March 11, 1988 |
Thirty years ago, TV stations told magicians there was one impossible feat that even they couldn't pull off: presenting magic on television. "People will just believe that it's television trickery," they were told. "Magic doesn't work on television." Today, dozens of magic specials and magic-themed series later, those ideas have practically vanished and prime-time prestidigitation is now a common commodity.
February 28, 2010 |
"Attention!" called out Professor Ravendish. The classroom bustled with activity as the aspiring magicians of Conjurers 101 prepared for the day's lesson. "Today's assignment calls for your utmost attention. Please take care to follow the instructions. " Greta looked at Abby, her lab partner, and rolled her eyes. "Of course we'll follow the instructions," she mumbled. "One mistake could be disastrous. " "Right -- disastrous," Abby agreed, hiding a small smile. Greta placed the thick book, "Conjuring Tricks for Beginners," on the table and turned its ancient pages.
July 2, 1996 |
Siegfried and Roy and billboards notwithstanding, magicians historically have been an itinerant breed, relying on posters to sell their tickets. They might advertise--as, for instance, does a 1928 poster for the magician George--"a carload of scenic effects." That poster--one of 35 vintage magic-show posters on display through Aug. 22 at the Kissler-Painter Gallery here--happens to be Lonnie Painter's favorite.
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
July 10, 1991 |
On a hillside overlooking Hollywood, developer Bob Klebs stepped through the doors of the mansion--now a private club--and found himself in an old Victorian room hung with red velvet wallpaper. On a bookshelf stood a brass owl. Klebs approached and spoke to it: "Open sesame." Immediately, the bookcase slid aside, giving way to a secret passageway and other rooms--and laughter--beyond.
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.
June 3, 1992 |
More than 15 years ago, Jill Deweese laid down on a board, closed her eyes and floated in the air--at least, that's what magicians Penn and Teller told her, after recruiting Deweese from the audience to serve as the volunteer in their levitation trick. Ever since that magical day at Penn and Teller's Lido Isle show, Deweese, now 41, has wondered: "How did they do it?" On Monday night, after all these years, she found out.
November 28, 1991 |
Comic-magician Paul Kozak really knows how to make an entrance. Walking out onto the stage with a flaming stick, he laughs boisterously, says, "Close your eyes," and tosses the stick into the air, producing a large puff of smoke. As the Talking Heads' "Burning Down the House" begins blaring from the sound system, he announces, "Folks, it's going to get hot in here"--and proceeds to hurl fireballs into the audience. "That really gets their attention.