Number 86 - 16th February 2002


Latest News: The World's Largest Magic Convention - the 50th Blackpool Convention, opens on Friday evening (February 22nd) with a magic dealers fair, the British Magical Close-up Championships, and two star lectures from card man Lennart Green, and master of misdirection Juan Tamariz (photo). On Saturday the day starts with the United Kingdom Children's Entertainer of the Year Competition, six close-up master classes, three star lectures, and the 17th British Magical Championships including three world class guest acts. Then on Sunday, over 70 dealers in the dealers fair, two close-up sessions, three star lectures, the Gala show and an after gala party. The line-up of talent this year is quite something... it's going to be an excellent three days.


The convention is nearly sold out with just 60 seats remaining for the Sunday Gala Show. If you intend booking on the day ring John Todd on 01253 711363 (int. +44 1253 711363) before travelling to ensure that seats are available. Only Gold Card and full-day registrations (these include gala show seats) for Saturday or Sunday are available, no "gala show only" seats available. There are still four places available for the Jeff McBride 5 hour Seminar on Sunday, price 85.00. Nearly 3,000 magicians have already registered creating a world record attendance for any magic convention. 16.2.02


Lovebirds Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee appeared in a special Valentine's Day 'Perfect Partners' edition of This Morning on Thursday - and battled it out with two other couples to win a Valentine's Day quiz. Tonight Paul Daniels appears live on stage at The Playhouse, Harlow. And look out for Paul Daniels in an up-coming edition of the new series of Shooting Stars (Monday nights BBC2 9.30pm). 16.2.02


Tradecraft - The Art and Science of Cold Reading has just been published by Offering a clear approach to the art of cold reading, we've reviewed it this week, Click Here 16.2.02


The Houdini Virtual Museum website caught my eye. A lot of work is going into this project. Click Here 16.2.02


Magician James Anthony has just set up a new UK based magic auction website at 16.2.02


The producers of TFI Friday are looking for both professional and amateur acts that specialise in bizarre and unusual performances for a new TV show. They are very open-minded but, because the show is being made for a terrestrial broadcaster, they may have to alter your act to fit guidelines. Email or telephone 0207 324 5116 for more information. 16.2.02


Rt Hon the Lord MacGregor was up to his old tricks again last week as MPs and peers attended the Annual Parliamentary Variety Show at St. John's, Smith Square, London. John MacGregor teamed up with MP Eleanor Laing and presented some rope magic. "It was great fun to appear on the stage as the Sorcerer's Apprentice, the audience seemed quite amazed that I could cut a rope in half, and then restore it to one piece again. I was amazed too!" said Eleanor Laing. 16.2.02


The British Magical Society are holding their annual Dinner Dance and Cabaret on Saturday March 23rd at their regular venue, the Jarvis Penns Hall Hotel, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands. This is always a very popular event. For contact details Click Here 16.2.02


The Medway Magical Society are now taking registrations for their one-day convention, The MAD Day, on April 14th. For more information Click Here 16.2.02


I've just completed work on a new website for magician and pickpocket Lee Thompson: Derren Brown was Jo Whiley's guest on Radio1 last Monday morning successfully presenting a number of mind-bending stunts live on air The Sussex Magic Circle's 50th anniversary is on Thursday 21st February and any past members are invited to contact Andy Hart on 01903 750677 or for dinner details, and an invitation That's all for this week, see you next week, or at the Blackpool Convention, Duncan. 16.2.02