Number 27 - 30th December 2000


If you didn't get a Magic Set this Christmas don't despair! have a fascinating selection of collectors sets for sale. Pictured: a David Nixon set from the 50's. 30.12.00


The Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year 2001 competition is now taking entries. Open to young magicians between the age of fourteen and eighteen on 1st January 2001, it will take place later on in the year (date to be confirmed) at the Centre for the Magic Arts in London. The closing date for entries is 31st January. For an entry form send a stamped addressed envelope to Dr. Michael Colley, The Hollies, Oak Street, Lechlade, Glos. GL7 3AX. 30.12.00


Flying is definitely "in!" The latest flyer is The Snowman, complete with little boy, in the stage adaptation of the Raymond Briggs story that first appeared as a book and then an animation on Boxing Day in 1982. The stage production directed by Bill Alexander is currently playing at The Peacock Theatre, London, to sold-out audiences. Running for two hours it features just dance and music, and is aimed at three to nine year olds. 30.12.00


Paul Daniels popped up on Celebrity Ready, Steady, Cook (BBC1 27th), with Ainsley Harriott, and managed to get a couple of card tricks in! He declared: "I have never, in my life, been in a kitchen!" Paul Daniels next appears on Room 101 on Monday 8th January at 10pm on BBC2, talking to Paul Merton about his worst nightmares and pet hates. 30.12.00


Derren Brown: Mind Control (Channel4, 27th) was a great success. For more on the show, and Derren Brown, visit the special Channel 4 website: Click Here. It was the finest 'MindMagic' type television production that I've ever seen. Devised and produced by Andrew O'Connor. Excellent. 30.12.00


Dave Rawson is looking for a magician in the Newcastle area who is free from the 25th - 28th January to work at the UGI, Gateshead. Please e-mail him for details: 30.12.00


The Card Flourishes website continues to expand, making it one of the UK's top magic websites. They now have over 70 magic video clips! To visit the site click the link. 30.12.00


We'll have a review of Heroes of Magic next week. MagicWeek now has links to 149 UK magicians' websites - who will be number 150? Magic has never been more popular in the UK than right now - David Blaine is in the video charts and his tape was playing in HMV when I went in last week. A video tape of a Magician doing card tricks being played in HMV during the week leading up to Christmas? - No one could have predicted that five years ago.  And Derren Brown's show could easily be sold all over the world... it's a great way to start the New Year... THE MAGIC IS BACK! Happy New Year to everyone, see you then, Duncan. 30.12.00