Friday, April 18, 2008

Al Cohen Honored by Academy of Magical Arts

Al Cohen accepts honor at California night of magic

Al Cohen, honorary lifetime member of Ring 50 and veteran magic dealer who operated Al’s Magic Shop in Washington for many years, accepted a Lifetime Achievement Fellowship citation at the 40th annual Academy of Magical Arts award show and banquet at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., the night of April 5. “It was truly a wonderful experience,” Al said when he returned home. “I was quite honored and thrilled to receive such a prestigious award.” Al said that the whole affair was like the Academy Awards and even included several movie stars. “I got to meet several of them, including Jason Alexander. Loni Anderson gave me my award.” Both of these stars also performed magic on stage at the event. Other noted personalities attending the show were Siegfried Fischbacher of Siegfried and Roy, Mac King, Sally Kirkland, Tippi Hendren, Bob Barker, and Milt Larsen.

Jason Alexander and Loni Anderson performed at the magical event

~ ~ Jim Flanigan

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