The Online Version of New Tops Magazine, An Abbott's Magic Publication
The was the website for the online version of New Tops Magazine whose publisher is Abbott's Magic. Abbott's Magic's online store mission is to provide the best magic products and service to our customers at the lowest prices possible. Abbott's Magic takes great pride in their company, which has been doing business since 1934. Abbotts is the publisher of Tops Magazine (30's - 50's), New Tops Magazine (60's - 90's), and most recently this free online version the Newest Tops Magazine with informative articles by some of todays top magic performers. Sad to say, Abbott's Magic allowed this site's domain to expire and it dissappeared from the web. The page you see here is from archived pages of the site.
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Staff Bios From 2011
May 28 Posted by Joe Ganger
Joe Ganger, an Air Force pilot and Vietnam veteran, retired in Colon, MI in 1978. He has been president of the Colon Community Historical Society and wrote a newspaper column for many years. He later went back to work for the federal government in logistics and retired again with 42 years total service
May 28 Posted by Steve Spill
Steve Spill has spent his entire life performing magic, producing magic shows around the globe in places such as the French Riviera’s Cannes Film Festival, Universal Studios Hollywood, Harrah’s Tahoe, Toronto’s Massey Hall, and consulting for theatrical productions, films, and television. Among the projects on which Spill has provided expertise are the CBS TV special “The World Greatest Magicians,”
Al The Only
May 27 Posted by Al The Only
Business clients agree that Al The Only works magic when it comes to entertaining their employees and customers. A full time professional magician for over two decades, Al has been featured in many local publications and magazines such as “Crain’s Small Business”, “Money”, and “Success”, for his work in Corporate America. Although he typically performs at company banquets, cocktail parties and hospitality suites, you can also find him working at trade shows and sales meetings.
“I love making people laugh, wonder, and feel good. Magic is my life,” said Al The Only. “Some have even called me obsessed,” he continued. It’s no wonder, with “PRESTO” on his license plate and a work phone number that spells “TRICKY-1″. Performing around the world, Al has developed a successful business that makes his clients happy.
When asked what his goals are for the future Al said, “I love working for Corporate America and am striving to make myself known in the business world. What Siegfried & Roy and Lance Burton are to Las Vegas is what I want to be in the corporate field. You’ll probably not see me on the cover of People or Rolling Stone but when it comes time to hire entertainment for your company function, I’ll be the first name to come to mind.”
May 27 Posted by Bobby Maverick
Bobby has been entertaining since 11 and brings with him over 20 years of experience in amazing, and amusing everyone in he comes into contact with. For the last ten years Bobby has been using his experience as a street performer, wit, and high energy level to become a much sought after entertainer for Corporate events, Trade Shows, and Hospitality Suites. Even though he is fast becoming a premier corporate entertainer, he still manages to stay close to his roots as a street performer by appearing on the streets of America and at several Festivals throughout the year. “Staying sharp” as he like to put it, and staying out where he loves to be… On the street and in front of the people!
May 27 Posted by Julie Sobanski
ulie Sobanski is an award winning magicienne from Milwaukee, WI and is known for her infamous straitjacket escape on rollerskates while wearing a dress. She is a performer (juliesobanski.com), an author (Dustin It Off with Dean Montalbano), writer (her articles on magic history have graced magazine pages both in and out of the magic community), editor, lecturer (Dell O’Dell, Talma, June Merlin and more) and the foremost magic historian of female magicians. Julie is in the process of writing a book, Makin Waves: Female Magician in the Art of Magic. Remember this lovely ladies face and name – she’s a persistent force in magic and you’ll be seeing a lot of her.
May 27 Posted by Ron Jaxon
Ron has won first place in the 2002 Michigan Magic Day Close up contest, first place in 2004 Percy Abbotts Peoples choice in both close up and stage at the Abbotts Magic get together and 1st place in 1999 Curly’s Close up contest. His phenomenal skill in magic and entertaining has earned him the nickname of “Magic Man”. As a child Ron was profoundly hearing impaired but as he got older, his hearing has decreased to the point of deafnes
May 27 Posted by Jeff Hobson
Jeff Hobson is one of the most in-demand comedy magicians working today. His refreshing and clever mix of comedy and magic has brought him back for repeat performances all over the world. Hobson has won numerous awards for his skills. Among the most recent is his Best Comedy Magic award given by the International Magic Awards Association as well as an award of Best Magic Review by the World Magic Awards for his role as star and producer of the critically acclaimed Carnival of Wonders show at the Reno Hilton Hotel and Casino in Reno, Nevada. His television appearances include HBO, Showtime’s Comedy Club Network, Fox Family’s Masters of Illusion, NBC’s World’s Greatest Magic as well as the star of Thames Television’s Magic Comedy Strip a 16 week television series in England.
May 27 Posted by Sandy Marshall
Alexander ‘Sandy’ Marshall has over forty years experience as a writer, director, producer, and actor. For twenty-five years he was CEO of Sanmar Productions, Inc., a successful New York-based film company. He has won The American Film Festival, two Emmy Awards (seven nominations), Gold medals at the New York Film & TV Festival, and a dozen international awards. No stranger to magic, Sandy comes by it honestly. He is directly related to two Deans of the Society of American Magicians; his grandfather was Al Baker and his father was Jay Marshall. He is currently in the process of writing a graphy about his father’s life. Sandy’s play, “And in the End” (The Death and Life of John Lennon), is Broadway-bound.
May 27 Posted by MagicBob Zoerman and Roger Bus
Bob Zoerman is a returning author of the “Magic for the Gospel Magician” column from Tops Magazine during the nineties. MagicBob earned a Ph.D. in seminary and has also earned an engineering degree and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University. He is the president of the largest magic club in Michigan, the June Horowitz/John deVries Ring, IBM Ring #211 in Grand Rapids. Although MagicBob is employed full-time, he and his wife SuZie perform frequently. Working with Campus Crusade for Christ, they are currently planning their seventh trip to India where a typical audience will be 1,000+ university students.
May 27 Posted by Senor Rai
Senor Rai has been described as “Hysterically funny!” by Carol Channing and “A must see act!” by Joan Rivers. Senor Rai’s parents were Varety Hall performers and his sister a famous dancer. Following in their footsteps, Senor performed at night clubs such as Chez Paree and Latin Quatre before becoming internationally recognized with the Royal Hanneford Circus as their “Million Dollar Ringmaster” (doing illusions in all three rings)! He has headlined in many shows in Vegas, inculding two years in ” Hallelujah Las Vegas”, A year in “Comedy Cabaret”, Six Months in “Westward Ho”, Three years in “Naughty Ladies”, 1 year in “Diamonds and Pearls” and finally in” Moulin Rouge” at Caesars Palace.
Richard is an “Order of Merlin” member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, Life Member of the Society of American Magicians, Magic Collectors Society and Texas Association of Magicians. He listed in “Who’s Who in Magic” and in “Encyclopedia of Magicians”. He has lectured at the exclusive Magic Castle in Hollywood, IBM and SAM National Conventions and many regional conventions. His expertise is unsurpassed and recognized worldwide. Richard is also generally regarded as the world’s leading authority on feather flower magic, having been trained by Horace Marshall. He helped recreate the legendary Blackstone Enchanted Garden Act, not once but twice for two different performers. He owns and operates Hughes Magic LLC. Richard has experience of working with some of the best in the business onstage and backstage. Making the show or act work and keeping it practical are driving forces behind Richard’s magic.
May 27 Posted by Chezaday
hezaday’s a rock ‘n’ roller. His large-scale illusion show involves plenty of pyrotechnics, flashing lights and – yes – a spandex costume with a lightning bolt on the chest. There are three women, all dancers, in Chezaday’s big show. He calls them the Chezababes. They tour the country with two technical assistants for most of the summer, levitating women from guitars and cutting them up in various ways. Steves television appearances included The Bozo Show, Wild Chicago, Jerry Springer, Kidding Around, National Geographic Explorer, WCW Halloween Havoc, and UPN50′s Up ‘n’ Running
May 27 Posted by David Seebach
David is a returning writer from Tops Magazine during the mid eighties. He studied theater at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he graduated with honors and a BFA degree. On campus he created a benefit show that ran for ten years. A featured performer at the SAM National Convention, David has also created specialized magical performances for Ford, Oldsmobile, Buick, McDonald’s, IBM, General Electric, Sony, Miller Brewing, Mercury Marine, and Walgreen’s. He has also appeared at Hollywood’s famed Magic Castle, long considered a crown jewel in magicdom
May 27 Posted by Tim Wright
Tim Wright is an experienced entertainer who blends audience participation with humor and mystifying magic into a people pleasing performance. Tim also specializes in theme-focused programs designed to educate, enlighten and entertain.
Tim is a rare two time winner of the Neil Foster / Bill Baird Award for Manipulation during the 2003 and 2009 Get Togethers and also a recipient of the Best Stage Performer Award at the Columbus Magi Fest in 1995. Tim is a regular performing member of The Magic Castle Hollywood and also an International Brotherhood of Magicians life member
May 27 Posted by Paul Nielsen
Paul is an avid magic performer, collector, and owner of two magic shops in metro Detroit, Wunderground Magic and Wunderground Magic West. He has been performing magic since he was nine, but took a short hiatus to get a Ph.D. in computer science, serve on the faculty of a major university, and founded a software company that builds massive-scale simulations. Paul has authored over fifty papers, articles, and book chapters and does lectures on the history of magic.
May 27 Posted by John Sturk
John Sturk is an award-winning comedy magician. A native of Detroit, John is a graduate of Michigan State University with degrees in Journalism and Political Theory. He now lives in Chicago, and works for FUN Incorporated, America’s largest magic manufacturer. His website is www.johnsturk.com. John’s awards include First Place at the 2005 Abbott’s Close-Up Convention, First Place at the 2006 Abbott’s Get-Together Stage Competition, and First Place at the 2006 Curly’s Close-Up Competition.
May 27 Posted by Gordon Miller
Educated at Western Michigan University and a Special Service veteran of the military, Gordon Miller has been involved with Abbotts since the re-birth of the New Tops in 1961. Gordon succeeded his good friend Neil Foster as editor of Tops Magazine and has appeared as a performer at more Magic Get Togethers than anyone else as he leads off the Wednesday evening show with his unique and novel acts.
Roger “Magic Bus”
May 27 Posted by MagicBob Zoerman and Roger Bus
“Roger Magic Bus” is a current member of F.C.M., I.B.M., S.A.M. and KIDabra! He lectured in 2007 for The Fellowship of Christian Magicians international convention and formerly was the President of FCM West Michigan Chapter. Roger is the Executive Producer of Now That’s Magic! made for cable tv series which currently airs throughout Southwest Michigan on ChristianMagician.org. Roger enjoys being an active member of Ring 211 in Grand Rapids and has performed in Michigan and on missions trips including in Grenada with Operation Mobilization.
May 27 Posted by Greg Bordner
Greg Bordner is currently owner of Abbotts Magic and has been running Abbotts since 1981. His family has had sole ownership of Abbotts for 50 years and his father, Recil, help found the company with Percy Abbott in 1934. Recil took sole ownership in 1959 when he bought out Percy’s half of the company. In 2007 Greg received recognition for his 25 years at Abbott from both the SAM and IBM.
May 27 Posted by Henri Marchand
A magic enthusiast and amateur, Henri Marchand works in public affairs at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he also produced Sunrise, a morning show on WUML 91.5 FM, UMass Lowell’s public radio station. Prior to joining UMass Lowell, Henri served as assistant director of The Lowell Plan, Inc., a private, non-profit economic development corporation, managing a number of programs and special events including an award-winning city marketing campaign. “Of Magical and Childlike Wonders in a Digital Age” first aired as a radio essay on Sunrise.
May 27 Posted by Greg Bordner
gayblackstoneGay Blackstone is the producer of “Masters of Illusion,” a weekly series that is showcased on MyNetworkTV. She is a former President of the Academy of Magical Arts and currently on its Board of Directors. Her theatrical experience began at age 2 and she performed with Andy Williams, Jim Nabors and as a “Gold Digger” on The Dean Martin show. After marrying Illusionist Harry Blackstone, Jr., the two performed on stages around the world. Gay was executive producer of the Broadway show “Blackstone: The Magnificent Musical Magic Show”, which holds the record as the longest running Magic Show in Broadway history.
May 27 Posted by Mac King
Spectacular at The Flamingo Hilton, at The Desert Inn with Comedian Rita Rudner, and in Splash! at the Riviera. Before moving to Las Vegas, Mac was working on the road an average of 220 days a year. Given the hilarious nature of Mac’s act, and the broad spectrum of folks it appeals to, it was inevitable that a casino would come calling with a full-time offer. Mac began a two-year run with his own one-man show (The Mac King Comedy Magic Show) in Las Vegas at the Harrah’s Casino and Hotel on Jan 11th, 2000. That initial run has now been extended through 2011!