MT: June 26 – July 2, 2000

VOLUME: 30 / ISSUE: 910 / Monday – June 26, 2000 
Bhagyanath and his magic troupe of ten people is the youngest magician in India. Believe it or not the, six-year-old, magician has already performed more than 200 stage shows and earns Rs 15,000 per show. In an India Express article he is quoted, “I want to be a great magician like my father.” His father, well known Indian magician Prof Nath Bhagyanath, first incorporated his son in his stage show when he was only three-and-a-half years old. To read the Jun. 12 article by Joseph Alexander titled “He is just 6-year-old and he is India’s youngest magician” click: HERE.(6/26)

Martin Lewis, Christopher Hart, Brian Gillis, David Avadon, Terry Seabrook, Bob Dee, Hans Davis, and Trissia Baughman appearing at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles, on Jun. 26-Jul. 2.(6/26)

Steve Wronker performs at the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library in Connecticut on Wednesday Jun. 28 at 1:30pm. For more information phone: 860-828-7128.(6/26)

Dave Shepherd, a magician and instructor at Holton-Arms Creative Summer Camp, teaches a magic trick in the Washington Post. To read the  Janice L. Kaplan article and to view a Real video teaching the bill fold click: HERE.(6/26)
VOLUME: 30 / ISSUE: 911 / Tuesday – June 27, 2000 
West Meets East: New Wizardz Magical Dinner Theater to Open in Japan
July 7th, 2000 will mark the official opening of the new Wizardz Magical Dinner Theater in Urayasu-Shi, Chiba-Ken, Japan. This second Wizardz, located adjacent to an upscale tourist destination, Tokyo’s Disneyland, (much as it’s prototype, the original Wizardz, is situated at Universal’s “City Walk” in Los Angeles) will feature the successful formulae established at the flagship operation. …Go to full story.(6/27)

Richard Robinson’s All Magic Guide was picked as a hot site of the day on Jun. 26 in USA Today. Technology editor Sam Meddis described the site as, “All Magic Guide is a mesmerizing portal to the world of magic.” Just like rating movies and TV shows USA Today regularly features web sites which it feels are going to be, “…sure hits with readers — sites that seek to astound and delight, inform or amuse — by exhibiting something remarkable in graphics, content or both.” To visit the All Magic Guide click: HERE.(6/27)

Marc Salem’s Mind Games And All That Jazz opens on Jun. 27 at Feinsteins at the Regency (540 Park Ave) in New York City. The show is scheduled to run through Sep. 2 with one show on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and two shows on Fridays and Saturdays. The cost is a $40 cover charge and a $30 food or drink minimum per person. Tickets are available through TicketMaster by clicking: HERE.
–For more information about the show click: HERE.(6/27)

Award winning magician Rousseau who has performed at many US and European magic conventions is featured in the London Evening Standard. The focus of the article is his “day job” as Dr Neil Rousseau a GP at the Wandsworth Health Centre in England. He has now relegated his medical practice as a part time job. To read the Jun. 26 article supplied by Infoseek and YellowBrix titled “Just The Job” click: HERE.(6/27)
VOLUME: 30 / ISSUE: 912 / Wednesday – June 28, 2000 
Darren Romeo’s association with Siegfried & Roy has become official. According to a Jun. 27 Siegfried & Roy press release, “…they will represent and produce Las Vegas’ freshest new talent, Darren Romeo ‘The Voice of Magic.'” According to Siegfried, “Darren Romeo combines fantastic illusions with a spellbinding singing voice. He’s an original whom we feel will make his mark in magic.” Roy added, “The experience, knowledge and tradition of the team we are providing Darren will go a long way in making him the future superstar in Las Vegas.” Also involved in the management of Romeo will be the powerhouse team of Kenneth Feld, and Bernie Yuman.(6/28)

Marc Salem, whose new show opened in New York City yesterday, gets a nice write-up in the New York Post. In addition to describing what you can expect to experience in the show you are also given some biographical information about Salem. His style is described as, “Despite the show’s out-of-this-world subject matter, Salem has a warm, down-to-earth stage presence.” The actual newspaper article included more material than the web version. To read the Jun. 27 article by Erika Martinez titled “This Man Says He Can Read Your Mind” click: HERE.(6/28)

Mackey, a 2 1/2 year old black Labrador retriever who can …”add, subtract, multiply, divide, do card and magic tricks, and guess the year of your birth is featured in the Albany Times Union. To read the Jun. 24 article by Kathleen Dooley titled “A dog smart enough to add” click: HERE.(6/28)
VOLUME: 30 / ISSUE: 913 / Thursday – June 29, 2000
The Society of American Magicians’ (SAM) annual convention on Jun. 21-24 in Milwaukee featured many competitions and many awards were handed out. The results are as follows: Close-Up Competition: Igor won the Chairperson’s High Score Award ($1000), Jeff Bibik won with the second highest score ($500). Stage Competition: Ardan James won the Chairperson’s High Score Award ($1000), Larry Volz & Wendy Neugent won with the second highest score ($500). Pearl Bhumgara won the Junior Stage Contest receiving a Silver Medal of Merit and $500. Winston Helling, Jr. received the SAM Originality Award. Joel Ward received the SAM Incentive Award and $200. Ardan James also won The People’s Choice Award ($500) and was invited to perform at the SAM Japan Convention next year. The Genii Awards: Winston Helling, Jr. received the Close-Up Award and $300, and Aaron Gouveia (Takeshi) received the Stage Award and $300. Mark Bond received The Mystic Craig Award for Professional Promise. Fr. Cyprian Murray and Marvyn Roy were made Honorary Members of the SAM. The annual Milburn Christopher Awards were given to: Eugene Burger (Literary), David Bull (Illusionist), Ardan James (newcomer), and Billy McComb (Lifetime Achievement).(6/29)

David Blaine signs a deal with Villard Books (Random House) to write his first book, ”Mysterious Stranger,” which is slated to be published in the Fall of 2001. The book will contain a combination of magic instruction and magic history. Also expected is an encrypted code in the book which could lead someone to a buried treasure. Also mentioned in the article is the much rumored Broadway show which could open next spring. To read the Jun. 28 Variety story by Jonathan Bing titled “Blaine Conjures Pricey Book Deal” click: HERE.(6/29)
VOLUME: 30 / ISSUE: 914 / Friday – June 30, 2000
Magician John McLaughlin was named as the number two man at the CIA. President Clinton nominated him as the next deputy director and the Senate will have to confirm the appointment. Using magic in his job, McLaughlin “…is not averse to performing tricks with cards or rubber bands to make the point that analysts need to be aware that situations are not always as they seem when observed from one angle.” CIA Director George Tenet called him, “…the smartest man in America.” To read the Jun. 29 Reuters article titled “New Deputy Head of CIA Named” click: HERE.(6/30)

“Magique Bazaar” starring magician Majinga (Michael Stroud) and the music group Fontain’s M.U.S.E. appear on Friday Jun. 30 at 8pm at the James Lick School (1220 Noe St.) in San Francisco. Tickets are available at the Misdirections Magic Shop (415-566-2180) or at the door.(6/30)
VOLUME: 31 / ISSUE: 915 / Saturday – July 1, 2000 
PORTUGAL: The 21st FISM World Magic Congress, which is held once every three years, is finally upon us. Magicians have already started arriving in Lisbon for one of the largest conventions in magic. More than 2,000 attendees from just about every country on the planet will spend around a week watching, learning and performing magic. More than 200 magicians will compete in eight categories and one person will receive for the coveted FISM Grand Prix which will be announced on Saturday July 8. The talent lineup of performers and speakers is one of the most prestigious of any convention with David Acer, Stan Allen, Harry Anderson, Asryan Aram, Carlos Barragan, Marvin Berglas, David Blaine, Ali Bongo, Eugene Burger, Anam Cara, Mike Caveney, Juliana Chen, Ger Copper, Paul Daniels, Dominico Dante, Pierre Edernac, Shintaro Fujiyama, John Gaughan, Roberto Giobbi, Lennart Green, Guy Hollingworth, J.J., Ricky Jay, Junge Junge, Mac King, Tina Lenert, Richard MacDougall, Bill Malone, Max Maven, Ygal Mesika, Hank Moorehouse, The Napoleons, Nicholas Night & Kinga, Chris Power, David Roth, Marvyn Roy, Salvano, Bob Sheets, Shinto, Tom Stone,  Juan Tamariz, Topas, Don Wayne, Andreas Wessels, David Williamson, and a few surprises. For more information visit the FISM 2000 website by clicking: HERE.(7/1)

Michael McPherson who stars in Vertigo, a magic show which combines acrobatic skills with illusions, opens at Sam’s Town Casino in Tunica County, TN on Saturday and runs through Jul. 14. McPherson describes what he does a Commercial Appeal article, “Vertigo is almost a lifetime’s worth of work. I combined both art forms into one art form, and labeled it physical magic, because it’s something no one else does.” To read the Jun. 30 article by Tom Walter in titled “Casino bets you’ll flip for acrobatic magic show” click: HERE.(7/1)

Siegfried & Roy: The Magic Box continues to open in IMAX theaters around the world. In a San Francisco Chronicle review of the movie and the technology they wrote, “What IMAX 3-D is ready for — and perfect for — is Siegfried & Roy, the German-born magicians who have been a Las Vegas mainstay for  the last quarter century.” To read the Jun. 30 review by Mick LaSalle titled “Siegfried & Roy, in Your Face Magicians’ story told in IMAX 3-D” click: HERE.(7/1)

Le Grand David Spectacular Magic Company performs every Sunday in July at the Cabot St. Cinema Theatre in Beverly, MA. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12. For more information and tickets phone: 978-927-3677.(7/1)

VOLUME: 31 / ISSUE: 916 / Sunday – July 2, 2000
Magician and quick-change artist Arturo Brachetti is currently taping ten episodes of the new sitcom “Nikki” for Warner Brothers. The show which stars Nikki Cox and is being produced by Bruce Helford (The Drew Cary Show, Rosanne) will debut this fall on Sundays at 9:30pm. Brachetti plays an ex-Las Vegas dancer with “hidden talents.” The role was created with him in mind after his successful appearance on The Drew Carey Show. The show, which features weekly production numbers, revolves around the life of newlyweds who moved to Las Vegas to become a showgirl and a wrestler.(7/2)

Danny Allan, Doc Swan, Bobby Baxter,  Jamy Ian Swiss, and Simon Lovell appear at Monday Night Magic on Jul. 3 at 8pm in NYC. For tickets call Ticketmaster at: 212-307-4100.(7/2)

There have been many professional baseball players who also dabbled in magic a story about some current players appeared in the Calgary Sun. Mentioned in the article are Doug Bochtler, Randy Hennis, Jermaine Dye, and Mike Campbell. To read the Jun. 16 article by Tom Brennan titled “Tricks of the trade” click: HERE.(7/2)
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