Number 55 - 14th July 2001


Cellini is just one of the artistes lined up for next year's 50th Blackpool Convention in February. Seen here performing in London's Covent Garden in April 1984 with his brilliant street act. Other acts announced include Norm Nielsen, Jeff McBride, David Williamson, Peter Marvey, Juan Tamariz, Michael Ammar, Jeff Hobson, Joe Pasquale, Lennert Green, Emerson & Jayne, Jay Sankey, Simo Aalto, Bob Sheets, Juliana Chen, Mystina, George Sateriale, Terry Seabrooke, Guy Barret, Tony Stevens, David & Dania, Mick Miller and the Grumbleweeds! This really is a first class line-up. We'll let you have more details over the coming months; or why not visit the website: 14.7.01


It may not be magic but... Hironobu Sakaguchi, the producer of the video game Final Fantasy makes his feature-film debut with Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within an all-digital adventure set in the year 2065. Two hundred artists from twenty two countries have worked on the movie that uses computer generated animation to produce 'photo real' human characters, with the voices of actors including Alec Baldwin, Ving Rhames, James Woods, and Donald Sutherland. As the boundaries between fantasy and reality blur will a cast of digitally generated 'beings' really be able to carry it off? Due for release this Summer. 14.7.01


A new video release is planned from Derren Brown, The Devil's Picture-Book, dealing with card work. "I so rarely perform card effects now that I have gone mental, so would like to have some outlet for my interest in that field - a video seemed to be the answer." The material will range from conjuring-magic through to real techno-moves up to subtle psychological/verbal forcing and some mind-reading. Expect this tape to include some really excellent material. Also coming up is a new book, Absolute Magic, more on this in a few weeks. Expected release dates September (ish). Mind Control II the new TV special can be seen over the August Bank Holiday on Channel 4. 14.7.01


The South Bucks Magic Club is now six months old and will be presenting a special evening with Wayne Dobson on Friday 31st August in Burnham, Bucks. A couple of the regular members will give a short pre-show performance before Wayne's presentation. Also included, a finger buffet for all guests. Ticket will be around the 12.50 mark. For more information contact Steve Lewis 14.7.01


The Mid-Ulster Magic Circle will be holding a Halloween Convention on Saturday 27th October 2001 at The Fitzwilliam International Hotel, right beside the Belfast International Airport. There will be "Best Magician in Ireland" Competition with Cash Prizes, Two Top Lectures and Dealers. "Great Craic guaranteed." For registration and Hotel information visit the Events Page on their website: Click Here 14.7.01


The all new Chinese Acrobatic Show Dragon Club comes to London this Summer playing at the Hackney Empire's Bullion Room Theatre, 117 Wilton Way, London E8 from July 18th to August 27th. "Reinventing Chinese acrobatics with a look, feel and sound aimed at the ever growing popularity of visual entertainment." Tickets 10 - 30 (Family ticket 2 Adults 2 Children 25) Box office: 020 8985 2424. 14.7.01


The Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year Competition which is just two weeks away is now virtually sold-out. MagicWeek will bring you a full review of the show; best of luck to all six finalists. 14.7.01


Christopher Bowyer will be presenting his Illusion Show Dreams at the Bispham High School in Blackpool in October. He is also planning to make the statue of Eros in Fleetwood (just outside Blackpool) disappear. He has already started discussion with the local council who are keen on the idea and ready to help. 14.7.01


Barrie Richardson Lectures at the Nottingham Guild of Magicians on October 18th. For more information telephone Barrie Perkins on 0115 928300 The Erdnase Mystery by Hugh Lewinson goes out on BBC Radio 4 at 9.30am on Thursday October 4th The MagicWeek Bookshop continues to be popular offering a broad range of magic books from - have a look That's it for this week, see you next week, Duncan. 14.7.01