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45th Annual AMA Magic Awards

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Academy of Magical ArtsAwards ShowApril 7
at the OrpheumTheatre
Hosted by Jason Alexander, Recognizing theBest of the Art &Celebrating 50 Magical Years in 2013Celebration to Include AMA Board PresidentNeil Patrick HarrisPenn & Teller to be Honored as ‘Magicians of the Year’
HOLLYWOOD — April 4, 2013 — For Immediate Release —
As it continues ayear-long celebration of its 50
anniversary in 2013, the
Academy of MagicalArts
(AMA) will hold its
annual AMA Awards Show
, April 7. The award show, hosted by
 Jason Alexander
) – himself a performingmagician – will honor
Penn & Teller
(who will receive a Hollywood Star on theWalk of Fame April 5) as Magicians of the Year. Other noted magicians will behonored in a variety of award categories (listed below) with a “Magic WandAward.” The AMA, a unique, non-profit social order located in the heart of historic Hollywood,is the premier organization dedicated to the art of magic. Its clubhouse, the
is one of the most extraordinary private clubs in the world. The AMA’smembership includes performing magicians and illusionist of all levels – includingentertainment’s most pre-eminent, world-renowned artists – as well as associatemembers who simply love the art and the establishment.
Commented Emmy Award-winning actor
Neil Patrick Harris
, president of theAMA board of directors, “While you often hear the media speak about a ‘magicalnight in Hollywood,’ the Academy of Magical Arts awards gala is literally and truly amagical night.”
AMA Magic Awards, Hosted by Jason Alexander
Special Honorees, Celebrity Guests, Performing Magicians
Sunday, April 7 — Red Carpet Arrival, 6 p.m. / Show Begins, 7 p.m. /After Party to follow
Orpheum Theatre, 842 S. Broadway, Downtown Los Angeles (Between8
& 9
About the Academy of Magical Arts, Inc.
Celebrating its 50
anniversary in 2013, the Academy of Magical Arts (AMA) is aunique non-profit. The AMA’s membership – including the world’s most pre-eminent and celebrated magicians and illusionists – live by the “Magic First” creed,devoted to the advancement of the art of magic and preserving its history. Itsheadquarters and private clubhouse, the Magic Castle, has been an internationallyrevered gathering place for the magic brotherhood since opening its doors in 1963.Located in historic Hollywood in an elegant, Victorian-era mansion, the Castle is anexperience within itself—a remarkable meeting spot that captures a lost era and istimeless in its appeal, having hosted generations of magic enthusiasts from aroundthe globe, as well as show biz elite from Cary Grant, Tony Curtis and Johnny Carson(all performing members) to Katy Perry and Johnny Depp. Leading the AMA aspresident of the Board of Directors is Emmy Award-winning actor Neil PatrickHarris. The Magic Castle was founded by writer, actor, magician and entrepreneurMilt Larsen and his late brother, Bill Larsen, Jr. Visit us online at:www.MagicCastle.com 
2013 AMA Award Winners/Nominees
Magician of the Year Winners
Penn & Teller
Lecturer of the Year Nominees
Harry Anderson
Rafael Benatar
 John Carney
 Joe Monti
Shoot Ogawa
Close-Up Magician of the Year Nominees
Derek DelGaudio
Andrew Goldenhersh
Bill Goodwin
Armando Lucero
David Regal
Parlour Magician of the Year Nominees
Chris Capehart
Michael Carbonaro
Helder Guimaraes
Derek Hughes
Phil Van Tee
Stage Magician of the Year Nominees
Mike Caveney
Whit “Pop” Haydn
Chipper Lowell
Shoot Ogawa
Rob Zabrecky
AMA Fellowship Awards will be presented to …
Fellowship recipients receive a framed proclamation from the AMA and ahand-crafted pin, courtesy of West McDonough in memory of hergrandfather, Thomas Glover, Sr., who entrusted Milt and Bill Larsen with theproperty that now houses the Magic Castle.
 Juan Tamariz — Masters Fellowship
 This is the highest Fellowship Award granted by the AMA. The recipient is selectedby the Board of Trustees, whose combined knowledge of the art and history of magic provides the platform for selection. Renowned magician Dai Vernon waspresented with the first Masters Fellowship in 1968. Other recipients includeCardini and Slydini.
Alan Shaxon — Lifetime Achievement Fellowship
Created in 1985, this fellowship is given to a person whose entire life had beendedicated to magic, either as a performer, a preservationist or a historian.Magic Castle co-founder William W. Larsen, Jr. received the first presentation,followed by Don Lawton, co-founder Milt Larsen, Francis Marshall and others.
David Williamson Performing Fellowship
Recipients of this fellowship are performers – or a team of performers – whohave made an impact on the art of magic. Cardini received the first award in

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