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September 8, 2004 | PATT MORRISON
There's a famous old house in Hollywood and another famous old house in Washington, D.C. They have a lot in common. Both are big, rambling places of not altogether original design; the one in Washington was essentially from an English architecture book, and the one in Hollywood was essentially copied from a Franco-Midwestern chateau in Redlands. Both are for members only, but if you know the right people, you can probably get invited in. And both are pretty much in the same line of work.
July 16, 1995
Mimi Avins erroneously lists Melissa Mathison as the sole screenwriter of "The Black Stallion" ("The Golden Touch," July 9). Credit is shared by Mathison, Jeanne Rosenberg and William Witliff. STEVEN GREENBERG Los Angeles Kudos to Steve Hochman for recognizing an important, talented and provocative new voice on the musical horizon, Alanis Morissette (Record Rack, July 2). It should also be noted that Glen Ballard not only produced her album but co-wrote all 12 tracks as well as providing guitar, keyboard and drum programming throughout.
December 8, 2005 | Susan Carpenter, Times Staff Writer
JASON LATIMER is standing the magic world on its head, and he's doing it with one of the oldest tricks in the book. He performs cups and balls -- a sleight of hand that uses three cups to mysteriously switch the locations of three or four balls -- only he does it with clear cups.
October 24, 1996 | LAURIE K. SCHENDEN
"It's far more profound to look at the dark side of life, the mysterious, the beautiful and the unknown, than the hard-core, gory-murder aspect," says Christine Dzilvelis. That's why the emphasis of the first Enchanted All Hallow's Eve Revel on Friday and Saturday, which Dzilvelis helped organize, will be on magic, Old World romanticism and spooky folklore.
October 29, 2012 | By David Ng
Neil Patrick Harris will direct a new magic-themed show at the Geffen Playhouse that is set to open on Nov. 27. "Nothing to Hide," featuring magicians Derek DelGaudio and Helder Guimarães, will run at the company's Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater through Jan. 6. The show, which Harris will direct but not appear in, is a series of stage vignettes revolving around sleight-of-hand tricks, according to the Geffen. The company said the production won't be part of its regular season and won't be open for critics to review.
Megan and Susan Murphy are identical twins with a shared goal: They want to become top professional magicians. They approached the world's leading conjurer--David Copperfield--for advice. Unlike Copperfield, who's gained worldwide acclaim for his grand illusions (such as making the Statue of Liberty disappear), the Murphys, 22, specialize in "parlor" and "close-up" magic, which is performed for smaller audiences.
June 26, 2001 | STEVE HARVEY
Heart of darkness: Peter Ulrich of Arcadia spotted a 99 Cents Only ad that recommended critical emergency items for coping with a blackout, including flashlights, batteries and drinking water. And, oh yes, condoms. The parade's over: The locals captured the NBA title on June 15, so I'm reminding drivers to take down their Laker flags this Friday. You know the rules. Vehicle flags, like Christmas lights, should be put in storage two weeks after the event they celebrate.
Warning: Audience members who want to throw themselves into the action at this year's "It's Magic!" spectacular at the Alex Theatre, can do just that. Literally. Volunteer for the juggling act and you get juggled. Now in its 42nd year, "It's Magic!," produced by Magic Castle impresario Milt Larsen and Terry Hill, and directed by Magic Castle President Dale Hindman, is an extravagant potpourri of big and little magic tricks, illusions and comedy.
June 20, 1994 | KATHRYN BOLD
With his soaring voice, low-key sense of humor and his guitar, singer John Denver cast a spell over 570 guests who attended Saturday's "The Magic of Children," the Orangewood Children's Foundation's 10th annual Orange Blossom Ball. Looking like a country boy among the glitzed-out party-goers, Denver performed before a magic castle set up in the ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Irvine.
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