Number 186 - 17th January 2004


John Calvert is one of the most famous names in magic and one of the last of the great touring showmen. The star of many movies his own life story reads like a screenplay. On the afternoon of Sunday 8th February 2004, John Calvert will be presenting his hour long show at The Magic Circle Headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, London NW1. This show runs from 2.30pm to 3.30pm (doors open at 2pm) and is open to magicians, their families and friends. It will be followed, after a short break, by a further one hour lecture and Q&A session. As the lecture is for magicians only The Magic Circle will be laying on alternative entertainment for families and friends. It promises to be a great afternoon and a real once in a lifetime opportunity to see a magic legend. Tickets are £15 (£10 for members or members of the Young Magicians Club) and are available from Richard Pinner, email: or phone Richard on 07710 385195 to reserve your seat. Siegfried & Roy on John Calvert: Click Here. 17.1.04


Bubble Master Pep Bou ("Never have I been so enchanted.... Bufaplanetes has won a string of awards in Europe and it's not hard to see why. It's funny, enchanting and simply delightful." Evening Post, New Zealand) performs at this year's London Mime Festival along with a host of international talent. Look out for Compagnie 111, tonight and tomorrow only, and Gandini Juggling on the 21st and 22nd... 17.1.04


Penn and Teller bring their own brand of BS to Sunday night's television viewing at 11.30pm on Sky channel FX 289 in Penn and Teller - Bulls**t! "Anarcho-magicians Penn and Teller take on some of the big questions that occupy our gullibility in this series that takes on everything from spiritualism to feng shui and reveals them to be… well, bulls**t. No target is safe from their attentions as they lift the lid on what they consider the tricks of pure charlatans!" TV Magic. 17.1.04


Keith Fields' m@gic.comedy comes to London's West End as part of the Soho Blast Festival 2004. Venue: Soho Theatre (Studio), 21 Dean Street, London W1D 3NE Map Dates: Tuesday January 20th at 7.45pm and Thursday 22nd at 9.15pm. Tickets: £8 (£6 concs). Box Office 020 7478 0100. 17.1.04


Michael Vincent emails to say how much he is looking forward to meeting all of the magicians who have singed up for his workshop at Mark Leveridge's Interactive Magic Experience on Sunday, January 25th. IMAGE presents five magicians each holding individual workshops. This is the second time Mark Leveridge has staged this event. Workshops cost £10 each on top of the initial £10 day registration fee. To find out who else is on, and to order tickets, visit 17.1.04


Geoffrey Durham's Little Miracles is back on tour from Friday, January 23rd, and first stop is the Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone, Kent. Telephone: 01622 758611. See What's On for more dates. 17.1.04


The Order of the Magi Second Giant Auction will be held at The Irish World Heritage Centre, Queens Road, Cheetham Hill, Manchester on Tuesday 27th January at 7.30pm prompt. Lots accepted from 6.30pm. Contact Secretary John 'Sly' Smith for details on 0161-485 3243. Directions on their website 17.1.04


Britain's Ian Rowland, 'Wow Card' in hand, is featured on the front cover of January's Genii magazine, together with an article inside. For more on Ian visit: 17.1.04


"Look into my eyes, look into my eyes..." Matt Lucas does his thing on Little Britain on Monday evenings at 10pm on BBC2 (last in the current series). 17.1.04


The Laurence Olivier Awards, the most prestigious awards in London theatre and the highlight of the theatrical year, were established in 1976 as The Society of West End Theatre Awards; Lord Olivier agreed to have his name associated with them in 1984. Today they are presented each year by the Society of London Theatre. This year two shows that featured magic have been nominated in the 'Best Entertainment' category, Duckie’s C’EST BARBICAN! (in which Paul Kieve appeared) devised and written by Mark Whitelaw, Ursula Martinez, Christopher Green, Marisa Carnesky, Francesca Baglione and Simon Vincenzi and JUS’ LIKE THAT! written and created by John Fisher. The award winners will be announced on Sunday, February 22nd, at a star studded ceremony to be held at the Hilton, Park Lane. 17.1.04


The Bradford Magic Circle are once again staging their 'Hey Presto' magic show at the Bingley Arts Centre, on Saturday March 6th, at 7.30pm. This annual event features many of the clubs own members, together with guest artists from around the UK. This year: Martyn James & Co., Terry Herbert, Robert Temple, the Spotlight Dancers, Ken Mitchell, Tom Johnson, Stevie B, and The Jacksons. Tickets: Adults £6 - Concessions £5. Book early, they sold out last year, contact  Keith Pickles via email or telephone 01274 818305 17.1.04


Tom Salinsky and Sean Heydon appear at The Magic Cavern on Monday, April 5th. Barons Court Theatre, 'The Curtains Up', 28A Comeragh Road, West Kensington, London W14 9AU. Box Office 020 8932 4747 or contact for more information. Two minutes walk from Barons Court or West Kensington tube stations - see What's On. 17.1.04


International News: The Swedish Magic Circle in cooperation with Casino Cosmopol invite you to enter a Magic Tournament in Stockholm on March 26th and 27th, 2004. The final with eight contestants will take place at Casino Cosmopol in Stockholm on the 27th of March. The qualifying rounds and finals will start at 8pm on the 26th and 27th March in the Casino. The competitions will take place in the casino's restaurant area so there may be some distractions. The requirements: "A seven minute act of stand up character." The prizes: 1st approximately: £1,500 (20,000 SEK), 2nd: approximately £750 (10,00 SEK), 3rd: approximately £375 (5,000 SEK). For further information and registration details contact the vice President of the Swedish Magic Circle, Kjell Svanholm, either by email or by phone + 46 708 842249, + 46 8 254286, or the President of the Swedish Magic Circle, Dag Lofalk, either by email or by phone, +46 70 763 86 18, +46 8 663 93 80. (Kjell Svanholm emailed me this news - they are currently holding back two places for British competitors, so if you think you'd like to have a go contact Kjell straight away for more information. For flights see 17.1.04


Tony Griffith still has a few vacant dates for Sweden's Jahn Gallos (photo) UK lecture tour (Available: Friday 16th, Saturday 17th, Sunday 19th and Tuesday 20th April, 2004). Magic club secretaries should contact Tony for booking information on: 01275 837017 or For more on Jahn Gallos visit: 17.1.04


The Travis Perkins Assembly 12th Ferrybridge Day of Magic takes place on Sunday, 4th July. For this year only the venue will be the Knottingley Town Hall, Knottingley, which is about five minutes from their normal venue. The day features two lectures, dealers and a show. Doors open at 10am and refreshments will be available throughout the day with the show finishing at 5pm. All this for just £2.50 - what value! For more information contact Michael Shepherd on 01904 709500 or 17.1.04


A new magic club is being formed for magicians based in the Liverpool area. The Liverpool Magic Circle is set to have its inaugural meeting on Monday, January 19th. Anyone interested in joining should contact their secretary, Richard Smith, 12 Ribblers Lane, Southdene, Kirkby, Liverpool L32 7RW telephone 0151 548 6899 or Alan Singleton, telephone 0151 476 2265. Or email 17.1.04


The York Society of Magicians Annual Auction takes place on Wednesday 12th May at the Next Generation Centre, Windmill Lane, off Hull Road, York. Doors open at 6pm and the auction starts at 7pm. The entrance fee is £2.00 and meals and refreshments will be made available. For further details, or an early lot number, contact Michael Shepherd on 01904 709500 or 17.1.04


Helen Lewis talks to David Blaine for the Oxford Student, "Before his much anticipated appearance at the Union, Helen Lewis talked to box-fresh David Blaine about starvation, shazam, and his next big stunt..." Click Here Dominic Mansi lectures at the Chester Guild of Magicians on Monday 8th March. For further details contact Secretary David Brandwood on 01928 718496 • have just released a new 2 disc DVD set "The Secrets of Professional Stage Hypnosis" covering "suggestibility tests" and "rapid hypnotic inductions" and more, for more information visit Derek Dingle of New York died last Saturday aged just 66 having suffered a stroke. Born in London in 1937 he had a life long passion for close-up magic and was highly regarded by his peers That's it for this week, your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 17.1.04