Number 81 - 12th January 2002


Magician Julian Russell appeared in Cruises from Hell on Monday evening on ITV1. Julian, originally from Basingstoke but now living in the States, had the misfortune to be involved in not one but two at-sea disasters. In both cases Julian was one of the last to leave the ship, greatly assisting passengers off first. In both cases the ships, the Oceanos (photo - August 1991) and the Achille Lauro (December 1994), went down. No lives were lost in either incident. The home video footage made chilling viewing. (Sorry if you're a cruise act reading this onboard ship right now!) 12.1.02


Daryl - The Magician's Magician is advertising with MagicWeek. Dai Vernon once said, "In my opinion, Daryl is one of the smoothest and most entertaining close-up performers I have ever witnessed." Almost 20 years ago Daryl was awarded the title "The Magician's Magician" by his peers - meaning he is amongst the best of the best in close-up magic. Luckily for the rest of us Daryl decided all those years ago to share his magic in the form of lecture notes, tricks, and videos, and now an exciting range of DVD's.


He has become known as one of the foremost teachers of magic in the world today and every item that he sells has been tried and tested by Daryl himself, in real audience situations. After completing his record-setting New Millennium World Tour (1999/2000), visiting more than 245 cities in 25 different countries, Daryl has settled back home in Las Vegas where he is a regular headliner at Caesars Magical Empire. When he is not performing, or holding private master-classes for his students, Daryl continues to invent and manufacture practical and exciting magic which can be found at his new web site: 12.1.02


Mixed Illusions is a unique mobile cocktail bar offering the finest in cocktails, service, and magic! Their fully equipped self-sufficient mobile bar can be set-up at any location, no matter what the event. A broad range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails are available, including all the "classics." All their bartenders are fully trained professional cocktail bartenders and can dazzle with their skill and famous "bottle juggling" abilities. And French close-up magician Frederic Shark can perform magic whilst serving you with your favourite cocktail, ensuring guests are kept entertained throughout any event. For more information contact Mixed Illusions, 5 Bangor Road, Cheadle, Cheshire SK8 2EH. Telephone 0161 610 1754. Email 12.1.02


Dobson's Choice has just been published, it's reviewed in MagicWeek today Click Here 12.1.02


"Magic Stars - Open Auditions for Amateur Magicians for a New TV Series... over 18's only" is the text of an advertisement that has been running in The Stage over the last few weeks. It's for a "Pop Idol" type magic show hosted by Jerry Sadowitz. Auditions take place in London on January 17th and will then themselves become a part of the show. Look out! (Thanks to Lee Kiddie for the news.) 12.1.02


Illusionists The Twins on the crest of a wave - quite literally. Seen here levitating on the beach at Bournemouth a couple of weeks ago taking a well-earned break between contracts. 12.1.02


MagicWeek advertisers have just launched an Australian equivalent at "Although magic is every bit as popular in Australia as it is in the UK, internet magic sites catering for an Australian audience were almost non-existent" said Carl Fraser, owner of "We've launched the site using a selection from our UK range and have opened offices in Queensland, meaning all orders are dispatched via the Australian postal system." was launched in August 1999 and is based in Ashford, Kent. The company employs 3 full time staff in the UK and 2 for the Australian site. In addition to the retail side of the business, they also produce a range of own brand products. 12.1.02


The Bradford Magic Circle present their annual Hey Presto Family Magic Show at the Bingley Arts Centre on Saturday 9th March 2002. The show stars Xanadu - past British Magical Champions of Illusion, Tony Stevens, Dazzling Darren - winner of the North of England Junior Championship, Stevie B, James Edwards, Harlequin, from the mystical East - Lian Tan, Genie & Mi Yung Tan, and the Spotlight Dancers. Tickets are 5, concessions 4. From the Bradford Council Box Office on 01274 752000. The show starts at 7.30pm. BMC website Click Here 12.1.02


Paul Gordon is offering a new service to UK creators, inventors and authors who'd like to sell their products on his website with secure online ordering. "Natzler Enterprises has a very high profile on the web and if their magic is 'commercial' it will sell; with my help." writes Paul. Full details at At the moment Paul is selling Roger Crosthwaite's magic - so if you visit the site at and follow the links you'll be able to see how your products would be sold. 12.1.02


Derren Brown Mind Control III aired on New Year's Day. For a review Click Here 12.1.02


Illusionists Safire, who have just finished Panto at the Charter Theatre in Preston, will soon be embarking on a 140 date UK Theatre Tour in the new Chuckle Brothers Show "Raiders of the Lost Bark." Not only will Safire be performing two spots in the show but they will be also appearing in some of the routines and sketches. The show is a Qdos Entertainment Production by Phil Dale and will keep Safire busy for most of 2002. See What's On for January and February dates 12.1.02


This week we've added some photos to last week's review of The Magic Circle Christmas Show from John Derris Click Here Don't miss "It Shouldn't Happen to a... TV Performer" on ITV1 tonight at 9.30pm, the show features performances that went horribly wrong - including magicians Here's a link to "your gateway to circus related resources on the internet" That's it for this week, see you next week, Duncan. 12.1.02