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Archives: Week Of June 10-16, 2002
-VOLUME: 54 / ISSUE: 1,624 Monday - June 10, 2002

Chamber Magic: A Demonstration of Modern ConjuringSteve Cohen's "Chamber Magic: A Demonstration of Modern Conjuring" which has been running regularly at the Waldorf Towers in New York City will be moving to London for the entire month of October. The shows are scheduled to run at the Langham Hilton, with eight shows per week, through the end of the month. The New York show continues to run every Friday Night through September. A Page Six article mentioned, "That magician Steve Cohen will follow his boffo Friday night shows in a penthouse at the Waldorf Towers with stints in Las Vegas and London."  For ticket information phone: 917-361-8751. To read the Jun. 8 New York Post blurb click: HERE.(6/10)

Gary Ouellet's obituary appeared in the Las Vegas Review-Journal where they quoted Lance Burton, "His influence on magic was profound… Gary was in large part responsible for the current popularity of magic. The entire magic community is in mourning. I will miss him." The obit concluded, "Burton, Darwin and other Las Vegas magicians and stage performers described Ouellet's death as jarring, saying he was in good health." To read the Jun. 9 obituary by J.M. Kalil titled "Gary Ouellet, producer of LV magic shows, dies at 57" click: HERE.(6/10)

Other Las Vegas afternoon shows are rooting for Darren Romeo's show to succeed. A Las Vegas Review-Journal article quotes Romeo, "Traditionally in this town, people don't spend money between 3 and 6 p.m… It's kind of frustrating and exciting at the same time. If we can develop this, once again Siegfried and Roy will be redefining the town." To read the Jun. 9 article by Mike Weatherford titled "Other acts hope Romeo succeeds" click: HERE.(6/10)

Are magicians a vanishing breed? A New York Post article states, "Faced with intense competition from David Blaine, many see no choice but to load up their acts with publicity- generating stunts, stunts often so perilous that their rabbits are demanding overtime and full benefits." To read the Jun. 9 article by Philip Recchia titled "Why Old Magic Is Vanishing" click: HERE.(6/10)

Criss Angel can be heard on "The Ron & Fez Show" on 102.7 WNEW-FM Radio on Monday Jun. 10th at 10:00pm.(6/10)

John Carney, Rich Bloch, Dale Hindman, The Fabulous Valentis, Len Reid, Ed Schiff, Tim & Eirien Hart, and Jeff Martin appear at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles on Jun. 3-9. Dan Sylvester lectures on Sunday Jun. 9.(6/10)

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-VOLUME: 54 / ISSUE: 1,625 Tuesday - June 11, 2002

Ben RobinsonBen Robinson performs his "Interactive Abracadabra" show on Saturday Jun. 15 at 11:45am and Sunday Jun. 16 at 11am at the Circle of Song Tent at the annual "Clearwater Great Hudson River Revival Festival" in Croton Point Park, NY, which was founded by Pete Seeger. The Festival press explained, "…he will involve the audience, tell stories illustrated by illusion and induce the audience to create there own magic." Robinson will also perform his illusion of making "…it appear as if a person in the audience is in three places at the same time." Robinson will be the only magic show among the 90 performers on six stages. Event tickets range from $15-$45 per person. For reservations and information phone: 800-67-SLOOP or click: HERE.(6/11)

A Gary Ouellet obituary appears in the National Post which announced the funeral arrangements, "A funeral service and cremation will be held in Quebec City on Friday." The obituary also quotes David Tumaroff, "We're in a business where people spend a lot of time trying to make themselves famous… Gary spent a lot of time making other people famous." Others quoted in the article are Gary Pudney and Stan Allen. A memorial for Ouellet is currently being organized by Tumaroff in Las Vegas for next week. To read the Jun. 11 Canadian Press obituary by Sheryl Ubelacker titled "Quebec native Gary Ouellet, world-renowned magic show producer, dies at 57" click: HERE.(6/11)

L.C. Collier's appearances with his anti-drug magic shows is reported in The Hutchinson News where they point out, "His was the only drug-education-focused program of the weekend, which was designed more to reward its 58 fifth- and sixth-graders and show them some of the alternatives to drug use." To read the Jun. 10 article by Lori Kurtzman titled "Just saying no" click: HERE.(6/11)

A visit to the Magic Circle is recounted in the Independent. To read the Jun. 9 article titled "Her Outdoors: `I want to dress in a tutu and be sawn in half'" supplied by YellowBrix and Infoseek click: HERE.(6/11)

David Corsaro performs his stage show at the Bellagio Restaurant in Butler, NJ on Friday Jun. 14 at 9pm. This is his 5th appearance at the venue in the past year. A buffet dinner begins at 7:30pm. Dinner and show costs $20 per person or $5 per person for the show. For a reservation phone: 973-838-2900.(6/11)

OHIO: Peter Marucci presents his Bizarre Magic lecture on Jun. 13 in Cleveland and on Jun. 15 in Akron.(6/11)

Tom Mullica and Stephen HolmesTom Mullica as Red Skelton and Stephen Holmes as Stagehand Mark at the opening of the "Red Skelton Tribute" at the Branson Mall Music Theatre where the show is scheduled to run through June. (Photo: David Sandy). (6/11)

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-VOLUME: 54 / ISSUE: 1,626 Wednesday - June 12, 2002

Rev. Jim Blantz is featured in a South Bend Tribune article that looks at his recent show and his long career as a magician. The article points out that "If he hadn't already been a priest, Blantz probably could have made a very good living as a magician." Blantz who mentioned that he learned magic from Jim Ryan explained, "You know that in a dimly lit room from 50 feet away, I can fool you… But when you are 6 feet away and watching intently, and I still fool you, you get that magic moment." Commenting on the field of "Gospel Magic" Blatz said, "I could not do gospel magic and make it realistic… My approach to magic and almost everything in life is through comedy. I think it would be irreverent for me to do gospel magic. I've seen it done, and I don't object to it, but I don't think I would do it well." Rev. Blantz will be appearing at the Magic Castle in July. To read the Jun. 6 article by Andrew S. Hughes titled "The blessing of magic" click: HERE. (6/12)

A memorial for Gary Ouellet will be held in Las Vegas on Monday Jun. 17 at 3pm at the Insomnia club adjacent to the Blue Note Las Vegas. According to a Las Vegas Review-Journal article "A family trust for Ouellet's three children is being established today in lieu of flowers. Call 248-0850 for details." To read the Jun. 11 article by Mike Weatherford titled "'Baywatch'-themed show taps into ripe market" click: HERE.(6/12)

John Measner in a Chicago Daily Herald article that looks at his career as a magician since the age of 13. Measner explains his strategies on performing in a restaurant, "I try to keep it so that it's not too adult for children but not too childish for adults… If they've seen me before, I could do something different. I always have backup." To read the Jun. 8 article by Kat Zeman titled "Must be magic in the air" click: HERE.(6/12)

Penn & Teller begin a long run at the Samba Theatre at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. They open on Jun. 14 and will appear there through Sep. 1 on Wednesdays through Mondays.(6/12)

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-VOLUME: 54 / ISSUE: 1,627 Thursday - June 13, 2002

Marissa Carnesky GhostPaul Kieve has created a Peppers Ghost style illusion to be used during Marissa Carnesky and Lava Evens Horse drawn Funeral Carriages that will be traveling with the "Nightbird" festival throughout the streets of London during June. The main event is the traditional London Victorian funeral procession held on the evening of the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, when Marissa Carnesky's horse and carriage apparition travels around the East End of London. For more information about the free event phone: +44 (0)20 7737 4043.(6/13)

A Gary Ouellet obituary appeared in the Las Vegas Sun which reported, "Last week, Ouellet left Las Vegas for Portugal to produce 13 one-hour Luis DeMatos live magic shows for European television. He suffered an apparent heart attack on Saturday and died. He was 57." The obit also gives an update on the scheduled services, "A memorial service will be 3 p.m. Monday, in the Tease Showroom at the Blue Note. A funeral service also will be on Monday in Ouellet's native Quebec." To read the Jun. 12 obituary by Ed Koch titled "Magic show producer Ouellet dies at 57" click: HERE.(6/13)

Steve Cohen is scheduled to appear on the Bloomberg Radio network on Sunday Jun. 16 at 2:19am ET. The segment which is conducted by Joe Franklin is titled "The Business of Show Business" and will be repeated every four hours at: 6:19am, 10:19am, etc…(6/13)

Marty Hahne's shows at the Englewood Charlotte Public Library are profiled in the Sun-Herald where they describe several of his routines. To read the Jun. 12 article by Alyssa Schnugg titled "Magician turns reading into magic" click: HERE.(6/13)

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-VOLUME: 54 / ISSUE: 1,628 Friday - June 14, 2002

Igor Kio's appearance in New York this summer coincides with an interview with Yuri Pisarenko who is described as, "With the exception of the grand master Igor Kio, there is probably no one more famous in the Russian world of magic as Yuri Pisarenko." 71-year old Pisarenko who once worked for Kio explained how he became a magician, "The famous magician Igor Kio worked at that program, and I became his assistant. I stayed in the circus. I helped here, there everywhere. I began to work under his direction, and then I began to work on my own in 1949." To read the Russian Nation article by Kim Palchikoff titled "Igor Kio" click: HERE.(6/14)

David Blaine, Uri Geller and Michael Jackson's appearance at the Exeter City Football Club and St. James's Park is reported in the Torquay Herald Express. To read the Jun. 13 article by Catherine Jones titled "Michael Jackson Plans Walkabout Around City Pitch" click: HERE.(6/14)

Max Maven presents his full show at the Mendelssohn Theatre on Monday Jun. 17. This is part of the Summer Performing Arts Festival in Ann Arbor, MI. For tickets and information phone: 734-764-2538 or 800-221-1229.(6/14)

CONNECTICUT: Cellini lectures for SAM Assembly #127 on Monday Jun. 17 at 7:30pm at the St. Casimir's Polish National Church (240 Quinnipiac Street) in Wallingford. Admission is free to members and $15 for non-members.(6/14)

CALIFORNIA: Dick Barry lectures at Mind Over Magic (2214 Burbank Blvd.) in Burbank on Monday Jun. 17 at 7pm. For more information phone: 818-562-1921.(6/14)

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-VOLUME: 54 / ISSUE: 1,629 Saturday - June 15, 2002

David Blaine, while visiting England, is profiled in a Reuters story that quotes Uri Geller, "What David brought to the art of magic is unimaginable. Some say he is going to be way, way beyond Houdini and everyone else." Blaine's nest stunt is described, "Next stop in February 2003 will be London where he is due to be thrown into the freezing River Thames from Tower Bridge, hoping to escape his chains before surfacing alive in an echo of Houdini's famous escape from New York's East River." To read the Jun. 14 article by Paul Majendie titled "Escapologist Blaine Denies Death Wish" click: HERE.(6/15)

Darren Romeo's new show is reviewed in the Las Vegas Review-Journal where it is described as a "…well-crafted, carefully paced magic show with a novel twist: the magician sings, almost continually." To read the Jun. 14 review by Mike Weatherford titled "Romeo adds a soundtrack to stock illusions" click: HERE.(6/15)

David Blaine and Uri Geller joined Michael Jackson in England as he visited the British Parliament and Palace of Westminster thanks to IBM and Magic Circle member Lord Janner of Braunstone. Following the visit the entourage left for Exeter where they were dangerously received by thousands of wild fans. A BBC article reported that "Magician David Blaine tried to carry out a few tricks after Jackson's speech, but not too many eyes were on him." To read the Jun. 14 BBC article by Andrew Segal titled "Jacko still has messiah touch" click: HERE.
--To read the Agence France-Presse story titled "Open Sesame: magic draws Michael Jackson to British parliament" click: HERE.
--To read the Jun. 15 Scotsman article by Jason Beattie titled "The case of Michael Jackson and the Palace of Westminster" click: HERE.
--To read the Jun. 14 Reuters article by Paul Majendie titled "Pop star Jackson floored by hysterical fans" click: HERE.(6/15)

Mark Fuller's gospel magic show in a Roanoke Times article that quotes him, "It is neat to be able to make people laugh and have fun, but it's really cool to leave them with the message of Jesus." To read the Jun. 13 article by Bonnie Naumann titled "Christian magician uses tricks to spread the gospel" click: HERE.(6/15)

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-VOLUME: 54 / ISSUE: 1,630 Sunday - June 16, 2002

Ricky Jay and David Mamet get an original Al Hirschfeld portrait from the 99-year old artist who remembers seeing Houdini perform. A New York Times article reproduces the conversation they had during the sitting where they discuss magic, theater, Broadway and much more. Hirschfeld remembers Houdini, "They'd put him on a flagpole outside the Palace Theater at noon in a straitjacket. Then they'd pulley him out to the end of the flagpole, and he'd get out of the straitjacket and scoot down the flagpole back to the theater." Jay also explained what he does on a regular performance day, "Rehearse a little, go to sleep, get up, take a shower, go to the theater two hours early, rehearse some more, and do the show. It's completely consuming. I have maybe three hours a day to myself, so I can do one thing, maybe have lunch with someone. And then after the performance I can't sleep, I'm up till 4 or 5 in the morning, wired from the adrenaline." To read the Jun. 16 article by Jesse McKinley titled "A Memory of Houdini and, No Escaping It, It's a Gabfest" click: HERE.(A members only site -6/16)

Christopher Carter who performs in ''Christopher Carter Messes With Your Mind'' at the Live Bait Theater in Chicago for the next six weeks is featured in a Chicago Sun Times article that talks to him about his life, career and show. Carter explains, "Maybe 15-ish percent of what I do is illusion… while about 60-ish percent of it is just basic psychological principles. The rest is raw intuition: guessing." To read the Jun. 9 article by Debra Pickett titled "Sunday Lunch with a Mentalist" click: HERE.(6/16)

Dennis Regling performs at the Road Fork Baptist Church in Lower Salem, Ohio on Jun. 17-21 at 6pm. Admission is free. For more information phone: 740-658-4336.(6/16)

David Oliver, Mike Bent, Jon Stetson, Erik Rochelle, Steve Kradolfer, and Alexander appear on Monday Jun. 17 at 8pm in "Mystery Lounge" at The Comedy Studio (1236 Massachusetts Ave.) in Cambridge, MA. Admission $10 per person. For reservations and information phone: 617-661-6507.(6/16)

NEW JERSEY: Johnny Thompson makes his exclusive New Jersey appearance with his lecture on Wednesday Jun. 19 at 8pm for JMMRT at the V.F.W. Hall (20 Pennsylvania Ave., two blocks from the NJ Transit -- Linden train station) in Linden. Cost is $13 for members and $18 for non-members. For more information phone Carl Bajor at: 732-969-2566 or click: HERE.(6/16)

CALIFORNIA: Aldo Colombini lectures for the Misdirections Magic Shop on Wednesday Jun. 19 at 7:30pm. The lecture will take place at the Miraloma Park Improvement Club (350-O'Shaughnessy Blvd.) in San Francisco. For more information phone: 415-566-2180.(6/16)

NEW JERSEY: Bill Wisch lectures for IBM Ring #200 on Jun. 18 at 7:30pm at the Villager Theater (475 DeMott Lane) in Franklin. Admission is free for members and $10.00 for guests. For more information phone: 732-826-6647.(6/16)

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