Number 112 - 17th August 2002


Uri Geller is one of eight celebrities set to be stranded in the Australian Outback in ITV's new "reality" show I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! which goes out nightly from Sunday, August 25th. The lineup also includes Christine Hamilton, Nigel Benn, Rhona Cameron, Nell McAndrew, Darren Day, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson and Tony Blackburn. The eight will spend a fortnight surviving on basic rations such as rice and water, will build their own shelters, hunt for extra food and so on, with one being voted off every other day by the public. Nigel Benn, Rhona Cameron and Uri Geller all have the grit to endure, but I'm not too sure about the rest of them! No doubt the production company will really turn up the heat in order to provoke unrest and conflict  - the real ingredients that make this type of show work. Uri Geller presents The Uri Geller Experience live on stage on Saturday September 28th at Mind Body Soul, Colchester: Click Here. For more Uri Geller dates: Click Here. To read "What magicians say about Uri Geller" Click Here 17.8.02


The Edinburgh Fringe Festival has never seen so much magic. Marc Salem (photo) and Paul Zenon are reviewed online. To read a review of Marc Salem's Mind Games Click Here. To read a review of Paul Zenon's Off the street, On the Road Click Here, and to read an interview with Paul Zenon Click Here. Jerry Sadowitz is on for Two Nights Only on the 19th and 20th August at the Assembly Rooms, "Two nights of offensive stand up comedy from the 'man that screams quality." Tickets £11.50. Box Office Number: 0131 226 2428 17.8.02


Merlins of Wakefield are advertising with MagicWeek from today. Co-owned by magicians Phil Peters and Mark Lee, the business was formed in 1996. Their shop is located in the centre of Wakefield at 18 The Springs, telephone 01924 339933, Monday - Saturday, 9.30am to 4.30pm. Merlins can also be seen at all the major Magic Conventions in the UK and are always happy to demonstrate any of the 1,000 plus items that they have in stock. To be added to their mailing list, and to receive a free catalogue and previews of new items, email If you haven't seen their Dealer Dem then why not ask your magic club secretary to contact them for details? Visit the website today to see what's new (photo: No Camera Tricks - a Merlins exclusive) 17.8.02


Quincy - The Death Challenge is being shown at 2.25pm today, Saturday 17th, on BBC 2. "A world-famous magician comes out of retirement to introduce an illusion on a live TV show. But the ill-fated trick becomes a cover-up for a homicide." Starring Jack Klugman. 17.8.02


Taurus Magic Supply are advertising with MagicWeek. Operated by Derek and Anne Lever they have been in business for over 30 years. Taurus Magic Supply are the world's largest suppliers of used magical apparatus with over 1,000 items usually in stock, ranging from books and close-up magic through to large illusions. They also manufacture magic tricks, illusions, and cabaret magic and are publishers of fine books, including the famous Jack Hughes World of Magic series. The site also features a section containing collectors items visit: Taurus Magic Supply right now! 17.8.02


Kevin Gallagher is no stranger to unusual venues having previously performed on a North Sea Oil Rig, at the Houses of Parliament, in Her Majesty's Prison and on the Orient Express. In keeping, having completed a course of seven inoculations and a variety of security checks including briefings with the Ministry of Defence and the Royal Navy in Portsmouth, he sets off on Thursday 22nd August to perform some "very carefully scripted" magic and mentalism at US and British military camps in Saudi Arabia. For some motivational work, Kevin explains, part of his brief is to generate "enthusiastic adverse response" but for this booking, in a country where jumping a red light can earn a hefty fine and three days in prison, wishing to return with all of his faculties in tact and on the planned date, he has vowed to "stick to the script." 17.8.02


Robyn Brooks is a brave six year-old girl from Rochdale, Lancashire who is battling against neuroblastoma (a rare form of cancer). Her family need to raise thousands of pounds to continue her life saving treatment in the USA and to date stars including Atomic Kitten and Gareth Gates have helped raise funds. On Friday August 23rd Jonathan Royle will present "Hypnotorious Live" to also raise funds. The show will be held at the Rochdale Transport Club, Baron Street, Rochdale. Doors open at 8.15pm (show starts at 9pm) and tickets are available from the venue in advance or on night priced £5.00 each. More information on The Robyn Brooks Appeal can be found at where you can also donate online. 17.8.02


Tom Cruise weaves his spell with some computer disc manipulation (taught to him by Alan Shaxon) on Sunday night in Mission: Impossible, and also finds himself "flying" without intent! Sunday 18th, 8.15pm, BBC 1. 17.8.02


Manchester Circle of Magicians is holding a Jumbo Auction on Tuesday 20th August at 7.30 pm at the Salford Masonic Hall, Hemsley House, 41, The Crescent, Salford, Nr. Manchester. Doors open at 6.00pm with viewing from 7.00pm. Derek Lever and Mike Shepherd are the auctioneers. There's a private bar and a security patrolled car park. Admission is £2.00 for non-members. Hundreds of items have already been submitted including illusions, close-up magic, books and videos. All enquiries to Derek Lever, 32 Pilling Lane, Preesall, Poulton-Le-Fylde, Lancashire FY6 0EU. Telephone or fax: 01253 810113 E-mail: Website: 17.8.02


The Pentagram Change Bag is a new item in the Black Artefacts range of magic. Specially designed by Black Artefacts and manufactured to their own specifications the bags are slightly larger than normal, are made from a rich black velvet, are lined, and have a draw-string top and a silver pentagram embroidered on to the front in silk thread. The bag comes complete with a booklet revealing hints and tips for use, and instructions for just one of the many effects possible. Exclusive to Black Artefacts. For further details contact Keith Hart on 0121 743 5724 17.8.02


What's got 3,328 pages, is crammed full of magic, and fits onto a single CD Rom? The Digital Wizard - reviewed by John Derris in MagicWeek this week Click Here 17.8.02


Spielkartenwelt, in Germany, supply customers with playing cards, tarot cards, books, and more. They asked us to mention their website which we are happy to do, but you may also need to visit to translate it - for more info • Here's a reminder of a link that I think we mentioned ages ago, but deserves another mention as it is so useful! • Thanks to Dale Shrimpton for this link, offering an up-date on The Magician's Wife which is due to go into production, starring Kate Winslet (photo) • Nic Picot is looking for 450 peformers with the following skills for August 24th: juggling, magic, facepainting, balloon modelling, email Nic: for more info • Your magic news and reviews always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 17.8.02