Wes Iseli’s Magic Marathon for Miracle Network

Wes IseliCharlottesville, Virginia’s The Daily Progress has a great write-up about magician Wes Iseli’s quest to perform 72 magic shows in a row to raise awareness and funds for the Children’s Miracle Network.

He will be at the Walmart in Ruckersville performing his “24 Hours of Magic”  beginning next Tuesday at 10 a.m.

“I will be there for 24 hours. Come before work, come after work, come during your lunch break. Come and watch for a few minutes and throw some loose change in the bucket to help a good cause.”

This is the eighth annual magic marathon and a great way to start the holiday season.

“One year a cop pulled up late at night and asked me what I was doing out there on the sidewalk,” Mr. Iseli said. “I explained that I was doing a 24-hour magic show, and I did a couple of tricks.

“The cop spoke into his radio, ‘Bob, you have to see this.’ Before I knew it, there were 12 police cars around me. There wasn’t anything going on at that time of night, so I did my show, and they stayed for about an hour. It was a blast.

“This is by far one of my favorite events each year,” Mr. Iseli said. “The fact that I can use my love for magic to help these kids is just awesome.”

“The University of Virginia Children’s Hospital, with the help of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, is able to provide high-quality care for children in Central Virginia and beyond,” said Ryan Lightner, the Children’s Miracle Network program coordinator at UVa.  “For eight years now, Wes has been a great advocate for us with his 24 Hours of Magic, and we look forward to working with him for many years to come.”

Check out Mr. Iseli’s website at: www.wesiseli.com

I Lie for Money Available for Pre-Order

Inside Magic Image of I Lie for Money CoverSteve Spill sent along news of his soon to be release memoir, I Lie for Money: Candid, Outrageous Stories from a Magician?s Misadventures.

You can pre-order it from Amazon.com and it looks fantastic!

From the Amazon preview page:

This funny, irreverent, unique, eccentric memoir, magician Steve Spill reveals how he managed to survive decades inside a rarely profitable, sometimes maddening, but often deliciously rewarding offbeat showbiz profession—magic!
Spill tells of how his tailor grandfather sewed secret pockets in a magician’s tuxedo back in 1910, which started his childhood dream to become a magician.

This dream took Spill on a journey that started with him performing, as a young boy, at a “Beauty on a Budget” neighborhood house party to engagements in Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean, to today in Santa Monica, California, where he’s been starring in his own shows since 1998 at Magicopolis, the theater he designed and built himself.
Being a magician has given Spill the opportunity to interact with the world’s most famous and fascinating people. In his memoir, Spill reveals the many unique encounters that his profession has led him to enjoy and endure: hosting Sting as his opening act one night, spending two days on camera with Joan Rivers, and selling tricks to Bob Dylan, as well as encounters with Adam Sandler, Meg Ryan, Jamie Lee Curtis, Stephen King, and other celebrities.

I Lie for Money . . . is a literary magic show that captures the highs and lows of an extraordinary life that will delight and amaze you with wit and wickedness.

This book should be an obligatory read for anyone considering a creative career, and it serves as an inspiration to those who desire to craft an independent life.

We’re looking forward to what sounds to be a great read.  Congratulations to Steve.

 

UK’s Crisis Needs Magicians this Christmas

Inside Magic Image of Crisis LogoKaty Star Stocker sent us news of a wonderful program planned by her organization, Crisis.

Crisis is the UK national charity for single homeless people dedicated to ending homelessness by delivering life-changing services and campaigning for change.  They aim to help the homeless change their lives for good and, simultaneously, change the way society thinks and acts towards homeless people.

This Christmas, more than 4,000 homeless people will spend their festive period with Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people, at one of its temporary Crisis at Christmas centres across London.

Crisis at Christmas centres are positive, bustling places where guests have access to healthcare, podiatry, massage, haircuts and a whole range of activities that they may miss out on the rest of the year. More than 8,000 volunteers will give up their time to provide warmth, shelter and companionship for homeless people this year, along with a range of services designed to help our guests build a better future.

Entertainment is a really important part of what we offer, as the chance to see and participate in performance helps our guests regain confidence, build self-esteem and shake off the depression or frustration homelessness causes.

This year we’re looking for something a little bit… different!

If you’re able to give up some time between 23 – 29 December to make Christmas that bit more magical for our guests then we’d love to hear from you. You can find out more and register on the Crisis Website: http://www.crisis.org.uk/pages/performer-.html

Please watch our film about Crisis at Christmas 2013: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ym1_j…ature=youtu.be

…and spread the word!

Thank you, Katy for your work and for sharing the news with Inside Magic readers.  If you have news you would like to share, click the Submit to Inside Magic button at the top of this page and let us know.

School for Scoundrels Class this Weekend

Pop_Haydn_the_Shell_GameThis weekend, we will be at the feet of the masters, Pop Haydn, Bob Sheets and Chef Anton together teaching the ways of the Scoundrel at The Magic Castle here in Hollywood.  It is a two-day class in the essentials of scoundreling with special attention paid to Three-Card Monte, The Shell Game and Fast and Loose.

The esteemed professors note that the course is “perfect for the historian, steampunker, gambler, lawyer or police officer as well as the magician, this course gives you the inside information.”  We are at least two or three of those types of people so the course should be a perfect fit.

We understand there were only 20 seats available and they may have already been sold out by the time this article posts.

We will report back on what we have learned both in the classroom and in any wayward attempts to scoundrel on the mean streets of Hollywood or Beverly Hills.

We are thinking of getting a specially made cardboard box on which to perform our soon to be acquired Three-Card Monte skills just outside the Beverly Hills Hotel on Sunset.

We could make it look like it was a shipping container for Louis Vuitton handbags or Christian Louboutin shoes so it would not arouse suspicion amongst the throngs we expect will encircle us with cash money in their hands and dreams of big winnings in their hearts.

Check out the School for Scoundrels site for more information and peruse their great offerings here.

The Illusionists Get Ready in Akron for Broadway Run

Inside Magic Image of IllusionistsAkron, Ohio is magic.

We have said it for years.  Usually it seems out of context but today, finally, it actually matches the rest of our message.

You may know Akron for its proud industrial history – The Rubber Capital of the World with B.F. Goodrich Tire, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Firestone Tire and General Tire all having a historic role in turning the former canal town into a global manufacturing hub.  Or you may know it for the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame, the All-American Soap Box Derby or even as the birth place of Alcoholics Anonymous, oatmeal and artificial fishing bait.

And now, Akron is home to The Illusionists – Witness the Impossible as it readies for its run on Broadway.  The cast and crew have been quartered in Akron perfecting the show before moving to New York City.  They will try it out for audience in Akron Wednesday and Thursday at the University of Akron’s E.J. Thomas Hall.

The show has had a 10-day pre-production schedule in preparation for its six-week Broadway run and 30-city U.S. tour.  The show may be new to Akron and Broadway but many of the magicians have been performing together in earlier iterations of the spectacle over the last two years in Australia, Mexico, Latin America, South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Who is in the cast?  Funny you should ask.  We have it on good authority that the seven magician are: Kevin James, Dan Sperry, Yu Ho-Jin, Andrew Basso, Aaron Crow and Jeff Hobson.

We love living in West Hollywood for its sunshine, proximity to places where they sell baked goods for domestic animals and The Magic Castle, but wish we were back in Mystic Hollow, Michigan for the short drive down to Akron.  Akron is always magic but this week will be even more so.

Visit their ticket site if you are in the Akron area.  There are just a few seats left.

Read more about their pre-Broadway prep in  The Akron Beacon-Journal here.