Number 93 - 6th April 2002


Steve Dacri, who is over here from the States, lectures at the Norwich and District Magic Circle on Tuesday April 16th. Specialising in corporate magic Steve has also performed on television, in clubs, resorts, and on cruise ships. For more information on the evening telephone 01603 627758 or 01692 405622. 6.4.02


Peter Scarlett is the featured Magician in April's Magic Profile. It all started with a magic trick spotted in the Meccano Magazine some fifty years ago. Today Peter runs a successful magic business and specialises in close-up and corporate magic. 6.4.02


A brand new monthly Magic Course "How to Make Money By Magic" in 12 monthly Modules is being marketed by Fantastic Magic International and there's a free introductory offer for the first 75 applicants. For more information visit the website: 6.4.02


Mind Manipulator Derren Brown has six thirty-minute shows coming up for transmission later on this year. They will be a compilation of highlights from the first three series plus new footage. A fourth one-hour special is also in the pipeline - sounds good 6.4.02


A new "Magic Finding Service" has just been introduced by to help you find any magic effect that you've ever seen. Simply enter what you know about the effect in the online form and they will do the rest, searching through their database of thousands of magic tricks. There is no obligation to buy anything so it is well worth a try! 6.4.02


The Ulster Society of Magicians (website) celebrate their 60th Anniversary on Saturday April 20th at the Park Avenue Hotel, 158 Holywood Road, Belfast BT4 1PB. To mark the occasion they have organised a full day (and evening) of magic. The events include: Lectures by Ian Keable and Billy McComb (photo). The Annual Downey Cup Competition (for USM Members) and Magic Dealers: The Magic Box (Alan Kennedy), ABC Magic (Pat Fallon and Tanya) and Banshee Magic (Tony Thursby). In the evening the Dinner and Cabaret will feature John Cooke (MC), Yella Fever Foundation (Jugglers), Ian Keable and Billy McComb. Further details from George Bleeks on 028 90645795 (048 90645795 from ROI) or by sending an e-mail to 6.4.02


The Young Magicians Club entertained at The Magic Circle on Tuesday evening, putting on a show featuring both close-up and stage magic. Two performers really stood out. Thirteen year old Troy von Scheibner, close-up, (a real talent) whose infectious personality enchanted the whole audience, and fourteen year old Edd Crafer, on stage, whose mix of manipulation, body popping, and "knowing looks" to the audience was just right. Both these guys really connected with the audience - excellent. 6.4.02


Mac King has just released Tricks With Your Head : Hilarious Magic Tricks and Stunts to Disgust and Delight by Mac King and Mark Levy... this one is going to be very popular, available now from MagicWeek in association with Click Here 6.4.02


Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold is also available from by return. "The mysterious death of President Harding in 1923 is only the curtain raiser to this extraordinary novel of magic and science. Charles Carter is Carter the Great, a name given to him by the supreme showman, Harry Houdini. Carter was born into privilege but became a magician out of need. Only at the moment of the performance, when an audience is brought together by a single experience, can Carter defeat his crippling fear of loneliness. But with every step into the twentieth Century, the stakes are growing higher. Science and the cinema are fast out-stripping even the master magician and instead of that single magic moment, there is only a headlong rush into an uncertain future." To read some 5 star reviews, or to purchase, Click Here 6.4.02


Impact Productions in association with Keith Bennett Magic are presenting: Marketing Magic - A Seminar on April 15th at the Hilton National Hotel, Bromsgrove, West Midlands. "A day's seminar and workshop, led by experienced professionals from both the business and magical worlds. The course is designed to generate a 12-month Marketing Plan to suit your particular requirements. It will help you to understand your products and yourself as well as show you how to address your customers and get the phone to ring. We also examine the merits of various marketing formats from telemarketing to advertising, from brochures to the Internet. Only for the magicians and entertainers who want more quality work at the right price." For further Information or to book a space contact Marc Dominic on 0121 447 7411 or 08778 656587 or email The fee for the full day's Seminar is 150.00 + VAT. The course is limited to 20 places. The fee includes full support materials, a 3 course lunch and one-to-one advice about your marketing plan. 6.4.02


David Blaine's appearance on South Park (Channel 4, Thursday) was just right... well it amused me anyway  There's actually a lot of live magic to be seen at the moment - keep an eye on What's On  "The Masked Magician" type exposure shows continue to be repeated in the UK, both on terrestrial and satellite TV. One way to stop them would be to apply pressure to the broadcasters via Equity. Magic organisations and individuals have no real clout, and nothing has really been tried in the UK anyway, but Equity could on behalf of its variety members apply real pressure. Just a thought  That's it for this week, your news, articles and reviews always welcomed. See you next week, Duncan. 6.4.02