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Carnival Splendor cruise wasn’t magic, even for the magicians

At least 100 of the passengers who boarded the Carnival Splendor for the Mexican Riviera believed they were embarking on a magical cruise experience -- literally.

The passengers were part of David Sandy's Magic Cruise, an annual magic-themed cruise, complete with magic-themed events, shows, lectures and workshops. Instead, they've been stranded on a crippled cruise ship that no amount of magic could help.

Passengers on the luxury liner were left without air conditioning, hot food and telephone service when an engine fire Monday incapacitated the vessel as it began a seven-day cruise to the Mexican Riviera.

The ship was being towed by tugboats to San Diego and is expected to reach land Thursday.

While out to sea, participants in David Sandy's Magic Cruise are able to watch performances from professional magicians and learn new magic tricks from master magician Dave Sandy, said Mark Comfort, owner of Cruise Holidays in Kansas City, Mo., which organized the cruise.

"They're all just excellent magicians wanting to hone their trade," Comfort said. "They just do it on a cruise."

In a show of solidarity, Las Vegas magician Nathan Burton turned to Twitter to reach out to his stranded colleagues: "Thinking of my fellow magicians stranded on the 'magic cruise' on the Carnival ship off the coast of Mexico. Good luck!"

-- Stephen Ceasar

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Please people,accidents do happen. Do you blame your self for being stranded for a flat tire? They are doing the best they can. As a past cruiser of over 30+ cruises ( with no problems) I would feel very confident sailing again. This is a newer ship with all of the safety procedures online. Things happen on every vacation. The world is not DISNEYLAND. Take a chance live out of your box and have fun. Hey, you are getting a free future cruise out of this and a great story to tell your friends! Besides it's not even hot outside, don't be a baby ( or at least don't be cheap and book an inside cabin next time :). And I'm sure the extra plate full of bacon you are missing everyday will haunt you for life....

I got a call this morning from a fellow entertainer informing me that there were a bunch of magicians on this cruise. Of course the caller had a few jokes about how why wasn't a little magic performed to fix the problem. But in all sincerity, we are all very thankful they are okay.

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