For Jeff and Kimberly Bornstein, first came love. Then came marriage. Then came a spellbinding, mouth-agape mind-reading show.
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,” and a new show organized by the Skirball, “Masters of Illusion: Jewish Magicians of the Golden Age.”
"I want to make people think and feel a range of emotions —wonder, surprise, nostalgia, delight."
Geller is most famous for bending spoons "with his mind," a feat that commonly figures into legends, jokes and parodies about him, although the contestants perform more sophisticated stunts on the show.
Understanding the unique power of Shabbat. Shabbat does not just come and go every week. In fact, it never really goes away.
The Eastern Europe-Israel Pilgrimage, sponsored by the Conservative movement's United Synagogue Youth.
"The real 'magic' is that Michael transcends politics to help both Israeli and Palestinian children," Felderstein says from his Los Angeles home. "He crosses cultural lines purely through performance and humor."
The documentary has been nominated for a 2006 L.A. Indies Film Award and screens in Redondo Beach this week.
This week's cover story celebrates not make-believe angels, but real live ones.
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 short, intense, balding, goateed Israeli as his hands hover over a pair of eyeglasses that sit on a green felt table. His hands begin to make slow circles in the air, and soon the glasses levitate and circle, mimicking his hands' movements. There is an audible sigh. He never touched the glasses -- we all watched.
I've been spending so much time and energy dating that it sometimes feels like an addiction.
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This Passover, more than any other Passover, I wish I had four children.
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.
To understand the mystic approach to life that suffuses the Pinto Torah Center, simply listen to Rabbi Yaakov Pinto tell the story of how his parents met.