MT: August 31 – September 6, 1998

VOLUME: 8 / ISSUE: 245 / Monday – August 31, 1998
MagicTimes undergoes a face lift and format change on Tuesday Sep. 1. Stay tuned for some exciting times in MagicTimes.(8/31)

Earl Nelson, George Millward, The Falkensteins, Alfonso, Whit Haydn, Mystina, Adrian Van Vactor, and Bob Stone appear at the “Magic Castle” in Los Angeles, on Aug. 31-Sep. 6.(8/31)
VOLUME: 9 / ISSUE: 246 / Tuesday – September 1, 1998 
After running MagicTimes for more than 8 months with more than 250 daily updates and hundreds of news items, it was time to evaluate our strengths and weaknesses and adapt accordingly. The response has been tremendous, beyond our projections. Our strength, without a doubt is the daily news update. Thousands of you visit several times a week to see what’s new and on TV. It is also something that very few can deliver with such accuracy and dependability. As I surf the web I see too many sites who just steal news items from here and publish them as their own, without rewrite or credit. We must be doing something right! Beginning with the September 1998 issue there will no longer be any columns. Some of our columnists will continue, moving to the leading magic magazine on the web, Magic Show. MagicTimes will concentrate on our strength: News — nothing but NEWS! Everything of interest in magic will be reported here. Every Single Day. (Meir Yedid, Publisher, 9/1/98).

Penn Jillette (of Penn & Teller) will do the voice of Drell, in the new PC game “Sabrina The Teenaged Witch,” scheduled to be released this month. (9/1)

David Copperfield spends September in Mexico: Teatro de la Ciudad in Monterrey (Sep. 1-6) and Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City (Sep. 9-14).(9/1)

Excellent card handler Paul Gordon lecturing for the Magic Circle in London, England on Tuesday Sep. 1 at their new premises. Lecture is open to Magic Circle Members only.(9/1)

Earl Nelson, George Millward, The Falkensteins, Alfonso, Whit Haydn, Mystina, Adrian Van Vactor, and Bob Stone appear at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles, on Aug. 31-Sep. 6.(9/1)

“Grand Illusions: The Story Of Magic” is a new 50+ part series of 30-minute shows which promises “to recognize an art form with a fascinating and rich culture and history. It was not created to reveal the secrets of magic.” The show premiers on Tuesday Sep. 1 at 9:30pm ET on the Canadian Discovery channel. The first episode titled “Magic Versus Television” covers “…the argument of what television has done to magic and how magic has responded.” The show will be repeated on Sep. 2 at 1:30am and 4:30am and again on Sep. 6 at 2:30pm ET.(9/1)

Penn & Teller appear on the “Daily Show” on Tuesday Sep.1 at 11pm and Wednesday Sep. 2 at 1:30am, 8:30am, 1pm and 7pm ET on Comedy Central (US-cable-TV).(9/1)

Steven Seagal, Cheech Marin, John Popper, Super Dave Osborne and Margaret Smith appear on “Penn and Teller’s Sin City Spectacular” on Monday Aug. 31 at 9pm and will be repeated on Sunday Sep. 6 at 10pm ET on FX-TV (US-cable).(9/1)
VOLUME: 9 / ISSUE: 247 / Wednesday – September 2, 1998
Avner the Eccentric has just been booked to appear at the 36th Annual Tannen’s Magic Jubilee (Oct. 15-18). Following Greg Wilson’s cancellation Tannen’s has booked Todd MacDonald, Ashley Springer, Todd Charles, Mahka Tendo, and Avner the Eccentric to perform on the Saturday night show. Also on that show, Herb Zarrow will be receiving the 1998 “Louie Award.” For more information phone Tannen’s at: 212-929-4500 or e-mail:

Country music singer Shania Twain’s current concert series includes an illusion designed by Franz Harary where she vanishes inside a bass drum and reappears on a throne platform carried by security guards. DIRECTV has signed a deal to air her live concert on Sunday, Sep. 13 from 9-11pm ET. To see if she is appearing near you click: HERE.(9/2)

“Magic Moments” is a 1989 movie starring John Shea as a famous magician who sweeps his TV producer off her feet. Airs on Thursday Sep. 3 at 11pm and is repeated on Sep. 4 at 4am and 1pm ET on ROMCL-TV (US-cable).(9/2)
VOLUME: 9 / ISSUE: 248 / Thursday – September 3, 1998
NBC’s “Merlin” series which had huge ratings last May received four technical Emmy Awards, which included costume design and visual effects, on Saturday Aug. 29 at the 50th annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Look for more nominations and wins when NBC airs the main Emmy telecast on Sept. 13 and TVLand airs the creative arts portion on Sep. 11.(9/3)Ricky Jay is featured as a con man in Mamet’s “House of Games” on Friday Sep. 4 at 8pm and Saturday Sep. 5 at 1:10am and 5pm on BRAVO-TV (US-cable).(9/3)
VOLUME: 9 / ISSUE: 249 / Friday – September 4, 1998
Steve Spill is opening a new magic theater in Santa Monica, California called Magicopolis (City of Magic). It is scheduled to open, on Friday Sep. 18 at 7pm, with Penn & Teller performing. It is a two theater venue (Abracadabra Theatre with 150-seats and the Hocus Pocus Room with 40-seats) with a total 350-person capacity which includes additional close-up performance spaces, coffee shop and magic/gift shop. Once open the Abracadabra Theater will feature Nicholas Night and Bob Sheets in “Nothing’s Impossible” on Wednesday through Sunday. With the Hocus Pocus Room running shows every 20 minutes beginning at 8pm. It is located at 1418 4th St. with a walkway from Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade. For more information call 310-451-2241 or visit their website at:

Barry Taylor and Susan Kang’s “Psychic Ghost Theatre” in Wheaton, MD gets more good press in the Friday Aug. 28 edition of the Washington Post. To read Sarah Kaufman’s story click: HERE.(9/4)

“Eternally Yours” (1939) staring David Niven as a debonair magician on Saturday, Sep. 5 at 4am on A&E-TV (US-cable TV).(9/4)
VOLUME: 9 / ISSUE: 250 / Saturday – September 5, 1998
Michael Skinner (1941-1998) Died on Sep. 3 of a heart attack. Skinner was considered one of the best all around close-up magicians in the world. Originally a student of Eddie Fechter from Buffalo he later moved to Hollywood in 1967 to study with Dai Vernon. Since 1976 he has been the resident magician at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas. His vast repertoire allowed him to perform 28 shows, in one week, at the Magic Castle – without repeating an effect. This past summer A-1 Multimedia released seven video tapes featuring Skinner and his magic. A major loss for magic.(9/5)

Sue-Anne Webster and Tim Ellis presenting their new show “Dreams & Illusions” at the Caper’s Dinner Theatre in Hawthorn, Melbourne, Australia on Sep. 6 at 7pm. For more information phone Caper’s at: 03-9819-1797.(9/5)

Lance Burton is scheduled to perform on the 33rd annual Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon which begins on Sunday Sep. 6 at 9pm ET. Check local listings for the TV channel in your area. It will also be telecast live on the web at:
VOLUME: 9 / ISSUE: 251 / Sunday – September 6, 1998
The Great Tomsoni & Co, Todd Robbins, Bill Maher, Wendie Malick, David Cassidy, Meredith Brooks, Brandon Hammond, and John Twomey appear on “Penn and Teller’s Sin City Spectacular” on Monday Sep. 7 at 9pm and will be repeated on Sunday Sep. 13 at 10pm ET on FX-TV (US-cable).(9/6)

The annual TAOM (Texas Association of Magicians) convention taking place in San Antonio, TX on Sep. 4-7 received some press. Two in particular ran in the San Antonio Express-News. “Magicians to show off new tricks” by Hector Saldana focused on the convention while René A. Guzman’s “A meeting of mages” quickly turned into a Masked Magician promotion. Both articles appeared on Thursday Sep. 3.(9/6)

Jimmy Embree (Embree the Magician), died on Aug. 29 at 75. Embree was a past president the Pacific Coast Association of Magicians. A very nice obituary by Mack Lundstrom appeared in the San Jose Mercury News on Sep. 5. To read it click: HERE.(9/6)

Hilary Chaplain, Gary Fitzgerald, Mark Goldstein, Joshua Jay, Professor Putter, Jania Taylor, Torkova on Jam night with reduced ticket prices at Monday Night Magic on Sep. 7 in NYC. For tickets call Ticketmaster at: (212) 307-4100.(9/6)
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