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Issue Number: #1016
Date: Sunday 5th May 2013
Editor: Alan Watson
E-mail: editor@magicnewzealand.com
Hi here is the latest news

1. Editor's Message
2. The Illusionists Tour - Positions Available For The NZ Leg
3. Combined Convention Contest Rules Announced
4. John Shryock, Magical Captain Of Land And Sea
5. Remarkable Magic #299 - Nick Lewin
6. Common Sense: Distractions - #296 - Kyle Peron
7. Magic - Art, Craft Or Neither
8. Broken Wand - Johnny Lonn 1944-2013
9. 5th European Magic History Conference - Hamburg
10. Luminato 2013 - Maestros Of Magic
11. The Hank Moorehouse Flea Market & Auction
12. Justin Flom At Sorcerers Safari 2013
13. Books Foa r Sale
14. Tom Craven Latest Book
15. Stars Of Tomorrow Convention Show Announced
16. The Best 200 Tricks With A Svengali Deck
17. Illusion Dream Team Set To Thrill Auckland, New Zealand
18. Magic New Zealand App
19. e-zine Archives
20. Privacy Policy and Copyright Notice

1. Editor's Message
Michele and I are looking forward to attending Jarred Fell's new show comedy/magic Xtreme tomorrow night. Great news is that it is very close to
being a sell-out. But be quick if you want a ticket by going to:

Go to: http://www.comedyfestival.co.nz/auckland/show/xtreme

For those who would like to read Magic New Zealand in a HTML format go to:

Remember if you have any magic news drop me a line:

2. The Illusionists Tour - Positions Available For the New Zealand Leg
Message by Christopher Wayne

We are currently looking for 3-4 staff to join us for the New Zealand leg of The Illusionists tour.

We are requiring fun, friendly people to work with us in merchandising - demo'ing magic and cash handling.

The positions will provide 4 - 9 hours' work daily from the 22nd May - 2nd June.

Enquiries and Applications can be made ASAP to Christopher Wayne at

3. Combined Convention Contest Rules Announced
Message by Becki Wells (US)

The IBM/SAM 2014 Combined Convention has posted the Competition Rules and
Contract for the FISM 2014 North American Championships and the I.B.M. and
S.A.M. Contests of Magic on the convention web site.

Contest rules have been prepared to reflect the requirements of the FISM Presidium. All those who are considering entering the competition in 2014 should consider these instructions required reading.

A potential of fifteen residents of North America will have the opportunity to compete at the 2015 FISM World Championship of Magic to be held in Rimini, Italy. In addition, all contestants, regardless of residency, will have the opportunity to compete for I.B.M. and S.A.M. awards - plus performing contracts.

To date, the following conventions have committed to inviting contest winners to perform: Abbott's Get-together (USA), Blackpool Magic Convention (England), Club Magico Italiano (Italy), Columbus Magi-Fest (USA), El Duco Magic Weekend (Sweden), Fechter's Finger Flicking Frolic (USA), MacMillan's International Magic Convention (England), Sindelfingen International Magic Festival (Germany), Society of American Magicians Convention (USA), Winter Carnival of Magic (USA).

Registration for the 2014 I.B.M./S.A.M. Combined Convention will reopen July 1.

4. John Shryock, Magical Captain Of Land And Sea
Message from Scott Wells (US)

All round great magician, John Shryock, sat down with me after his lecture in Houston, Texas to give a little more in depth analysis of some of the material he talked about earlier in the evening during his lecture. We were joined by Ben Jackson who talked about his recent experience as a contestant on NBC's Today Show with David Copperfield. All this and more (photos and video) on the latest episode of The Magic Word at: http://themagicwordpodcast.com/scottwellsmagic/2013/4/30/john-shryock-magical-captain-of-land-sea

You can also download it through iTunes. And while you're there, please leave a comment and five star rating. That would be greatly appreciated.

Also, be sure to "Like" The Magic Word on Facebook at

5. Remarkable Magic #299 - Nick Lewin
Message by Nick Lewin (US)

A few tips to keep you healthy on the road.

I was deeply upset by the recent death of my friend, comedian/magician Hal Spear, courtesy of a heart attack. He was just another reminder about how entertainers have become front of the line in regards to getting sick, and worse, as they travel the world to ply their trade. It is with this in mind that I write this short column containing a few useful and possibly life saving ideas about how to stay healthy on the road. I have spent most of the last 30 years as a road warrior and believe me I can pass on a tip or two. The basis of this article was published in the fabulous free magazine 'Vanish,' but I thought it important enough to republish it here.

Let's begin with the big one, if you are going on an extended road trip or cruise gig you should think very carefully about purchasing travel insurance for the journey. It doesn't matter what insurance you have (or do NOT have) in your home country, travel insurance can be a life-saver, when you are traveling. It is also a bargain, especially if you need it. Every overseas trip I make I take out travel insurance from my local State Farm Insurance agent---it costs me about 5 dollars a day. This insurance covers the cost of evacuation to a hospital if needed and means you get attention immediately if you need it. Not bad for the cost of a Starbucks latte.

The process of flying, and travel in general, has become more and more complex and frustrating and I know many people who had their first indication of a heart problem when they had an attack, and you can do a great deal to help yourself from being a statistic. If you are over 45 you should be taking a 'baby' Aspirin everyday as a matter of course. You should also carry chewable or dissolvable Aspirin with you, which you can munch on if you suspect you are having a problem. If you are having a heart attack this can save your life or at the very least vital heart tissue. Another key tip is not to lie down if you are not sure whether you have had a heart attack - it pays to keep upright and standing. You should also try and cough to keep the heart pumping.

Another key piece of advice is to make sure you keep moving when you are on a long flight. You must keep that blood circulating and try and cut down the chances of blood clots in your body. Walk around the plane a little and do some knee bends in the galley, at least you will keep the flight attendant amused.

Germs are everywhere and we get used to most of them, however there are some very nasty new variations out there scattered around the place. Constant hand washing with soap and hot water is great but not always practical, so make sure you have Purell or another high quality hand disinfectant with you at all times - and use it. When you have shaken hands with someone, don't be obnoxious, but do try and free yourself from acquiring their germs as soon as socially possible.

I don't want to make you paranoid, but hotel rooms, airplane seats and ship's cabins are a hotbed of potentially nasty germs. I carry a package of antiseptic wipes with me and the first thing I do on entering a hotel room is hit the danger spots and swab them down. What are the danger spots? I would suggest starting with door handles, headboards, light switches, remote controls, phones and table-tops. I could go on but I think you get the idea.

I also carry a small but important mini medicine kit with me on the road and suggest you do too. I carry cold capsules, antiseptic throat lozenges, immodium, triple strength antibacterial cream and band-aids. Most important of all I carry a really powerful course of antibiotics that was prescribed by my doctor for potential strep throat or upper respiratory problems. If you really need them on a road trip, you may not have the time or opportunity to visit a Dr who may or may not have the slightest idea of what you are saying! Plan ahead.

I suspect many of you reading this will just think I'm a hypochondriac and wish we hadn't wasted the space on this information, when we could have published another cool double lift. Well this is some of the best information I've learned in my years as a professional magician and I share it hoping that it can be of help. Traveling is part of what we do in our business, whether across town or across the world, and certain precautions just make sense.

I have some great products and videos online. Check them out on my web site.

6. Common Sense: Distractions - #296 - Kyle Peron
Message by Kyle Peron (US)

I wanted to write a few articles on things that appear to be common sense but often times we forget about. These are situations that we all have experienced from time to time. It makes sense to me to talk about each of these and give you my own take on what the problem is and how you can handle the situations as they come up. By doing so, you have a much better show experience and it is a win-win situation for both you and the client.

One of the biggest distractions that family entertainers face these days is starting the show and having children having things in their hands. These things can be anything from food to toys to balloons or even party favors.

Many times the client may think it is a good idea to give something to the children as they get to the party. They feel that by giving them something, they make the child happy and can occupy them until it is time for the show.

Giving a child something to take home with them is always a fun thing to do and I encourage my clients to do just that. However, having children in the audience with any type of toy, food, balloon etc. just makes it much harder for you to have a pleasant experience.

Any object in their hands becomes an instant distraction for you. The child ends up not focusing on you and the magic and instead focuses on the object in their hand. What also happens next is a domino effect. That simply means that children next to the other child want to know what the child has. Not only do they want to know, they want a part of it. This can lead to pushing and shoving and a bad situation for you.

So how can you avoid these situations and how best can you handle them? Let us talk about a few tips and techniques that have been a huge help to me over the years.

- One thing you can do is to send along a "top ten tips for a successful party experience" email or sheet to the client at the time of the booking. One of the tips is the suggestion of not having the children have things in their hands during the show. You can state that if they have party favors, to give them after the show is over as it is a perfect time to do so as the kids are already seated.

- When I send out my contract or confirmation agreement, I make sure that I
clearly state the things I need to have them do or not to ensure a great
show for everyone. This is just a reminder to them of things they can do
that they may not even be aware of. Remember that you are the party expert
and you can add much value to their event by helping to solve problems that
they may have.

- If you start the show and the kids do have toys or objects in their hands, I handle it by stating something like this, "Hi everyone. We are going to have a great time. In order to have a great time, I need to ask you that if you have anything in your hands, please hand it to your parent or a grown up near you. You will need both hands empty so you can clap real loud and so you can help me work magic from your seats." Then I let them applaud and give them praise for doing such a good job. This is positive reinforcement that really works well and gets the message across without being harsh.

Follow some of these simple rules and tips and you can avoid a lot of headache down the road.

As always, I encourage you the readers to let me know your thoughts. So if you have any thoughts on my articles or suggestions or comments, please feel free to e-mail me directly at magic4u02@aol.com. I would love to hear from you.

Entertainers, please visit:

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

At the beginning of this series, I mentioned that I would be including thoughts & musings from various guests who have kindly shared their perspectives. This week I am delighted to continue to welcome Ivonne Perez Montijo

For just over 3 decades, 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 5
By Ivonne Perez Montijo, M.A.
A magic show can be visual, use props, music, dance and choreography so in a sense one can say that magic is art but we have also stated that not all so
called art is "art." What then elevates a piece or a work to that which we call "art"? Tolstoy states that, "Art is one of the means of intercourse between man and man."

Every work of art causes the receiver to enter into a certain kind of relationship both with him who produces or is producing, the art, and with those who, simultaneously, previously or subsequently, receive the same artistic impressions." It is on this capacity of man to receive another man's expression of feeling, and experience those feelings himself, that the activity of art is based."

The artist is the person who has the ability to rip out his heart and soul and to place it on a silver platter and with arms outstretched to his audience say, here take this and consume it, devour it. Think of the art work of Frida Kahlo, who took her pain and transformed it into art. Yes, the ability to transform pain both physical and emotional is the "transmutative" power of the artist. We take the pain of being in relationship with life and turn it into art--whether in song-poetry-music-writing or magic.

We are sharing our pain or our point of view with other's so that they can go yes--yes that's it what you created is what I am feeling --what I too have gone through but I did not know how to say it........that is the power of the artist---It is not celebrity or fame ---it is the power to connect with another human being on a soul level such that not only are you transformed by the creation of the art--the releasing of the pain into something beautiful but also the observer is too transformed and taken to another level of spirit. That is what I feel artists are about---well at least that is what I intend in my art with the end result of looking for the higher spiritual truth that is contained in that pain. Art can then be defined by having the quality of transcendence from the mundane to a higher spiritual realm.

The question then remains is magic an art? Does magic have within it the element of transcendence? Brad Henderson states that, "magic is inherently pornography because it's so easy to get a WOW or an AHH. That the lowest form of magic and all magicians care about is reactions. It's about how you make people feel. And if it's just the wow, then you are a pornographer, a magic pornographer."

Jay Scott Berry has said that, "Magic is, by its very nature, a mind expanding art form. Even the simplest illusion demonstrates that the boundaries of perception are not necessarily the boundaries of reality." Starhawk defines magic as, "the art of changing consciousness at will". But how would this idea of transcendence translate into magic.

In the article, "In Conversation With Lupe Neilson" by Anthony Darkstone, Lupe Neilson states, "Eventually, the goal of any great performer ... is to transcend the mundane and create a sensation of true Wonder."

Such is the art of René Lavand. If anyone can claim the title of master artist in magic it would be René Lavand. He does with one hand what I could not even conceive of with two. I had the pleasure of seeing him perform at the Hollywood Magic Castle. I am fortunate that I speak Spanish and was be able to understand him in his native language as his words were sheer poetry and the translator missed the beauty of his words. I was in awe and wonder. I left that show feeling as if the magic was real. And therein lies the key to art.

End of Part 5

8. Broken Wand - Johnny Lonn 1944-2013
Message by FISM

On the 7th April 2013, Swedish comedy magician Johnny Lonn (stage name of Björn Lonnqvist) passed away at the age of 68 years. Johnny Lonn was a versatile artist. Apart from being a magician, he was also a portrait and landscape painter, entertainer and lecturer on creativity. In our magic world Johnny Lonn was famous for his comedy act in which he falls foul of his stage props but ultimately succeeds in conquering this humorously

His act was a great example of real comedy magic: entertainingly funny, performed with clear manipulative skill. He was a great fan of FISM and was a prize-winner at the 1967 FISM convention in Baden-Baden. He played an enthusiastic and successful role in getting the FISM World Championships of Magic to Stockholm in 2006. He was a competent jury member at the FISM World Championships of Magic in 2006 (Stockholm) and 2012 (Blackpool) The funeral service will be held in Stockholm on the 10th of May 2013.


9. 5th European Magic History Conference - Hamburg
Message by Wittus Witt (Germany)

August 28 - 31, 2013

The programme for the 5th European Magic History Conference is complete.
But there are still some seats available.
Here are some highlights you should not miss

The conference takes place in the wonderful stage hall of the Museum for
Arts and Crafts.
It is the mirror hall, built in 1909.

The EMHC is combined with Hamburg's 3rd Magic Nights

. Visit to the rooms of famous Hansa Variety Theatre
. Visit to Germany's first and only magic gallery
. Presentation of some very rare Friedländer posters from the Museum's archive
. Free entry to three outstanding magic theatre shows
. Conference booklet of a limited edition, including a complete story about Fredo Marvelli which has never been in print in the English language before
. Conference welcome bag which will contain many surprises and several original collectors' items.
. Grand Buffet - which is free to all conference members
. and-for the first time-the 5th European Magic History Conference says welcome to a very special »Guest of Honour«
. The passing down of the Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser Memorial Ring (former bearers were: Ottokar Fischer, Kalanag, Punx, W. Geissler-Werry, Magic Christian)

You may register here: www.european-magic-history.com

10. Luminato 2013 - Maestros Of Magic
Message by Ellise Ramos

In partnership with Luminato, Magicana is proud to present: Maestros Of Magic.
Miguel Puga and Raefal Benatar give us the opportunity to experience magic for both the eyes and the ears; magic that confounds our logic and music that stirs our emotions. It is an unusual pairing, presented by Maestros of Magic. Steve Cohen, another Maestro, strikes a different chord, one that is as intimate as it is intriguing, performed in the ordinarily off-limits opulence of George Brown House.

Promising to be a visual spectacle, Maestros of Magic will have audiences marvel at great feats of magic. Here is the 2013 program:

Concerto for Piano & Pasteboards | June 14, 15, 16

@ Mazzoleni Concert Hall in the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning $45

Written by: Miguel Puga & Miguel Aparicio
Directed by: Miguel Puga

This unusual concert with two players, four hands, a piano and a deck of cards began when a magician, counting the white keys of a grand piano, noted that there were 52, the same number as cards in a deck. Joining forces with a musician, the two blurred the boundaries of their artistic domains and discovered how objects so fundamentally different could be used to bring forth deep emotions of a remarkably similar nature- the Primordial Spirit-that "something" so mysterious and elusive, yet unquestionably real, that all audiences crave. Miguel Puga is the magician, joined by pianist Paz Sabater and Luis Britos as the Primordial Spirit.

Chamber Magic | June 17, 18, 19

@ George Brown House
$60, $75

Written and performed by: Steve Cohen

For those who only believe what they see, Steve Cohen invites you to come close, really close. A master magician whose repertoire is designed to engage the mind as much as the eye, Cohen's Chamber Magichearkens back to an era when wealthy patrons secured the services of elite wonder-workers to transform a salon into a stage and mesmerize family and friends with magic. Known as the "Millionaires' Magician," Cohen has performed the role of a society performer for over a decade at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. As the show is designed to be experienced up close, fewer than 60 patrons will be admitted to each performance. With an adults-only mandate, audience members are asked to dress to impress in cocktail attire.

Compositions | June 21, 22, 23

@ Conservatory Theatre in the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning

Magic & Music Performed by Rafael Benatar

Great music performances are often described as magical, and amazing feats of magic are as transfixing as stellar music works. Rafael Benatar is unique in possessing both skills. He studied several instruments of the lute and guitar families. He also taught himself magic combining his enthusiasm for mystery and communication with his background and discipline in the practice of music. He now intertwines his passions in Compositions, a dazzling blend of Baroque lute and guitar music with his unique style of magic which appeals to the same audiences and spaces, a combination that is magically greater than the sum of its parts.


Call: 416-368-4TIX (4849)
Visit: luminatofestival.com

ELLISE RAMOS | program coordinator | magicana.com
t. (416) 913-9034 f. (866) 528-9064
e. ellise@magicana.com

11. The Hank Moorehouse Flea Market & Auction
Message by Chuck

Abbott Magic has two big announcements regarding the upcoming Magic Flea Market which takes place on May 11th starting at 9am and running to about 2pm.

1) As a tribute to our good friend Hank Moorehouse (with Jackie's blessing), Abbott Magic has decided that the annual Flea Market and Auction be formally known as The Hank Moorehouse Flea Market & Auction. Be sure to visit
http://www.magiccapitol.com/aboutfleamarket.html to see a video of Hank telling the story of how Flea Market and Auction came to be, along with many pictures of past Auctions.

2) The Colon Historical Society will be hosting a famous magician tour of the Colon cemetery following the Flea Market. This event is free but is also weather permitting. Joe Ganger of the Historical Society will host the tour at 2:30pm after the Flea Market ends.

Remember the Flea Market is free unless you are selling magic!

12. Justin Flom At Sorcerers Safari 2013
Message by The Sorcerers Safari Team

Justin is pumped for camp this year:

Toronto, Ontario. - May 1st, 2013 EST - Amidst rampant Facebook and Twitter
speculation, Sorcerers Summer Safari Magic Camp just announced bringing in famed Las Vegas-based Magician Justin Flom as the special guest at Camp this summer.

With several best-selling DVDs, a cover of IBM's magazine and a ton of great unpublished ideas - Justin Flom has lots to offer the campers.

Famous for his Ellen appearances, Justin Flom's YouTube channel has also received international acclaim. The campers are going to love him!

The inspiration for asking Justin Flom to spend time at Sorcerers Safari, explained Mike Segal, owner of the performance art camp, "He simply loves magic and would be a perfect fit for camp and the kids." Segal continued, "And there really is no better way to spend quality time immersed in the art of magic than with one of your heroes. Who doesn't love Justin Flom?

He's awesome!"

The idea of having the 'rising stars of magic' as special guests at camp is always one of the hot debates at the annual executive staff meetings.Sorcerers Safari Summer Magic Camp chooses only the best of the best to come up as their special guest. After unanimously agreeing Justin Flom was a perfect fit, they asked and he gladly accepted.

"Justin Flom is going to have a great time up here, and so are all the campers and staff. Imagine all of the experiences he can recount about performing for Ellen, having his own headlining show, filming world-wide acclaimed YouTube videos, and the rest of all the legendary things he's done," said Sorcerers Safari thirteen year veteran, Steven Kline. "This is going to be our sixteenth year in operation, and I can't remember a time when I was so excited about a special guest like Justin Flom."

Kline adds, "I met Justin Flom very early in his career and it's nice to see him blossom into a powerful, artistic force. Having him at camp is a win-win for everyone. We welcome him to our camp family with open arms.Having Justin is like having a long-lost brother come up for the week. I love it!"

According to Mike Segal, Sorcerers Safari grows exponentially with a high rate of return campers and staff. With luck, Justin Flom will love camp so much, he too, will return every year.

Are you ages 8-18 or know someone who is and would benefit from a week at Sorcerers Safari? Learn more about attending Sorcerers Safari Magic Camp with Justin Flom this year:

http://sorcererssafari.ca/about/register-for-magic-camp-2013/(Cut and paste if not clickable)

13. Books For Sale
Message by Jeff Ezell (US)

I have several books that I am selling from my collection.

I am including links for the sale of them.

All the books are in near new condition.

The Pallbearers Review by Karl Fulves Volumes 5-8 & 9-10

The Cervon Files by Bruce Cervon
The Dance by Brad Henderson
Concertos for Pasteboard by Oliver Erens

Malini and His Magic by Dai Vernon

Pure Effect by Derren Brown

Harry Loraynes Apocalypse Volumes 6-10

Harry Loraynes Apocalypse Volumes 11-15

USS New Jersey BB-62 1998 Cruise Book

Free shipping in the US.

14. Tom Craven Latest Book
Message by Tom Craven (US)

The book is finished and I have them ready to ship. Those who have already received their copies have raved about how nice it came out. It certainly exceeded my expectations.

Over 140 tricks includes everything I've had in the Apocalypse, Pabular, Minotoaur, Trapdoor, and Precursor magazines, Harry Loraynes Best of Friends I, II, and III , the eight Semi-Automatic Cards Tricks books by Steve Beam, the Linking Ring magazine, my lecture notes, and a lot of things that were never in print.

Also included are all the effects I had in the three 16th Card Books, and in the Keeper Card book that were published by Paul Gordon (England) and myself. A lot of card magic, non-card magic, and some things of a mental nature.

If you wish to purchase this book, contact me at

15. Stars Of Tomorrow Convention Show Announced
Message by George Schindler (US)

Show producer Marlene Clark is pleased to announce that six talented young magicians from the US and UK will perform in the 2013 Stars of Tomorrow Show. The show is part of the annual S.A.M. National Convention, which takes place July 3-6 in Washington DC

They are Alex Boyce, 16, of Endicott New York; Chase Hasty, 16, of Holdrege Nebraska; Elizabeth Scalf, 12, of Surfside Beach, South Carolina;, Kimberly Zoller 16, of Seaford, Delaware, Elizabeth Rogan 16, from Warwickshire, England; and emcee Nick Diffatte, 17, of St. Paul, Minnesota.

Young magicians age 7 through 17 are eligible to audition for a spot in the show, which has become one of the most popular events at the annual convention. This year, 15 young magicians applied.

The show will take place Thursday, July 4, at 11:30 AM on the S.A.M. Stage in the Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA.

See www.magicsam.com

16. The Best 200 Tricks With A Svengali Deck
Message by Joel Howlett

"The Best 200 Tricks with a Svengali Deck" by Jim McKeague.

This exclusive book has now been republished as an e-book. Encyclopaedic in scope, with notes on making, handling, pitching, and performing in a variety of situations. 181 pages. $10

If anyone is interested in a copy please email me (jdandfriends@dodo.com.au) and I will send you direct deposit (or PayPal) details.

17. 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 Monday27th 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

18. Magic New Zealand App
Magic New Zealand now has its very own app that can be launched on any tablet.

Go to: www.app.cat/magicnewzealand on your tablet to download the FREE Magic
New Zealand app.

19. e-zine Archives
Back issues of the Magic New Zealand e-zine go to:
www.magicnewzealand.com click on the red button center right "Archives"

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Notwithstanding the foregoing, this publication may be freely redistributed, but not sold, to other magicians if copied in its entirety, including the copyright notice below and the above disclaimer.

© Copyright 2012 Alan Watson


Privacy Policy and Copyright Notice

Our subscriber list is not made available to any other companies or individuals. We value every subscriber and respect your privacy. You can subscribe to or unsubscribe from the Magic New Zealand® E-zine at www.magicnewzealand.com Magic New Zealand® E-zine is published each Sunday. The opinions expressed therein are those of the individual contributors and not necessarily those of Magic New Zealand®. Neither Magic New Zealand® nor Alan Watson vouch for the accuracy or reliability of any opinion, message, statement, or other information reported via Magic New Zealand® E-zine. Subscribers to this publication and authors who contribute to it by doing so agree they will not hold Magic New Zealand® or Alan Watson, jointly or individually liable or responsible in any way for the opinions expressed therein.
Magic New Zealand® reserves the right to alter, correct or disregard any articles submitted. Readers are encouraged to submit timely articles or news items which may be of interest to subscribers. By submitting articles to this e-zine, the authors grant Magic New Zealand® the right to publish such articles and such authors confirm their copyright of the material submitted. All works published by Magic New Zealand® are protected by international copyright legislation and articles must not be published for profit by anyone other than the individual authors without the written permission of Magic New Zealand®. Notwithstanding the foregoing, this publication may be freely redistributed, but not sold, to other magicians if copied in its entirety, including the copyright notice below and the above disclaimer.

Copyright © 2013 Alan Watson.

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