MT: September 4-10, 2000

VOLUME: 33 / ISSUE: 980 / Monday – September 4, 2000
Dorothy Dietrich and John Bravo’s Houdini Museum in Scranton, PA is featured in a Pocono Autumn cover story. The museum offers “a guided tour chronicling the highlights of the career of the world’s most famous magician. Bravo theorizes on Houdini’s legendary appeal, “He realized long before anyone else that it’s not just the acts you do during a show. It was his total persona that made people talk about him. It was his total image.” To read the cover story by John Tommasino titled “Magicians conduct tours of Houdini artifacts in Scranton” click: HERE.(9/4)

David Blaine and Dick Cavett will be performing at Christopher Reeve’s Paralysis Foundation fund-raiser. To read the Sep. 1 San Diego Union-Tribune article supplied by Infoseek and YellowBrix click: HERE.(9/4)

His Magical Moment With Ricky Jay is a letter sent to the Los Angeles Times by James Lee Stanley whom Jay opened for many years ago. To read the Sep. 3 letter click: HERE.(9/4)

Johnny Ace Palmer, Ed Alonzo, Michael Grandinetti, Chris De Palma, Gregory  Wilson, and Joshua Seth appearing at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles, on Sep. 5-10. Gary Norsigian lectures on Sunday Sep. 10.(9/4)
VOLUME: 33 / ISSUE: 981 / Tuesday – September 5, 2000
Houdini is discussed in a Georgetown University article which looks back at the, “time when high-risk acts were the height of entertainment, building on the most primal fear. Death is the only thing that scares us more than ghosts, snakes and that creepy thing that’s been under the bed since last Tuesday.” An interesting take by the author on what current performers do is, “…by today’s standards, a good trick is one that is billed as ‘something Houdini would have done,’ but only the greatest performers dare attempt what Houdini actually did.” To read the Sep. 1, The Hoya, article by Tim Haggerty titled “Death of peril, rise of panic: Georgetown campus stunts disappear” click: HERE.(9/5)

Pat Mollo, a long time magic shop owner and manufacturer, died a few days ago. Services and a Broken Wand Ceremony will be held on Wednesday Sep. 6 at 9:30am at the Lacerenza Funeral Home (Schuyler Avenue – 203-324-0158) in Stamford, CT. A Church service follows at 10:30am at the Sacred Heart Church (37 Schuyler Avenue – 203-324-9644).(9/5)

Paul Daniels’ youngest son, Gary, was found in his home “…lying face down on his living room floor with his hands bound behind his back last Tuesday.” It appeared to be a burglary, but the police interrogated Gary and he admitted that he made up the story. Paul said to The Journal that, “I have spoken to him and I do believe he was attacked. He is very frightened, very badly shook up and doesn’t want to talk to anyone about what has happened.” To read the Sep. 4 story by Ian Cross titled “My son’s living in fear, says Daniels- Magician rejects claim that burglary attack was faked” click: HERE.(9/5)

PENNSYLVANIA: The Magicians Alliance of the Eastern States holds its 58th Convention on Sep. 8-9. The convention goes back to the Clarion Hotel in Carlisle which is a favorite among attendees. Appearing this year are Mark Wilson, Todd Robbins, Simon Lovell, Denny Haney, Dreamakers, Joseph Anthony, Jeff Ballew, Danny Allan, Richard Mangiacarne, and Puck. For more information visit their website by clicking: HERE.(9/5)

VOLUME: 33 / ISSUE: 982 / Wednesday – September 6, 2000
NEW YORK: The fourth annual Magic On Manhattan takes place this Saturday Sep. 9 at The Tribeca Performing Arts Center (195 Chambers St.) in New York City. This year’s performers include: Harry Lorayne, Rocco, Simon Lovell, Micah Lasher, Robert Baxt, Andy Leviss, Mike & Mike, James Lazzarini, Rachel Wild, Tom Jones, Lucy Gonzalez, Carl Mercurio, and more. Jackie Flosso is the guest of honor. The one-day convention includes an auction, a magic competition, stage show, six lectures, close-up shows, and many dealers. Registration is $61 in advance or $67 at the door. For tickets phone: 800-903-8971, for information phone: 516-483-9610.(9/6)

Looks like Steve Wyrick’s multimillion dollar show at the Sahara in Las Vegas will open on Sep. 13. He has delayed the opening until he felt the show was ready and according to the Las Vegas Sun’s sources “…the fixes were worth it — the show is supposedly filled with spectacular stunts and lots of action.” To read the Sep. 5, Las Vegas Sun, article by Kate Maddox titled “Illusionist Wyrick reappears” click: HERE.(9/6)

Chris Capehart and Don Camp get some press in the News Journal while performing at the Arden Fair this past Saturday. To read the Sep. 3 article by Lurleen Black titled “Magical day at Arden Fair Unique crafts, works of art are traditional” click: HERE.(9/6)
VOLUME: 33 / ISSUE: 983 / Thursday – September 7, 2000
“His Magic Lives On” is a tribute to John Pomeroy who passed away recently. Thirteen magicians are scheduled to perform at the benefit which takes place at the PUD Auditorium (2320 California Street) in Everett, WA on Sep. 9 at 2pm. Scheduled to appear are: Bruce Meyers, Olde Rabbit, Jerry Dreesen, Vaclav, Melissa Meyers, Won Israel, Pete Burrows, Benjamin Soltero, Kirk Charles, Lance Campbell, The Uyedas, and a few others. Tickets are $10 per person and are available by phoning: 800-430-5779. All proceeds go to the Pomeroy family. For more information click: HERE.(9/7)

Drew Richardson will be presenting his show “Help! Help! I Know This Title Is Long, But Somebody’s Trying to Kill Me!” on Sep. 8 and 9 at 8pm at Deja Venue (back of Magic Inc.  5082 N. Lincoln Avenue) in Chicago, IL. The show is a vaudeville murder mystery about an inept fool who must perform all the acts in a variety show because the other performers have been murdered. For more information phone: 773-334-2855.(9/7)

Jay Alexander is featured at the 14th Annual Palo Alto Black and White Ball on Saturday, Sep. 9. In addition to Alexander there will more than ten magicians performing strolling-magic during the ball. Tickets are $75.00 per person which includes entrance to all party sites, entertainment, food, and much more.(9/7)
VOLUME: 33 / ISSUE: 984 / Friday – September 8, 2000
Pat Mollo who died on Thursday Aug. 31 at the age of 82 is profiled in the Stanford Advocate. The article describes the Broken Wand Ceremony performed by Dave Haversat and why his daughter asked for it, “We had always heard of it as kids growing up… I knew that was something that my father would have wanted me to take care of.” Mollo’s son described his father, “He always had magic on him wherever he went. Even when he came to a wake he would do magic… He always took the opportunity to entertain no matter where he was. He was always prepared.” To read the Sep. 6 article by Matt Breslow titled “Colleagues say goodbye to fellow magician” click: HERE.(9/8)

Ali will perform 100 magic tricks in one hour during his show “Shathathanthra Indrajalam” on Sep. 9 at 7:30pm at Thyagaraya Gana, Sabha, Chikadpally in India. Asked about using this show to create a world record he said, “That may not sound great but I will be doing blindfolded.” To read The Times of India, Sep. 8 article titled “Hyderabad magician set to create record” click: HERE.(9/8)

Grand Illusions: The Story Of Magic began airing again on Monday Sep. 4 on Discovery Canada. This 1998, 50-part seriesof half-hour shows is scheduled to air almost every day at 8:30am. Each show will cycle at least twice before it goes off the air again.(9/8)

Circus Magicus featuring Doug Young & Miss Lisa Lou on Saturday Sep. 9 at 7:30pm at the Forum Theatre in Metuchen NJ. This is a benefit for Project Sunshine which helps children with life threatening illnesses. Tickets are $5-$10 per person and are available by phoning: 732-866-8869.(9/8)
VOLUME: 33 / ISSUE: 985 / Saturday – September 9, 2000
Ali Bongo will be lecturing throughout the east coast in the next couple of weeks as part of the Society of American Magicians’ (SAM) Magic Endowment Fund’s new program of supplying free lectures to SAM members. The SAM intends on offering these lectures every year until all of the local assemblies have received a free lecture. If you are an SAM member and live in the east coast you can catch Ali Bongo at: SAM #77 in Long Island, NY (Sep. 11), SAM #127 in Meriden, CT (12), SAM #161 in Greenbrook, NJ (13), SAM #18 in East Windsor, NJ (14), SAM #1 in New York City (15), SAM #124 in Albany, NY (16), SAM #143 in Buffalo, NY (18), SAM #47 in Rochester, NY (19), SAM #14 in Syracuse, NY (20), SAM #35 in Poughkeepsie, NY (21), and the tour ends with a special performance at SAM #25’s annual banquet in Singac, NJ. To attend the lectures you must be an SAM member. For more information contact the local assemblies.(9/9,10)
VOLUME: 33 / ISSUE: 986 / Sunday – September 10, 2000
Dick DeYoung who will be lecturing for SAM Assembly #61 on Thursday Sep. 14 in Milwaukee is featured in a The Sheboygan Press article which discusses his many accomplishments as a performer for the past 53 years. He has appeared at 15 magic conventions and was featured on the cover of Genii, The Linking Ring, and Tops. He will be lecturing on, “…the presentation and performance of magic for adults and kids.” To read the Sep 9 article titled “Falls magician DeYoung guest lecturer for peer group meeting” click: HERE.(9/10)

Michael Chaut, Peter Kougasian, and Jamy Ian Swiss appear at Monday Night Magic on Sep. 11 at 8pm in NYC. For tickets call Ticketmaster at: 212-307-4100.(9/10)

NEW JERSEY: Joe Riding lectures on Tuesday Sep. 12 at 8pm for JMMRT at the American Legion Hall (110 West Elizabeth Ave) in Linden, New Jersey. Cost to non-members is $12. For more information phone Al Hillman at: 732-257-3456 or click: HERE.(9/10)
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