Number 61 - 25th August 2001

Spellcaster starring British Magical Champion of Illusion Daniel Dean plays the Regal Theatre in Minehead on Sunday September 2nd, curtain up at 8pm. Tickets are 10.00 (6.50 concessions) and can be booked now - box office telephone: 01643 706430. Daniel is also appearing with Jimmy Cricket at Centre Stage, Butlins, Mindhead on: Saturday 15th, 22nd, 29th September, and 6th and 20th October. All enquiries to Butlins, Minehead. 25.8.01

Saturday night is magic night yet again - and this time it's all happening on Channel 4. At 9.15pm The Magic of Tommy Cooper the first of three special compilations produced by John Fisher is re-aired. Then at 10.20pm mind manipulator Derren Brown is back with Derren Brown: Mind Control II, produced by Andrew O'Conner. Show one last year was excellent. And finally Paul Zenon: Turning Tricks at 11.20pm in the original 15 minute show filmed on the streets of Soho that lead to three more highly successful street magic shows... and what with Paul Daniels being eaten by the lions in the new Heineken ads in-between it really is set to be a tip-top night of magical entertainment! 25.8.01
The Piddingtons MagiCD (70 minutes of audio) and The Digital Pentagram CDRom (1,131 pages in adobe acrobat format, that can either be read on screen or printed for your personal use) are now available from Martin Breese International. The Piddington disc contains audio recorded some 50 years ago, and The Digital Pentagram is the complete Pentagram magazine on one disc, searchable and hyperlinked! Two really excellent discs, one bringing rare recordings to life, and the other containing a vast quantity of magic on a single disc. I hope to review them soon, but don't wait... Available now from Martin Breese Magic 25.8.01


Luke Jermay will present a brand new lecture using cards, coins, mobile phones and even toilet rolls, entitled Walls and Bridges, on Saturday September 8th from 4.30pm to 6.30pm at the City of York Pub, 22-23 High Holborn, London. Tickets are available at 5 each from International Magic 0207 405 7324. "Luke's magic shows an understanding of the art far and beyond his years - definitely a guy to watch out for as a future magic star!" Simon Lovell. 25.8.01


Professional stage hypnotist Dave Rawson is offering one week courses in stage hypnotism in Es Cana, Ibiza. The cost of the course is 750 plus flights, but includes accommodation and transfers to and from the airport. The teach-ins will take place in the afternoon so you are free to spend all morning on the beach, and in the evening you can watch Dave's live shows. Call Dave Rawson on 01322 860524 for further details, or email: If you can't manage a week in the sun then Dave will be in the UK from November to April. 25.8.01


Magician Walter Sleight was devastated after his old box of magic tricks was stolen by children. The 80-year-old conjurer from East Lincoln was performing at a city pub on Wednesday night when two boys ran off with his case of props and tricks. Some items were pre-war, and are irreplaceable. "They are what we call 'classics' and at today's prices these tricks would run into hundred of pounds." Mr Sleight started his career in magic at the Theatre Royal in Cleethorpes in the 1930's. He was known as Sleight of Hand and has performed on television and around the world. Lincolnshire Police said the two thieves were aged between 7 and 10. The bag is described as an arch-shaped case about 2ft long with a zip top. Lincolnshire Police telephone: 01522 882222. Story by Alex Gore sent in by James Smith. 25.8.01


The British Close-up Magic Symposium - The first Decade has just been published by Mark Leveridge Magic and features contributions from some of the world's finest close-up performers culled from Mark's six previous comb bound books. This is Marks first hard bound venture (214 A4 pages) with contributions from: Jon Allen, Michael Ammar, Paul Andrews, Mike Austin, John Bannon, Steve Bedwell, Stuart Bowie, Janet Clare, Aldo Colombini, Alistair Cook, Roger Crosthwaite, Dusty, Keith Fields, Dan Garrett, Paul Gordon, Paul Hallas, Ken Hawes, Guy Hollingworth, John Hotowka, JJ, Graham Jolley, Dave Jones, Ian Keable, Walt Lees, Melvin Lehair, John Lenahan, Mark Leveridge, Trevor Lewis, Simon Lovell, Shaun McCree, Richard McDougall, Andy Nyman, Bob Ostin, Anthony Owen, Marc Paul, Chris Payne, Mike Porstmann, Chris Power, Geoff Ray, Kevin Reay, Tony Rix, David Roth, Al Smith, Bob Swadling, Stephen Tucker, Michael Vincent, Jorg Willich, Paul Wilson, Richard Wiseman and Tommy Wonder. I think this one's going to be a winner, order online: 25.8.01


PH Marketing are now advertising with MagicWeek. Run by Paul Hallas this mail order company have over the past four years built up a loyal following by specialising in close-up and mentalism. Seen at major conventions (including MindMagic 2000) they now have a dedicated website. Often PH Marketing obtain items in small quantities that are not available elsewhere, and also have a number of their own 'exclusives.' Paul also edits Alchemy, a general magic magazine, which has just gone into its second volume co-produced with Practical Magic. 25.8.01


There's a review of all things magical at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival from Mandy Davis (thanks Mandy), see Reviews Don't forget The Secrets of Street Magicians Finally Revealed at 2.05pm on Bank Holiday Monday 27th August on ITV, and on a lighter note the day before on Sunday 26th at 1.55pm Knight Rider with Lance Burton on RTE 1 (something of a classic) - See TV Magic for a full round-up A quick reminder: The South Bucks Magic Club will be presenting a special evening with Wayne Dobson on Friday 31st August Venue: The Tudor Barn (Next to Grenville Court) Britwell Road, Burnham, Bucks. Near the Burnham Beeches Hotel - easy access from M4 and M40 - Call Steve Lewis on 07990 898 997 for details or email: Next week, more details of the British Ring Convention in Scarborough See you next week, Duncan. 25.8.01