Number 59 - 11th August 2001


Geoffrey Durham - The Magical One Man Show takes a break for a few weeks in the Summer, and then goes back on the road, starting at the New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth in October. Geoffrey has built up a whole new audience for his brand of magic following on from the success he's enjoyed from his appearances on Channel 4's Countdown. If the show comes to a theatre near you don't miss it - we've heard nothing but great reports from those who've been. See What's On for dates and venues. 11.8.01


Halifax Magic Circle member and hospital nurse Luke Orwin is off on a ten-day African trek to raise money for Starlight Children's Foundation. Luke, 26, works on the children's ward at York district hospital and will be joining a team of walkers from all over the country for the trek across Namibia in temperatures of more than 40 degrees Celsius. The trip is being organised by the Starlight Children's Foundation, which grants wishes to children, and supplies entertainment equipment for seriously ill children. Luke, of Huntington Road, York, needs to raise £2,500 by November before he sets off in February next year. He said: "I see this as a fantastic challenge and am really looking forward to the adventure. I'm hoping to be able to brighten up the lives of children who are seriously ill. I am working with these children every day, so I know how important this money will be to them." Luke is currently in training at Courtney's Gym, Monks Cross, York. Anyone interested in sponsoring him should telephone 07811 280421 or email 11.8.01


The Greater London Authority is looking for street entertainers to play a part in the new plans for Trafalgar Square. This year a pilot scheme of daily entertainment is being launched and the GLA is looking for skilled street performers to perform in the Square. Initially the plan is to have street performers work for up to three days each week, and at weekends. Real street performing is, in my opinion, one of the best ways to master the performance of magic, and will teach you more about how to relate/work to an audience than any other performing medium. In the UK Eddie Izzard, actor Neil Morrissey, TV chef Ainsley Harriott and actress Sarah Crowe all street-performed professionally for years in London's Covent Garden in the mid eighties, and went on to achieve great things. For further information on street performing in Trafalgar Square e-mail Thanks to Andi Gladwin for this news. For a live web-cam link to Trafalgar Square Click Here 11.8.01


The Young Magicians' Club 2001 Junior Day will be held on the 21st of October this year. Formerly known as the Reading Junior Day and run by the Home Counties Magical Society the event is now being run by the youth initiative of The Magic Circle. The day will include lectures by top professional magicians, a close-up and stage magic competition with top prizes and awards, Magic dealers, a tour of The Magic Circle, and a gala magic show featuring some of the top names in British magic. Sunday 21st October 2001, at The Magic Circle, 12 Stephenson Way, London NW12HD. Free to Young Magicians' Club members, £6 for non members, £8 for adults. Please note that this event is aimed at young magicians and that numbers are limited. For more information email:

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Drew McAdam reviews Marc Salem’s Mindgames in the Edinburgh News "He is a gentleman with a self-effacing humour who utterly rejects the role of super-psychic. He is also expert at putting people at ease and giving them good old-fashioned entertainment." To read the full review Click Here 11.8.01 emailed us to say that they have an interview with Paul Daniels on their site (plus an Ali G/Paul Daniels photo taken from MagicWeek - naughty). To read the interview by Golly Blenkinsop Click Here 11.8.01


Stephen Mulhern's Magic Set is packed with great beginners magic - and is available right now from MagicWeek in association with To have a closer look Click Here 11.8.01


Thanks to James Smith for sending in this link that features an interview with John Lenahan, who hosted Hoaxbusters last week Click Here • Paul Daniels had a good review in The Stage on Thursday Click Here (Thanks to Philip Partridge for the link) • Last week's profile of David Copperfield on the Biography Channel was really well done and featured many previously unseen clips from his early work interspersed with an interview • There's loads of magic on E4 tonight, see TV Magic • On Tuesday, August 14th, I am launching The UK directory of professional close-up magicians, cabaret magicians, mind-readers, hypnotists and illusionists, for the corporate market. If you'd like details please email. • Well that's all for this week, next week more news of the up-coming British Ring Convention in September, see you then, Duncan. 11.8.01