Number 91 - 23rd March 2002


International Illusionist Russ Stevens amazed an invited audience last week when he produced the brand new Range Rover Vogue for its UK launch. Over a three day period Russ made the new model appear literally "out of thin air" nightly, under virtual close-up conditions - with the audience just inches away. Client, Land Rover, commented later: "It was absolutely incredible, our clients haven't stopped talking about it. Twenty-three orders have now been confirmed after the first night alone; now that's what we call magic!" 23.3.02


Pabular The British close-up magazine of the 70's and 80's and now a CDRom published by Martin Breese International is reviewed this week by Peter Duffie: Click Here 23.3.02


London Pub The Bedford has just won the Evening Standard Pub Of The Year Award 2002. The Bedford is home to the Banana Cabaret Comedy Club (Al Murray's original home ground) and presents four acts on Friday and Saturday nights. It is also the place to head on Sunday lunchtimes to see some magic from resident master magician Lol James 23.3.02


Paul Zenon will be answering questions via the discussion area at during the first week of April. Paul has starred in three TV specials on Channel 4, and numerous other programmes. If you have a question you'd like to ask Paul, visit their discussion area now and then check back at the start of next month to see if your question has been featured. They are also running a close-up magic competition. To enter you'll need to supply a video or DVD (maximum 10 minutes long) showing you performing close-up magic to an individual or a small group. The closing date is Friday 24th May 2002. For more information visit the site: 23.3.02


Hannah Stanton, a third year graphic design student at St. Martins College of Art in London is hoping to locate some ventriloquists who'd be happy to have their photographs taken. As part of her final portfolio she is putting together portraits of "people and their jobs." If anyone can help either personally, or with a contact, please email Hannah at: (Photo from 23.3.02


Leicester based magician Dave Vegas can be seen every Friday and Saturday night between 8pm and 10.30pm at Houston's bar/restaurant, 2 Yeoman Street, Leicester. Telephone 0116 251 5518. If you're in the region pop in and see some magic! 23.3.02


Three Convention notes: The Medway Magical society have just added Etienne Pradier (photo) to their line-up on April 14th  The Basingstoke Festival of Magic takes place on April 21st at the Kempshott Village Hall, Stratton Park, Pack Lane, Basingstoke  And the Sheffield Circle of Magicians are holding "The Bob Moore Memorial Convention and Gala Show" on Sunday 28th April 2002. For details of all these events, and more, see What's On 23.3.02


The Scottish Association of Magical Societies are holding their convention from April 26th - 28th in Dundee (Dundee tourist information Click Here). The convention will feature lectures from Peter Greenwood, Scott Penrose and Ali Cardabra. Also three competitions (close-up, stage and children's magic) and a Gala show with June, Ali Cardabra, Fifth Dimension, Alex the Magician, Peter Greenwood, and Scott Penrose. For more information visit the website Click Here 23.3.02


Stand Up Britain, a new "Pop Idol" style talent show for comedians is about to start auditions. Over one hundred acts will make it through to the finals which will be filmed in pubs and clubs across six ITV regions, with viewers voting for the finalists. The eventual winner will take home 5,000 and may well be offered their own show. If you're a comedy magician (tip: don't mention the magic!) and would like to apply email: 23.3.02


Bart Harding (Arthur Bridgman) died on Monday, he was 83. A professional children's entertainer for many years, magicians will also have known him for his unique stacked deck system. He was one of magic's real characters and will be missed by all who knew him  Paul Gordon has asked me to let readers know that David Clake's magic collection is being sold, with the proceeds going to his family Click Here  Magic Societies are now using the MagicWeek Lecturers page much more: Lecturers -  maybe you should be on it!  Your news, reviews and thoughts are always welcomed - see you next week, Duncan. 23.3.02