Number 78 - 22nd December 2001


Alistair Cook and Scott Penrose are featured in the Allstars latest pop video. Filmed on location at the Roundhouse Theatre North London, the set was a Circus Carnival with Dominic Wood acting as magic consultant. Scott performed his ingenious fan levitation, billiard ball, candle and card manipulations and Alistair contact juggling, fire and cane manipulation, and sawing a lady in half. Alistair's street magic can also still be seen on the constant repeats of Psychic Lifetime, Granada Breese and The Blue Whale, Granada Men and Motors. "It was fun having to appeal to both a Richard and Judy crowd on the one hand and FHM readers on the other." The single is currently being promoted on MTV and the will be released on January 9th 2002. 22.12.01


Magician David Redfearn, seen here performing to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh at a recent private function. Prince Charles is a member of The Magic Circle but according to the Duke he no longer practices his magic. David said it's not often that you can borrow a bank note from the Duke of Edinburgh, ask him to note his wife's picture on it, perform a bill switch, make her vanish, and then re-appear on a larger note! 22.12.01


Waterfall Studios have acquired their very own TV station on Sky. The channel, number 208 on BSkyB, is called Showcase Television. Although it is not broadcasting any serious content at the moment, there are major plans set for the new year. Their current show which airs on Granada Sky and features new music (Showcase TV, Granada Men & Motors, channel 139, 2am every day) has proved to be a huge success - they now feel it is time to venture into Comedy, Cooking, Game shows, Chat shows and... Magic. The planned show will be called "Magic oo!" and will feature Spyros and a guest close-up magician or mentalist. Magicians are being invited to contact the show with a view to appearing on it. For more information visit or email Spyros at: 22.12.01


Dominic Wood is back on our screens from January 2nd with the first of a new 13 part series of The Animal Magic Show (Wednesdays BBC1 7.30am). "The Animal Magic Show is a great opportunity to show that magic can be fun. I've wanted to present my own magic show since I was 14, so the show is the fulfillment of a great ambition." said Dominic. Paul Kieve is the illusion consultant and Pat Page the magic consultant, and a number of new illusions will be seen in this, the fourth (I think), series. TV Magic 22.12.01


Magician Sav was a guest on Chris Moyle's drive-time Radio One show on Wednesday, performing some key bending, Max Maven's Progressive Anagram, drawing duplication, and a card prediction tied-in with the underground. 22.12.01


Derek Lever has a new website that features a gigantic selection of second-hand magic, together with new magic. At 22.12.01


The Black Hart and crew will be presenting The Black Magick Theatre Show at the Magic Circle on Monday the 4th of February 2002. Black Hart's corporate Haunted House Night will be transported to 12 Stephenson Way and presented exactly as it is for the company's corporate customers who pay up to 250 per person for this unique evenings entertainment. After the 40 minute show, club members will be taken "behind the scenes" with full explanations of Black Hart's effects, and revelations about performing this genre of magic. Magicians only. (Non members by prior arrangement only - 15 admission). Keith Hart, Black Hart Productions: 0121 743 5724 22.12.01


Here's a quick reminder for this year's Magic Circle Show. Starring: Dominic Wood, Larry Parker, Rousseau, John Archer, and Daniel Dean and Company. Dates: 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th December. Times: 2.30pm and 7pm. Venue: The Centre for the Magic Arts, 12 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD. Prices: Adults 16 Children 6-12 years old 9 (Please note that the show is not suitable for children under 6 years of age) Credit card bookings: 020 7388 6480. Now in its fourth year - Book Now! 22.12.01


Happy Christmas and Happy New Year...

from the MagicWeek team: Duncan, Keiko, Amelia and baby Louis, to all our readers all over the world, have a Magical Christmas and best wishes for 2002. And Happy Christmas also to our Advertisers for their continued business over the last year - these guys are the best! As always, your news is welcomed, or how about a few articles on magic? (no trick descriptions though) If you have a website and would like to link to MagicWeek Click Here Below, as promised last week, four more specially selected books for the New Year available from in association with MagicWeek. Click on an author for more information or to buy a book. See you next week, Duncan. 22.12.01


Brian Moore - The Magician's Wife. Emmeline Lambert is married to an illusionist sent by Napoleon III to persuade the Arabs, poised for holy war, that France's might and magic are the greater. Emmeline begins to feel like an illusionist herself, when she dazzles the Emperor and then sheds her inhibitions along with her patriotism. 22.12.01


Paul Daniels - Under No Illusion. The real secrets of Paul Daniels are unmasked as the magician speaks frankly in his autobiography. 22.12.01


Ormond McGill - The New Encyclopedia of Stage Hypnotism. "The most extensive book ever to be published on stage hypnotism. Truly a goldmine of knowledge." Paul McKenna 22.12.01


Paul Daniels, Barry Murray - You Don't Have to Be a Kid to Pull a Rabbit Out of a Hat, Magic for Adults. Available once again. 22.12.01