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Issue Number: #1205
Date: Sunday 3rd May 2015
Editor: Alan Watson QSM
E-mail: editor@magicnewzealand.com
Hi here is the latest news

1. Editor's Message
2. Hull Magicians' Circle To Honour Eddie Dawes, 89
3. The Magic Word #220: My Week at The Magic Castle 2015 - Part 2
4. Iconic Magic Castle
5. FISM - Renée-Claude Auclair And Pierre Hamon
6. FISM - Transportation In Rimini
7. 2015 South African Magic Championships In Cape Town
8. Remarkable Magic #389 - Nick Lewin
9. Audience Engagement - #361 - Kyle Peron
10. 3rd Annual Joe Lefler Legacy Scholarship At KIDabra Conference
11. Mat Franco's New Resident Show
12. SAM 2015 Public Convention Schedule
13. Quarter Of A Million Dollars For Excellence In Magic!
14. Diamond Jim Tyler's Updated Tour Schedule
15. Updates So Far This Week On VanishLive.com
16. e-zine Archives
17. Privacy Policy and Copyright Notice

1. Editor's Message
The highlight for the week for Michele and I would be seeing Diamond Jim Tyler lecture in Auckland he had lots of surprises and was very well received.

For all those who would like to read the Magic New Zealand e-zine in a HTML format go to: http://www.magicnewzealand.com/ezine-archive/2015-Jan-to-Dec-2015/1205-May03-2015.html

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2. Hull Magicians' Circle To Honour Eddie Dawes, 89
Article forwarded on by Mel Kientz (US)

Hull Daily Mail

Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee at Hull Magicians' Circle to honour Eddie Dawes, 89.

HULL Magicians' Circle welcomed a television legend as they honoured 50 years with their much-loved leader.

Eddie Dawes, 89, celebrated being the president of the mysterious group for half-a-century alongside his friends and peers, Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee.

The husband and wife magic duo were among 300 guests and circle members to celebrate Mr Dawes during a banquet at the University of Hull, where he worked as a professor of biochemistry.

Mr Dawes has been hooked on magic since he was a child.

"When I was five, my father and grandfather who were not magicians showed me one or two simple magic tricks.

"It was that, that intrigued me.

"After that, I got my first box of tricks and I've been hooked ever since."

Mr Daniels and his wife not only lead speeches but they steered in the after-banquet theatre show.

Mr Dawes has been a friend of Mr Daniels, who was at his inaugural dinner as president in 1965, for years.

Before his tenure as president, Mr Dawes, who was born in Goole, moved to Hull from Glasgow in 1963 to start working at the university and founded its biochemistry department.

"I realised from a young age, I wanted to be a scientist rather a professional magician," he said.

"I was 28 before I got involved in organised societies of magic and that was in Scotland.

"When I moved from Glasgow, magicians in Hull noted I'd arrived and kindly invited me to become a member.

"Magic is an interest that has run along my career as a biochemist."

Mr Dawes used to perform with his late wife as a Victorian double act known as Professor Bluffman and Madam Patrice.

He has hosted famous magicians from around the world at his home in Anlaby, including David Copperfield, whose limousine once blocked traffic in Beverley Road.

He said: "I am greatly looking forward to the reception.

"It's going to be a highlight for me.

"My only regret is that my wife Amy, who died last year, will not be there with me.

"I think everything I have achieved is greatly related to her support."

3. The Magic Word #220: My Week at The Magic Castle 2015 - Part 2
Message by Scott Wells, M.I.M.C. with Gold Star

I traveled to the Magic Castle a little early before my week of performing in the Close-Up Gallery began in order to attend the Castle Swap Meet. This is always a great time and a chance to see some friends that only come out during this time. We start off with a chat with "Funny Eddie" who tells us about the disposition of some of Dean Dill's magic property. Joe Porper, maker of fine handcrafted magic, tells us about how he started into the business. He also introduces us to Scott Jenkins who is his marketing manager.

Terry Lunceford stopped by and we chatted about his "Snake Basket" and his sales (which are extraordinary). We also wish Andrew Goldenhirsh a "happy birthday". Doc Eason was working in the W.C. Fields bar and I sit down with him to talk about his work at the Stonebridge Inn since the Tower Bar's closing over a decade ago. Doc also talks about an interesting product that he is proud to leave as his legacy. Finally, Steven Himmel talks about the Magic Castle Strolling Award which he has won twice and now serves as a judge.

You can read the blog, watch a video, see some photos, listen online and download the MP3 file at: http://themagicwordpodcast.com/scottwellsmagic/magic-castle-2015-part-two You can also download the podcast through iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn, or FeedPress. If you subscribe to the RSS feed, then it gets delivered hot and fresh as soon as each podcast is published. And don't forget to follow us on Facebook at http://facebook.com/themagicwordpodcast You can also keep up to date with what's coming up by following us on Twitter @MagicWordPod and Instagram at #MagicWordPod

4. Iconic Magic Castle
Article forwarded on by Mel Kientz (US)

Huffpost Arts & Culture

A Brief And Enchanting Visual History Of Los Angeles' Iconic Magic Castle

by Sasha Bronner

The Magic Castle, one of Los Angeles' most prized (and private) landmarks, is the headquarters of a members-only club that is intensely dedicated to the art of magic. Called the Academy of Magical Arts, the castle doors opened in 1963, but its history goes back much, much farther.

The 1910-era Gothic Renaissance chateau sits in the middle of what is now historic Hollywood and was originally the personal residence of a wealthy banker, Rollin B. Lane. The mansion fell into disrepair by the late 1940s, even serving for a time as a boarding house, before Bill Larsen Jr. and his brother Milt Larsen purchased the property to breathe life into their parent's lifelong dream of opening a magic club.

The Larsen family is a true magic dynasty. William Larsen, Sr. and Geraldine Larsen were pioneers in the field of magic. Geraldine was one of the rare female magicians of the day -- at a time when women were magician's assistants (being sawed in half), not magicians themselves. She also became the first woman to perform magic on television in the late 1930s.

On top of all that, in 1936, the Larsens launched Genii, the longest, continually running magic magazine in the world, which is still published today. During the Depression, the family, including sons Bill, Jr. and Milt, began touring as the "Larsen Family of Magicians," playing upscale, resort hotels all over Southern California.

Today, guests from all around the globe travel to the castle to see its high quality magic shows. The AMA's membership includes entertainment's most preeminent magicians and illusionists, including Penn and Teller, Lance Burton, David Blaine, and Siegfried and Roy. There is a strict formal dress code and one can only visit if already a member (or, as the plus one of a member for the evening).

Back in the day, Hollywood royalty like Cary Grant and Johnny Carson visited often, and today, Johnny Depp, Jimmy Kimmel, Sarah Silverman and Katy Perry are frequent guests. This year, Perry rented the whole castle out for her costumed birthday party.

The Magic Castle combines illusion and mystery with a kitschy history of Hollywood. Much of the ornate decor was rescued from wrecking balls on construction sites or from Hollywood studio sets before they were dumped into the trash. Secret doors and panels hidden all over the castle lead to the 13 different performance stages.

The Huffington Post acquired vintage photos directly from the Academy of Magical Arts (many have never before been published) to see what magic used to look like.

5. FISM - Renée-Claude Auclair And Pierre Hamon
Message by Joan Caesar (Canada)

Renée-Claude Auclair and Pierre Hamon, organizers of the Festival de magie de Québec in Canada, will attend FISM for the first time and they are really excited about living the experience in Italy!

They look forward to meeting people from around the world who share the same passion as they do for magic. Since it will be their first time in Rimini they will take time to walk around the old streets, discover the renown beaches, taste the traditional food like the Piadina and of course the Italian pizza. They wish to gather with their new FISM friends to the Old Fish Market area for a nice glass of wine. They also plan on visiting the Vatican in Rome, on the way back.

They became involved in magic in 2007 when Pierre, owner of a multimedia firm for 20 years, decided to make a transition towards becoming a magician. His field of expertise is mentalism.

His wife Renée-Claude is the owner of a company that imports products involving light from all over the world to sell to corporate customers. www.teknolight.ca She became involved in Pierre's magic show as his assistant in 2008.

In 2011, they decided to launch a yearly Magic Festival in Québec City, Canada. The festival offers a platform for magicians from all over the world to perform for Québec City magic fans. It also offers a program adapted to magicians only with international level lectures.
12, 000 people attended the Festival in 2014. www.festivaldemagie.ca

In 2013, they launched a yearly International Michel Cailloux Magic Contest. Contestants from Canada, the Unites States and Japan have competed so far and they expect the competition to attract people from other countries as the festival becomes better known around the world. The 2014 the winner was Michael Dardant from New Orleans.

July 2014, Renée-Claude and Pierre attended the IBM/SAM Combined Convention, in St-Louis, MO, and loved their experience. Watching the preliminary FISM competition convinced them to register for FISM 2015 in Rimini. They plan to stay involved with the magic community for years to come. Magic is part of their life.

Do not hesitate to say Hi to them in Rimini during FISM!

6. FISM - Transportation In Rimini
Message by Joan Caesar (Canada)

Travelling from your hotel to the FISM venue will be easy. Many of you will enjoy a morning walk through the park that stretches from many of the hotel locations to the Palacongressi venue. Others may prefer the public and well operated frequent bus service. Busses will also take you to the other interesting parts of Rimini you should make time to see while you're there. From your hotel to the Palacongressi you can most likely take bus no 7, bus no 18 or bus no 19, but it's best to check with your hotel for details.

Public transport in Rimini is provided by a city-operated bus service, called TRAM, linking Rimini's urban area with the suburban and outlying areas in Rimini province. The route of interest to most visitors is the one that operates through the city centre and continues along the beachfront, and on to Bellariva, Marebello, Rivazzurra and Miramare. In all, there are 15 routes that comprise a network linking all corners of metropolitan Rimini, and all making a stop at the city's rail station.

If you're lucky, your hotel might offer you a free bicycle during your stay. Mine did.

Rimini has a 1.3 million square metre large system of parks and gardens inside the city, and a total of 2.8 million square metres of green areas inside the city limits, including river parks, sport facilities and natural areas. The city's park system include a series of large urban parks, created along the old riverbeds of Marecchia and Ausa Rivers.

In Rimini there are about 42,000 public trees, belonging to 190 different species, predominantly linden, planes, maples, poplars, pines and oaks. Twenty three of the oldest trees are protected as "monumental trees" for their age and their naturalistic value. They include the plane of piazza Malatesta, the downy oak of Giovanni Paolo II Park, the cypresses of Sant'Agostino, the elm of Viale Vespucci and the linden trees of San Fortunato.

The city's cycling network was established inside the main parks and boulevards, linking the most important monuments, tourist attractions, beaches, and meeting places.

7. 2015 South African Magic Championships In Cape Town
The 2015 South African Magic Championships in Cape Town from 9-11 Oct 2015.

Experience a celebration of world-class magic - in one of the most beautiful cities on earth - as we bring to South Africa some of the art's finest international stars for an event never to be forgotten. Between the breathtaking stage shows, championship contests, dazzling galas & close-up performances, you'll meet old faces - make new friends and discover the joy of magic all over again.

We've scoured the globe and brought together three of magic's finest artists LIVE in South Africa

*The Mentalist … Max Maven from the USA
*The Con Artist … Paul Wilson from the UK
*The Virtuoso … Rob Zabrecky from the USA

You'll learn magic from the world's finest experts, take part in award-winning lectures, undergo hands-on workshops and experience first-hand some of the most mindblowing magic ever.

It's been 10 years since South Africa has had an event of this scale - don't miss out on being a part of magic history!

Visit www.samagic2015.co.za for all the info … limited early bird registrations remain.

8. Remarkable Magic #389 - Nick Lewin
Message by Nick Lewin (US)

Visiting the Magic Castle Again.

I am writing this column from the beautiful California town of Irvine. Actually, I'm not really sure Irvine is technically any more exotic than its neighboring towns in Southern California, however to me it is! Tonight I am lecturing for IBM Ring 313-- the John Fedko Ring. I am also enjoying spending a couple of days staying with my daughter Kat who lives and teaches in Irvine.

Tomorrow I will drive to the Highland Gardens Hotel on Franklyn Avenue in Hollywood, put on a tie and jacket, and spend the evening at the World Famous Magic Castle. My old friend and former partner Piet Paulo will be joining me for the visit. Piet is a master illusionist, magical philosopher and a wonderful raconteur. I know we will have a wonderful evening catching up with our friends at the Castle.

It is very, very nice to be able to so freely say that it is the Magic Castle that I will be visiting. As every member and many non-members know, the "Academy of Magical Arts" and the "Magic Castle" have been having something of a feud during recently times. The problems now seem to have been resolved, which in my opinion is a reason for celebration for magicians everywhere. As a proud member since 1974 I am delighted, as an AMA member, to be officially visiting my clubhouse the Magic Castle tomorrow night. I extend my thanks for sorting everything out to all of those who were involved in doing so. They seem to have done a great job resolving the key issues.

When you have such a unique, eccentric and successful entity as the Magic Castle, you certainly hope to see it continuing into its second half century in much the same way that it managed to become a runaway success by the end of its first 50 years. There is truly nowhere else like the Magic Castle in the entire world; Bill and Milt Larsen took a pipedream of an idea from their father and converted it into reality for us all to enjoy.

My favorite analogy for the Castle has always been the bumblebee, a curious little critter than by any laws of aerodynamics shouldn't be able to fly, yet somehow still manages to flitter around in mid-air in a highly nimble manner. Having been a part of the Castle for over 40 years it has been a blast seeing it happily move from triumph to disaster to triumph while always remaining true to its own curious code. This place is far too special to risk messing around with its structure, DNA or fine print.

Much of the pressure on the grand old AMA/Castle structure has probably indirectly resulted from the enormous commercial advances that the Castle has enjoyed under the superb management of Joe Furlow. The Castle is literally bustling with success from the moment you walk through the bookcase. I have been a member long enough to remember when we had more serious problems than too many people wanting to show up and spend money at our club.

Under the stewardship of the current team of board members, owners and creators we seem to have reached an agreement that takes the Castle way into the future and doesn't leave us having to clumsily refer to the Castle as the AMA clubhouse! To me any serious attempt to re-brand anywhere as unique as the Magic Castle never made an iota of sense. Let's say it loud and proud, we have an amazing club in an even more amazing clubhouse.

Tomorrow night I will be sitting in the Owl Bar, hopefully gossiping with my dear friend Milt, chatting with the Castle's hidden weapon Jack Goldfinger, waving at board members and giving Irene and Erika a hug! What could be more satisfactory than to witness legitimate disagreements resolved and our magical home away from home reunited in such a relatively seamlessly manner. My first tequila and beer will be toasting our club and the people who keep it the most happening place in Hollywood.

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9. Audience Engagement - #361 - Kyle Peron
Message by Kyle Peron (US)

As performers, we know how important it is to engage the audience. We learn that we must engage them in the wonder that is magic.

Likewise, we learn that we also must engage the helper on stage. Work with them, motivate them and get reactions from them during the routine that we are performing.

But an issue often arises for many when you have a helper on stage. We often spend so much time engaging the helper that we forget the audience. Often times we know they are there but we the concentration is not on them. We tend to work with the helper in hopes the audience enjoys it as well.

In reality, we cannot forget about the audience ever. Even during a helper routine, we must not only know the audience is there, but we must also engage them as well. It has to be equal. The helper and the audience must feel equally connected to what is happening on stage.

This is a hard and fine balance to achieve but it is one that is of utmost importance if we want our magic to go well and be perceived as the professionals that we strive to be.

So how do we do this, it can be done many ways depending upon your personality and character on stage. Some are actually quite easy to do and to apply to any routine you perform.

1) Always make eye contact at all times. First make eye contact with the helper and then eye contact with the audience. I often will do a 3 step contact. I look to the right to the left and then center and then back to the helper. Eye contact draws an audience in and allows then to realize you have not forgotten about them.

2) Engage the audience. You can often engage them in the routine by structuring the helper routine so that it asks the audience for an answer to a question. "What should we do now?" "What color would you guys pick?" Should we do option A or option B?" In this fashion it becomes a part of the structure of the routine so you never lose the audience because they are a part of the routine that takes place.

3) Getting the audience to react. In many cases you can get the audience involved in the routine by getting them to react favorably to a situation in the routine. Structure pauses on the routine so that you may look at them and allow them to applaud you and the helper. Allow them to laugh at a comical situation and look at them when they react to it.

4) Use improvisation. Do not be afraid of improvisation. If someone says something in the audience, run with it and acknowledge it in a fun manner. After all we are entertainers and our goal is interaction and fun for everyone. Do not get so hung up on the helper and the routine, that you miss golden opportunities to improv off the audience.

Many times there are situations that happen during the show that just allow for you to say something and have it a part of the routine. When situations happen, often times the audience gets eager to see how YOU will respond to it. Be a professional, but do not let these pass you buy. If you do, it can often leave the audience remaining uncomfortable.

5) Applause cue. This is a very easy one that many forget. Make sure you pause in the routine to give you and your helper the applause they deserve. Allow the audience to applaud the helper at various times during the routine. Then acknowledge that applause. "See they like you already." "Wow, you got more applause and we haven't even done anything yet. Way to go dude." Whatever fits your character the best, but set up the applause and then acknowledge the audience for it.

6) Likewise, allow for comical moments. Place in the routine comical moments that are targeted to the audience or an audience member. This allows you to engage the helper and the audience at the same time. For example, I often have a helper on stage and before the magic actually happens I look into the audience and select someone via eye contact. I look at the helper and might say something like, "OK Tim you are going to love this. However, this guy right over here ...he is going to TOTALLY freak out. Make sure you do not miss it. You will LOVE it but this guy will lose all composure." In this fashion I am using audience members to become a part of the routine and engaging them without them having to go anywhere. In a way it is use of audience manipulation.

There are many more, but my hope is this gets you at least thinking of what you can do. How important it is that we engage both helper and audience during routines like this. If you try some of these, I KNOW you will see a huge difference and your audiences will as well.


I have a new book out I would like you to know about all about working the Festival market. If you would like additional and detailed information on this topic, please see my book/eBook at: http://www.kpmagicproducts.com/Festival_Magic.html

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.

Kyle Peron
Magician and Illusionist
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10. 3rd Annual Joe Lefler Legacy Scholarship At KIDabra Conference
Message by Mark Daniel (US)

Do you know of a deserving Youth age 15-21 who would benefit from attending KIDabra Conference 2015 in Williamsburg, Virgina? KIDabra is a place for the study of Performing for KIDshow and Family Audiences. KIDabra is a positive environment to help guide, shape, and inspire those who aspire to perform throughout their lives.

Applications are now open for the Joe Lefler Legacy Scholarship.
The Scholarship totals $1,000 that is applied to KIDabra Membership, Conference Registration Fee, Hotel at the DoubleTree, and spending money for food and travel.
The Scholarship exists today endowed through an anonymous donor, and with Joe's wish that his legacy of teaching, and nurturing young performers continue!
Applications are due by June 1.

For More info on KIDabra Conference and KIDabra International go to www.kidabra.org

11. Mat Franco's New Resident Show
Message by Mat Franco (US)

Magician Mat Franco, Season 9 Winner Of Nbc's America's Got Talent, Takes The Las Vegas Stage This Summer With New Resident Show At The Linq Hotel & Casino

New show at The LINQ begins June 24; tickets on sale now

Las Vegas - April 2, 2015 - Mat Franco, the first magician to win NBC's America's Got Talent, brings his captivating, hold-on-to-your-seat illusions to the heart of the Las Vegas Strip this summer with an all-new resident show at The LINQ Hotel & Casino. Tickets will go on sale April 22 in advance of the June 24 first performance in a soon-to-be renovated LINQ Theater at the recently reimagined LINQ Hotel.

For his first-ever Las Vegas headlining residency, Mat offers a fresh, fun, and feel-good twist on magic that defies all expectations. In a full-scale production built on brand-new, never-before-seen material, the 26-year-old magician delivers his most spectacular performance yet-but still keeps his love of getting up close with the crowd at the heart of every show. With his signature brand of breezy humor, Mat mixes his amazingly inventive and always stunning magic with crowd-guided improv to create a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that's completely unique to each audience and entirely unforgettable.

"As a kid I dreamt of having the chance to perform in Las Vegas," said Mat. "So to have this opportunity is an actual dream come true. I never thought it would happen and now that it has I can't wait to build a show that's truly interactive, really engaging and a whole lot of fun."

Tickets go on sale April 22 at 10am and may be purchased in person at The LINQ Box Office, by calling (855) 234-7469 or online by visiting ticketmaster.com. Fans can visit MatFranco.com for updates, ticket offers and a behind-the-scenes look at how the show is coming together.

Building on his playful, interactive style, the show will bring the best of Mat's dazzling magic to the millions of fans who launched him into the top spot during Season 9 of NBC's America's Got Talent. In his journey to victory the phenom had the AGT judges crooning. Howie Mandel said, "Franco is deserving of his own room in Las Vegas and the international recognition…I think a million dollars is going to be a pittance to what I believe that he's worth in the future." With Heidi Klum adding, "He's really good at everything…close up magic (as well as) doing something on the big stage for everybody far away to see."
"Mat is a one of a kind performer and we are thrilled to bring him to Las Vegas," said Scott Armstrong, VP and managing producer, BASE Entertainment.

"His charming personality and incredible talent have endeared him to people across the country and we are looking forward to creating a dynamic show and venue here in Las Vegas for him to call home."

"We are proud that an entertainer as talented as Mat has made the reimagined LINQ Hotel & Casino his Las Vegas home," said Eileen Moore, regional president of the center Strip property. "Last summer, millions of fans voted Mat as the winner of America's Got Talent, and we look forward to welcoming this wide array of guests to our property to see him perform live."

This summer Mat will be returning to NBC for a series of primetime specials. Titled "Mat Franco's Got Magic"

The specials will capture Mat traveling from the East Coast to the West Coast as he prepares to open his show in Las Vegas. Along the way Mat will perform magic for big-name celebrities and for family, friends and every day Americans who helped make his dream come true.

About Mat Franco:

As the first and only magician ever to win NBC's America's Got Talent, Mat Franco takes an innovative approach to magic-making that's driven by pure joy. Almost entirely self-taught, the 26-year-old Rhode Island native began developing his own shows before the age of ten and took the stage at the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas by the time he was 15. With an improvisation-fueled and humor-laced performance style partly honed through his years as a hugely in-demand college act, Mat is now gearing up for the launch of a headlining show at The LINQ Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas that offers both boundless fun and a stunning sense of thrill and wonder.

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12. SAM 2015 Public Convention Schedule
Message by Dal Sanders M.I.M.C. With Gold Star

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM SYM Magic Jam Afternoon Sessions
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Magic Center Meeting
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Magic Endowment Fund Meeting
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Caucus (private event)
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Pre-Registration Open
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM All Contest Briefing
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Assembly #4 Special Event

Largest Magic Club Meeting with presentations by+ SAM Past National Presidents
10:00 PM - 11:30 PM After-Assembly Libations (Dutch treat)
11:00 PM - 12:00 AM Ritual Installation presented by Assembly #22
Please pre-register
12:00 AM - 1:00 AM Ritual Installation repeated (if needed)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

7:30 AM - 5:00 PM Registration Open
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM SAM National Council Meeting
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Alt. Event - Philadelphia History Tour
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM SYM Magic Jam Morning Sessions
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Lecture #1: Eric Anderson
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Vendor Exposition Grand Opening
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM New Attendee Orientation
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM Alt. Event - Philadelphia History Tour
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM Kick-off Welcome and Convention Tech Tutorial
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Lecture #2:
History of African-American Magicians
Ran'd Shine, Hiawatha Johnson, Jr., Rory Rennick, Jim Magus
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Lecture #3: Technology Talk
With Bruce Kalver
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Magic Circle Reception
7:00 PM - 7:45 PM Stars of Tomorrow Close-up
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM Gala Show 1:
Transformation of Vaudeville
Jonathan Burns, Lee Germain and Judi, Andy Dallas
Lindsay Benner, Scott Alexander, Bob Little
10:00 PM - 12:00 AM Vendor Exposition - Late Night
10:00 PM - 11:00 PM Autographs
11:00 PM - 1:00 AM Underground Magic 1 - focus: cards Pre-Function (5th Floor) with Kainoa Harbottle and Dan Haus

Thursday, July 2, 2015

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Registration Open
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Alt. Event - Philadelphia History Tour
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM SAM Combined Contest Show
Fr. Cyprian Murray Stage Contest
Paul Critelli Close-up Contest
Michael Close MC
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM Vendors Exposition
hands-on individual workshops Martinka's Backroom
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Ray Goulet: A Night at the Museum
Interviewed by Mike Bent
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM Alt. Event - Philadelphia History Tour
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Lecture #4: Hector Mancha
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Select Sessions No. 1
"Basic Training" Track: Cardini Parlour
Hands on Mentalism with Joseph Curcillo III
"Wiz Biz" Track:
Marketing for Entertainers Live with Chad Wonder
7:00 PM - 7:45 PM Stars of Tomorrow Close-up
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM Pro-Close-up Show: Magic of Spain Mancha, Aragon, Lopez, Rubiales
10:00 PM - 12:00 AM Underground Magic 2 - focus: coins Pre-Function with Eric Jones and Mike Kaminskas
10:30 PM - 11:30 PM Lecture #5:
History of Philadelphia Magic
With Tom Ewing
11:30 PM - 12:30 AM Invisible Lodge

Friday, July 3, 2015

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Registration Open
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Alt. Event - Philadelphia History Tour
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM SAM Member Recognition
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Lecture #6: Woody Aragon
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Vendors Exposition
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Lecture #7: Joe Romano
C.I.A.: Ultimate School Show Secrets
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Select Sessions No. 2
"Basic Training" Track:
Scripting your show
With Hiawatha Johnson, Jr
"The Assembly Matters" Track:
Summit-Up: magic club tune-up with Vinny Grosso
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Cocktail Reception and Photos
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM Banquet )
Milbourne Christopher Awards Presentation
Comedy Magic of Mike Bent
7:00 PM - 7:45 PM Stars of Tomorrow Close-up
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM Gala Show #2: Miguel Puga
Concerto for Piano & Pasteboards
10:00 PM - 11:30 PM Houdini Movie Screening
"The Grim Game"
Dorothy Dietrich and Dick Brooks introduction
11:30 PM - 1:30 AM Underground Magic 3 focus: anything with Eric Jones, Dan Haus, Mike Kaminskas, Kainoa Harbottle

Saturday, July 4, 2015

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Registration Open
Get your final Convention Gift: a loaded 8GB thumb drive!
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM SAM Awards Presentation
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Vendor Exposition
10:30 AM - Noon Lecture #8: Miguel Puga
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Stars of Tomorrow Show
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Vendor Exposition Last Chance
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Select Sessions No. 3
"The Assembly Matters" Track Magic Club Ethics
with Sara Crasson, Steven Spence, Marc DeSouza
"Basic Training" Track:
Hands on Parlour/impromptu with Scott Alexander
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Life Member Reception
6:30 PM - 7:15 PM Stars of Tomorrow Close-up
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Gala Show #3: Heart and Soul of Magic
Ran'd Shine, Eric Anderson, Jamahl Keyes, Puck, Mondre
10:30 PM / 11:00 PM Fireworks

Note: Schedule Subject To Change

13. Quarter Of A Million Dollars For Excellence In Magic!
Message by Julie Eng (Canada)

Magicana is pleased to announce on behalf of the Slaight Family Foundation the creation of the Allan Slaight Awards to recognize outstanding achievement in the pursuit of the impossible.

Initiated by the Slaight Family Foundation to honour Canadian media mogul and philanthropist Allan Slaight, and his lifelong passion for and contribution to magic, Magicana will distribute, on behalf of the Slaight Family Foundation $250,000, over five years, to recognize excellence in magic.

The Allan Slaight Awards will be distributed across five categories: Sharing Wonder (Live or Digital), Sharing Secrets, International Rising Star, Canadian Rising Star, and Lifetime Achievement.

The Sharing Wonder category will recognize the most innovative performance of magic over the past calendar year, either in live performance or a digital medium. The goal is to recognize exceptional performances, by exceptional artists.

Sharing Secrets will recognize the most exceptional creative, innovative or well-presented (live, in print, or digital) works that advance the study of magic as a performing art. The focus will be on the techniques that magicians use or can use to advance the work. Works related to the history of magic and its practitioners will also be considered in this category. The International Rising Star award will recognize emerging talent, while a separate award will be given to an emerging Canadian talent.

A Lifetime Award will recognize a person, company or organization that has demonstrated a commitment to advancing magic as a performing art, and made major contributions to that goal throughout their lifetime.

The word "magic" includes ancillary subjects such as illusions, mentalism and sleight-of hand, and any other branch that can be considered to fall under the broad rubric of magic.
The Allan Slaight Awards are international in scope. Magicana will accept submissions from performers, creators, writers, designers, and anyone else with an interest in magic, wherever they reside or perform. One can submit his or her own work for consideration, or the work of any other individual or organization. The portal for submitting works will be added to the Magicana website this summer so that works created in 2015 can be submitted for consideration.

Magicana will publish and promote a "Long List" of submissions under consideration with, where possible, links to those submissions. A panel of three independent judges will review the Long List in each category, and reduce the list to a "Short List" of potential recipients. The judges will then determine a final recipient in each category.

Winners will be announced annually and awarded with the following amounts:
Lifetime Achievement - $15,000
Sharing Wonder - $15,000
Sharing Secrets - $10,000
International Rising - $5,000
Canadian Rising - $5,000
The inaugural recipients (for work completed in 2014) will be announced in Toronto on June 27, 2014.

Details can be found on our website: www.magicana.com/awards

14. Diamond Jim Tyler's Updated Tour Schedule
Message by Diamond Jim Tyler (US)

DJT is now lecturing in Australia and several Asian countries:

5-04 Brisbane---------(Contact Dave Lord dave@davelord.com.au)
5-05 Sydney----------(Contact Sean Taylor sean@seantaylor.com.au)
5-07 Melbourne------(Contact Graham Etherington mrtricks@ozemail.com.au)
5-11 Adelaide--------(Contact Phil Ahrens phil@wizzbangmagic.com)
5-12 Perth------------(Contact Steve Silk stevesilk@upnaway.com)
5-14 Singapore------(Contact John Teo johnteo_sg@yahoo.com.sg)
5-16 Bangkok------- (Contact Mamada mamada_magic@hotmail.com)
5-17 Hong Kong----(Contact Albert Tam mrmagicalbert@yours.com)
5-19 Manila----------(Contact Chubster Flores theprestidigitators@gmail.com)
5-22 Surabaya, Indonesia (Contact Sucahyo ssucahyo@yahoo.com)

Diamond Jim Tyler returns to New Zealand and Australia with a new lecture and making his debut in several Asian countries. DJT has now lectured in 45 of the 50 US states plus 21 other countries. MAGIC magazine's readership voted his lecture one of the best to see! DJT will feature many of his tried and true routines from his books and DVDs on close-up magic.

He'll also be showcasing many bar bets and bits of business from his Bamboozlers books and the online show Scam School, with over one million followers, where he is a regular guest star. While best known for his close-up magic and bar bets, DJT will also be teaching some of his stand-up routines used in parlor and stage settings.

This lecture literally features something for everyone.

15. Updates So Far This Week On VanishLive.com
Message by - Mick Peck (New Zealand
Online Content Editor

Latest updates on VanishLive.com include:

- Eddie Dawes Honored
- Hobson Returns Home
- Ammar Returns Home
- An Enchanting History of the Magic Castle
- Bill Blagg To Mystify Grand Opera House
- Ikea Singapore Reviews Support Of Anti-Gay Magician

Video of the Week: Hannibal live at the Magic Castle
Magic news, articles from around the world and product reviews from
working professional magicians.

Visit us today at:

- Mick Peck
Online Content Editor

16. E-zine Archives
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