MT: March 27 – April 2, 2000

VOLUME: 27 / ISSUE: 819 / Monday – March 27, 2000
Jeff Fredriksen is bringing his life story as a magician to stage in “Jeffrey the Great,” an autobiographical monologue that includes magic, juggling and comedy. Recounting an experience at an Abbott’s competition he said, “I thought I would make my magician’s table collapse…But when I went to fake-kick the table, I sent it flying off the stage and it almost nailed the old lady who played the organ accompaniment to all the acts.” About the show he says, “My life story is simple…I just want to talk about the milestones that keep us going, and which keep us wondering where we’re headed next.” The show runs every Sunday at the Playground Theater (3341 N. Lincoln Ave.) in Chicago, IL. Admission is $10 per person and available by phoning: 773-528-5777. To read a Mar. 24 article by Justin Hayford in the Chicago Tribune click: HERE.(3/27)

Johnny Ace Palmer, Alba, Jeffrey Steele, Ed Ellis, Patrick Albanese, Carl Hackner, Brad Cummings, Jim Skaggs appearing at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles, on Mar. 27-Apr. 2. Ed Ellis lectures on Sunday Apr. 2.(3/27)

Bryan Dean’s Magic & Illusion site at has added a moderated “celebrity” chat, where a magic celebrity will be interviewed and then entertain questions through the web. The first in the series was Ben Harris on Mar. 23. On Tuesday Mar. 28 Michael Ammar, who was one of the first to have a magic chat on Richard Robinson’s Spider Net, before the web was invented, will field questions. Also scheduled are: Kevin King (Mar. 30), and Doc Dixon (Apr. 11). For more information click: HERE.(3/27)

CALIFORNIA: Max Maven lectures for the Misdirections Magic Shop at the Laurel School (350-9th Ave) in San Francisco on Thursday Mar. 30 at 7:30pm. For more information phone: 415-566-2180.(3/27)
VOLUME: 27 / ISSUE: 820 / Tuesday – March 28, 2000
Paul Daniels has announced in the Mar. 25 issue of the Daily Mail that he will stop performing his full evening shows after his current commitments in April and May. He phrased it this way, “I’ll continue doing corporate work and maybe perform abroad, but nothing more in this country.” A couple of years ago MagicTimes received a fax from Daniels letting us know his plans to get out of magic. He has been performing sporadically ever since, has been selling off some of his magic and has moved to a new, smaller home. His plans for the future include Golf (he is an avid golfer — somewhere around here I have a sweater from the first annual “Paul Daniels Golf Classic”), spend more time with his family and help his wife Debbie McGee create “Ballet Imaginaire” a touring ballet company. Discussing his drive for success he said, “If you want to be the best in the world, you have to know more than anyone else in the world.” To read the article, “How I Lost My Son And The Reason I’m Giving Up Magic” supplied by NewsReal click: HERE.(3/28)
VOLUME: 27 / ISSUE: 821 / Wednesday – March 29, 2000
Marc Salem’s Mind Games, which took New York by storm a few years ago, will be wrapping up its theatrical tour with five shows at the McCallum Theatre (73-000 Fred Warring Drive) at the Bob Hope Performing Arts Center in Palm Desert on Mar. 30 – Apr. 3. Tickets range from $15-$40 each and are available by phoning: 760-340-2787.(3/29)

Pat Hazell and his magic career are featured in the Omaha World-Herald. Hazel used to be a regular at magic conventions before embarking on his comedy and writing careers. He has appeared on the Tonight show seven times, was an early writer for Seinfeld and did warm-up for 75 Seinfeld episodes. To read the extensive bio in the Mar. 7 article supplied by NewsReal click: HERE.(3/29)
VOLUME: 27 / ISSUE: 822 / Thursday – March 30, 2000 
The future of magic can be seen in “Nothing Up Our Sleeves” produced and hosted by John Tudor on Friday Mar. 31 at the Heathwood Hall Auditorium (3000 S. Beltline Blvd) in Columbia, South Carolina. Featured performers include: West Odell (Age 13), Cameron Lovejoy (12), Joe Vetter (14), Jamie Roberts (14), and John Verbeck (16). Tickets are available at the door for $5 per person for the two performances at 3:30 and 7pm. For more information phone: 803-798-5837.(3/30)

David Copperfield promises, “We will vanish 13 people from the audience… We literally make them disappear, and the people they came with go home alone, because we don’t bring them back.” To read the Mar. 23 article by Roger McBain which appeared in the Courier Press click: HERE.(3/30)

ARKANSAS: 29th Annual Cavalcade of Magic on Mar. 31-Apr. 1 at the Inn of the Ozarks in Eureka Springs. Featured performers include: Gary Ward, Ron London, Dean Bunn, Don Potts, Brian Staron, Steve Lancaster, Marco Roni, Danny Garganus, Bart Rocket, Dave Emerson, Russell Turner, and Larry Bean. For more information phone Bill Pitts at: 501-484-7512.(3/30)

VOLUME: 27 / ISSUE: 823 / Friday – March 31, 2000
Mary Maskelyne, the grand-daughter of John Nevil Maskelyne, died at the age of 94. She was the last performing member of the Maskelyne family, appearing at St George’s Hall in 1927 and later performing in The Maskelyne’s shows and in Oswald Williams’ Hey Presto show in the 1930s. Here later years were spent as stage manager and wardrobe mistress at the Players’ Theatre Club in London. To read the Mar. 16 obituary in  The Daily Telegraph London supplied by NewsReal click: HERE.(3/31)

Merlina the Magician (Merlina Ibanez) is featured in the Miami Herald after her performance at the Miami Lakes Library. “She estimates she performs about 200 shows a year. She charges $150 for a typical 45-minute performance.” To read the Mar. 26 Tanya Wragg article click: HERE.(3/31)

VOLUME: 28 / ISSUE: 824 / Saturday – April 1, 2000
A new 30-minute infomercial has begun airing on late-night TV. The pitch is to teach everyone how to do quick tricks, they call “JawDroppers™,” so they can impress their friends and become the life of the party. The magician involved is Larry Anderson whose personality on the show is a combination of David Blaine and David Williamson. He does a very entertaining job of convincing the viewer to purchase the four videos and a Svengali deck for $59.90, although the references to Blaine could just as easily been left out. Upon ordering the caller is encouraged to purchase an extra video and a folding coin, bringing the total purchase to $79.85.(4/1)

David Copperfield continues to perform his butt off touring around the US. He will spend April at the  Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, MN (Apr. 1-2), Chester Fritz Auditorium in Grand Forks, ND (3), Washington Pavillion in Sioux Falls, SD (4), Pershing Auditorium in Lincoln, NE (5), Fox Theatre in St. Louis, MO (7-9), Rosemont Theatre in Rosemont, IL (11-16), Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI (17), Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, IL (18), Des Moines Civic Center in Des Moines, IA (19), and Kansas Expocentre in Topeka, KS (22). Catch him if you can.(4/1)

Le Grand David’s Anthology of Stage Magic will appear on Saturday Apr. 1 and 15 at 2pm at the Larcom Theatre (13 Wallis Street) in Beverly, MA. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12. For more information and tickets phone: 978-927-3677.(4/1)

NEW YORK: A Magic Flea Market and Auction sponsored by the LI Mystics SAM Assembly #77 at the Copiague Public Library in Copiague, NY on Monday Apr. 3 at 7:30pm. For more information phone Dr. Mitch at: 516-868-1800.(4/1)

MARYLAND: Pete White lectures at Denny & Lee Magic Studio (325 South Marlyn Avenue) in Baltimore on Sunday Apr. 2 at 3pm. Admission is $15 per person. For more information phone: 410-686-3914.(4/1)
VOLUME: 28 / ISSUE: 825 / Sunday – April 2, 2000
A special Monday Night Magic show scheduled for Monday Apr. 3 at 8pm featuring performances by Frank Brents, Rocco, Jamy Ian Swiss, Peter Samelson, Todd Robbins, Simon Lovell, and Michael Chaut. The show at the Sullivan Street Playhouse (181 Sullivan Street, Greenwich Village – NY) is sure to sell out so purchase tickets in advance from Ticketmaster at: 212-307-4100.(4/2)

Le Grand David Spectacular Magic Company performs every Sunday in April (except the 23rd) at 3pm at the Cabot St. Cinema Theatre in Beverly, MA. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12. For more info and tickets call: 978-927-3677.(4/2)

IOWA: John Calvert lectures in Des Moines on Tuesday Apr. 4 at the Starlite Village Best Western (929 3rd St) at 7pm in the Granada Room. Admission is $20 per person. For more information phone: Bill Trotter at: 515-276-7427.(4/2)
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