Number 73 - 17th November 2001


130 mind-readers from all over the UK (and a number from overseas) converged on the Thistle Hotel, Lancaster Gate, London last Sunday for MindMagic 2001 - The Mind Readers Convention. The session with the makers of Derren Brown: Mind Control was a great success, and registrants enjoyed a number of first class lectures and performances. Three dealers exhibited, and many registrants saw Peter Nardi's Mind Spy for the first time (it's very good) - Peter promptly sold out - see: There's a full review of the day under Reviews and on the MindMagic site written by Ian Rowland 17.11.01


Monday's Evening Standard 'Just the Job' supplement last week featured close-up magician Sav on the front cover, and then followed the performer for the "A day in the life of a..." feature. Ben Rowell spent the day with Sav and delved into his world of magic. Sav acknowledges the ambivalence of the British public when confronted with magic and exploits it, choosing to approach a small group of people at first, and engage them in some banter, before "whizzing through a 10 minute medley of magical highlights." This was yet another really positive piece of reporting... good for magic, and good for Sav. 17.11.01


Patter is a visual theatre performance that meditates on the world of magic. Peter Arnold, Melanie Wilson and Daniel Berzon return to the Lion and Unicorn Theatre, London, after successful shows in July and at the October ROAR festival. It's a magic show, but with no tricks... well maybe one. Patter is a patchwork of exploded stage illusions, experiments, game playing and panic. An invisible object disappears, a stream of reckless desires are unleashed from a methodically dissected citrus fruit, and a plastic bag is pulled out of someone's pocket. The company draw on their collective experience in conjuring, live art, clowning and improvisation to create an enchanting and delicate piece of visual theatre. The audience are drawn into a world with rules that continually develop and then unravel. The results are unexpected and funny. London, December 5th - 20th. Box Office: 020 748 20850. For more info see What's On. Website: 17.11.01


Tony Griffith is organising a lecture tour for Steve Beam (USA) who will be over here in October and November, 2002. Any magic clubs interested in booking Steve should contact Tony Griffith as soon as possible on 01275 837017 or Steve's first lecture will be at The Magic Circle on Monday 14th October 2002 and he will fly home on Saturday 9th November 2002. Even though Steve's tour is some way off, his schedule is filling rapidly. 17.11.01


Fifteen new dates are in for Geoffrey Durham - The Magical One Man Show, with another fifteen or so planned for later on in 2002. And looking ahead plans are underway for an all-new show in 2003 with another nation-wide tour. Geoffrey will also be appearing on Countdown once again, over the Christmas period (December 24th - 28th). 17.11.01


There's a review of Monday's Monday Night Magic hosted by John Lenahan this week from Ross Welford. Old buddy Steve Rawlings (photo) stole the show it seems... see Reviews. More on Monday Night Magic under What's On 17.11.01


David Blaine - Showman is out now. Containing the Frozen in Time footage plus about 20 minutes of previously unseen magic. You can order either the DVD or Video from in association with MagicWeek. 17.11.01


The International Magic Convention is just two weeks away! Friday November 30th, Saturday December 1st, and Sunday December 2nd. This is their 30th convention and there is a complete listing of all the magicians who have appeared over the past 29 years on their website: Click Here - it is an amazing list! I was lucky enough to go to the first one as a school boy, and then later to appear on the Gala shows in '95 and '96. To book tickets for this year telephone: 020 7405 7324 - Always an excellent convention That's all for this week, see you next week, Duncan. Your news, views and reviews always welcomed! 17.11.01