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March 2019

JAMES HODGES

1928 – 2019

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The French artist and magician James Hodges passed away on Sunday 3 February 2019.

We knew that you were quite sick. We met you last (with Liliane, of couse) already weakened, at the Paris Rond-Point Theater. Yes, but as soon as we spoke about show in general, magic, art, you had your sparkling eyes and your firm voice. You were quickly enthusiastic, in criticism as well as in approval. The ideas flowed, as ever.

And then Vanina, the youngest of your children, writes us : “It is over. He passed away in his sleep.”  

But no, you are still with us, alive in our minds, in our memories, one of our beloved ones. Thousand memories, thousand images come flooding back. You are the young man we meet for the first time in the city of Vichy in 1954. You are 26, Michelle and Ernest are teenagers. You are member of the jury of the “World Contest for Young Hopefuls of the Dance”, we are young dancers … 65 years ago ! And then, there are all those frequent lively meetings, full of artistic exchanges and great laughs. In 1958, at the Parisian theater ”La Tomate”it is our start in “Black Art” under your guidance. For years, we have never stopped our meetings, until our never ending travels spaced out our encounters. But each time it was just as though not a single day had gone by.

Your rich and teeming with life personality, embraced the full artistic spectrum, magic, theatre in its fullness, in fact show in general, music, painting, all the visual arts. And why to say that in the past tense ? You are this man who is a friend, an older brother.

You have not left, you are not gone, you are still alive in the mind of so many dear ones.

Big hugs Liliane, you the constant companion, and you the six “kids” : Vanina, Yann, Audrey, Xavier, Oona, Maylis and your families.

Good bye, James.

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A part of James Hodges’ family 

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Pierre Albanese reads a message from Serge Odin, President of the FFAP (French National Magic Association)

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It is a pleasure to let you know that two more Galleries are available in the

« GALLERY » section with :  

international posters featuring Omar Pasha in 10 different countries over the period 1977/2016 ,

and international press front pages about us over the period 1975/2015.

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It is an honor to be booked for the third time in a World Magic Congress of Magic FISM.

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Visit the « GALLERY » section with the new pictures : the international magic in Beijing 2009 and the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and the contemporary city.

You will share the friendly encounters with our worldwide colleagues and you will join us in our visits of this fascinating city. 

Click :  « GALLERY »

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March 2018 : French special effects colloquium

Early in March 2018, I took part in Paris to the colloquium « Trick, Create, Innovate » held at the Science and Industry Museum.

« Special effects are generally associated with entertainment films and stunning Hollywood blockbusters . In fact, special effects are spread throughout the cultural and artistic industry including the French industry, from intimate movies through to television series, video games and magic shows. » … (Colloquium presentation by Réjane Hamus-Vallée, Giusy Pisano, Caroline Renouard for « les Arts trompeurs » (tr : « the Misleading Arts ») organization.

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Many fascinating subjects were covered in this colloquium and interesting facts emerged. Movie special effects go back to 1896 when the French magician Georges Méliès experienced the lock of his camera during a shooting on the Opera Square in Paris. After the camera restart and once the film was developed, the sequencing of the images became suddenly different … Movie special effects were born.

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Anne-Marie Quevrain, descendent of the Malthête-Méliès family, presents the projection of some Georges Méliès special effects movies. Originally a stage magician, he has been recognized as the inventor of movie special effects. 

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Image of a Georges Méliès movie : “The Man with the Rubber Head”, 1901. Part of the Orsay Museum Cinematograph exhibition, 1988

Decades later, digital technology has opened a whole new field of breathtaking possibilities. 

This colloquium has led to a « dialogue among artists, practitioners, magicians and technicians with researchers and theorists. » (Colloquiums presentation.)

For its part, Omar Pasha has created and performed through the years, all sorts of special effects for shows – both on stage and television and for various business and private events, including for cultural shows. (See The Act section, then the Creations for special events paragraph.)

The last round table topic of the colloquium was : « Magic and special effects ». On the right below, is Sébastien Bazou from « Artefake » a French website about illusion and visual arts. He was the presenter and moderator of the discussion.

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 From left to right, the French magicians: Gaétan Bloom, Claude de Piante at the microphone, Sébastien Clergue, Hugues Protat, Sébastien Bazou. Gilles Arthur is not pictured but joined their discussion a little bit later.

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January 2018 : Two legends of British comedy

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The Two Ronnies in their iconic sketch “Four Candles”

On 1 January 2018, UK Channel 5 screened « In Their Own Words » a TV celebration of much-loved comedy duo Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker.  

Between 1978 and 1980, Omar Pasha was part of all the « Two Ronnies » live shows on stage.

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Two pictures of Ronnie Corbett taken in Australia, in 1979, by Louis-Olivier Ostrowsky, are part of this TV show. To see the second picture and more, click : Melbourne, “Two Ronnies” show

To see more about  the « Two Ronnies » shows 1978 / 1980, click : The Two Ronnies

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October 2017 : Welcome to the new Omar Pasha website 

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Picture by Michel Cristien

See our new website on any of your screens, computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone.

Come back, we will complete our informations, stories, news and we will add more pictures.

We will tell you the story … of the Aladdin Lamp heading our pages, we will tell you thousand and one stories and thoughts about our work, our travels, about magic as theatrical art, about art on stage, and that’s not all !

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