Updated November 28, 2010
*Update regarding Arthur Stout's "Twisted Illusion"- Balloon/ Magic/ Clearwire store front on Liliha Street in Honolulu.....the shop has just closed due to personal reasons.Updated October 17, 2010
ALOHA TONY CURTIS
& Janet Leigh, poster for "HOUDINI", A film that
launched a fascination of Magic for many in the Baby Boomer generation
...Iconic actor TONY CURTIS passed away from a heart condition
at his home near Las Vegas on Sept. 29, 2010. Curtis was famous in the
magic Community as the lead in the classic film "HOUDINI". The
film inspired many to become magicians. Tony Curtis was 85. In his
later years he purchased a home in Hawaii and appeared at many Charity Events
where he donated & sold his paintings and art. For all the
positive things Mr. Curtis did in his life, we will miss him...
... "Hawaii's Godfather of Magic", JIMMY YOSHIDA lives
in a Senior care home in Honolulu's
Salt Lake area, and unfortunately, says Grandson TODD, his
health has been declining.
recently created a FACEBOOK
page under the name JIMMY TENGU
as a way for Jimmys friends worldwide to contact him with notes of
cheer and rememberance. Todd especially would like to hear from those
with stories about his Grandfather, which he hopes to collect and have
edited. He mentions he would like to read the posts to his
grandfather, and someday have a documentary made of Jimmys' life and the
people he touched in magic locally and abroad...
* * *
performed for the 33rd annual CAVALCADE OF STARS on 9/11 2010.
Arita has been featured on the show several times in the past few
years. Arita & GLEN BAILEY continue to alternate at TONY
ROMAS' (Pearlridge location) Tuesday evenings 6:30 to 8:30pm.. GREG
GABAYLO teaching "JUGGLING EXCERSIZE" 11am to Noon at the
Waikiki Community Center. Cost $3 for members and $5 for non
members. Info? ph 923-1802 to go to www.waikikicommunitycenter.org
"HALLOWEEN MAGIC" IN HAWAII...
...The POLYNESIAN CULTURAL CENTERS' annual "HAUNTED LAGOON"
event (a dark canoe ride at night through Ghost & Monster infested scenes)
adds a new attraction for those waiting in line, "Roving Magicians"
are mentioned in the TGIF story Oct. 1...
AARON "The Undertaker" VERMEER
vants to see you at the KMT "OHANA MAGIC LIVE" Show Oct. 22 & 23
...KOOLAU MAGIC THEATER (KMT) presents a special Halloween
edition of their monthly showcase,October 22nd at 7pm and October 23rd at 3pm.
Keiki costume contest with prizes and treats for the kids, Balloons
& close up magic start 1 hour prior to the
shows. $12 adults, $10 for kids 12 and under. Call 239-6711
to reserve your seat...
...Aspiring filmmaker KAMUELA KANESHIRO (Who often works with
Comic/Businessman "KENTO" of FLYIN' HAWAIIAN BALLOONS),
has been working with some big-name Hollywood talent, (always great for
the resume). Kaneshiro worked this past summer as on-call assistant
director ("A.D.") to tinsel town Mega-Producer JERRY BRUCKHEIMER
while "PIRATES OF
THE CARRIBEAN 4 / ON STRANGER TIDES" was being shot in town. Kamuela first
worked with Bruckheimer while an A.D. for the Honolulu Production
of "PEARL HARBOR". He is currently working towards a Masters
Degree in Communications..
...AARON VERMEER reports in his online newsletter that he was
an "Extra" with filming of the other Major Hollywood production in town,
"BATTLESHIP". FRED "PROFESSOR FUN" BALL is also an extra in
the movie, (playing an "Old Salt"), as well as a number of Island
variety artists, comedians (Tony of "Da Braddahs"), and numerous
local actors. Plot line said to involve the "Mighty Mo", USS
____________________________________________________________Updated September 19, 2010
Stout's new Magic ~ Balloon ~ Clearwire Phone shop "Twisted Illusions"
...ARTHUR STOUT just opened "TWISTED ILLUSIONS", a new
Balloon/ Magic/ Party Planning/ Clear
Internet sales shop at 1472 Liliha St. (His main sales will be with CLEAR
internet services, and balloon Decor. He is open to selling Magic
items on consignment, Selling Donated Magic, and will consider buying
magic collections wholesale. Magicians and balloonists are invited to
and leave a1 page ad with cards. For more info contact Arthur at
...(Stout also has a pure white rabbit with blue eyes as store
mascot. Any care tips appreciated. She is available for magic
show rentals as long as your production prop can "contain" the bunny as
she is not tamed yet and is not accustomed to "Open" productions)...
...Very sorry to hear of the recent passing of the Mother of DAVID
BELL. Dave is known on the Island entertainment circuit as a great
SANTA CLAUS, and as the owner of the photo business "SNAPPY
Voice of "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer,
Richards passes away Sept 2010
...Canadian actress/Voice performer BILLIE MAY RICHARDS, widely
known as the voice of Rudolph in the
animated TV Christmas
classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER, has died.
Richards gained fame for her work as Rudolph in the 1964 holiday
production, which also featured the voices of BURL IVES and PAUL FREES...
...MIKE CHING's "FATHER CHRISTMAS" appears at the first
major Craft Fair of the year, the SEASONS' BEST CRAFT & GIFT FAIR Oct. 22 through 24 at
Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, admission is $3. The European Old-World
Santa meets and greets Crafters & Guests Sunday Oct. 24 ...
Entertainments' "Father Christmas"
Checkers & Pogo2 Image:
(From Left) KIM CHEE (Jerry Cox), JIM DEMAREST as "Mr. Checkers",
a child guest and MORGAN WHITE as "Pogo poge"
"CHECKERS & POGO"S MORGAN WHITE DIES...
...For nearly 15 years, MORGAN WHITE played impish, kolohe POGO
POGE on "CHECKERS AND POGO". White was "STAN LAUREL" or "GILLIGAN" to the
perpetually frustrated MR. CHECKERS, ultimately played by JIM
HAWTHORNE, DAVE DONNELLY and finally JIM DEMAREST
(All 3 "Mr. Checkers" recently died within 6 years of each other).
White retired to his birthplace Utah after the shows' conclusion where
he farmed and did other childrens' programming. He was active in many Hawaii
charities. "C&P" was admittedly "thrown together" at
first recalls then station owner CECIL "CEC" HEFTEL (oftern
referred to as the rich, eccentric "SONNY HEFTEL" on the series.
He was even once portrayed by a bag of money!...
The show was an instant hit, and the characters were often mobbed at
appearances. KGMB DJ "KIM CHEE" (JERRY COX ) played many of the
shows supporting characters such as arch-nemesis "SUPERSPY MCPIG",
and Hawaii Magic's own FRED BALL established himself as guest
Magician "PROFESSOR FUN"
on the show. The level of production of the show went from shoestring
to grand production with scripted story arcs and extensive use of the
then cutting-edge TV Magic of "CHROMA-KEY", (or green screen work) to
make people "invisible", and cause PROFESSOR FRUITCAKES'
dirigible fly. Checkers and Pogo were shrunk, chased by giant spiders
and changed into papayas with hats. At the heart of it all were these
silly engaging characters that kids rushed home to watch, and 2
generations of Hawaii Baby Boomers have fond childhood memories because
of them... See the STAR-ADVERTISER
9/4/10 story here>>
.......Maui Magician LAURO CASTILLO continues to perform
pre-show at "KAPUNAHA", (JODY BARANS' Illusion show at the
KAANAPALI BEACH RESORT ... Castillo also showcases every Sunday at the
LAHAINA CANNERY MALL...
photo: ALAN ARITA with Comic/Radio Personality AUGIE T (Augie
Tulba) after a gig.
"WHO IS THAT CLOWN?"...
...CHRIS "DA" CLOWN currently featured on a commercial for JOBLINE.
No word yet on the future of local variety show "ENTERTAIN ME"
Christ did "Clown Cam" for last year, though some on staff hint that the
show may be back in production soon, as syndication deals are looked
into, as PETE BIRO would say, STAY TOONED...
SCIENCE VS. MAGIC...
...RUDY CODY ("THE COOLEST MAGICIAN ON EARTH") has been mostly
absent from stage and TV for much of the last decade. Word is he was
hanging with MARILYN MANSON, dreaming up new ideas for the
goth-rockers concerts. Now Coby has been gearing up again with a new
production featuring his "LABMAN" character; "MAGIC VS.
SCIENCE", a version of which has already played to raves at the MAGIC
CASTLE. The show hits the boards again in a major LA Theater
soon. What's the ultimate goal? TV? VEGAS? Hmmm.... Stay tuned!....
"THE PARANORMAL FILES" SEEKS SUPERNATURAL FOOTAGE FROM HAWAII...
..JON MAAS, a supervising producer of "THE PARANORMAL FILES"
(seen on SciFi Network) emails us the show is interested in any footage
of Strange & Unusual nature, Supernatural, Paranormal, Alien or
otherwise. Got some in a camera or video taker secretly hidden away?
Maas wants to talk to YOU. Contact us at the header email above and we
will put you in contact. They are looking for, in Jons' words, "Less
magic, more of "This could be supernatural" for our experts to
discuss". The budget is not huge, but they do pay licensing fees...
YAFUSO PERFORMS AT THE AUGUST KMT...
...Former Hawaii "junior" magician TYLER YAFUSO headlined the
Friday, August 27 evening show of the KOOLAU MAGIC THEATER...
DAVID BROWN is worked with RON ISHIMARU to promote the
show.. Tickets at the door or call for reserved seating... On August
28th,Saturday, the TEMPLE VALLEY SHOPPING CENTER holds a
promotion with The aforementioned Brown, AARON VERMEER and HARVEY
OUCHI each performing brief routines in the outside in the
Promo-Zone. ARTHUR STOUT provided balloons at the event, and at
...LAS VEGAS MAGIC SHOP Closed its Waikiki/International Marketplace outfit Sunday
August 29. Shop Manager CJ
expresses appreciation to all Island magicians who stopped by and
patronized the shop. He offered 30% savings the last 4 days of
...Casting agents for the "Re-imagined" HAWAII FIVE-O series held a casting
call for local faces of all types, Saturday August 28 at ALOHA TOWER
From Bikini beach babes to Surfer Dudes, Aunties, Keiki and more, all
types were needed to fill scenes as extras, (and presumably bit-part
actors). No word on where you could send photos if you missed the open
call... FIVE-O held a week early SUNSET ON THE BEACH type
premiere on Monday Sept 14. Estimates place the crowd size at between 5
to 10 thousand! The screen could not be easily seen or the sound heard
well by most, but the show definately is shot well with a lot of Island
Scenery. (A one-hour commercial for our beautiful State. A successful
run could increase tourism the way the original did... GO FIVE-O!)
image: The New (NIMITZ) PARTY CITY Sign
...Isle Entertainers often make the lengthy drive to Waikele to check
out the costumes and seasonal decorations of Hawaii's biggest
Party/Celebration store. Now with no small amount of excitement,
opens a new store within the month, off Nimitz in Central Oahu. There
is easy access to the front open parking lot for those heading to and
from town. The groundfloor outlet shares the new building with several
restaurants and other businesses. An onsite worker noted the new
Party City will open "Choke with Halloween stuff" and will be bigger than the
original Waikele store...
...MARK "ALLEN" MAURICIO brings his latest edition of MAGIC ISLAND
public access TV, (check your listings in September) A new trailer
shows him on the beach with closeups of XCM (Extreme Card Moves)...
SPEAKING OF XCM...
..."SUBTLE CONCEPTS" gets positive reviews in this months
edition of the worlds' top magic magazine, "MAGIC". Congratulations to JIM
HUCKO and JO SEVAU. The
reviewer says while "These men are not well known to the readers of this
magazine, they "Definately have Chops"!" A sincere compliment among
card workers) He liked the moves and noted that any seasoned worker can
find value in it, (though he caveats this is advanced work, and
not for beginners). It can be ordered from several magic shops and even
YONEZO MIKAME, MAGIC CRAFTSMAN PASSES ON SEPT. 9...
...KELVIN CHUN reports that Japanese Magic Master Craftsman "MIKAME"
(Yonezo Mikame) passed on Thursday, Sept. 9. Among Magi, Mikame was
revered as one of few Master designers & builders of small aparatus,
and was often described as "An Artist" by his peers..
BROADWAY & "VEGAS COME TO TOWN...
...2 Major productions open in Honolulu soon, "DISNEYS' BEAUTY &
THE BEAST" (the hit Stage musical based on the animated film) runs
to at the BLAISDELL
complete with the great tunes, imaginative costumes and wondrous stage
effects (many conceptualized by one of today's most prolific designers
-Origami-Modern Art ect.. -JIM STEINMEYER.) The finale
transformation of Beast into prince is said to be amazing, based on the
actual animated scene of the movie...
Disneys "BEAUTY & THE BEAST" stage production
also, CIRQUE 'DU SOLEIL'S "ALLEGRIA" production plays the BLAISDELL
ARENA October 15-31. Despite
small houses for their "SALTIMBANCO" production (performed right
after the Economy crash of 2008), 'CIRQUE seems intent on putting
Hawaii on the map of its' regular playing cities. Businesses such as HAWAIIAN
TELCOMM offer some discounted tickets to customers. (If you are a
current customer, go to hawaiiantel.com/cirquedusoleil or
call 1-800-745-3000 and mention the promo code "Hawaiian Telcomm".)
"VEGAS, THE SHOW!" PREMIERES...
...Popular Vegas Illusionist JOSEPH GABRIEL suffered a
memorable glitch during the gala openings for the New "VEGAS, -THE
SHOW!" Gabriel released a trained macaw to make a
lap around the theater and return to Gabriel’s outstretched arm.
Instead, the feathered diva made an additional pass, swept through the
row and landed on the head of talent
agent Colleen Custer. A reviewer notes Custer was OK, if a little
rattled, as Gabriel told her, “Good catch!”
Updated July 27, 2010
CURTIS KAM, BRAD KERWIN, KRISTI TOGUCHI &
BOBBY ACOBA dine at the
Mililani ZIPPYS with (not seen) MR. & MRS GLEN BAILEY, GREG HIRASHIKI and MIKE CHING
...KRISTI TOGUCHI in town from Las Vegas this July,
Brought in by primary instructor BRAD KERWIN to Teach Magic to 40+
students in the PUNAHOU SCHOOL Summer Magic Class. "Kristi
instructs deportment in Stage Magic, is an inspiration to female
students, and provides balance to the smaller classic effects Brad
teaches", notes Curtis Kam... Kristi had dinner with some local
Magicians July 16 before heading back to Vegas on the 18th...
...DENNIS LOOMIS (close friend of the late DOUG HENNING,
and inventor of the Loomis Dollhouse), among the latest inquiring about
Hawaii's Legendary JIMMMY YOSHIDA...
...CURTIS KAM heading off to San Francisco at the end of the
month to attend the GOLDEN GATE GATHERING, in Kams' words "...A
small convention for serious Close-Up guys who like to drink and smoke..
(Last year, so the story goes, one of the Buck Twins, (Editors note: we
don't know who this is) dropped a drink on MIKE GALLO from four
stories up. ...Fun times, ...eventually..."
...Curtis also mentions the next
Theatrical showing by KAULANA (Bennett Chang) on October 29,30 &
31. "INTRIGUE" is the name of the show. Kaulana also appeared
to MC and perform in a Talent showcase at WINDWARD MALL Saturday
...The July 7 combined meeting of the SAM/IBM
lecture on "HOW TO BE A GREAT MC"
and "SENSATIONAL STAGE
from STEVE KISSELL
... The following night, July 8, LATKO
gave a performance with explanations, and a lecture on "COMEDY
...MARY ANN CHANGG
, KEKOA ERICKSON
, and LATKO
into JIM BOYD
, a vacationing magician from Scotland
and creator of
the "HOPPING HALVES"
...YONA CHOCK got a story with photos printed in the HONOLULU
STAR-ADVERTISER on the IBM's Free Magic Classes offered monthly,
here is a link to the article: Click here for article >>
...BRAD KERWIN announces 3 weeks of MAGIC CAMP,
for ages Kindergarten
& up. Magic shows every Friday, guest
lecturers and magic-related activities. For info & Schedule,
contact Brad at 224-0305...
...DANA DANIELS and MURRAY both in and out of town doing
Cruises and "WARREN & ANNABELLES" appearances... "CRAIG
THE ILLUSIONIST" DANSIE reappears at the latest JULY showing of KOOLAU
MAGIC THEATER ...
"MURRAY" lunches with KMT regular,
AARON VERMEER during a recent stopover
...Very sorry to hear
of the passing of GREG GABAYLO's Mother, YOLANDA, earlier
this year. Greg gave tribute to her by singing a MICHAEL JACKSON
signature song (My Life
is in Your Hands") at her service on June 4,
and shared the video with friends: see video here>>
...ALAN WATSON also reports on the recent passing of Mentalist GLEN
FALKENSTEIN, husband of FRANCIS WILLARD.
Once a Superstar Mentalist, Falkenstein recently suffered from
Alzheimers disease and passed on just a few days after entering a
recently passed on, TONY
CORINDA (Born Thomas
William Simpson) best noted for having written the book"Thirteen Steps to Mentalism". Tony Corinda died on Thursday 1st July in Norfolk...
OTHER HAWAII ENTERTAINMENT NEWS:
JOHNY DEPP ARRIVES FOR "PIRATES" 4, and NEW, NEW "FIVE-O (THEME).....
...Star JOHNNY DEPP
has officially reported for duty this month as CAPT. JACK SPARROW. The
latest installment of "PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN",
) is now shooting on Kauai and soon, Oahu...
has ramped up an all-out Promo campaign behind the
series which debuts in September on the original date
the Classic series was launched. The Show will run Mondays at 9pm. The
series from the 60s famously promoted Hawaii tourism and featured many
local personalities, actors, stunt people and technicians. DIAMOND HEAD
STUDIOS was actually created for the series and used in
...While promos to now have featured a "techno"-influenced version of
the original theme, the producers have just announced an even Newer
of the theme (premiered at Comic-Con 2010)
that is very close in sound to the original and re-features the
previously muted horn section famous from the first series (many of the
original musicians were brought back to reprise the theme)...
... See the latest incarnation in this Studio session interview
released just days ago. See link here >>
(Yours truly likes it better than the techno version, and many seem to
agree that the original was very difficult to improve on.) What's YOUR
take?) See you on premiere night!
UP THE GAME?...
...TERRY FATOR, probably
the biggest Las Vegas
Ventriloquist since EDGAR BERGEN, (and
generally agreed to be a nice guy by those in the industry) recently
made comments that stirred up the Ventriloquial Community. Fator
commented to the effect that the public had a negative impression of
because there were "so many bad Ventriloquists out there". He
called Ventriloquists "Horrible" for stealing each others' material, and
for poor performance technique, giving the impression that the industry
was hackneyed and derivative of itself. When STEVE AXTELL made
Fator aware that many performers were offended by the interview, Terry
responded that he indeed meant to inspire controversy by
challenging todays' Vents to "Step up their game". Here is his actual
Date: Sun, 11 Jul 2010
My intention with those comments is a call for vents to
step up their game. There is a reason people have such a negative
stereotype of vents, and it's up to all of us to help change that
perception. I absolutely do not apologize for the comments, and if
anyone feels offended then by all means, please prove me wrong! That's
all I ask.
Come on everyone! Prove me wrong!
You are more then welcome to post this response on your site if you
This could be an argument relatable to any variety art. Do you agree
with this top 'Vegas draw? See the actual page, with Fators' audio
interview here >>
Updated June 22, 2010JUST PASSIN THRU...
...Magic Motivational Guru (and "ZINGMASTER" for the BARNUM
& BAILEY "MAGIC" CIRCUS), BRAD ROSS was in town early
June for R&R, he chronicled many of his local adventures on FACEBOOK,...Magic
Castle "COMEDY MAGICIAN OF THE YEAR" DANA DANIELS in
briefly June 12 before heading off on a Cruise Ship run...
COMBINED IBM / SAM APPEARANCE & LECTURE JUNE 24.........
...RON ISHIMARU makes us aware that EYTAN AYALON of the
ISRAEL MAGIC SOCIETY will be in Hawaii June 22 through 24. Magic Clubs Honolulu SAM
& IBM will combine meetings to meet him this month on THURSDAY,
JUNE 24th at the KALIHI-PALAMA LIBRARY at 7PM, where Ayalon will
present honorary Awards from his society to Ishimaru, as well as BRYAN
YOSHIMOTO and JIMMY YOSHIDA. He will also perform a number
of effects with full Modus Operandi (Complete explanations), a free
lecture for those attending.
Eytan is a decorated member of several organizations: TERRITORIAL
VICE PRESIDENT of the ISRAEL IBM, GOM President,
President of THE INVISIBLE LODGE (Freemasons who are Magicians),
President of Honor of the Belgian and French Magic Club, Bearer of the DR. JULES
DHOTEL MEDAL (founder of FISM?), & recipient of the ROBERT
HOUDIN MEDAL, as well as DEGREE OF MASTER MAGICIAN of A.F.A.P.
(France) and NATIONAL FEDERATION OF MAGIC OF BELGIUM, and the MZ
GOLD MEDAL OF MAGIC from Germany.
LOCAL MAGIC MIX...
..."DOC" DAVID BROWN performed
for the AIEA PUBLIC
LIBRARY June 17. His KOOLAU MAGIC THEATRE online again for this Friday, June 25th at
7, and Saturday, June 26th at 4pm ...
KELVIN CHUN also doing Library Shows, Wednesday June 23, 6pm @ WAIPAHU PUBLIC LIBRARY, and Friday July 2, 10:30am @
SALT LAKE PUBLIC LIBRARY. Chun leaves Juiy 5 to be a Dealer and
Lecturer at a number of Magic
...There is a brief bit of "magic" in the HAWAII THEATER
benefit production of "THE BOYS IN AUTUMN" starring Hawaiis' top
Newscaster JOE MOORE
and longtime pal (from Army Radio days) PAT SAJAK of "WHEEL OF FORTUNE".
Classic MARK TWAIN characters TOM SAWYER (Sajak), and HUCKLEBERRY FINN
(Moore) meet in their twilight years and catch up on their lives. MIKE
CHING called at the last minute to supply materials and tips for a
quick theatrical "Sleight-of-hand" bit that Sajaks' character performs.
Show opens Thursday, June 24th ...
...RICHARD BAUTISTA mentions he has been involved in several
events: Participating in Project Graduations (Face paint
Balloons) at WET & WILD HAWAII for MOANALUA HS, CASTLE HS,
KALANI HS, as
well as the LE JARDIN ACADEMY. A June 19 REGAL THEATERS MOVIE
Theatres / Pearl Highlands…(FREE Balloons and Face Painting
for the general
public). Bautista also notes, there have been additional
jams in the West side, as well as the regular twisting events...____________________________________________________________
Updated June 7, 2010
...The New "ReBoot" of HAWAII FIVE-O has been picked up by CBS
for the fall lineup. The
Original series featured several appearances
by FRED BALL, and an acting role by ALAN OKAWA as a
Gangster type. Okawa's hands were also used in Close-up shots where a
character switched valuable jewelry for fakes... The new opening
sequence uses the Classic FIVE-O theme with a techno upgrade. See the
new Opening them/sequence on YOUTUBE here>>
(What do you
think? Personally it's hard not to miss the horns and hips in the
classic opening. It's hard to be objective though, "HAWAII FIVE-O"
by MORTON STEVENS
has been called "The Greatest TV Theme of All
to hear of the passing of the original "LUIGI", parrot partner
to DANA DANIELS. The announcement was made on Daniels' FACEBOOK
page the last week of May. (in a phone chat, Daniels mentioned 2
parrots actually perform as Luigi, but that this one will be missed as
he was part of the family for 26 years). Luigi was laid to rest in the
Daniels family backyard, and an Apple Tree marks the site as Apples were
his favorite snack...____________________________________________________________
NEW "MAGIC SHOP" OPEN AT KMT...
.. .ARTHUR STOUT and RANDY REED assist the KOOLAU MAGIC THEATRE with
Balloon Twisting, Close-up Magic performing, Technical/Sound direction,
and now, running the new MAGIC SHOP in the back of the room, that
opens at the conclusion of every show...
Mahalo to MONTY for sending a great
picture of JIMMY YOSHIDA
and lots of local Magicians in front of the SAM Banner that bears
...HARVEY OUCHI begins a Basic Beginners' Magic Class June 14 at the McKinley
School for Adults, 6:30 to 8pm. Ouchi
provides all the materials and tuition is only $3.00. For Registration
info, call the Adult School registration office at
...CHUCK & JOANIE LEHR were mainstays of the Island SAM/IBM
clubs in the 70s and 80's before moving on to Texas. CAROL JONES (through KELVIN
CHUN) lets us know they could use your good wishes, especially if
you are an old friend. We now know Joanie had cancer issues in the past
and has relapsed lately. Husband Chuck says it would be great to get
cards and letters from Hawaii Magic & Clown friends. (in the past they worked many projects with
JIMMY KANE and JIMMY YOSHIDA, often working as magic
clowns with "Tengu" Yoshida at the Airport Holiday Inn).
Joan is in the Hospital currently, and flowers are not allowed buy
good wishes mean a lot. Email yours through Carol Jones: Merlina17@aol.com
Or send cards directly to their home:
Joan Lehr (C/O Chuck Lehr)
4324 Woodbluff Drive
Mesquite, TX 75150
...ZUKE took in the KAPIOLANI COMMUNITY COLLEGE Graduation
Celebration and says "TAKESHI" GOUVEIA did a fine show with
Illusions, Dancers and Bands... His part of the production between the
dancers ran "about an hour" notes Jimmy...
...KELVIN CHUN appearing at 2 Libraries this Summer. See the
Article at the soon-to-be HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER site:
...Like DAVID COPPERFIELD, "LATKO" is looking to be the next great Magician
starting his career in Hawaii. The FISM-competing Illusionist from
Argentina is back in Hawaii after performances of his motorcycle act at
home, and his award winning FISM close-up "Chess Cups &
Balls" routine in Bilbao, Spain. This past week, he performed at the
Festival" at Kapiolani
Park. He opened with a new manipulation act "to
the beat of the "Bongos" to great response. MARY ANN CHANGG (955-2188)
writes to say she is now managing Latkos' appearances...
...Latko is shooting his first DVD on "Card Manipulation," for release in November.On June 18, he
performs at the HOME AND GARDEN EXPO at the Blaisdell Exhibition
at 7:00pm and
again on Sunday, at 2:00pm. with new illusions and both shows MAY be different. On Thursday, July 8th ,
he will be teaching and lecturing on "COMEDIC MAGIC ROUTINES" at
the CLOWNS OF ALOHA meeting at
Kalihi - Palama Library.
Non-members should contact President RICHARD SHAEDON at 222-0064,
interested. (No admission at the door, so call and make
arrangements with Richard beforehand for entrance).
...STEVE KISSELL (Previously written here as "Roy
Kissell", sorry) is going to be in lecturing at the S.A.M.
meeting Wednesday , July 7.
Updated May 19, 2010
SHINE AT "NEW BABY EXPO '10"...
BAILEY hosted Hawaiis' SYM Junior magicians at the NEW BABY EXPO
2010 this past weekend, 2 pm
at the BLAISDELL EXHIBITION HALL. Bailey first did a turn with
kids from the audience to gather a crowd, the introduced the
performers. 9 year old RYDER YOUNG opened in tuxedo jacket with
routined silk manipulations: Silks from Newspaper, Color changing,
continuous productions and silk fountain. KYLE FUJIOKA, also 9,
performed one of the latest versions of color changing CD's. EVERETT
AZUMI RAMIREZ did a silk vanish & reproduction, followed by
Professors' Nightmare. TAYLOR KOMATSU (12 yrs) entertained with
choreography and magic as she moved through Ghost tube silk productions,
a Crystal Cylinder streamer production, dream bag flower box
revelations and silk fountain. Finally TYLER YAFUSO did a snappy
version of paper-over-the-head with a seated child from the audience.
...The sets were well rehearsed without any major flaws. Tricks moved
nicely from one to the next and performers all looked good in their
chosen costumes. RON ISHIMARU ran sound and coached backstage,
assisted by Tyler Yafuso... Kudos to all involved, For local magicians,
shows like this are always fun to watch. Lets see MORE
live shows soon from all our local clubs
VEGAS MAGIC (UNDERGROUND)...
...A lot going on as Sin City slowly rolls out of the dark, onto what
may be better economic times. ...The big news is LANCE BURTON leaving
the MONTE CARLO, but headed where? Speculation abounds... The
latest MAGIC MAGAZINE story gives no clue, though it may not be
wise to count Burton out of the Vegas entertainment world when the Monte
Carlo show closes on Sept. 4, 2010.....
...The last half year has seen a big push for a re-vamping and more
importantly a Re-MARKETING the struggling CRISS ANGEL / CIRQ DU SOLEIL show
"CRISS ANGEL - BELIEVE". The show had such a horrific reputation
for dissing traditional Magicians that any joke at it's expense has been
fodder for a laugh at Magic
Conventions, and several conjurers who've seen the show have
actually walked out and demanded money back. Word on the street is that
the show is scrambling to fix itself, changes in numbers, different
effects and even a DOUG HENNING impression by Angel are rumors that keep popping up.
Street flyers promising deep discounts to the show swirled through the
last WORLD MAGIC SEMINAR, though few took the deal. Still, the
effort may be gaining ground as recent Showroom reports have put BELIEVE
in the top 10 draws on a more consistent basis...
...SIEGFRIED & ROY may be retired but their Legacy lives
on. Rumors continue to resurface that there may be a show "Inspired" by
the legendary Magic Duo. Lookalikes? Maybe Original Illusions and
effects performed by S&R directed doubles? Unknown, but the stories
are becoming very frequent and consistent. The two may own Las Vegas
again. Those who've seen them in their prime wouldn't put it past
"LATKO" PERFORMS at K.M.T. & "ENTERTAIN ME"...
...2009 FISM performer LATKO performed at the
Koolau Magic Show Friday, April 23 @ 7:00 pm & Saturday April 24,
at 4:00 pm. (Koolau Magic Theatre celebrates it's one
year anniversary with two shows this month). LATKO also
taped several spots on the "ENTERTAIN ME" TV'er this past Monday
April 26, (several spots that will be spread out over several shows)
air dates are not known, but should be seen into early Summer of '10...____________________________________________________________
...The Creative Argentinean Performer is a friend of KELVIN
CHUN, and attended a recent SAM & IBM meetings here
during his Island Vacation. HARVEY OUCHI & CRAIG DANSEI got a
chance to performed with him on Waikikis' Street worker strip, and
Ouchi says he has some great routines for close up and parlor.
...Kelvin thanks MARY ANN CHANGG for assisting him & taking
him to events, GLENN FUJIMOTO for taking him to MARK ALLEN
MAURICIOS' Hale Koa Show & more, KEITH KABASAWA for
discounted tickets to MAGIC OF POLYNESIA, BOB FESTA for much help
& Aloha spirit, the KAHALA MAGIC GROUP for being
accommodating with their magic sessions, and the magic group at
Kaimuki's COFFEE TALK as well, also DOC DAVID BROWN (& CREW)
for a wonderful boating tour...
GOOGLE him for his Motorcycle act, or his cup and balls on YouTUBE
Latko Cups: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8b_gYwHrUI8
Motorcyle Act: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvlZpfieVr8&feature=related
...Real FORTUNE COOKIES # 5:
"The difference between
falling and failing is whether or not you choose to get up."...
DU SOLEIL TO CREATE "MICHAEL JACKSON" CONCERT EXPERIENCE...
...In other entertainment news, Cirque du Soleil has announced plans to
create a spectacle experience based around a heightened concert
experience of the late MICHAEL JACKSON. Cirque' and Jacksons'
family both own 50% of the show, and Jackson was said to be a huge fan
of the Canadian-based Theatrical organization. A North American tour
would begin next year, followed by a major Las Vegas Showroom premiering it as a
"Technological Extravaganza" in 2012... A catalog of 60 unreleased
Jackson songs may be tapped & "Mashed up" for the show so that MJ
fans can experience the songs in a new way. See the story here >>
"808MAGIC" AND MORE LOCAL NEWZ...
...MICHAEL VILLORIA (of MAGIC OF POLYNESIA) writes
to announce his 808Magic Internet/Graphic company now does printing as
well, and offers a special for Magicians producing Promotional
Material. Color copies start at 23 cts. per (digital printing), and
going as low as .15cts a copy in volume. Villoria sets graphics for and
presses Posters, Flyers, Business Cards and more. Reach him at (808) 688-1221 or by
...RICHARD BAUTISTA performed Magic and Balloons at several
EASTER Charity events (sorry for the late mention)...
...A number of MAGIC CLASSES will be available this summer. Honolulu Magi such as BRAD
KERWIN, CURTIS KAM, KEN NOYLE, JASON FLEMING, MICHAEL WONG, RON
ISHIMARU and HARVEY OUCHI have been known to teach in
previous years at Island Community Colleges and at the Punahou Schools. MIKE
CHING starts a 5 week class beginning Weds June 16. (forgive the
shameless plug) link>>
Ching also guest-performing at this months' KOOLAU MAGIC THEATRE
shows Friday, May 28
and May 29 in the
new Saturday Matinee. Regular performers include DOC DAVID "DAVIDIO"
BROWN, HARVEY "MR. O" OUCHI and AARON VERMEER...
...TOTALLY EDITORIALIZING... Overheard at the last IBM Meeting
the suggestion that IBM/SAM co host a joint club show. (Do I
have my facts straight?) Good idea! Nothing generates excitement and
interest in Magic like a club show!... GLEN BAILEY again
hosting/producing a showcase of Isle Junior Magicians at the NEW BABY
EXPO, Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall. Showtime is 2 pm on
Sunday May 16. These Juniors have been under the Tuition of
JIMMY "ZUKE" ZUKEMURA and friends from his Magic Shop. Mahalo to
all who keep these young people going with their time, knowledge and
...RICHARD HUCKO writes..."..My buddy Jo and I have a
download featured on Joshua Jay's Website: http://www.vanishingincmagic.com
via the direct link>>
move was originally on our Subtle Concepts DVD, and since then we
expanded on the move creating more applications and variations on
it..." Go local Magic Dudes!
...Our own FRED "PROFESSOR FUN" BALL in the "PRINCESS
KAIULAN" BioPic which opened Friday May 14. Fred was an extra
playing (we believe) 2 different characters in period costumes. The
film caused some controversy early on when producers flirted with the
title "Barbarian Princess" to sensationalize the film and find a
greater audience. In the end good sense prevailed. The Advertisers'
WANDA ADAMS apparently found watching the film a moving experience,
and says that the British Producer (married to a Hawaiian wife)
traveled to the Islands repeatedly to research the story, and the result
is an impressive and honest treatment of Hawaiian History. See the
FOR NEXT TIME...
"What are YOUR interests OUTSIDE of Magic?"
We'd like to know for future stories. For example: ALAN ARITA
has taken up Standup Paddle Boarding, making his way around the ALA
MOANA BEACH lagoon 3 times a week...DAVID BROWN is a Sailing
Aficionado... Also, Got a new venue, restaurant gig or Magic hangout?
Please drop a line, we will try to list all known ongoing performances
on the "Magic In Hawaii"
Updated April 8, 2010
TOP NEWS: SHOCKER:
"LANCE BURTON, MASTER MAGICIAN" TO CLOSE...
...Stunning news less than a week ago from ROBIN
LEACHS website announces that Vegas' current top Magician LANCE BURTON
will end his run at the MONTE CARLO a full 5 years earlier than
planned. (It wasn't long ago that Burton signed a new contract to take
him through 2015 at the venue, though speculation has been open that
Burton had earlier considered ending the run. Recently, Lance endured a
foot injury that caused him to cancel several weeks of appearances.)
...At present, Sources site differences with management over requested
budget cuts to the show. Burton is said to be in "delicate
negotiations" to exit his 13 year run, but will continue through the end
of the Summer season. See more at: http://www.lasvegassun.com/blogs/kats-report/2010/apr/03/report-lance-burton-leaving-monte-carlo-over-reque/
"THE KIDD" one of the latest Magicians to air on the Sat 9pm "ENTERTAIN ME"
program on KHONTV2... "DOC" DAVID BROWN also recently taped 2
segments for the show for recent airings March 27 and April 3. His "Poultry
in Motion" (Ouch!) Chicken act may have been custom made for a show
that wants Super-Different stuff... AARON VERMEER taped the show
on Monday March 22 as well. Look for his Straight Jacket escape
...CURTIS KAM the latest to guest on the KOOLAU MAGIC THEATRE.
Friday, March 26 , the show was a sellout with DAVID BROWN and
AARON VERMEER also on the Bill. See the MIDWEEK
article here: http://www.midweek.com/content/zones/windward_news_article/theatre_marks_a_year_of_magic_at_koolau/
Curtis was all over March, headlining the latest (edition #5 March
2010) OLELO "HAWAII MAGIC" Showcase, performing table magic for a
group of young people... Check local listings for air dates, or go to
the OLELO schedule page at http://www.olelo.org/programming/NowPlaying.htm
& scroll down for alphabetical show schedule...
... Speaking of which... LARRY & DARLENE YAMASHITA make
us aware of a very cool "Table Magic" (take that literally) televised
sequence from Chinese TV's 2010
CCTV SPRING FESTIVAL GALA here's LIU QUIAN... Enjoy: http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=hwVy_2eOfsE#t=78
...In VEGAS MAGIC NEWS, "KIMOS' LAS VEGAS" in MIDWEEK
MAGAZINE reports that DIRK ARTHURs' show has closed...
ISLE ILLUSIONIST "HACKED" IN BIZARRE PHONE SCAM...
...BENNET "KAULANA" CHANG on the front page of the STAR
BULLETIN March 2010, Changs' Cel phone was "Hacked" just by
answering a long-distance number. His phone statement then began to
reflect unauthorized charges totalling $5,000.00. This is a new type of
fraud that can happen to anybody. (Fortunately, Kaulanas' carrier
SPRINT was familiar with the scam and dropped the hijacked charges.)
The source of the call appears to have come from outside the US...
The Honolulu Police CyberCrimes unit says to be wary of any
number you do not know, especially out-of-State Numbers,
"especially those beginning with the area codes 800,
888, 866 and 900" ... See the story @ http://www.starbulletin.com/news/20100327_hackers_invade_cell_phone.html
TOGUCHI IN ANNUAL BIG ISLAND MAGIC SHOW...
...MEIR YEDIDS' "MAGIC
TIMES" site reports that KRISTI TOGUCHI returned from
Las Vegas to
perform at the ALOHA THEATER as part of the BIG ISLAND MAGIC
CLUBS annual benefit show. Returning performers included: ARNIE "ARNELO THE GREAT" RABIN, BARRY "THE GREAT
BARUSKY" GITELSEN, Al "ALBERT THE GREAT" GULICK, and KIM SWEENEY.
Full write-up; "MAGIC SPECTACULAR WOWS THEM IN KAINALIU", from
the BIG ISLAND WEEKLY: http://www.bigislandweekly.com/articles/2010/03/31/read/a_and_e/arts05.txt
CHUN LECTURES AT F.C.M. FOLLOWING IBM SAN DIEGO...
...KELVIN CHUN will be doing 2 lectures - Magic & Balloon
Art at the FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN MAGICIANS (FCM) 2010
Convention July 12 thru 16 at the INDIANA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY in Marion,
Indiana. Site: http://fcm.org/ usa/convention.
php (This convention immediately follows the IBM Convention in San
Chun (who's family is mostly Buddhist) has reported on the FCM several
times in the past, and says he enjoys it because the people are nice,
the focus is on family arts and the tone is upbeat. He mentions FCM
waives the registration fee
to Hawaii residents (save $195!).
This years' Featured magician is KENRICK "ICE" MCDONALD.
(convention follows the San Diego - IBM convention.) Housing is
only $21/night at the university's dormitory with a Meal plan of 15
meals for $94 (all buffet). Attendees also get access to University of
Wesleyan swimming pool and fitness center.
..The Convention features all of the following Family Entertainment
Arts: Magic, Ventriloquism, Storytelling, Clowning, Puppetry, Face
Painting. Drama, Juggling & Balloon Artistry...
WANNA BE A PIRATE?...
..."PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN, -ON STRANGER TIDES" set to shoot
this summer is holding "Open" (public) casting for Pirate types on Saturday, April 24, at
the WAIKIKI COMMUNITY CENTER. The Men-Only call will be
auditioned in groups.
Wanted are "Authentic Scavenger Pirate types" with extreme
looks (what one film old-timer calls "Freakshow Casting"). Those with
Irregular looks such as very short, very tall, emaciated, uneven
features, missing teeth or limbs, lazy eye ect. are encouraged to
attend. British Soldier types: Caucasion, Spanish and other ethnicities
are sought as well... (Ages 18 into 50's). See article for
(JAY LENO has
made much of late that a "PIRATES" female-only call in Los
Angeles sought "Women with Natural bustlines only", and that those with
implants should not audition).
Actor IAN MCSHANE
is now known to be set to play the real-life Pirate EDWARD TEACH,
better known as the infamous "BLACKBEARD" whom producer JERRY
BRUCKHEIMER describes as "The nastiest Pirate ever".) with PENELOPE CRUZ cast
as his daughter (and love interest to JOHNNY DEPP's CAPT. JACK SPARROW). GEOFFREY RUSH
returns as Sparrow's nemesis CAPT. BARBAROSSA, while the KIERRA
KNIGHTLY / ORLANDO BLOOM story arc is apparently played out...
May 23 ANIMAL
BENEFIT SEEKS ENTERTAINERS...
...The ANIMAL CARE FOUNDATION, ("ACF", An animal Rescue &
Shelter group) are planning a May 23 Benefit for all ages with food
& Entertainment "PAWS FOR PASTA". They are seeking family
entertainers like Magicians, Face Painters & Balloon twisters for
the event. (If Media is present, this could be a photo-op, or at least a
credit for your website). See them on FACEBOOK at:
www.facebook/theacfhawaii or on their site at www.acfanimals.org The group contact
can be reached at email@example.com
MALUSIONIST- "YOUR SOURCE FOR
THE WORST SECRETS IN MAGIC"...
...The great Illusions and personalities of Magic are systematically
destroyed by one demented Conjurers blog! Send your Know-it-All
Laymen friends here. How long will it take before they realize
these "explanations" are barefaced sarcastic scams? (Well it's one way
to keep the Masked Magician spinning in his grave). Key on any topic or
person to see it totally disrespected. Some examples:
Copperfields Jet Plane Vanish:
A private jet surrounded by a ring of
spectators. A screen is erected, on which can be seen the jet's shadow.
After a few magic words,
the jet is
When the screen (on which the shadow of the jet has been painted) is
erected, the "spectators" break ranks and run to the jet where, using
handy tools, they quickly disassemble it and
hide it beneath their clothing before returning to their positions.
For more Fractured "Insider" info, check out "MALUSIONIST - YOUR
SOURCE FOR THE WORST SECRETS IN MAGIC" at: http://www.mallusionist.com/
Updated March 14, 2010
...Isle actor STAN EGI (a former member of JIMMY YOSHIDAS' "Wild Bunch" teenage Magic Gang from the '70s) noted in WAYNE HARADAS' Sunday column as having a role in the CBS crime drama "Numb3rs" season finale which aired Friday March 12 at 9 pm. Egi plays a character named Ralph Morris,
a neighborhood watch leader, in a role which was not written for an
Asian. He got the role purely on his acting skills. Stan has also
appeared in video shorts on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, and in movies such as the MICHAEL KEATON comedy "GUNG HO", and the SEAN CONNERY crime film "RISING SUN"...
...Mahalos from the Magic Community to HARVEY ("MR. O") OUCHI for again setting up a birthday dinner for JIMMY YOSHIDA, Slated for Tuesday March 9, at TONY ROMAS in Pearl Highland center. Attendees included (in random order) PAM TOGUCHI, MARIA ( Jimmy's caregiver), JIMMY YOSHIDA (of course), GLEN BAILEY, and wife Loren (Loren made the beautiful cake for Jimmy), DOC DAVID BROWN, BOB FESTA, CRAIG DANSIE, UNCLE ROY and wife, ROY KISSELL & family, GREG GABAYLO and wife MARILYN and family, RON ISHIMARU, KELVIN CHUN, MIKE CHING and AKIKO, GLEN FUJIMOTO and wife BARBARA, RICHARD GOO, JAMES LEE and friend AFI, TOTOI, HARVEY "MR. O" OUCHI, and DENNIS KAWAMOTO.
...RICHARD BAUTISTA of Balloon Twisters Hawaii performs at two Holiday Events this month: The MILILANI KEIKI FEST March 12 at Mililani Recreation Center # 7, and the Moana Surfrider/Princess Kaiulani EASTER CELEBRATION PARTY March 27...
...ROY KISSELL was in town for a lecture on Comedy Magic, held at the KALIHI LIBRARY Hall 7pm, Thursday March 11...
...KRISTI TOGUCHI, Jimmys Granddaughter now assisting CHARLOTTE PENDRAGON in a new version of the PENDRAGON act, which opened