Number 70 - 27th October 2001


Dominic Wood and Hayley-Anna Dancy backstage at The Young Magicians' Club 2001 Junior Day on Sunday. Hayley-Anna (Blackpool) won the stage competition in a keenly fought competition, and Robert Temple (Sunderland) won the close-up competition. Many congratulations to both of them. TV star Dominic Wood emceed the Gala show, rounding off a great day of magic held in The Magic Circle's superb London headquarters. 27.10.01


Alistair Cook featured in a ten page spread on magic in Friday's ES magazine. Alistair is currently working on a Trigger Happy style magic show with the makers of Big Brother. David Blaine, photographed 100 feet up perched on top of Wellington Arch in London's Hyde Park, formed the core of the feature that was read by millions of Londoners. The article, written by Kate Spicer, goes on to include the Harry Potter phenomenon and says (quite rightly) "what is interesting is the effect these two [Blaine and Potter] have had on breathing new life into what seemed to be, in Britain, a dead craft." Other magicians mentioned included Sav, Paul Zenon, Guy Hollingworth, Simon Drake, Derren Brown, Danny Buckler, Siegfried and Roy, David Copperfield, Paul Daniels ("It's not his fault, bless him, but Daniels over killed magic"), Houdini and David Jarre. Once again more proof that magic in the UK performed a major u-turn on a very icy road - and got away with it! 27.10.01


Jim Steinmeyer has a good looking new website and is the man behind some of the world's finest illusions - from the original concept for vanishing the Statue of Liberty to one of my favourite illusions 'Shadow Theatre.' He also invented 'Interlude' and 'Origami,' two illusions that have unfortunately been pirated in the UK many times (Interlude has been pirated and sold as the "A Frame"). Remember pirated illusions are 'stolen goods' produced without the permission of their creators. More on illusion piracy in back issue number 0033 27.10.01


On Sunday January 27th 2002 Mark Leveridge is hosting The Interactive Magic Experience 'ImagE' at Colston's Collegiate School, Bristol. A day offering those who are serious about learning some top magic the best opportunity to do just that! Aldo Colombini, Patrick Page, Mark Leveridge, Paul Gordon and Mike Austin will each present a genuine hands-on workshop to groups of no more than 20. Each instructor will present his workshop three times during the course of the day. The workshops will take place in individual rooms with time-tabling ensuring that no more than three workshops are taking place at any one time. Each workshop will last a minimum of 60 minutes and a maximum of 90 minutes. Doors open 9.30am and the first workshop begins at 10am. Conventioneers will be able to select which of the workshops they would like to attend, and the programme will be designed so that there will be time to attend all five during the day if desired. For more information on this exciting day visit 27.10.01


The Magic Circle Awards Banquet and Show takes place on Saturday 17th November at The Post House Premier, Bloomsbury, London WC1. Star cabaret including John Wade, John Styles, Nicholas Einhorn and Poland's Salvano. The David Devant is awarded to the person who, in the opinion of The Magic Circle, has made a significant contribution in advancing the art of magic or has given outstanding service to magic internationally. This year's award will be presented to John Gaughan MIMC. Tickets from Brian Miller (Visa and MasterCard only) Telephone: 020 8478 1175. 27.10.01


Jon Allen will be appearing on The Big Breakfast (Channel 4) on Tuesday morning between 7am and 9am, being interviewed, and performing close-up magic throughout the show. 27.10.01


The Church Farmhouse Museum, Greyhound Hill, Hendon, London NW4 telephone 020 8203 0130 are currently presenting an exhibition of magic 'Do you believe in Magic?' until 6th January (Closed 24th, 25th Dec and 1st Jan). On display are rare items from The Magic Circle collection and from the vaults of Davenports, Britain's oldest magic shop. The exhibition coincides with the publication of Magic Aid a new book featuring magic from Paul Daniels, David Berglas, Fay Presto, Mandy Davis, and a number of other magicians, all in aid of children's charities. 27.10.01


The Mid-Ulster Magic Circle Northern Ireland, will be holding their Halloween Convention today, Saturday 27th October 2001 at The Fitzwilliam International Hotel, right beside The Belfast International Airport. There will be "Best Magician in Ireland" Competition with Cash Prizes, Two Top Lectures and Dealers. For more information contact Joe Glover 02838 325079 or Des Callaghan 02894 453667. 27.10.01


The Portsmouth and District Magic Circle Jumbo Sale and Exchange Day takes place on Sunday October 28th at the Malins Community Centre. Doors open at 9am and tickets are 8 and include close-up, a lecture by Barrie Richardson, and a Gala show. For more details contact: Harold Straker, 9 East Lane, Titchfield, Portsmouth PO14 4AD 27.10.01


We don't normally try and cover international magic news, however here's something out of the norm that caught my eye: KCNA, the official news agency of North Korea, have announced that North Korea have set up an official magic society. The aim of the association, formally established on Wednesday in the capital Pyongyang, is to "contribute to the development of the country's magic, and to foster ties with magicians around the world." Although magic has not figured prominently in North Korean culture so far, Circuses are popular in Pyongyang, diplomats say. From Reuters. 27.10.01


Magician Jez Rose is presenting an evening of comedy magic "A Rose Among Thorns" in cabaret at the Limelight Theatre, Queens Park Centre, Queens Park, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP21 7RT on December 21st. Tickets: 4.00 to 7.00 Telephone: 01296 431 272 27.10.01


I've added a number of magic books to the MagicWeek Book Shop that we run in association with Here's a reminder: Barrie Richardson will be presenting his lecture at the Northamptonshire Magicians' Club on Tuesday 30th October 2001. They meet at the Red Lion Public House, Brafield-on-the-Green, Northamptonshire. The Lecture will start at 8pm and there will be a 4 charge for visiting magicians. Website: Lord of Illusions (Cert 18) is on tonight at 10pm on the Sci-Fi channel - not a great movie but there are a few amusing bits including Billy McComb at the Magic Castle and one or two gory illusions Well, that's all for this week - let MagicWeek know your news, see you next week, Duncan. 27.10.01