Number 87 - 23rd February 2002


Larry Parker will be presenting his comedy magic at the Players' Theatre, London, for two weeks from the 26th February. His act will be in the traditional music hall show Late Joys which has been part of the London theatrical scene for sixty-five years. The Players' Theatre, situated in the Arches, just off Villiers Street, Charing Cross, has just started its new season. This edition of the Late Joys is also directed by Larry Parker. The Theatre is open every night except Monday. Dinner is served in the Theatre Restaurant (Club Dinner 13). For tickets and table reservations call the box office on: 020 7839 1134 - well worth seeing for Larry Parker's brilliant performance alone! 23.2.02


The Magic Club of Great Britain is holding a Magic Convention on Sunday April 7th at the Stables Theatre, Milton Keynes. The Stables is Milton Keynes' premier live music venue and has a purpose-built auditorium seating 396 people. The day features: The Magic Club of Great Britain Close-up and Stage Finals live on Stage, Lectures by David Penn (Close-up), Mark Shortland (Comedy), Clive Fletcher (Stage Magic), and Joe Knight (Manipulation and Doves), and a Magic Gala Show featuring David Penn and Friends. Tickets are 25.00 each. Ticket Hotline: 0800 298 5884. Cheques or Postal orders (Payable to Hat-Trick Entertainments Ltd) to: The Magic Club of Great Britain, PO Box 5087, Milton Keynes MK17 9ZS. 23.2.02


Stairway to the Stars invites applications from magicians for its 14th annual talent search. If you would like to take part in either the adult or junior section for the forthcoming series send for details, enclosing an SAE, to: Chris Chambers - Producer, Stairway to the Stars 2002, UTM Management, PO Box 54, Plymouth PL3 4XU. Sunday's throughout the Summer at The Riviera Centre, Torquay. 23.2.02


Magicians, politicians, authors and activists will join some of the country's leading scientists to take part in a range of events where the emphasis will be on "engaging and involving the audience" at this year's Cheltenham Festival of Science (22nd - 26th May). Through talks and debates, interactive exhibitions and "science" cabaret, the Festival will explore the pleasure that lies in the world of science. 23.2.02


Look out for David Redfearn in an article on magic in this weekend's Sunday Express (in the review section). 23.2.02


Derren Brown's brand new video The Devil's Picturebook is reviewed this week by Ian Carpenter, Click Here 23.2.02


The Associated Wizards of the South, one of the country's oldest magical societies, are holding a Magic Convention on Sunday March 3rd at the Colbury Memorial Hall, Hunters Hill (A 35), Hounsdown, Totton, Southampton. With lectures from: Roger Drew, Scott Penrose and Gerry Luff, close-up sessions with: David Gemmell, John Gordon and Mike Austin, and a Gala Show starring: Scott Penrose, Dennis Goodwin and Edge of Darkness. The day includes a selection of dealers, and hot and cold refreshments will be available. Visit the website for more information, Click Here 23.2.02


Two amateur magicians (18 - 26 male or female) are wanted for short film featuring bar and close-up magic. It will involve one days filming in London and include a small fee plus expenses. Contact Richard Ellingham on 07968 798899 for more information. 23.2.02


The Sheffield Circle present a Day of Magic in memory of Bob Moore on 28th April 2002 from 10am to 5pm at the Platinum Suite, Sheffield United FC, Bramall Lane, Sheffield S2 4SU. Telephone: 0114 221 5757. Tickets 6. With six dealers and three lectures from Roger Curzon (Card Magic), Stephen Tucker (Comedy Magic), and David Grist (World Champion Balloon Modelling). In the evening at 7.30pm there is a show for the public as well, at The Sheffield Central Library Theatre, Central Library, Sheffield S1 1XZ with Tony Rix, David Charles, Aquarius and three more acts to be announced. Tickets 6. The day tickets are available on the door. For the evening show tickets need to be ordered from Dick Wilkinson on 01226-746150. Book early, a large number of tickets have already been allocated. 23.2.02


Quiz show 15 to 1 phoned the other day seeking answers to magic questions, magic seems to feature a lot in the current crop of TV quiz shows I understand that the Blackpool Convention is now sold out - so if you were planning to go up do phone first to check - there are a few tickets being advertised in the For Sale section. And staying with Blackpool, we'd welcome reviews of any of the lectures, or close-up sessions (I'll cover the Gala highlights) That's it for this week, enjoy Blackpool, see you next week, Duncan. 23.2.02