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Archives: Week Of December 2-8, 2002
-VOLUME: 60 / ISSUE: 1,799 Monday - December 2, 2002

Lance BurtonLance Burton's scheduled TV appearances for 2003 will include hosting "The Science of Magic II" for the Discovery Channel and his own special titled "Lance Burton: Guerrilla Magic: Taking it to the Streets" which will be produced by George Ciccarone (Cathouse) for the Animal Planet. Burton will also be featured on the new "Let's Make a Deal" which is currently scheduled for five one-hour primetime specials on NBC-TV.(12/2)

James Randi in a Belfast Telegraph article that looked at his recent appearance on a Horizon television show that was trying to collect on his million dollar challenge, "The conclusion - whatever homeopathy does, plain water is just as effective as those fancy mixtures on the herbalists shelves… Randi kept his million dollars - and his reputation." To read the Dec. 1 article by David Young titled "Taken with a large dose of salt" click: HERE.(12/2)

James Randi in a Sunday Telegraph article which quotes him about the recent expose of homeopathy, "They all recover from facts… Reality is not something that bothers these people for very long." To read the Dec. 1 article by Lorraine Fraser titled "These people have been duped From the royal family to show business, homeopathy has long had its celebrated adherents. But now its claims have been conclusively discredited" supplied by Infoseek and YellowBrix click: HERE.(12/2)

Magician Rick Smith Jr. in a Plain Dealer feature that reported, "Smith, who can throw a playing card farther than anyone in the world, may soon show off his magic on the 'The Tonight Show' with Jay Leno, the 'Late Night Show' with David Letterman and 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien.' To read the Dec. 1 article by Jesse Tinsley titled "Magician's calling card - the long toss" click: HERE.(12/2)

Billy McComb, Bill Goodwin, Bill Chaudet, George Tovar, Matt Marcy, Jason Baney, Danny Cole, and J.C. Dunn appear at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles on Dec. 2-8. Paul Green lectures on Sunday Dec. 8.(12/2)

NEW YORK: Rocco lectures at the Rogue Productions Magic & Funshop (85-08 Queens Blvd) in Elmhurst, Queens on Wednesday Dec. 4 at 8pm. For information and reservations phone: 718-505-0316.(12/2)

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-VOLUME: 60 / ISSUE: 1,800 Tuesday - December 3, 2002

Caesars Magical Empire in Las Vegas has officially, and finally, closed on November 30. As previously reported the on again off again venue has been scheduled to be scraped many times over the past few years but always managed to survive. In September notice was given to the staff of the Nov. 30 closing. The 40+ million dollar venue which opened in the summer of 1996 was profitable but with the upcoming opening of Celine Dion's show at Caesars it was decided that the space could be better used. For more information you can visit the Unofficial Caesars Magical Empire site by clicking: HERE.(12/3)

NEW YORK: Aaron Fisher presents his exclusive area appearance on Friday Dec. 6 at 8pm for SAM Parent Assembly #1 at the Soldiers, Sailors & Airmen's Club (283 Lexington Ave.) in New York City. The event is the annual "Willie Schneider Memorial Lecture" and is free to all members of SAM #1. An unprecedented move by the organization is making the event open to non-member magicians for $20 per person, which may be applied toward membership dues if desired. Producer of the annual event is Meir Yedid.(12/3)

Rick Smith Jr. who broke a card-throwing world record is profiled in an Associated Press article that reported, "He has since honed his sleight of hand, rubber-band tricks and ability to leave people nearly cross-eyed as they try to keep up with the number of foam balls appearing and disappearing from his hands." To read the Dec. 2 article titled "Record card thrower gets international attention" click: HERE.(12/3)

Felix Snipes' "Magical Wonder-Full Week-Ends" is scheduled to appear in Grayson, GA on Dec. 6-8. Admission is free. For more information phone: 770-938-8073.(12/3)

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-VOLUME: 60 / ISSUE: 1,801 Wednesday - December 4, 2002

Marc Salem's Mind Games flyerMarc Salem is about to complete a tour of performances at Universities in England. He appeared at the Leeds University on Dec. 1, Manchester/Cambridge University on Dec. 2, Birmingham University on Dec. 3 and London University on Dec. 4. After a very brief break Salem will open at the Sydney Opera House in Australia on Jan. 7 where he will remain through the 28th and then off to Melbourne where he will appear on Feb. 4-27 at the Malthouse Theatre. After Australia he is scheduled to appear at the Wintergarden in New Zealand.(12/4)

Sue-Anne Webster is interviewed in the Dec. 4 issue of the Australian magazine "That's Life." The Q&A centers around her relationship with her husband Tim Ellis. The article by Kate Parson is titled "Sue-Anne reveals why her relationship is magical.(12/4)

Johnny Hreha (Nov. 28, 1931-Dec. 1, 2002) who was known as John Jay died on Sunday Dec. 1 at the age of 71. A Tacoma News Tribune obituary reported that "There will be no services. Like the New Zealand white rabbits he raised on the family farm in Summit, Hreha preferred to pass on like any good magician, and just disappear." To read the Dec. 3 obituary by Bart Ripp titled "Tacoma's master of magic was also a master of fun" click: HERE.(12/4)

Ricky Jay in a New York Times story that reports on his recent talk about celluloid and Dice. To read the Dec. 3 article by Sarah Boxer titled "Where a Film's Gooey Bits Are the Real Showstoppers" click: HERE.(12/4 -A members site.)

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-VOLUME: 60 / ISSUE: 1,802 Thursday - December 5, 2002

Nicholas Einhorn who just won The Magic Circle's Close-up Magician of the Year 2002 is about to release his first magic book for the general public. He and his book "The Art of Magic and Sleight of Hand" are the subject of a Borehanwood Times article. The story recounted, "Nicholas, who was inspired by a magician at his fourth birthday party, has a reputation for creating tricks, with some adopted by famous magicians like David Copperfield and Paul Daniels." Speaking of the ethics of explaining magic Einhorn said, "It is a kind of catch-22. If there were no books telling people how to do magic, it would be difficult for people to become interested in magic." To read the Dec. 4 article titled "Nicholas' win is just magic" click: HERE.(12/5)
--To buy the book click: HERE.

David Blaine's book "Mysterious Stranger" is reviewed in the Buffalo News where they observe, "This wonderfully designed and lavishly illustrated book is a good deal of fun on its own. Scratch any magician, it seems, and you will almost invariably find a happy scholar -- a deeply devoted student of the history of his craft as well as a nicely remunerated practitioner." To read the Dec. 1 review by Jeff Simon  titled "Editor's Choice" supplied by Infoseek and Yellowbrix click: HERE.(12/5)
--To buy the book click: HERE.

Penn Jillette is scheduled to co-star, as an actor, in "The Exonerated" on Broadway during the last week in January. A United Press International article reported that "It is reportedly the real-life story of six men on death row. Others in the cast include Rob Morrow and Mary Steenburgen." To read the Dec. 4 article by Dennis Daily titled "From the Life & Mind Desk" click: HERE.(12/5)

Rich Cook Jr. who performs under the name Harry Hoyle is featured in a Tampa Bay Tribune which reports on his current job in a family business. To read the Dec. 4 article by Geoff Fox titled "Magician Leaves Stage For Family" click: HERE.(12/5)

David Copperfield spends the rest of the month in Canada and then closes of the year in Las Vegas. He will be at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton on Dec. 6-8, The Saskatoon Centennial Auditorium in Saskatoon on Dec. 9, the Saskatchewan Centre of the Arts in Regina on Dec. 10-11, and the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver on Dec. 13-15. Copperfield will then appear at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Dec. 24-30.(12/5)

MARYLAND: Aaron Fisher lectures at Denny & Lee Magic Studio (325 South Marlyn Avenue) in Baltimore on Saturday Dec. 7 at 7:30pm. Admission is $15 per person. For more information and reservations phone: 410-686-3914.(12/5)

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-VOLUME: 60 / ISSUE: 1,803 Friday - December 6, 2002

Ayala and TanyaAyala and Tanya are featured in "WOW! A Holiday Follies Spectacular" at the Carousel Dinner-Theater in Akron, Ohio where they are presenting a portion of their "Magical Passion" show. An Akron Beacon Journal review described them as "This dynamic couple has a wonderful energy. This mischievous Mexican Illusionist and his ultra sexy assistant, kick off Las Vegas acts, dressed in leather, capes and masks." The show runs through January 12. For tickets and information click: HERE.(12/6)

David Blaine answers questions from the readers of The Independent where one questioner asked, "Have you ever used drugs to help you during your stunts?" Blaine kiddingly answered "Just Viagra." To read the Dec. 5 Q&A titled "David Blaine: You ask the questions" click: HERE.(12/6)

Nicholas Night & Kinga, Hans Klok, The Majestix, Marco Tempest, and Peter Marvey appeared on the Raiuno - Italian National Television - Telethon 2002 "Et Voilà." Stefano Pascale was the magic consultant for the show which aired on this week.(12/6)

David Blaine's trip to a London casino is reported in The Belfast News Letter which also gives a brief biography of Blaine and quotes him about his upcoming stunt. To read the Dec. 5 article titled "Blaine opens his box of magic tricks" supplied by YellowBrix and Infoseek click: HERE.(12/6)

Matt Jarman who is a magician who has taken up Hypnotism is featured in the Daily Bruin where he is quoted, "I started learning hypnosis because I heard it could help with school work. After doing it more often, I thought it could be added to my magic as a stage act. I like hypnosis because some of the things you can make people do are really incredible." To read the Dec. 5 article by Jessica Chung titled "Student hypnotist dazzles subjects, audience" click: HERE.(12/6)

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-VOLUME: 60 / ISSUE: 1,804 Saturday - December 7, 2002

David Blaine had previously optioned his life story to Robert DeNiro's production company. The movie project was on hold until recently when a Sky News article reported that "Robert De Niro has bought the option on his life story and plans to start production within the next six months... David also revealed that he will be playing himself in certain areas of the film." To read the Dec. 6 article by Neil Sean titled "Kate Set For Gypsy Role" click: HERE.(12/7)

David Copperfield has renamed his "Portal" show to "An Intimate Evening Of Grand Illusion" as he begins his tour through Canada. An Edmonton Journal article quotes Copperfield about his show, "It's like repertory theatre; it just keeps evolving." His new routines are also mentioned, "Winning the lottery will, he says, 'take a quarter of the show and involve half the audience.' The evening also includes new illusions, with Copperfield walking through a steel wall, and channelling his energy through a deadly Black African scorpion." To read the Dec. 6 article by Liz Nicholls titled "Beyond imagination" click: HERE.(12/7)

David Copperfield in a Star Phoenix article relates that "He'd like to be remembered 'for making magic emotional, telling stories with it, taking it to a new level.'" To read the Dec. 6 article by Cam Fuller titled "Reviving the 'magic'" click: HERE.(12/7)

Michael Chaut, Master Lee, Simon Lovell, Todd Robbins, Andy Roberts, Carl Mercurio, and James Freedman headline at Monday Night Magic on Dec. 9 at 8pm in NYC. For tickets phone Ticketmaster at: 212-307-4100. For more information click: HERE.(12/7)

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-VOLUME: 60 / ISSUE: 1,805 Sunday - December 8, 2002
David Ben's The ConjurorDavid Ben's new show The Conjuror begins a month long run at Isabel Bader Theatre (93 Charles Street West) in Toronto, Canada. Ben explains that, "I’ve really tried to capture the influence that classic turn-of-the-century magicians have had on my professional training. By adding new reconstructions of rarely seen feats, I will re-create for audiences the greatest illusions from the 20th century." Some of the classic illusions performed include: The Blooming Rose Bush, Okito's Floating Ball, Sebit's Sawing In Two, Robert Houdini's An Aerial Suspension, and Spirit Paintings. The show is directed by Patrick Watson. The Conjuror opened on Dec. 4 and is scheduled to run through Jan. 5, 2003. For tickets and information phone: 416-597-0965 or click: HERE.(12/8)

Muhammad Ali was described performing magic in an Associated Press article, "Like a kid who had just pulled a fast one, Ali glowed. The magic tricks, so much a part of his repertoire in the days when he proclaimed himself The Greatest, are still a fascination for him. …Now again. Here's the cloth. Here's the fist. Abracadabra! It's gone. …Ali's poker face broke into a grin." To read the Dec. 7 article by Hal Bock titled "Ali still has knack for entertaining" click: HERE.(12/8)

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