Number 121 - 19th October 2002


Many congratulations to Loki - the new Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year. Loki won the President's Trophy and a cheque for £1,000 on Sunday night with an original act that's not too easy to describe... "Burtonesque" perhaps? (as in Tim, not Lance). Loki's performance oozed energy and style, and his dancing cane routine is really excellent. Second place and a cheque for £500 went to Duncan Trillo. Third place and a cheque for £250 to Alfonso Rios. Nine magicians (six professional) made it through to the finals of this recently introduced biennial event, initiated by Magic Circle president Michael Bailey. John Fisher, Geoffrey Durham and Jan Kennedy judged. Michael Bailey, Chris Woodward and Brian Miller formed the competition committee. The next Magic Circle competition is The Close-up Magician of the Year, which takes place at the HQ on Monday November 4th under the guidance of organiser Andrew Eborn. 19.10.02


Tommy Wonder lectures in An Evening of Wonder on Sunday November 17th at 7.30pm at The Magic Circle in London. The combined lecture and question and answer session will last for approximately two hours. Tommy Wonder is highly skilled in both close-up and silent magic, and is a real master of misdirection. Tickets are just £10.00 for members and £15.00 for non-member magicians. Payment should be made by cheque (payable to "The Magic Circle") and sent to: Richard Pinner, The Magic Circle, 12 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2DH. 19.10.02


Just when you thought it was safe to go back into your living room... Magic's Secret's Revealed is on satellite channel Bravo (aka "Boo") on Monday 21st and 28th October at 10.30pm. It sounds to me like these shows will be a re-hashed version of what went before... 19.10.02


US-based's website has been redesigned. New features include:
• Real-time online transaction processing, including the full integration of the popular PayPal online payment scheme.
• A new, more robust search feature.
• A host of 'web tools' to bookmark the site, print pages or email specific pages to your friends.
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Fans, friends and family recall some of the magical moments in Tommy Cooper's life on Radio Four on Thursday, 24th, at 11.30am. Once rejected by the BBC for his "poor diction and unpleasant manner" Tommy Cooper went on to become one of the country's all-time favourite entertainers. 19.10.02


MagicWeek is featured in The Ultimate Guide to Web Sites 2003, currently available in newsagents. See 'Entertainment and Leisure' page 88. 19.10.02


A Festival of Magic takes place in Sintra near Lisbon, Portugal, on the 20th, 21st and 22nd December. The line up (subject to confirmation) includes Christopher Hart, Jorgos Katsaros, Nicholas Night and Kinga, Lennart Green, Mark Mitten, Malakatin and England's JJ (photo). There will be two galas, a close-up show and street magic. And next year, in the week preceding the British Ring convention, another major convention for Portugal is planned. 19.10.02


Last week David Penn, The British Champion Of Illusion, performed one of the largest illusions ever staged by a British illusionist. During a two day conference, hosted by Valtra Velmet, David caused the new T Series Tractor to materialise on stage during the Managing Director's speech. David then moved outside and made the whole range of Tractors appear on the front lawn outside the conference venue! After two sell-out shows last year, David returns to the Stables Theatre in Milton Keynes for Christmas. He will be performing three shows on the 6th and 7th December and tickets have just gone on sale. For more details visit: 19.10.02


Following on from his successful Summer Season at the Royal Hotel in Jersey, Illusionist Andrew Green is now appearing in 'Spectacular Spectacular' at the Elephant on the Tyne (formerly the Riverside Hotel, Gateshead). The revue style show runs from Wednesday to Friday, from October 10th to November 1st, with some matinees. For more details call the Box Office on 01670 829991. 19.10.02


The O'Connell Basic Card to Wallet is reviewed this week by David Diamond, "Let me first say that there is nothing basic about this wallet! It is a deluxe hand made, gentleman's jacket sized wallet. Specifically designed for the classic signed playing card to wallet effect. The word 'basic' referrers to one of a series of wallets that Jerry O'Connell produces. Others include a 'no palm' version of the above, a 'Card to sealed envelope wallet,' or his ultimate 'Plus wallet', which combines all features into one wallet!" The quality of Jerry's work is becoming legendary! - To read the full review, Click Here 19.10.02


Young Magician Matt Edmondson has been selected as one of three finalists to present a competition called "On the Spot" on Richard and Judy and can be seen on the show next week (Channel 4, 5pm, Tuesday 22nd). Viewers will be phoning in to vote so Matt really needs your votes. "The eventual presenter will be selected by the viewer’s vote - I'd really appreciate it if you could ask everyone to tune in and vote for me" On Wednesday Matt filmed his report which involved "dressing up like a woman and seeing how men react to situations in which they should be chivalrous." Not exactly magic but what the heck... good luck Matt! 19.10.02


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