Number 45 - 5th May 2001


Dynamic FX have been acquired by Magic Management Marketing & Training. The Dynamic FX brand name will remain unchanged and the company will continue to trade as a wholly owned subsidiary of Magic Management (photo). John Woolvett, director of Magic Management said, "Dynamic FX is the UK's leading company for the creation and performance of magic for events and television whilst Magic Management operates predominantly in the specialised areas of marketing and training. Far from being competitive brands, there is a natural synergy between both companies. The Dynamic FX team boasts a wealth of experience and I am very much looking forward to working with them." As part of the restructure, Woolvett and fellow Magic Management director James Freedman have been appointed to the board of Dynamic FX. Founder directors Paul Andrews, Anthony Owen, Marc Paul and Nick Reade have all resigned from the board and have sold their holdings for undisclosed figures. Andrews and Reade will continue as performers represented by the company. Owen will continue in a consultancy role and Paul will move to Magic Management where he will be personally managed and represented by that company (see below). 5.5.01


Magic Management is delighted to announce that it has been appointed by Marc Paul (photo) to deal with his personal management and sole representation. John Woolvett of Magic Management said, "Marc Paul is officially 'The Worlds Greatest Mind Reader' after winning the title at the World Magic Awards in Los Angeles, but outside the world of magic Marc is also a world class corporate speaker, a television consultant, and a regular on-screen presenter for QVC. I am a great admirer of Marc's adaptability and professionalism and am very pleased that he has asked Magic Management to represent him." Marc Paul's television credits include his own show, Mind Games, Paul Daniels' Secrets and The World Magic Awards as well as numerous other appearances and consultancy projects. Magic Management is a creative consultancy who believe that the key to effective communication is entertainment. The company already manages and represents Guy Hollingworth. 5.5.01


A lavish BBC adaptation of Anthony Trollope's The Way We Live Now is currently in production in London. Considered by contemporary critics to be Trollope's greatest novel, The Way We Live Now is a satire of the literary world of London in the 1870's and an indictment of the new power of speculative finance in English life. In the play a number of card cheating poker playing sequences take place that will be of interest to magicians. Duncan Trillo is the consultant and has been coaching the actors so that they themselves will be able to perform a few 'moves' and 'flourishes' for authenticity. The cards that they are using are replicas of a deck first manufactured in 1864. Despite giving the impression of clever card cheating no actual exposure will take place. The four 75 minute episodes will be broadcast next year. 5.5.01


David Copperfield mid-eighties... err no actually it's a screen shot from the current Tetley's Smoothly Does It television campaign. In the advertisement things go a little wrong for the magician, but all is well in the end when the 'vanished' spectator makes a return - complete with two pints of Tetley's. Smoothly does it! 5.5.01


Of interest to magic creators in need of 'protection' Management Today and The Patent Office have joined forces to present a one day conference on protecting, building and profiting from intellectual property. On 20 June, at The Dorchester in London, delegates can expect case studies on Wallace & Gromit and GlaxoSmithKline, accompanied by a presentation by Chris Barlas, senior consultant at on IP Rights and the Internet. For a more detailed programme and bookings call 020 8267 4011 or visit 5.5.01


Harry Potter sales have just topped the 100 million mark with the movie Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone due for release on November 16th. Each book tells the story of a school year in the life of Harry and his friends at Hogwarts, the 'wizarding' boarding school. 5.5.01


Magical Mandy is featured in Magic Profile for March. Specialising in children's magic Mandy also performs close-up at private parties and company functions. More Music from the Motion Picture Gladiator has just been released on CD and, as with the original disc, it is absolutely stunning. Who will be the first magician/illusionist to use it? Direct order link: Have a look at the video demos from MagicWeek advertiser Guy Hollingworth's book Drawing Room Deceptions is now available in Spanish, and a French language version will be released later in the year. Next week a review of Mastering Hypnosis from News, views, articles, comment, what's on, and more, always welcomed. See you next week, Duncan. 5.5.01