December 24, 2000 |
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.
January 10, 1990 |
When magician Mike Caveney and his wife, mime Tina Lenert, set up housekeeping in a Pasadena home built in 1906, they ended up with surroundings straight out of a storybook: A secret room. A golden harp. Even a gray-tailed female peacock strolling the grounds. Caveney and Lenert, who met 12 years ago while performing at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, bought their own magic castle in 1984.
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.
March 13, 2012 |
A racing wooden roller coaster debuting this spring at a Chinese theme park will feature a first-of-its-kind element in which riders in dueling trains reach out toward each other and attempt to exchange high-fives. Dubbed the High Five by the American ride designers, the wooden coaster opening in April at Happy Valley Wuhan will be officially known as Dragon Wings. Riders traveling in parallel trains along banked tracks during the unique High Five element will tilt inward 90 degrees, allowing their upward raised hands to almost touch during the near-miss moment.
May 1, 1998 |
It may be tricky, but a coalition of angry magicians is trying to make Fox's latest magic special disappear.
September 2, 2011 |
Magician Rob Zabrecky has a bar of skeleton-shaped soap in his bathroom in the Valley, even though Halloween isn't on the horizon yet. The skeleton, like so much about Zabrecky, is a manifestation of his obsession with the macabre. It's an obsession he has cultivated for the last 12 years, eventually embodying it in the persona of his alter ego — a darkly comic character called Odd Man. At Hollywood's Magic Castle, where Zabrecky is a member, he performs as Odd Man, but his shows are short and completely devoted to his theatrical brand of magic.
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.