Number 69 - 20th October 2001


Congratulations to Jon Allen, Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year 2001. Ten performers went into battle at The Magic Circle's London headquarters on Monday evening. The competition was held in the intimate surroundings of the Devant room in front of a small lay audience in an effort to create genuine 'close-up' conditions. Magic Circle members then watched the proceedings via a live video feed on the big-screen in the theatre. Second place went to Andrew Murray, and third to Anthony McDaniel. 20.10.01


The Southern Sorcerers presented an Evening of Magic and Illusion in aid of Thanet Hospital's children's ward last week. Current Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year Obleo and Reading Junior Day Young Magician of the Year Alex Lodge both appeared in the show which raised over 700. 20.10.01


Simon Drake's House of Magic, London, presents a Halloween Party Night on Wednesday October 31st. The doors open 7.30pm, with drinks in the garden, haunted cellar tours and the whispering chair. From 8.15pm to 9.45pm there's a complimentary two course dinner followed at 10.00pm by 'Showtime.' Then to round the evening off, from 11pm, dancing in the auditorium or drinks in the drawing room upstairs. Also available, tarot readings (book separately). Prepaid ticket prices are 75 + VAT for a seat at a premier table including a fabulous buffet dinner, and 65 + VAT for standing during the show only including dinner (there are usually plenty of places to sit for your dinner including the drawing room upstairs). All tickets must be pre-paid. Box Office: 020 7735 3434 - book early to avoid disappointment. 20.10.01


The Ilford Magical Society are staging a Magic and Illusion show in aid of The British Heart Foundation at the Queens Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex on October 28th at 8pm. Starring Kevin Bird, Alfonso Rios, Mark Shortland, Paul Zerdin (photo), Alan Shaxon, Tommy Baker (the basketball juggler from the Nike TV commercials), Rousseau and Scott Penrose & Joanne. That's quite a line-up! Tickets are going fast (this is the fourth year that they have put on a show) and are 8.00 for adults and 7.00 for concessions. The box office telephone number is 01708 443333. 20.10.01


The Royal Shakespeare Company musical production of Alice In Wonderland opens at The Barbican on October 26th and runs through to November 24th before transferring to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford Upon Avon where it will run until March. Paul Kieve acted as magic advisor, and there will be a couple of magical sequences. Paul has also been working on a new production of Holiday On Ice, Celebration, which opens in Geneva on November 7th, choreographed and directed by Robin Cousins. It will be touring internationally for three years, and is expected in the UK in 2003. 20.10.01


Wayne Dobson managed to make his entire act vanish, and then reappear hundreds of miles away, last Sunday at Heinz Minten's Magic Convention in Holland. Wayne keeps his act in a laptop computer case, which was sitting on the back seat of his car outside his hotel on the morning of the convention. No doubt the thieves who broke in and stole the case were a little disappointed to find that it contained no more than a dodgy wallet, a few dodgy playing cards, and a dodgy hanky! Magicians rallied around throughout the day to help Wayne re-build his act. "Bjorn's mother made a new hanky for me and I managed to borrow a wallet from Guido Claffen so that I could perform my act that night." Back in England, and on Tuesday morning there was a knock at the door from DHL with a special delivery: Wayne's case, complete with contents, back in one piece. "Apparently it had turned up outside a bakers shop - guess they were looking for some dough!" said Wayne. Wayne Dobson presents his new lecture at the Medway Magical Society on Tuesday 23rd October 2001 at 8pm - Guest magicians welcome - 8 on the evening. Venue: Rochester Visitor's Information Centre, 95 High Street, Rochester, Kent. More information: Map: Click Here 20.10.01


Marvin Berglas and Justin Monehan will be presenting a wide selection of tricks from the Marvin's Magic range to celebrate 8 years of Marvin's Magic on QVC. They'll also be fielding live on-air phone calls, and it all happens today, Saturday 20th, at 11am and 7pm on QVC (two live one-hour shows) 20.10.01


Michael Vincent appears at the Magic Castle for two weeks. He'll be in the Close-up Gallery each evening from October 29th to November 4th, and then in the Theatre alongside street magician Gazzo  from November 5th - 11th. Michaels close-up work is superb, as is Gazzo's street act (photo), making quite a double bill from the UK. 20.10.01


The Magic Circle Dealers' Day takes place on Saturday November 3rd. Last year I guess that there were around fifty dealers including a number of MagicWeek advertisers. Doors open at 10am and the day winds-up at around 4pm. Entrance is free to members of The Magic Circle, or just a few pounds to non-members. Venue: Royal National Hotel, Russell Square, London WC1 20.10.01


The Quick Trick Show (ITV weekdays) has been nominated for a BAFTA - many congratulatiuons to the whole team  A new DVD David Blaine - Showman should be out on November 12th Click Here to order in advance from and Click Here to order Star Wars-The Phantom Menace on DVD - feel the force all over again! Equity recently sent through an instruction to members: "Do not accept any new contracts for UK cinema films which would mean working on or after 1 December 2001" - now I know that they are trying it to improve contracts so that artistes will receive compensation for video and DVD sales but it always makes me smile... you pay your heafty subscription every year for 20+ years and all you get in return is a 'free' diary and the occasional instruction telling you "not to work"... it's a funny old world! MagicWeek is now read by over 2,000 magicians every week, making it the UK's largest magic news source, online or off - let MagicWeek know your news, see you next week, Duncan. 20.10.01