Number 94 - 13th April 2002


Lance Burton - Master Magician: On the Road will finally be shown on British television, at 1.50pm on Saturday 20th April on Carlton & LWT. This show is rated as one of his best-ever specials, and was filmed on location across the States. It starts "at home" at The Monte Carlo Theatre, Las Vegas, then moves on to The Magic Castle in LA, followed by a visit to Florida beach for some "street magic", then Louisville in Kentucky (his hometown), and finally Boston, where he makes the tour bus that they used for the entire production disappear! 13.4.02


Uri Geller appeared live on This Morning (ITV) on Wednesday talking about the power of the mind and positive thinking. Uri can be seen live on stage at the Broadway Theatre, Peterborough on May 11th at 8pm. Box office telephone 01733 316100. 13.4.02 are offering their email list subscribers a free Acrobat PDF file download for The Three Card Monte. It describes the sleight of hand handling and features Nelson Hahne illustrations. The publication is four pages and the size is just 177K - so it will download in just 40 seconds on a standard connection: Click Here. Also, after requests from some UK customers, they have now made three of their publications available for Instant Online Delivery through DigiBuy, a division of major software distributor, Digital River, Inc. These include: Extreme Magic (Street Magic), Mastering Hypnosis (Stage Hypnotism) and Tradecraft (Cold Reading). The last two we've read, and they're both excellent (see Reviews). The page layout on the latter two have generous side margins, so both should output with no difficulty on an A4 ink jet or laser printer. Details on the website: 13.4.02


Wayne Dobson lectures at the British Magical Society on Tuesday 28th May 2002. Wayne will present his new lecture "Dobson's Choice" featuring many new items and some old favourites, all given the Dobson treatment, followed by an "any questions" session. Wayne's new book will also be on sale. Wayne has chosen the BMS to be the first magical society in the UK to see this lecture. All magicians welcome - non members 5.00. Venue: The Selly Oak Ex-servicemen's Club, Selly Hill Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham, B29 7DL. More information from President Andy Kirk on 01562 825231. 13.4.02


Endemol UK Plc are searching for a female memory act for a new TV show that they are working on. So if that sounds like you, or you know someone who you think may be suitable, email Aiden Spackman for more information: 13.4.02


The Society of Irish Magicians host the 52nd Annual IBM convention in Dublin on 3-5th May 2002. More names have been added to those previously announced: Aldo Colombini (USA), Lennart Green (Sweden), John Archer (UK), Wayne Rogers (New Zealand), Mark Mason (UK), Rousseau (UK), David Grist (UK) and Pat Fallon (Ireland), with more names to be announced. The intimate and informal format of this convention means you will really get to spend time with the visiting magicians. The full registration price includes: the Gala show, 6 Lectures, Close-up sessions, the Banquet, a Bizarre Magic show and close-up & stage competitions. All for only Euro 70 (around 42.00). All events are held within the comfort of the Hilton Hotel, Dublin (which offers a special bed & breakfast rate to conventioneers of only Euro 64 per person per night). If you've never visited Dublin before, now is the time to go, and with excellent air fare prices on offer from many European destinations it's also great value. For more information visit: or email John Brady Telephone +353 1 661 5154. 13.4.02


The Magic Circle Annual Supper takes place on Wednesday 17th April. Close-up magicians entertain at the tables, Ali Bongo organises a quiz (with impossible questions that that no one really understands) and runs a raffle (or is that the other way around?), and there's a cabaret, this year featuring: Tony Rix, Tracie Hughes, Duncan Trillo and Billy McComb. Venue: The Imperial Hotel, Russell Square, London WC2. Dress informal. There are just a few tickets left, at 30.00 each, from Brian Miller on 01371 870927. Always a great evening. 13.4.02


The Magic Club of Great Britain (President Eugene Matthias) presented its first Magic Convention at The Stables Theatre, Milton Keynes on Sunday 7th April. With lectures from David Penn (photo - close-up magic), Joe Knight (manipulation and doves), Mark Shortland (comedy magic), and Clive Fletcher (stage magic). In the afternoon competitions were held; here are the results: Close-up Juniors: 1st Perry Jones, 2nd Paul Bone. Close-up Seniors: 1st Rowland Valentine, 2nd David Gaskell. Stage Juniors 1st: Paul Bone, 2nd Perry Jones. Stage Seniors: David & Tamara, 2nd Carl Charlesworth. The day was rounded off with a "sold out" gala show in the theatre, and plans are underway for another one next year - it all sounds like it was a really good day. 13.4.02


Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee are guests on Open House with Gloria Hunniford at 2.20pm on Wednesday 24th April (1 hour 30 minutes) on Channel 5. See TV Magic 13.4.02


Here's a snippet from last week's Independent which ran an article discussing Britney Spears's refusal to sign autographs at her film premiere in London entitled "Oops, the media circus has done it again..." by Oliver Bennett, "Spears's case highlights another factor: that there is a translation problem between the US and the UK. 'Stars have enormous egos and their people pander to them over there, says Max Clifford. If the star wants it to be Tuesday, even though it's Thursday, they'll tell them that. The British people demand humility from stars, which is quite different. David Copperfield [at one time a Clifford client] became a legend in his own mind, and at that point the British didn't take to him.' True: to us he was a bizarre haircut and an orange tan who somehow had managed to end up with Claudia Schiffer." Oliver Bennett, The Independent (Five years on and Max Clifford is still talking about his encounter with Copperfield!) 13.4.02


Sky One's spring/summer line-up will feature a one-off special Vertigo following David Blaine as he attempts to spend two days on top of a 'flagpole' in New York  Did you download the Three Card Monte routine from - it's very good  The sixth Top Secret Magic Day in Milton Keynes takes place this year on Sunday June 9th - we'll bring you full details next week together with details of the Guild of Magicians' Nottingham One Day Convention  Tomorrow there's a one day convention in Rochester, Kent... see What's On for details  That's it... your news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 13.4.02