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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.
September 23, 2010 | By Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
Sitting at a table in his studio, a converted garage behind his Los Feliz home, artist Glenn Kaino reaches into a black velvet pouch. He removes a silver coin and places it in his right hand, palm up and open. Without seeming to move so much as a finger, he somehow catapults the coin into the air and catches it with his left hand. The trick is called the "muscle pass," says Kaino, 38. "I think it's beautiful. It looks like the coin is falling upward. " But as magic tricks go, it's not so advanced, he says.
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.
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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