Steve Dacri Passes

Inside Magic Image of Steve Dacri - From Las Vegas Review-Journal

Norm Clarke has a very nice piece about the great Steve Dacri in today’s Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Steve Dacri was a friend of Inside Magic and always quick to respond to our often bothersome emails about what was happening in Vegas.

From Norm Clarke’s column:

His quick wit helped him reach the big stage during his career. There were late-night show appearances with Merv Griffin, Johnny Carson, Dick Cavett and Mike Douglas. After almost four decades at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, Las Vegas became his home in 2003 with his wife, Jan.

Steve Dacri was always encouraging and positive.  He had every right to be condescending or haughty but those traits did not seem to be in his nature.  He was kind.  He was nice.  It is a shame those two words sound so trite — perhaps because they are used so carelessly.

We will miss Steve.  Magic is less without him and his smile.

Read Norm Clarke’s column in today’s Las Vegas Review Journal:

Dacri exited life his way, optimistically” – News – ReviewJournal.com.

Terry Seabrooke Passes – Incredible Wit and Wonder

Inside Magic Image of Terry SeabrookeThe Waterford Observer (UK) is reporting that Inside Magic Favorite Terry Seabrooke, passed away this morning with his family at his side.

Terry Seabrooke was 78.

He enjoyed nearly half a century in the professional limelight, performing twice at The London Palladium, three times for The Queen at Buckingham Palace, and even to troops in the Falklands Islands after the 1982 war.

He continued performing until the final year of his life and was awarded one of the Magic Circle’s highest accolades in November 2009 for his services to British magic.

In receiving the highly coveted Maskelyne Award, named after renowned 19th Century magician and inventor John Nevil Maskelyne, he will forever be remembered alongside household names such as Paul Daniels, David Nixon and Ali Bongo.

Terry Seabrooke told reporters in his last interview:

“Magic has been very kind to me and has given me a great life. I have travelled the world and met some wonderful people along the way.

“When I started all those years ago I never thought I would go this far. It was really just a hobby that took off.

“I realised I was quite good at what I was doing and had the ability to make people laugh. Then all of a sudden people started throwing money at me to perform.

“I was working full-time in insurance sales but soon found I was earning more from the magic and decided to go full-time.

“It’s the best decision I’ve ever made.”

We offer our condolences and prayers to his family and friends.  He will be missed greatly.

Colombinis Farewell Tour Announced – Revised

Inside Magic Image of Aldo and Rachel ColombiniWe have spent the last few days in much discussion regarding the future. We are happy that healthwise we are now ok, however this year has taught us many things and we have come to a major decision.

We have decided that the time has come for us to spend as much quality time together as we can. We do this with a heavy heart as we have had so much fun and joy travelling and meeting old friends and new but the time has come for change.

We are announcing the COLOMBINI’S FAREWELL TOUR OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA.  This will be the last time the Colombini’s will lecture in the continental US and Canada (we reserve the right to appear at conventions). After this we will not lecture again.

There will be a special reduced fee of $250 for the lecture plus one nights hotel accom. The lecture period will start April 1st 2011. All products will be $10 as usual but there will also be special edition full color “Last Tour” Lecture Notes available for $25.

After the end of the tour we will stay home based and will continue to produce DVD’s,books and tricks. All enquiries to be directed to acmagic@mindspring.com for available dates.

We hope that we do not disappoint too many people with this news and we hope to see many of or friends and newcomers on this tour.

All our love always
Rachel & Aldo

Today in Magic History: Houdini is Born

According to The New York Times, March 24, 1874 is the birthday of Erich Weiss. The paper was not so prescient as to cover the birth of the child who would one day become the foremost performer of his time and, for our money, for all time.

The Times pegs today as Houdini’s birthday in retrospect, through its obituary published on November 1, 1926 – a day after the magician’s death in Detroit.

Much of the article was likely prepared in advance of his death; perhaps during ten days he endured the certainly inhuman pain of the virulent infection wracking his body.

We owe a debt to the unnamed author of the piece identified as a “Special to The New York Times” likely written by a freelance reporter for the paper. He or she included new – at least to us – anecdotes about Houdini and his rise to world fame.


Continue reading Today in Magic History: Houdini is Born

Truly Grand: Boston’s Le Grand David Featured

The Boston Globe provides an excellent retrospective on one of the unique stars of our craft.

As, Le Grand David celebrates its 33rd year, The Globe asks how much longer it can exist.

The show, the theater, the performers, and the audience are an anachronism to a time that may have never existed.

The Globe asked Magic Magazine Editor, Stan Allen to speculate on the show within a show’s future.

That’s a very big question,” he said.  “Le Grand David is very unusual, and the way the show came about is very unusual. There isn’t anything usual about it.  It is as close to Brigadoon as anything in magic that we have.  It doesn’t pack up its tent and go away.”

Like the mythical Scottish village that appears for one day each century, Le Grand David has been a constant but almost ethereal presence in Magic.

Be sure to check out the full article in The Globe.

Visit the show’s web site for great images, information, and show schedule.