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November 2, 2013 | By John Cherwa
Turf races are known for late charges and Saturday's $3-million Breeders' Cup race didn't disappoint. Magician came from seventh at the start of the stretch to win the 1 1/2-mile race by half a length. The race starts midway on a hill beyond the far corner and goes twice past the grandstand, which sometimes confuses novice fans. The race belonged to foreign horses as Magician, an Irish import, and favorite The Fugue, a Britain bred, finished second. Third place went to Indy Point, who is from Argentina.
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December 13, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
The Rome-based  Bulgari jewelry house brought a taste of "La Dolce Vita" to Los Angeles on Thursday night, in an effort to court red carpet stylists and image-makers in the run up to awards-show season.   The "Bulgari Honors Style" event, held in Penthouse 64 at the Chateau Marmont, drew Decades co-owner and author Cameron Silver and several of the town's top stylists, many of whom are famous in their own right, including Karla Welch, Maryam Malakpour, Brad Goreski, Johnny Wujek, Cristina Ehrlich and Jen Rade, who is a judge on "Under the Gunn," Lifetime's new fashion competition series with Tim Gunn premiering in January.  While dining, guests gazed at photographs of famous Bulgari clients, including Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, while a magician went from table to table performing tricks.
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October 18, 2000 | By Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
After 45 minutes of waiting to have my picture taken with the president at an environmental fund-raiser in a Bel-Air living room, I finally get to the head of the line. What will I say? People are motioning for me to hurry. I approach the president, who it seems is also motioning for me to hurry. "Hello," I say. "Carlos Fuentes says hello. " Talk about currency. The president smiles. "He's my friend," he says, to the chagrin of all the handlers. "We had a terrific dinner together once on Martha's Vineyard with Vargas Llosa and William Styron.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 24, 2013 | By Irene Lacher
Teller, the usually silent half of the renegade magician duo, Penn & Teller, recently perched on a couch at the Geffen Playhouse, where he had a lot to say about two projects he has helmed as director - "Play Dead," magician Todd Robbins' one-man creep show, which runs through Dec. 22 at the Geffen's Skirball Theater, and "Tim's Vermeer," about inventor Tim Jenison's quest to unearth the Dutch painter's techniques and re-create his work in a Texas warehouse....
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August 31, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- The special mayoral election is shaping up as a serious affair, with lots of high-tone discussion of restoring integrity to city government after the scandalous downfall of Bob Filner. The campaign leading to the Nov. 19 vote will not be leavened with much humor. For one reason, the clown-prince of San Diego politics -- Loch David Crane, author, magician, Buffalo Bill-lookalike, Star Trek fan, admirer of Merlin and Capt. Kirk -- says he will not be a candidate. For half a dozen mayoral elections, Crane has punctuated his rivals' discussion of taxation and infrastructure by displaying his exploding wallet or repeating one of his favorite slogans: “It's time to change the kitty litter in the cat box at City Hall.” Crane, 65, has stoutly refused to grow up but he has inevitably gotten older.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 1987 | United Press International
A magician was burned in a bungled escape trick staged in his backyard after he was denied a permit to perform it in public, but police said they were unaware he would attempt the stunt at home. David Lee Schneider, 32, whose stage name is David Lee, was unable to pull off the escape Friday night. He suffered second-degree and third-degree burns chained inside a burning cage, police said, and was in fair condition Saturday in St. Nicholas Hospital.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Barry Price, 64, an international award-winning master sleight-of-hand artist who was a prominent performer for many years at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, died Aug. 24 at West Anaheim Medical Center from complications of a stroke. Known for his close-up work with cards and coins, Price lectured and performed worldwide. He wrote three books on magic, "Escamotage" (I and II) and "Palming for the Terrified." He also came up with a number of magic effects that he sold to other magicians, including one that created a picture of the Mona Lisa with a deck of cards.
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September 28, 2013 | By David Ng
John Calvert, a Hollywood illusionist whose magic tricks won him numerous fans as well as several film roles, including three movies during the 1940s in which he played the detective known as the Falcon, has died. He was 102. Calvert died Friday in Lancaster, according to the International Brotherhood of Magicians. No cause was given. Hollywood's Magic Castle said on its Facebook page Friday: "We are very sad to report that Mr. John Calvert, our oldest performing magician, has passed away at the age of 102. " Calvert impressed many of Hollywood's most famous personalities with his sleight-of-hand tricks, and he invited some of them to perform in his stage shows.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 16, 2012 | By Gary Goldstein
"The Magic Life" is an underdeveloped, though largely engaging documentary profiling a trio of magician hopefuls as they attempt to turn their unique avocation into a profitable career. Producer-director Nelson Cheng shows clear respect for his movie's intriguing topic, but the newbie filmmaker's lack of technical and narrative proficiency makes this an underwhelming first effort. On the upside, Cheng has chosen his charming lead subjects wisely. They include the ebullient Yang Yang, a 17-year-old from Beijing who visits America to attend magic school; Matthew Noah Falk, a mid-20s L.A. street magician hamstrung by his high apartment rent; and 30-ish New Yorker Michael Friedland, who exits the business world for a shot at performing at Hollywood's Magic Castle.
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October 10, 2009 | Susan Carpenter
Newbery Medal winner Kate DiCamillo has made a specialty of chronicling animal protagonists who overcome unfortunate circumstances to become better versions of themselves. Whether she's writing about a big-eared mouse who defies familial expectations in "The Tale of Despereaux" or a haughty rabbit who learns humility and the true meaning of love in "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane," her stories are masterful middle-reader gems that inspire, educate and entrance. With her latest book, "The Magician's Elephant," DiCamillo again delivers an elegant and imaginative story, this time centered on a pachyderm mistakenly conjured by a magician in a trick gone wildly wrong.
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November 19, 2013 | By Susan King
From its earliest days, cinema has borrowed heavily from the world of magic. Illusion, after all, is part of the moviegoing experience - the phrase "the magic of movies" is both literally and figuratively true. This week the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will explore cinematic feats of prestidigitation. "Like Magic" will investigate movies' roots in historical stage magic and sleight of hand from the early fanciful "trick" films of pioneers such Georges Méliès to computer-generated visual effects.
SPORTS
November 2, 2013 | By John Cherwa
Turf races are known for late charges and Saturday's $3-million Breeders' Cup race didn't disappoint. Magician came from seventh at the start of the stretch to win the 1 1/2-mile race by half a length. The race starts midway on a hill beyond the far corner and goes twice past the grandstand, which sometimes confuses novice fans. The race belonged to foreign horses as Magician, an Irish import, and favorite The Fugue, a Britain bred, finished second. Third place went to Indy Point, who is from Argentina.
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October 26, 2013 | By Susan King
Things were starting to go bump in the night in the Houdini Seance Chamber at the Magic Castle, the private club in Hollywood that is the headquarters of the Academy of Magical Arts. Medium Misty Lee, who also appears at the castle as an illusionist, was attempting to contact the legendary escape artist and master magician Harry Houdini, who died on Halloween in 1926 at age 52 of peritonitis, the result of a ruptured appendix. "Harry, we have waited all night to see your face," she proclaimed as creepy, piped-in music got louder in the intimate room.
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September 28, 2013 | By David Ng
John Calvert, a Hollywood illusionist whose magic tricks won him numerous fans as well as several film roles, including three movies during the 1940s in which he played the detective known as the Falcon, has died. He was 102. Calvert died Friday in Lancaster, according to the International Brotherhood of Magicians. No cause was given. Hollywood's Magic Castle said on its Facebook page Friday: "We are very sad to report that Mr. John Calvert, our oldest performing magician, has passed away at the age of 102. " Calvert impressed many of Hollywood's most famous personalities with his sleight-of-hand tricks, and he invited some of them to perform in his stage shows.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- The special mayoral election is shaping up as a serious affair, with lots of high-tone discussion of restoring integrity to city government after the scandalous downfall of Bob Filner. The campaign leading to the Nov. 19 vote will not be leavened with much humor. For one reason, the clown-prince of San Diego politics -- Loch David Crane, author, magician, Buffalo Bill-lookalike, Star Trek fan, admirer of Merlin and Capt. Kirk -- says he will not be a candidate. For half a dozen mayoral elections, Crane has punctuated his rivals' discussion of taxation and infrastructure by displaying his exploding wallet or repeating one of his favorite slogans: “It's time to change the kitty litter in the cat box at City Hall.” Crane, 65, has stoutly refused to grow up but he has inevitably gotten older.
SPORTS
August 15, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Your browser does not support iframes. The hand is faster than the eye, which Juan Uribe could well tell you. It was Uribe who was caught with the ol' hidden-ball trick Saturday by the Tampa Bay Rays. Uribe was standing on third base, basically just changed his weight from one foot to the other on the bag, and in that split second in between was tagged out by a gleeful third baseman Evan Longoria. The play did not end up costing the Dodgers, though you can be sure they spared no effort in giving Uribe plenty of grief for his gaffe.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 2010 | By Richard Abowitz
Harrah's magician Mac King unexpectedly had the evening free — his wife was at the movies with friends and a babysitter already installed at home. He then realized the night, Aug. 19, was the third Thursday of the month: "I thought, 'Isn't tonight Wonderground?,' I could go and not subject my wife to anything magic. " So King headed to Olive, a Mediterranean restaurant and hookah lounge not too far from Wayne Newton's house, part of a nondescript suburban strip mall. Once a month, Olive is transformed, starting in the early afternoon and finishing just before opening to the public around 7, into Wonderground.
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May 16, 2013 | By Susan King
Renowned sleight-of-hand magician, actor, author and historian Ricky Jay learned his craft from the best in the field, including Al Fosso, Slydini, Cardini, Dai Vernon and Charlie Miller. These men never made a lot of money during their long careers, and in the case of Cardini, he didn't appear on television for fear of having his act exposed and copied. But to Jay, these master magicians were superstars. "I think the thing about these people who are so good is that they are perpetual students, as well as masters," said Jay, 65, in a recent phone interview.
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August 3, 2013 | By Jenn Garbee
Bill Okal's opening line is one of the oldest tricks in the close-up magic book: undersell your talent, then dazzle them with your best cards. "I really only do two tricks," the Bakersfield resident says apologetically to the two families standing in front of him on the Santa Monica Pier on a recent Saturday morning. He taps on three brass demi-cups perched upside down on a weathered cabaret table with pom-pom trim. "One is with cups, which I'm sure you've seen before…. The other, if you're ready for this, is the legendary egg trick of Max Malini!"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
There's little magic to be had from watching "Now You See Me," a splashy, noisy and frankly preposterous action caper about a quartet of illusionists with a Robin Hood complex. For all the talent up on the screen - and one can't fault the performances - the movie just doesn't deliver. This is partly due to the split focus of the script by Ed Solomon and Boaz Yakin & Edward Ricourt (based on a story by Yakin & Ricourt) that rarely allows the viewer sufficient time to side with the good guys or the bad guys - or to even identify which is which.
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