Variety: Chris Tucker to Star in “The Rabbit”

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Inside Magic Image of Melinda Saxe - First Lady of MagicWe were on the back lot sipping coffee with some of our closest friends in the world who just happen to be in Hollywood and just happen to be filming at Warner Brothers Studios.

These are true, blue non-fake friends who care about us as no one else could or would care about us.

How good of friends are these? Let’s put it this way, there are very few people in this world who would donate a spleen; even for a friend. One of our friends gave us a spleen yesterday.

Granted, we didn’t need the spleen but it is the thought that counts. He even showed us the freshly stitched wound evidencing a recent removal of the organ.

In fact, we could feel that it was about body temperature even though it was thoroughly wrapped in white paper — like from the butcher but probably more sanitary and durable.

We know that for a fact because they told us just that very thing yesterday whilst sipping coffee and waiting for the set to call them for the next shot. They’re in a movie about zombies who do surgery and that way they only need to eat their victim a little bit at a time. Until they hit the vital innards, the victim can go about their daily chores.

It is a good idea but not very realistic. Once you are bit by a zombie, you become a zombie. Everyone knows that. Our friends said that the movie explains away that objection. Because the zombie doctors take out the organs they want to eat, the organs aren’t attached to the victim at the time of biting.

We’ll have to think about that.

Anyway, we were talking there on the back lot at Warner and we learned the studio intends to come out with a new flick (movie talk for “film” and likely derived from the flicker of light seen in older movie projectors) called “The Rabbit” starring Chris Tucker.

We like Chris Tucker although we have never met him or received any organs from him in any type of packaging. He talks funny and he does goofy things with his hands and fingers that makes us laugh.


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Scarlett Goes from Princess to Seductress on the Strip

Scarlett - Seductive Lady of Magic - SmallScarlett was known as “The Princess of Magic” when she performed a family-friendly afternoon show that ran six days a week in Planet Hollywood’s V Theater. Her act has a new home and a very different name.

Scarlett and the Seductive Ladies of Magic” sounds less family-friendly but nonetheless interesting.

We suppose a show featuring a beautiful redhead and topless female assistants could be family-friendly but probably not the kind of family you would want to live near.

While Scarlett studied dance for ten years and is no stranger to the stage, she entered the world of magic just a few years ago.

Working first as an assistant to Reno magician Jon Andrew and then his student, Scarlett made her Las Vegas debut last August.

She received high marks from the V Theater’s show producer, David Saxe.

Mr. Saxe knows something about magic and female magicians. His sister is Inside Magic favorite Melinda Saxe.

Mr. Saxe told The Las Vegas Sun last summer:

“She totally reminds me of my sister,” says Saxe, who produced Melindafor 16 years as well as the all-female “Showgirls of Magic” at the San Remo (now Hooters hotel). “She has a presence I like.”

Saxe was impressed with her eagerness to learn and to get her career going, not taking the usual path of becoming a specialty act.

“It was a little aggressive of her to start off with a full show, but that’s the way Melinda did it in 1987.


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Melinda Finds Something Better Than Magic

melinda saxe from days at VenetianMelinda, Our First Lady of Magic, and by our approximation one of the best magicians we have ever seen, has produced something better than anything our Art could offer:  her son, Mason Ray Evensvold.

At just over six pounds, the young child looks just like his father, says the beautiful Melinda.

According to news reports from Las Vegas, Melinda views the birth of Mason as the best thing to ever happen to her.

We congratulate Melinda and her lucky husband, Mark.

The birth of a child is always a miracle and to the parents of that miracle there is nothing more important.

We share in Melinda and Mark’s joy and hope they find the moment they enjoy now to be present through Mason’s lifetime.