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Archives: Week Of August 4-10, 2003
-VOLUME: 68 / ISSUE: 1,983 Monday - August 4, 2003-
Milton Kort died on Friday Aug. 1 at the age of 85. A Detroit Free Press article quoted his daughter Sandra Kort, "He wasn't really actively performing… He loved magic, and it was a great hobby, but he was a big family man who didn't travel much, so magicians came here to see him." The obituary also reported that "He wrote two books on magic -- 'Kort Is Now in Session' and 'Off-Color Card Tricks.' Stephen Minch wrote a book about him, 'The Magic of Milt Kort.'" Also quoted was Ron Bauer. To read the Aug. 2 obituary by Jeanne May titled "Milton Kort: Pharmacist was local whiz at magic" click: HERE.(8/4)

Mac King will be commuting to Laughlin, NV during August where he will be appearing at the Fiesta Showroom at Harrah's Laughlin Hotel & Casino on Aug. 4,5,7,9,11,12 and 14 at 8pm. King will be replacing Earl Turner while the show is dark. The rest of the month he will continue with his popular afternoon show at Harrah's in Las Vegas.(8/4)

Jeff and Tessa EvasonJeff and Tessa Evason are featured in an Annapolis Capital article that looks at their career and the amazing show they present. Glenn Ottaway is quoted, "I don't think there's any dispute that they're the best in the world at what they do." The article explained, "The Evasons, who've been a couple for 20 years and married for 15, are mentalists (think mind readers). They perform a series of exhibitions like guessing the serial number on a $10 bill, guessing what number people are thinking of, and moving objects without touching them." To read the Aug. 3 article by Theresa Winslow titled "It's all in their minds" click: HERE.(8/4)

The Forks Hotel in Cheektowaga, New York is featured in a Buffalo News article that discusses it's history and the intentions of it's latest owners who demolished it on Jul. 30 to make room for a credit union. The article reported that, "[Eddie] Fechter bought it in 1958, and during the next 20 years, he phased out the hotel business and transformed it into a mecca for magicians. He and his wife, Evelyn, lived above the bar." The article also reported that the new owners are "…willing to set aside an area dedicated to the history of the Forks area and the hotel." Quoted in the article were Rob Allen and Carl Norman. To read the Aug. 1 article by Barbara O'Brien titled "Vanishing act ends decades of magic at Forks Hotel" click: HERE.(8/4)

A special "Future All Stars" week at the Magic Castle takes place on Aug. 4-10 with Nathan Gibson, Jonathan Dabach, Matthew Grunwald, Ben Schwartz, Joel Ward, Brad Aldridge, Farrah Siegel, Kristi Toguchi, Joel Broock, Justin Rivera, Victor Anthony, and Jessica Phillips. Joining the cast of young magicians will be Andrew Goldenhersh and Aldo Colombini. Ken Scott lectures on Sunday Aug. 10.(8/4)

David CopperfieldDavid Copperfield is featured in a Times-Picayune article that reported, "He's the biggest of the big-time modern magicians, the Houdini of the baby boom, with a show-biz resume that stretches from Broadway to the Las Vegas strip, plus more prime-time television specials than you can shake a wand at." Copperfield also explained about his humor, "I just try to be goofy and ridiculous. I don't think you should take yourself too seriously. It's like Fred Astaire always said, 'I'm just a hoofer.'" To read the Aug. 1 article by Doug MacCash titled "Master Of Illusion" click: HERE.(8/4)

Jon Dorenbos who is a rookie long-snapper for the Buffalo Bills NFL team is featured in a Sports Illustrated article that reported, "Dorenbos is an accomplished professional magician, one who has earned up to $1,000 an hour performing in both Las Vegas and Hollywood. His sleight of hand skills are breathtaking, and have already earned him a place of respect and admiration in the Buffalo locker room. He has performed at team parties and functions in the past three months, dazzling his teammates with an array of mind-boggling tricks and illusions." To read the Aug. 3 article by Don Banks titled "Magic man" click: HERE.(8/4)

Brian Kaufman talks about his family show, "Magic on the Run," in a Courier & Press article that quotes him, "I love doing family-audience shows, comedy and magic… I love the feeling of amazing people, especially kids. A lot of times, when you fool (an adult), it can work against you. Sometimes they get angry because they can't figure it out, but kids are just delighted in the whole process. They don't really care how something happened, just that it happened." To read the Aug. 2 article by Rebecca Coudret titled "Magician finds comedy gives act a little sleight of mind" click: HERE.(8/4)

Farrell Dillon is featured in The Californian where he explained, "I'm up to 3 a.m. practicing… Creating the illusions is the hardest part. …I'm seeking perfection, and it's a long road to perfection." To read the Aug. 2 article by Dave Nordstrand titled "Inspired by illusions" click: HERE.(8/4)

Jasen Magic who plans on having a 1966 Mustang drop on him if he fails to escape from a wooden crate is featured in The Macomb Daily that quoted him, "We can't do a test run on this one… I'll have a few seconds to do what I do before that car comes crashing down. It's all in the timing, brother." The article also reported that, "Magic is probably best known for his botched straightjacket escape over the Clinton River in Mount Clemens. He suffered minor burns while hanging upside down from an eight-story crane as the rope he dangled from was set afire." To read the Aug. 1 article by Mitch Hotts titled "Jasen Magic's latest stunt proceeds without rehearsal" click: HERE.(8/4)

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-VOLUME: 68 / ISSUE: 1,984 Tuesday - August 5, 2003-
Ron MacMillanRon MacMillan and London's International Magic Studio are featured in The Independent on Sunday where MacMillan's career is described as, "The breakthrough came with MacMillan's 'Symphony of the Spheres', a trick in which he produced 14 billiard balls from around his body. No one knew how he did it. Suddenly, he was 'Der Mann mit den goldenen Handen' and big in Germany, playing to houses of two or three thousand… During the Sixties, his career took off and he travelled the world as the 'Man with the Golden Hands'. MacMillan did his last show in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in 1993." Speaking about his manipulative routines, store assistant Jerry commented, "That man did things that other people can't dream of." His son Martin added, "These days people earn a lot more money doing something far easier. You can spend a lifetime perfecting what he did." To read the Aug. 3 article titled "Little Shop Of Magic: The man with the golden hands" supplied by YellowBrix click: HERE.(8/5)

Marc Salem's new show, "Out Of His Mind," is reviewed in the Scotsman where it is given four stars. The review reported that "Over the course of 60 minutes he demonstrates a unerring knack of predicting, guessing and revealing information from a steady stream of special guests and randomly-selected audience members." The review also observes that, "Even if what he does is based on the powers of persuasion and suggestion rather than anything supernatural, it doesn’t make his show any less unnerving." To read the Aug. 4 review by Andrew Midgley titled "Marc Salem's out of his Mind" click: HERE.(8/5)

Infantino and his friends will be performing on Wednesday Aug. 6 at 8:30pm at McGuires Comedy Club & Restaurant (1627 Smithtown Ave.) in Bohemia, New York. For information and reservations phone: 631-467-5413.(8/5)

Abbott's 66th Magic Get-TogetherMICHIGAN: Abbott's 66th Magic Get-Together takes place on Aug. 6-9 in Colon. Featured performers include: Shimada, Patrick Page, Jay Marshall, Arden James, Vito Lupo, George Schindler, David Cresey, Romaine, Tom Burgoon, Oscar Munos, David Seebach, Dick Stoner, Skilldini, Chris Mitchell, Gene Anderson, John Archer, Gordon Miller, Chezaday, Mathew David Stanley, Arthur Tracz, Stunt Johnson Theater, Kevin Heller, Birdie Koyama, Rick Merrill, Richard Hughes, and many others. For more information and registration click: HERE.(8/5)

Tom Schneider who has owned Tom's Barber Shop for 25 years is featured in a Winona Daily News article that reported, "Looking in the window, someone might feel the same way about the shop that celebrated its 25th anniversary on Friday. Inside the front window are joy buzzers, whoopee cushions and 'magic' ropes." Schneider explained, "I'm the only place in Winona that you can still find magic tricks." To read the Aug. 3 article by Brian Krans titled "Barber uses magic, trivia to entertain customers" click: HERE.(8/5)

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-VOLUME: 68 / ISSUE: 1,985 Wednesday - August 6, 2003-
Criss AngelCriss Angel will be taping his second television special on Thursday Aug. 7 at an Airplane Hanger on Long Island in New York. The new show is titled "Supernatural" and is scheduled to air on Halloween (Oct. 31) on the Sci-Fi Channel. Angel is also scheduled to begin touring his new Mindfreak show this fall.(8/6)

Abbott's Magic Get-Together is profiled in a Detroit News article that reported "Abbott's, a company in Colon that manufactures magic tricks, has hosted the convention since 1934. Because of the long-standing business and its annual gathering of magicians, Colon has been dubbed the magic capital of the world." Quoted in the article were Greg Bordner and Al The Only. To read the Aug. 5 article by Michelle O. Jiompkowski titled "Small Michigan town hosts magical convention" click: HERE.(8/6)

Rick Castro and Bill Perron join David Groves in "Magic In The Burbs" on Thursday Aug. 7 at 7:30pm at the Home Brew Coffee Company, (661 W. Arrow Hwy.) in San Dimas, California. Admission is $7.50 (includes one free drink) per person. For reservations and information phone: 909-394-1964.(8/6)

Paul Daniels is reported to have offered to play Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter movies according to a BBC News article. To read the Aug. 5 article titled "Daniels sought wizard role" click: HERE.(8/6)

Steven Best performs at "Richards on Richards" (1036 Richards St.) in Vancouver, Canada on Aug. 7 as part of their Mystic Nights that promises "A Night of Mystery, Enchantment and Dance." For tickets and information phone TicketMaster: 604-280-4444.(8/6)

Jasen Magic's stunt on Sunday is reported in a Macomb Daily article, "Magic suffered a strained back when he slid on wet equipment near the crane, which may have impacted his performance. He was able to slip out of the wrist chains, but the leg chains were tangled around his feet. He kicked out of the box seconds before the car gently landed on the crate, suffering minor injuries to his wrist and back." To read the Aug. 5 article by Mitch Hotts titled "Officials prefer to keep Clinton cruise limited" click: HERE.(8/6)

PRESS RELEASE: Dante Memorial Fund Update.

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-VOLUME: 68 / ISSUE: 1,986 Thursday - August 7, 2003-
Harry Anderson appears at Comedy Off Broadway (Lexington Green Mall) in Lexington, Kentucky on Aug. 8-9 where he will present 4-5 shows as part of the Club's 10th anniversary. Tickets are $25.75 per person and are available by phoning: 859-271-5653.(8/7)

Paul DanielsThe two Paul Daniels shows at the Fringe Festival are reviewed in The Scotsman where they are given three stars. The Malini show gets a rave review, "In the Magic of Max Malini, Daniels recreates the life and tricks of the turn-of-the-century master-conjurer, and within the first few minutes actually transforms himself into this legend of 20th century magic to tell his story… Daniels captures all this with great style, producing miracles with little more than everyday objects such as glasses, newspapers and coins and gives a superb performance that few could pull off as successfully." To read the Aug. 6 article by Drew McAdam titled "An Audience With Paul Daniels" click: HERE.(8/7)

Some of the magic shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2003 are reviewed in a Fortean Times article that reported: The "Confessions of a Psychic" by Peter Lamont is "…an engaging mix of deftly performed magic and a quick guide on how to make sure you're not being conned by an opportunist. This one is highly recommended for all." "Marc Salem's Out of His Mind" is said to be, "…well worth seeing - each night has different guests so each show will have a different flavour, but one word of warning - if you have a secret to hide be very careful - he knows what you're thinking!" Paul Daniels' two shows, "An Audience with Paul Daniels" and "The Magic of Max Malini" are also reviewed. About Daniels it is observed that "Once you see him like this you realise it's not for nothing that once upon a time he was one of the UK's most popular performers." Daniel's Malini show is described as, "A shorter show than the Audience it was much tighter. If you don't want to do both shows which should you go for? Well talking to people in the audience muggles enjoyed the audience and magicians enjoyed the Malini. But the word is both shows were enjoyed." The final review is "Sharon Neill - Second Sight" who is a blind psychic/cold reader that the reviewer concluded, "…this was very much an interesting experience. I'm open minded on this at the moment - very interesting however." To read the Aug. 6 article by Gordon Rutter titled "From our man on the scene" click: HERE.(8/7)

MagicTimes readers and their friends are invited by Criss Angel and the Sci-Fi Channel to attend the taping of Angel's new television special, "Supernatural." Admission is free and the taping is scheduled for 3-8pm on Thursday Aug. 7. The event will take place at the API Airplane Hanger at the Calverton Enterprise Park (Grumman Blvd.) in Calverton, Long Island. If you attend do not wear white or clothing with logos and you might appear on TV. No need for tickets or reservations. NOTE: Due to technical difficulties the audience participation segments scheduled to tape today were temporarily cancelled.(8/7)

The Abbott's Magic Get-Together is featured in a Battle Creek Enquirer article that reported that the convention, "was scheduled to begin with the disappearance of a Colon Township fire truck." Also mentioned was that, "The Colon Historical Museum will be open from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 219 N. Blackstone Ave. The museum features memorabilia of Magician Harry Blackstone and others." Magicians mentioned include Franz Harary and Shimada. To read the Aug. 6 article by Ardis Baad titled "Colon hosting magic events" click: HERE.(8/7)

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-VOLUME: 68 / ISSUE: 1,987 Friday - August 8, 2003-
Kenneth Lightfoot and Eric Anderson's show, "Invisible Men," which runs on Aug. 9-10 at the Chautauqua Auditorium in Boulder, Colorado is mentioned in a Denver Westwood article that reported, "Invisible Men takes the duo's street feats inside for a full-fledged choreographed performance…" Lightfoot explained, "This show is not just your normal glitzy Vegas show, where elephants disappear and a week later it's forgotten… The name of the show is Invisible Men because we are becoming invisible to outside forces that are ignoring us. Through a lot of humor, we're going to get people to think." To read the Aug. 7 article by Kity Ironton titled "Invisible Men are seen in magic and comedy" click: HERE.(8/8)

Ian Kendall performs at the Cafe Royal in Edinburgh on Saturday Oct. 9. He is taking Tim Saiet's place at the Fringe Festival for the day. On Sunday the 10th Rob Cox and Mandy Davis will take over for the rest of the week.(8/8)

Steve CohenSteve Cohen and his New York show "Chamber Magic" are featured in a New York Sun article that quotes him about his approach to magic, "I do magic in my everyday life… I do believe that magic is not just my job, it's my calling. I don't just do tricks on stage." He also explained his goal, "I'm doing shows that bring dignity to magic… It's something which is respectable, but is cool." The article by Anna Schneider-Mayerson titled "Magician Puts Ivy-League Psychology Degree To Work Entertaiing The Upper Crust" appeared in the Aug. 4 issue of the New York Sun.(8/8)

Siegfried & Roy have been nominated by ZDF (German’s public television station) in its search to find the top 100 Germans. 300 people were nominated in 12 categories and the final 100 will be announced on a television special to air on Nov. 7. The top ten vote getters will be featured in documentaries leading to the naming of the "Best German." Votes for Siegfried & Roy can be cast by anyone. To visit the stations sight and vote click: HERE.(8/8)

David Copperfield's August shows include stops in Canada, Rhode Island, Maine, Vermont and Las Vegas. You can catch him at the Grand Theatre of Quebec in Quebec, Canada on Aug. 7-10, at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, RI on Aug. 12, the Merrill Auditorium at Portland City Hall in Portland, ME on Aug. 13, the Flynn Theatre in Burlington, VT on Aug. 14, the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier - Place Des Arts in Montreal, Canada on Aug. 15-17, and at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV on Aug. 20-Sep. 3.(8/8)

Danny Alan, Frank Brents, John Graham, Carl Mercurio, and Thorsten Happel headline at Monday Night Magic on Aug. 11 at 8pm in NYC. For tickets phone Ticketmaster at: 212-307-4100. For more information click: HERE.(8/8)

Justin Style performs for Fantasma Toys at FAO Schwarz (58th Street and 5th Avenue) in New York City on Saturday Aug. 9 at 2pm and 4pm.(8/8)

M.K. Pant who specializes in performing for the military in India is featured in a Chandigarh Tribune article that explained why, "He said he liked performing for the defence forces as this was one profession where people required the maximum entertainment because of the service conditions and high levels of stress." To read the Aug. 7 article titled "Magic a stagnant art" click: HERE.(8/8)

TEXAS/OKLAHOMA: Aaron Fisher will be presenting his lecture in Houston, TX (Aug. 10), San Antonio, TX (11), Austin, TX (12), Dallas, TX (13), and Tulsa, OK (14). For more details e-mail: swells4691@aol.com.(8/8)

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