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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.
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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.
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BUSINESS
October 8, 1998 | Greg Johnson
Magicians upset by Fox Broadcasting Co. television shows that expose the mechanics of intricate tricks claimed Wednesday to be making sponsors of upcoming shows disappear. But, on closer inspection, the disappearing ads are, like magic, something of an illusion. Spokesmen for a coalition of groups representing magicians said that several national advertisers, including Wendy's International Inc., had agreed not to advertise on upcoming shows.
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.
NEWS
April 13, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Seven days after he entered a transparent coffin set 6 feet into the ground, magician David Blaine was helped out looking fit but slightly wobbly. Hundreds of spectators cheered when the three-ton tank of water that covered his see-through coffin on Manhattan's upper West Side was lifted and Blaine sat up and smiled. The coffin had given him only about 6 inches of head room and 2 inches on each side.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2001 | ERIKA HAYASAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Randall Richman swears he didn't drink the night he was arrested for drunk driving. He admits that he did eat fire. The breath test that measured his blood alcohol at twice the legal limit wasn't detecting liquor, according to the 32-year-old magician from Westlake Village. It was reading three different lighter fluids. "I use the stuff that says on the bottle, 'If you drink this, you're going to die,' " Richman said.
NEWS
October 30, 2003 | Paul Brownfield
Siegfried and Roy illusionist Roy Horn has been transferred from Las Vegas' University Medical Center trauma unit to the UCLA Medical Center. "This is the next step in the recovery process," said the magicians' spokesman, David Kirvin. Kirvin declined to comment specifically on Horn's condition. The illusionist was mauled onstage by a tiger during an Oct. 3 performance at the Mirage Hotel and Casino, where the duo has been performing since 1990.
BUSINESS
April 30, 1998 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge Wednesday denied a magician's request for the deletion of a segment from a Fox television program next week that the magician claims unlawfully exposes an illusion he designed. Judge Robert O'Brien rejected the application for a temporary restraining order filed by magician Andre Cole, who is also a designer of elaborate effects for major magicians such as David Copperfield.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 1992 | WILLSON CUMMER
He was just a shy little kid who could only manage a card trick when he first started. Now Ron Porter performs at magic shows around the world. But he will be slipping back into his hometown library in Fullerton on Tuesday afternoon to show other kids a thing or two. Porter will be at the main library at 4 p.m. and the Hunt Branch Library on Thursday at 4 p.m. to launch the library's new season of after-school programs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1998 | SUSAN DEEMER
Armed with milk-carton monsters with scary tin-can eyes and leis made from plastic soda-can holders, magician Timothy Wenk mesmerized Truman Benedict Elementary School students Tuesday with a suitcase full of garbage. Wenk, who uses magic to teach children about recycling, first dropped an empty, clear-glass Coke bottle into a wrinkled brown paper bag and pulled out a green Sprite soda bottle.
OPINION
October 26, 2013
Re "Engaging N. Korea," Opinion, Oct. 21 Since 2009, during each of my three visits as a guest of the North Korean government, I have seen firsthand the value of the kind of low-key, people-to-people exchanges that British Ambassador to North Korea Mike Gifford is promoting with that country. In 2012 I was allowed to bring with me an American delegation of magicians to Pyongyang. The next step is bringing some of their magicians to the United States. North Korea's leadership has approved the plan, and now I must get the support of the State Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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 26, 2013 | By Cristy Lytal
The hand is quicker than the eye, according to David Kwong, magic consultant for the upcoming film "Now You See Me" from Summit Entertainment. But that's not the only trick behind how the film's central characters - a gang of four magicians played by Isla Fisher, Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco and Woody Harrelson - pull off multiple bank heists. Kwong, 32, got his introductory abracadabra when he was about 7. He was at a pumpkin patch, where a magician performed a trick involving a disappearing and reappearing red sponge ball.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 1989 | WILLIAM WILSON
France lost its status as the world's artistic and intellectual capital following a flowering after World War II. Because the French pursue an unquenchable quest for La Gloire they have been trying ever since to recoup. It's really sort of lovable. Governments, however, are incapable of legislating talent, so they usually fall back on the creation of institutions. France is no exception. For a decade and more it has been spawning culture palaces faster than you can flick a dust mote off your lapel.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 1998 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It may be tricky, but a coalition of angry magicians is trying to make Fox's latest magic special disappear.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2013 | By Wesley Lowery
Albie Selznick's career has been a long, tiring and, at times depressing trip through comedy, music and acting. But Selznick hopes his story - or at least the version of it he performs each weekend - is a hero's journey. The 54-year-old actor-magician takes the small, intimate stage at the Road Theatre Co. in North Hollywood each weekend to perform a show that draws heavily from this childhood struggles to cope with his father's death by using magic. PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures "When I was a kid my friends used to ask me why I wanted to be a magician," Selznick says at the beginning of his show, "Smoke and Mirrors.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 2, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day, Los Angeles Times
Penn Jillette isn't one to shy from controversy. In his new book, "Every Day Is an Atheist Holiday," the highly opinionated, talkative half of the long-running magic duo Penn & Teller takes on atheism, racism and the plight of the underclass. But perhaps his most shocking personal view is about Donald Trump. Jillette likes him, mostly for the real estate mogul's determination to be himself. "It's an important part of our culture," Jillette said over a cup of hot tea in West Hollywood one recent afternoon.
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