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April 10, 2011 | By Dale Bailey, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Last Greatest Magician in the World Howard Thurston Versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards Jim Steinmeyer Tarcher/Penguin: 377 pp., $26.95 It takes some courage to write the biography of a man the reading public has mostly forgotten. Yet that's exactly what Jim Steinmeyer does in "The Last Greatest Magician in the World," a biography of the now-obscure Howard Thurston, the illusionist who held the title by acclaim in the 1920s and '30s. It's a clever marketing trick, and a necessary one, to include Houdini's name in the lumbering subtitle, but it's a piece of misdirection that, like many events in this telling of Thurston's life, doesn't play out quite the way it's supposed to. That's a shame because Thurston's life is fascinating.
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April 10, 2011 | By Dale Bailey, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Last Greatest Magician in the World Howard Thurston Versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards Jim Steinmeyer Tarcher/Penguin: 377 pp., $26.95 It takes some courage to write the biography of a man the reading public has mostly forgotten. Yet that's exactly what Jim Steinmeyer does in "The Last Greatest Magician in the World," a biography of the now-obscure Howard Thurston, the illusionist who held the title by acclaim in the 1920s and '30s. It's a clever marketing trick, and a necessary one, to include Houdini's name in the lumbering subtitle, but it's a piece of misdirection that, like many events in this telling of Thurston's life, doesn't play out quite the way it's supposed to. That's a shame because Thurston's life is fascinating.
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July 9, 2009 | Elina Shatkin
If you think you have trouble maneuvering through downtown Los Angeles traffic, imagine how difficult it was for a herd of elephants -- on Tuesday morning, no less. Holding trunk-to-tail, 10 Asian elephants, weighing between 6,500 and 10,000 pounds each, marched three miles from the train yard in Vernon to the loading dock at Staples Center. Yes, the circus is in town, and as in past years, Ringling Bros.
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April 16, 2000
I'd really like to set the record straight once and for all as to who actually created the visual design style for CityWalk ("Fantasies of a City High on a Hill," by Nicolai Ouroussoff, April 9). As stated in your article, Jon Jerde was hired in 1985 by the Walt Disney Co. I was hired for two years as a full-time creative design consultant by Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) beginning in 1987. Teamed with writers Jim Steinmeyer and Tony Morando, my first major project for WDI was Disney Island, a themed retail/restaurants/entertainment center for Walt Disney World.
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January 4, 2001 | T. H. McCULLOH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the touring "The Scarlet Pimpernel" at Orange County Performing Arts Center, the fact that Ron Bohmer's campy Sir Percy is basically a carbon copy of the flighty aristocrat created on Broadway by Douglas Sills doesn't hurt the show much. What's troubling is the sole difference between them. Whereas Sills seemed to live the role (at L.A.'s Ahmanson Theatre as well as on Broadway), Bohmer appears to be wearing it like a costume.
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December 7, 2008 | Ed Park
It's hard to say what makes a book a favorite. It can be the story or something more amorphous: a turn of phrase, an author's perspective, the way a situation speaks to you. This week, we offer our 50 favorite books of 2008 and ask our online columnists to weigh in with theirs. Enjoy. -- 1 It's not every day you read a lost bit of 19th century science fiction -- from New Zealand, no less.
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May 20, 2013 | By David C. Nichols
The delicate theatricality of “The Fantasticks” has weathered countless editions worldwide since its off-Broadway premiere in 1960. But Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt's adaptation of Edmond Rostand's “Les Romanesques” has perhaps never before enjoyed the elevated insight of the daring transplant irradiating South Coast Repertory. By some contrarian alchemy, director Amanda Dehnert's 2007 Trinity Rep-originated rethink of the world's longest-running musical refreshes this oftentimes cloying classic's evanescent charm.
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June 8, 2000 | LAURIE K. SCHENDEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Step aside, David Copperfield (or, in Rugrats diction, that would be Dabid Coppertone): Angelica the Magnificent is here. Angelica and the rest of her babbling baby cohorts from the Nickelodeon cartoon series open this weekend in "The Rugrats' Magic Adventure," a new stage show at Universal Studios Hollywood. Starting Friday, cable television's popular bouncing babies will dance, dazzle and drool their way through a 14-minute production geared to young audiences.
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October 20, 1985 | RICHARD BUFFUM
A largely unrecognized part of the late Orson Welles' life was a deep and abiding dedication to the art of theatrical conjuring. "Welles loved magic more than anything--his films, the stage, anything," said John Gaughan, who had just completed building about 40% of the illusions that were to be used in a projected television magic special.
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February 29, 2004
*--* SO. CAL. RATING Fiction LAST WEEK WEEKS ON LIST *--* *--* 1 The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (Doubleday: $24.95) A 1 47 Louvre curator's killing leads to clues hidden in Leonardo's paintings and a secret society with something to hide. 2 The Last Juror by John Grisham (Doubleday: $27.95) A 2 3 convicted killer on parole for a brutal rape and murder is bent on retribution as he returns to his small town. 3 The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom 3 21 (Hyperion: $19.
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May 6, 1996 | LAURIE WINER, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
Playing poker with Ricky Jay would be like shooting putt-putt with Jack Nicklaus or trading epigrams with Oscar Wilde. Considered one of the greatest, if not the greatest, sleight-of-hand artists alive today, Jay can deal any hand, any time. Also, he can decapitate a plastic duck by throwing a card at it. In "Ricky Jay & His 52 Assistants," Jay deals perfect gin and poker hands, seemingly without looking, and makes us doubt our sight and the nature of reality.
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