Number 99 - 18th May 2002


David Blaine, known for his headline-making feats of physical and emotional endurance, will again put himself to the test in just a few days time... He will attempt to balance on a circular platform, only 22 inches in diameter, atop a free-standing 100-foot pillar, without the benefit of any safety net or airbag, for 35 hours in mid-town Manhattan's Bryant Park. He will end the stunt by plunging from the summit of the tower to street level with only cardboard boxes to break his fall, live, on David Blaine's Vertigo. The endurance challenge will take place in full public view with passersby being able to see him in Bryant Park, starting at noon on Tuesday, May 21st. The show will also include Blaine's own brand of close-up street magic. Viewers in the UK will be able to see all at 8pm on Sky One on Sunday 26th. TV Magic


There have been all sorts of rumours flying around in the UK suggesting that Blaine will fake his own death during the stunt. The Sun reported on Wednesday that "His death would be officially announced and he would disappear for days - then amaze grieving fans by reappearing." We actually heard similar stories a few weeks ago... but I think that they are just that - stories, rumours, perhaps starting from comments Blaine himself made in his interview with Eamonn Holms on GMTV some months ago (repeated recently). Here is a link to that interview, it will take time to load but it is worth the wait! Click Here then select 'hi band' or 'low band'. For more on David Blaine and his reactions to "Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed: Escape From the Ice" from Click Here For "Frozen in Time" posters Click Here 18.5.02


There's a full report of Sunday's Bristol Day of Magic from Mandy Davis and a special interview with convention star Whit Haydn by Ian Carpenter and Mark Knight this week. 18.5.02


The Magic Circle Collectors' Day takes place on Sunday 26th May at the Centre for the Magic Arts. Speakers include: Tad Ware (The Scrapbooks of Carl Hertz), Roger Woods (Dr Walford Bodie and the case of the Strange Electrical Suit), John Wade (Radio Magic), Philip Butterworth (Brandon, Feats and Hocus Pocus: Jugglers Three), and Eddie Dawes, Bobby Bernard and John Derris with a tribute to John Ramsey. Coffee from 10am. Official opening by Magic Circle President Michael Bailey at 10.45am. Tickets are 22.50 (cheques payable to 'The Magic Circle') from: The Magic Circle, 12 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD. Visa/MasterCard bookings tel: 020 7388 6480. 18.5.02


Martin Sanderson had a whole page to himself in April's Club Mirror magazine. The article discussed Martin's career, how he got started, and future plans. Martin has taken his magic all around the world on cruise ships and now specialises in the lucrative corporate market. A former Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year winner he's always taken the business side of things as seriously as the performing side "There's no show without the business, and that's what I'm good at." 18.5.02


Wayne Rogers lectures at the Medway Magic Society, Rochester, Kent on Thursday May 23rd. Wayne Rogers is the inventor of "Missing Spade" the "Appearing Ladder from Briefcase" and "The Appearing Broom" amongst others. The lecture promises something for everyone. For more details Email David Lang: 18.5.02


Magicians Wanted! As part of the Queen's Golden Jubilee Celebrations a street party is being organised in Soho in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Research, Vision, and Make-A-Wish Foundation UK. The organisers would love to hear from any magicians who would be happy to go along and present some magic. Either "street magic" mixing with the crowds, or as an actual show. Berwick Street Market will be transformed into a street carnival and it is here that you'll be able to perform. It's a great opportunity to be seen - The Evening Standard will be there and BBC London TV have also been invited. You'll be made very welcome. For more information please contact David Brady on 020 7734 1286 or Website, Click Here 18.5.02


The Devon Magic Circle present a 'Magic Table Top Sale' at 10am on Sunday 28th July followed by a lecture on close-up magic and children's magic by Mike Austin at 2.30pm. Venue: DMC HQ Parish Rooms, Blagdon Road, Collaton St.Mary, Paignton, Devon. Sellers Table & Lecture 8, Lecture only 5 (this is for non members). For more details Email Chaz: Map: Click Here 18.5.02


Supermodel Claudia Schiffer, who was once engaged to magician David Copperfield, is to marry film producer Matthew Vaughn on May 25th in Suffolk. The couple recently bought 16th century Coldham Hall, one of England's finest Tudor properties. Madonna, Boris Becker, and Elton John are on the guest list. Schiffer (31) is said to have fallen for Vaughn after he gave her a tortoise as a present... 18.5.02


The Ipswich Magical Society are holding a one-day convention tomorrow, and Michael Vincent lectures in Derby, see What's On  For a 'This is London' review of Marc Salem's Mind Games (left), currently on in the West End Click Here  Your news and reviews are always welcomed  That's it for this week, see you next week when we'll be celebrating 100 issues, Duncan. 18.5.02