Number 62 - 1st September 2001


The Weekly News led with "Wayne's World Fell Apart" on Saturday August 25th. The story covered the many highs and lows in Wayne's professional and personal life, from performing in front of the Queen at the London Palladium, to the day he discovered that he had MS. The interview was very frank with Wayne talking about his marriage break-up, his new love, what the future holds, friends and family. "Life is like a hand of cards... it's up to you how you play them." Wayne is currently very busy with a number of new projects. More below. 1.9.01

Several names have been added to the British Ring Convention line-up in September: Guy Bavli (photo), Bob Wooding, Rossignol, Kristalleon, Mike Cassidy, Richard Pinner, and Mattlias Raunch. The line-up for this year's International Close-Up Show is strong and includes the British Close-up Champions of 2000 and 2001, Paul Wilson and Lee Davis. They are joined by Steve Walker and for the first time at a British Ring Convention Carl Andrews and Lee Asher. A 'strolling magician' with a repertoire of strong commercial material best describes Carl Andrews, while the card work of Lee Asher is mind-boggling. Everyone at Eastbourne was full of praise for the work of Dominique Duvivier - well he's back again with a completely new act - not to be missed! There are reductions for under 18's, a full registration is 45.00 with day registrations being available at 15.00. The day registration for Saturday, including a first house Gala seat, is 25.00. Richard Stupple is again coordinating a special Junior Workshop on the Saturday and hopes to build on the success of last year's venture. Mandy Davis is actively engaged in arranging a panel of tutors selected to enhance the junior's basic skills. The British Ring of the International Brotherhood of Magicians 65th Annual Convention, Scarborough, September 11th - 16th 60 for members 75 for non-members. Registration Officer: Neville Johnson, 2 Tricketts Lane, Ferndown, Dorset BH22 8AU. Telephone: 01202 873234. 1.9.01

Wayne Dobson has launched a new range of magic tricks which can be seen on his website: once you get there you'll have to enter username: magicnut and password: 01428 to access the 'magicians only' section, where you find a dozen items in the DTRIK range. 1.9.01


Marc Salem appeared on BBC1's Live and Kicking on Saturday morning and proceeded to read the minds of a group of ten year olds who surrounded him. He then went on to appear in a head-to-head quiz and seemed to know all the answers to all the questions - to the point where the studio audience were convinced that he was reading the questionairs mind! I'd never seen Marc's work before and really liked his manner, that clearly works well with UK audiences. 1.9.01


Five of Hearts Magic Productions present An Evening with Wayne Dobson on Sunday November 18th at 7.30pm at the Five of Hearts Magic Studio, "Tovenaar", 30 Lowergate, Gosberton, Spalding, Lincolnshire PE11 4 NL. Tickets are 15 each. Contact Sharron Rose for information and to book on 01775 840103 (MasterCard and Visa accepted). The evening will include a lecture, free lecture notes, demonstrations and Wayne's exclusive range of magic, plus wine, refreshments and coffee. Sounds like a great evening in the heart of the Lincolnshire countryside. 1.9.01


The Unforgettable Tommy Cooper will be shown on Sunday evening at 10pm on ITV. This is a new documentary that takes a look at Tommy Cooper's private life. 1.9.01


MindMagic 2001, now in its fourth year, takes place on Sunday November 11th at the Thistle Hotel Lancaster Gate, London W2. Last year's day sold out. This year tickets go on sale from October 1st, when the line-up will also be announced. For a review of last years day Click Here 1.9.01


Professional magician and funny man Peter McCahon is profiled this month Magic Profile 1.9.01


Geoffrey Durham can be seen on Countdown, weekdays at 4.30pm on Channel 4 right now The eagerly anticipated Derren Brown: Mind Control II went out last week - next week I'll be reviewing the show. Visit the website: Click Here I went to see the new Planet of the Apes movie the other day - dear me talk about 'getting it wrong' they'd have been better off using the chimps from the PG Tips ads. Let MagicWeek hear your news, see you next week, Duncan. 1.9.01