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Miller & Wilson's Theater of Marvels
April 18 - 3:00 pm
Dr. James William Elliott Card Challenge
Happy China Buffet, Bangor, Maine
May 7 - 8:00 pm
Kalliope's Karavan: An Evening of Side Show Delights & Vaudeville Theatre
YMCA Theatre, Cambridge, Massachusetts
May 15 - 7:00 pm
Chung Ling Soo Stage Magic Competition
Next Generation Theatre, Brewer, Maine

Dr. James William Elliott April 18 - 3:00 pm
Dr. James William Elliott Card Challenge
Happy China Buffet, Bangor, Maine

On Sunday, April 18, Professor Miller and Dr. Wilson will appear at the Dr. James William Elliott Card Challenge at the Happy China Buffet at 753 Stillwater Avenue in Bangor, Maine, at 3:00 pm. The Dr. James William Elliott Card Challenge is sponsored by Ring 362 of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. The event is open to the general public with no charge for admission.

The contest honors the memory of Maine's foremost card manipulator. When exhibiting before the public, Elliott wore a handsome gold, diamond-studded Howard watch, attached to which was a fob of unique and (for a card manipulator) most appropriate design. This fob consisted of four gold frames which held, under glass, the four Aces of a Junior-sized deck. This beautiful fob was presented to Elliott in 1894 by the card manipulators of Boston; attached to its upper and lower ends by miniature gold rings were gold plates upon which were engraved his name and title - firmly linked together for over twenty-two years - "James William Elliott, Champion Card Manipulator of the World."

Contestants will be given a deck of cards of unknown design and have up to ten minutes to perform card magic of their choosing. Extraneous cards may not be added to the deck. The winner, who will become the 2010 Elliott Card Champion, will be decided upon by a secret ballot of all I.B.M. members present.

For more information, please see the website for I.B.M. Ring 362.


Dr. Wilson May 7, 2010 - 8:00 pm
Kalliope's Karavan: An Evening of Sideshow Delights and Vaudeville Theatre
YMCA Theatre, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Dr. Wilson will appear in Kalliope's Karavan: An Evening of Sideshow Delights and Vaudeville Theatre, Boston's very own circus side show, on Friday, May 7, at the YMCA Theatre in Cambridge. The doors open at 7:00 pm for an 8:00 pm curtain. Admission is restricted to those 18 years of age and over. Tickets are $15 in advance, or $20 at the door. The show is a fundraiser for the YMCA Theatre, with $5 from every ticket going to the YMCA Theatre.

Performers include:

Dr. Wilson
The Boston Babydolls
Billy Boston
Mr. Scratch
The Infamous Miss Huff
Bethany Boles
Reed Spool
Rory Raven
Alexanderia the Great
Jesi
Ameena
Zehara Nachash

Zehara Nechash The Boston Babydolls

Rory Raven Alexanderia the Great

In addition to the performances, there will be plenty of amusing fundraising activities, including Prize Candy sales and an auction of some wonderful things!

For more information, please see the website for Kalliope's Karavan.


Chung Ling Soo May 15, 2010 - 7:00 pm
Chung Ling Soo Stage Magic Competition
Next Generation Theatre, Brewer, Maine

On Saturday, May 15, Professor Miller and Dr. Wilson will appear at the Chung Ling Soo Stage Magic Competition at the Next Generation Theatre at 39 Center Street in Brewer, Maine, at 7:00 pm. The Chung Ling Soo Stage Magic Competition is sponsored by Ring 362 of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, and is open to the general public. Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $5 for children twelve and under and seniors 65 and over. The contest honors the memory of Chung Ling Soo (1861-1918), one of the most influential stage magicians in history. Chung Ling Soo never spoke in performance. To honor his memory, the contestants are required to perform without the use of speech, narration, or written language.

Magicians are known for surprises, and Chung Ling Soo provided one of the greatest surprises in magic history at the time of his death: he wasn't Chinese. He was fatally shot on stage in England while performing one of his signature feats, catching a marked bullet shot from a muzzle-loading rifle. Only after his death did the general public discover that the marvelous Chinese conjurer who had thrilled the world with exotic Chinese magic was actually American-born William Robinson. Robinson had a long career as an assistant and builder for Alexander Herrmann and Harry Kellar, the biggest magic shows of his time, before dropping his Western identity and becoming Chung Ling Soo. He kept up the deception offstage, appearing for interviews in makeup and costume, speaking fake Chinese through an "interpreter," who translated for the reporters.

The contestants in the Chung Ling Soo Stage Magic Competition are free to do any kind of magic that they like, as long as they don't speak. They will be judged by a panel of expert judges with backgrounds in theater and film. Bellydancers and other entertainers will complement the magic performances.

For more information, please see the website for I.B.M. Ring 362.