August 16, 2009 |
"There's a special gut-check moment the first time you write a scene in which somebody casts a spell," says novelist and Time book critic Lev Grossman, over drinks at a hotel bar in the Time Warner Building. "I remember ['Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell' author] Susanna Clarke telling me about the first time she wrote a scene with a fairy in it and saying to herself, 'Am I really writing a book with a fairy in it?' It's definitely a naked-lunch moment where you're going through the portal and declaring yourself as a fantasy novelist."
November 19, 2000 |
David Blaine is browsing at a major auction house here, and he's got a problem. All sorts of magicians' memorabilia is going to be auctioned the next day, but he can't make it back. "I have a real problem," he explains apologetically to the woman at the front desk. "I want to bid on some of this stuff, but I'm going to be in a block of ice all day tomorrow, 12 to 18 hours." She's unfazed.
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November 2, 1987 |
Joyce Basch, 49, is a kick. She rattles off such jokes as: "My husband gave me a gift of a solar dryer. It was a rope with clothespins." Actually, Basch is a sleight-of-hand artist who goes by the clever name of Ms.gician and combines rat-a-tat humor with magic in her fast-paced style. "The first thing I learned is that you need to develop a character, a personality," said Basch, of Los Alamitos, who didn't start her magic career until she was 40. "That's why I called myself Ms.gician.
March 6, 2009 |
In a city that is usually impossible to shock, the savaging of Roy Horn on Oct. 3, 2003, onstage and in front of a live audience at the Mirage, created one of those rare moments where all locals can say where they were when they heard the news. Steve Wynn, who spent millions to have the theater at the Mirage customized for the "Siegfried & Roy" show, remembered his first reaction in an interview this week: "I could not believe one of Roy's cats attacked him."
May 16, 1998
The uproar by legitimate magicians everywhere about revealing tricks of their trade is a sentiment echoed by many people working in the "magic" of film and television--visual effects artists ("Magicians Wish Fox Special Would Vanish," by Greg Braxton, May 1). It seems for every effects-laden movie or television event that comes out, studio PR departments are compelled to show "how the amazing effects trickery is done." It has always pained me to see the tricks of our trade displayed for audience consumption and, as with revealing magician stagecraft, in the process sacrificing something very special--that moment of disbelief.
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September 9, 1998 |
Johnny Ace Palmer, one of Orange County's premier magicians, was the unanimous choice of judges with the Society of American Magicians to receive the Ben Chavez Memorial Trophy last month. The cup "is not awarded every year, but only when an act is deemed to be of sufficient merit in the area of sleight of hand," the award committee said. The trophy is named in honor of Ben Chavez, founder of the Chavez College of Magic in La Verne.
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October 31, 1994 |
Shedding his ministerial robe to reveal a tuxedo, a Woodland Hills Methodist pastor preached a pre-Halloween sermon Sunday on magicians and mystics, aided by playing cards, multiplying money and willing volunteers from the pews. The Rev. Gilbert Stones, a member of Hollywood's Magic Castle club for 10 years, even pulled a rabbit out of an apparently empty black box before a congregation of about 50 at Woodland Hills United Methodist Church.
March 1, 1998 |
The young magician steps over an old brick and stares out with quiet reverence, as if he's traveled miles on bloody feet just to be here. Here, however, needs some sprucing up. At the moment, workers are moving dirt, dead shrubs and garbage from the crumbling ruins of a Laurel Canyon house and garden where, the man believes, Harry Houdini lived in the 1920s. And so, despite the dust and decay, he searches the so-called Houdini House, hoping to touch the ethereal locks of the master's handcuffs.
August 20, 1993
Kids for Kids, a committee of second-generation entertainment industry members, will host a Sept. 2 party at the Hollywood Palladium, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. following the MTV Video Music Awards. The event, hosted by "Wings" star Crystal Bernard and E! Entertainment Television's Michael Castner, benefits Caring for Babies With AIDS. The event includes food, dancing and magicians. Tickets are $40 in advance; $50 at the door. Information: (310) 285-2257.