Number 80 - 5th January 2002


The incredible Uri Geller appears live on stage at St David's Hall, The Hayes, Cardiff CF10 1SH on Sunday January 20th at 7.30pm. Box Office telephone 029 2087 8444, General Enquiries telephone 029 2087 8500. 5.1.02


"Magic" featured heavily in Channel Four's 100 Greatest TV Treats of the Year last Saturday. David Blaine's Frozen in Time came in at a respectable 52, When Louis met Paul and Debbie made it to 25 and David Blaine's much talked about appearance on GMTV in August was at number 20. Having endured isolation in a coffin and encasement in a block of ice it seemed that an interview with Eamonn Holmes on GMTV was just too much to bear. Great stuff. 5.1.02


Wayne Dobson is profiled in Magic Profile for January. Few performers can make a whole audience literally cry with laughter. (And Wayne's just as funny off-stage as on.) 5.1.02


International News: Al's Magic Shop (know to many readers in the UK no doubt for his long running ads in the American magic magazines) is up for sale after 60 odd years. The Washington Post kindly emailed MagicWeek this link to a fascinating piece that they ran on the man himself Click Here or to visit Al's website Click Here. 5.1.02


Manchester Circle of Magicians a brand new magic club, has just been set up. Based at the Salford Masonic Hall, Hemsley House, 41 The Crescent, Salford, Lancashire. The annual subscription is just 10.00 per year (there's no joining fee) and meetings will be held once a month, usually on the third Tuesday of each month. There is no committee, just a Secretary, Treasurer and President, and there are no rules, auditions or interviews. If prospective members are seriously interested in magic, then they can join. Wives, partners and girlfriends who are also seriously interested in magic may join. It is for people who like magic and want to have fun! The first meeting is on Tuesday 15th January, 2002 at 8.00 pm with a Lecture by Derek Lever. You may attend this meeting without any charge, and if you like what you see, join. The second meeting is on Monday 25th February, 2002 with Star Lecturer Lennart Green. (Non members pay 5.00 Members pay nothing.) On Tuesday 19th March there will be a  Jumbo Auction, with professional auctioneers Derek Lever and Mike Shepherd. For more details visit or telephone or fax Derek Lever on 01253 810113. 5.1.02


Many congratulations to illusionists Carl de Rome (now living in Norway) and Merete on their December 28th magical Las Vegas wedding at The Little Chapel of the Flowers on the Strip. Seen here back-stage with Siegfried having just seen the S.A.R.M.O.T.I. show. The couple had a wonderful time managing to also see shows from David Copperfield, Mac King, Rick Thomas, and Steve Wyrick. 5.1.02


The Modern Mystic League (Blackburn) are holding a 'Table Top' sale on Sunday 10th February, 2002. Venue: The St. Silas Parish Centre, Preston New Road, Blackburn. Time: From 3pm to 5pm. "Sell your used magic items... or buy something different at our table top sale." Admission: 2 (members free), Tables: (2'6" x 5' aprox.) 10 (members 5), dealers welcome. Admission includes refreshments. Their Honorary valuer, Trevor Dawson, will be on hand to offer advice relating to the value of Magic Props and Books. Wherever possible, please let the secretary know in advance if you would like to attend: Brian Taylor. 37 Studfold, Astley Park, Chorley, Lancashire PR7 1UA Tel: 01257 269465 Email Tables on the day subject to availability. 5.1.02


Stephen Langston is hoping to find a flying carpet that can carry one person for his upcoming production of Arabian Nights: "The production is in Glasgow at the Royal Academy of Music and Drama in The New Athenaeum Theatre. I require a flying carpet type illusion which will hold one person and take them up, down and around. There is a fair amount of stage space (enough for most levitations). The theatre has the audience sitting on four levels mainly to the front but there are some side seats. Black art would be possible but I am not sure whether we have a total blackout capability within the theatre." If any readers can help with this request please contact Stephen directly: 5.1.02


Wayne Dobson started out with a David Nixon Magic Box like this one - if you're a collector Click Here Derren Brown Mind Control III aired in the UK on New Year's Day - we'll have a review next week Many thanks to John Derris for his review of The Magic Circle Christmas Show 2001 The For Sale and Wanted pages continue to grow, and don't forget to check "what's new" with the Dealers Your news and reviews are always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 5.1.02