Number 120 - 12th October 2002


With the announcement back in July (back issue number 0106) that there would be no MindMagic convention this November mentalist's forum group Mentalists Asylum have decided to organise a day instead. Escape From The Asylum promises a full day of Mental Magic in London on Sunday, 17th November. The line-up includes David Berglas, Ali Bongo, Jack Delvin, John Gordon, Paul Hallas, Chris Hare, The Great Kovari, Spyros Melaris and, from the USA, star lecturer, Banachek (photo). Tickets for the day are 30.00 for the main room or 25.00 to be seated in the cinema and watch the proceedings on a screen. Telephone David on 020 8746 2000 to book with your credit card, or send a cheque payable to 'DIGInet UK' to Waterfall Studios, 2 Silver Road, London W12 7SG. More details on their website: 12.10.02


E4 are going to premiere the new Derren Brown series in November. There will be a Derren Brown - Mind Control Night featuring the entire series back to back with links from Derren in between. This is the first time that an entire night's viewing has been devoted to a solo "magical" performer. The series will then air on Channel 4 next year. 12.10.02


Dynamic FX Limited has announced that it has been appointed to represent Russ Stevens. Company director John Woolvett said, "I am delighted that Russ Stevens has selected Dynamic FX to represent him. Russ is unquestionably the country's leading illusionist and has developed an amazing show combining some of magic's most exciting and dangerous illusions, with state-of-the-art lighting and a full company of dancers. We are very much looking forward to working with Russ and his team." Russ Stevens holds an unusual record having starred in the longest running illusion show in the UK. The Russ Stevens Theatre of Illusion Show has consistently broken box office records appearing in the USA, India, The Middle East, Brazil, Argentina, Australia and throughout Europe.


Dynamic FX also announced that they now represent Peter McCahon and Mark Shortland of whom Woolvett comments, "Peter and Mark both have cabaret acts that are very funny, thoroughly entertaining and totally unique and we are pleased to have them join our featured performers." These recent additions to its talent roster strengthen the company's position as the UK's leading supplier of magicians, illusionists, pickpockets, mind readers, escapologists and other magical entertainment. 12.10.02


Monkey Magic, a new six part show produced by Objective Productions goes out at 6pm on Sunday's on Channel Five from November 17th. The show will feature Alistair Cook, Pete Firman (photo), Jonathan Goodwin and Peter McCahon. The Programme Consultant is Andy Nyman, Executive Producer Andrew O'Connor and Series Producer Anthony Owen. There are a number of new television magic shows in the pipeline - we'll bring you all the details when we get the "all clear". 12.10.02


Steve Beam will shortly be visiting the UK on a lecture tour organised by Tony Griffith. Steve will be appearing as follows: October: Monday 14th The Magic Circle, Tuesday 15th Reading, Wednesday 16th Gloucester, Thursday 17th Bristol, Friday 17th Weston-super-Mare, Sunday 20th Exeter, Monday 21st Leicester, Tuesday 22nd Derby, Wednesday 23rd Wolverhampton, Thursday 24th Liverpool, Friday 25th Douglas Isle of Man, Monday 28th Edinburgh, Tuesday 29th Glasgow, Wednesday 30th Middlesbrough, Thursday 31st Hull. November: Friday 1st Bradford, Monday 4th Huddersfield, Tuesday 5th Ipswich, Wednesday 6th Southend, Thursday 7th Leatherhead. For more information contact Tony Griffith: 12.10.02


Neil Martin was recently brought in by Sony's record label, Epic, to consult on a new video for R&B group Big Brovaz. Neil taught band member J-Rock to saw Nadia in half. Music Week, NME and other top music magazines have already praised both the style and direction of the video - which in turn is good for magic. Watch the UK singles chart from this Sunday, October 13th, when the song, Nu Flow, will enter. 12.10.02


There's a Jumbo Charity Magic Auction on Sunday 20th October at 11.00 am at the Savoy Hotel, Queens Promenade, Blackpool. With hundreds of bargains, including illusions. Organised by Derek Lever. Viewing from 10.00 am. Door charge 2.00 per person. If you have items to sell you can send them by post to Derek Lever, 32 Pilling Lane, Preesall, Poulton-Le-Fylde, Lancs. FY6 OEU. Phone/Fax: 01253 810113 Email Auctioneers Mike Shepherd, Steve Eastham and Derek Lever will offer the goodies and Visa and MasterCard (not Switch) Credit Cards will be accepted. Whether buying or selling this is always a great day out and afterwards you can tour the famous Blackpool Illuminations. Don't miss it! 12.10.02


If you are looking for an easy miracle that has no setup (or reset), can be examined after performance, can be used for close-up, trade shows (to promote a company name), and training purposes, and is very strong and magical then maybe Dazzler is just what you've been looking for Click Here 12.10.02


The Mid-Ulster Magic Circle are holding their annual convention today, at the Fitzwilliam International Hotel, Belfast International Airport. With lectures from Joe Riding, Tony Thursby and David Grist and magic dealers Peter J. Levins, Banshee Magic, and Adrian Harris. Doors open at 10am. 12.10.02


Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman and Marvin's Magic meet in the final scenes of  Kubrick's psychological drama Eyes Wide Shut on Channel 5 at 10.05pm on Tuesday, October 15th. 12.10.02


James Parker appears as part of the Europa Clown Festival Jubilee UK Tour from Wednesday, October 30th to Friday, November 1st, at the Royal Victoria Hall, London Road, Southborough, Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Showtimes: 11.30am and 2.30pm. There are unreserved tickets available for every show available on the door, or telephone: 07970 863753 12.10.02


Mel Mellers, a very funny cabaret performer from the last Annual Dinner at the Sussex Magic Circle, is lecturing for the Sussex Magic Circle on Thursday, October 31st. Visiting magicians are welcome (7.00). Please contact either Andy Hart 01903 750677 or Mark Worgan 01273 206562. 12.10.02


The Nottingham Guild of Magicians will be holding a Table Top Magic Sale on Thursday 17th October 2002 at the Pond Hills Art Centre, Pond Hills Lane, Arnold, Nottingham. Doors open at 7.30pm, free admittance. The evening will include three dealers selling their items: Hocus Pocus Magic Co, Magick Enterprises and Trick or Treat Magic, plus eight private sellers with props and books. Refreshments will be available. For more information contact Freddie Wilkinson on 0115 9614551. 12.10.02


David Blaine's Mysterious Stranger (published by Villard - see last week) suddenly disappeared from the catalogue midweek to be replaced by a different version to be published by Channel 4 on November 8th... very mysterious. Click Here to pre-order from (if you ordered the 'Villard' version last week no doubt will notify you of any changes - or you could email them for information). David Blaine is on Channel 4 tonight at 11.15pm  Here's a new twist on an old classic Blank Notes to Bank Notes  The Glasgow Magic Circle are holding a convention tomorrow - see What's On  Cole Moreton meets Steve Cohen in the Independent: Click Here  Look out for the 'nerdy magician' in The League of Gentlemen on Thursday night (not sure if it is this Thursday or another - Thursdays, BBC 2, 10pm)  Dream-Concepts have a number of new products on their website: Click Here  Recent IBM British Ring Close-up competition winner Mark Shortland is featured in Magic Profile for October  This week Graham Nichols reviews Michael Vincent's new video The Tapestry of Deception: Click Here and there's an article from Keith Hart titled A gig in Paradise, or the gig from Hell?... you decide: Click Here  That's it for this week, your magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 12.10.02