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Issue Number: #1256
Date: Sunday 7th February 2016
Editor: Alan Watson QSM
E-mail: editor@magicnewzealand.com
Hi here is the latest news

1. Editor's Message
2. John Calvert's Lawsuit Against Randy Wolf
3. MAGIC Commercial
4. Vanishlive.com Migrates To Facebook
5. Where Comics And Magic Collide With Jon Armstrong
6. Memorabilia For Sale
7. Scout Shows Year Round - #389 - Kyle Peron
8. Fundraising Magician Discovers New Niche
9. Content From Kids Entertainer Hub
10. Chris Capharts Only Australian Lecture Tuesday 16/02/16
11. STIMF - 2016 - England
12. Now You See Me 2' First Teaser Trailer
13. FISM 2018 Open For Registration
14. Broken Wand Jerry Mentzer
15. The Magic Of Porto
16. San Antonio Has The "Wow" Factor
17. The 'Overboard'
18. e-zine Archives
19. Privacy Policy and Copyright Notice

1. Editor's Message
The highlight for the week for Michele and I was having Paul and Natalie Romhany along with their son Jon-Paul come and stay with us.

If you would like to read the Magic New Zealand e-zine in a HTML format go to: http://www.magicnewzealand.com/ezine-archive/2016-Jan-to-Dec-2016/1256-Feb02-2016.html

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

2. John Calvert's Lawsuit Against Randy Wolf
Message by John R. Browne III
Martindale-Hubbell 2016 Highest Rating
In Legal Ability and Ethical Standards
Law Offices of John R. Browne III

You may recall that in 2013 at John Calvert's request I filed a lawsuit for him and Tammy against Randy Wolf, an Ohio heart surgeon to whom the Calverts had sold their world famous "Magicarama" Magic Show for a purchase price of $100,000. Dr. Wolf had paid $37,000 towards the purchase price and had kept the Show, but had refused to pay the remaining $67,000.

The Trial Court granted a motion filed by Dr. Wolf's lawyers to quash service of process on Dr. Wolf, on the grounds that Dr. Wolf's activities in California were not sufficient to subject him to jurisdiction here. I appealed such decision, and yesterday was happy to learn that following a lengthy briefing schedule and oral argument, a panel of three Justices on the Court of Appeals unanimously reversed the Trial Court's decision. The Court of Appeals opinion can be accessed via the link below.

While yesterday's decision is by no means dispositive, it requires Dr. Wolf to come here to defend the Calverts' lawsuit, which will now continue on Tammy's behalf on account of John's demise. I hope to achieve a successful result for Tammy. I will keep you apprised.

Best wishes,

Jack Browne

johnrbrowne@sbcglobal.net, the following transaction has occurred in:
John Calvert et al. v. Randall Wolf
Case: A140405 1st District, Division 3

Date (YYYY-MM-DD): 2016-01-29
Event Description: Opinion Available Online (Signed Unpublished).

To view opinion document for this case, go to:
[PDF] http://www.courts.ca.gov/opinions/nonpub/A140405.PDF
[DOC] http://www.courts.ca.gov/opinions/nonpub/A140405.DOC

For more information on this case, go to:

3. MAGIC Commercial
Message by Stan Allen, Editor of MAGIC Magazine

The following is a commercial, so if you want skip down to the next item, I understand. However, if you'd like to read what's in the current issue of MAGIC Magazine, read on. I'll be brief.

The February issue is packed with stories, tricks, and more!

Stories: How directing magic shows has made Jon Armstrong a better magician. Why England's Breathe Magic is making a difference in kids' lives. What "Christmas morning" at David Copperfield's warehouse looks like? How four artists are spreading their magic in a big way? How magicians teamed up with Operation Gratitude to help heroes.

Tricks: New magic effects from Steven Valentine, Martine Lewis, Ian Rowland, Jiang Zhenguha & Bill Cheung, Steve Reynolds, Mike Bent, and John Armstrong. Plus excerpts from three First Looks: "Camera Tricks" by Casshan Wallace, "Magic by Miller" by Donald Croucher, and "Kahnjuring" by Scott Kahn.

More: Well... simply a lot more!

The February 2016 issue of MAGIC Magazine is currently available in print and digitally.


4. Vanishlive.com Migrates To Facebook
Message by Mick Peck (New Zealand)

Thanks to everyone for your support for more than two years of international magic news updates at VanishLive.com

We have now migrated to Vanish World Magic News, a free Facebook group.

All readers of Magic New Zealand are pre-approved to join Vanish World Magic News, just click the "Join Group" button on the group and I'll approve your membership.


Vanish Magic World News is a repository for both local and international news items concerning magic and magicians.

All members are welcome to post items that may be of interest or spark discussion. Add friends to the group if you want. Friendly banter encouraged.

Commercial or promotional content is fine just don't spam or bump stuff endlessly. Letting members know about items for sale is fine. Enjoy.

Click "Join Group" at:


5. Where Comics And Magic Collide With Jon Armstrong
Message by Scott Wells, M.I.M.C. with Gold Star

The Magic Word Podcast

We are taking a break this week to give time for Gregory Wilson to digest the previous podcasts and prepare his "proof" of the "lies" that (in his opinion) our guests have made in their testimonies. Greg plans to return to The Magic Word Podcast and give a defense then we will move on with our usual scheduled podcast programming.

So, this week we talk with the February 2016 MAGIC Magazine cover boy, Jon Armstrong. He is the current Chairman of the Board of Trustees for The Academy of Magical Arts (The Magic Castle) and a winner of the Close-Up Magician of the Year plus he is a consultant to theme parks. But the first part of our talk is about comic books and how they are often overlooked as art. Indeed, most adults think of them as being for kids when in reality they are "sequential art". The parallel to magic is that our art, too, is often trivialized by some adults and not considered art.

Jon also talks about approaching groups to perform close-up magic, how he brands himself, how and why we should select tricks that fit our personality, and how we should treat magic as the art it is.

You can watch a video of Jon on "Penn & Teller Fool Us" television show, see some photos, get some important links to some free stuff, read the blog, listen to the podcast online and download the MP3 file at: http://themagicwordpodcast.com/scottwellsmagic/275-jon-armstrong

We welcome Danny Cole to the Friends of The Magic Word this week, too. If you would like to join this elite group, then please check out how you can help at: http://scott-wells-kdb1.squarespace.com/fotmw/

6. Memorabilia For Sale
Message by Paul Stone

I have a collection of one-off signed items of memorabilia for sale from several well known magicians including Fred Kaps, Maurice Fogel, Ken Brooke, Siegfried & Roy and John Calvert. I will be attending the Blackpool Magicians Convention later this month and I will have these items with me. If you are interested in more details, email me at qualityevents@aol.com

7. Scout Shows Year Round - #389 - Kyle Peron
Message by Kyle Peron (US)

The great thing about the scout market is that you do not have to limit yourself to working just the yearly banquet. There is a golden secret I would like to share with you that has tremendous value. It is something that can keep you working the market all year, provide a valued service and no one is doing it. Allow me to share the concept with you in hopes that it may open your own eyes to the possibilities.

By contacting and talking with various Boy and Girl Scout Councils, I realized that both organizations have badges or awards that can be earned for doing and learning about magic. Sometimes these are referred to as merit badges but may be called different things in various scout councils. The key point is knowing that they do exist and that scouts can work towards earning this badge.

If you are keyed into problem solving for your clients, then this raises a wonderful opportunity for you the entertainer. Like the magic themed meetings I talked about earlier, you can create a full scout program for the scout packs or even Girl Scout troops.

The idea here is to provide a full meeting for the pack or troop that you provide for them. You provide a 30 minute magic show followed by a teaching workshop and then end with a question and answer session. The beauty of this is that everything you do is helping the Scouts earn their magic badge or award.

In the minds of the Scout Leaders and Councils, this has amazing power and benefit for them. It serves a purpose far greater than just entertainment alone. Now you are providing a service that empowers the Scouts and gets them working towards something they can feel good about. It also allows you to charge more for the service and gets you to perform all year long performing this program for various cub packs and Girl Scout troops in and around your area.

I started doing this a few years ago and the Scout Councils simply love it. In fact I have even had Scout Councils team up and bring together many packs and troops together and make a full afternoon event just from my program alone.

What you teach needs to be easy items with stuff around the house that also empowers instead of frustrating. I usually do a floating pencil effect and also jumping rubber bands are very easy to do and I can provide the props for the scouts to keep at next to nothing in cost. Both are tricks the kids can do with ease and gets them excited about magic.

If I have large groups, I teach the effects to the Scout Leaders ahead of time and then have them assist me with the hands on portion of the teaching workshop. This is great to do because it gets the Leaders directly involved in the teaching of the Scouts and empowers them as well. Allow the Scouts to keep the items to take home with them.

The question and answer part of the program brings the kids back to the front area as you talk briefly about the history of magic and the importance of keeping the secret, practice and entertainment value. You can then allow the scouts to ask questions that they may have and answer them for them. You then wrap up the program by thanking everyone. It is a great opportunity that no one is doing and can allow you to really tap into this market in your own area and work it all year. A quick call to your local Scout Council can gain you great information that you can use to build your own magic program that is geared at directly helping Scouts to earn their magic badge.


I hope this information has given you an idea of what can be done with working the Scout market. If you would like additional and detailed information on this topic, please see my book/e-book at: http://kpmagicproducts.com/Blue_and_Gold.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.

8. Fundraising Magician Discovers New Niche
Message by John Kaplan

During the past 35 years I've had the pleasure of touring Canada with my magic and illusion show.

It began with a 2-week tour of "Abracadabra" in 1980, gradually expanding to a 4-month spring and fall touring schedule with such shows as "The Magic Bus", "Millennium Magic", "Makin' Magic", "Stage Fright" and, currently, "AbracaDAZZLE!".

It's been a lot of fun. Over the years I've performed thousands of shows in over 500 different communities across Canada, coast-to coast and into its northern regions.

Along the way, it's been estimated that these shows have raised more money for a greater variety of community groups and causes than any other program of its kind.

In 2015, however, I decided it was time for a break.

While still actively involved in producing my Fundraising Magic™ shows in my local market, "hitting the road" holds less interest for me now … meaning that I've had to look at options for replacing that income.

Last summer I decided to do something that I'd previously enjoyed, except this time on a much more developed scale. I couldn't believe how successful it turned out!

I undertook to create a "Magic Summer Camp" program … basically a half-day camp offering magic classes at community recreation centres to children aged 6 - 12 years.

As mentioned, this was something I'd done previously. And, I loved it. There's nothing quite like the feeling of teaching a child a basic magic trick, and seeing the immediate self-esteem and selfconfidence boost it gives them when they find themselves able to do it.

It was quite rejuvenating for me as well. Guiding and watchingthem experience that feeling was something that rekindled the joy I'd experienced when I was a kid learning magic.
Beyond that, I learned a lot. I learned how to effectively structure a magic class, both as a single day activity and a weeklong program.

I learned some important classroom management techniques (in part due to the parent of one of my charges, who happened to be an experienced schoolteacher).

Using the years of experience gained in marketing my Fundraising Magic™ program, I learned how to promote these magic class programs - with the result being a sell-out summer schedule (also yielding multiple repeat bookings for this year's Spring Break and summer 2016).

And, I perfected a system for maximizing profits with post-class product sales. Not only an important consideration in regards to income generation, but for other reasons as well.

It only makes sense. Teaching kids how to do some amazing tricks hopefully nurtures their love for magic and gives them a desire to learn more. Fulfilling this demand with appropriate post-session magic tricks and learning tools helps those interested enough to pursue the craft an opportunity to do just that - and in so doing, helps to preserve the future of magic. Win-win!

I realized that there might be other magicians wanting to share their knowledge and love of magic with a new generation (and even get paid for it!). So, I documented the whole process. Any magician interested can get additional information at this link: http://bit.ly/1NnbUtO

Teaching magic to children is a fun, rewarding and positive contribution that I highly recommend to others!

9. Content From Kids Entertainer Hub
Message by Laurice Chavez

History of Magic: Penn and Teller
Link: http://magictricksforkids.org/penn-and-teller/
Meet magic's dynamic duo and two of the most famous and most highly regarded magicians today, Penn Jillette and Raymond Teller. Though exceedingly different in lifestyle and interests, the two have great rapport and have achieved a lot together, from amazing audiences with fantastic and frightening tricks and illusions, to starring in their own TV programs, to having their own Hollywood Walk of Fame stars. Learn more about them at http://magictricksforkids.org/penn-and-teller/

2. Add This to Your Magic Arsenal: CSI Magic Trick
Link: http://magictricksforkids.org/csi-magic-trick/
Play detective with this easy card magic that is based on the classic trick Sam the Bellhop. All you need are several regular playing cards, an old nursery rhyme, some tape, and a one-page printout. Get the free printout and video instructions here: http://magictricksforkids.org/csi-magic-trick/

3. A Magician's Guide to What Makes Little Kids Laugh
Link: http://kidsentertainerhub.com/what-makes-little-kids-laugh/
Performing magic shows for kids under 5 years old? These awesome tips will help you get the little tots giggling and laughing as if on cue. Read about these pointers at http://kidsentertainerhub.com/what-makes-little-kids-laugh/

10. Chris Capeharts Only Australian Lecture Tuesday 16 February 2016
Message from Peter Rodgers (Australia)

8.00pm on Tuesday 16 February 2016 at St Martins Anglican Church Hall 9B Arnold Street Killara (this is the large hall to the right of the church) $25.00 Per Person (fully paid up members of Ring 102 excepted).

The Performer of the Year! He Can Do Stage, He Can Do Platform, He Can Do Parlour, He Can Do Close-up, He Can Do Kids, He Can Do Adults, He Can Do Lectures, He Can Teach Workshops, In The World of Magic This Is What Makes Chris Capehart An accomplished Master Magician. He is respected throughout the world by his peers, applauded for his skills by the most famous of magicians and sought after for repeat performances by clients.

Chris Capehart has done it all. In forty + years he has performed on the big stage, lectured to magicians, become a famous, accomplished street performer, created routines and mastered the linking rings. He has been published and imitated throughout the world. His skill at close-up is no less than astonishing. His quick comeback verbal skills, sharpened on the streets of New York City, have made him an outstanding comedian.

At the Abbott's Convention 2002 he was awarded the Senator Crandall Award for Comedy. At the CAM Convention he worked with Jeff McBride. After his performance Jeff McBride said "He is the only magician I've ever seen who can bring down the house with a stock trick." In Las Vegas at the SAM National Convention Chris Capehart again proved himself to be a master of magic by being the Master of Ceremony for the show. He has been labelled a promoters dream. He has been invited and is a member of 4F.

Chris Capehart is a regular headliner at "Monday Night Magic" New York City's longest running off Broadway magic show, at The Magic Castle, in Hollywood CA and at Dickens Parlour Theatre. He has performed in Atlantic City, Las Vegas, New York, Philadelphia, Hollywood, Chicago, Denver and numerous other cities.

He is one of the few American magicians who has been asked to perform at the Magic Circle in England. Out of ten shows at the Magic Circle, Chris Capehart got eight standing ovations. A feat unheard of in London. He has also performed at The Blackpool Magic Convention, one of the biggest conventions in the world. At the convention he did twelve close-up shows, lectured to 1200 magicians, and held a special session called Teach a Trick and sold over 600 DVD's and lecture notes. He has performed in over thirteen countries and has worked for three different cruise lines. He has worked for several corporations for the last fifteen years straight, some twenty years. And last but not least, he has been featured on the cover of Genii Magazine, December 2008 edition. It took 17 pages to tell his story. Chris Capehart is a magician not to be missed.

"Chris Capehart says he's a Master Magician, and he really is. He learned his craft on the streets, and then when he came indoors -- wow! He doesn't just work a room; he owns it."-- Max Maven

"Thousands of shows on the streets make you strong and teaches many lessons and no one has learned those lessons more than Chris Capehart. He's taken those lessons and become one of todays top comedy magic performers in the world. Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity from a true master of the craft, Chris is truly the best of the best…..".

"Chris Capehart is one of the important forces in magic today. He is fine magician, but more importantly, he is an artist who is primarily interested in entertaining his audiences. Watching his show is instructive in and of itself, but the opportunity to hear him lecture is an event not to be missed."
- Rich Bloch

"Why does Chris get standing ovations? It is not the effect that makes the star rather the star that makes the effect. It's become the combination of great timing, comedy sensibility and great Magic combined. Anyone can fill the stage with feathers and flowers. Chris can fill a stage with a single rose that's why he and his rings are the best I've seen. That's entertainment."
- Rocco

"Chris Capehart is an amazing Master Magician. His lecture is full of practical information. He is a joy to watch."

Full details from Peter Rodgers 02 9894 6831 or at peterrodgers@hotkey,net.au
or visit Chris Capehart's site at capehartsmagic.com

11. STIMF - 2016 - England
Message by Gunnar Kr. Sigurjónsson (US)

Relaxed, fun and friendly Magic Festival

South Tyneside International Magic Festival has been named as the maximum relaxed, greatest fun and most friendly magic conference in the whole world. At STIMF-2016, which will take place Friday 11th March to Sunday 13th March 2016, at The Customs House in South Shields, England, there will be:

From the USA: John Carney and Chad Long.
From Belgium: Rafael.
From Germany: Alana Moehlmann.
From Sweden: Malin Nilsson.
From the UK: Paul Wilson, Michael Vincent, Dr. Will Houstoun, Chris
Rawlins, Steve Rawlings (Juggler), Peter Clifford, Paul Megram
(Children's show & lecture), Phil Butler, Men in coats, Andi Gladwin and
John Archer.

£65 covers all lectures, two Gala Shows and Close Up sessions - Plus a Midnight Show on Friday night.

No overlapping lectures and Master Classes on Sunday afternoon.

There's a Facebook group here: www.facebook.com/groups/29920799525

You can register by sending an e-mail to:
Karri.Prinn@southtyneside.gov.uk or by calling Derek on +44 (0)191 424 7821.
Nearest airport is: Newcastle International Airport. (NCL)

12. "Now You See Me 2" First Teaser Trailer

The Ace of Entertainment Zone

The movie brings back the Four Horsemen, a group of illusionists, who will pull off their most impossible heist yet.

Lionsgate has debuted the first teaser trailer for magician movie "Now You See Me 2". Bringing back almost all of its terrific cast members, the movie seemingly comes with the same formula like the first film, in which the Four Horsemen will pull off some big heists using their magical abilities.

"It's great to be back," says Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson) on the stage with two other members of the Four Horsemen (Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco). The entire trailer shows the illusionists performing magic tricks, but it also introduces a new character played by Daniel
Radcliffe, who appears to be a clumsy magician.

Read more: http://www.aceshowbiz.com/news/view/00091238.html

13. FISM 2018 Open For Registration
Message by Joan Caesar (Canada)

FISM in South Korea

The 2018 FISM website is now open to take reservations. It will be continually updated with information about the convention. Now is the time to book your reservation in order to take advantage of the lowest fee and to be given the best seat possible for the Gala Shows:

I look forward to seeing you there.

14. Broken Wand Jerry Mentzer
Message by Eddy Wade

It is with a very heavy heart that I share with you that one of my longest and best friends, Magic Methods founder Jerry Mentzer passed away, peacefully, in his sleep last night. In addition to being a prolific writer, whom many of today's magic greats credit with starting them on their way, he was a gifted performer himself.

When I was 11 years old, Jerry became my Mentor. He shared the art of magic with me, helped me navigate through all the spectrums of the art to find my own style and taught me about the business of magic. I am eternally grateful to him and the influence he has been in my life. When Jerry allowed me to take over the helm of Magic Methods in April 2014, it was sincerely a fulfilled dream.

I will miss my friend greatly.

15. The Magic Of Porto
Message by Mandy Davis MIMC (UK)

Clube Ilusionista Fenianos

Festival S. Joao Bosco took place, in Porto, Portugal from Friday 29th - Sunday 31st January. At the premises, complete with its own theatre, that houses Clube Illusionista Fenianos. It was a chance meeting at The Magic Circle, London, between their new President, Miss Andy Peixoto and myself that led to the moment when I stood on that stage to perform my act for club members and the Porto public for the first time!

We had a varied and exciting weekend! The club provided all lunches and dinners from Friday night onwards - we were very well fed. It was lovely to chat over food and feel comfortable in the bar/clubroom of this special building that houses all kinds of associations from music to magic - and even a gambling group!

The magic club had been floundering but is now getting stronger again thanks to its leaders and this event was proof of this.

The Festival opened with a port wine and biscuits reception before the first wonderful meal. The Friday night gala started at ten with Mago Marco, clown Pezinho, Cardinal, compere/MC Daniel Guedes - and me! Although I had been completely assured that a patter act would work as 'everyone speaks English here', I discovered that, in fact, understanding was limited. Thankfully, this was rectified for Saturday with interpreters - just as well because I was giving a talk in the afternoon!

Saturday saw a fine lecture from Magi Curty. There were also the close up and stage competitions. Neither was heavily supported by contestants but I was able to enjoy a fascinating act based on a stage full of brightly coloured pottery roosters which are the mascots of Porto. The final trick of this act had a board on which the outline of a rooster was drawn. A volunteer had to colour in the parts of this in his own choice of colours - which happened to match a large pottery model which had been on stage, under a draped silk, throughout the act.

There was a very relaxed Close Up show after lunch. Three performers - Cardinal, Rovit and Peter Sjostedt - gave us some excellent magic led, once again, by compere/MC Daniel Guedes.

Daniel very kindly agreed to translate for me as the show was followed by 'British Afternoon Tea with Mandy Davis'. I showed a short promotional film about The Magic Circle and spoke for about fifteen minutes on the wonders of being a Member, the fabulous building we own and how one can join and benefit, even living away from London.

Another tasty supper followed and then the second gala show with completely different performers from the previous night - apart from me! This time, though, the amazing Leandro Morgado, who speaks perfect English, was able to compere/MC and translate my act which opened the show and was certainly appreciated this time!

The other acts were Magi Curty, who will be appearing at Blackpool, Mr Balloon and Salguery all of whom were excellent.

Sunday began with a lecture from Peter Sjostedt who gave us some very effective mentalism ideas which he has used in business situations. I particularly liked his business card drawing mindreading and also the divining of an object held by one of four people. There was a lot of fun with his effects and the methods were very devious.

The closing ceremony was a surprise as it involved plaques and certificates being presented to all who had performed during the weekend - including me! I am very proud to display them in my home now. Then it was on to the closing lunch, a very nicely presented meal of three courses plus a beautiful cake, baked and iced by Miguel Ball Penreira Saraiva.

After the lunch was eaten, the cake demolished and the port wine supped in the bar - the Festival ended for 2016! Thank you Miss Andy for inviting me to Porto - I had a wonderful time!

16. San Antonio Has The "Wow" Factor
Message by Mike Stratman,
IBM Convention Co-Chair

2016 IBM Convention July 2nd- July 5th

It has been several years since we booked our IBM convention in a true "Destination City". San Antonio meets and exceeds all expectations of this definition. Let me tell you why:
San Antonio is a historical city, "Remember the Alamo". This historic shrine is one of the most visited places in the United States.

To walk on these hallowed grounds and to listen to the guides describe this one sided battle will certainly make you appreciate San Antonio's historical past. The Alamo is only a four block walk from our hotel. If you would like to see a historic film of this battle, (not the John Wayne version) you can visit the movie theater in the Rivercenter Mall, just a block away from our 4 Star Grand Hyatt Hotel. This film runs continuously on a daily basis.

The Grand Hyatt built in 2011 is the newest hotel on the famed Riverwalk. It is adjacent to the Convention Center that houses the Lila Cockrell Theatre where our evening shows will be held. Yes, you can walk right out of the hotel and into the Civic Center, no buses and no worry about inclement weather. This is undoubtedly one of the most convenient locations we have had for years.

In addition to the Alamo, the often copied but never duplicated "River Walk" can be accessed from the side door of our hotel. The River Walk features a multitude of restaurants, hotels, art and gift shops, boutiques and live music. You can board a river taxi and tour the entire river walk, or you can casually walk both sides of the river and enjoy the sights and smells of the sidewalk cafes.

Other attractions within walking distance of the Grand Hyatt are the, world's fair site with the Tower of Americas revolving Chart House Restaurant high above the San Antonio skyline. The Old Courthouse, with its historical artifacts and the "old hanging tree". The Buckhorn Saloon with its western motif and Texas Ranger Museum.

The beautiful Historic San Fernando Church was the beginning of the San Antonio settlement in 1731 and is where Santa Anna later fired the first volley at the Alamo. In addition to its beautiful architecture, the church also houses the only sarcophagus holding the ashes of the heroes of the Alamo. The King William historic District which was settled by German merchants in the late 19th century is about a half a mile from the hotel. If old restored homes and mansions are your thing, you will see some beautiful architecture.

Another must visit spot is the Mexican Market Square with over 100 shops offering one of the largest selections of Mexican wares in the United States. This area is also home to two of the best and most popular Mexican Restaurants in San Antonio, Mi Tierra Cafe and Bakery and La Margarita. The Market Square is about a 10 block walk from the Grand Hyatt. The trolley, bus, cabs or horse drawn carriages can provide you with inexpensive transportation to and from Market Square.

Another great attraction is the San Antonio Missions Historical Park Trail. This consists of 4 Missions that were built in the 1730's and can be reached by auto, or special tour buses. These beautiful Spanish Colonial missions built by the early Spaniards are a must see.
I mentioned earlier the Rivercenter Mall which is just a block away from the Grand Hyatt. This is a 3 level mall with a fast food court, nice restaurants and plenty of shopping. It also houses the movie theater previously mentioned.

The Menger Hotel, another historical site is adjacent to the mall and just "down the alley to the Alamo". Teddy Roosevelt and his rough riders stayed at the Menger, and the bar still has some of the original bullet holes from those rowdy "Rough Riders". The hotel also has a lot of Roosevelt's memorabilia. You really need to take about a half hour of your time to check this place out. Who knows, you may run into one of the ghosts who haunt this historic hotel.

17. The 'Overboard'
Message by from Paul Stone (USA)

In 2005 I released 'Overboard', a prop that could be used equally effectively by magicians whether they performed stage magic, parlor style, close-up, children's shows, restaurant shows, walkabout, private parties, fundraisers, tradeshows and corporate events. We only produced 250 and they completely sold out in a couple of months.

Danny Orleans wrote this review in Genii Magazine:
'Overboard is probably the most versatile, customizable prop for the stand -up performer that I have ever seen. The value of Overboard is the enormous variety of applications for the professional performer. If you are a real world worker consider this seriously.'

Brad Henderson wrote this review in Magic Magazine:
'Two elements that will invariably impress me in a new product are evidence of innovation resulting from real world use and signs of quality in both materials and craftsmanship employed. Paul Stone's 'Overboard' exceeds in both regards. Tradeshow workers, corporate speakers, emcees, in short anyone who desires to offer custom messaging will see this for the piece of gold it is!'

Here are just a few of the testimonials we received about 'Overboard':

Thanks for such a great prop! - Scott Wells

'Overboard' is a working magicians dream, 'Wow!' - Obie O'brien

To coincide with my upcoming UK Lecture Tour in April / May 2016 we are releasing an updated version of 'Overboard'. The new model which is approximately half the size of the original prop and which like the original is also handmade, is supplied with a DVD explaining in detail the handling and several different presentation ideas for virtually every conceivable type of performance.

There is one new presentation idea that on its own is worth the price of this amazingly versatile prop! And, as a bonus, on the DVD I also explain how 'Overboard' can make you your money back several times over!

Best of all, you can learn the handling in minutes and put 'Overboard' into your show right away!

The new 'Overboard' is the perfect size for table hopping, restaurant shows, walkabout, private parties, parlor style and close-up shows, and is ideal for tradeshows and corporate events.

So whether you are a stand up performer, comedy magician, mentalist, close-up worker, children's entertainer, tradeshow magician or restaurant walkabout performer, 'Overboard' will work for you.

If you purchased the original 'Overboard' in 2005 and already use it then you won't need convincing about its value. The new model which I have personally featured in my shows with great success is even more versatile than the original and offers a number of additional very strong commercial routines specifically suited to the updated smaller version. And it now takes up much less space in your case!

Although we will be officially releasing 'Overboard' in April, we are currently making up a small batch of 25 units, which will be available on 18th February at a special pre-release offer price of $149 plus p&h. (The regular price will be $179 plus p&h).

Don't miss out! Email qualityevents@aol.com for details on how to place your order.

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

When you enter the archive the e-zines are in issue order in folders for each year and are Coded, e.g. 001 Nov06 1999.txt first three numbers (001) denote issue number, then the date (Nov06) and the last figures the year (1999)

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The opinions and statements expressed therein are those of the individual contributors and not necessarily those of Magic New Zealand®. Neither Magic New Zealand® nor Alan Watson QSM vouch for the accuracy or reliability of any opinion, message, statement, or other information reported via Magic New Zealand® E-zine.

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

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Privacy Policy and Copyright Notice

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

Copyright © 2016 Alan Watson QSM.

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