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Greetings, friends! Again it's time/To weave magicians into rhyme.

What was the URL for Claudia Schiffer again?

A Le Carre con man masquerades as a kid show magician.

Mac King brings his cookies to Indiana.

MAGIC -- April promises an eclectic mix of magic, most notably the next David Blaine special, to air (thanks to Dodd Vickers) on April 14 at 10:00 Eastern, on ABC. Elsewhere, Hank Lee will host what is shaping up as a terrific Conclave on April 9-11, with Luis De Matos, Mr. Electric, Juan Mayoral, Mac King, John Carney, Guy Hollingworth, Dan Garrett, Aaron Fisher, Chris Hart, Sylvester The Jester; Arden James, and many more. Wow! Competing for your convention dollar that weekend (kinda like Weber State competing against Duke), Ed Williams of Funtyme Magic will host a one-day convention in Nashville, Indiana, on April 10. It ain't the Conclave, but with Illusions pros such as Dan Dygert and Terry Veckey, it will be magical nonetheless.

March 1999

We hope this month finds you basking on some southern beach, enjoying spring break, or at least having a good time at one of the year's early magic conventions. First up, some great beach reading:

MYSTERY -- Few writers today can create a world of deception and secrets as well as John Le Carre. In Le Carre's new thriller, Single & Single, the younger Single goes to ground as a children's magician after ratting on his con artist dad, only to have to emerge from such total obscurity to rescue the old boy from Russian thugs. In one tense scene, when Single is frisked, the baddies find in his pockets "a cutting, still unread, from a weekly magazine called Abracadabra, offering 'tricks new and slanted.'"

COMEDY -- Mac King appeared here in Bloomington, IN, on March 8, to the delight of patrons of an Indiana University campus comedy club. This is one of the great comedy acts of the century (note to Stan Allen), that you can watch repeatedly and laugh as hard at every time, as you can at Ballantine, etc. And be so badly fooled. New to me were Mac's "Cloak of Invisibility" and some great encore shtick. (A few days earlier, Mac appeared in some little town in Nevada, where his lecture was the unanimous bright spot of the first WMS.)

DRAMA -- "From a backyard circus in the slums of New York, the spectacle of Coney Island carnivals, vaudeville stages worldwide, to a royal command performance in London, England, one young boy takes a magical journey through the mind of the world's most celebrated magician." This from the ads for The Great Houdini, the new Stacy Tanner play to run April 22-May 30 at The Stella Adler Theater in Los Angeles, a short walk from the Magic Castle. The play stars Jim Bentley as Houdini. Check our Fav Links for details.

CULTURE -- The March issue of Genii is in hand, a special British issue. This is Richard's first theme issue since taking the helm, and it's wonderful, with great contributions by Alex Elmsley, Bob Read, Patrick Page, Jack Avis, Peter Kane, Guy Hollingworth, Edwin Dawes, and many others. Any magazine that contains the phrase "your toes go into this squelchy shit" can't be all bad. There's never been a better time to subscribe. Check the Fav Links page for details, or phone Genii at (202) 363-4544.

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Steve Bryant is an obscure magician and writer who generates this site from a computer in Bloomington, Indiana. He frequently journeys to and performs magic in Little Egypt, the local name for extreme southern Illinois, where the towns bear such names as Cairo, Thebes, and Karnak.

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