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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" comedic magician.

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
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