Number 123 - 2nd November 2002


Nick Einhorn's The Art of Magic and Sleight of Hand has just been published by Lorenz Books and is arguably the finest magic book for general release since Mark Wilson's excellent Complete Course in Magic back in '75, and, before that, Henry Hay's The Amateur Magician's Handbook in 1950! This is the sort of book that can stimulate an interest in magic that will last a lifetime. The production values are high, and the book is big... with 120 tricks, 250 pages, and 1,000 colour photographs. Each section has an introduction, so for example, the Mind Magic section talks about such performers as David Berglas and Graham P Jolley before delving into the magic. Excellent in every way this book gets my highest recommendation - it's targeted at both teenagers and adults alike. You can order it by return from right now in hardcover. Nick Einhorn is a member of The Inner Magic Circle and became The Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year in 1996. Currently he is coaching two actors for Bright Young Things, an upcoming movie being directed by Stephen Fry. 2.11.02


Jeff Sheridan will be making his first ever appearance in the UK at this year's International Magic Convention in December - presenting close-up magic and lecturing. Jeff Sheridan performed for many years in Central Park, New York (photo by William Bigart, from 'Street Magic' now published by Kaufman and Company) with his own contemporary street act. Health permitting Tony Corinda will also be at the convention, and will be interviewed by Andy Nyman. If you are attending, and have a question or two, you can submit them by email to Andy at Also booked to lecture: Chris Korn (USA), The Buck Twins (USA), Nathan Kranzo (USA), and Shoot Ogawa (Japan). Martin's done it again as they say.  2.11.02


Geoffrey Durham starts another run on Countdown on Channel 4 from November 11th. With Geoffrey about to launch an all-new show next year no doubt a few new items will be slipped into the programme. We'll bring you next year's tour dates as soon as we have them. 2.11.02


Chris Power presents a 'special extended set' at 8.30pm on Monday evening at Soho Tricks, Barcode, Archer Street, London W1 (Map - thanks to Mention MagicWeek and Danny Buckler will buy you a drink (mention it twice and he'll buy you two...) 2.11.02


Martin Sanderson is featured in Magic Profile for November. One of the country's busiest performers, these days Martin specialises in close-up magic for the corporate market. 2.11.02


The Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year Competition takes place on Monday, and features a number of top professionals. Competing this year: Rex Cooper, Nick Einhorn, Lee Florida, Anthony McDaniel, Etienne Pradier, Fay Presto and Mark Shortland. Good luck! Winners next week. 2.11.02


Andi Gladwin has just returned from Boston where he was filming with Andy Leviss for a new DVD that will be released next year through the company that they run, A≤ Productions, and also via distributors Murphy's Magic Supplies. The disc is titled 'Passing Thoughts,' Andi writes: "It approaches a number of original Passes that require no additional physical or mental misdirection. With this in mind, many of the Passes are a lot easier than the traditional and often abused moves. We don't even touch on previously published and already popular moves - instead, we've tracked down some excellent Passes from some brilliant card magicians as well as some from Andy and myself." 2.11.02


Steve Dela's new lecture notes 'Magic That I Use' are now available from (see 'Hot List' on page 11 on their website). 2.11.02


Magic Matt appeared on Live with...Chris Moyles on Channel 5 last Monday. He was filmed pick pocketing in the audience, who happened to be "a bunch of Bankers" and was later introduced as a professional pickpocket. Unfortunately, as can happen with live TV, time ran out when it came to handing back all the 'stolen' goods... which was done later on, off-air! 2.11.02


The Magic Circle Dealers' Showcase is on today, November 2nd, 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. 2.11.02


Derren Brown: Mind Control Night, a 'TV first' for Mind Master Derren Brown starts tonight at 10pm on E4 (and if you can't get E4 then it's not too late to zip down to Dixons and get fixed up!). Over three hours of pure Mind Control from the man... 10pm, E4. 2.11.02

The Basingstoke Festival of Magic takes place on Sunday April 27th 2003. Jack Delvin's 'One Man's Magic' show has been booked for the evening. The show has twice sold out at The Magic Circle. More details nearer the time. 2.11.02


Tony Griffith presents a full Seminar/Workshop in Bungay, near Norwich, on Wednesday 27th November. This will be an in-depth seminar/workshop on various aspects of magic including: Trade Shows, After Dinner Speaking, How to perform in a variety of Close Up situations, 'Science Magic' for Schools and Children, How to Practise, subtlety versus Sleights and Promotion & Publicity. The evening will take advantage of Tony's great experience gained over many years as a professional magician, lecturer and teacher... experience that has seen him perform and lecture world wide, including over 100 performances at The Magic Castle in Hollywood. All magicians are welcome. Seating is limited. For further details telephone Dominic Mansi on 01986 896806 2.11.02


Daryl's New Millennium World Tour Lecture has just been released on video and is available by return in VHS PAL (UK) or NTSC (USA) from for just $24.99 (that's around £17 for over 1Ĺ hours of first class magic) - for more information visit their website, or see Cool Magic 2 2.11.02


The Order of the Magi present a Star Lecture by Frederic Shark this Tuesday. As well as lecturing Frederic will perform his award winning close-up act that was seen at Eastbourne this year resulting in him being booked to perform at the upcoming Fechterís Finger Flinging Frolics convention in the States next year. Venue: The Irish World Heritage Centre, Queens Road, Cheetham Hill, Manchester. Date: Tuesday, November 5th, at 8pm. This is an open night and magic guests are welcome (£3.00 on the door). For more information contact the Secretary John 'Sly' Smith on 0161 485 3243 or visit the website: 2.11.02


Geoffrey Durham, Michael Bailey, Chris Hare, Brian Miller & Audrey, Kenny Cantor, Alan Shaxon and David Tomkins appear together on Wednesday November 6th in a Charity Show in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital at The Magic Circle. Tickets £20.00, show time 7.30pm. Box Office telephone: 01603 710800. 2.11.02


Thursday's League of Gentlemen on BBC2 featured "street magician Dean Tavalouris" - I've seen worse! That's it - your news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 2.11.02