Number 14 - 30th September 2000


The 64th Annual Convention of the British Ring of the International Brotherhood of Magicians opened on Tuesday, and is still on as I write. Russ Stevens and I popped down for the day on Thursday and saw a lecture, the shield competition, and lots of friends. Here are the results of the two competitions: Close-up: 1st (Zina Bennett Trophy) Lee Davis,  2nd Tim Shoesmith, 3rd Peter Roberts. Stage: 1st (The British Ring Shield) Leo Ward (in the photo on the far left), 2nd (The Theo Speaker Cup and The Ditta Shield for Manipulation) James Parker, 3rd (The Alistair Wand) Philip Partridge, The Tom Harris Cup for Comedy went to Dennis Goodwin, The Craig Trophy to Michele, and the Conventioneers Trophy was not awarded. Leo Ward is featured in October's Magic Profile. More on the convention next week - with more photos! 30.9.00


Larry Becker is presenting a Master Class in Mentalism at Davenports Magic Shop in London on Monday November 6th from 9.30am to 4.30pm. Tickets are 200 each. Registration includes a personalised copy of his lecture notes. Email: 30.9.00


The Home Counties Magical Society present the 25th Open Junior day (all are welcome) on Sunday October 22nd 2000 at the Reading Blue Coat School, Reading, Berkshire. 11.00am - 8.00pm (Doors Open 10.30am). As always the competition will feature strongly during the day. If you would like to enter you must be over 12 & less than 17 years on the 22nd October 2000. The maximum time for your act is Six minutes. If you'd like to enter the competition, or just want to attend the day, please contact Keith Churcher on 01189 9473353 for a registration form, or write to: 46 Rotherfield Way, Emmer Green, Reading, Berkshire RG4 8LP (include a first class stamp with all enquiries). Entries must be received before Wednesday 18th October 2000. For more details Click Here 30.9.00


Jay Scott Berry Lectures all over the UK in October: 5th Bristol, 6th Western-Super-Mare, 8th Exeter, 9th London, 10th Kent, 11th Upminster, 12th Lewes Sussex, 13th Reading, 16th Ipswich, 17th North Wales, 18th Oldham, 19th Nottingham, 20th York, 22nd Paisley, 24th Aberdeen, 26th Blackpool, 30th Birmingham, 31st Newcastle. Contact Morley Budden for details on 01708 640557. 30.9.00


Tony Griffith is organising a lecture tour of the UK for Harvey Berg of the USA, in June 2001. Harvey Berg has received great reviews in the magical press. His first lecture will be for the Magic Circle on Monday June 4th, he'll then make his way to Scotland by the end of the month. Any clubs wishing to book this lecture should contact Tony Griffith as soon as possible for more information: Tony Griffith Tel/Fax 01275 837017. 30.9.00


The Magic Circle Dealers' Day is on Saturday November 4th. Admission is free to members and 5 to non members. From 10am to 5pm at the Royal National Hotel, Russell Square, London WC1. 30.9.00


Here's an interesting international site that has a lot to offer: The Online Journal of the Art of Magic - there's lots to explore. Well that's just about it. I'm going to do a piece on the shield competition in a few weeks, and there's more convention news coming shortly. What was Illusions of the New Millennium all about? What are we supposed to be applauding when "The Magician" does nothing but leap, run and pose? I was going to review it but to be frank it really isn't worth it. The version that was shown on channel 5 was an edited version of a longer show - perhaps that was better and had some light and shade? What a shame that there is this constant battle with televised magic that is so often so damaging to the ART of magic. But... hey I don't want to end on a low note - so let me just say that there is a television project in production right now here in the UK that I'm sure will be true to the art... no clues, see you next week, Duncan. 30.9.00