Number 97 - 4th May 2002


The infamous Adam and Joe host Fifty Greatest Magic Tricks at 9pm this Bank Holiday Monday on Channel 4. The show includes interviews with magicians and celebrities including Lance Burton, Penn & Teller and Sir Richard Branson, and, of course, a full countdown of the "Top 50". Don't miss it! 4.5.02


Top close-up and cabaret magician David Redfearn is featured in Magic Profile for May. "I was now totally hooked and fascinated by magic, I could not read enough, there were not enough hours in the day." Read the full profile: Click Here 4.5.02


The Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians is holding its Annual Neville Sackville Memorial Lecture on Wednesday 8th May. This year's lecturer is Alan Shaxon with Anne. Alan will be talking about the creator of the Zig-Zag and friend, Robert Harbin, and will illustrate his lecture with original Harbin illusions and effects together with many reminiscences about the 'great man' who did so much for British magic. All magicians welcome. Venue: The Connaught Hotel, Tettenhall Road (A41), Wolverhampton at 7.30pm. Further details from Bryan Atherton, 01902 896593 or visit the WCM website, Click Here 4.5.02


Martin Vickerman reports on the shows and magicians that he saw on a recent trip to Las Vegas in Now You See Las Vegas... 4.5.02


For over 20 years Mark Leveridge Magic has been selling only its own products and regular customers have come to trust that any Mark Leveridge item will conform to certain standards and be of a certain type. Now, as a service to their customers, Mark Leveridge Magic have created a special merchandising section called Mark Leveridge Magic Select on their website. It consists of a small number of top quality items from other creative minds from around the world, all personally selected and recommended by Mark. New items could be added at any time, so check the website regularly, and as they will not normally be holding large quantities of Select items in stock don't leave it too long to order. Current stock levels are shown on the site (and right now they've got some improved Hades Finger Choppers in stock - the best). 4.5.02


Matthew Blackwell reviews An Audience with Paul Daniels this week. Paul Daniels continues to tour all over the country, see What's On for tour dates. 4.5.02


News from Alakazam: Derren Brown will be answering your questions on in a couple of weeks. Visitors to the site are invited to submit questions now for consideration. Also the 85.00 Mind Spy Special Edition wallet is nearly sold out - email for availability and more information. 4.5.02


David Penn - Let The Magic Begin! Can be seen at the Guildford Civic Theatre on 22nd June. David is the current British Magical Champion. Box office telephone 01483 444 555. 4.5.02


Marc Salem's show Mind Games opened in London on Tuesday 30th and once again he's been getting some excellent press. From an article by Bruce Dessau in The Evening Standard last week: "His show is unlike any other West End entertainment. Take a little vaudeville, add a dash of academia - and stand back..." Mark also performed live on This Morning on Friday morning. See What's On 4.5.02


News added Sunday evening: Derek Lever has just sent us the sad news that David De Val died on Tuesday 30th April from cancer. His daughter Ann and wife Jean wish to contact magical friends to inform them that the funeral takes place at Oldham Crematorium on Thursday 9th May at 1.30p.m. He was aged 63 years. 5.5.02


A brand new and very well presented Magic Forum has just been launched in the UK: - pay them a visit today!  Jonathan Royle can be seen in the latest series of Airline (ITV Mondays) performing tricks and hypnotising both staff and airport customers. A number of Jonathan's Hypnotic, Psychic and Magical books and other products are now available from Mr E Enterprises  There's lots of magic on TV over the next few weeks: TV Magic  That's it for this week, your news, reviews and articles are always welcomed. See you next week, Duncan. 4.5.02