Produced by Park
Slope magic maven Richard Steven Cohn, "A Night of Magic"
brings together a variety of master magicians and prestidigitators
for an evening of unexplained occurrences at the Brooklyn Center
for Ethical Culture on Friday, Jan. 25.
According to Cohn, the program for Friday’s intimate, turn-of-the-century,
parlor-style performance includes Brooklyn Heights "mental
marvel" Marco Monteverdi (inset), magician Frank Brents,
the husband-and-wife team The Melodions (Cohn and his wife Alexandra),
magician Belinda Sinclair, "award-winning manipulation"
by Torkova (far right) and veteran magician-comedian "Professor"
Bobby Baxter (right). Baxter, "really spry and in his 80s"
according to Cohn, performed in vaudeville theaters and appeared
on "The Ed Sullivan Show," and is considered a "master"
Cohn, a writer for MagicTimes.com and a self-described magic
authority and historian, says Brooklyn has an important place
in magic history. East 21st Street was home for 10 years to famed
magicians Hardeen and his brother Harry Houdini (1874-1926),
known for his daring escapes from chains, handcuffs, straitjackets
and padlocked containers. Also, the first American magic magazine,
"Mahatma," was published at 1111 DeKalb Ave. at the
turn of the 20th century by Frank Ducrot.
"A Night of Magic" will be performed for one night
only before it, too, disappears.
The event, beginning at 8 pm on Jan. 25, is presented as part
of the Good Coffeehouse series at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical
Culture (53 Prospect Park West at Second Street, Park Slope).
Tickets are $10. For more information, call (718) 768-2972.
Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010