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  • 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 —...

  • Oz Pearlman can read your mind, but is he the next great Jewish magician?

    July 9, 2013 | 10:53 am

    The magician and mentalist Oz Pearlman has been running since high school, but back then he was his cross-country team’s worst asset. Years later, not long after he quit Merrill Lynch, he ran the Philadelphia Marathon, intent on qualifying for Boston. But he’d been clueless about training strategies and race tactics, and he exhausted his legs by mile 21. Nonetheless, he was hooked.

    Read more at Tablet.

  • 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...

  • 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,...

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  • 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,”...

  • David Copperfield makes patients’ cares vanish

    By Robert David Jaffee

    February 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Trails of balloons lead down the hallway to the buffet at the Centinela Freeman Health System, formerly known as Daniel Freeman Hospital, where attendees -- nurses, occupational therapists, patients and the occasional nun -- nosh on skewered meat, cheese and fish, before heading into...
  • Opening ‘The Box’

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    January 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Like most of his grad student peers at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer always thought he would eventually become a pulpit rabbi, even taking an assistant rabbi position at a prominent San Fernando Valley synagogue as training for...

  • Up Front

    April 2, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    It all started because of the theft of myautomobile. One sunny morning, while waiting for my car pool, Inoticed something in a storefront window across the street, justbehind some citizens standing at a bus stop. It was a monkey. In a diaper.

    To my knowledge, I have never had a...

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