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.
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June 26, 2001 |
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.
October 27, 2000 |
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 |
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.