Number 359 - 12th May 2007


71st British Ring IBM Convention 12th-16th September 2007 - updates. Three weeks ago we announced the names of some of the stars of magic already booked: The Great Tomsoni & Co., Paul Zenon, Les Bubb, David Williamson, Gaeton Bloom, Michael Vincent, Rocco, Scott & Muriel, Rafael (photo), Tim Gabrielson, Joanie Spina, Murray Hatfield & Teresa, Lennart Green, Bill Malone, Boris Wild, Magic Al, Vik & Fabrini and last year's Shield Winner Paul Dabek. We now have more venue details. As well as the Southport Theatre and Floral Hall, this year the Arts Theatre in Lord Street will year be utilised on a much larger scale than in previous years. It not only boasts a 475 theatre with tiered seating, but also a Studio and Conference Room. The intimacy of the Theatre is ideal for the International Close-up Show and lectures, some of which will be repeated. This year's facilities will afford performers and spectators the very best possible performing/viewing conditions. The Children's Showtime will once again be staged in the Arts Theatre on the Saturday afternoon and plans are in hand for a cutting-edge show to be staged there late on Thursday evening. Contact Registration Officer, Neville Johnson, for an application form on 01202 873234 or email 12.5.07


Just like that! Tommy Cooper's final days. "He was the comedians' comedian, whose unique combination of surreal humour and inept magic captivated the nation. Now the producer of 'The Queen' is to dramatise the last week of a life which ended so dramatically - in the middle of a show..." To read the full story by Arifa Akbar and Jonathan Brown in The Independent Click Here. 12.5.07


"Together we were pure gold" Magicians opens across the UK on Friday 18th May. Brilliant in Peepshow, it will be interesting to see how David Mitchell and Robert Webb use their joint talents when tackling the ancient art of magic! Synopsis: "Lifelong friends Harry and Karl are the greatest magic double act in the country. But after a guillotine illusion goes horribly and spectacularly wrong, their friendship and their careers are finished. Now, down on his luck and out of cash, Harry sets his sights on the prize money of the prestigious 'International Magic Shield' tournament. But to win he will have to compete against the world's oddest (and saddest) magicians - including his deadly rival Karl, performing under the guise of ridiculous psychic 'The Mindmonger'. Can new tricks and a new assistant (Jessica Stevenson from 'Confetti' and 'Spaced') help Harry to triumph over his underhanded opponents and his disastrous past?" Click Here. Film Weekly podcast Click Here. "That Mitchell And Webb Movie" Click Here. 12.5.07


Boris Wild lectures for International Magic on May 15th from 7.15pm. Venue: 2nd floor at the 'Casa Italiana', 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DL (Map). The venue is only 40 yards from International's shop at number 89. To book contact Martin or telephone 020 7405 7324. Entrance is £15, payable on the evening. Boris will be 'guest of honour' at the next year's FFFF convention in the States. 12.5.07


The Bristol Day of Magic - tomorrow! Sunday 13th May, at the Weston-super-Mare Winter Gardens complex. The programme includes: lectures, close-up magic, children's magic, magic dealers and an evening gala show at the Playhouse Theatre. Featured artists include Norbert Ferré and David Stone from France, Guy Barrett, Scott Penrose, Mel Harvey, Trixie Bond from the USA, Marc Oberon, Keith Fields, Alex Lodge, Manuel Muerte from Germany, Romany and the John Lenehan One Man Show. 12.5.07


An Audience with Paul Daniels. Saturday, May 19th, At The Brewhouse in Taunton. "One of the UK's most well-known and loved comedians and entertainers takes to the stage." 7.45pm. Tickets are £14 from the box office on 01823 283244 or online: 12.5.07


The Merchant of Magic have opened a new "bricks and mortar" magic shop in Waterlooville, Hampshire (Map) which is open to magicians of all ages and abilities. With thousands of magic tricks in stock, full time professional magician demonstrators, workshops and tuition classes, the shop has a lot to offer and is open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm (and Saturdays from 2nd June). Mention "MagicWeek" when you visit in person and you'll be offered a 10% discount until the end of June! Merchant of Magic Ltd. 39 Brambles Enterprise Centre, Waterburry Drive, Waterlooville, Hampshire PO7 7TH. Telephone 02392 252220. 12.5.07


Ravi Mayar is featured in the current edition of The Asian Today: "It’s a Kind of Magic - Tricks and a whole load of Treats with Ravi Mayar. Ravi Mayar is all together a different kind of Asian man. He's shunned a career as a high flying doctor or a number juggling accountant to take on a career many would never contemplate. Ravi Mayar is a magician, and a jolly good one to! Born in London, the energetic man spent most of his life in Canada where he found himself drawn to card trickery. Today Ravi is one of the world's leading magicians..." To read the full story in The Asian Today Click Here. Ravi is fast making a name for himself, and is seen here with Janet Smith, Director of the recent Flora London Marathon, at which he entertained. 12.5.07


Mark Worgan presents his "Simply Professional" lecture at The British Magical Society in Birmingham on May 15th. The lecture features comedy stand-up magic with tips on comic timing and how to use it in your act, plus a look at entertaining children (Mark has nearly 20 years experience in this field), and close-up magic too! So, something for everyone in a packed two-hour presentation. Mark has been cruising all around the world this year - making it one of his busiest ever. 12.5.07


Watch this video clip! Last week under "Quirkology" we featured a link to this video, produced by Professor Richard Wiseman, via his site The actual video is on YouTube, where last week it reached number one in the ratings! As I type this (Friday night) it has been seen over half a million times! Here's the direct YouTube link: Click Here. 5.5.07


When Paul Craven presented his act for his Magic Circle exam on St George's Day, he joked that his performance in plastercast had nothing to do with fighting any dragons - in fact he had recently broken his leg on the slopes of Austria. However determined not to postpone his examination date, he hobbled on to perform his routine in the Devant Room at The Magic Circle, discarded his crutches and literally did his audition on one leg in front of around 60 magicians. "To achieve MMC status is therefore a great thrill" said Paul "although the whole experience has taught me that taking up snowboarding aged 42 is about as sensible as me attempting Houdini's Water Torture Cell!" 12.5.07


Magician and shadowgrapher Philippe Beau designed and performed hand shadows for the current French advertising campaign for Cortal Consors. Cortal Consors use a hand in their logo, hence their choice. To watch a short video Click Here. Philippe's very slick website: 12.5.07


Edinburgh's "Tricky" Ricky McLeod has just won the Max Raskin Cup / Scottish Children's Entertainer of the Year 2007/2008 for a fourth time! The award was presented to Ricky at the annual dinner of The Scottish Association of Magical Societies convention which was held in Montrose. Ricky was also presented with the Millennium Shield from his local magic club West Lothian Magic Circle for services to the club and Scottish Magic. His highly successful lecture "Tricks of My Trade" has recently been seen at the Blackpool Magicians' Convention, Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians and the British Magical Society. Ricky is now taking bookings for the lecture which focuses on Children's/Family shows. Contact Ricky directly for details: 12.5.07


The Magic Circle presented A Tribute to Billy McComb on May 8th at its London headquarters. Noel Britten coordinated the evening, bringing together friends and colleagues from all over the world to share memories, and often very funny (and almost unrepeatable!) stories, of Billy McComb. It was a great night. Mandy Davis reports the evening: Click Here. 12.5.07


Rob Lupine can be heard on Harborough FM community radio from 1.30pm on Monday 14th May. A Close-up Champion of the Magic Club of Great Britain, Rob will be talking about a number of upcoming appearances, including entertaining movie goers with close-up magic at the Odeon Cinema in Kettering on May 18th and 19th at the opening of Magicians. HFM website Click Here. Odeon cinema, Kettering: 0871 2244007. 12.5.07


Tony Binarelli lectures at the Exonian Magical Society (Devon) on Sunday 20th May at 2pm. Visiting magicians welcome (£8.00 charge). Contact Brain Marr for details: 01823 665998. On May 14th he's in Kent and May 23rd Scarborough - see What's On for details. 12.5.07


Happy Days! 5pm on Saturday 12th May on Five US. "The Magic Show - Howard and Al co-chair a Leopard Lodge fundraising event. When the magician they hired manages to injure himself during a trick, Fonzie suggests another." James Randi guest stars, see TV Magic. 12.5.07


"Electronic Frontier Foundation sues Uri Geller" Click Here • "Real or illusion? Magician Angel lets viewers decide" Click Here • "Interview: Paul McEneaney - The Magic Of It" Click Here • "Vegas run by gays and Jews, says magician" Click Here • Safire promoted to MIMC Click Here • "Review put online, prompts legal threat to actor" Click Here • Congratulations to Darren McDonald winner of the Yorkshire Pride Close-up Competition at Leeds Day of Magic on Sunday 6th May • Your UK magic news is always welcome - see you next week, Duncan. 12.5.07