Aldo Colombini was an Italian-born magician, lecturer and media producer. His wife, Rachel, a magician resides in Florida; when he first moved to the United States in 1993, he spoke no English. He created and marketed hundreds of magic tricks, along with numerous books and instructional videos on the topic of magic, he wrote a long-running column for The Linking Ring magazine, entitled, "As Always, Aldo". "The Close-up Magic of Aldo Colombini" What's Up Deck? He contributed multiple articles to Apocalypse. Tra La Via Emilia e il West con un Mazzo di Carte i Tre Orsacchiotti Matrix per Gente Pigra Incredibili Illusioni Improvvisate E Adesso cosa Dico? Carte Diem Il Giocoliere Comico Alta quota Un Comico Taglio Gorgo'n Zola Il Segno Dei Cinque il Libro Dei Book Test pronto intervento Aldo has made ora has appeared in the following instructional videos: Card Festival Still Ringing Around Roped In ESP Card Magic 1 - 6 Self Working Packet Tricks Green Carpet Fireworks Aldo On Trost 1 - 15 Essentials 1 - 3 Jumbo Coincidence Razzamataz Magic Italian Style Packet Tricks Picks Impromptu Card Magic 1 - 6 A Few Good Cards True Magic 1 - 2 Still Ringing Around Three Ring Concerto Tested Ten Card Poker Deal Card Capers All Hands on Deck Jack in the Box Card Festival Karl Fulves The Epilogue Tricks to Go Amazing Self Working Card Magic 1 - 2 Stunning Card Magic by Richard Vollmer and Aldo Colombini Please Hold In 2006 he was the Guest of Honor at Fechter's Finger-Flicking Frolic - The Original Close-Up Convention, a prestigious annual invitation-only convention limited to 200 participants.
Aldo was a featured performer at the annual convention for the Society of American Magicians in 2006, where a local news reporter described him as possessing, "... a distinctive sense of humor delivered in a delicious Italian accent." He performed in the close-up gallery at the International Brotherhood of Magicians' 64th annual convention held in Norfolk, Virginia. In 1995 he performed at the Louisiana Magic Weekend convention. Http://www.wildcolombini.com
David Roth is an American magician regarded as one of the world's greatest living coin magicians. Roth was an important contributor to Richard Kaufman's Coinmagic an influential text on contemporary coin technique. Roth is now associated with Fantasma magic, a magic manufacturing and retail company in New York City; the sleight of hand artist Dai Vernon, wrote about Roth: "First let me state that David Roth has an amazing ability when performing with coins. He is a genius. I have been fortunate to have enjoyed the confidence and friendship of the leading exponents of coin manipulation of the past. T. Nelson Downs, Allan Shaw and Welch Miller all specialized in this branch of the magical art. To the best of my judgment, David’s ideas and execution far surpass any one of them. I feel quite certain that if they could witness his performance they would not only be astounded but realize that they had seen the master." 1974 "Visiting Magician of the Year" 1977 "Close Up Magician of the Year" 1998 "Creative Fellowship Award" 1999 The "Medal of the Inner Magic Circle with the Gold Star" 1999 "Lecturer of the Year" Roth's trick "The Hanging Coins" took an ancient, long ignored, sleight-of-hand technique and made it far more deceptive and useful.
This technique, which Roth dubbed "Edge Grip", has subsequently been explored in depth by other experts in the field. It is a significant tool of contemporary coin magic. Roth's virtuoso execution of a "persistence of vision vanish" led to tremendous interest in his handling of the move, – – to increased use of this move among magicians. Roth's handling and application of a technique that has – thanks to him – become known as "The Shuttle Pass" is influential. Roth's "The Original Chinese Coin Assembly" was influential as the first published coin assembly that used the bare hands; this was a influential development, used and explored by other sleight-of-hand experts. Expert Coin Magic. New York: R. Kaufman and A. Greenberg. 1985. Ultimate Coin Magic Collection. Tahoma: L & L Publishing. 2002. OCLC 459793899. Volume 1: Magic with Copper/Silver Coins & Expanded Shells / Magic with Folding Coins & Specialty Gaffs Volume 2: Magic with Coins & Silks / Magic with the Okito Coin Box Volume 3: Classic Showpieces / Live in Sacramento Volume 4: Dinnertable Coin Magic / Coin Flourishes, Stunts & Wagers David Roth's Expert Coin Magic Made Easy.
Tahoma: L & L Publishing. 2008. OCLC 427386624. Volume 1: Basic Coin Magic Volume 2: Basic to Intermediate Coin Magic Volume 3: Intermediate to Advanced Coin Magic In 2003, Roth co-wrote and co-starred along with Darwin Ortiz in All of the People, All of the Time, it co-starred actress Ruth Williamson and was co-written by Patrick Cook. It opened in Charlotte, North Carolina, played in Waterford, Connecticut. Roth has consulted for Ricky Jay's production of On The Stem as well as Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants in which he was credited in the program as Ricky's'53rd Assistant'
Paul Gertner is an American close-up magician from Pittsburgh. He is set of DVDs. Paul Gertner's interest in magic began as a child, he claims his interest in magic began with his father, who created "magical" home movies using special effects and an 8 mm video camera. When he was sixteen, Paul worked nights at the Forks Hotel in Buffalo, NY, learning a great deal about how to interact with an audience and the psychological side of performing, his mentor there was legendary bar magician Eddie Fechter. From the mid-seventies onwards, Gertner performed corporate gigs and trade shows, has worked for a variety of companies, including IBM, NASA, GlaxoSmithKline, US Steel. Paul Gertner has appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson three times, he has appeared on the show Penn & Teller: Fool Us, where he fooled the hosts. He has a wife named a son named Beth and Bill. Paul Gertner is famous for his competition act, which he used to win first place at the Las Vegas Desert Seminar $10,000 and first place at FISM, arguably the largest magical competition/convention there is.
The act consists of three different routines: That's Ridiculous, The Steel Cups and Balls, Ring on Hourglass. That's Ridiculous comprises coins appearing magically underneath playing cards placed on a table; this routine is fast-paced and energetic, with the rapid-fire production of six half dollars, two silver dollars, an oversized giant half-dollar in only a few seconds. The Steel Cups and Balls is Paul Gertner's approach to the classic balls routine. Three steel ball bearings appear in and around three steel cups; the routine ends with several massive, heavy ball bearings being produced from the cups and dropping to the table with a large thud. Amazingly, one of the bearings is too big to fit in the cup, despite having just been produced from it. A ring borrowed from a spectator, vanished at the beginning of the act appears on the middle of a beautiful hourglass used to time the act; the glass of the hourglass has to be smashed with a hammer to make the removal of the ring possible. Gertner's most popular published work is Steel and Silver, which Gertner claims to be the fastest-selling magic book in history.
This book has been released as a DVD-set by L&L Publishing. Official Website
Johnny Ace Palmer
Johnny Ace Palmer is an American close-up magician. He is famous within the worldwide magical community for his prodigious sleight-of-hand abilities. Palmer was born in Warren, Ohio, in 1960 and attended Lakeview High School in Ohio until his graduation. Following high school, Palmer attended Kent State University in Ohio in the late 1970s and early'80s, he came to magic early in life, as a teenager, performed a stage act with his sister, Peggy. Palmer likes to say that he was "put on this Earth to do magic." In college, he majored in both theater arts and psychology, stating he wanted to prepare himself for his future career as a magician. Palmer started performing magic in the early 1970s, many times performing at churches and giving a Christian message with his magic, his mother, Ann Aanne, helped get him bookings and was one time asked what he could do, amazing to which she replied, "He can pull an eight ball from a thimble." This was not a skill that Palmer had tried but, because he was creative, figured out a way to do it for the performance and has been one of his signature skills since.
Palmer was able to get a job as Bingo the Clown at The Ground Round Restaurant in Niles, Ohio in the late 1970s on the weekends and incorporated his magic to entertain customers before and after their meal. He used Ground Round tokens instead of coins to perform his coin magic and prided himself on being able to do sleights without using gaffed coins. Working on the weekends afforded Palmer the opportunity to hone his skill with sleight-of-hand and practice his cups and balls routine to help make it the classic it is today. Throughout the 1980s, Palmer entered and competed in a large number of American magic competitions, culminating in his first-place wins at the annual convention of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and the annual convention of the Society of American Magicians, he set his sights on international goals, entering the world-championship of magic, a competition called FISM, in 1988. He presented a 10-minute act, one of the first competition acts to utilize stage techniques in a closeup setting.
One routine for which he became known was a version of the Cups & Balls in which the final load was three live baby chicks. Palmer's skills won him the title of World-champion magician. In so doing, he became the first close-up magician in history to receive the Grand Prix award, only the second American to win; this award is given out only once every three years. The Magic Castle named Palmer Best Close-Up Magician two years in a row as well as Lecturer of the Year, he performs at the Castle twice a year, in September during the week that encompasses Labor Day and in April during the week that encompasses April Fool's Day. As of 2006, Palmer is the only magician to be awarded both the International Brotherhood of Magicians' Gold Cups Award of Excellence and the Society of American Magicians' Gold Medal Award of Honor. Palmer was one of the original seven magicians who opened Caesars Magical Empire in June, 1996. However, his home base for nearly two decades has remained suburban Los Angeles. With many awards under his belt, Palmer has turned down many opportunities to pursue a lucrative stage magic career.
Instead, he has said. He has performed tableside magic at many restaurants through the years, including his current weekly gig on Sunday evenings at Earth Wind & Flour in Santa Monica, which he has had since 1994. Past restaurants in Los Angeles have included the decade that he spent at Zach's Italian Cafe and the several years that he spent at the Green Street Restaurant. Palmer's knowledge was utilized by Mattel when the company vied for the merchandising contract to create toys for the Harry Potter film franchise. Palmer assisted the company in designing toys with a magical theme. Warner Bros. ended up awarding the contract to Mattel. In 1994, the Library of Congress created an exhibit to be displayed at schools and malls across the country. Called Grand Illusion: The Art and Practice of Magic, the exhibit featured only five living magicians, one of whom was Palmer. Palmer was featured in an episode of the TV series Masters of Illusion aired March 2009. Johnny appeared on the cover of The Linking Ring Magazine in 1998.
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Kevin James (magician)
Kevin James is a French-born American magician, known for creating several unique magical effects, such as the "Floating Rose", performed by David Copperfield. He had long-running performance runs at venues such as Caesars Palace, he has won the "Parlour Magician of the Year" award from the Magic Castle and appeared on the CBS television special, "World's Greatest Magicians at the Magic Castle". In 2007, he was a contestant on the second season of the televised competition America's Got Talent, where he proceeded as far as the semi-finals, he was born to American parents Darrell and Mary Lou Lowery. His father was a USAF helicopter pilot stationed in Europe, though the family relocated to the small town of Jonesville, where James grew up, he attended Western Michigan University, studying drama but dropped out in his third year and moved to Los Angeles, where he supported himself with small "strolling" performances at various restaurants, working for tips and a meal. It was in California that James joined local magician groups such as the "Long Beach Mystics" and the Magic Castle Juniors, where he was allowed to watch the professional performers.
He improved his technique, in the mid-1980s won the Grand Prix award at the P. C. A. M. Competition, he created a routine which aired on Japanese and European television. In 1991, he appeared on the French variety show Sebastien C'est Fou, which led to a job at the famed Crazy Horse in Paris, where he worked for years, performing 2-3 shows per night, seven days a week. After Paris, James moved to Las Vegas, becoming a featured performer at the award-winning Splash show at the Riviera Hotel, for another multi-year run, he has opened for comedian Louie Anderson at Bally's, the Sporting Club in Monte Carlo, headlined at the Sheraton Walkerhill in Seoul, Korea. In 2005, he was star of "The World's Greatest Magic Show" in Las Vegas. In June 2007, James auditioned for America's Got Talent, received unanimous approval from the judges to move on to the Las Vegas callbacks. At the callbacks, James was passed on to the short list. James was sent through to the semi-final round where he disappointed the judges, resulting in his elimination from the competition.
In 2013, James auditioned for Das Supertalent and received three out of four yeses from the jury and was given a no from Lena Gercke. James was sent to the live shows and received no red buzzes but the performance disappointed the jury and he came last place of the semi final. "Parlour Magician of the Year", 2003, Magic Castle "Most Original", 2005, International Magicians Society Official website
Japan is an island country in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies off the eastern coast of the Asian continent and stretches from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and the Philippine Sea in the south; the kanji that make up Japan's name mean "sun origin", it is called the "Land of the Rising Sun". Japan is a stratovolcanic archipelago consisting of about 6,852 islands; the four largest are Honshu, Hokkaido and Shikoku, which make up about ninety-seven percent of Japan's land area and are referred to as home islands. The country is divided into 47 prefectures in eight regions, with Hokkaido being the northernmost prefecture and Okinawa being the southernmost one; the population of 127 million is the world's tenth largest. 90.7 % of people live in cities. About 13.8 million people live in the capital of Japan. The Greater Tokyo Area is the most populous metropolitan area in the world with over 38 million people. Archaeological research indicates; the first written mention of Japan is in Chinese history texts from the 1st century AD.
Influence from other regions China, followed by periods of isolation from Western Europe, has characterized Japan's history. From the 12th century until 1868, Japan was ruled by successive feudal military shōguns who ruled in the name of the Emperor. Japan entered into a long period of isolation in the early 17th century, ended in 1853 when a United States fleet pressured Japan to open to the West. After nearly two decades of internal conflict and insurrection, the Imperial Court regained its political power in 1868 through the help of several clans from Chōshū and Satsuma – and the Empire of Japan was established. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, victories in the First Sino-Japanese War, the Russo-Japanese War and World War I allowed Japan to expand its empire during a period of increasing militarism; the Second Sino-Japanese War of 1937 expanded into part of World War II in 1941, which came to an end in 1945 following the Japanese surrender. Since adopting its revised constitution on May 3, 1947, during the occupation led by SCAP, the sovereign state of Japan has maintained a unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy with an Emperor and an elected legislature called the National Diet.
Japan is a member of the ASEAN Plus mechanism, UN, the OECD, the G7, the G8, the G20, is considered a great power. Its economy is the world's third-largest by nominal GDP and the fourth-largest by purchasing power parity, it is the world's fourth-largest exporter and fourth-largest importer. Japan benefits from a skilled and educated workforce. Although it has renounced its right to declare war, Japan maintains a modern military with the world's eighth-largest military budget, used for self-defense and peacekeeping roles. Japan is a developed country with a high standard of living and Human Development Index, its population enjoys the highest life expectancy and third lowest infant mortality rate in the world, but is experiencing issues due to an aging population and low birthrate. Japan is renowned for its historical and extensive cinema, influential music industry, video gaming, rich cuisine and its major contributions to science and modern technology; the Japanese word for Japan is 日本, pronounced Nihon or Nippon and means "the origin of the sun".
The character nichi means "sun" or "day". The compound therefore means "origin of the sun" and is the source of the popular Western epithet "Land of the Rising Sun"; the earliest record of the name Nihon appears in the Chinese historical records of the Tang dynasty, the Old Book of Tang. At the end of the seventh century, a delegation from Japan requested that Nihon be used as the name of their country; this name may have its origin in a letter sent in 607 and recorded in the official history of the Sui dynasty. Prince Shōtoku, the Regent of Japan, sent a mission to China with a letter in which he called himself "the Emperor of the Land where the Sun rises"; the message said: "Here, I, the emperor of the country where the sun rises, send a letter to the emperor of the country where the sun sets. How are you". Prior to the adoption of Nihon, other terms such as Yamato and Wakoku were used; the term Wa is a homophone of Wo 倭, used by the Chinese as a designation for the Japanese as early as the third century Three Kingdoms period.
Another form of Wa, Wei in Chinese) was used for an early state in Japan called Nakoku during the Han dynasty. However, the Japanese disliked some connotation of Wa 倭, it was therefore replaced with the substitute character Wa, meaning "togetherness, harmony"; the English word Japan derives from the historical Chinese pronunciation of 日本. The Old Mandarin or early Wu Chinese pronunciation of Japan was recorded by Marco Polo as Cipangu. In modern Shanghainese, a Wu dialect, the pronunciation of characters 日本; the old Malay word for Japan, Japun or Japang, was borrowed from a southern coastal Chinese dialect Fukienese or Ningpo – and this Malay word was encountered by Portuguese traders in Southeast Asia in the 16th century. These Early Portuguese traders brought the word
Steve Valentine is a Scottish-American actor and magician who has performed on stage and screen but, best known for his role as the eccentric Nigel Townsend on NBC's crime drama Crossing Jordan and as Harry Flynn in the critically acclaimed PlayStation 3 game Uncharted 2: Among Thieves as well as the voice of Alistair in BioWare's Dragon Age franchise. He starred in the Disney XD sitcom I'm in the Band as Derek Jupiter until its 2011 cancellation. Valentine has been seen in films such as Tim Burton's Mars Attacks!, Teen Beach Movie and Foreign Correspondents, he was a main cast member on Crossing Jordan, has guest-starred on shows such as House M. D. Monk, Just Shoot Me, Will and Grace, Dharma & Greg and Charmed, he appeared as an art critic in Ringo Starr's Discover Card "Private Issue" commercials in 1995. Valentine hosted, he voiced the character of Alistair in Dragon Age: Origins as well as the character of Harry Flynn in the video game Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. Beyond movies, Valentine is a rather accomplished magician, using this skill to portray magicians occasionally.
He was Mr. Moore in the 2010-aired Disney Channel movie Avalon High, his third Disney Channel Movie, was in Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie. In 2013, along with Kevin Chamberlin, he played a villain on Teen Beach Movie, which starred Ross Lynch and Maia Mitchell. Valentine lived with his former wife, Shari Valentine up until their divorce in 2005, he is married to the actress Inna Korobkina. His daughter, Evie Rose Valentine was born on October 7, 2011 and his son was born in December 2015. Actor Writer Producer Director Miscellaneous Interview with Daily Record Showbiz Steve Valentine on IMDb Official Website