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Issue Number: #994
Date: Sunday 24th February 2013
Editor: Alan Watson
E-mail: editor@magicnewzealand.com
Hi here is the latest news

1. Editor's Message
2. I.B.M. And S.A.M. Early Bird Joint 2014 Convention Rate Closing Soon
3. Kevin Spencer Making A Difference
4. Houston's Magic Island - A Look Back at a Better Time
5. Vanish Magic Magazine Is Now Available On An E-Reader
6. Introducing The Underground Magic Sessions - First Time Ever!
7. Milt Larsen's Magical Life
8. Strolling Magic At Scout Shows - #290 - Kyle Peron
9. Magic - Art, Craft Or Neither - Part 5
10. Broken Wand Gary Jackel
11. Magic Behind Bars
12. Pop Haydn Is Coming To Santa Monica!
13. The Secret World Of Charles Dickens
14. The Double Six Theory
15. That's A Wrap!, A Toast! And A Magical Cheer!
16. Magic At The Beach 2013, A Full Review
17. 2013 New Zealand Lectures - Diary Now
18. Magic New Zealand App
19. e-zine Archives
20. Privacy Policy and Copyright Notice

1. Editor's Message
IMPORTANT NOTICE - Michele & I are going to be away out of town at the end of next week so we will not be publishing an issue of Magic New Zealand next week. The next issue of Magic New Zealand will be 10th March.

Nick Lewin just moved back to Las Vegas and I will be beginning a new series of columns about the most exciting developments in the Magic City.

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. I.B.M. And S.A.M. Early Bird 2014 Convention Rate Closing Soon
Last minute early bird registrations for the I.B.M. and S.A.M 2014 Combined
Convention are flooding in...If you register NOW it will be only $295.00 US

For more information and to register go to: http://ibmsam.com

This is going to be a SELL OUT event!

At the end of February, registration will close until July 2013 when the registration price will be $395.

March 1, 2013 through June 30, 2013 - Registration Closed
July 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013 - $395
January 1, 2014 through June 15, 2014 - $495
After June 15, 2014 - $595

The world's two largest magic organizations will hold a combined convention in St. Louis, Missouri, on July 1-5, 2014. The convention will draw amateur and professional magic enthusiasts from every corner of the world and attendance will be limited to 1400 registrants.

Featured during the five day event will be the FISM North American Championships of Magic in close-up and stage with winners having the opportunity to compete in the FISM 2015 World Championships of Magic in Rimini, Italy. Competitors will also be competing in stage and close-up magic for the I.B.M. Gold Medal and Gold Cups, the S.A.M. Gold and Silver Medals of Honor, as well as the IBM/SAM Champion of Magic selected by People's Choice. Cash prizes and performing contracts for winners could exceed $20,000.

3. Kevin Spencer Making A Difference
Message by Kevin Spencer (US)

The Spencers are proud to be working on an amazing new documentary about the
power of simple magic tricks to make a significant change in the lives of people with disabilities.

I hope you'll consider supporting the project - even the smallest donation with make a big difference. And please SHARE this with your Facebook friends and LIKE our new Facebook page (BagOfTricksDocumentary) http://igg.me/p/303770/x/2002156

4. Houston's Magic Island - A Look Back at a Better Time
Message by Scott Wells, A.I.M.C. with Silver Star

It was early in the afternoon on that September day in 2008 when I was contacted by the Magic Island in Houston. They told me that they would be closed that night due to the hurricane that was expected to come through. So, we wouldn't have to come in to perform that night. My wife, Kathy, and I were the stage performers at that time. They would call me when they reopened depending upon the severity of the storm.

They never called back. The Magic Island has never reopened.

Fortunately, the previous year I had taken my camera to the Magic Island to record a "walk through" of all its treasures. I had arranged for the Entertainment Director, Scott Hollingsworth, to give me a guided tour. After the tour, we sat in Ramses, one of the close-up rooms, and chatted about the Island.

I have uploaded this one hour video plus have a couple other stories linked through this week's Magic Word. To take a walk down memory lane, or if you never had a chance to visit Houston's Magic Island, then I think you will enjoy this trip. Visit http://TheMagicWordPodcast.com to see the latest installment. And of course you can always keep up to date by "Liking" us on
Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/themagicwordpodcast/

5. Vanish Magic Magazine Is Now Available On An E-Reader
Message by Paul Romhany (NZ)

I'm very pleased to announce that Vanish Magic Magazine can now be enjoyed
in its full interactive experience at www.revizzit.com - just download this free e-reader and download the issues from the revizzit.com site and you will enjoy reading the magazine even more.

All the links are interactive - so if you want to view an advert click on it and the e-reader will open up the page - making it easy to go back to the page you were reading anytime.

It doesn't cost anything - it's still free and the experience is even better. You don't have to be online to read the magazine - you can read it anywhere and anytime.

IPad apps etc. The good folks at revizzit are currently working on releasing the e-reader as an APP - this is a huge step forward for Vanish Magic Magazine because shortly you can enjoy it as an APP on your iPad or Android. We will notify everybody when this becomes available. This means a click of the button and it's on your iDevice.

For those who prefer the PDF version you will always be able to download it
from www.vanishmagazine.com

6. Introducing The Underground Magic Sessions - First Time Ever!
Message by George Schindler (US)

S.A.M Convention 2013

The S.A.M National Convention has announced a NEW idea NOT offered before at a convention. Included in your registration to the S.A.M National Convention in Washington, DC (July 3-6) you will get full access to the Underground Magic Sessions.

Every night when the dealers room closes we will have 6 of the best Underground Magicians work in the lobby doing sessions on magic.

Each magician will sit at a table and answer questions and help the registrants with their magic. They will also do mini lectures each night. One night you could learn from Dan White the next night from Dan Hauss etc.

The Underground Magic Session Performers Are:
Eric Jones
Dan Hauss
Dan White
Chris Mayhew
Ben Train
Tony Chang

This is the first time the S.A.M or any other national convention has had this type of workshop ever. Come join us and be a part of the new generation of magic.

To find out more information about this amazing event, or to register, please go to: http://magicsam.com/annual-convention/register/

7. Milt Larsen's Magical Life
Article forwarded on by Mel Kientz (US)

by Matt Kettmann

Milt Larsen's Magical Life
Founder of The Magic Castle and Santa Barbara Resident Reflects on His Legacy

Any evening that requires a coat, tie, and whispering the words "open sesame" to a golden owl with blinking red eyes to open a secret passageway through a faux bookcase and into an ornately decorated Victorian mansion dedicated to card tricks, elaborate illusions, and improbable escapes is bound to be memorable. But by the end of my first visit to The Magic Castle last December, my eyes were opened not just to the strong state of modern magical arts - I was in constant awe from both the night's theatrical shows and intimate poker table sessions (and it wasn't just the many Manhattans I'd consumed) - but also to the Hollywood landmark's fascinating history and its vibrant future as a home to magicians worldwide.

Those latter insights came from late-night, bourbon-fueled jabbering with a jovial, chardonnay-swilling man named Milt Larsen, the Pasadena-born, Hollywood-raised, and Santa Barbara- residing magic lover who founded the castle in January 1963. With his father, a criminal attorney- turned- magic magazine publisher/promoter, and mother, the first woman to ever do magic on television, Larsen and his older brother, Bill, grew up as part of a traveling family magic revue in the 1930s. Though the brothers worked in television for a time, they never stopped living lives of magic, even when their father suddenly died at age 48 in 1953, a year after founding the nonprofit magicians organization known as the Academy of the Magical Arts.

"Every year of my life, I've been surrounded by magicians," Larsen explained to me a couple of weeks later while overlooking the Santa Barbara Harbor and beyond from the backyard of his TV hill home. "All of my dad's friends were magicians, and some of the most famous magicians would come to our house and mingle."

When Bill took over the publishing of Genii Magazine and the handling of the academy following their dad's death, Milt kept putting on magic shows in Los Angeles and elsewhere - including the still-running series called It's Magic!, which hits the Lobero Theatre this Sunday. Still, he dreamed of a permanent home for the trade. That's when he noticed the old Victorian, Addams Family- esque mansion on Franklin Avenue from his upper-floor NBC office nearby and convinced the owner to lease it to him. That was more than 50 years ago; today The Magic Castle remains a popular semi-private hangout, as well as the headquarters for the 5,000 members of the Academy of Magical Arts.

"We never had any idea it would be what it is today," said Larsen, who recently published an autobiography called My Magical Journey: The First 30,000 Days. He credits the castle's continued success - including a rebirth from a devastating daytime fire on Halloween 2011 - with staying focused on the tricks. "It was all built on the love of magic," said Larsen, who said that the membership has maintained a natural 50-50 split between practicing magicians and magic fans since it started. "We never went into it as a profit-making thing."

While it's technically a private club, those interested in checking it out can request a short-term membership through the website, or simply ask around to find a friend who's already a member and can offer a guest pass. "It's not super exclusive, but you can't just walk in off the street," said Larsen, explaining that they've strived to keep membership costs - less than $1,500 entry fee and about $350 a year - low rather than charging much more from fewer people, like other private clubs. "As clubs go, it's pretty reasonable," said Larsen, who works at the castle from Monday's dinner through Friday's lunch and knows many of the club members by name. "We'd just as soon as have more members and not gouge them for all that money."

The experience, which usually starts with a classic midcentury American dinner, always entails wearing your best duds, and that substantially elevates the vibe and keeps would-be unruly folks mostly in check, even though the booze flows from the multiple bars quite readily. The dress code - which comes up for a vote by the academy members each year but proudly persists - was instilled from the beginning, as the Larsens tried to create the ambiance of an Old World magic club. "If you were going to a party in a billionaire's Victorian mansion, they would expect you to wear a white tie and tails for dinners," said Larsen, who believes the ladies love the chance to dress up most. "We're not insisting on that, but you can't come in your tank top and sweatpants."

Such rules are ever more important in a dressed-down Hollywood, where torn jeans and scruffy T-shirts are the norm. But even famous actors heed the Magic Castle's call when it comes to clothing, a good thing, since celebrities - from member Johnny Depp to current academy president Neil Patrick Harris - remain a steady presence. "Magicians like actors, and actors seem to like magic," said Larsen. "That's in part because an actor is in a fantasy world and magicians are in a fantasy world, so they're all kind of meeting in Alice in Wonderland's back room."

The other takeaway from my Magic Castle experience is that, to my surprise, magicians don't believe in magic. From the card-table tricksters to onstage performers to Larsen himself, they unanimously proclaimed that everything is a carefully planned illusion and that there are no black arts at play. Indeed, thanks to classes, a library, and a junior club for aspiring kids at The Magic Castle, it's pretty easy for anyone to learn. "It's not about everybody hiding," said Larsen, who performs occasionally as a comedy-minded magician whose tricks all fail. "Magicians are very free with their secrets once they know you're going to be one of them."

As for The Magic Castle's secrets, there is a Night at the Museum- like, family-friendly feature film in the works by director McG, and there are murmurs of a potential second location, but Larsen said it would have to be extra special in somewhere like London, Paris, or Hawai'i to get his okay. On a personal note, Larsen is happily married to Arlene, his wife of 22 years, and plans to stay active in the castle as long as life lets him. "I have no desire whatsoever to ever retire," said Larsen, with a smile and gleam in his eye. "I'm only 81 now."


Milt Larsen's annual It's Magic! revue - with top magicians, illusionists, comedians, and more - comes to the Lobero Theatre (33 E. Canon Perdido St.) on Sunday, February 17 at 2 and 6:30 p.m. Call (805) 963-0761 or visit lobero.com for tickets. For information on The Magic Castle and Larsen's book, visit magiccastle.com.

8. Strolling Magic At Scout Shows - #290 - Kyle Peron
Message by Kyle Peron (US)

You may be wondering to yourself how you can possibly do strolling magic for a banquet style event aimed at scouts. Well This is actually something that is very easy to do and adds a benefit to the scout pack. Allow me to explain.

There is always a time at the blue and gold where the tables are called one at a time to go up and get their food. This usually happens by calling up each den one at a time. This happens almost all the time. Now when it does happen, there are tables just sitting there waiting for their turn. This is dead time for them. So noticing this happens a lot, I figured there is a problem that I can try and solve and make a solution for.

So, I started to offer to the scout packs strolling table side magic for the dinner hour. This is where, for an extra amount, I will help them to keep the tables entertained as they are waiting to go up and be called. I do some simple strolling magic that is both themed for scouting and fun for the kids and adults. It does not take me long to do and certainly does not add any real problems for me. I can easily bring my close up case with me and have more than enough to entertain the tables.

I have had many cub pack clients love this concept and they latch on to it. For them, it solves a need or a problem and they see the fun and value in it. It also gives me the chance to get to know the audience and find my helpers ahead of time before the show starts.

If I see a kid really interacting well but behaving themselves, they may be aperfect candidate for a certain routine I want to do in the show later on. Soperforming the strolling magic is also a great opportunity to really get to scopeout the audience and find out who might be good as helpers.

Now this could be booked as just a strolling gig at the event for those who prefer doing strolling magic over stage shows. It keeps the scouts involved, occupied and the perceived value of me increases in the eyes of the scouts and adults.

Do not be afraid to offer the pack a strolling magic add on or simply strolling magic by itself. You always have to remember that you are there to provide solutions for the pack the best that you can.

You cannot assume that every pack is organized and under control. Some are and they run it fantastic and the kids are well behaved. In some cases, the cub master has no idea what he or she is doing. This sometimes is just the case as they try and do the best that they can.

If this is the case, this is YOUR time to shine and be a solutions provider to them. Who knows more about running events and entertainment then you do?

If you perform a lot, then there is no reason why you cannot step to the front and help them to give advice and suggestions to make their event run smooth. If you speak up, they will listen to you. I often make suggestions to them and they thank me for it.

As you can see, this is a fair way of working and it takes the fear out of working with festivals. The mindset should be that you are a business working with another business on a joint venture/agreement. If you understand this approach, then you can go about working with them so both parties are satisfied and covered.

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:

9. Magic - Art, Craft Or Neither - Part 5
Message by Anthony Darkstone - USA/Europe

At the beginning of this series, I mentioned that I would be including thoughts and musings from various guests who have kindly shared their perspectives. Last week it was Jason Andrews and prior to that, Paul Draper. This week I am delighted to welcome 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 and 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 1
By Ivonne Perez Montijo, M.A.

My induction into the world of magic occurred 30 years ago via my then boyfriend, Jay Scott Berry, who at the time was a rising star of the junior members of the Hollywood Magic Castle. I would see him perform at the Castle and hang out at Hollywood Magic store with the likes of Max Maven, Christopher Hart, Lorenzo Clark, George Tovar and many others that came through the doors of Hollywood Magic.

Jay would talk a lot about "real magic" and being a "real wizard". Having come from a Catholic background I had no idea what Jay was talking about at the time but he gave me the book, Illusions, by Richard Bach which opened a portal into another world for me. The relationship didn't last but my love for magic and performance ensued. I would eventually create, "Pinky the Clown" performing magic for little tykes.

The million dollar question in the world of professional performance magic appears to be, is magic an art, craft or neither? There are two components that must be examined independently of each other in this question. The first component is magic and the second component is art. In order to be able to say that magic is art or that magic is not art one needs to define what is magic and what is art. In this article I will look at the idea of magic and art in society and culture and in their inception. And then we can examine where is the intersection of magic and art if at all. End of Part 1

10. Broken Wand Gary Jackel
Message by Steve Walker (Australia)

Shock and Disbelief were the two most often used words when anyone who knew
him heard of the passing of our friend and fellow Genii Member, Gary Jackel at the age of 61.

A specialist in Kids Magic he was known professionally (after a string of aliases) as "Mr Magic." Clean and professional were the two words that apply to his act. He dressed immaculately and his props were colourful and in as new condition, not a stain or scratch to be seen anywhere.

His patter was equally clean and wholesome as one would ex¬pect from a man who was deeply religious. Yet despite what the minister at his church intimated I never found him to be a zealot.

The service at Narwee Baptist Church was full to capacity and his close friend Colin set the mood with a funny eulogy covering most of Gary's favourite things his family coming first.

R.I.P our not so old mate.

11. Magic Behind Bars
Message by Mandy Davis (UK)

Magic Behind Bars
A Story: A Day in the Life of a Performing Magician

In December I went to prison! You didn't expect that as an opening line, did you?

The Enquiry

It was early December when I got a call from an agent, a lovely lady called Sarah.

'Would you be prepared to perform inside a prison?' she asked.

The booking was for close up for the prisoners and their children in the morning, the staff and their children in the afternoon. All kinds of thoughts rushed through my head but I heard myself say 'Yes!' despite several reservations. I voiced one of them immediately: 'Could I perform Cut and Restored Rope - with scissors?

The agent called me back. 'NO scissors, NO rope, NO cards, NO balloons!' My reply? 'No magician!' Sarah agreed and I gave her the phone number of a face painter and forgot all about the call.

Two weeks before the December date Sarah called back. 'They will allow you cards and balloons, will you go there?' The answer was yes. Sarah then said: 'Oh - and take a PA system, they would like a forty minute children's show too'.

The Preparation

Now the fun began. I was emailed several security forms. One of them had a single line to fill - what equipment would I be bringing with me - one line? It took an A4 document to write everything for a show and a close up set plus balloon modeling. Try and think of what you would need to list for your performances - and I didn't reveal the secret gadgets in my list! I also had to send a copy of my passport, thank goodness I had a scanner!

Two days before I got a call early in the morning.

'This is Charlie from the prison'. We have a problem!' What could be wrong? Had there been a break-out? Changed their minds?

'Your signature on the form we sent and on your passport don't match!'

How could they not match, I queried. I had signed them both myself and I only know one way to sign my name. Charlie abruptly said he would call back. I ran to my desk, took out the form that I'd emailed to him and my passport - and I couldn't see a single difference in the two. They were both me with the usual flourish - I couldn't understand it at all!

Charlie called me back. 'I'm sorry about before, I was multi-tasking and it was difficult to....' 'Of course it was, you're not a woman!' I declared. There was a second's silence and he replied with a laugh: 'You are right, let's start this again...'

It turned out that the agent had faxed my passport copy across to the prison and it had arrived so dark that they couldn't see my photo, let alone my signature. This was easily remedied - I just emailed my passport direct whilst we were chatting and all was fine. It was a worthwhile conversation though - it turned out that I was not expected to bring my PA system or perform a show, just close up for the prisoners and children with balloons for the very young.

The Day

Early in the morning I drove to the prison itself, a modern building out near Heathrow. I went into the Visitors Centre and then to the prison itself where my passport was taken, my photo and fingerprints too. In case you wondered, fingerprints are electronically done nowadays - no inky smudges on a piece of card. I was given a 'pat down' to make sure I had nothing illegal. I had already been told to leave my mobile phone in the boot of the car.

I was taken through the locked doors and into the building itself. When I say locked doors - firstly I had to access turnstiles such as those on the London Underground. Then each door was a heavy metal sheet that was unlocked with a key and behind it a door made of thick bars which also had to be unlocked. I was taken down corridors and across the exercise yard to the gymnasium where the party was to be held. This was very modern indeed - a vast arena with two huge inflatables, one with a tunnel and slide.

There was a small stage with Santa's throne waiting, a soft and quiet play area and table tennis set up, all waiting for the arrival of the children. I was with several officers, all very friendly, and two or three volunteers - who I believe were also prisoners brought in to help. Even the toilets were locked and I had to ask each time I wanted to go in there!

Eventually a door on the opposite wall of the gym opened and in came the women with their families. Everyone was fairly quiet at first but, as soon as the Bouncy Castles were seen, shoes were off and most of the children were jumping enthusiastically and noisily whilst their proud mums watched. The shyer, younger children clung to mums for a cuddle and chat. I decided to start with balloons, something that would attract interest and, sure enough, smiles widened, bodies hurled themselves across the room and I soon had a never ending line of waiting people. When it quietened occasionally I was able to do some card work with the prisoners themselves and I was greatly appreciated by all.

After an hour or so Santa made his appearance and it was my job to call out the names, and hand the gifts to him. A buffet meal followed, everyone lining up with paper plates to be filled with chicken nuggets, sausages and curly fries but once this was over, the gym emptied quickly until the officers and I were left to chill until the afternoon session.

It was an interesting break: the prison officers were fascinated to know how I found the prison, whether it was different from what I had imagined. I was fascinated to know what had brought them to that kind of work in the first place.

Contrary to my imagination were the women themselves. I had expected them to be in some sort of uniform, faces scrubbed clean and hair tied back or cropped short. Instead they were all dressed fashionably in casual clothes of their own, hair well styled and coloured with immaculate make up. They were very polite and exceedingly grateful that I was there to entertain their offspring, very enthusiastic about the magic I was performing for them as well as the tricks I had with me just for the tinies.

The officers were very caring of those in their charge and the relationship between them all was encouraging. I was startled to learn that there are many more disabled people in prisons these days and one of the officers was in charge of wheelchair and other physically disabled - he estimated 20% had mobility problems.

I was also told that any one of us could end up in there! In fact one prisoner had knocked down a cyclist who had died of his injuries - and she had been given a prison sentence! That was a worrying thought - one moment of inattention on the road and.....

The afternoon party was a repeat of the morning - except that it was the staff and their children this time. There was no difference - people are people and children are children and we all had a great time!

When I left the prison I was taken back through the locked gates and doors, across the bleak outdoor exercise space and back to the entrance. My passport was returned to me and I was free! I had had an incredible experience, a fun time and earned some money - what more could one want from any profession?

12. Pop Haydn Is Coming To Santa Monica!
Message by Nancy Magill

March 7th And April 4th!

Pop Haydn in the 21st Century! A fun-filled evening packed with music, mirth, magic and the wonders of radio-magnetism.

The great seer-the Diviner of Destiny answers questions about the future with the aid of his magnetically-energized crystal ball.

Our intrepid electronaut Tesla Girl bends the very force of gravity itself!

Our sassy Louisiana Songbird Bonnie Gordon sings and dances, and our sultry
sorceress Sophie Evans makes fire magic that will astound you!

Professor Dave Bourne and the 21st Century Boys play good-time music that will quicken your pulse and ease your soul.

Pop Haydn in the 21st Century! Provides great and unique fun. It is geared toward an adult audience-but is still family-friendly.

Steampunks, time-travelers, dandies and other 19th century expatriates are
welcome-no weapons please.

March 7TH and April 4TH at 8 PM!
Magicopolis, 1418 Fourth St, Santa Monica CA 90401
Tickets: $29 on-line, $34 at the door.
To order tickets for the show click here

Or call 323-344-8793

13. The Secret World Of Charles Dickens
Message by Ian Keable (UK)

Name Of Show: The Secret World of Charles Dickens, mirth, marvels and the

Brief Synopsis: Ian Keable, winner of The Magic Circle Comedy Award, performs the favourite magic tricks of Charles Dickens and divulges the spooky practices of Victorian psychics.

Venue: Lauderdale House, Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill, London N6 5HG

Show Dates: Tuesday - 26th February, 26th March, 30th April, 28th May, 18th June and 30th July.

Timings: 8 pm. Doors open at 7-30 pm and pre-show refreshments are available.

Tickets: £15

Box Office: www.charlesdickensmysteryshow.co.uk

14. The Double Six Theory
Message by Walter Zaney Blaney (US)

Did you ever wonder why some audiences are better than others, even when the
performing conditions are all exactly the same? Some say there are no bad audiences, just bad acts. After about 4800 performances I believe this conjecture is untrue. Sometimes there are bad audiences.

Others have discussed this very subject, acts with far greater stature than any I ever acquired. I recall Johnny Carson talking about this very subject with Joey Bishop one night on the Tonight Show. However they had no answer. have never heard of a reasonable explanation to this perplexing problem.

I have my own theory. I call it "The Double Six Theory". Perhaps you would like to hear it. Go to this link (five minutes long) and see if you think my theory has merit. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3F0EPEAUo-U

Walter Zaney Blaney

15. That's A Wrap!, A Toast! And A Magical Cheer!
Message by Adam Steinfeld

My lovely magic babes and I toasting final Magic Live® show of season, (in Aruba) ... say it ain't so?? After a successful, three year run, presenting nonstop shows, one of the most successful permanent magic/illusion shows ever, and shooting several TV projects as well, at the same time ... it's time to bring it back to USA, to expand our brand, with larger audiences.

A big thank you to all the media support, our loyal fans and tourists, many repeated over and over again.

So long, farewell, it's been fun, until next time, see ya later, that's a WRAP!

Adam Steinfeld
Magic Live!®

16. Magic At The Beach 2013, A Full Review
Submitted by Mike Heidtman

By Wayne Capps, Charleston, SC

On January 17-19, 2013 I attended the Magic at the Beach convention in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This was the fourth annual convention and the organizers out did themselves putting this convention together.

I have attended numerous magic gatherings and conventions all over the world and I am very happy to say that this was one of the most well organized conventions that I have ever attended. For me, it was the attention to the small details that made this convention a stand out. From the swag bags to the food and drinks in the Dealer's Room to the parties, it was truly a fun experience.

First, the location; the convention was held at Ocean Dunes Resort & Conference Center in Myrtle Beach. The hotel was a great place for all the activities. It was large enough to accommodate everyone and the meeting space worked well. The rooms were fine and for $59 a night for an ocean front room, it was hard to beat.

Upon registration very nice swag bags were given out that included numerous magic items, a close up pad, full event program along with tickets to the various events. After registering we attended the opening night reception, appropriately beach themed. As I stated earlier, the small details made this convention. The decorations and food were great and the entertainment for the night was a one-man show featuring the magic of Farrell Dillon. I had never seen Farrell perform but he turned me into a fan. He was hilarious and kept with crowd in stitches throughout his whole show. After the show most of the crowd congregated in the Dealer's Room for a few drinks and fun, which was always nice.

The first full day kicked off with the youth and adult stage contests. Those are always enjoyable to watch and I was happy to see that many of the contestants put a lot of work into their performances. After the contests the agenda kept rolling with the All Star Close-Up Show. While there were some screen and sound technical difficulties at first, the talent had everyone on the edge of their seats. The highlights for me were Shin Lim's card routine and I think everyone's unexpected "wow" moment came when Andrew Goldenhersh produced a rabbit from his hair!

Later, the evening concluded with a Cabaret Show from all the stars. The Cabaret Show was a great event and the unintentional star of the evening was Andrew Goldenhersh's runaway butterfly that provided endless laughs while landing on Les Arnold's chest during his routine. I guess you had to be there but there was not a dry eye in the crowd as the butterfly went unnoticed by the performers. Another talked about moment was when Andrew Goldenhersh produced two live chickens from his strait jacket . Truly amazing!

During the event, there were lectures from Juliana Chen, Christopher Hart, Losander, Jonathan Levit, Daryl, Andrew Goldenhersh and Shin Lim. For me, Daryl and Juliana Chen had the most entertaining lectures, both for different reasons. Daryl provided great technical insight and quite frankly had a lot of good stuff to show off. Juliana, on the other hand, kept the audience interested by telling the story about how she came to be a magician in China and then wowed the crowd with her manipulation skills. I thought she provided an entertaining and fascinating insight into magic in another culture.

My only negative about the convention would be that I thought a couple of the lecturers were not as prepared as they could have been and just wanted to chat about life. I personally thought if they would have stuck to a traditional magic lecture and left the "war stories" for the bar it would have been better received.

The last day concluded with a fantastic close up contest, more lectures and the best closing show I have ever seen at a convention. The evening concluded with the Champions of Magic Gala Show at Gilmore Auditorium. The venue was top notch and was a packed house. Each performer brought their unique brand of entertainment to the stage. Personally, the highlights of the Champions of Magic Show were Michael Trixx and his rock and roll style along with Juliana Chen's FISM act and the unbelievable quick-change act of David and Dania.

After the Gala Show we all returned to the Resort for the Farewell Party. Lots of food and drinks were served and they had a one-man band playing music for all of us to enjoy. Losander even took a turn on the microphone as he sang one of his favorite songs for everyone. All in all, this was one of the best and most well organized conventions I have ever attended. The shows were fantastic, the talent was great and most importantly everyone had fun and enjoyed themselves.

Chairmen of the event, Roman LePree and David Tanner, along with their staff, Mike Heidtman, Michelle Householder, Matt McCoy and Melena LePree out did themselves this year with a great convention. I already have next year's Magic at the Beach on my calendar and I look forward to another weekend of enjoying some great magic with my old friends and many new friends in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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