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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 25, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Wrtdneaday, September 25, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 7 Circus arts help would-be actors NEW YORK (Reuter) Hovey Burgess' classroom at New York University is usu- ally a maze of trapezes, tight- ropes, unicycles, Indian clubs, and balance balls. For Burgess, 33, has found an answer to the problem of how a circus performer is to eat when circuses are van- ishing from the landscape, wiped out by television, mov- ies and professional sports. Burgess is probably the only "master teacher in circus" at a college level in the United States. A stocky, bearded figure with thinning hair, the arms of a gymnast and the developing paunch of a professor, he teaches in the university's school of the arts. His pupils are would-be actors, not would-be clowns and trapeze artists. How then, do circus arts help them? "What I really teach is how to approach and tackle a Burgess said. "It's like what they used to try to tell you about Latin in-school. You may never use it, but the discipline will help you." Most of Burgess' students are city kids and often not athletic. Thus he must first overcome their basic fear of anything that appears as su- perhuman as the flying tra- neze. "I basically take what you seek in the circus back to a level where they can do it. To walk a tight-rope you must first learn to walk." He instructs in the basics of tumbling, tight-rope walking, the trapeze, balancing stunts, unicycling and of juggling. Burgess noted that his stu- dents who have become suc- cessful actors were usually the ones who excelled in his class. Also, many have come back with accounts of how things learned in his class have sav- ed their not professionally. They were able to jump out of the way of a car. kick a would-be mug- ger or dangle by their heels from the railing of a bridge over which they had plunged. Burgess was not born in the suitcase of a circus family. His father was a "respect- able" executive for the Gen- eral Foods Corp. But his father had a friend who did magic tricks and Burgess picked up the art. Then in a magicians' maga- zine he read a column on "jokes for jugglers." and was hooked. He sent away for a unicycle, learned to ride it by hugging a tree and. by age 17, was spending his summers juggl- ing on a unicycle for Patter- son's Circus in the Midwest. He spent one year of a rambling college education at Florida State University, where he spent more time in its famous student circus than in classrooms. Not sure exactly what his academic discipline was, he settled for a bachelor of arts in theatre. Asked if, as a teacher, he plans to continue academic pursuits, he an- swers, "Well, yes, but I don't know of a PhD in circus. And if I went for it, who would ex- amine While finishing off his first degree at Columbia Univer- sity, he served as assistant curator of a small drama mu- seum. One day, in walked Carlo Mazzoni-Clementi, who had just taken the job of "master teacher in movement and mime" at NYU. The two got to talking cir- cus. Then Mazzoni gave Bur- gess the old circus hand-clap signal. Burgess jumped on Mazzoni's shoulders, "the head curator went and Burgess was on his way to NYU. University to honor Diefenbaker EDMONTON (CP) Former prime minister John Diefenbaker will receive an honorary doctor of law degree at the University of Alberta's fall convocation. Mr. Diefenbaker, 79, also will deliver the convocation address to students receiving their degrees during the con- vocation scheduled for No. 16 at the Jubilee Auditorium. A graduate of the University of Saskatchewan where he received a law degree in 1919, Mr. Diefenbaker was national leader from 1957 to 1963. He has been a Member of Parliament since 1940 and was National Progressive Conservative Party leader from 1956 to 1967. Stipend hiked RED DEER (CP) The monthly stipend paid to members of city council will increase to from Nov. 1 when a new council is sworn in following civic elec- tions Oct. 16. The increase was approved by the existing council after it voted in favor of a motion sub- mitted by two aldermen who will be running for mayor Oct. 16. SHOPPERS DRUG MART Centre Village Mall Phone 328-84 Open Every Evening until p.m. Except Saturday till 6 p.m. Closed Sundays and Holidays The Eagles Present For Dancing Pleasures "MUELLERS MUSIC MAKERS" Friday, Sept. p.m. EAGLES HALL 13th ST. NORTH TV comic dies Cliff Arquette, right, better known to millions of Americans as Charlie Weaver, left, died of a heart attack Monday in West Covina, Calif., it was reported today. The noted television comic was 66 years old. Covina is a suburb of Los Angeles. Famous Folies Bergere under new management PARIS (Reuter) The Folies Bergere has changed hands after more than 50 years but the audience will never know the difference. That is the boast of the new management which, to prove the point, is keeping on the man who has been directing the world-famous revue for 35 years. The bridge between the old and the new is the Folies' ar- tistic director, Michel Gyamarthy, who came pen- niless from Budapest to Paris in the 1930s and now lives in a house peppered with Louis XV furniture, tin-kling candelabras and sweeping staircases. The change at the top came when Tania Derval, whose husband Paul ran the Folies from 1919 till his death in 1966, handed over the helm to Helene Martini, nicknamed the Empress of Pigalle for the cluster of nightclubs she owns in Paris' seamiest district. But the rotund Gyamarthy, hiding like an inscrutable Bud- dha behind his dark glasses, said: "Don't worry, things won't change that much. 'Ma- dame Martini is a kind, sweet, intelligent person. She wanted to keep me on to see things won't change." So he will continue with the basic formula that has been packing them in for decades- lavish costumes, breathtaking scenery changes and troupes of statuesque women with wisps of gauze between their thighs. Gyamarthy is very firm on Trudeau decides against address OTTAWA (CP) Prime Minister Trudeau has made his usual decision not to address the United Nations General Assembly. His office said Tuesday the prime minister considered speaking to the newly opened assembly session but decided against it. He has given it the same consideration each year he has been in office and each year has decided against it. He has visited the UN only once as prime talks with then secretary general U Thant. In 1969 he was expected to join other world leaders in addressing the ceremonial 25th anniversary meeting of the assembly. UN officials ex- pressed considerable disap- pointment and some shock when they learned just before the opening that he would not be there. ELKS PUBLIC BINGO 1251 3rd AVENUE SOUTH EVERY THURSDAY 8 p.m. 16 GAMES NEW BLACKOUT Played Till Won (No Number Limit) IF WON ON A BLUE BONUS CARD (No Limit Purchased) PAYS DOUBLE No under 16 allowed ELKS and INVITED GUESTS ONLY DOWNSTAIRS WEEKEND ENTERTAINMENT Friday, September Saturday, September AND 4 ACES" this: "A naked woman is in- finitely less exciting than one slightly covered." I cannot stand those nak- ed couples flapping about in Oh Calcutta." His selection process is simple. "I like my girls to be young, pretty and capable dancers. I don't ask if they are good in bed." Explaining the perennial at- traction of the show, seen by 300.000 people a year, he said: "People like things to be sumptuous. They are looking for dreams. It's like turning over the pages of a fairy-tale book for them." Statistics abound about how the Folies think cloth used in all the costumes would stretch 300 miles, sequins are ordered in batches of 20 million and the girls climb the equivalent height of the Eiffel Tower every night during their numbers on the grand central staircase. Wardair purchases jumbo jet LOS ANGELES (AP) Wardair Canada Ltd. has agreed to purchase a Boeing 747 jumbo jet from Continental Airlines for more than million. Continental has announced. The plane is undergoing modification at the Boeing Co. plant in Seattle, a Continental spokesman said today, and is scheduled for delivery to Wardair in December. Continental grounded its four 747s during the fuel crisis last winter. The planes have been for sale since then. Wardair. a charter passenger line, already owns one 747. The transaction is subject to Wardair arranging financing for the purchase. HOTEL Next Week TAVERN ENTERTAINMENT NIGHTLY SOUTHERN ALBERTA THEATRES CARDSTON Mayfair Theatre "SLEEPER" starring Woody Alien Diane Keaton Wednesday. September 25 show at 8.15 p.m ADULT. PINCHER CREEK Fox Theatre -BLAZING SADDLES" Starring Mel Brooks. Wed- nesday, Thursday, Friday. Saturday. September 25, 26. 27. 28. Wednesday show at p.m ADULT. TABER Tower Theatre "THE WORKHNG GIRLS" Wednesday. September 25 sricws al 7-00 and 9 00 p.m ADULT Show Times er 25 PARAMOUNT THEATRE CHINATOWN 7 00 9 10 LAST COMPLETE SHOW 9 10 No ShoU Subjects ADUIT ENTERTAINMENT PARAMOUNT CINEMA StiOTj Sybjecls 15 920 NOT NOW DARL1KG 7 40 9 -55 LAST COVPLETE SMOW 9 20 RESTRICTED ADULT COLLEGE CINEMA Short SubjecJs 00 DWTY MAflY CRAZY LARRY 725 925 iAST COMPLETE SHOW 9 00 ADULT ENTERTAINMENT GREEN ACRES DRIVE IN WORKING GIRLS 8 00 CAVN1BAI GWSL 9 50 ONE COMPLETE SHOW 8 OC GATES OPEN 7 30 RESTRICTED ADULT Canadian's magic show liked by Broadway fans WEDNESDAY NIGHT at thd LEGION "STAR! JQHT TRIO" Members and invited NEW YORK (AP) "If you live with a sense of wonder, life becomes full of joy." says Doug Henning, whose gasp-provoking talent qualifies him as Broadway's wonderful new Wizard of Ahs. The young Canadian arrived unheralded, just as the summer doldrums were beginning, in The Magic Show, a long-shot prospect for Main Stem durability. Henning's wizardry at a dozen feats, such as turning an actress into a cougar or escap- ing from a trap of steel spikes while a 300-pound bed hurtles downward, magically trans- formed zero box-office ad- vance into the sturdiest standing-room-only act around The triumph was strictly a one-man coup. The sur- rounding story and music were dismissed as less than marvellous by several of whom cheekily suggested he make the ho-hum trim- mings vanish, "I haven't had a chance to see it." the star politely side- steps comment. He expresses far more concern over the producers' efforts to have him write an instruction manual so that road companies can be sent out to duplicate his mys- teries. Just as though it were all a play text or musical book. "I may have to go to court to protect Henning declares. "The idea of a booklet is impossible, ridiculous. Just because you know how props work, you're not a magician. A prop, like a violin, takes years to learn how to play." His favorite description of his Merlin skill is: "The dif- ficult must become habit, habit become easy, and the easy beautiful." The 27-year-old entertainer has been honing ability at ele- gant deception ever since he saw a levitation act on the Ed Sullivan show back in Win- nipeg at age six. By 14 he was sufficiently adept to charge for appearances at birthday parties and Cub Scout meetings in Oakville, Ont. He used the fees to buy books on the arcane art and now has more than At McMaster University in Hamilton, he majored in psy- chology and wrote his degree thesis on hypnotism. Along the way the Canada Arts Council provided a grant to travel the world "to find magic that people can't detect." His research also has taken him deep into Oriental reli- gions, familiarity with the psychokinetic research of Buckminster Fuller, telepathy, and an unshakable belief that "UFOs intellec- tually make more sense than a cure for cancer." As part of daily discipline, the non-smoking, occasionally mild-drinking Henning spends two 20-minute sessions in yoga meditation. "Magic is one of the few things in life that can give peo- ple a sense of he asserts. "Magic, of course, isn't the cure-all for all the world's problems." He feels only a handful of other performers are his peers today: Kio. a Russian: Tihany. in Mexico: Spain's Ricciardi: Mark Wilson of Los Angeles, and the "greatest of all." the team of Siegfried and Roy who have been using lions and tigers in legerdemain in Las Vegas for five years. "They baffle me. and I don't care." he says of the latter. Meanwhile, with enough material already on hand "for five sequels" he is at work on more illusions, particularly for an upcoming television special. Instead of the dinner jacket or white tie garb fancied by most necromancers, the five- foot-scven-incn Henning opts for mod jeans and jersey. He sports long hair and a mus- tache 1 don't look hke a magi- csan." he says, "and that in- creases audience surprise." He taiks a iol abou! spec- tator conditioning, a craft tool a? irnportarrt as backstage paraphernalia--the secrets of which company and crew have been sworn to protect "People are in the habil o! expecting certain results when certain things are he "and when something inexplicable happens, that's when I 1ear up a newspaper and then unfold the pages all intelligent people are the more they like magic, which also runs contrary to general belief The reason is that you can let your imagination go and say 'isn't that won- derful "Archie Bunker, on the other hand, would just say, 'bah. that's a trick.'" For a while after university, Henning was "almost starving as a magician." Then he bor- rowed from a bank, wjth a friend raised to produce Spellbound, a com- bination of magic, plot and music An interim two-week book- ing at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto "broke the house records that had been set by Hair. 'Godspell and which showed that people really like magic." The success attracted the attention of Broadway's Edgar Lansbury and Joseph Beruh, who brought it to the Cort Theatre with a new story line by Bob Pandall and songs by Stephen Schwartz During his apprenticeship. Henning got used tu people confronting him with "how's Since arriving in New York he has been abash- ed at another recurrent line tossed by fans who come to see him after a show. "Men say to it's my wife dis- appear.' If people only knew how often I get that. Usually the poor woman is standing there and looks half-dazed. I try to make them feel good and say 'why would you want to make such a beautiful person disappear9' R.A. HOSACK Certified Dental Mechanic DIETRICH DENTURE CUNIC Suite 6 304-Sth St. S. Ph. 327-7244 Lethbridge STARTS TOMORROW m RONALD NEAME film pwra MSTOOK CAROL LYNIIV ROOW McOOWAU. SIEUA SHEUEY WINTERS MMEU SUE MARTIN ARTHUR OCONNELL ERIC SHEA ind LISUE NIELSEN The Cwtain JONVOIGHTis COLOB BY DELUXEH ADULT ENDS TONIGHT: 'WOHKINBGIRLT RESTRICTED "CANNIBAL GIRLS" ind "CANMIBi Gatei open p.m. One complete show at 8 p.m. paramount NOW SHOWING at and p.m. ADULT NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN paramount cinema TONIGHT thru Thurs. at and p.m. In the best tradition of sophisticated British comedy. RESTRICTED ADULT- SUHUSffl college cinema Tonight Henning scorns the notion that the hand is quicker than the myth 3hat started a Jong lime asserts "The more and Wed. ADULT NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN IHBirS NOTMriNEY WONT TRVl! DUTY MARY CflftZY IARBY ;