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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | May 12, 2013
Donald M. Cohen, a retired credit manager and magician who was known as "Magic Don," died May 1 from a heart attack at his Edgewood home. He was 87. The son of a bar owner and a homemaker, Donald Martin Cohen was born in Baltimore and raised in the city's Pimlico neighborhood. He was a graduate of city public schools. After serving in the Army during World War II, Mr. Cohen returned to Baltimore. He worked as a credit and collections manager for Farber's Inc., a North Eutaw Street furniture store, for 20 years until retiring in 1992.
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By Mark Puente and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2014
Aaron C. Dutton, who walked away from a scholarship at Morehouse University to join the United States Marine Corps at the age of 17, died from stroke complications on Aug. 25. The 40-year Baltimore resident was 74. Born Aaron Coleman Dutton in September 1939 and raised in New Orleans, he was the oldest of four children to Aaron Dutton, a teacher at Dillard University, and Annabelle, a principal at Gilbert Academy. In 1954 at the age of 15, Dutton won a statewide physics contest and then received a Ford Foundation Scholarship to Morehouse College.
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November 29, 2011
Magician Eric Henning , of Laurel, will perform for VIPs during the ceremony to mark the lighting of the National Christmas Tree Dec. 1 on the Ellipse in Washington. Henning, a full-time professional magician and speaker, has performed at two pre-Inaugural candlelight dinners for President George W. Bush and at two Easter egg rolls for Laura Bush. Last year, he performed for the family of President Barack Obama at the White House Halloween party.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
For most of us, getting out of a tight situation means pulling the car out of a Canton parking spot or wriggling out of a size 2 dress.  But Baltimore magician Spencer Horsman often quite literally finds himself in a bind. Horsman will be featured on the show "Masters of Illusion" on the CW, according to a news release. The 27-year-old will escape from "the flaming jaws of death" and will emerge from shackles and an underwater tank in episodes 1 and 3 of the show. The premiere episode airs 8 p.m. Aug. 1. Horsman grew up in show business.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
For most of us, getting out of a tight situation means pulling the car out of a Canton parking spot or wriggling out of a size 2 dress.  But Baltimore magician Spencer Horsman often quite literally finds himself in a bind. Horsman will be featured on the show "Masters of Illusion" on the CW, according to a news release. The 27-year-old will escape from "the flaming jaws of death" and will emerge from shackles and an underwater tank in episodes 1 and 3 of the show. The premiere episode airs 8 p.m. Aug. 1. Horsman grew up in show business.
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By Chris Kaltenbach | March 14, 1998
James "The Amazing" Randi has spent most of his 69 years insisting that the only thing psychics are expert at is fooling the gullible and taking advantage of the bereaved.James Van Praagh, Randi insists, has shown him nothing he hasn't seen before."These are all people who have lost someone dear to them, and they're hoping to hear something from him that will comfort them," says Randi, a frequent guest on TV talk shows and news programs. "People need that kind of thing."The Fort Lauderdale-based debunker says the spiritualists' best trick is to ask a lot of questions, preferably broad ones, then turn whatever the answer is to their advantage.
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By Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2011
Magician Michael Cantor's studio is a cheerful, open space, on the top floor of a clean white building not far from Television Hill in Woodberry. It's not some sorcerer's cave or spooky, spider-webbed warehouse, but a bright, airy workman's office, with sprightly melodies streaming in from a classical music station and an array of nuts and bolts organized and ready, like brushes for an artist. This is where Cantor makes his magic, whether he's practicing routines or creating props and tricks with wood and metal.
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By Norris P. West and Norris P. West,Staff Writer | June 5, 1993
A federal jury ruled yesterday that "The Amazing Randi," a magician, defamed a Finksburg scientist by calling him a child molester but the panel did not award any monetary damages.The jury in U.S. District Court in Baltimore found that Eldon Byrd, 53, the scientist, suffered humiliation, mental anguish, suffering and damage to his reputation because of the false statements. But the panel found that he was not entitled to any monetary damages after hearing testimony that he had sexually molested -- and later married -- his sister-in-law.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2010
My object is to mystify and entertain. I wouldn't deceive you for the world. — Howard Thurston If Central Casting were looking for an archetypical prestidigitator, it could do no better than George Goebel, the veteran Baltimore magician and Houdini expert who also owns A.T. Jones & Sons, the Howard Street costume shop. "In our day, magicians looked like magicians. Today, they wear jeans and other outfits," Goebel said in an interview the other day. "A magician should wear a full dress suit, pique vest, turban and have a beard.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2011
A 47-year-old attorney and magician who runs a children's entertainment company in Baltimore County was arrested Monday and charged with flying to Florida to have sex with a 14-year-old boy, who turned out to be an undercover detective, according to police. Howard Scott Kalin, who lives in the 1700 block of Anne Ave. in Essex, was being held without bail by the Lake County, Fla., Sheriff's Office. Police said he runs "Funhouse Entertainment," in the 2200 block of York Road in Lutherville.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2014
One of author Steven Galloway's most vivid childhood memories is of sitting at a picnic table when he was about 5 years old, playing checkers with his great-uncle Johnny. "He let me beat him, and I knew he let me beat him," Galloway said recently when describing the inspiration for his new book, "The Confabulist. " "But I felt incredibly proud and happy because that meant that I had some merit in his world. "The problem is that Uncle Johnny died the year before I was born. " Since making that unsettling realization, Galloway, now 38, has been fascinated by false recollections.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2014
Yes, that really was actor Woody Harrelson tooling around Baltimore on a bike Friday afternoon. Master illusionist David Blaine was in tow, according to Joe Traill, the owner of Joe's Bike Shop in Fells Point. Traill said that Harrelson has been a customer of his ever since he came in Baltimore in 2011 to film "Game Change. " "I think a bike is his preferred mode of transport around the city," Traill said. But, he said, this was the first time Blaine had ever been inside the shop.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2013
Paul H. Trattner, a retired Baltimore public schools art educator and webmaster who was also a noted prestidigitator and popular Santa Claus, died Aug. 28 of heart failure at his Coldspring Newtown home. He was 70. "Paul was a kind, gentle person who was a great asset to the magic fraternity," said George Goebel, a veteran Baltimore illusionist who owns A.T. Jones & Sons, the Howard Street costumer. "He was a wonderful performer and had charisma. He was also a magnificent Santa Claus.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | May 12, 2013
Donald M. Cohen, a retired credit manager and magician who was known as "Magic Don," died May 1 from a heart attack at his Edgewood home. He was 87. The son of a bar owner and a homemaker, Donald Martin Cohen was born in Baltimore and raised in the city's Pimlico neighborhood. He was a graduate of city public schools. After serving in the Army during World War II, Mr. Cohen returned to Baltimore. He worked as a credit and collections manager for Farber's Inc., a North Eutaw Street furniture store, for 20 years until retiring in 1992.
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November 29, 2011
Magician Eric Henning , of Laurel, will perform for VIPs during the ceremony to mark the lighting of the National Christmas Tree Dec. 1 on the Ellipse in Washington. Henning, a full-time professional magician and speaker, has performed at two pre-Inaugural candlelight dinners for President George W. Bush and at two Easter egg rolls for Laura Bush. Last year, he performed for the family of President Barack Obama at the White House Halloween party.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | November 6, 2011
Stuart L. Buchwald, a former Baltimore professional prestidigitator who performed under the name of "Stuartini the Magnificent," died Oct. 21 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cancer at his home in Hollywood, Fla. He was 67. Mr. Buchwald was born in Baltimore and raised in Forest Park. After graduating in 1962 from City College, he earned a degree in psychology in 1966 from the University of Baltimore. "Stuart and I have been friends since we were 9 years old. He lived at 4021 Cold Spring Lane, and when my family moved into a home around the corner on Garrison Boulevard, he was the first friend I made, and we've stayed friends for 57 years," said Stuart J. Snyder, a Baltimore lawyer.
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By John Muncie and John Muncie,Sun Staff | January 11, 1998
"The Magician's Wife," by Brian Moore. Dutton. 230 pages. $23.95.It was the merest of historical footnotes: In 1856, Napoleon III sent Jean-Eugene Robert-Houdin, Europe's most famous magician, to Algeria to help France subdue the Arab population there. But that fact was all the spark Brian Moore needed to ignite this exquisitely crafted novel, a fast-paced story of psychological, romantic and geo-political intrigue.In "The Magician's Wife," the real Robert-Houdin (a name later exploited by Houdini)
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By Mary Corey | February 26, 1991
In Jim Conner's mind, war is a tricky thing indeed.Tricky as in six cards, 13 steps and some nimble maneuvering of hand and eye.That's the gist of his recently created magic trick "Desert Victory," in which a would-be magician puts U.S. troops (represented on cards by American flags) through several moves in the Saudi desert (blank beige-colored cards), eventually taking the desert by storm and achieving victory.For the 63-year-old magician who lives in Catonsville, the inspiration for the trick came while hearing Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf on the radio.
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By Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2011
Magician Michael Cantor's studio is a cheerful, open space, on the top floor of a clean white building not far from Television Hill in Woodberry. It's not some sorcerer's cave or spooky, spider-webbed warehouse, but a bright, airy workman's office, with sprightly melodies streaming in from a classical music station and an array of nuts and bolts organized and ready, like brushes for an artist. This is where Cantor makes his magic, whether he's practicing routines or creating props and tricks with wood and metal.
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