Number 115 - 7th September 2002


From Screen to Stage - Derren Brown presents his own brand of mind magic for eleven nights only at the Tobacco Factory, Raleigh Road, Southville, Bristol (Map - thanks to The show runs from Wednesday 18th to Saturday 28th September nightly at 7.30pm. Tickets: 12 (8 Concessions), Box Office Telephone: 0117 902 0344. Email booking requests to Very much an evening "not to be missed" from the man who reinvented the genre. Caron Parsons talks to Derren for the BBC Click Here 7.9.02


Scott Penrose is the featured magician in September's Magic Profile. One of the UK's top silent magicians Scott is both a performer and creator presenting a classic dove act (that's full of original twists), together with large-scale illusions. 7.9.02


Paul Zenon's national tour Off the street, On the road kicks off in Manchester on Sunday, September 15th at The Lowry, Manchester's stunning new live arts venue. Following on from his highly successful Edinburgh show, "The funniest magician you're ever likely to see" The Times, Paul presents a night of pure Zenon. Quays Theatre, The Lowry, Manchester. Box Office Telephone: 0161 876 2000. Tickets 10, 12, 14. Concessions 1 off. For more tour dates see What's On 7.9.02


A New Magic and Comedy Night is about to be launched. Mandy Muden and Danny Buckler have just been invited to host an evening which will feature magic and comedy acts every other Monday from October 7th. The venue, in the heart of London's West End, is Barcode, Archer Street, W1. (Map - thanks to The evening, Soho Tricks, will start at 8.30pm - we'll bring you more details when we have them. Mandy and Danny just returned from a really successful run in Edinburgh... this new magic night could develop into something special. Also, the line-up for Mandy's Dreamflight benefit (September 16th - see last week's news) has changed slightly, and now features: Harry Hill, Daniel Kitson (This year's Perrier winner), Jo Caulfield (warm up and writer for Graham Norton), Lee Mack (The Sketch Show), Ricky Grover (photo), and Ian Stone - 7.30pm for 8pm. Tickets from The Comedy Store or 7.9.02


The 8th British Close-Up Magic Symposium, which is organised by Mark Leveridge Magic, and takes place at Bath University on Sunday 6th April 2003, is already just over one third full! With star attractions Jay Sankey, Joachim Solberg (photo), Richard Pinner, Roger Curzon, Lee Davis and Sean Carpenter already booked to lecture and/or perform, it promises to be another excellent day dedicated to close-up. Numbers are limited for the event which takes place in a steeply tiered lecture theatre, so, potential conventioneers are advised to book earlier rather than later in order to reserve their numbered seat. For more information Click Here 7.9.02


The Magic Circle Dealers' Showcase is being held on November 2nd this year at the Royal National Hotel, Woburn Place, London WC1. Doors open at 10am. Members free with a small door charge for non-members. Expect to see 40+ dealers. 7.9.02


Monica Monros emails: "I am the publisher of the unique book and video on 'Instant Magic Costume Changes' the only book and video of it's kind, in the world" and asks us to mention it - which we are happy to do. Visit for details. 7.9.02


Avid Merrion (photo) as David Blaine on Channel Four's Bo'Selecta (Friday's 10.30pm) - and just as entertaining as the real thing it has to be said... Woman: "how the hell did you do that?" (on finding a tattoo of "Blaine" on her chest) Blaine: "Shazam" (just one word - then he turned and walked away!)  Mike Danata runs a busy Magic Studio in Bournemouth. The Studio hours are 8am - 1pm and 5pm - 7pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. They also have a busy mail-order department, with plans for a website in the future. Mike Danata's Magic Studio, 121a Palmerston Road, Boscombe. Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 4HP. If you're in the vicinity do drop in. Email:  The British Ring Convention in Eastbourne is just days away (24th - 29th September) - if you can't make it for the whole convention day tickets can be purchased on arrival, visit:  That's all for this week, your news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 7.9.02