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Off to See The Wizards:
IN RARE SO. CALIF. APPEARANCE, GLOBETROTTING “HARLEM WIZARDS” PERFORM UNPRECEDENTED BASKETBALL FEATS AND FUN-MAKING AT SEVEN GAMES, NOV. 27-DEC. 5, BENEFITING LOCAL CHARITIES

(Los Angeles, Calif., Nov. 4, 2004)---The globetrotting “Harlem Wizards,” the next and newest generation of wondrous basketball magicians to grace game courts and entertain “children of all ages” in 20 countries, will make a rare southern California appearance, beginning on Sat., Nov. 27, in Santa Barbara, at the UCSB Robertson Gym (7PM).

Other shows are scheduled: Sun., Nov. 28, at the 4,000 seat Lynwood High School gym (3:30PM), Tues., Nov. 30, at Ventura College (7PM), Fri., Dec. 3, at Citrus College (7PM), in Glendora, Sat., Dec. 4, at Cal State Northridge (1:30PM) and Moorpark College (7PM), and Sun., Dec. 5, at Long Beach City College (3:30PM).
Founded in 1962, the “Harlem Wizards” have played in over 5,000 games against a variety of different competitors and hosted a number of special guest players, including the top rated Lithuanian team that has produced two NBA stars, TV stars Luke Perry and Malcom Jamal Warner, hip hop impresario, Russell Simmons, Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman and the Boston Celtic’s John Havlicheck, among others. What differentiates the Wizards from their well-known predecessors is the competition and the cost. The Wizards rarely if ever play the same team twice, opting instead to compete against different teams at each stop on their near, year-long tour.

During their southern California appearances, they’ll play against teams fielded by local fire departments, who’ll share in the profits from ticket sales. The whole “Harlem Wizards” franchise is geared for local family fun that’s affordable, says Los Angeles promoter, Brian Bouquet of The Event Agency. The team’s owners typically bring the game to local neighborhoods instead of expensive, often-distant big city arenas. Tickets average $8-12.

The current “Harlem Wizards” roster includes 20 ace players, ranging in age from 23 to 50 years old.
Player James “Speedy” Williams has famously starred in a series of well received Nike commercials and Eric “Broadway” Jones, one of New York City’s best ever high school basketball talents, starred as a showman with the Harlem Globetrotters before opting to return to star with the Wizards. One of its featured performers, “Tojo” Henderson, has been with the team for over four decades. He left home at age 17 and never looked back, becoming one of the Harlem Wizards’ top players and entertainers.

 

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