Number 100 - 25th May 2002


RBM presents 'Two Funny Magicians' live on stage this Summer: Danny Buckler and Mandy Muden, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. If you live north of the Isle of White don't miss this one, definitely a 'must see' rating from us. London previews: 9pm on Friday 12th July at the Hen & Chickens Theatre in Islington (Tickets 6) Box Office 020 7704 2001. And 10.15pm on Friday 26th July at the East Dulwich Comedy (Tickets 6) Box Office 020 8855 0496. Then in Edinburgh at the Assembly Rooms (Venue 3) from 2nd - 26th August. Box Office telephone: 0131 226 2428. 25.5.02


Arsenal striker and World Cup competitor Thierry Henry is the new face of Renault Clio in an advertising campaign launched on Friday evening during the first episode of the new series of 'Big Brother.' The campaign was created by French advertising agency Publicis, and features Henry searching for the meaning of "Va Va Voom," the catchphrase used in recent Clio ad campaigns. Duncan Trillo's card manipulations are seen at the start of the commercial, passing the "Va Va Voom" test... The campaign is designed to make the car, traditionally aimed at women (remember Nicole?), more appealing to men. "The new campaign is primarily aimed at a younger, male audience and reflects the popularity of the sporty versions of Clio." said Jonathan Wignall, Renault UK's national advertising manager. 25.5.02


David Blaine's Vertigo stunt received excellent television coverage in the UK - popping up on the lunchtime news on both BBC1 and ITV, and becoming a special feature on Channel 4's evening news. For his next outside stunt David plans to perform a death defying feat from London's famous Tower Bridge. The full one-hour show goes out tonight on Sky, see TV Magic If you don't get Sky here's a link to some exclusive video footage produced by Richard Robinson's AllMagicGuide 25.5.02


International News: The Society of American Magicians are gearing up to celebrate their first 100 years with their Centennial Celebration Convention which will be held at the Hilton New York this Summer. Dates: Wednesday 3rd July - Saturday 6th July. Bookings and more information: Adults $225 Children $95. 25.5.02


Magician Brian Eammes can be seen acting as host and chairman in The Golden Jubilee Music Hall this Summer at the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne. For dates and tickets telephone the box office on 01323 412000. 25.5.02


The Nottingham Guild of Magicians are holding a One Day Convention at the Arnold Leisure Centre, High Street, Arnold, Nottingham on Sunday 21st July. With Lectures from Eddie Burke, Russell Hall, Derek Lever and Duncan Trillo plus dealers Goodliffe, Magick Enterprises, Mr E Enterprises, Practical Magic and Taurus Magic. In the evening, in the Bonington Theatre, there's a full Gala Show featuring Eddie Burke, Derek Lever, Duncan Trillo, Clive Moore and Illusionists Safire (photo). Sounds like a great day! Tickets are 12 for the day only, or 15 including the gala show. For more information telephone Barry Perkins on 0115 9283080. 25.5.02


On Tuesday 21st May history was made when the Manchester Circle of Magicians achieved a membership total of 200 magicians. It is believed that this is a world record for a 'local' magic club. The Manchester Circle has only been in existence for 5 months but has regular attendances of over 100 at each meeting. Last Tuesday a team from Blackpool Magicians Club provided a terrific night of magic with 6 spots of Close-up and four spots of Stage magic to a very appreciative audience. For more details Click Here 25.5.02


If you've ever struggled to understand magic instructions then you may be interested to know that UK mail-order company 'The Magic Store' now have instructional videos for many items in their range. These videos are free of charge, and are currently in a CD-ROM format (suitable for PCs & Macs). They've just released a brand new catalogue and you can obtain a free copy by completing the online form at or by downloading a copy in PDF format from the website. 25.5.02


Carter Beats The Devil by Glen David Gold has just gone into paperback and will be in bookshops across the country from today. We've heard that close-up master Chris Power (who normally only performs at private functions) will be presenting some magic in the following London book stores today (Saturday 25th) to launch the paperback version: Ottakers, Shopping Mall, Bromley, from 11.30am for one hour, then Warterstones in Piccadilly from 1.30pm to 2.30pm, and finally in Borders, Oxford Street, from 4pm to 5pm. If you can get along to any of these stores do - if not then it is also available from MagicWeek in association with Click Here 25.5.02


More books: 18 months ago we reviewed The Turk, Chess Automaton by Gerald M. Levitt. Now here's The Mechanical Turk: The true story of the chess-playing machine that fooled the world. Newly published and available now from MagicWeek in association with Click Here 25.5.02


Marvin Kaye inspired many a budding magician years ago with his beginners book The Complete Magician. The Creative Magician's Handbook: A Guide to Tricks, Illusions, and Performance is designed to turn the unpolished performer into an entertaining magician. Featuring fail-safe magic, sleight of hand magic, card tricks and mental magic, as well as the basic principles of showmanship. Click Here 25.5.02


"In his long-awaited first book, David Blaine offers a unique exploration of the mysteries and history of the ancient art of magic. Mysterious Stranger brings Blaine's magic directly to his audience. In the book, you'll find: Mind-bending tricks the readers can learn to do themselves. Interactive magic effects. Mind-reading and psychic techniques. David Blaine's unique perspective on the art of magic. A copiously illustrated history of the art. Exclusive autobiographical background and an insight into David's private world." Pre order from MagicWeek in association with now Click Here 25.5.02


MagicWeek is 100 weeks old today (which in dot-com terms isn't too bad!). Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the first 100 issues, to all the advertisers who keep it all ticking along, and of course to all our readers (you!)  There's a report of the Zodiac Magical Society's Annual Dinner this week from Mandy Davis Click Here  Tonight sees the last night of a week of Monday Night Magic at the Gatehouse presented by John Lenahan, see What's On for details  Marc Salem's Mind Games has been extended by two weeks due to demand and will now close on June 23rd  The Milton Keynes Top Secret Day of Magic is just two weeks away now and is always a popular event, again see What's On  Well, that's it for this week, have a magic week, Duncan. 25.5.02