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Magical Death Match 

Wednesday, Jan 11 2012
Of all the magicians telling stories at “Abracadabra! Stories about Magic with Porchlight,” one will be given a wide berth: James “the Amazing” Randi. An accomplished magician, in 1956 he beat Houdini’s time trapped in an underwater coffin by 13 minutes, and he escaped from a straightjacket while hanging upside down over Niagara Falls in 1975. But for the past 40 years, he’s achieved his most fearsome feats by knocking the legs out from under performers who tout supernatural abilities. He took down spoon-bender Uri Geller and telekinesis-fraud James Hydrick on national television. Since 1964 he has offered a $1 Million Challenge to anyone who can offer proof of the paranormal. Actually, the prize is $1,201,219.64, according to the most recent bank statement, which is available on his site (73 percent fixed income, 22 percent equities — Randi also knows how to balance a portfolio). Tonight’s other storytellers are magicians Eric Mead and Joe Pon, who owns local magic shop Misdirections. Also Stallion, who could end the night $1 million richer, if his website is to be believed. Stallion and the others have much to fear: Randi has a lifetime of amazing stories in his bag of tricks.
Thu., Jan. 12, 7 p.m., 2012

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