Number 34 - 17th February 2001


When Louis Met Paul and Debbie finally hits our screens this Tuesday at 9pm on BBC2. The Radio Times selected it as 'Today's Choice' and MagicWeek are giving it a 'Under no circumstances miss it!' rating. Paul to Louis "You're a very nice man... but you're interfering!" Today's Telegraph Magazine has a fascinating four page spread on the show, written by Louis Theroux, that offers a further insight into Paul and Debbie's relationship and how Louis found himself interacting with them. "What's that? I asked, pointing at a strange antique lamp in a shape suggesting a ghost. 'It's called a standard lamp, son,' Paul said." ....this is going to be a good one! 17.2.01


Joe Pasquale - 2001 A Magical Oddity goes on tour from next month with a show at the Beck Theatre, Hayes, on the 6th. I saw Joe just a couple of months ago in the West End - and he was excellent. For tour dates see What's On 17.2.01


The makers of a new television series are on the look out for performers who are 'on the road to success.' Magicians are welcome to apply by sending a show reel or CV and photos to: Claire Handley, Fame, Rapido TV, 14-16 Great Pulteney Street, London W1R 3DG. 17.2.01


Dates are in for Geoffrey Durham's one man show, which will be playing all over the UK throughout the year. Last year Tony Walker reviewed Geoffrey's show for MagicWeek "An excellent performance which was awarded with a standing ovation." This year's show contains lots of new material - don't miss it if it comes anywhere near you! See What's On for dates. 17.2.01


Would you like to learn the real secrets of magic? Richard McDougall (F.I.S.M. Award winner for comedy and World Open Champion for Close-up Magic), Sarah Brignall (Actor and Director, trained at the LeCoq School, Paris), and Abigail Dulay (Actor and Director, specialising in physical theatre) are presenting an intensive week-end workshop to explore your Performance. Unlock the skills needed to make your act unique. This two day workshop will be staged in London and is open to all standards, and genres, of magic. Limited to 20 places. Contact Richard for details of dates and prices: or phone: 020 7229 3509. One scholarship place will be available. 17.2.01


The Wessex Magical Association present the Bournemouth One Day of Magic convention on Sunday March 4th at the Kinson Community Centre, Kinson, Bournemouth. There will be a Dealers Fair, Close-up, a Workshop, a Gala Show with Tricks & Kicks, Len Blease and Alex Lodge and others TBA, and a star lecture from David Berglas. Doors open at 10am. Admission: Adults 15, Accompanied Ladies and Children 7, Extra Gals Show tickets 5. Telephone registration officer Ron Gilbert for more information on: 01202 517584. 17.2.01


The Magic Circle will be presenting a Magic Circle Regional Day in Sheffield on Sunday 22nd April at the Merlin Theatre, 2 Meadow Bank Road, Sheffield. This will be an 'all day event' from 10.30am with Dealers, Lecturers: Jon Allen, Richard Pinner, a Young Magician's Workshop and an Evening Show (7.30pm, also be open to the public) with Jon Allen, Roy Davenport, Richard Pinner, Mark Shortland and Peter McCahon. Entrance to the day itself is free to Magic Circle and YMC members, and 10.00 to non members. Evening show only tickets should be purchased separately (5.00 each) from the Merlin Theatre box office, Telephone: 01142 551638. For more information contact the Regional Day Coordinator, Peter McCahon, Telephone 02086 883114 or email 17.2.01


It's been nearly three months since we reported the theft of Guy Barrett's van complete with his illusion act. Some of the missing props did turn up in a lay-by 100 miles away, but were in a dreadful state. However Guy has been able to get his act back together and will be performing in Germany at the Lubeck convention next month. 17.2.01


Spotted in the current Scotts of Stow catalogue this 30" x 30" x 26" high wooden framed green baize card table, with flush folding legs, looks like just the job for perfecting those on close-up routines on. Here are the details. Telephone orders: 0870 600 4444 Catalogue number: W15053 Price: 59.95 plus 9.95 delivery. 17.2.01


I first mentioned the soundtrack to Gladiator (Amazon Link) back in MagicWeek number 10 as it was such a stunning piece of music, and ripe for an illusionist's wants. In the States it has just won a Golden Globe for Best Original Score and in the UK has just been nominated for a BAFTA, (July 25th). With an Oscar win looming (March 25th) it will be interesting to see if this soundtrack collects all three top awards. 17.2.01


A number of Magic Societies have recently been added to the Magic Societies links page, and the number of Magicians links is all set to double shortly. We started out with 93 links and it's now up to 166. I've just finished designing a new site for busy professional Martin Sanderson: Magicweek advertisers will shortly be opening a 'Magic Room' for visitors - details soon. Derren Brown will be seen on our screens again, in the summer, with an all-new special from the same team that brought you the excellent Derren Brown - Mind Control. As more and more women get into magic I thought that you may be interested in this link to The Ladies of Magic. I expect to be up at the Blackpool Convention on the Sunday, and maybe the Saturday, and will be reporting on the Gala Show. Last week's Breaking The Magician's Code on ITV was actually show 4 in the series, and passed unnoticed by the British media. By the end of it all I almost felt sorry for Valentino as he unmasked himself and delivered a dull, and ridiculous, explanation as to why the shows were made in the first place. I think I preferred him with the mask on. Let MagicWeek know whassup... See you next week! Duncan. 17.2.01