Number 96 - 27th April 2002


Channel 5 have commissioned a series of seven 30 minute shows from Objective Productions called Monkey Magic. Somewhere between Trigger Happy TV and Jackass TV but with magic - starring Ali Cook, Pete McCahon, Jonathan Goodwin (photo) and Pete Firman (Pete Firman responded to a news item in MagicWeek Issue 89 - just a few weeks ago). Anthony Owen is producing and Andrew O'Connor is the series producer. Channel 5 plan to show the series in prime time (the first magic series to go out on prime time television for years). Also from Objective and nearing completion 50 Greatest Magic Tricks for Channel 4 - a "Top Ten" type show but featuring magic! (I wonder if they'll watch it in Motown?). It is expected to air in the next month or so... dates in MagicWeek as soon as they are released. Objective Productions were featured in an article in The Sunday Times on Sunday discussing the niche market that is magic - and their productions including the Quick Trick Show, the up-coming Fifty Greatest Magic Tricks and Derren Brown's series. 27.4.02


More news of this year's Bristol Day of Magic on Sunday 12th May at the Winter Gardens, Weston Super Mare: The day features, from the USA, Whit Haydn (lecture, close-up and Gala show), close-up magicians Alistair Cook, Sean Carpenter (IBM winner 2001) and Martin Cox. A Children's lecture by Terry Herbert, over 25 dealers all day and "Spellbound" in the Playhouse Theatre at 7.00pm with Geoffrey Durham, Roy Davenport, Keith Cooper & Carol, Rousseau, Martin James & Company, Whit Haydn and compere Richard Pinner. Registration: 24.00 before May 5th (after and on the day 28.00) Partners and under 16's 17.00, after May 5 19.00. Send to Andy Mac, 8 Nottingham Road, Bishopston, Bristol BS7 9DH. Telephone 0117 942 2449 See the registration form on their website: Last year's convention was a great success and I think the gala show sold out... so book early! 27.4.02


Daryl Does the Full Monte - The Real Secrets Behind The Three-Card Monte! is out on video (both PAL and NTSC) and DVD. This is the real work on the legendary Three-Card Monte taught to you by one of the world's finest magic teachers. We've heard that the feedback from customers on this release has been amazing. Order directly from: 27.4.02


Members of The Young Magicians Club attended a special event at The Magic Circle last Saturday, April 20th. The Magic Management Master Class was organised and presented by Paul Andrews, James Freedman, Guy Hollingworth (photo), Marc Paul, Anthony Owen and John Woolvett. Quite a line-up, and from what MagicWeek hears an excellent day, which all the lecturers enjoyed as much as the students. There is a full review from Young Magicians Club member Hugo Hadlow this week Click Here. For information on joining The Young Magicians Club Click Here 27.4.02


"Columbo Goes to the Guillotine" at 10.50am on Monday 6th May on BBC 1 in this movie length special made in 1989. Columbo delves into the world of magic, ESP and sleight of hand as he investigates the death of a magician. Look out for magicians Christopher Hart and Dan Birch. 27.4.02


International Illusionist Andrew Green will be appearing in Summer Showtime at the Royal Hotel, Jersey this summer. He is returning for his second year after a successful season in 2001. This revue style show played to almost capacity crowds during 2001 and is expecting to beat last years box office figures during the course of the season. The show opens on Tuesday 4th June and runs until October 3rd. 27.4.02


Suspense! is reviewed in this week's issue. Anti-gravity Glasses brought up-to-date by John Derris and reviewed by Jack Avis, Click Here 27.4.02


Richard Robinson's excellent continues to set new standards in "all things magic" on the internet. If you've never visited the site then take a look now - there's lots to explore. 27.4.02


BBC2's Bombay Blush on Sunday May 5th features magician/illusionist PC Sorcar (I guess that it is new footage with PC Sorcar Jr in fact). See TV Magic 27.4.02


The first North West Magical Close-up Championship was held on Monday 15th April in Salford. Harry Robson from Haslingden was awarded first place, Matthew McGurk from St. Helens second and Philip Partridge from Manchester third. There's a full report this week from Derek Lever Click Here 27.4.02


Paul Gordon's Professional Card Magic Miracles is due for release in just a few weeks and features over 30 new card routines. You can now pre-order online and take advantage of a number of special offers. From: 27.4.02


More dates have been added to Geoffrey Durham's current tour (see What's On) which ends on October 26th. Next year Geoffrey will be staging a brand new show which will preview at the Wimbledon Theatre Studio at the end of January 2003, and then start touring in February and March. 27.4.02


The First series of ITV's The Sketch Show on which magician John Archer was a co-writer has just won a BAFTA for best comedy show. The team is currently writing and trying out material for the next series which starts recording in July. The cast try out new sketches every Monday night at The Latchmere Pub on Latchmere Road, Battersea at 8pm if you want to pop along. Congratulations John! 27.4.02 are now taking orders for Derren Brown's book Pure Effect which is about to be reprinted after a long absence. The estimated availability date is 31st May. To pre order visit: 27.4.02


Magician Jason Mawdsley will be arriving in London this week from Johannesburg, South Africa and would like to make contact with magicians over here. Jason spent last year performing in theme parks in Taiwan, has performed in night clubs, and won the silver medal in the South African National Junior Championships (stage) in 1996. He'd be really grateful for any introductions magic work wise, and is also hoping to find a dealer in need of a magic salesman in London. Please email Jason at: My first port of call Jason would be Davenports Magic Shop located in the small mall at Charing Cross Underground Station, London W2 and International Magic Studio, 89 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1. Then contact The Magic Circle, also in London, and ask for membership details. The Magic Circle have around 1,500 members world-wide, meet weekly, and present a guest lecturer or special evening every Monday night in their private HQ. 27.4.02


Paul Daniels may be seen on TV's Talent Show Stars on Saturday 27th April at 8.45pm on ITV  Congratulations to hypnotist Jonathan Royle and Karen Fitton on their marriage in Rochdale on Monday April 15th  Marc Salem's Mind Games returns to London on Tuesday April 30th "An astonishing show that leaves the audience scratching their heads and retrieving their jaws from the floor" Daily Telegraph Box Office for credit card bookings: 020 7369 1761  Keep an eye on Cool Magic for the latest dealer recommendations  The first of Jerry Sadowitz's new shows goes out tonight TV Magic  Many thanks to all of you who submit news and reports to MagicWeek - it really helps. That's all for this week, see you next week, Duncan. 27.4.02