make this a weekly show as soon as a permanent venue is found. Mark Levy (Magic For Dummies author) is the creative director. For information click: HERE.(4/26)

John Calvert presents highlights from his Magicarama show on Saturday Apr. 28 at 8pm at the 93rd annual “Salute to Magic” at The Tribeca Performing Arts Center (199 Chambers St.) in New York City. Tickets will be available at the door. For more information click: HERE.(4/26)

MASSACHUSETTS: The 19th Annual New England Magic Contest sponsored by the SAM Assembly #16 takes place on Sunday Apr. 29 at 1pm. Tickets are $8 per person and are available by phoning: 508-755-9560. The event takes place at the College of The Holly Cross, Hogan Campus Center in Worcester.(4/26)
The scene outside the Sea Crest at Hank Lee’s Cape Cod Conclave where the hotel was evacuated during the Tommy Wonder lecture on Saturday Apr. 21 when the fire alarm was accidentally ignited.(4/26)
VOLUME: 40 / ISSUE: 1,215 / Friday – April 27, 2001
Ricky Jay In Conversation with Lawrence Weschler will be presented on Sunday Apr. 29 at 2:30pm as part of The sixth annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Jay’s talk will take place at the Ackerman Ballroom on the UCLA campus. Looks like the talk might center around Jay’s quarterly “Jay’s Journal of Anamolies,” which is scheduled to be published in the fall. For more information about the Festival Of Books click: HERE.(4/27)

New York magician Judy Lindenberg died on Apr. 26. She was a member of the SAM for more than 20 years. Graveside services will be held on Apr. 27 at 12:45pm at the Cedar Park Cemetary in Paramus NJ.(4/27)

David Copperfield appears at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Jackson Hall on Apr. 29-30. Tickets are $25-$44 and are available by phoning: 255-2787. For more information click: HERE.(4/27)

“The Trashman Cometh – Family Fun!” starring Steve Trash on Sunday Apr. 29 at 1pm and 4pm at the The Community Theatre in Morristown, NJ. Tickets are $12 per person. For tickets and information phone: 973-539-8008 or click: HERE.(4/27)

EAST COAST: Pat Page lectures in five states in seven days during the first week in May. You can catch him, and you should, at SAM #127 in Wallingford, CT on May. 1 (phone: 203-269-3009), at RISM in Warwick, RI on May 2 (phone: 401-467-8749), at SAM #194 in Yonkers, NY on May 3 (phone: 914-761-7032), at SAM #1 in New York City on May 4 (phone: 212-635-1766), at Denny & Lee’s in Baltimore, MD on May 5-6 (phone: 410-686-3914), and at IBM Ring #165 in Collingswood, NJ on May 7 (phone: 215-364-8132).(4/27)
VOLUME: 40 / ISSUE: 1,216 / Saturday – April 28, 2001
Michael Vincent has been hired to perform two training courses (May 17 and 24) for the Metropolitan Police department in London. The seminar which is titled “The Magic of Networking” is geared toward improving the way police deal with the general public and how to develop professional and personal communication and leadership skills. Vincent will be paid around £6,000 for the two five-hour seminars. The novelty of the story has been picked up by many newspapers around the world. Below are some of the different versions. To read the Apr. 27 London Evening Standard article by Philip Nettleton titled “Yard chiefs taught by magician” click: HERE.
­-To read the Apr. 28 Electronic Telegraph story titled “Magician shows top police how to network” click: HERE.
–To read the Apr. 28, The Times, story by Michael Horsnell titled “Yard calls in top magician to find lost confidence” click: HERE.
–To read the Apr. 27 Reuters story titled “Police to Train As Magicians” click: HERE.(4/28)

Teller talks about his three favorite websites in the May 2001 issue of Yahoo Internet Life magazine. His best picks encompass his interest of collecting books, downloading classics to his PDA and reading about urban legends.(4/28)

Siegfried & Roy, Rick Thomas, David Copperfield, Lance Burton, Steve Wyrick, Melinda, Penn & Teller and the Showgirls of Magic are mentioned in a Press-Enterprise article describing the many magic shows currently working in Las Vegas. To read the Apr. 27 story by Bruce Camenga titled “It’s not an illusion: Vegas is magical” click: HERE.(4/28)

The Academy of Magical Sciences in India who is teaching magic to children is featured in The Hindu where the benefits of learning magic is described as “It is also to do with improving one’s Mathematical skills and also one’s power of concentration. The need to develop the child’s power of concentration is given so much importance that there is a whole module on how to develop concentration. In other words magic can also be a power tool for personality development for children!” To read the Apr. 27 article by G. Mahadevan titled “The a.b,c of abracadabra” click: HERE.(4/28)

Ayala’s recent honor of being named as the Magician of the Year was mentioned in a Las Vegas Review-Journal article. To read the Apr. 27 story by Norm titled “Miss Universe making habit of attending Woods’ events” click: HERE.(4/28)
VOLUME: 40 / ISSUE: 1,217 / Sunday – April 29, 2001
Randall Richman who was fighting a drunk driving incident by claiming that he was a fire eater and the chemicals used in his act is what made him appear drunk beat the system by having his case dismissed when the jurors could not agree on a verdict. 10 of the 12 jurors voted to acquit but a unanimous decision was needed for a conviction. According to a Los Angeles Times article the jurors in the nine-day trial said that, “…the prosecution failed to persuade them beyond a reasonable doubt that Richman had been drinking alcohol before his arrest.” To read the Apr. 28 story by Jean Guccione and Richard Fausset titled “Magician’s Verdict Disappears as Jury Deadlocks” click: HERE.(4/29)

Wayne Dobson, Boris Wild, Pete Matuska, David Sandy, B. J. Hickman, Tom Burgoon, Mystina, and Nancy Gray appear at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles, on Apr. 30-May 6. Wayne Dobson lectures on Sunday May 6.(4/29)
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