Number 17 - 21st October 2000


Many congratulations to Scott Penrose on becoming the first Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year on Sunday 15th October. Scott won the President's Trophy and a cheque for 1,000 with a very smooth presentation of his classic dove act. Second place and a cheque for 500 went to Duncan Trillo. Third place and a cheque for 250 to Nick Einhorn. Eight competitors took part in this exciting new biennial competition, initiated by president Michael Bailey. Chris Woodward, Brian Miller and Michael Bailey formed the competition committee, and the technical team were under the expert guidance of Ross Mullis. Anita Harris, Annie Sedgwick, and Richard Gill judged. The Magic Circle Theatre was packed to capacity, and it really was a very enjoyable night of cabaret and stage magic. 21.10.00


The Reading Junior Day takes place tomorrow. This is its 25th and final year - but plans are underway for the Magic Circle Young Magicians Club to take over from next year I understand. More details under What's On. MagicWeek will be there, and we'll be reporting. 21.10.00


Illusionists Labyrinth present: A Dinner with Houdini "A truly magical evening exploring the life of legendary performer Harry Houdini." Written by Paul Cooke. At the Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire. On October 27th 2000. Tickets are 25.00 including a five course meal, and are available from The Petwood Hotel, telephone: 01526-532411 For more information Email Labyrinth: 21.10.00


Wayne Dobson called to say how impressed he was with the organisation, and sheer professionalism, of the National Swedish Magic Congress that he has just returned from (October 13th - 15th). The line-up read like a real who's who in top-notch magic and the whole event took place in a superb hotel and conference centre, complete with its own 450 seat luxury theatre. My most recent convention experience was Eastbourne to see this year's British Ring Shield Competition - which I think is in need of a major re-think. 21.10.00


Christmas is coming... Meet Teksta, the interactive robotic puppy with more than 100 emotions! This little chap can do everything that a real puppy can do, and more. He walks, he talks, he barks and cries... but best of all he does card tricks!! In fact he out-classes a number of close-up magicians that I know for sure, so let's hope that he doesn't put you all out of work over Christmas! (Plus he doesn't guzzle sandwiches!) Available from various toy/gift shops, or by mail order at 42.49 inc. Telephone: 01271 868203. 21.10.00


David Blaine flew into the UK this week to record some Street Magic in London. Expect to see David Blaine Mystifier: Street Magic - Magic Man in the shops on both video and DVD from November the 13th or 20th. You'll be able to order a copy via MagicWeek - details soon. 21.10.00


The charismatic "paranormalist" Uri Geller popped up on ITV's Our House on Thursday night and showed Sally Grey around his Berkshire home. He then did some amazing things with crystals which totally stunned the presenter. 21.10.00


I've just finished designing a new website for recent British Ring Shield winner Leo Ward. To visit the site Click Here. If you'd like to register a domain name and have a website designed, email for further information. Thanks to JJ of Opus Magazine for the photo of Leo - cheque in hand, "show me the money!" 21.10.00


Paul Gordon is launching a new monthly card magic journal, The Quidnunc, for more information visit: Edward Jellard has launched a new magic site The UK Magic Site "A magic site with magic secrets, help/advice, UK magic TV programs, 'Trick of the Week' mailing list, useful links and more." You can visit it by clicking: David Copperfield has put in a bid to buy the Millennium Dome... if he can make it disappear then I'm all for it. Smoke & Mirrors is a free international magician's resource e-zine sent out as an e-mail and published monthly by Angelo Stagnaro. It goes to 1,000 magicians in 42 countries. Writers include: Jarle Leirpoll, Carl Andrews, Mike Bornstein, Mike Makman and Peter Marucci. Every month you'll receive two new routines, articles on magic, be kept up-to-date on world magic happenings, and discover new magic links. The subscription is free,  Click Here for further information. That's about it for this week, the MagicWeek For Sale and Wanted ads are proving to be very popular - have a look, and remember it's free for private advertisers! And don't forget to see "what's new" from our magic dealer advertisers:, and Without these guys there would be no MagicWeek (perish the thought!) See you next week, Duncan Trillo. 21.10.00