Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Friday, May 19, 2006
Lee Asher VS. Magic Makers
What: Trade-in plan for Ghost Kings DVD
Why: I want to swap your old copy of the Ghost Kings DVD with a brand new copy of the Asher Twist DVD because I feel the community should not settle for someone else’s fourth-rate attempt at my material. You deserve the best information possible.
I need your help.
I want the inferior product to disappear, and give you the real one in return.
When: Right now!!! There’s no time like the present, and this deal won’t last forever!
In my opinion, the Ghost Kings DVD is a mistake.
Mistakes are useful part of the ‘learning process’, but we usually overlook how important they really are. In many cases, we forget about the trials and tribulations it took throughout our learning process.
I forgive Magic Makers, and I’ve even spoken, in person, with Rob Stiff about this (in the Minneapolis Airport). We’ve both decided it’s ‘water under the bridge’.
But, in order for this never to happen again - I feel it’s my duty to help make the consumer more intelligent.
The key to being a smarter shopper is education.
Maybe it was an impulse buy, or it was a gift, either way you didn’t know the Ghost King DVD was a substandard product. You had no idea it was the Asher Twist taught without permission by another company.
Here is your opportunity to right a wrong...
Two major reasons why you should trade in your used Ghost Kings DVD for a brand new Asher Twist DVD right now:
1. The Asher Twist is a better product. My DVD has additional detailed instructions, extra bonus options, and my personal guarantee you will be satisfied. That certainly doesn’t come with the Ghost Kings.
2. Swap your copy because you want to encourage artists and creators who devote their lives to generating original innovative material. Intellectual property is valuable to you, and getting these Ghost Kings DVDs out of circulation shows your support.
There are a few magicians in this industry, as of right now, who will stand-up and help those who need it. I’m taking money out of my own pocket to ensure you’re given the opportunity to receive the proper information. I am even going to over deliver - Act now, and I will also give you my Diving Board Double PDF worth $12.95.
Please take the initiative and trade-in those inferior products for my proper ones immediately.
Again, I don’t mind taking a loss if it means you are receiving a better product.
Visit the link below for more information on how to swap your old copy of Ghost Kings for a brand new copy of the Asher Twist DVD today.
Don’t take my word for it...
By clicking on the link below, you will activate a player so that you may see the differences for yourself. It’s important that you click on the link, and that you decide for yourself.
Even if you don’t own the Ghost Kings DVD - please take the time to look.
Thank you for your time.
Speak with you all soon.
P.S. I don’t know how long my offer will last? Take advantage of it right now...
Way to go, Lee! It almost makes me wish I had purchased Ghost Kings.
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Keith Barry: Extraordinary
Well, I've been receiving emails asking my opinion on "Drowned Alive, and for the record, it stunk on ice! David Blaine is a trickless magician. 'Nuff said!
Hopefully, those of us who want to see some magic will be entertained when Irish magician Keith Barry's special is scheduled to air at 8:00 PM Eastern time Friday, May 12 on CBS. Check your local listings. In addition to close-up magic and mentalism, he will also be performing a Blindfold Drive. Although this is Barry's first primetime TV special, he is already known to younger audiences through his MTV series, “Close Encounters With Keith Barry,” which airs in 28 countries.
If you would like to watch a video clip about Keith Barry and his upcoming special, Click here!MM
Sunday, April 30, 2006
R.I.P. Billy McComb
It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of Billy McComb. There is no other information at this time. From magicwebchannel.com:
Billy McComb was an Inventor, Comedian, Doctor of Medicine, Actor, Author, Magician, and perhaps the most renowned historian of the magical arts today. Billy has had enough experiences for five lifetimes and yet he still continues to perform and tour, delighting anyone lucky enough to cross his path. He was billed as "The World's Largest Leprechaun", having been born in Northern Ireland.
Billy was the son of Sir Charles Henry McComb, who was knighted by King George V for his valuable research in the field of X-rays. Billy himself earned his Doctor of Medicine to please his family but soon learned that he had to please himself so he gave up medicine and moved to London to pursue his dream as an entertainer.
He soon became a fixture in London's West End, doing anything he could to learn the trade. He did voice-overs, films, radio and he was becoming well known in the nightclub scene. He even opened for Bob Hope at the Prince of Wales Theater. Within a few years, Billy was headlining himself. with an original blend of comedy and magic. Then came the pinnacle of his career when he was asked to do a Royal Command Performance for Queen Elizabeth at The London Palladium. The show was a great success and Billy decided it was time to take his act to America.
Americans loved his style as much as the Brits and Billy became such a huge hit he was booked on just about every television\variety show on air during that time. He has made over 300 personal appearances on TV and in movies. He has also starred in many of his own TV shows for the BBS. He has worked the best theaters, cruise ships, and clubs around the world and is now internationally renown in the world of magic for his innovative effects. Billy decided to concentrated his efforts solely on magic and has published many books on magic, which are still poured over by magic students today. He has enough magic awards to fill a warehouse
At the age of 76, Billy lived in Hollywood and was vice-president of the prestigious The Magic Castle and an Honorary Lifetime Member. He was recently asked to play the Main Room at The Sahara in Las Vegas, a dream that had always eluded him, and was held over an unprecedented five weeks by the casino. The reviews were stellar and people both young and old loved Billy's classic wit and timeless humor. His self deprecating remarks about his age played an integral part in his show, helping to enhance it even more.
Magicians from all corners of the world come to see and learn by watching The One and Only McComb work his magic. He was recently honored and roasted by his peers who included Harry Anderson, Penn & Teller, and all of the luminaries of magic who, at one time or another, were influenced by Billy.
Billy McComb was a true gentleman and people could sense that when they meet Billy without a word spoken. That's the most revered magic accomplishment of his entire career.
Most contemporary successful comedy magicians will gladly admit that they have been highly influenced by Billy McComb, some even crediting their careers to him. And no wonder: every detail of his act is worked out and refined, fueled by his enthusiasm for magic and hyperactive creativity.
Billy began his performance career in Britain where he had 9 shows of his own and appeared in over 40 films. The pinnacle of his British career was a Royal Command Performance for Queen Elizabeth at The London Palladium. In the States, he has appeared on such TV shows as The Tom Snyder Show, Matlock, Adam 12 and the Disney TV movie, The Young Harry Houdini. Billy has also appeared in the movie Lord of Illusions with Clive Barker. His awards include two from the Academy of Magical Arts, and an election to the S.A.M.'s Hall of Fame. He is Vice-President of the Magic Castle in Hollywood, California, and in 1999, Magic magazine selected him as one of the 100 most influential magicians in the 20th Century. And recently, Billy opened in Las Vegas for The Amazing Jonathan, and has appeared in The Lance Burton Show at the Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino.
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Man With 12 Nails in Head Survives
The man, who has not been identified by medical officials for privacy reasons, went to an Oregon hospital last year complaining of a headache.
Doctors were surprised when they took X-rays and found the nails - six clustered between his right eye and ear, two below his right ear and four on the left side of his head.
No one before is known to have survived having intentionally fired so many foreign objects into the head, according to the current issue of the Journal of Neurosurgery, where the case is detailed.
The nails were not visible when doctors initially examined the man in the emergency room of a hospital, a day after he'd fired the nail gun. When doctors saw the X-ray results, they transferred him to Oregon Health & Science University in Portland for intensive neurological care.
He became short-tempered and hostile when OHSU staff asked him how the injury occurred, according to the study. Psychological examinations showed he had "poor judgment and insight."
The man at first told doctors he had had a "nail gun accident." It wasn't until later that the patient admitted he'd used meth and the injury was a suicide attempt.
The patient was in remarkably good condition when he got to OHSU, according to the study. While even one nail to the head can be fatal, these nails came close to major blood vessels and the brain stem but did not pierce either.
The nails still posed a threat to the patient's health and doctors decided to operate quickly. Because of the number of nails, doctors decided to fully sedate him rather than keep him partially awake, which is done in some surgeries to monitor neurological responses.
Surgeons were able to remove the nails with needle-nosed pliers and a drill because the nail heads did not penetrate the skull.
The patient was later transferred to psychiatric care. He stayed there nearly a month until a court-ordered hospital stay expired. Then the patient left, against medical advice, the study said.
Nail gun injuries are often accidental. But over 65 percent of the time, a nail gun injury to the head is associated with an intentional discharge, a psychiatric disorder or both, the study said.
This patient suffered from an undiagnosed mood disorder with suicidal intent, the study said.
He told doctors that he later attempted suicide again but has been drug-free for six months and has been able to recover.
Do I Need to Say It?
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Don't Rob the Copp!
David Copperfield has added a new trick to his repertoire: Faking out robbers.
Despite being possessed of a "large amount of cash," the illusionist showed nothing but empty pockets to armed gunmen who targeted him and two female companions Sunday night in West Palm Beach, Florida, police said.
In the Palm Beach Post, Copperfield called his sleight of hand bit "reverse pickpocketing."
Nifty or no, authorities recommend that viewers shouldn't try Copperfield's stunt at home. "Usually, the protocol is to give 'em what you got, and not play games with them," West Palm Beach Police spokesman Ted White said Wednesday.
Copperfield's companions, meanwhile, did as told. The women, identified in the Post as the entertainer's assistants, handed over cash (both U.S. and Euro dollars), keys, plane tickets, a cell phone and a passport, the police report said. The 911 emergency call placed by Cathy Daly, one of the assistants, indicated the purloined passport belonged to Copperfield.
No one was injured in the incident, which occurred about 11:30 p.m. Sunday near Kravis Center, where Copperfield had played six shows over the weekend.
Copperfield and the women were walking when four young men, two of them wielding guns, jumped out of a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu, and confronted the group, the police report said.
"I had a gun pointed at my head from six inches away," Copperfield said in the Post.
An 18-year-old man and three unidentified, teen-aged boys were arrested for the shakedown within minutes. All were booked on suspicion of armed robbery. It was believed the four remained in custody Wednesday.
Copperfield, 49, and referred to exclusively in the police report as David Kotkin, his given name, has not missed a tour date since the unscripted drama. He is scheduled to take the stage Wednesday night in Orlando, Florida.
Arguably best known for making the State of Liberty disappear, at least for the purposes of a TV special, Copperfield is also noted for making fiancee Claudia Schiffer disappear. (The magician and the model ended their lengthy engagement in 1999.)
Monday, April 17, 2006
Talk Show Host Fired After Penn "Hit"
John London said he was fired over the weekend from CBS-owned KIFR-FM along with producer Dennis Cruz and sports reporter Chris Townsend for comments made on the air last Wednesday.
London said he was being sarcastic when he offered $5,000 to kill Jillette.
"If he suffers, I'll make it $7,000," London said, according to Cruz.
Jillette, one-half of the Penn & Teller comedy-magic team, said on his syndicated talk show preceding London's that the deceased Catholic icon was a fraud who set up refuges for dying people for "sexual kicks."
Jillette said hotel heiress Paris Hilton was morally superior to the late nun.
"I was sickened by it," London said. "What he said wasn't satire. He raped her morally, when she couldn't respond."
The station does not comment on personnel matters, said spokesman Michael Coates. The station's Web site made no reference to the firing but it removed "John London's Inferno" from its lineup.
Star Wars Kid Settles Lawsuit
TOTH to Xeni Jardin:
In the Globe and Mail today, news that Ghyslain "Star Wars Kid" Raza and parents have settled their lawsuit against school bullies who released the infamous video onto the interwebs.
Under questioning, Mr. Laflamme and Mr. Rheault conceded their role in spreading a video that Mr. Raza, then 15, had made of himself and left on a shelf in the school TV studio. Mr. Laflamme said he discovered the tape in April of 2003, when he took school equipment to film a varsity football game. He showed the tape to Mr. Rheault, who made a copy of it.
"I thought it'd be an interesting prank . . . I wanted Ghyslain to know what I knew of him, what I had seen," Mr. Laflamme said. "All I did was take the cassette, digitize it on the studio computer to pull a joke on Ghyslain. After that, I had nothing to do with it," Mr. Rheault said he later told the school principal after the controversy erupted.
He said that when a school counsellor confronted him about Mr. Raza's misfortunes, he replied, "It's no fun what happened here, but that's the problem with the Internet. Things travel fast."