Number 179 - 29th November 2003


Sweden's Tom Stone (photo) and Jackie McClements from Scotland have just been added to an already strong line up destined to enlighten and entertain at next weekend's International Magic Convention (December 6th and 7th) at the Holiday Inn, Kings Cross, London. Jack Avis will also be there to sign copies of his book Ahead of the Pack (review) which is now available exclusively from International. To register for the convention Click Here or telephone: 020 7405 7324. Hotel details: Click Here. Map Click Here. 29.11.03


David Blaine chats to fun-time Frankie at 10.30pm on Monday 8th December on The Frank Skinner Show (ITV1). He had been scheduled to appear on GMTV last week but the slot was moved back a week, so he'll now be making his return visit to the infamous GMTV studios on Tuesday, December 2nd. Meanwhile Dr James Le Fanu says "Blaine's survival is a daily miracle," in The Telegraph. 29.11.03


Paul Daniels in the house... Taken from the Queen's Speech debate in the House of Commons last week: "It had the world at its feet and a vast parliamentary army ready to carry forward whatever measures it proposed... and what has happened? In the words of Paul Daniels – not a lot!" – New Tory leader Michael Howard commenting on the Government's record to date. "Even Paul Daniels can't make that record disappear" – Prime Minister Tony Blair, moments later, referring to Mr Howard's record on the poll tax and unemployment. 29.11.03


Stealing the Show - The Ultimate Pickpocket Guide, James Freedman's brand new DVD, is reviewed in MagicWeek today (and we liked it... a lot!) Click Here. The disc can be ordered from (with free worldwide shipping). 29.11.03


"Mr Nasty" Simon Cowell was sawn in half by his nemesis - record producer Pete Waterman, assisted by a glamorous Nicky Chapman, for a highly promoted slot on BBC's Children in Need last week. Audiences were warned that not until £8,000,000 was raised would Simon be bisected! The spot was supervised by Paul Kieve and directed by Geoff Posner. It marked the UK TV premiere of Jim Steinmeyer's Audience Dismember Illusion - provided by Clifford Bradley and built by Bill Smith's Magic Ventures. 29.11.03


Richard Leigh for False Impressions presents a new season of The Magic Cavern at Barons Court at 'The Curtains Up', 28 Comeragh Road, West Kensington, London W14 9RH from January to April 2004. Featuring: 'Card Symphony No. 1 in D Minor', Noel Qualter, Martin Cox, Douglas Merrick, Jim Bannan, Richard Leigh, Corinne-Elise, Chris Cox, 'The Magic of Max Malini' starring Paul Daniels, Tom Salinsky, Sean Heydon and 'Mandy Muden's Pink Revue.' Magicians interested in presenting their act/show in this intimate theatre from April - August should contact Richard for details: 29.11.03


The Magic Circle announces award winners. The Magic Circle Awards Banquet is the principal social function in the Society's calendar and provides an opportunity to recognise those who have made distinguished contributions to the art of magic. This year the following awards were presented: The Cecil Lyle Award for the best trick published in The Magic Circular during the past year: Scott Penrose. The Magic Circle Close-Up Magician of the Year: Michael Vincent. The J N Maskelyne Award for Literature: Arthur Setterington. The Carlton Award for Comedy: Bertie Pearce. The Maskelyne for services to British magic: Michael Bailey. The David Devant for significant contribution in advancing the art of magic internationally: Mark and Nani Darnell Wilson. 29.11.03


Following on from the great success of his second Creative Magic: Lecture/Teach-in Day on Sunday 16th November, Tony Griffith will be holding a third such day on Sunday 23rd May 2004. Full details will be announced in January, however, those interested in taking advantage of the limited seating should contact Tony as soon as possible. Telephone/Fax 01275 8378017x. 29.11.03


American children's magician David Ginn will be lecturing in the UK in October 2004. The tour, which is being organised by Tony Griffith, will run for two weeks and is nearly fully booked. There are vacant dates though, in the North, East and Midlands on Tuesday 19th October, Wednesday 20th October and Friday 22nd October. There is also a vacancy for either 23rd or 24th October in the South East. Magic Clubs should contact Tony Griffith as soon as possible if they are interested in booking David Ginn's lecture. Telephone Tony Griffith on: 01275 837017. 29.11.03


Hungary's Dr Gábor G Szabó presented his first ever UK lecture to members of the Newcastle Magic Circle on Monday and we've had some very positive feedback. The lecture featured a lot of interesting original moves and effects and a limited number of sets of lecture notes are now available from "The notes are very well put together with some killer material. This is a chance for people to get their hands on a set of notes by someone we will no doubt be seeing a lot more of in the future." 29.11.03


It's Party Night at The Magic Club, Birmingham, on Saturday, December 6th at The Wharf Bar, The Quality Hotel, Walsall. Tickets: £5.00 in advance or £6.00 on the door (NUS discount on production of NUS Card). For details and to book call Keith Bennett on 0121 628 9697. The show starts at 8.30pm and doors open at 7.30pm. Venue details: Click Here. Martin Cox will be at the club on January 4th. 29.11.03


David Blaine Above the Below is released on DVD on Monday December 1st and can now be ordered from (with 25% off) Click Here. Also available on PAL VHS Click Here. Contents: Above the Below - 1 hour special including Blaine's initial entrance into the box, and special exit show. Vertigo (New York) – 45 minutes of footage of Blaine balancing for 35hrs on an 80ft high pole. Special Features: Over 15 minutes of footage of London Street Magic and a special film directed by filmmaker Harmony Korine showing unseen footage of his first few days of recovery Coventry magician Peter Boddington was furious to discover burglars had broken into his home and escaped with his bag of tricks Click HereThat's it for this week, your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 29.11.03