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Wheeling It In

City Bar owner Marc "Fish" Fischer took a spin with destiny last week during a few short minutes on the visiting Wheel of Fortune, and for his troubles he took home nearly $23,000 in cash, merch, and prizes. Anyone who showed up for auditions at Citadel Mall a few months ago could have gotten a callback -- Fischer was one of the lucky few who did, going on to spin the 4,000-lb. wheel and solve three puzzles (one being the Before and After "Lumpy Bed and Breakfast"), and walking away with an armful of prizes, including a nice little cruise by way of mahogany ship. He says the game moves so fast he never saw the wheel spin once. Fischer says it was pure instinct for him out on the game show floor with Pat Sajak and Vanna White -- who, incidentally, was listed by the Guinness Book of World Records in 1992 as the world's most frequent clapper. The show's website says she averages 720 claps per show. That sounds to us like grounds for a good drinking game. Fish's whirl with the Wheel will air Feb. 5 on WCBD Channel 2 at 7 p.m. during the 23rd season of Wheel of Fortune. Watch the puzzle-solving game 'till Friday -- the whole week will be Charleston week. --Lindsay Sainlar

and Phoning It In

Francis Ford Coppola prophesied a decade ago that the next film masterpiece would be made by a "fat girl in Ohio, with a camcorder." He may not have been far off the mark, though we're not sure what anyone's eating habits have to do with it. Coppola's prediction has lately been playing out all over the world, as the prevalence of cellular video and digital technology rises, and the number of streaming video websites goes through the roof.

Fittingly, the city of Sumter, S.C., will present several unique video projects during 2007, all of them emphasizing the creative use of cellular video, digital, and standard video technology. The first, Sumter's VideoPhone Film Festival, will feature the creative possibilities brought about by the latest generation of video mobile phones. The competition will require entrants to submit videos created solely by using videophone technology.

For submission details, guidelines, and festival dates, contact Booth Chilcutt at (803) 436-2616 or bchilcutt@sumter-sc.com.

Screenings of selected films will be free to the public and will take place on June 15 at Sumter's Historic Opera House. The deadline for submissions is May 29, and the project is open to all S.C. residents. (That means no love for the guy who took the Saddam hanging video, in case you're wondering.) --Patrick Sharbaugh

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