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.

MM

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Man With 12 Nails in Head Survives

PORTLAND — A 33-year-old Oregon man on methamphetamine and suffering from mental health problems fired 12 nails from a nail gun into his head and survived.

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.

Link!

MM

Do I Need to Say It?



Escape any hancuffs, any leg irons, any time, any where! Imagine being frisked searched yet able to escape standard Law Enforcement restraints at will. Anton teaches these amazing methods on the DVD

MM

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.)

MM

Monday, April 17, 2006

Talk Show Host Fired After Penn "Hit"

SAN FRANCISCO -- A radio talk show host was fired after offering to pay a listener to kill comedian-magician Penn Jillette for racy comments about Mother Teresa.

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.

Link!

MM

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."

Link!

MM

Thursday, April 13, 2006

United Flight 93 Cockpit Tape Transcribed



In this image released by the U.S. District Court, a government exhibit shows a photo of the flight data recorder found at the scene in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, where Flight 93 crashed on Sept. 11, 2001, that was introduced at the sentencing trial of admitted terrorist conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui.

The following is a transcript of the cockpit voice recorder aboard United Airlines Flight 93. All times are EDT on Sept. 11, 2001. Text in parentheses was translated from Arabic. "Unintelligible" indicates that the tape couldn't be transcribed.

09:31:57 Ladies and gentlemen: Here the captain, please sit down keep remaining seating. We have a bomb on board. So sit.

09:32:09 Er, uh … Calling Cleveland center … You're unreadable. Say again slowly.

09:32:10 Don't move. Shut up.

09:32:13 Come on, come.

09:32:16 Shut up.

09:32:17 Don't move.

09:32:18 Stop.

09:32:34 Sit, sit, sit down.

09:32:39 Sit down.

09:32:41 Unintelligible … (the brother.)

09:32:54 Stop.

09:33:09 No more. Sit down.

09:33:10 (That's it, that's it, that's it), down, down.

09:33:14 Shut up.

09:33:20 Unintelligible

09:33:20 We just, we didn't get it clear … Is that United 93 calling?

09:33:30 (Jassim.)

09:33:34 (In the name of Allah, the most merciful, the most compassionate.)

09:33:41 Unintelligible.

09:33:43 Finish, no more. No more.

09:33:49 No. No, no, no, no.

09:33:53 No, no, no, no.

09:34:00 Go ahead, lie down. Lie down. Down, down, down.

09:34:06 (There is someone … Huh?)

09:34:12 Down, down, down. Sit down. Come on, sit down. No, no, no, no, no. No.

09:34:16 Down, down, down.

09:34:21 Down.

09:34:25 No more.

09:34:26 No more. Down.

09:34:27 Please, please, please …

09:34:28 Down.

09:34:29 Please, please, don't hurt me …

09:34:30 Down. No more.

09:34:31 Oh God.

09:34:32 Down, down, down.

09:34:33 Sit down.

09:34:34 Shut up.

09:34:42 No more.

09:34:46 (This?)

09:34:47 Yes.

09:34:47 Unintelligible.

09:34:57 (One moment, one moment.)

09:34:59 Unintelligible.

09:35:03 No more.

09:35:06 Down, down, down, down.

09:35:09 No, no, no, no, no, no…

09:35:10 Unintelligible.

09:35:15 Sit down, sit down, sit down.

09:35:17 Down.

09:35:18 (What's this?)

09:35:19 Sit down. Sit down. You know, sit down.

09:35:24 No, no, no.

09:35:30 Down, down, down, down.

09:35:32 Are you talking to me?

09:35:33 No, no, no. Unintelligible.

09:35:35 Down in the airport.

09:35:39 Down, down.

09:35:40 I don't want to die.

09:35:41 No, no. Down, down.

09:35:42 I don't want to die. I don't want to die.

09:35:44 No, no. Down, down, down, down, down, down.

09:35:47 No, no, please.

09:35:57 No.

09:37:06 (That's it. Go back.)

09:37:06 (That's it.) Sit down.

09:37:36 (Everthing is fine. I finished.)

09:38:36 (Yes.)

09:39:11 Ah. Here's the captain. I would like to tell you all to remain seated. We have a bomb aboard, and we are going back to the airport, and we have our demands. So, please remain quiet.

09:39:21 OK. That's 93 calling?

09:39:24 (One moment.)

09:39:34 United 93. I understand you have a bomb on board. Go ahead.

09:39:42 And center exec jet nine fifty-six. That was the transmission.

09:39:47 OK. Ah. Who called Cleveland?

09:39:52 Executive jet nine fifty-six, did you understand that transmission?

09:39:56 Affirmative. He said that there was a bomb on board.

09:39:58 That was all you got out of it also?

09:40:01 Affirmative.

09:40:03 Roger.

09:40:03 United 93. Go ahead.

09:40:14 United 93. Go ahead.

09:40:17 Ahhh.

09:40:52 (This green knob?)

09:40:54 (Yes, that's the one.)

09:41:05 United 93, do you hear the Cleveland center?

09:41:14 (One moment. One moment.)

09:41:15 Unintelligible.

09:41:56 Oh man.

09:44:18 (This does not work now.)

09:45:13 Turn it off.

09:45:16 (… Seven thousand …)

09:45:19 (How about we let them in? We let the guys in now.)

09:45:23 (OK.)

09:45:24 (Should we let the guys in?)

09:45:25 (Inform them, and tell him to talk to the pilot. Bring the pilot back.)

09:45:57 (In the name of Allah. In the name of Allah. I bear witness that there is no other God, but Allah.)

09:47:31 Unintelligible.

09:47:40 (Allah knows.)

09:48:15 Unintelligible.

09:48:38 Set course.

09:49:37 Unintelligible.

09:51:17 Unintelligible.

09:51:35 Unintelligible.

09:52:02 Unintelligible.

09:52:31 Unintelligible.

09:53:20 (The best thing: The guys will go in, lift up the) … Unintelligible … (and they put the axe into it. So, everyone will be scared.)

09:53:27 (Yes.)

09:53:28 (The axe.)

09:53:28 Unintelligible.

09:53:29 (No, not the.)

09:53:35 (Let him look through the window. Let him look through the window.)

09:53:52 Unintelligible.

09:54:09 (Open.)

09:54:11 Unintelligible.

09:55:06 You are … One …

09:56:15 Unintelligible.

09:57:55 (Is there something?)

09:57:57 (A fight?)

09:54:59 (Yeah?)

09:58:33 Unintelligible. (Let's go guys. Allah is greatest. Allah is greatest. Oh guys. Allah is greatest.)

09:58:41 Ugh.

09:58:43 Ugh.

09:58:44 (Oh Allah. Oh Allah. Oh the most gracious.)

09:58:47 Ugh. Ugh.

09:58:52 Stay back.

09:58:55 In the cockpit.

09:58:57 In the cockpit.

09:58:57 (They want to get in here. Hold, hold from the inside. Hold from the inside. Hold).

09:59:04 Hold the door.

09:59:09 Stop him.

09:59:11 Sit down.

09:59:13 Sit down.

09:59:15 Sit down.

09:58:16 Unintelligible.

09:59:17 (What?)

09:59:18 (There are some guys. All those guys.)

09:59:20 Lets get them.

09:59:25 Sit down.

09:59:29 (What?)

09:59:30 (What.)

09:59:31 (What?)

09:59:36 Unintelligible.

09:59:37 (What?)

09:59:39 Unintelligible.

09:59:41 Unintelligible.

09:59:42 (Trust in Allah, and in him.)

09:59:45 Sit down.

09:59:47 Unintelligible.

09:59:53 Ahh.

09:59:55 Unintelligible.

09:59:58 Ahh.

10:00:06 (There is nothing.)

10:00:07 (Is that it? Shall we finish it off?)

10:00:08 (No. Not yet.)

10:00:09 (When they all come, we finish it off.)

10:00:11 (There is nothing.)

10:00:13 Unintelligible.

10:00:14 Ahh.

10:00:15 I'm injured.

10:00:16 Unintelligible.

10:00:21 Ahh.

10:00:22 (Oh Allah. Oh Allah. Oh Gracious.)

10:00:25 In the cockpit. If we don't, we'll die.

10:00:29 (Up, down. Up, down, in the) cockpit.

10:00:33 (The) cockpit.

10:00:37 (Up, down. Saeed, up, down.)

10:00:42 Roll it.

10:00:55 Unintelligible.

10:00:59 (Allah is the Greatest. Allah is the Greatest.)

10:01:01 Unintelligible.

10:01:08 (Is that it? I mean, shall we pull it down?)

10:01:09 (Yes, put it in it, and pull it down.)

10:01:10 Unintelligible.

10:01:11 (Saeed.)

10:01:12 … engine …

10:01:13 Unintelligible.

10:01:16 (Cut off the oxygen.)

10:01:18 (Cut off the oxygen. Cut off the oxygen. Cut off the oxygen.)

10:01:34 Unintelligible.

10:01:37 Unintelligible.

10:01:41 (Up, down. Up, down.)

10:01:41 (What?)

10:01:42 (Up, down.)

10:01:42 Ahh.

10:01:53 Ahh.

10:01:54 Unintelligible.

10:01:55 Ahh.

10:01:59 Shut them off.

10:02:03 Shut them off.

10:02:14 Go.

10:02:14 Go.

10:02:15 Move.

10:02:16 Move.

10:02:17 Turn it up.

10:02:18 (Down, down.)

10:02:23 (Pull it down. Pull it down.)

10:02:25 Down. Push, push, push, push, push.

10:02:33 (Hey. Hey. Give it to me. Give it to me.)

10:02:35 (Give it to me. Give it to me. Give it to me.)

10:02:37 (Give it to me. Give it to me. Give it to me.)

10:02:40 Unintelligible.

10:03:02 (Allah is the greatest.)

10:03:03 (Allah is the greatest.)

10:03:04 (Allah is the greatest.)

10:03:06 (Allah is the greatest.)

10:03;06 (Allah is the greatest.)

10:03:07 No.

10:03:09 (Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest.)

10:03:09 (Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest.)

MM

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Hole in the Head Review



For centuries rumors have blossomed: tales of gurus, shamans, mystics and the secret powers of the mysterious "Third Eye" have fascinated the populous. But, can the myth's reality actually be demonstrated? Now, Ben Harris brings this fantastic mystery to life—creating a unique, freaky and visually-arresting effect—one slick enough for even the most savvy of today's street-wise performers.

HOLE IN THE HEAD has been one of the art’s most closely guarded secrets of recent times—it has fooled, amused and delighted some of magic’s biggest names. Using no mirrors or reflective devices and no stooges, HOLE IN THE HEAD is a radical and visual NEW PLOT—an exciting piece of street-theatre that simply MUST be experienced live! What’s more, it’s 100% practical! This is a one person—do anywhere—illusion.

In effect, the performer gathers a crowd around himself in a brightly lit, sunny spot. Discussing the amazing legend, he offers to open his own “Third Eye” allowing the sun to shine right through his head. As this would be too dangerous to observe directly, he suggests that everyone focus attention on his shadow. After some concerted effort, a small blob of light appears in the centre of his shadow head. Amazingly, this blob of light then grows larger at his command. To prove that it is no mere optical illusion and that the light does indeed pass through his head, a spectator is asked to wave her hand behind the performer’s cranium. Incredibly, when she does this, the actions are reciprocated in the shadow head—her fingers are clearly visible in the shadow hole! THE CONCLUSION IS INESCAPABLE—THE SUN IS INDEED SHINING STRAIGHT THROUGH A HOLE IN THE PERFORMER’S HEAD! The process is now reversed and the hole slowly closed. YOU CAN PERFORM THIS STUNNER VIRTUALLY ANYWHERE THE SUN SHINES. Complete with bonus handlings and clever ideas by Paul Harris and Michael Weber. YOU CAN EVEN OPEN A SPECTATOR’S OWN “THIRD EYE”!

"Bravo! Mind expanding magic, in every sense of the word!” - MICHAEL AMMAR

"The rumors are true: Ben Harris does have a hole in his head. And it's surrounded by a brain filled with clever ideas, of which this one is delight." - MAX MAVEN

“Truly a wonderful thing... a totally original breakthrough plot.” - PAUL HARRIS

“...situational, astonishing and a devilishly clever piece of magic —the best effect I’ve seen in a long time!” - JOSHUA JAY

“Something that’s never been done before using a method that’s never been used before —very cool!” - RICHARD KAUFMAN

“Fooled me... you could probably start a religion with this!" - GARY KOSNITZKY

"Just remarkable, I love it!” - RICHARD OSTERLIND

Open your “Third Eye” and let the sun shine through!

Comes complete with 12 page booklet, DVD, and Optional Performance Prop.


REVIEW:

The only thing that I find true of the above is that Michael Ammar, Max Maven, Paul Harris, Joshua Jay, Richard Kaufman, Gary Kosnitzky, and Richard Osterlind have already undergone lobotomies; this is nothing but a pure, unmitigated, and steaming heap of green, maggot-filled dogshit. Use your $20.00 and buy a hooker. You'll have better luck and more satisfaction.

MM

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

SPAM of the Week

Can you believe people fall for this shit?

Hi there,

I just got off the phone with Giancarlo and he was telling meabout his new book about getting what (and who) you want withthe power of Witchcraft.

Yes, I said Witchcraft.

But not the bad kind that brings violent and negative effectsin your life. It's the helpful, spiritual way of the matter.

It teaches you how to use easy spells and 5 minute ritualsto bring more abundance, love, health and joy to your life.

Anyway, he told me about the amount of copies he was selling ona daily basis and (after my jaw absolutely dropped) I was convinced we are in the middle of a 'magic revolution'.

He has tons of ecstatic customers writing him testimonials and words of praise every day... He does not know how long he can offer this book because he has tolimit the number of copies, so I wanted to make sure you had yourchance to read it before its gone.

I am SURE you will love it :-)

Check out his website now!

Enjoy!

MM