Number 92 - 30th March 2002


Tom Owen, joint Blackpool convention organiser for many years, (seen here on the right with Malta's Vanni Pule`) has given a record number of annual lectures to members of I.B.M Ring 202 in Valletta, Malta. This year, after a lunch in his honour, Vanni Pule`, President and Territorial Vice President of the Ring, presented Tom with this Cups and Balls painting in acrylics and aluminium and copper foil - the Cups and Balls being Tom's favourite trick. Magician Vanni Pule` is also an artist with most of his paintings having magic themes. He also collects original works of Art by other artists that have a magical content. Tom's lecture was full of practical advice aimed mostly at the close-up and corporate magician, all presented in a most entertaining way. Every year new members of Ring 202 appreciate his freshness and ability, always discovering something new. This year Tom celebrates his 51st year in Magic. 30.3.02


The Mini Rough Guide to Las Vegas has just landed on my desk. Published by Rough Guides and ideal for anyone planning a holiday to Vegas this summer this 300 page guide is crammed full of everything you'll ever need to know about Vegas - from where to stay to how to play, including comprehensive hotel listings, show listings and honest reviews. Written and researched by Greg Ward it's great! And great value too at just 4.79 from Click Here to order a copy. And to book your magic show tickets before you leave Click Here 30.3.02


BizEcards are advertising with MagicWeek from today. A really clever new product that's no ordinary business card - imagine a brochure, a video, audio, pictures and text all in one! Click Here for more information. 30.3.02


In 1980 David Copperfield appeared in Terror Train (18) performing card productions and a levitation: "A New Year's Eve fancy dress fraternity party on a train is disturbed by a gatecrasher with murder on his mind. Formerly a fraternity member, the killer was left scarred by a prank and wreaks murderous revenge as the party gathers steam - donning the costume of each successive victim. Starring: Ben Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Hart Bochner and David Copperfield." Terror Train at 12 midnight on Friday 12th April on Carlton Cinema Analogue. See TV Magic 30.3.02


14 year old magician Steve Dela won the Geoff Ray Stage Cup at the Shropshire Magical Society's annual stage competition last month. He also won the best newcomer award, although he is no newcomer to the world of magic, performing his first trick when he was just 4 years old! Steve performed the Linking Rings and Knife through Mirror, and then some dove productions substituting bananas for real doves! Plus some card manipulations and an appearing Raccoon for good measure. I'm sure we'll be seeing more from Steve in the future (let's hope Steve never drops any "doves"). 30.3.02


Here's a great source for silks, from a 9" square to a 90' streamer visit: run by Tony Russell AIMC. 30.3.02


Shoppers on a charity train journey to Glasgow will be entertained by magician David Lancaster next month. Every year the NSPCC organise a trip to Glasgow with Virgin trains. This year the lucky shoppers are to be entertained by David's magic all the way to Glasgow - between meals prepared by a celebrity chef. The trip is due to take place on 1st May with a radio broadcast promoting the event and featuring David on Radio Lancashire at 11am on April 2nd. 30.3.02


Stage Hypnotist Dave Rawson will be in Ibiza from May 1st to October 31st and once again is planning to teach hypnotism to up to five people during the six month period. For further details contact 30.3.02


David Blaine's appearance in South Park can now be seen by everyone - it will be on Channel 4 on Thursday 4th April. See TV Magic 30.3.02


The North West Magical Close-up Championships a new magic competition, is being launched by The Manchester Circle Of Magicians on Monday 15th April, 2002 at the Salford Masonic Hall, 41 The Crescent, Salford, Manchester at 8.00pm. Entry to the competition is open to all good, experienced close-up magicians. The winner will be allowed to use the copyrighted title of North West Magical Close-Up Champion, will gain automatic entry into the British Magical Close-up Championships in Blackpool in February, and receive a superb trophy which they retain for life. Trophies will also be presented for second and third place and the most entertaining trick. The number of entrants will be limited to eight, each presenting a 12 minute spot. Prospective entrants should contact the Secretary of The Manchester Circle of Magicians, Derek Lever, 32 Pilling Lane, Preesall, Poulton-Le-Fylde, Lancs., FY6 OEU Phone/Fax: 01253 810113 or email The Manchester Circle of Magicians now has 175 members and last week they enjoyed a huge Auction of magical equipment, illusions and books lasting until 1.30am and turning over 4,000. Membership to this new and very successful club costs just 10.00 per year, and is open to all those seriously interested in magic. The next Jumbo Auction is on Tuesday 20th August, 2002. 30.3.02


The Travis Perkins Assembly will be holding their 10th Ferrybridge Day Of Magic on Sunday 7th July at the Community Centre, Ferrybridge, West Yorkshire (2 minutes off the A1). Dealers, mini-lecturers and small show all for 2.00. Refreshments will be available all day. Doors open at 10.00am. Further details from Michael Shepherd on 01904 709500 or email 30.3.02


The York Society of Magicians are holding their annual auction of magical props and books on Wednesday 8th May at the Ainsty Hotel, Boroughbridge Road, York. Doors open at 6.30pm and the auction starts at 7.00pm admission 1.50. If you require a lot number or further details contact auctioneer Michael Shepherd on 01904 709500 or email 30.3.02


Sav (photo) was on The Big Breakfast for the Oscars on Monday and Tuesday last week  Martin Breese has a new look to website  Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee appear on Boot Sale Challenge on Monday 8th April and Paul finds one of his own videos up for sale amongst the rubbish!  Keep an eye out for The Good Old Days which is currently being repeated on satellite channel '26 G plus' on Sundays at 6pm and often features magicians  Have a good Easter weekend - see you next week, Duncan. 30.3.02