As a dedicated Michigander, it is hard to admit there is any likeable or noteworthy aspect to Ohio. Sure, Josha Jay, William Howard Taft, the Wright Brothers, Jamie Farr (the cross-dressing actor from M*A*S*H!), Thomas Edison, the Amish and the Mennonites, Vulcanized Rubber, the Classic Joke “What’s Round on both Ends and High in the Middle,” Most of the Early Astronauts, Paul Newman, the First Pop-Top Can, Teflon, Beautiful Streams, and the modern version of what we know call the Hot Dog.
It’s just that gosh-derned Woody Hayes Ohio State University and their rivalry with those kind boys who play football in Ann Arbor in a state the true-blue Ohio folks refer to not as Michigan but “that state up north.”
Beyond all that, we have a new reason to think highly of our owl-shaped state perched just below the base of our mitten. The Akron Civic Theatre of Akron Ohio is featuring The Carbonaro Effect, Michael Carbonaro, from truTV.
His show unloads his national tour of his stage show this Friday will have the same feel of the TV show, Mr. Carbonaro says, “where improbable magic tricks fool unsuspecting victims.’
Tickets range from $39.50 to $150 for the 7:30 p.m. performance this Friday at the beautiful Akron Civic. You can choose your seats here at akroncivic.com.
“Magic brought me to my discovery of becoming an entertainer,” he said.
He drew inspiration from another true showman and performer at the time, David Copperfield.
“He was so on point, so precise,” Carbonaro said.
So he spent his teen years performing for family, friends and whatever gigs he could find.
He landed a gig with Jay Leno, where he used a hidden camera in “Magic Clerk” segments on The Tonight Show. He used his old magic tricks and knowledge to fool customers in a convenience store. He moved to nicer stores and multiple years worth of series with The Carbonaro Effect.
We have seen this very young and talented man perform live for cynical, hardened and oft-smelling magicians in prestigious theaters and been delighted by the new waves of illusion his presence brings. He has little reason to be as humble as he appears but he is a joy to watch. Do not miss your chance.
InsideMagic Favorite The Houdini Museum in Scranton launches its newest venture with a big social media boom. Dick Brookz and the lovely Dorothy Dietrich not only run the Nation’s finest Houdini Museum, but have now announced brought to life their vision for a board game called Houdini Opoly. Mr. Brookz says he and museum co-operator Dorothy Dietrich came up with the idea about two years ago based on the museum’s popular tours. “We go through Houdini’s life in a circle from beginning to end. Well guess what, that’s how a board game works.”
Like the other “opoloy” sounding boardgame based on ancient New Jersey shore, the Houdini Opoly features game board property is a place significant to Houdini’s life ranging from his birthplace in Budapest, Hungary to his burial place in New York City. There are even two northeastern Pennsylvania in the game: One is Welsh Brothers Circus where he found his most steady work in the 19th century. The other, the Houdini museum in Scranton. Yay!
Where can one get ‘Houdini Opoly’ you ask? Well, Mr. Brookz and Ms. Dietrich launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund production of the board game. While the goal for game players is to accumulate as many Houdini properties as possible using game pieces, dice and deeds, Mr. Brookz says he and Ms. Dietrich are striving for something much more. “The goal of the game is to get Houdini in people’s houses around the world. The goal of the game is to create a collectible.”
The magic couple think Houdini would have loved the game. “I think he’d be all for it because he loved publicity,” said Mr. Brookz who added that the Kickstarter goal is to reach at least $8,000 to produce upwards of 1,000 editions of ‘Houdini Opoly’. Click here to learn more about the campaign.
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David Blaine – Not Adam Rodriguez!
There are stories that we just must cover. They are so compelling, so moving that we would do our reader (or on a good week, readers) real harm if we failed to report.
This is not one of those stories. This is the type of story that we cover because we are either paid to include it in our global news syndicate or urged to cover by some of the younger staff members working for minimum wage and discounted access to the vending machines in our headquarter double-wide structure located in the high desert of California.
So this article is for young Natasha; our newest unpaid intern (an “untern”). Tasha received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia and has previously written for major publications found on magazine racks throughout the English-speaking world. She was nominated for the prestigious Mena Non-Fiction Writing Award in 2015 and is currently completing her master’s thesis on the syntactical structure of modern languages.
She works here at Inside Magic for the invaluable exposure to real journalism. We think she lives near the Inside Magic double-wide and claims to not be bothered by the exhausting hours, poor air circulation, incessant emotional berating and inappropriate overtures by our senior staff. She is either a very dedicated cub reporter looking to learn or setting us up for some sort of employment lawsuit.
But this was her story suggestion.
TV Guide Reports: David Blaine Looks Like Criminal Minds’ Star, Adam Rodriguez.
Adam Rodriguez – Not David Blaine!
The latest edition of The TV Guide reports that Criminal Minds featured performer Adam Rodriguez “has been mistaken for [magician David Blaine] more than once, like the time when he was at a Yankee game and someone asked Rodriguez to take a photo — and then threw in a lame joke for good measure.
“The guy I’m taking the picture with is going, ‘Hey, don’t disappear on me or anything,’ and I’m like, ‘Alright, I won’t,'” Rodriguez tells TVGuide.com. “And then he said something else alluding to magic and I go, ‘Who do you think I am?’ And he goes, ‘You’re the magician guy! David Blaine!’ And I’m like, ‘No!’ And his friends are going, ‘No! He’s on that show CSI: Miami!'”
You can read about other instances of confusion between the magician and Mr. Rodriguez at The TV Guide’s website here.
According to the magazine’s website, the second location will be called the Magic Castle Cabaret and overlook a lake and nature preserve in Montecito. The location was the former home of the Casa del Sol restaurant and events center.
“The structure is about a fifth the size of the Hollywood castle and will feature a 50-seat theater and a lounge. Milt Larsen co-founded the original private membership club for magicians in 1963 and spent decades shaping the building into a labyrinth of dining rooms, theaters, and exhibition spaces, incorporating architectural castoffs from historic L.A. mansions. He now splits his time between Hollywood and Santa Barbara and wanted a club for his friends up north.”
Mr. Larsen told the LA Magazine reporter, “I’m gonna make it look like a castle with a lot of stained glass and woodwork,” Larsen said. “It will strictly be devoted to close-up magic and variety arts. We might have an evening with Richard Sherman or a comedian. It’s a gorgeous little place with a lakefront view.”
Mr. Larsen purchased site in June 2016. At the time of the sale, the location at 30 Los Patos Way was listed for $2,350,000. It consists of just under 4,000 square-feet of restaurant space and sits on an almost 12,000 square-foot parcel of land adjacent to the Andree Clark Bird Refuge. The new location is within walking distance from Santa Barbara’s East Beach and Montecito’s Coast Village Road.
There is no word on the membership policies for the new club. We will keep you up-to-date as we learn more.
Joe Furlow, General Manager of the Academy of Magical Arts / Magic Castle has been named the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Mel Rex Award by the Club Managers Association of America. The Mel Rex Award recognizes extraordinary industry contributions and private club management by the experts in the country.
The AMA will honor Mr. Furlow at the Magic Castle and the Club Managers Association will fete him at their World Conference next month in Orlando.
The AMA Board nominated Mr. Furlow in recognition of his contributions over the past five years in club-wide improvements. The Magic Castle is no ordinary clubhouse and needed a professional able to learn quirks and charms of the organization and its very special members. Mr. Furlow has done that and more.
The AMA told Inside Magic, “This award recognizes the special qualities of the AMA, and the unique abilities of our General Manager, blending his expertise, techniques from the industry, with our unique world of magic, magicians and magic lovers around the world.
“Because we know that the AMA is such a special place, we’re proud that Joe’s professionalism has been recognized by the industry. There’s no question that his work has helped elevate the AMA and the Magic Castle to unprecedented heights of popularity and success, with record revenues (once again) in 2016 and more than 500 currently on a waiting list for membership.”
The Excellence in Club Management® Awards are sponsored by Club & Resort Business magazine and the McMahon Group, a private club consulting group that serves and evaluates private clubs in all aspects of their operations – including dining, facilities, employees and management – and has consulted with 1,900+ private clubs around the world in its 30+ year history.