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  • Love, Awe and Fairy Tales.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    2 weeks ago

    I am constantly shocked by the self imposed noose of reality worn by adults, turning them into the walking dead.

    C. S. Lewis wrote “someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”  Children live in joy, encouraged by those who nurture them to see beauty and...

  • Adrien Brody performs tricks, shticks of the Great Harry Houdini

    By Tom Tugend

    August 27, 2014 | 11:26 am

    Erik Weisz, son of an unsuccessful immigrant rabbi from Hungary, settled in Appleton, Wis., became a world-famous magician and escape artist and changed his name to Harry Houdini.

    He always liked to live on the edge. In one spat with his wife, Bess, he told her, “I’d rather...

  • Stephen M. Levine: A magical ability to conjure up fun

    By Ryan E. Smith

    January 2, 2014 | 3:56 pm

    California “Super Lawyer”/magician Stephen M. Levine likes to joke that he can make legal troubles disappear. Ditto for rabbits and quarters.

    Unfortunately, he can’t make the same promise about the troubles facing all of the people he meets through his volunteer performances —...

  • Filmmakers reveal magician’s secretive world

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 15, 2013 | 2:00 pm

    A British journalist recalls how she once sat down at a cafe with the legendary magician, author, historian, actor and, perhaps, the greatest sleight-of-hand artist on the planet in the documentary “Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay.”

    On that sweltering...

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  • ‘Mind Meld’: Love, marriage and magic

    January 15, 2013 | 5:05 pm

    For Jeff and Kimberly Bornstein, first came love. Then came marriage. Then came a spellbinding, mouth-agape mind-reading show. 

    In 2005, Jeff, who was doing road gigs as a comedian, wasn’t having any luck finding a girlfriend on Match.com. He sent out an e-mail on the site,...

  • ‘The Exorcist’ at the Geffen: No green vomit, but plenty of evil

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 27, 2012 | 3:19 pm

    William Peter Blatty was a Georgetown University student in August 1949 when he came across a front-page story in the Washington Post titled “Priest Frees Mt. Rainier Boy Reported Held in Devil’s Grip.” Blatty, a devout Catholic, was fascinated by the accounts of the...

  • Magician Max Maven Reads My Mind [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 26, 2011 | 4:16 pm

    I’m sitting across from Max Maven at a tiny table in the parlor at the Magic Castle, and Maven – a legend in the magic world – is reading my mind.  I’m staring at his third eye as he’s preparing to intuit exactly what I’ve drawn on a card tucked into a tiny envelope,...

  • “Harry Potter’s” Jason Isaacs on Playing “Racist” Lucius Malfoy

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 15, 2011 | 8:40 pm

    “Lucius Malfoy espouses the language of racism and eugenics,” said Jason Isaacs, the British actor who has portrayed the Muggle-loathing wizard supremacist in seven of the eight “Harry Potter” films, concluding with “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:  Part II,” opening...

  • Jewish masters of magic materialize at Skirball

    April 25, 2011 | 6:43 pm

    Prestidigitation as a Jewish vocation? Could there be such a thing as Yiddeshe legerdemain? Pulling an answer out of its hat, the Skirball Cultural Center is set to open two shows: a traveling exhibition that originated at the Jewish Museum in New York, “Houdini: Art and Magic,”...

  • Even up close, Minkin’s illusions are magical

    By Dikla Kadosh

    August 20, 2008 | 10:58 pm

    If you closed your eyes, it sounded like soft rain falling in the dimly lit wine cellar. The sound gradually grew in intensity as two-dozen hands rubbing against one another switched to rapid snapping, then to clapping, creating the auditory illusion of a rainstorm.

    David Minkin then...

  • Calendar Girls picks and clicks for July 5 - 11

    By Dikla Kadosh and Danielle Berrin

    July 3, 2008 | 11:32 am

    SAT | JULY 5

    (THEATER)

    Only a psychotherapist-cum-theater entertainer could do justice to the zany and improbable Jewish journey spotlighted in the play "Rose." The one-woman show runs the gamut of 20th-century Jewish geography, "from a Ukrainian shtetl to the Warsaw Ghetto, to...

  • David the enchanter

    By Dikla Kadosh

    April 16, 2008 | 4:02 pm

    David Minkin is the rock star of magic.

    I was told that is the epithet given to him by his fellow magicians at the prestigious Magic Castle club in Hollywood. And having just been to his “Evening of Enchantment” at Malibu’s Beau Rivage restaurant, I can say that the title is fitting....

  • Jewish monster ‘The Golem’ arises from the mists, with new music!

    By JewishJournal.com

    October 30, 2007 | 5:42 pm

    In the 16th Century CE Rabbi Judah Loew was said to have created a powerful Golem to defend Prague’s Jewish ghetto.

    Although I composed this segment of score for the scene in Paul Wegener’s 1920 prequel to his silent Golem series in the summer of 2002,  I only recorded it during...

  • Uri Geller bends self into Israel ‘reality TV’ stardom

    By  Orit Arfa

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Israel is no stranger to reality TV. Knockoffs -- or shall we say adaptations -- of popular American TV talent shows, like "American Idol" and "The Apprentice," have become hits. But recently, Israel has developed its own inimitable, highly successful talent contest in which Uri...
  • Live in the ‘hood: lingering Shabbat

    By David Suissa

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I thought I understood the unique power of Shabbat, until I moved to the Pico-Robertson neighborhood a few months ago.

    It's not like I'm a novice on the subject. For several years, in the late '80s and early '90s in Venice Beach, I was part of an eclectic band of yuppie frummies who...

  • War enhances intensity of Israel trip

    By Daniela Bernstein

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The siren went on for at least a minute. It was a Friday evening in early July 2006, during the war with Hezbollah, and I was sitting on a hill overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem, getting ready to welcome in the Shabbat with the Kabbalat Shabbat prayers.

    Unlike the previous...
  • Spectator - More Than Hocus Pocus

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In Todd Felderstein's documentary, "MAGIC(S)," a Palestinian boy lies listless in a Jerusalem hospital, a tracheotomy tube affixed to his throat. But he perks up when Michael Tulkoff, a.k.a. "Magic Michael," arrives and pulls toy flutes from his violin case full of tricks. The...

  • Angels in America

    By Rob Eshman

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Angels are everywhere in America these days, and a lot of them are tacky. When I was growing up you saw them once a year, adorning Christmas trees. Since then they've swarmed across the thin border that divides religious imagery from kitsch. Gift shops stock angel T-shirts, angel...

  • David Gamliel’s Weird Science

    By Keren Engelberg

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    It's a wintery Saturday night in Hollywood, and I am having one of those quintessential L.A. outings. Sitting in the dank, stonewalled basement of the landmark Magic Castle, I am watching psychokinetecist David Gamliel move objects with his mind. Our well-dressed group stares at the...

  • Somebody Stop Me

    By Mark Miller

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    I've been spending so much time and energy dating that it sometimes feels like an addiction. Or at least another career. If only it paid. And didn't involve so much time at Starbucks. And didn't require at the end of each meeting having to come up with a polite way to say, "It's...

  • Picks and kicks for February 23-29

    By Dikla Kadosh

    February 21, 2002 | 5:00 pm

    SAT | FEBRUARY 23

    (ART)

    Artists Daniel Goldstein and John Kapellas have assembled their most innovative work yet: a 7-foot-tall human figure made of 300 AIDS medication bottles and 139 syringes. Their art, encapsulated in the new exhibit "Make Art/Stop AIDS" is as gritty as their...
  • Four Children

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    April 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    This Passover, more than any other Passover, I wish I had four children.

    Four is a magical Jewish number, as we read in the haggadah, which tells the story of our journey from slavery to freedom. There are Four Questions, of course, which provoke four types of kvelling (especially...

  • Magic Jews

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Steve Spill's father was one of the first managers of the Magic Castle. Not surprisingly, growing up around the Castle cast its spell on Spill, who went on to forge a 20-year career as a professional magician.

    Last September saw the debut of his new venture, the Magicopolis Theater of...

  • L.A. 5758 Sephardic Spirit

    By Julie G Fax

    October 6, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    To understand the mystic approach to life thatsuffuses the Pinto Torah Center, simply listen to Rabbi Yaakov Pintotell the story of how his parents met.

    At the age of 18, Rabbi Moshe Pinto decided thathe was ready to marry, and so he went to his father, Rabbi ChaimPinto, the great ...

  • Do You Believe

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    July 17, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    For a small donation, you can now e-mail your prayers to a site in Jerusalem where they will be placed into the Kotel, the Western Wall, on your behalf.

    With a powerful computer, scholars in Israel have revealed the secret codes embedded in the text of the Torah -- codes predicting...

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