November 6, 2012 |
What are you most afraid of? Posing that question directly to the audience at the outset of his “Smoke and Mirrors” theatrical magic show at the Promenade Playhouse in Santa Monica, Albie Selznick establishes the evening's unifying theme: overcoming fear as a motivator for extraordinary achievement. As an actor-magician, Selznick sports fine credentials in both domains - he's a company member of NoHo's the Road Theatre (which co-produced this show) and a lifetime member of the Magic Castle in Hollywood - although it's predominantly his experiences in the latter capacity that propel this 90-minute semi-autobiographical narrative threading feats of illusion and legerdemain.
May 1, 1998 |
It may be tricky, but a coalition of angry magicians is trying to make Fox's latest magic special disappear.
November 5, 1998
Theater "It's Magic!" is the return of the traditional all-star magic spectacular, with international award-winning magicians, produced by Magic Castle founder Milt Larsen and Terry Hill. It closes Sunday at the Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Today and Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 and 6:30 p.m. $19.50-$23.50. (800) 233-3123.
September 8, 2004 |
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 |
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 |
"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 |
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.
December 10, 1987 |
Like his favorite football team, Notre Dame, Father James Blantz is at the top of his game. The wisecracking magician-priest is booked solid, doing 200 to 300 magic shows a year and sending his considerable earnings to Roman Catholic missions in Bangladesh and Uganda. He thus lives in what, for him, is the best of two worlds--helping the impoverished half-way around the globe while breaking up audiences around Los Angeles.