Number 89 - 9th March 2002


Located on a private lake in the western Catskills of New York State, just 120 miles from New York City, is the French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts. Children from all over the world participate in a program run by teachers and specialists in various fields, covering: dance, theatre, music, circus, magic, visual arts, sports and horseback riding. The French Woods Festival was founded in 1970 and has expanded over the years. Resident Magicians are wanted to teach and coach magic for a nine week period from June 20th - August 25th, room and board will be provided. It all sounds like a great way to spend the summer. Visit or email Larry Siegel for more information: 9.3.02


Last year's excellent Derren Brown Mind Control 2 has just been nominated for the special Grand Prix award at the Montreux TV festival competing against other entries under "Arts & Specials." We'll bring you the results as soon as they come in (April). 9.3.02


Mr E Enterprises, a small company specialising in Hypnotism and Mentalism, but also offering magic in general, are advertising with MagicWeek from today. The company was founded in 2000 by Eddie Burke, a well known professional entertainer who has performed all over the world in Theatres and Clubs, in Cabaret, and aboard Cruise Liners, rubbing shoulders and sharing ideas with such great names as Tommy Cooper, The Amazing Fogel, Al Koran, Marvillo, Satori and Peter Casson, Edwin Heath, Murray, Paul Daniels, Lorde Payne, David Nixon, Paul McKenna and many other leading showmen, hypnotists, mind-readers and magicians. Eddie is now semi retired from his show business travels but really wants to share his knowledge with the up-and-coming younger members of the profession, "so that it doesn't all get lost with the passing of time." It is not Eddie's intention to be the biggest dealer or to stock thousands of items, but instead to release just a select number of items. Pay them a visit today: 9.3.02


There was magic at Brooklyn Beckham's 3rd Birthday Party on Monday afternoon. Magician Philip Partridge was booked for two hours and performed magic and made balloon sculptures for the children. Brooklyn helped with the tricks during the show, received a "Magic Philip" Birthday Card, a giant motorbike balloon sculpture, and a heart from "Fluffy" the puppet rabbit. It all sounds like more fun than Victoria's deathly dull documentary shown on ITV last week - what on earth was all that about? 9.3.02


Objective Productions (Producers of the Derren Brown specials and the BAFTA award winning Quick Trick Show) are looking for magicians aged between 18 and 30 "for a Jackass-style magic series" that they are making for Channel Five. If you think you have the necessary attitude, sense of humour and the ability to come up with original and daring magic ideas, send a biography, photograph and promo video to: Jackass Magic, Objective Productions, Bickerton House, 25-27 Bickerton Road, London N19 5JT. 9.3.02


News from Martin Breese: Martin's 16-page Newsletter is now ready - an email to him at with your name and address is all that is needed if you'd like to receive a copy. The long-awaited Digital Pabular at 31.75 ($45.00) will be ready in ten days and orders are now being taken. Martin is somewhat upset to discover that although he entered into a contract with Nick Bolton (the original publisher of Pabular) another publisher in the USA who apparently has no written permission or contract to publish the magazine has put a 300 page hardback copy of the first two volumes on the market. Many dealers in the USA are not stocking this volume and most magic magazines in the USA are not accepting advertising for this hardback book. Martin had planned to bring out a quality hardback publication of the collected Pabular but is uncertain if that will be worthwhile now. The Digital Pabular will probably fill the gap and contains all of the pages from Pabular in an easily-searchable form, with a detailed index republished courtesy of Ian Keable. 9.3.02


On March 26th Andy Kirk will become President of the British Magical Society, one of the oldest and most prestigious magical societies in the world. Andy will be the youngest ever member to become President in the club's 98 year history. A full-time magician performing both children's magic and close-up magic he is looking forward to his new role. He's been busy working on the up-coming fixture list which will include evenings with: Steve Dacri, Wayne Rogers, Michael Vincent, John Archer, Ali Bongo, Fay Presto, Jon Allen, Mike Austin, Colin Rose, Chris Pratt and Faust. Most lectures are open to non-members, with a 5.00 fee payable on the night. 9.3.02


The newly formed Manchester Circle of Magicians continues to go from strength to strength with a current membership total of 162. Last month's Lecturer Lennart Green received a standing ovation after a 4 hours of miracles. The next meeting is a Jumbo Magic Auction on Tuesday 19th March at the Masonic Hall, Helmsley House, 41 The Crescent, Salford, Manchester at 7.30 pm. Admission 2.00. There is a private bar and secure car park. Auctioneers are Derek Lever and Mike Shepherd. If you cannot attend and wish to sell items, send them to the society and they will dispose of them and send you a cheque. For Auction Form, full details, and a map contact Derek Lever, 32 Pilling Lane, Preesall, Poulton-Le-Fylde, Lancs. FY6 OEU. Phone/Fax: 01253 810113. Email: 9.3.02


Fay Presto will be lecturing at the Northamptonshire Magicians' Club on Tuesday 16th April at 8pm. Guest magicians are welcome (4.00). They meet at The Red Lion Public House, Brafield on the Green, Northamptonshire NN7 1BP. For further information contact Eddie Chapman (Club Secretary) on 01933 391185 or Richard Stupple (President) on 01234 851607. 9.3.02


Paul and Debbie join guests Rhona Cameron and Gina Yashere on Jo Brand's new late-night quiz show "Jo Brand's Hot Potatoes" at 11.05pm on Monday 18th March on BBC 1. The quiz attempts to settle great British arguments once and for all. Hmm... And Debbie appears on her own next Monday night with Vic and Bob on BBC2's Shooting Stars. 9.3.02


Photos of the Blackpool Convention (by John Derris) have now been added to last week's review Click Here The Hey Presto Family Magic Show is on tonight, Saturday 9th March, at the Bingley Arts Centre, Bradford, Paul Daniels is live on stage in Tamworth, Larry Parker's at the Player's and Joe Pasquale's in Aldershot - see What's On for more details Michael Diamond is looking for any information on a magician called Edward Morehen who ran a second unit show for P.T. Selbit in 1922 presenting "Sawing Thro' A Woman." Please email Michael if you can help:  I know that a number of readers enjoy online magic auctions so here's a link to Martinka & Co., who run one: Did you see Uri Geller on TV Friday night in Lenny Henry in Pieces? - now that's magic That's it for this week, your magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 9.3.02