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Issue Number: #1017
Date: Sunday 12th May 2013
Editor: Alan Watson
E-mail: editor@magicnewzealand.com
Hi here is the latest news

1. Editor's Message
2. Memorial/Celebration of the Life and Career of Peter Reveen
3. Vanish Magic Magazine New Website Launch
4. Doc Eason: Connecting With Magic
5. Remarkable Magic #300 - Nick Lewin
6. The Ringleader - #297 - Kyle Peron
7. Magic - Art, Craft Or Neither
8. 2nd Leg Of The Terra Maya Tour
9. 77th Annual Convention Buxton 2013 - Programme Of Events
10. An Important Note From Walter Blaney
11. Broken Wand - Jim Lord
12. Broken Wand - Dennis Richard Loomis
13. Broken Wand - Dr. Bob Escher
14. Magicseen 50
15. 2013 Magician Of The Year SAMPA1
16. Illusion Dream Team Set To Thrill Auckland, New Zealand
17. Magic New Zealand App
18. e-zine Archives
19. Privacy Policy and Copyright Notice

1. Editor's Message
Any Kiwi's that have not yet booked your tickets to see the international show The Illusionists - do it now or you will miss out seeing a fabulous show.

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
For more information go to item 16.

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. Memorial/Celebration Of The Life And Career Of Peter Reveen
Message by Bill Smith (US)

Memorial/Celebration of the life and career of Peter Reveen.

Sat. March 18, 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Sun City McDonald Ranch Community Center, 2020 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway, Henderson, Nv. 89012. Ph. (702) 270-7000.

3. Vanish Magic Magazine New Website Launch
Message by Paul Romhany Editor - Vanish Magic Magazine

We are pleased to announce the launch of our brand new website - check it out - browse around at www.vanishmagazine.com - you can still sign up for the newsletter we send out letting readers know of any updates and when each issue comes out.

4. Doc Eason: Connecting With Magic
Message by Stan Allen, Editor of MAGIC Magazine

"At first I thought bar magic was all about the magic. And then I realized it was not so much about the magic as it was about selling whiskey. And then I realized it wasn't so much about selling whiskey, it was making memories, and then after that it kind of evolved into: it is really about connecting people. Making connections is really the most important part of what I do. The tricks are secondary; the trick is not the thing. For me, it's very personal."

And so begins our cover story tracking Doc Eason's 35-year journey. Also in the May issue of MAGIC Magazine is the story of what happens when documentary filmmakers (whose mission is to probe, explore, and reveal) take as their subject one of the world's greatest living magicians, whose life and art are basically off limits to probing, exploration, and revelation? The results can be fascinating, as they are in two new documentaries focusing on North American conjuror Ricky Jay and South American conjuror René Lavand.

And that's just the beginning. There's Wittus Witt's profile of Markus Zink, a student of magic, art, and the art of magic; and Arthur Mose's story of the complete known voice recordings of Harry Houdini. Plus reports on the Academy of Magical Arts Awards Show, Penn & Teller's Star on Hollywood Blvd., the Madrid Magic Fest, Flasoma, remembrances of Hans Moretti, Johnny Lonn, and Peter Reveen, as well as columns by Gaetan Bloom & Kevin James, Mark Kornhauser, Joshua Jay, Ian Rowland, Mike Bent, Payne, Milt Larsen, and Tracy Atteberry & David Parr.

All this and more in the May 2013 issue of MAGIC Magazine. Visit

5. Remarkable Magic #300 - Nick Lewin
Message by Nick Lewin (US)

People you will meet up with as your career develops.

Here is a brief primer on some of the useful, not so useful, necessary and not so necessary people you will meet up with as your career moves along in the entertainment world. It is often easy to forget exactly who does what and who does not. Sound a little nebulous so far? Good - it usually is!

Everything in this little article is liable to vary dramatically from performer to performer in the various situations in which they find themselves. Therefore a few definitions are in order:

An Agent.
1 a person who acts on behalf of another, in particular:
. a person who manages business, financial, or contractual matters for an actor, performer, or writer.
. a person or company that provides a particular service, typically one that involves organizing transactions between two other parties. ORIGIN late Middle English (in the sense 'someone or something that produces
an effect')

An agent is the person who should have the contacts that will bring in work for you. He is also the person who should handle the contacts and work offers that come into you directly. He should keep an overview of your career and keep your datebook filled, he should also handle the contracting.

The normal fee for an agent is 10%-15%. There may be occasions when he splits a fee with another agent, what he should NOT do is take a slice off the top and then receive a commission as well. This is known as 'double dipping' and happens all the time.

A Manager.
. a person who controls the activities, business dealings, and other aspects of the career of an entertainer, athlete, group of musicians, etc. She left it to her manager to deal with the canceled concerts.

It is not a manager's job to supply you with work. His job is to oversee your career and have contacts i.e. agents who will make job offers. He gives personal and professional advice that will assist you in advancing both personally and professionally in your career. For this service he generally receives 15%-20%.

A danger inherent with both agents and managers is that they will take contacts that you present them and then disperse them to the other acts they represent. Of course, if you are receiving benefits from their other clients that outweigh your contribution then this is no real danger. It does remain something that needs to be carefully evaluated throughout your working relationship.

I particularly like this definition, which states 'it is left to a manager to deal with the cancelled concerts.' When you reach a certain performance level elegantly and painlessly cancelling dates can be well worth the percentage you are paying!

A Producer.
1 a person, company, or country that makes, grows, or supplies goods or commodities for sale: an oil producer.
. a person or thing that makes or causes something.

A producer is the person responsible for the gig you will be working at. He may be a show producer, a corporate producer or the representative of the production company that is hiring you. It is the job of your agent and manager to bring in some producers to hire you.

The performer never pay money to a producer, he gets his money from the production fee, and not the performer. If the producer wants, or expects money other than this it is called a 'kickback.' Giving 'kickbacks' is a long slippery slope that is very difficult to stop once you have started. I strongly suggest you avoid doing so ever.

1 a person responsible for publicizing a product, person, or company.

This is a fairly easy concept. It is the publicist's job to present you to the world in a good light and make it easier for you to get booked. He does this primarily through the means of print, multimedia and television exposure. A publicist will usually expect a monthly salary but not a percentage. He will often be able to book you onto television interviews etc. due to his rapport from booking previous clients. Usually these bookings will be unpaid.

a person or thing that promotes something, in particular:
. a person or company that finances or organizes a sporting event or theatrical production: a boxing promoter.

If you land yourself a one man magic show in Las Vegas (about a 75% chance, the way things are going currently!) then you may well need the services of a promoter. If you have a good producer then he will probably act as promoter, or hire one. The promoter's job is as difficult as it is simple - getting people to sit in those chairs front of house.

A promoter is usually paid a monthly salary, although it is not uncommon to organize a deal that could involve a percentage of the 'house.' Most Las Vegas shows are fighting for the same audiences, a good promoter could well be the key to success. Of course, an effective publicist may be able to do much the same thing - but don't bank on it. It is one thing to write about how good a show is and quite another to have 'bums in the seats' to prove it.

Next week I will give some personal stories and thoughts on how to juggle these elements into a cohesive whole.

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

6. The Ringleader - #297 - Kyle Peron
Message by Kyle Peron (US)

If you have ever done children's shows, then you know the reason you are there is for the birthday child and to make their day and event extra special. After all, the parents are your clients paying for this event. This is not to say that you entertain only the birthday child. Obviously the entire audience of children and parents should enjoy your show equally.

However, it is the birthday child's day and focus is placed on that child throughout the show in various ways. Their name is the magic word of the day. They become involved in special routines during the show and perhaps receive a special gift from you.

You are there to make them feel special. But we must also be aware that this focus placed upon the birthday child also can cause said child to act in ways. Every child is different and we as performers should be aware of that.

We should also know that children act differently when at the center of attention or the main focus. They are indeed the ringleader. They are the person the other children watch closely. Chances are the other children at the party are relatives or close friends of the child. In order for the children to fit in or feel comfortable, they watch what the birthday child does and how he/she reacts.

This is important to realize as it can make or break your show if you are 1) not aware of it and 2) don't know how to handle it. The children mimic the birthday child. If the birthday child is polite, then the others tend to fall inline. If the birthday child is hyper or out of control, the other children act up in a domino effect.

There are a few things you can do to help yourself when at children's events that you do. When I get there, I always have the mother or father introduce me to the child. It is important for me to have this immediate interaction between the parent, child and myself. It is the first interaction and it sets the tone for the rest of the party.

I try and show an interest in the child but that interest is genuine and sincere. It is congratulating them on their birthday. It is finding out what their hobbies are. Small talk in this manner can keep a child calm but also get them to know you better before the show starts.

When the show starts, I make sure the birthday child is seated front and center. The reason for this is not only to make the child feel special, but to give you more control. If the child is behind other children, they have a tendency to not focus or pay attention. Having them front and center allows you to have eye contact on them and a better control when situations come up.

During my show I also try and focus on the child and keep them engaged. If they are engaged with me, they have less time to act up. This does not always mean that they are up with me helping out. In many cases, it is me drawing attention to them by asking them a question or having them interact from where they are seated.

I also always request at least one of the parents to be present and near the child during the show. I say one as I know that most times one parent is busy with the cake or setting up the next event. The parent being there is important because it is a family show meant to be seen as a family. It is also important because I am not there to discipline their child. That is not my job. Having the parent there close to the child calms the child down and gives me better control.

The birthday child is indeed a ringleader. However, if you follow some of these simple tips and techniques, you can have that ringleader making not only him or herself special, but the rest of the children as well.

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.

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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 chose to publish it in installments over the last few weeks. This is the final installment.

The Art of Magic - Final Installment
By Ivonne Perez Montijo, M.A.
Art is the experience that the participant walks away with. It is that moment in time however brief where one feels connected to the mysterious, to the divine via one soul to the other. Magic is the most ancient and mysterious of arts. It was via the shaman/magician that the tribes connected to the mysterious. This tradition continues with modern day artists.

Yes, Magic can be an art in the hands of an artist. The best thing that we can do as artist is to rip off our masks and to expose the soul that lies underneath and there we find the words, the songs, the music, the art, the poetry and the magic. And in that communion and sharing we uplift the planet and others. Our experiences are merely the point of reference for our art. It is in that creative space that we find resonance and transcendence with life.

The Art of Magic - End
By Ivonne Perez Montijo, M.A.

8. 2nd Leg Of The Terra Maya Tour
Message by Jay Scott Berry

Hey everyone! I'm happy to report that the 2nd leg of the Terra Maya Tour is about to commence. The first one, which began in January at The Magic Castle, spanned 10 countries in 10 weeks. Highlights included over 70 shows at many of the world's top magic venues as well as The Blackpool Convention, where I emceed the International Gala show for over 3400 magicians!

This next tour will continue that momentum with headline spots all the way from the AbraCORNdabra Convention in Iowa to the Spanish National Convention in Spain. In between are encore shows at The California Magic Dinner Theater and The All American Magic Theater. I'll be the guest star at Maxwell Blade's Theater in Hot Springs before heading through the Heart of Dixie with shows and lectures from Atlanta and Asheville to Raleigh, Charlotte, Chattanooga and Myrtle Beach.

A hearty thank you to all my friends and colleagues for your kindness and support. To keep up with dates and stories from the tour, please visit me on: www.Facebook.com/Illusioneering

9. 77th Annual Convention Buxton 2013 - Programme Of Events
Message by Geoffrey Newton (UK)

IBM British Ring No. 25
77th Annual Convention Buxton 2013
Wednesday September 4th - Sunday September 8th
(Programme of events - subject to alteration)

Wednesday September 4th
12.00 noon to 5.45pm - Dealers and Registration Open - Octagon, Pavilion
2.30pm - Official Opening & Show - Buxton Opera House
4.00pm - Dealers Showcase - Octagon
4.30pm - Lecture - Tim Wright U.S.A. - Octagon
7.30pm - Ali Bongo Micro Marathon - T.B.A.
9.00PM - 'Gala of Youth' - Buxton Opera House

Thursday September 5th
9.30am - 5.45 pm. - Dealers and Registration Open - Octagon
10.00am - Close-up Competition - Pavilion Arts Centre
10.15am - Ladies Day Visit to Chatsworth House
12.30pm - Lecture - Ricky McLeod - Octagon
2.00pm - Lecture - Paul Gordon - Octagon
2.00pm - Hospital & Special Venue Shows -
2.30pm - Face painting workshop - Pam Cooper - Octagon
3.30pm - Balloon Workshop - Graham Lee - Octagon
4.30pm - An Audience With - Ian Adair/Steve Short - Pavilion Arts Centre
8.00pm - Stage Competition - Buxton Opera House

Friday September 6th
9.15am - Annual General Meeting - Pavilion Arts Centre
9.30am - 5.45pm - Dealers and Registration Open - Octagon
10.30am - Jeffrey Atkins Memorial Lecture by Fergus Roy - Pavilion Arts Centre
12.00noon - Lecture - Oliver Tabor - Octagon
2.30pm - Tribute to Alan Shaxon by Michael Bailey - Buxton Opera House
4.00pm - Dealers Showcase - Octagon
4.30pm - Lecture- Richard Pinner - Octagon
6.30pm - Convention Gala Dinner - Palace Hotel (High Peak Suite)
8.00pm - Nostalgia by Bob Hamilton - Buxton Opera House
10.00pm - Presentation of Awards and Late Night Show - Buxton Opera House

Saturday September 7th
9.30am - 4.30pm - Dealers and Registration Open - Octagon
10.00am - Lecture - Peter Wardell - Octagon
10.30am - Childrens Magic Showtime - Buxton Opera House
12.00 noon - International Close-up Gala - Pavilion Arts Centre
1.00pm - Grand Charity Auction - Octagon
2.15pm - History of Mystery by Eddie Dawes - Pavilion Arts Centre
4.00pm - Junior Workshop with Rick Tynan - Pavilion Arts Centre Studio
7.30pm - Gala of Magic and Variety - Buxton Opera House

Sunday September 8th
10.15am - Convention Service - Palace Hotel, Derby Room
11.15am - Lecture by Richard Cadell - Palace Hotel, High Peak Ballroom
12.30pm - Stars of the Future - Palace Hotel, High Peak Ballroom
1.30pm - Lecture - Diamond Jim Tyler U.S.A. - Palace Hotel, High Peak Ballroom
Followed by Presidential Handover and close of Convention - Palace Hotel, High Peak Ballroom

10. An Important Note from Walter Blaney
Message by Walter Blaney (US)

I have a good magician friend in Massachusetts many in the Northeast USA already know about, Lyn Dillies. She is a long time, full time professional magician, probably the premiere lady stage illusionist in our business. Among her many venues, she has an illusion show that works with many of the top Symphony Orchestras around the country. Several years ago I drove to see her appear with the San Antonio Symphony and was quite impressed with her magic, and how she uses the beautiful music and the conductor himself in her illusions. So I learned that Lyn is indeed a very good ambassador for magic wherever she goes.

Only this week I learned of a very special event she created several years ago. It was for a one-time non-partisan political rally in New Bedford, Massachusetts to promote just how important it is for everyone to vote in our free country. She created the highlight of the big event with a spectacular magic stage illusion. The thousands there gave her a standing ovation, and you can see it in a video at: www.yourvoteismagic.com

But more importantly, Lyn has just published a small book that tells the full story of her plan, from its first conception to its final successful conclusion. And what a story it is. I had no idea how much was involved for a full year to make everything work. I was hanging on every word to see if it was going to finally materialize. It reminded me of my days of creating a new illusion, but this story was bigger and grander, and I found myself cheering for Lyn at the end. It's a fast and easy read, told from the heart, and everyone in magic would do well to experience for themselves the inspiration it produces deep down inside every magician who wants to excel. I think you will be glad you did. You can learn how to get the book at the above video link.

11. Broken Wand - Jim Lord
Message by Stephen Weiss (Guam)

Sad to report that Jim Lord, a resident magician in Guam passed away April 22, 2013 from complications of diabetes. He entertained many generations of children in Guam during his 40+ years on the island. Originally he was an acrobat in a circus and performed with his family. After a fall from the high trapeze, he took up magic as a second career.



12. Broken Wand - Dennis Richard Loomis
Message by Dale Lorzo forwarded on by Geoffrey Hansen

Dear Friends in Magic,

Dennis Richard Loomis, a friend who we had recently talked with, has gone on ahead without us, to join all his buddies on the great celestial stage, where pain and suffering are no more. It is with heavy heart that I am passing along the updated news of the death of one of the most talented and caring magicians of our times. Dennis or as his friends lovely referred to as Denny or Doc, was born on August 31, 1943 in Manistee, Michigan and died on the afternoon of April 26, 2013 at the age of 69 years seven months and twenty-six days in Bay Point, California.

Except for his first five years, magic and music were always a part of Dennis's life. He started playing piano at age five and got his first magic kit at age seven. Neither of these two interests was ever far away during the next sixty-four years. Besides doing the usual birthday party, Cub Scout and Rotary shows, at age sixteen he presented his first school show assembly

He was part of the Manistee High School band where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He went on to the University of Michigan where for a year he played the symbols in their marching band, before transferring up state to Alma College to play in their Scottish Kilt Band. Magic was a very good teacher and taught him how to keep secrets. Dennis never would reveal what they wore under those kilts. While at Alma College, he also commuted for two years to play in the Saginaw Symphony Orchestra. When he left Alma College he had graduated with a double major in English Literature and Psychology. Both of which would later be most useful in his magic career.

Loomis was inspired by the elegance of Neil Foster's magic and the versatility of Karrell Fox, who suggested that he become a general practitioner magician, which he did. His mentor, from a very early age was another professional magician from Michigan, Dick Oslund. Dennis met many wonderful magicians early on in his magical career at Abbott's Magic Get-Togethers in Colon, Michigan. He became a close friend and confidant to Doug Henning, Gene Anderson, Abb Dickson, Ormond McGill and David Copperfield to mention a few. Dennis was equally at home and comfortable with the intimacy of close-up magic to the grand scale of large stage illusions.

Dennis Loomis was very knowledgeable in the many aspects of his craft and was a perfectionist. All his props were stored in numbered boxes labeled by named and listed by cross-reference on a master list, so he could easily find whatever he needed. When learning a new routine, he said that you had to do it a thousand times correctly. Dennis kept track while practicing by putting hash marks on a sheet of paper for each correct accomplishment, until he had learned the new magic effect by doing it correctly one thousand times. When you saw him perform you knew this system really worked for Loomis.

One could say that Dennis was a magic renaissance man. He did close-up magic, had a touring illusion show; Magic Capades, was a writer and inventor plus manufactured his own magic effects; all while working the library and school circuits for pre-school to college age students. He could also play the piano with the best of them and was always willing to offer a helping hand to another magician to solve a problem. An example of which can be seen in his two thousand plus posts on The Magic Cafe. The last one of which was posted just a few hours before his death on April 26th.

A celebration for Magical Life of Dennis Loomis was held Friday, May 3, 2013 in Bay Point, California. A small group of family and friends gathered to share their memories of how Dennis had influenced their lives. Such as the time on 9/11 when Dennis setup his full magic show, complete with the sound system out in the street in front of his home, to entertain his neighbors in the mobile home park to help ease their pain of that tragic day.

One of his mother's care home providers was most impressed with Dennis. He was the rare individual who really loved and cared about his mother's welfare. He was always doing little things for her and performing little magic shows for all the residents of the care home to help brighten their days.

The father-in-law of Dennis' brother, Kim, shared many of the family stories revolving around Dennis. Several magicians also attended to help share their love for Dennis; Chuck Mignosa, Mary Mowder, Tom Allen, Roy Porfido, Lance Snead, Ric and Kara Ewing, Sue Kellogg, Rick Allen and Dale Lorzo. Lorzo the California Deputy of the Society of American Magicians performed the Broken Wand Ceremony.

His mother, Charlotte Roonan, brothers Kim and Vern Eppard and his sister, Claudia LaGuardia plus many relatives, survive Dennis Loomis. Condolences may be sent to Dennis's family c/o Mr. Kim Eppard, 504 Black Avenue, Pleasanton, California 94566 or via e-mail to kimeppard@gmail.com<mailto:kimeppard@gmail.com. The life of a brilliant
magician has been cut way too short.

Rest in peace dear friend, rest in peace.

(More details about the life of Dennis Loomis may be found in January 2013 issue of the M.U.M. magazine put out by the Society of American Magicians where he is featured on the cover.)

13. Broken Wand - Dr. Bob Escher
Message by Dennis Schick (US)

Dr. Bob Escher, Past International President of the International Brotherhood of Magicians (2001-02), died at 4 am, Friday, May 3, 2013, in hospice care in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was 71. He was surrounded by his family: wife, Sandy; brother, Bill; and three daughters.

Two members of Ring 29 in Little Rock -- Jimmy Rhodes, a mortician (Rhodes Funeral Home in Augusta, Arkansas); and Jim Henson, owner of Mr. Magic -- will accompany the body back to Louisville tomorrow (Saturday). The family will go back to Louisville today (Friday).

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Nunnelley Funeral Home in Louisville, Kentucky, owned by Bob's close, personal friend, Sherrell Nunnelley, and an IBM member. Their address is 4327 Taylor Boulevard, Louisville, Kentucky 40215. (502) 368-3396. An obituary and funeral arrangements will be posted on their Web site probably by late Sunday evening: www.nunnelleyfuneralhome.com

Bob, a retired orthodontist, came to Little Rock regularly for his cancer treatments and check-ups. He was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 1995, and at that time was not given long to live. But survive he did for over seventeen more years. After two bone marrow transplants, total body radiation, and chemotherapy, the cancer went into remission. But it was during the most recent visit to Little Rock that additional lesions were discovered, and his condition worsened rapidly. The hospital would not release him to travel, but only to hospice.

During all those visits to Little Rock over the years, Bob became a virtual member of the area's magic family. He attended Ring 29 meetings, including special meetings, and even performed at some. He hung out at Jim Henson's Mr. Magic -- one of the largest magic stores in the country -- just to be around magic and magicians. They helped keep him going. He developed close friendships with several Ring members, especially Jim Henson and Jimmy Rhodes, who will take him home.

Here is a write-up on him on the IBM Web Portal with more details of his life:

DR. BOB ESCHER. Bob Escher has been a member of the I.B.M. for over three decades. He was inducted into the Order of Merlin in 2002. Bob has served on numerous committees over the years in the I.B.M. He served as a member of the Ballot Committee and several years on the Convention Committee in many capacities (1995-1998 Activities Chairman, 1999 & 2000 Registration Chairman, Convention Chairman in 2000). He also served on the I.B.M. Executive Committee 1996-1999 and has been a member of the Endowment and Development Foundation Committee since 1999. Bob served as International President in 2001-02. Bob enjoys performing close-up, parlor, and stage. Bob is a retired orthodontist. SMILE! He was Territorial V.P. for Kentucky for years, and served 20 years as president of Okito/Burton Ring 64. He also is a member of SAM Assembly 215.

14. Magicseen 50
Message by Chris Wasshuber

Vol. 9, No. 2, May 2013; 64 pages

Cover: Steve Cohen
Welcome - editor's letter

It's the Celebrity Bit - Breaking Bad's Giancarlo Esposito
Brilliant Blackpool! - report on the Blackpool 2103 convention
All In Character, Part 1 - Morgan and West
Jay Fortune, The Secret Agent
The Agent Equation: Agent = Volume Paid Work
Stefan Olschewski, Mesmerizing!
The 7 Deadly Sins . of Table Hopping - Mark Leveridge

1. Bad Timing
2. Too Much Clutter
3. Angle Poise
4. Overstaying Your Welcome
5. Avoiding Resets
6. Projection and Attention
7. Contracted Time

Meanwhile in Florida - Marks Mason's pool
Mac King, A Quick Catch Up! - interview by George Luck
Steve Cohen, The Millionaires' Magician - cover article/interview by George Luck
Mel Mellers, The Cruise Missile! - interview
The South Tyneside International Convention - personal highlights from
Stuart Bowie, Paul Preager and Chris Payne
The Great Escape - John Breeds
More ESP - Arun Bonerjee
The Dwarfs - Stefan Olschewski - DVD and PDF of his FISM act
Medallion - Martin Adams - card effect on DVD & gimmick
H.O.W. - Harry Robson - wallet
Booked - Steve Valentine - book test DVD
Gold Dust - Paul Gordon - book
Emotional Mentalism - Luca Volpe - book or PDF
The Ultimate Control - portable sound system
Connection - Jon Allen - 3 DVD set
AKA - 'Also Known As' - Rus Andrews - card effect e-book
Frankly Dis-Illusion-ed - Dean Metcalfe - Kindle e-book
The Grid - Richard Wiseman - DVD and special cards
Mentalities - Stefan Olschewski - 2 DVD set
The Butterfly Effect - Dave Forrest - DVD or instant download
More Than Just a Pretty Face - What it Takes to be a Top Magician's
Assistant - Mark Leveridge
Club Land - Harrogate Society of Magicians - Mark Leveridge

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15. 2013 Magician of the Year SAMPA1
Message by Doug Edwards

Doug Edwards has been selected by the SAMPA1 as their 2013 Magician of the
Year. This award will be given to Doug at their annual Salute to Magic on May 09 2013. Bob Friedhoffer will be performing his one man "Magic and Science" show at this gala event.

It will be held at The Producers Club Theatre, 358 West 44th Street, NYC 10036. Starts at 7pm. It is almost sold out and tickets (only $20) will be available at the door.

16. 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. TheIllusionists.

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

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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