Inside Magic Favorite John Carney sent us a note dates, places and times for his upcoming Lecture Workshops.
If you are in or near any of the cities below, you should plan on attending.
Vancouver, BC Tues, March 25, 2014
7:00pm $25 CAD at the door
New Westminster Campus
700 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, BC
Canadian programs are sponsored by
Magicana, the Canadian magic arts organization.
Canadian tickets may purchased with cash at the door,
or secured in advance from Magicana’s web site:
Seattle, WA Mon, March 31, 2014
7:00pm $25 US (No advance tickets)
4301 Leary Way NW
Seattle, WA 98107
Portland, OR Tues, April 1, 2014
7:00pm $25 US (No advance tickets)
Zimmermand Community Center
(Entrance on 14th ave, between Quimby and Raleigh)
1542 NW 14th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
Very sad news about Inside Magic Favorite Aldo Colombini from Maria Ibanez:
My heart is very heavy as I share the news just received from Rachel Colombini through Simone Marron.
“terrible news. Aldo suffered catastrophic stroke yesterday.
Left side of brain dead spreading fast to the right side, paralyzed, no speech, hospice taking over now. It will be just days, nothing we can do. Sorry to have to give you this news.
I am devastated – bulletin to be released to magic world tomorrow.”
Please keep our dear friends Aldo and Rachel in your thoughts and prayers.
The tension mounts as we look forward to seeing Play Dead at the Geffen Playhouse near UCLA tomorrow night. The show is written by Todd Robbins and Teller so we bought our ticket without even checking it out.
C’mon. Teller and Todd Robbins. We would see a show by either one of them and so the two of them together makes a must see.
Once we received our ticket, we read more about the show and even perused the warning notice provided on the theater’s website:
Performance notes: The running time for Play Dead is approximately 75 minutes with no intermission. Due to the theatrical and interactive nature of this performance, there is no late seating, no re-admittance, and formal wear is not advised. Contact the box office for details. Please note: This production contains strobe effects, theatrical haze, nudity, interactive elements and themes that may be inappropriate for some patrons.
“Formal wear is not advised.” What does that mean? We are even more anxious because we are on the front row – in the line of fire.
We were able to get such a great seat because we only bought one ticket. The show is otherwise sold out. We tried to get some of the editorial, advertising and accounting staff to join us but she said no.
It should be a wild experience. We will provide a full report assuming we survive the evening.
Lou Reed was not a magician but his friend and Inside Magic Favorite Penn Jillette’s moving tribute to the musician and innovator deserves mention on these august, virtual pages.
We are regular listeners to the Penn’s Sunday School weekly podcast and relish the time we spend with the taller of the magic duo Penn & Teller and his sidekick, and former juggler with Master Magician Lance Burton, Michael Goudeau. The show is rarely structured and that is just fine with us.
One of the great joys of our youth was listening to the great magicians who visited our favorite magic shops. Whether we were working or just loitering, we lived on their stories (even those repeated and embellished over time) and looked forward to learning from them. We were not anxious to demonstrate our skills or try to compete with the professionals who stopped by Paul Diamond’s Magic & Fun Wagon (later just The Magic & Fun Wagon) in the newly built Palm Beach Mall, or A & B Magic owned by our mentors Ari DiArmona and Barry Gibbs. We were content to listen and ask for more information or background.
It must be difficult for younger magicians to learn from their more seasoned elders without brick-and-mortar stores in which they can linger or act as a clerk/demonstrator/gofer. Perhaps podcasts like Penn’s Sunday School can help meet this need.
Penn’s stories about the formation of Penn & Teller (we learned this week it was originally “Penn Jillette and/or Teller”) are fascinating, riveting. On those rare occasions when Teller joins the podcast, his stories keep us spellbound. Teller, for instance, shared a story of why he practices every trick thoroughly, to the point of a full dress rehearsal. His description of his production of a previously live animal was hysterical and wonderful.
Folks who have seen Penn either on stage at The Rio, on television or in one of their many shows across the country, realize he is not restrained by conventions of good taste or polite discourse. He is honest and, at times, not appropriate for children or the easily offended. It must say something about us that we have no problem with his style, message or language.
Penn is also a profoundly sentimental person. His recent books have recounted his emotional reaction to the loss of his father, mother and sister. He comes across as sincere and for all of his bravado and bluster, he is also very human.
His tribute to Lou Reed is still available as a download from PennsSundaySchool.com and worth your time. We were never really into Lou Reed but have found a new appreciation for his music and his work thanks to the heartfelt sharing of Penn Jillette.
Two of the nicest magicians we know, Kevin and Cindy Spencer are set to delight audiences in Greenville, Tennessee this Friday evening.
Their show “Theatre of Illusion” includes more than 12 tons of illusions and favorably compares to David Copperfield’s traveling cavalcade in terms of size and amazement per second. They stuff (neatly) their show into a 65-foot customized truck and trailer and, like the great magic shows of the past, travel the world.
Mr. Spencer’s background is clinical psychology and so it seems fitting to trust one’s sense of perception to him. “I was going to help people’s minds, but now I just mess with them.”
We cannot think of nicer people to mess with our minds.
Of course, it could be that Kevin and Cindy Spencer have just messed with our minds so well that we would think that. We need to stop thinking about that possibility, though because it gives us a headache in our eyeball.
The Theatre of Illusion takes the best parts of Broadway and arena-style rock concerts to bring magic to family audiences. We have it on good authority, they are the only artists in history to be named Performing Arts Entertainers of the Year for a record-breaking six consecutive years and have twice been named America’s Best Entertainers.
To support our claim that they are a great people as well as great magicians, we note first that Kevin Spencer’s outreach program The Healing of Magic – a partnership with local healthcare providers that uses simple magic tricks in rehabilitation. The program brings together caregivers, medical professionals and patients.
As if that was not sufficient to prove their inherent goodness, the Spencers have consistently supported Inside Magic over the last 60 years we have been on the webs. We receive updates from them as they crisscross the globe.
If you are in the Greenville, Tennessee area this week, be sure to check out one of the reasons we are so proud of our association with magicians. Tickets may be purchased online at www.npacgreeneville.com, in person at the NPAC box office or by calling (423) 638-1679.