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Issue Number: #1009
Date: Sunday 14th April 2013
Editor: Alan Watson
E-mail: editor@magicnewzealand.com
Hi here is the latest news

1. Editor's Message
2. Academy Of Magical Arts Awards - 2013
3. New S.A.M. Facebook Fanpage - 2,400 "Likes" In 24 Hours
4. Final Curtain Peter Reveen
5. RIP Peter Reveen
6. Dante's Leading Lady Moi-yo Miller Is Turning 99
7. April 2013 Issue Of The Linking Ring Magazine
8. Remarkable Magic #296 - Nick Lewin
9. Magic - Art, Craft Or Neither
10. Simon Drake's House Of Magic
11. IBM British Ring Convention - Buxton Derbyshire, England
12. Milt Larsen's 'My Magical Journey'
13. Broken Wand - Johnny Lonn (Sweden)
14. Illusion Dream Team Set To Thrill Auckland, New Zealand
15. 2013 New Zealand Lectures - Diary Now
16. Magic New Zealand App
17. e-zine Archives
18. Privacy Policy and Copyright Notice

1. Editor's Message
Sad to report that we lost two great legends of magic this week Peter Reveen
and Johnny Lonn.

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2. Academy Of Magical Arts Awards - 2013
Message by Steven Peterson

Magicians of the Year - Penn and Teller
Masters Fellowship - Juan Tamariz
Literary Fellowship - David Charvet
Creative Followship - Paul Kieve
Lifetime Achievement - Alan Shaxon
Special Fellowship - EMC Producers - David Britland, Luis de Matos, Marco Tempest
Performing Fellowship - David Williamson
Special Fellowship - Carl Williams
Award of Merit - Nadje Williams

Stage - Rob Zabrecky
Parlor - Helder Guimaraes
Close Up - Derek DelGaudio
Lecturer of the year - Harry Anderson

3. New S.A.M. Facebook Fanpage - 2,400 "Likes" In 24 Hours
Message by Bruce Kalver, MIMC

The Society of American Magicians is taking important steps to increase
awareness and to provide more benefits to the magic community. As part of this movement, from April 12 we will be launching a new Facebook Fan page which will be open to all magicians. This Page will provide important announcements, breaking news and relay product information to the users. To see this page go to https://www.facebook.com/TheSocietyOfAmericanMagicians

Their goal is to spread the word with a bang on Friday they want to get 2,400 followers in 24 hours on the new Facebook Fanpage. If this goal is reached, 24 Corporate Friends of the S.A.M. have agreed to offer some amazing discounts and deals. One of those deals is that the S.A.M. is offering $24 off any NEW registrations to the Annual Convention in Washington DC this summer. This offer will only be good for 24 hours IF AND ONLY IF they receive 2,400 "Likes" in 24 hours.

For more information on who is offering what you have to go to the new S.A.M. Facebook Fanpage.

4. Final Curtain Peter Reveen
Article forwarded on by Mel Kientz (US)

Peter Reveen was a giant in the world of Magic. His Illusion shows were lavish and innovative. As a stage Hypnotist he had no peer, he was simply the best in the business. As my Manager for 20 years he was my most trusted advisor. Reveen was my very close friend for 30 years. I am sad today. I will miss him.

Lance Burton
on FaceBook

A New Year's Evening with Peter Reveen
by Nick Lewin
It was with great sorrow that I heard of the passing of Peter Reveen. He was a great man on so many levels. This is an excerpt from a column I wrote a few years ago about a surprise visit from Peter one New Year's Eve. I have never been a great fan of New Year's Eve---most performers who have worked them aren't, however this one proved a gentle, surprise delight. It is how I will always chose to remember Peter on a personal level Goodbye, my friend.

This year I enjoyed the quietest and most enjoyable New Year's Evening that I can recall. My daughters had left Las Vegas after the Christmas holidays and Susan and I were planning to enjoy a 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' marathon. We had hosted a highly enjoyable party for our Vegas friends a few days previously and thought our socializing was complete. Then the phone rang....

On the phone was Peter Reveen and he had remembered a conversation we had
during our party about my lifelong fascination with hypnosis. I actually became a magician not through the usual chance viewing of a conjurer but because of my repeated attendance of the wonderful hypnotism show of Edwin Heath.

I have written in this column before about my respect for the enormous talent and charisma of Reveen as a magician. I have always considered his version of the Knights Tour to be one of the great theatrical magical presentations. I mentioned to Peter that one of my great regrets was never having experienced his legendary hypnosis shows.

Peter has just finished yet another tour of Canada and on my recent tours I saw an old record album of his in a music store in Halifax. The young man who sold me the album told me that he was going to be attending the Reveen show in a few days. In fact he told me he had grown up attending Peter's shows since his early childhood! Now that is the kind of fan base to be really proud of.

On New Year's Eve Peter arrived at our home with some DVD's filmed during his hypnotic show over the years. We sat down, had a glass of wine, ate some simple food and I got to see the reason that Peter is a legend in the world of hypnotism. The skilled manner in which Peter handled the audience was a real eye opener and his pacing was a true lesson in show business.

To see the style with which audience members were brought onstage, his induction and the speed at which non-suitable volunteers were returned to the auditorium was breathtaking. Peter along with his wife Coral and son Tyrone formed a well-oiled and perfectly calibrated machine as they turned what is often the least interesting part of a hypnosis show into fascinating entertainment. Once the show began it was pure entertainment all the way. Peter's command and presence was magnetic as he turned that group of strangers into a display of world-class entertainment. Everyone was treated with a dignity that in no way interfered with the fun.

These days Las Vegas is home to nearly as many hypnotists as magicians. Most
of them present a dirty show that ultimately demeans its unpaid stars. Sure it gets laughs, however compared to the funny but family friendly Reveen experience this new breed of hypnotists kind of want to make you take a shower after watching them perform!

It was a wonderful New Year's Eve: quiet, sober and in the company of a good friend from whom I learned a lot. Perfect!

5. RIP Peter Reveen
Message by Paul Stone (US)

Peter Reveen was undoubtedly the greatest stage hypnotist in the world, but many others are far more qualified than I am to write about his phenomenal career.

I was fortunate to meet Peter around 30 years ago. At that time the name Reveen was legendary and I have to admit to being more than a little apprehensive when I was first introduced to him. In fact, I needn't have worried as Peter was extremely friendly and at the end of our first meeting I felt like I had known him for years!

That was the real magic of Peter Reveen. He was the kindest and most generous of men who was always the first person to step up to help anyone, especially magicians, when they needed it most.

I have so many fond memories of Peter including regularly being woken up in the middle of the night in UK by a call from Peter who would then spend the next hour rattling off some of the funniest and filthiest jokes that I've ever heard.

Over the years Peter and I built up a close friendship, and I count myself so fortunate for the many wonderful times that we shared from London to Las Vegas. Peter even visited our home in Liverpool.

Peter was not only a wonderful performer and showman but also a clever
businessman whose vision and expertise was to prove so instrumental in Lance
Burton's spectacular career.

The last few years became increasingly difficult and frustrating for Peter as his alzheimers grew more severe and started playing tricks with his incredible mind.

However thanks to the support of a few of his close friends, we were able to take Peter out for a 'Reveen' lunch almost every week for 3 years, and it was something that Peter looked forward to and greatly enjoyed.

Sincere thanks to Lance, Gabrielle, Tommie, Bill and Norm & Lupe, and also Michael H, Michael G, Johnny & Pam, Charlie & Sherry, Fielding, Bob, Tihany and Dave Loban for helping to make these lunches so special for Peter.

Peter was a kind, generous, and warm hearted man whom I was proud to call my
friend. I will miss him dearly. RIP Peter.

6. Dante's Leading Lady Moi-yo Miller Is Turning 99
Message by Kristina (Australia)

Dante's Leading Lady Moi-yo Miller (Montes) - an icon in the magical community - is turning 99 years young on April 24.

She will be celebrating with family and close friends. Anyone who would like to send along birthday greetings can do so care of:

Bernard's Magic Shop, Level 1/187 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, VIC. 3000 AUSTRALIA. E-mails can be sent to kristina@bernards.com.au

7. April 2013 Issue Of The Linking Ring Magazine
Message by Paul A. Lelekis

April 2013 issue of The Linking Ring magazine, Vol. 93, No. 4:

Editor: Samuel Patrick Smith
Reviewed by Paul A. Lelekis

The Linking Ring has the largest circulation of any magician's magazine.
Members can access TLR at www.magician.org.

Rocco Silano is featured on the cover of this month's issue! Rocco is most closely associated with one of the most popular magician's props, ever.The D' Lite! This unusual utility item was a creation of Roger Mayfarth and, in collaboration with Rocco, whose photo is featured on the box, has produced a seemingly endless array of effects!Rocco divulges his progressions through life and his eclectic styles in magical performance as well as his associations with notables such as
Slydini and the Professor, Dai Vernon!

This article will provide readers with incentive to pursue one's own "style" in magical performance that just might make a fledgling magician, more creative!

Read all about the world premiere of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, starring Jim Carrey, Steve Carell with Steve Buscemi, Alan Arkin and Olivia Wilde! David Copperfield was technical advisor for this film! This party featured three REAL magicians performed for the VIP audience, Matt Marcy and David Neubauer performed close-up and Dale Salwak performed stage to the delight of all who attended.

The 2103 I.B.M. Convention in Phoenix this July 17-20 has slated some remarkable talent! This convention is a "must go" for those who want to stay on the cutting edge! Get your reservations now!

There is a brand new I.B.M. Ring 388 which reports its special events on their Charter Day. This event is spear-headed by Territorial Vice President, Fernand Ridel!

P.C. Sorcar is remembered at his centenary celebration! I.B.M. member Magician Subash is presented the P.C. Sorcar Award for Magician of the Year!

From The Editor, the monthly article, by our own Linking Ring editor, Sammy Smith, provides some very sage advice with "3 Ways of Getting Unstuck" which transcends just the magic in our programs or routines, but in life in general! Excellent article!

Polishing The Rings by Skip Way discusses "Building a Youth Library"! Skip discusses how books can give magicians a new insight with ".the elusive creative sparks inspired by an author's thought." I, too, am a firm believer in magic books as a means of learning magic instead "blindly" copying another magician's (often poor!) take of an effect.

The Kid-Show Circuit by Marty Hahne discusses, performing for the "family audience"! Not your own family.but other families! Marty offers some excellent advice as well as a variety of effects which work very well with this particular type of audience!

Business Of The Show by Scott Humston gives readers an excerpt from our own
editor, Sammy Smith! This all about "booking yourself by phone"! You may want to pay very close attention to these excellent words of advice!

Cutting Up Jackpots by Bev Bergeron always has some amazing for us to read! This month Bev provides readers with an essay, "Wands Won't Work" that is a fascinating article! Bev's relates his ventures to Disney World and Universal Studios and how the children buy these wands by the dozens.only to find they don't work! Well Bev gives readers another epic, historical journey through time and includes his own creation, The Multiplying Wands or Nesting Wands! Great read!

The Magic Section!

For those of you who love to learn new magic will be thrilled with the wonderful contributions of magic, fully explained, in the following columns below:

Fechter's Finger Flinging Frolic Parade (FFFF Parade!) gives readers a wonderful variety of magic from some world-class magicians!

All I have to say is "Wow!" The famous magicians in this Parade are too many to list. Great magic with cards, coins, Linking Rings, etc. in this Parade will thrill anyone.no matter what level they are! Joan Caesar has graciously provided routines from people like Rocco, coin-master Giacomo Bertini, Tom Craven, Vanni Pulé, Dan Garrett and many others.

Mike Power's Card Corner - This month features yours truly, ME! I submitted an Ace cutting routine with a "magician in trouble" phase that (I feel) is quite funny! It features a favorite creation of mine I call The Simplex Bottom Reversal!

Ways And Means by Joe M. Turner is always a treat! Joe has show-cased Josh
Janowsky with, Pass the Mustard, Pass the Mayo! This is a double revelation of the Jokers trapping the selection - twice! Very well done!

Peter Marucci's Showtime gives us another wonderful effect, Robin Hood's Coins Across. The four coins jump from the left to the right - with the use of an Okito Box! A very engaging patter line and a clever effect!

Storytelling Magic by Ed Solomon - Ed has provided readers with, yet another, magical and colorful adventure of his alter-ego, DeNomolos called, Time Was! Ed has provided fascinating references about time, both scientific and mythological with the use of an ordinary pocket-watch!

Hocus in Focus has a team of experts who review many new items of magic so that the magicians of the world may purchase wisely!

The Broken Wand pays a monthly tribute to our fellow performers who have passed.

There are too many items and too much magic in this issue of The Linking Ring for me to list, but everyone is world class!

I.B.M. members can access each issue on the I.B.M. Web Portal either by downloading the PDF or by reading the digital version.

Advertisers -- your products will enjoy unsurpassed worldwide promotion in The Linking Ring through the beautiful printed magazine, the dazzling digital edition, and links from the I.B.M. Web Portal.

For details about advertising in The Linking Ring, contact BJ Hickman at

8. Remarkable Magic #296 - Nick Lewin
Message by Nick Lewin (US)

'Adam London at the D,' a great new Las Vegas magic show!

Las Vegas has a lot of magic shows going on, actually there are really way too many! However a new one has opened that is really worth your time to visit. 'Adam London at the D' is a really enjoyable show, and it is also a bargain. Best of all it will give you a chance to see a relatively new comedy magician who is definitely going to be around for the long haul. There is nothing more satisfactory than being able to boast, "..but I saw him when."

What exactly is the 'D' you might well ask, and why is Adam London there? The answer is simple; The 'D' is a nicely renovated hotel in Downtown Las Vegas about a city block from Freemont Street. Adam performs a 4:00PM show there seven days a week. Ticket prices are listed at $24:95, however there isn't a show in town where it isn't worth checking for a better price than the advertised one! The website for the 'D' is www.thed.com/entertainment/

Born and raised in Ogden City, Utah, Adam London has carefully honed his craft in comedy clubs and other venues across the country and is a skilled comedian as well as a talented magician. His biggest asset though, is the fact that he is a genuinely likeable person who is obviously thoroughly enjoying what he does. He radiates a simple and genuine quality that transforms his act into something rather special.

Audiences warm to London within a few seconds of his walking out onstage, and in a city where you can scarcely throw a deck of cards without hitting a magician this counts for a heck of a lot. It is amazing how many of those magicians forget to charm their audience as well as fool them. There is plenty of bite in Adam's comedy too, don't let me paint an incomplete portrait. You didn't get soft or mushy working in comedy clubs, and there is a pleasant amount of edge behind his quirky combination of jokes and tricks.

When I saw the show, there were quite a few youngsters in the crowd, and they were really enjoying what was going on; and so were the adults with them. This is my idea of a real family show. The 60-minute show moved along effortlessly and held the attention of everyone present. From the pre-show video 'till the closing trick, things never got dull for a second.

London opens his show with some great observational comedy about himself and his background. The crowd enjoyed the slightly askew element that arose from his good-natured jokes about his Mormon roots. It also set up some great future callbacks for the comedy in his show. There was excellent use of music cues and sound effects to heighten the comedy.

The (sort of) theme of the show revolves, in a slightly hazy manner, around London's love of those little yellow rubber ducks that kids like to float in their bathtubs, or throw hoops around at carnivals. Hey, I'm just telling you the theme of the show, not trying to explain it! The only way to fully grasp it is to see the show - and you might not succeed in getting it too straight even then.

London is a published author of a popular children's book about the adventures of one of these plastic ducks, maybe it all makes more sense if you've read the book. There was a line of youngsters after the show who were delightedly waiting for Adam to sign their copies, he was also signing $1 rubber ducks as souvenirs. Mostly the kids just seemed to want to spend a few minutes talking with London, who was gracious and generous with his time.

The magic in the show varied from a very strong handling of the 'Tossed Deck' and the 'Hydrostatic Glass,' to a truly surreal segment where he draw a characterture on a board and sang a spirited duet with it as it came to life. He also performs a unique version of a destroyed and restored ring in M & M package. Oh, and did I mention there were rubber ducks!

Over the years I have become rather jaded watching comedy magic - heck I've made a living doing it for over 40 years, but I found the show fresh and funny. Is there room for the show to get a little tighter and more focused? You bet there is, and I have no doubt that it is doing so day by day. This is a smart performer with a great career ahead of him and I strongly suggest if you are visiting Las Vegas you head down to the 'D' and catch the comedy and magic of Adam London.Check out his website at www.quackmagic.com

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9. Magic - Art, Craft Or Neither
Message by Anthony Darkstone - USA/Europe

This week I am delighted to continue with words from Ivonne Perez Montijo. For just over 3 decades, Ivonne has been active in Film & TV. She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and has also written and produced independent short films and theatrical productions. Her "day job" has been as "Pinky the Clown", performing magic and entertaining young children all over Los Angeles. Ivonne has a B.A. in Spanish Literature with a minor in Theatre & Film from U.C.L.A.and a M.A. in Religious Studies from C.S.U.L.B. She is currently studying music theory, piano, and guitar at Long Beach City College. Ivonne is first and foremost a writer and a story teller. She has written numerous poems over the years and her work can be found on :-www.ivonnemontijo.wordpress.com.

I have not read all her written work but from the writings that I have perused, it is indeed praiseworthy. Her conceptual thinking and phraseology are superb. I have publicly stated that some aspects of her work flow in a similar vein to Kahlil Gibran. She is also currently developing her thesis, "Mary Magdalene: Beloved Wife and Disciple of Jesus of Nazareth" into a book. I am eagerly looking forward to this as the topic has interested me for some 50 years. She also has a page dedicated to inspiring thoughts on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ForTheLoveOfYou.April2012 .

For reasons that will become apparent as you read the following words, I am both deeply appreciative & delighted that she responded to my request to contribute to the topic. Of necessity, The Editor and I have chosen to publish it in installments over the next few weeks.

The Art of Magic - Part 2

By Ivonne Perez Montijo, M.A.

While pursuing my M.A. in Religious studies I took a course called, "Gender, Magic, Witchcraft and Religion." For the first class my professor asked me to perform my kids' party act to open up the discourse on what is real magic? In religious studies magic and religion go hand in hand. Emile Durkheim, in The Elementary forms of Religious Life states, "that magic is full of religion just as religion is full of magic." He also states that, "the magician is for magic what the priest is for religion.

Durkheim is referring to magic as ritual practice but the birth of the performance arts had their inception in the early religious rituals of the shamans. Joseph Campbell states, "The mythmakers of earlier days were the counterparts of our artists.". Mr. Campbell is referring to shamans. Bill Moyers poses the following question to Campbell, "In these early elementary cultures, as you call them, who would have been the equivalent of the poets of today?" and Campbell responds, "The shamans. The shamans were the first storytellers and the first performers acting out myths to inform the tribes. These first performances were the religious/spiritual rituals in which the shamans led the community.

Theater grew out of myths, ceremony and ritual which took place in daily life and theatre evolved from the performance of ritual in which the community was not a participant but a spectator. "According to the historians Oscar Brockett and Franklin Hildy, rituals typically include elements that entertain or give pleasure, such as costumes and masks as well as skilled performers. As societies grew more complex, these spectacular elements began to be acted out under non-ritualistic conditions. As this occurred, the first steps towards theatre as an autonomous activity were being taken. The shaman/priest was the magician.

Magician Christian Engblown states, "That when you have the ancient shamanic drawing in a cave depicting the end of the world, that's magic.". Now some of you may be saying but magicians are not shamans. Shamans by definition travel between altered states of consciousness to do acts for the benefit the community or society. (We will come back later to this idea of altered states of consciousness as it pertains to the ideas of art and transcendence.)

- End of Part 2

10. Simon Drake's House Of Magic
Message by Simon Drake (UK)

Simon Drake opens his small but select on-line magic emporium from his London venue 'Simon Drake's House of Magic', established 18 years ago and still packing them in. The store opens with a special limited edition effect for magicians only based on Karl Germain's Faust Padlock: http://www.houseofmagic.co.uk/shop/

Simon's full evenings of magical entertainment are listed here:
http://www.houseofmagic.co.uk/public-nights.php with an excellent description of his monthly public shows in this review:
http://www.greatlittleplace.com/place/simon-drakes-house-of-magic 10% ticket
discount for magic club members till autumn 2013.

11. IBM British Ring Convention - Buxton Derbyshire, England
Message by Geoffrey Newton (UK)

Things are now really moving for the IBM British Ring Convention to be held from (Wed to Sun) 4th - 8th September in Buxton Derbyshire, England. It all starts at 12 noon on the 4th September with the opening of the registration desk and dealers hall. Most events will appear either at the Opera House (photo) or the adjacent Pavilion Gardens. After the official opening on the Wednesday there is the traditional welcoming short show to herald a few days of great magic. The first lecture is from Tim Wright from the USA.

The early evening commences with the now very popular Micro Marathon after which follows the "Gala of Youth" featuring Megan Knowles-Bacon, Sonny Pennington, Mandy Fletcher and Ed Hilsum, all under the careful eye of compere Paul Dabek.

There will be the IBM competitions with prizes of up to £500 and details of these will be made available when the full list of competitors is to hand.

There will be a wide variety of lecturers including the Jeffrey Atkins Memorial one, this year presented by Fergus Roy on the Davenport Story. Also a tribute to Alan Shaxon will be presented by Michael Bailey.

There is more to come and the latest information is on www.magicconvention.co.uk where you can also register. The Peak District is a lovely area and I feel sure you will enjoy Buxton and its surroundings.

I'll be back next month with the latest news.

12. Milt Larsen's 'My Magical Journey'
Message by Milt Larsen

Of the many side projects that Larsen is involved with - he's also the author the book, My Magical Journey: The First 30,000 Days - he seems quite excited for the upcoming movie. Few details have emerged, but production is set to begin soon. Larsen said it will be directed by McG, whose previous credits include This Means War, Terminator Salvation and the Charlie's Angels reboots. Larsen characterized him as "one of the hottest directors in town."

"It's an action, family-oriented movie," he said. "And the theory is: What would happen if you were in this Magic Castle and kind of get lost and discover maybe a secret door to a . and all of a sudden, it's more of a Harry Potter type of thing. You know. We go far beyond the limits of the walls of the castle, but it's a wonderful story. And I think it's just going to be a dynamite picture."

Visitors to the Castle . well, let's stop right there. Visiting the Castle is possible but difficult. It serves as a private club for the Academy's members and their guests, so those who dine there on a nightly basis need to know a magician to get in the front doors. If one is lucky enough to be ushered into the mysterious rooms of this mansion, they might find Larsen sitting at the bar. He's there almost four days a week, and then he spends the rest of his time at his proper home in Santa Barbara. He was actually away from the Castle on one of its darkest, darkest days.

It was Halloween (of all nights) a couple of years ago, and the Magic Castle had made the local news. It was a fire that threatened to take away Larsen's 50 years of magical history. "And so I found out about the fire when my director here at the Castle called me, and he said, 'Are you sitting down?'" Larsen said. "He said, 'Sit down and turn on your television set and watch the news.' . But you know it's kind of scary to look at your life with smoke coming out of it. It's not pleasant."

Larsen said the blaze was confined to the attic floor, which sits above the three full floors where patrons congregate. The water damage was extensive after the sprinkler system kicked in and the firefighters doused the flames. Throughout the craziness, there was a strange development - one that probably could only happen at a place like the Magic Castle.

"And the fire actually started the morning of Halloween day, Oct. 31," Larsen said. "And in magic history, Oct. 31 is the date of Harry Houdini's passing away in 1926. And so the fire actually started, according to the fire department records, almost to the minute that Harry Houdini passed away in Detroit, Mich., at 11:45 or something Pacific Time."The Castle's Houdini Room wasn't damaged at all, Larsen said. Whereas a room dedicated to Houdini's chief rival suffered some of the worst damage. "So we figured that's pretty spooky," he said. "Anyway, all was well because we have very, very good insurance. And about a half million dollars later, the Castle looks great."

The mystique of the Castle is kept intact largely because of the difficulty of securing a dinner reservation. Larsen seems to like this "private nightclub" feel, but he also is open to the public enjoying his magical playground. "To be a magician member, you have to prove yourself to be a magician," he said. "But people can be associate members, and they are from any walk of life in the world. And we have 5,000 members, and about half are magicians and about half are non-magicians. So you don't have to be a magician. The thing is, you just can't walk in off the street and say, 'Oh, hi, I'd like to come in and enjoy the wonders of the Magic Castle.'

After gaining entry into the Castle, patrons find themselves in a room with no door other than the one they came in. It's up to them to head over to a little carved owl on a bookcase and say the secret words.

After that elaborate entrance, it's like "Alice in Wonderland crawling through the key hole, and suddenly you're in a different world." Inside, visitors enjoying food and libations, plus several magic shows from nine different magicians during any given week. There's everything from close-up card magic to more elaborate stage shows. If there's an open table somewhere, chances are a magician will sit down and entertain the crowds.Larsen said he still watches some of the magicians, especially the acts he hasn't seen yet. He's always been surrounded by this profession, ever since his mother and father brought him on the road as part of the Larsen Family of Magicians. Today, he usually enjoys the magic rather than performs it. But occasionally he'll offer his comedy-magic act; he opened for The Amazing Jonathan in Las Vegas several times.

"I'm one of those hams that you know you put a flashlight on me, I start dancing in it," he said. "So I've done a lot of things, but it all comes down to enjoying magic, and magic is my life."

13. Broken Wand - Johnny Lonn (Sweden)
Message by Sam Rogers

Sad news from Sweden that top comedy magician and FISM winner Johnny Lonn has passed away.

I am sure more details will follow shortly.

14. Illusion Dream Team Set To Thrill Auckland, New Zealand
We hear magicians from all over New Zealand are planning to come to Auckland
to see one of the biggest selling magic shows on earth today. The Illusionists.

22th May - 2nd June | The Civic, Auckland
Tickets: www.buytickets.co.nz
Or 0800 Buytickets
Performance Times
Wed to Sat 7.30pm, Saturdays 2pm,
Sundays, 11am & 3pm. Tues 28 May, 6.30pm

******If you are planning to see this fabulous magic show make sure you also attend the Kevin James & Jeff Hobson Joint Lecture in Auckland on Monday 27th May.*******

The Illusionists:
* The Anti-Conjurer aka Dan Sperry - Shock illusions
* The Enchantress aka Jinger Leigh - Skills of grace and gravity defiance
* The Escapologist aka Andrew Basso - Death defying escapes
* The Gentleman aka Mark Kalin - Classic magic reimagined
* The Inventor aka Kevin James - Magic inventions and ground breaking illusions
* The Mentalist aka Philip Escoffey - Master of the unexplained
* The Trickster aka Jeff Hobson - Comedy magic. The biggest selling magic show on earth will appear on The Civic stage in May for a two week season featuring seven world grand master magicians in The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible.

The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible launched in January 2012 with a sell-out season at Sydney Opera House reaching an audience of 31,000 in nine days, followed by a Mexico City eight-day season with an audience of 42,000. More recently the show packed out Adelaide Festival Centre and Queensland Performing Arts Centre, and will visit Auckland before a launching world tour from London's West End.

The hand-picked cast of internationally renowned illusionists together create a blockbuster stage show featuring a stunning mix of their most outrageous and unbelievable optical illusions including nail-biting Russian roulette, jaw-dropping acts of levitation, mind-reading, disappearance and escapes.

This show sees the magicians take their cue from the showmanship of the great illusionists of the past - such as Houdini - and combine it with contemporary sets, costume design, technology and live band Z, best known as touring band for Hip Hop legend NaS, to create a spell-binding family-friendly blockbuster. Creative Producer Simon Painter says the show is a world first, with each of the seven international illusionists the best in their niche and together creating a 21st century stage spectacular that will leave audiences spellbound.

"From Dan Sperry's shock illusions to comedy magician Jeff Hobson to Escapologist Andrew Basso who performs the Houdini inspired underwater escape live on stage, there is no other group of magicians who can deliver the mind-blowing entertainment that The Illusionists do at every show.

"Kevin James, The Inventor, is the man who created most of the famous illusions and tricks that you'll see performed anywhere in the world by top magicians, and we have him bringing his favourite illusions to life as part of the show." Robbie Macrae, Director of THE EDGE Performing Arts Centre says that The Illusionists is a magic show like never before seen in New Zealand and another major stage show for Auckland and the rest of New Zealand to enjoy.

"We're incredibly excited to have secured The Illusionists for a season at The Civic. We haven't had a blockbuster magic show of this kind in Auckland before and we know that the theatricality and artistry of the show will completely
astonish our audiences."

To book or for more information go to:

YouTube clip - The Illusionists - Witness the

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