Number 75 - 1st December 2001


The world stage première of Ian Fleming's classic children's adventure Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will take place on April 16th 2002 at the London Palladium (with previews from March 19th). Of interest to magicians the musical features a magical car that can, and will, fly. David Copperfield, Lance Burton, Johnny Hart and many others have levitated cars during their presentations but here is a car that can fly - live on stage. Should be fun. Michael Ball and Richard O'Brien star. 1.12.01


Illusionist Russ Stevens features in December's Magic Profile. Rated by his peers as the UK's finest Illusionist Russ has consistently set new standards in live illusion concepts and presentations. (He's also one of the funniest guys that I know!) 1.12.01


The Magic Circle presents a "Regional Day" at The Glee Club, Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff on Sunday January 20th. There's a 'Magicians Only' afternoon session featuring lectures, close-up, dealers and special guests, and an evening show that's open to the public starring Marc Paul, Scott Penrose, Richard Pinner, Mark Shortland (photo) with more names to be confirmed. Tickets are £10.00 for non-member magicians (on the door) and free to Magic Circle members. Tickets for just the evening show are £5.00 from the venue telephone 0870 241 5093 or can be purchased online at Enquiries to Peter McCahon - Regional Day Organiser Telephone 01582 564850. 1.12.01


Steve Brooks in the USA has just launched a good-looking online magic forum The cafe has a lot on its menu - so that you can go straight to whatever topic interests you, and it is being monitored to weed out any nonsense. Pay them a visit! 1.12.01


Guy Hollingworth premiered Once Upon a Time at Duncan Trillo's 'Invention' evening at The Magic Circle on Monday night. Guy's meticulous attention to detail is evident throughout this ingenious collection of routines. An easy-to-follow instruction book with 100 photographs and a specially printed and beautifully illustrated deck of 'cards' (that handle really well) make this an ideal trick for entertaining friends and family at Christmas. Magic and story telling combined; if you missed the review last week Click Here 1.12.01


David Blaine appears on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross at 10.35pm on Friday 7th December (40 minutes) on BBC 1. Not to be missed. 1.12.01


Christmas is coming... Back for a fourth year The Snowman (complete with a charming flying sequence) returns to the West End's Peacock Theatre. The Snowman continues to delight children everywhere with this stage version of Raymond Briggs' enchanting book. "A boy's snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve. The two friends have adventures in the night-time world and embark on a magical flight to meet the Snowman's friends in the North Pole before returning home for Christmas morning." December 11th - January 13th Tickets £8.50 - £27.50 Click Here 1.12.01


Although not easy to find Harry Potter playing cards are here. First of all there are conventional playing cards with a Harry Potter design, then a special set that come in a magic drawer box so that you can make them appear and disappear at will, and finally a specially printed trick deck - allowing the user to perform 10 different tricks. 1.12.01


Geoffrey Durham's Magical One Man Show is live on stage tonight (Saturday) at the Trinity Arts Center, Church Road, Tunbridge Wells. Telephone: 01892 526455. Highly recommended. 1.12.01


Cirque du Soleil are back in London, performing Quidam, over the Christmas period. Noted for its imaginative use of stage sets, acrobatic artistry and special effects, Quidam played the UK last year but high ticket demand left many fans disappointed. Quidam introduces 52 performers from ten different nations. "Unforgettable. You see it and still don't quite believe it" - Daily Telegraph. Ticketmaster telephone 020 7501 3901 and 020 7957 4090 Prices £16.00 - £95.00 • Pizza Hut are offering free tricks with meals at the moment, I'm not sure what they are though • Dominic Wood has a magic set out (produced by Marvin's Magic) that's packed full of tricks that would make a great present for any budding magician • The Stage ran a four page magic and illusion supplement on Thursday with a number of articles on the magic scene from Elizabeth Warlock • That's it for this week, your news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 1.12.01