Archive for February, 2008

An Interview with Criss Angel’s Beard

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Criss Angel“I don’t care about what I look like at this point.”

“I didn’t get into this art form for money.”

“I don’t care whether I drive a Hyundai with 200,000 miles on it…”

These fascinating facts and more are revealed in a recent interview Criss Angel’s beard had with Robin Leach on his blog Vegas Luxe Life.

Dancing With Penn Jillette

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Penn Jillette Dancing with the starsEarlier this week the new celebrities were announced for the ABC show Dancing With The Stars. Penn Jillette is one of the stars appearing on the show.

Searching dancers forums we couldn’t find any dancers who were upset a magician who isn’t a dancer is going to dance on national TV. Searching magic forums, we did find some disgruntled magicians who are upset celebrities are going to perform magic on Celebracadabra. Hmmm.

Good luck Penn!

Les Smith – Owner of Owen Magic Supreme Passes Away

Monday, February 18th, 2008

Owen Magic SupremeFrom Lupe Nielsen on The Genii Forum:

Just a brief message to inform everyone that Les Smith, master craftsman and owner of Owen Magic Supreme, passed away last Friday, February 15, 2008, at a nursing home near Los Angeles, California. He was 92 years old. Magic is diminished by his death, and we will miss him very much. At this time, we don’t know what the family’s wishes are concerning his funeral.

On a personal note: Most of you reading this may have never heard of Les or had the privileged of meeting him. I had the chance to meet Les on a number of occasions when I worked for the late Harry Blackstone Jr. The Blackstone warehouse was literally across the parking lot from Owen Magic, so when something needed to be repaired, we wheeled it across the lot to Owen. Being with Blackstone gave me the rare opportunity to get a behind the scenes tour of the workshop to see how some of the best magic apparatus is made. Les will be missed!

Mac King’s March Book Drive

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Mac King

Thanks to the Vegas Eye for the heads up on Mac’s cause:

Comedian magician Mac King and Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza join forces to support Spread the Word Nevada: Kids to Kids during Mac King’s March Book Drive March 1-March 31. Mac King’s March Book Drive promotion encourages Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza guests to bring in a new or gently used children’s book targeting ages 4-12. In exchange for the book donation, Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza will provide a free “Giant Messy Sundae” certificate to customers. Mac King Comedy Magic Show ticket holders are also encouraged to donate a new or gently used book at the show to receive a free autographed Mac King Tricks With Your Head book.

Copperfield Pulls Lawsuit Out Of His Hat

Friday, February 15th, 2008

David Copperfield lawsuitSeveral months ago David Copperfield found himself in a lawsuit with two overseas promoters who sued him for canceling 48 scheduled performances.

Part of the official Copperfield statement said:

“David Copperfield canceled his overseas tour because promoters did not honor their contractual commitments, including failing to make a contractual payment of more than $1 million and canceling a segment of the tour without Mr. Copperfield’s consent. The cancellations had nothing to do with the investigation into allegations by an unidentified woman.”

David Copperfield is firing back at two companies that sued him over a canceled tour in Southeast Asia and the Persian Gulf — by filing a lawsuit of his own!

According to – Copperfield says that Viva Art International Ltd. and Maz Concerts Inc. owe him $4 million under an “artist’s guaranteed fee,” in which he was to be paid $2.8 million for the Southeast Asia portion of the tour and the rest for performances in the Persian Gulf.

Copperfield’s lawyer exercised an option in his contract to cancel the tours because the magician wasn’t paid on time, saying the two companies were late in paying Dave $500,000, and the attorney feared a repeat of “the fiasco in which Mr. Copperfield and his staff were stranded on tour with no assurance of payment.”