Number 28 - 6th January 2001


Blackpool Magicians Club present their 49th Annual Convention from the 23rd-25th February. On Friday from 5.30pm there is a Dealers Mini-Mart, followed by the British Magical Close-up Championships and a Star Lecture from Salvano. Saturday offers, from 9am, an International Dealers Exhibition (Empress Ballroom), The UK Children's Entertainer of the Year competition (Pavillion Theatre) and three Star Lectures: Topas, Stephen Bargatze, and Rafael Benatar. Then at 1.30pm The Master class with Chad Long, Bob King, Gregory Wilson, Topas, and Rafael Benatar (MC Terry Seabrooke). Followed by, at 7pm in the Opera House, The British Magical Championships, together with two guest star acts: Mask and Topas. On Sunday the doors open at 9am. The day consists of The Dealers Exhibition, 8 International Close-up performers, 3 World Class Lecturers, an unspecified Ladies Event, and the Gala Show staged in the Opera House starring: Greg Frewin, Marc Oberon, Mask, Stephen Bargatze, Mr Electric, Danny Hunt, Topas, Roxanne, and current FISM Champions Scott the Magician and Mrs Muriel (photo). MC Mick Miller. And finally an After Dinner Party and Cabaret with Duane Laflin & Mary and music from The Bachelors. For registration details telephone the registration officer John Todd: 01253 711363 from 10am - 7pm only. 6.1.01


Hinted at a couple of weeks ago, this week I've added a new section to MagicWeek, Lecturers. It is hoped that in time this will build-up into a useful resource for convention organisers, and magic club secretaries, both here in the UK and indeed world-wide. To have your details displayed here Email MagicWeek. There is a small annual charge. Pictured here from the States, the brilliant 'bar magician' and international lecturer Doc Eason. 6.1.01


Cirque du Soleil present their extraordinary show Quidam at 7.30pm on January 11th as a unique charity gala in aid of Circo Para Todos, the professional circus school for street children in Colombia. Staged in Cirque du Soleil's state of the art big top, Grand Chapiteau, outside Battersea Power Station, London. Tickets from ticketmaster: 020 7413 1779. 6.1.01


As promised last week a Review of Heroes of Magic appears in this weeks issue. Pictured here, Richiardi, presenting one of three illusions all seen on the show. 6.1.01


Mike Ingham better known as Micky the Magician was relaxing with a friend after an exhausting days' shows, when his van containing about 600 worth of tricks, magic boxes, puppets and illusions disappeared from outside the house in Bromley. Micky said: "I saw the gap where my van was meant to be and I had this sudden hollow feeling inside me." This is the second theft of a magician's van in recent months. Any information, call him on 020 8466 0866. 6.1.01


Professional children's entertainer Chunkie Russell (Jon Russell) runs the entertainment for Mumbles Pier in Swansea, South Wales. In 2001 they are running a junior Search for a Star Competition, with a 1000 prize for the winner. There are also possibilities to make one day in the summer a Special Magic Day. For more information Email: 6.1.01


Ben Harris, the creator of Cosmosis the original floating match, is now advertising with MagicWeek. Born in Sydney, Australia, in 1959, Harris developed a love for close-up magic at an early age. The real turning point was in the late seventies with the discovery of Paul Harris' book, "Las Vegas Close-up." "That book did it for me," Harris says. "From that moment on I knew I had to be a close-up kinda guy." Harris now runs his own ad agency and plays with magic as a hobby. "I love it this way," he says. "The pressure is off!" If close-up magic is your thing, then make sure you visit: 6.1.01


Mark Salem will be performing once again at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Last year he appeared for one night only. His show Mind Games was a great success. Dates in August. 6.1.01


Dates are in for Harvey Berg's June 2001 lecture tour organised by Tony Griffith. There are a number of 'free days.' These are specifically for 'holidaying' however if any club or organisation is interested in taking Harvey's lecture, it can be added on to the list, provided it can be slotted into the tour schedule framework. See What's On for more information. Ian Keable is featured in Magic Profile for January. The Derren Brown: Mind Control review will be in next week. If you have any magic related news please send it in. See you next week, Duncan. 6.1.01