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July 11, 2008 | Bob Pool
The city Department of Water and Power will pay two Hollywood museums $75,000 each to settle a dispute over artifacts allegedly contaminated by toxic PCBs in a 2004 electrical transformer fire. Leaders of the nonprofit Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters and the Society of American Magicians agreed Thursday to drop their lawsuit against the city after Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Allen White indicated that she was prepared to rule the contamination was not as severe as the two groups claimed.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2008 | Bob Pool
The city Department of Water and Power will pay two Hollywood museums $75,000 each to settle a dispute over artifacts allegedly contaminated by toxic PCBs in a 2004 electrical transformer fire. Leaders of the nonprofit Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters and the Society of American Magicians agreed Thursday to drop their lawsuit against the city after Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Allen White indicated that she was prepared to rule the contamination was not as severe as the two groups claimed.
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March 15, 1988
Producer Jan Grippo, one of the prime movers behind the "Bowery Boys" films of the 1940s and 1950s, died Saturday in a Los Angeles hospital. Grippo was 81. Grippo produced at least 23 films featuring the band of impish juvenile delinquents, who included tough-talking wise guy Leo Gorcey and his naive patsy, Huntz Hall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1998 | DEBRA CANO and CHRISTINE CASTRO and LESLEY WRIGHT
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Jay Marshall, 85, a magician-ventriloquist who was dean of the Society of American Magicians, died of a heart attack Tuesday at a Chicago hospital. Often referring to himself as "one of the better cheaper acts," Marshall combined card tricks and sleight of hand with ventriloquism and self-deprecating patter. He made 14 appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show," and was an opening act for Milton Berle, Liberace, Frank Sinatra and other entertainers.
NEWS
October 25, 1990
Eight magicians will materialize in the Dorill B. Wright Cultural Center on Saturday, trying to prove the hand is indeed quicker than the eye. "An Evening of Magic"--a two-hour magical revue--will feature a full range of magical performance styles, such as classical magic, large illusions, comedy magic and mystical wizardry, including many surprises and special effects. Featured performers will be Jay Scott Berry and Christopher Broughton, both of Hollywood.
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August 27, 2005 | William Weir, Hartford Courant
When secrets are your stock in trade, it pays to keep them secret. Hence, the first rule in the Society of American Magicians' code of ethics: "Oppose the willful exposure to the public of any principles of the Art of Magic, or the methods employed in any magic effect or illusion." For working magicians, it's a battle that has been going on since the first rabbit was pulled from a hat.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 1992 | JAKE DOHERTY
Magic, according to one definition, is the art of creating illusions agreeably. Indeed, the ability to elicit laughter from people who have just been fooled is as important as a mastery of the illusion, said magician Harry Blackstone. Blackstone knows quite a bit about fooling people and making them laugh. His father was the Great Blackstone, who raised the art of stage magic and illusion to new heights. Now, the son also mesmerizes.
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May 15, 1997 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Harry Blackstone Jr., who carried on his father's pre-television tradition of theatrical magic shows on a grand scale, died Wednesday at Loma Linda University Medical Center, officials said. He was 62. Blackstone, who entered the hospital April 21, apparently died of complications from pancreatic cancer, the San Bernardino County coroner's office said. His father, the late Harry Blackstone Sr.
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September 29, 1994 | JANE HULSE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Shawn McMaster told the seven boys in his magic class: "I'm going to make a prediction. I'm going to guess which card you'll pick." Then he wrote down the card and folded the paper. After he made a few quick moves with a deck of cards, the boys unfolded the paper to find written down--the three of diamonds--the very one they singled out. "How'd ya do that?" one kid marveled. You tell me, countered McMaster. Lasers, one kid offered. Nope. A special machine hidden in the chair, another theorized.
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December 24, 2000 | SUSAN VAUGHN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
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