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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.
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.
December 9, 2011 | By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
Justin Willman is a new breed of magician, a sort of young, hip Ed Sullivan who's making magic cool again for grown-ups. His comedy and magic show, "Justin Willman's Magic Meltdown," is held in the back room of Meltdown Comics in Hollywood, the newest night-life addition to Chris Hardwick's Nerdist Theater series. The monthly live show, which debuted in September, is an interactive, tongue-in-cheek, old-school magic event that breathes new life into old tricks. And it's rounded out with classic variety show and neo-vaudeville accents — think musical acts followed by an aerial contortionist and then a pancake juggler.
November 6, 2012 | By Philip Brandes
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.
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