Number 40 - 31st March 2001


David Blaine's third Special Frozen in Time which was broadcast in November in the States and featured a live link-up as Blaine was freed from the block of ice that had entombed him for the previous 61 hours will be broadcast on Channel 4 in late May. "Is he an entertainer, a con man, the devil, or a guru?" asks his PR department in their press release. Dates will be found in TV Magic as soon as they are in. 31.3.01


Ian Rowland has carved a unique and diverse career for himself covering various aspects of the unexplained, as a lecturer, innovator, and performer. He recently sent through some bizarre playing cards that he's developed called Wow Cards that make you go, well... wow! They're amazing! Rather than trying to explain them take a look at his web site: to see some samples. Ian is featured in the MagicWeek Magic Profile for April. (Photo and card design Ian Rowland 2001. Used with permission). 31.3.01


Copperfield! - Tornado of Fire airs in the States on April 3rd. It's been over five years since David Copperfield's last TV Special was broadcast so it will be interesting to see what changes have been made in both style and format. For 15 years Copperfield dominated televised magic, setting new standards along the way, then along came Blaine who shook the whole thing up. Hopefully we will see the show here, soon. 31.3.01


Stand-up comedy magician Sean Taylor, who now lives in Australia, will be over for a lecture tour next month. His lecture Seven Deadly Things is made up from seven routines (both close-up and stand-up) which have become his favourites. The tricks are all short, simple and direct, and are designed for entertaining lay audiences. For dates see What's On 31.3.01


Ghetto Boy ("I'm out there"), spotted in the dealers hall at the recent Blackpool Convention, has just sent us his current press pack. "David Blaine, David Copperfield, Channing Pollock, these magicians were my inspiration and it is them that I have to thank for the TV deal that I've just signed." Ghetto Boy combines street magic, origami and mime in his original routines... "I make an origami paper bird, the bird comes to life, I set it free on the street - this is as real as it gets." Ghetto Boy can be seen in his new eight part series Ghetto Magic on BBC1 (Saturday evenings 8-9pm) from June 9th. For more on his TV series, and what it means to be a top British magician, visit his website: 1.4.01


Joe Pasquale - 2001 A Magical Oddity Live on stage tonight (31st March) in London: Millfield Theatre, Silver Street, Edmonton, London N18 1PJ, Telephone 020 8807 6680. 31.3.01


Chris Priest will be lecturing for the Kidderminster League of Magicians on Thursday, April 5th, at 8pm (doors open 7.30pm). "His unique style and talent leaves audiences gasping with amazement." Visiting magicians are welcome to attend this event (3 admission). See What's On for details and visit their website for up-coming events and news: 31.3.01


The York Society of Magicians Annual Dinner is being held at the Novotel, Fishergate, York, on Friday 6th April, 7.30pm start. Entertainment will be provided in the form of close-up magic and cabaret featuring Shirley Ray, Dave Cass and Nicky Newsome, plus more... Tickets are 25.00 per person from Martin Allan Tel 0790 0005286 or Heather at the Novotel, York on 01904 611660. The Novotel will be offering preferential rates to anyone attending the dinner. 31.3.01


I've just finished producing a new website for Bizarre Bath - the comedy (and magic) walk run by Noel Britten and JJ: It would be nice to have some more trick reviews submitted, if you've got a favourite trick why not send in a review? Well, that's all for this week. Articles and news always welcomed, see you next week! Duncan. 31.3.01