Number 77 - 15th December 2001


"Just do the whole show with this guy" Richard Madeley, live on Thursday afternoon (Richard and Judy, Channel 4, 5pm), reacting to Derren Brown's mind-blowing live work in the studio. Such was the impact of Derren's performance that he was asked if he could come back again next week there and then. Derren's third TV Special for Channel 4 goes out on New Year's Day. TV Magic 15.12.01


David Blaine in top form on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross talking about his recently released  DVD and Video and also his up-coming TV show (May 21st 2002). The current popularity of magic in the UK is in no small way thanks to his work. If you missed it the show is being repeated tonight (late) at 1.25am on BBC1. 15.12.01


Jerry Sadowitz is back on TV over the Christmas period with a new show The People of New York vs Jerry Sadowitz. Whether or not Jerry slips in some magic will remain to be seen. Late night, Channel 5, from Saturday December 22nd. TV Magic 15.12.01


There's a lot of magic live on stage tonight (Saturday 15th). David Penn and Mark Shortland star in Let The Magic Begin! at The Stables Theatre, Milton Keynes. Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee star in Dick Whittington at the Theatre Royal, Windsor. Geoffrey Durham presents his Magical One Man Show at the Theatre Royal, Winchester, and Richard Leigh presents Illusion at the Rose and Crown Theatre, Hampton Wick, Surrey. See What's On for more information. 15.12.01


The Universal Raven has just been released. Taking over from where The Raven left off The Universal Raven can be used with silks, string, sponge balls, lit matches, cigarettes and so on... Click Here for more info, or to order. 15.12.01


Wayne Dobson is releasing a new book featuring 13 easy-to-master stand-up and close-up tricks entitled Dobson's Choice. Wayne's passion for magic always comes through in his well thought out and cleverly constructed routines. MagicWeek will have the first review. Due out mid-January. 15.12.01


The Big Stage Magic and Illusion Special with Bradley Walsh is being repeated on Channel 5 on December 29th. Featuring Paul Zenon, Russ Stevens (photo), Shahid Malik, Mandy Muden, Ian Keable and more... TV Magic 15.12.01


The Blackpool Magician's Club 50th Magic Convention is approaching (February 22nd 23rd 24th 2002) and boasts a strong line-up, visit for all the latest info and booking details. 15.12.01


This photo just came in - showing Ghetto Boy practicing for his Christmas bookings in his Mum's kitchen. Thank you Ghetto Boy, you're still one of our favourites here in the MagicWeek office Below we've selected some books for the Christmas holidays, with more to come next week. Click on an author for more information or to buy the book from in association with MagicWeek Well, that's it for this week, see you next week, Duncan. 15.12.01


Ricky Jay - Jay's Journal of Anomalies. Conjurers, Cheats, Hustlers, Hoaxsters, Pranksters, Jokesters, Imposters, Pretenders, Side-Show Showmen, Armless Calligraphers, Mechanical Marvels, and Popular Entertainments. 15.12.01


Uri Geller - Unorthodox Encounters. "Soul-baring, disturbing, mind-expanding, sometimes funny and often bursting with chutzpah, the collected thoughts, writings and experiences of the world's most famous paranormalist are compulsive reading." 15.12.01


Harry Houdini - Houdini's Book of Magic. Fascinating Puzzles, Tricks and Mysterious Stunts. 295 pages. 15.12.01