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Tuesday, January 16, 2001

NOTHING UP HIS SLEEVE

Pittsburgh-based magician Paul Gertner is headed to Washington, D.C., to perform during Inauguration ceremonies for President-elect George Bush.

Gertner is one of a group of about 10 of the country's top sleight-of-hand performers invited to perform. The magicians are all skilled in magic in which audiences get a close-up view of the illusions being performed.

Gertner will perform at the Union Station reception and dinner. He plans to do variations on some of his best-known tricks. In one, he typically borrows a $20 bill from someone in the audience and turns it into a $100. But, he says, "I doubt if anyone will have anything that small on them" at the Inauguration. So he's inflating it to a $100 bill, which will be changed to a $1,000 note -- and then into an origami elephant, which will be given to the donor as a souvenir.

He's also planning a trick using a ballot card, in which holes and chads will appear, disappear and move around.

Just like in Florida.

-- Adrian McCoy, Post-Gazette Staff Writer

GOING, GOING, GONE

Hate monger or gifted lyricist? Whichever you say Eminem is, he's hotter than asphalt in August.

Bidding on special tickets to an exclusive concert in L.A. by the Real Slim Shady reached more than $1,000. Amazon.com auctioned off 1,000 tickets for the event, scheduled for Saturday, at a secret location for 1,500 of the controversial rappers biggest fans.

Bidding on general admission tickets was in the $50 range. But 30 of the tickets being auctioned off include a meet-and-greet session with the bad boy from Detroit. Fans seeking one of those tickets bid from $265 to $1,125.

The concert is being taped for a pay-per-view special airing Feb. 17. Proceeds from the auction will benefit The Boys and Girls Republic, a youth home based in Detroit.

-- John Hayes, Post-Gazette Staff Writer

VIXEN ALERT

Lara Flynn Boyle says she had nothing to do with the troubles in Harrison Ford's 17-year marriage to screenwriter Melissa Mathison.

Tabloids linked Boyle, co-star of ABC's "The Practice," with Ford after photographers took pictures of the two chatting at a party.

"That was so blown out of proportion," the actress says in the February issue of Vanity Fair magazine. "I sat down in a booth with Harrison Ford at a party and talked to him for five minutes," she says, then adds with a smile, "Well, maybe six."

END OF THE ROAD

Kim Basinger has filed for divorce from Alec Baldwin, citing those pesky irreconcilable differences. According to the petition filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, the couple separated last month.

Basinger, 47, who won an Academy Award for her role in "L.A. Confidential," seeks physical custody of their 5-year-old daughter, Ireland. The two, who were married in August 1993, will share joint legal custody and Baldwin will get visitation rights.

HOME SWEET HOME

Christina Aguilera isn't calling Wexford home any more.

The pop star paid $2.75 million for a four-bedroom Beverly Hills home complete with library, screening room, wine cellar and pool, according to Entertainment Weekly.

-- From wire reports



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