By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Prompted by the 2008 American financial crisis to relocate from Los Angeles, California to Rio de Janeiro, and deciding once here to pursue professionally a life-long passion for magic, American Illusionist William Mandell has made a name for himself in the Cidade Maravilhosa. The Gringo Café in Ipanema took notice and will host weekly Close up Magic Shows starring Mandell beginning on Thursday, November 6th.

Mandell has peformed previously several times at venues throughout the city, including the Gringo Café during the venue's recent

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