Number 67 - 6th October 2001


The 30th International Magic Convention (Friday 30th November, Saturday 1st December & Sunday 2nd December 2001) is fast approaching. Names announced so far include: Lectures by John Carney, Aaron Fisher, Bob Kohler, and Andy Nyman. Close-up from John Carney, Aaron Fisher, Bob Kohler, Andy Nyman and Paul Wilson, plus "Five from Belgium." And Gala Show appearances from Yumi (FISM award winner), Falkenstein & Willard, David & Dania, Mr Mysto, Noel Britten, Derek Scott, Daniel Hochsteiner and Nicholas Night & Kinga... more news on this always excellent convention soon. 6.10.01


Paul Zenon appears on Hear'Say It's Saturday today (Saturday 6th) at 2.15pm on ITV, and Paul Daniels is a guest on The News Quiz also today a little earlier at 12.30 mid-day on BBC Radio Four. For complete TV and Radio listings Click Here 6.10.01


French magician and Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year 2000 Etienne Pradier, who lives in England, is featured in October's Magic Profile. I'm a big fan of Etienne's work - very French and very cool. 6.10.01


Fay Presto playing herself in Emmerdale last week - seen here levitating a £10 note surrounded by a stag night group who thought that they'd booked a stripper but got a magician instead! 6.10.01


Here's more news, as promised a few weeks ago, of Derren Brown's new book and video. First, Absolute Magic (Derren Brown 224 pages, hardcover). Following the success of ‘Pure Effect’, Derren Brown offers a detailed study of the most difficult task facing any close-up magician: how to make magic convincing. This is a rich and witty journey through the thinking of Britain’s foremost current magical performer, whose television specials have revolutionised mentalism and drawn massive viewing figures. Absolute Magic offers the profoundest thinking, expressed in the most memorable and vivid prose, and is a necessary modern classic for the magician or mentalist striving to make his performances more powerful. Price: £35.00 plus postage. 6.10.01


Secondly the video, The Devil's Picturebook. This beautifully-produced tape offers over two hours of highly sophisticated magic and mind-reading with playing cards. For ten years Derren was a professional close-up magician before making the move to perform only mind-reading. It was with his card-magic that he made a name for himself – world-class material which he now no longer performs. This tape contains all of that professional card repertoire. The viewer is then taken into examples and explanations of his unique brand of direct mind-reading which has gone a long way towards revolutionising mentalism for the new Millennium. Imagine being able to hand a spectator a card and have her put it in her pocket sight unseen. You then ask her to name any card… and when she pulls it out of her pocket it is the very same! No switches, no sleights… Derren actually makes her think of the correct card. Learn these techniques and embark on a new way of thinking which may change the way you perform magic for ever. Price: £35 plus postage. If you wish to reserve either, or both, items in this limited run, just send a normal cheque or cash (no money or postal orders) to: Derren Brown, Suite 431, 14 Clifton Down Road, Clifton Village, Bristol BS8 4BF, UK. Shipping is £5 outside the UK and £2.50 in the UK, per item. 6.10.01


Derek Lever is organising a giant charity magic auction on Sunday October 14th at the Savoy Hotel, Queens Promenade, Blackpool. From 11am books, close-up, illusions, posters, magazines, children's tricks, mental magic, stage magic will all go at bargain prices. Auctioneer's Derek Lever, Mike Shepard and Steve Eastham will keep things moving. If you have props that you'd like to sell you can send them by post. Full details from: Derek Lever, 32 Pilling Lane, Preesall, Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire FY6 0EU. Telephone/Fax: 01253 810113 6.10.01


Magic Dealer Studio 9 have moved to larger premises and now stock everything from a thumb tip, to a giant Buzz Saw together with a large selection of puppets from Axtells, USA, and Folkmanis in Germany. For more information telephone: 01536 523521. 6.10.01


Million copy best-seller The Rough Guide to the Internet 2002, hailed as "The unmatched leader in its field" by The Sunday Times now includes MagicWeek in its listing guide (p 377 under 'Magic Tricks') We're very pleased to be featured as they've only selected three magic sites in total (another being MagicWeek advertisers The guide covers every aspect of the internet and is really excellent. Over 500 pages. Priced at £6.00 - the 2002 edition goes on sale in a couple of weeks • Here's a useful link if you are a children's entertainer and do a bit of balloon work: • Dates are in for the Jerry Sadowitz tour - see What's On • Ian Rowland is trying to make contact with Nick Trost - if you can help please email Ian: • The number of Magicians in the MagicWeek Magicians listing is now over the 200 mark. If you'd like a free link simply send us your website details and you will be added • continues to expand - offering website design, web hosting and domain name registration • Next week we'll bring you the latest on MindMagic 2001 which is just weeks away now - see you then, Duncan. 6.10.01