Brett Daniels Wants To Fight Criss Angel

The article below says all you care to know about this…

www.reviewjournal.com/neon/shows/magician-calls-out-criss-angel-mma-cage-brawl-video

Here is the direct YouTube link with Brett Daniels calling out Criss Angel to fight.

All the comments in both the Las Vegas Review Journal story and on YouTube show there is more to this story and Brett’s history, than most people know about…

Magician Abb Dickson Sick

From word through Gary Bartlett, I have heard that master magician & illusionist Abb Dickson is quite ill. This is sad news indeed…

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According to Gary, Abb’s on-going illness has taken a turn for the worse. Gary speaks to him a couple times a week. Unfortunately he is starting to become more forgetful than before and undergoing dialysis. Apparently he has lost about 140 pounds, and that is a lot, as Abb was always been a big guy.

He is off of email altogether now and phone calls are not ideal (due to the memory loss issues). Can be expected to all us as we get older… Cards and letters are best.

Contact me personally for the address and I will forward it to those of you want to write to him. It would sure lift his spirits I am sure.

My own personal connection with Abb (and my first meeting Abb) was in the 1970’s as a teenager in Orlando, Florida (in the USA, where I grew up). As a teenager I worked as an on-stage assistant in his famous show “Presto,” when it appeared at the Florida State Magicians Association Convention in Orlando.

I always was always thankful to Bev Bergeron for than opportunity. It really gave me a look being the scenes at a young age of what goes on in putting together a large illusion show. The personally signed poster to me from his Presto show is one of my most prized possessions and sits beatifically framed in my collection room.

Besides his performing interest, Abb Dickson was a partner in the family funeral business (which allowed him to finance his performing efforts & show early on). He is featured also on the cover of the January 1989 issue of Genii magazine, as well as many other industry publications throughout the years.

Famous magician Doug Henning was a big fan of Abb’s touring show Presto, and gave it a glowing review too I remember is an issue of Genii magazine.

Get well soon my friend. You still have a lot more of life left to live on this earth!  🙂

Passing Of Illusionist Rick Walker

Illusionist Rick Walker

Illusionist Rick Walker

It is with much sadness that I heard second-hand of the recent death of my friend, Master Illusionist Rick Walker. He died way too early at the age of 64. The date of his death was Saturday, July 20, 2013.

I had not seen Rick for several years, but last I heard is that he was still very active in magic, along with his other businesses. Apparently (as it has been related to me) Rick had an accidentally fall, which caused a bump to his head and caused brain hemorrhaging leading to his death.

Rick Walker & Company was one of the first illusionists I ever saw perform live (at the Florida State Magic Convention in the 1970’s) and had a big influence on me. This was the first time a had seen a magician of a higher caliber perform with the the large illusions – and from that moment on was something I wanted to aspire to. Rick was about 13 years older than me, so when I saw him perform he was in his prime.

Rick was originally from Monticello, Mississippi, but moved to Dallas, Texas in 1977 where he spent the majority of his adult life. He was also an assistant for the Harry Blackstone, Jr. show early in his career. He had numerous national television appearances, was a magic consultant to the movie industry, as well as performing world-wide with his show.

Rick, you will be missed. But your influence and magic will live on.

You can see a video of Illusionist Rick Walker’s performance below.

Houdini’s Contract Rider

Besides the magic and illusions in our show, I am also very heavily involved in the staging side of things. For that reason I am a crazy about old, classic entertainment contracts along this their related associated riders (quite rare to come across).

For that reason I was quite excited when I came across this “Scene & Prop List” (essentially also a Backstage Contract Rider in it’s day & time) from the Harry Houdini show.

Thanks to the Society Of American Magicians (SAM) for the original find. Enjoy…

houdini's contract rider

Ricky Jay On ‘Late Show With David Letterman’

After performing magic for over 35 years, I often choose not to watch it in my leisure time on television, etc. To be truthful, so many modern magicians performances just bore me. Or maybe I have just seen too much over my years…

But when a performer (both a respected actor & magician) of the top caliber of Ricky Jay was on the Late Show With David Letterman recently, I sit up, take notice and absorb every moment. More magicians should do the same and pay attention to what he has to say about the current state of our art & craft!

This particular segment aired on the show on Friday, April 26, 2013.

Hank Lee’s Harry Levy Sentenced

I know a lot of you have been following this story and we are probably reporting it later than most news & blog outlets.

But because of my previous post about it and my personal lifelong connection to him and his company, I thought it worthy to mention it. (and for my readers and followers, as well)

harry-levy-hank-leesThere was a lot of anticipation and gossip in the magic community on what his sentence would be. In the end, he was given two years of imprisonment, two years additional probation and must make full restitution of the $560,000 he stole from the credit card of the victim Richard Garriott over a period of years.

His attorneys tried to argue for a much lighter sentence, in which effort they were unsuccessful.

Hank Lee (Harry Levy) is only 61 years old and still young enough to move on with his life when all this is over. Hopefully he realizes the mistake he made and the humility he has caused himself and his family. Hank Lee’s magic Factory remains open and I know he still has at least some loyal customers.

I will always try and remember the good side of Hank, and still have found memories as I go through some of his old paper catalogs in my collection. Good wishes and God bless his family too, as they try and deal with all this and put together the pieces of their lives.

This story regarding the sentencing of Harry Levy originally broke in the Medford Patch on September 6, 2012.