Number 76 - 8th December 2001


Top-rated children's magic series The Quick Trick Show (CiTV/Objective Productions) has just won a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) for the "Best Children's Entertainment." This is the first time that a magic show has ever won a BAFTA, so many congratulations to Anthony Owen, Andrew O'Connor, Tony Nicholson, and Stephen Mulhern on their success. Founded by Andrew O'Connor (a former Young Magician of the Year and actor/game show host) and talent manager Michael Vine in 1996 Objective Productions are the only UK independent to specialise in magic productions. The Quick Trick Show is recording a fifth series. 8.12.01


The ever active Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee star in Dick Whittington at the Theatre Royal, Windsor, this Christmas. Paul plays Alderman Fitzwarren and the Sultan of Morocco, and Debbie plays the Sultana of Morocco and a Fairy. The Pantomime opened on the 5th and runs through until January 13th, and features a number of illusions. Tickets 7.00 - 26.00. Bookings and information telephone: 01753 853888. 8.12.01


Derren Brown: Mind Control 3 has just completed production and is set to air over the Christmas holidays (New Year's Day, 10.35pm, Channel 4), and a two hour special, The Fifty Greatest Magic Tricks has just been commissioned by Channel 4. Both produced by Objective Productions. 8.12.01


Daniel Dean, current British Champion of Illusion, is appearing at the Backwell Playhouse on Thursday December 13th. Tickets and more information telephone 01275 874109. Daniel Dean can also be seen later on in December in this year's Magic Circle Christmas Show. See What's On 8.12.01


Every so often magicians pop-up on ITV's You've Been Framed and last Sunday a number of magicians were featured "mid-disaster." Here's a "top pro" who managed to set himself on fire during a dodgy dove pan production! The pan had been loaded with slow-burning sheets of flash paper that instantly ignited, rose in the air, and then fluttered down landing everywhere. 8.12.01


Stephen Mulhern's Magic Cloak & Tricks - available now from - perfect for aspiring magicians from 5 to 13 years old and just in time for Christmas. 8.12.01


Ron and Martin MacMillan produced yet another highly successful convention last weekend, finishing off with a gala show that put this year's Royal Variety Show to shame. Compered quite brilliantly by Noel Britten highlights for me were John Carney's "Mr Mysto" very funny, great character/routining. The Morettis live cross-bow "William Tell" style - stunning! Derek Scott - pure "street," very funny, excellent stuff. David & Dania - amazing split-second quick-change timing. Juggler Daniel Hochsteiner - pure Vegas! and Norbert Ferre - beautifully routined contemporary manipulation It looks like David Blaine will now be appearing on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross on Friday 14th, (originally scheduled for the 7th) but subject to change - the BBC's own website isn't up to date on this one! See you next week, Duncan. 8.12.01