Number 124 - 9th November 2002


Nicholas Einhorn's done it again! In a cleverly constructed act (that went "full circle") Nick wowed the audience at The Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year Competition on Monday evening with a skilful performance that ended on a real magical high. I don't like listing tricks... so book Nick's act and see it for yourselves - his original finish drew gasps - excellent! This is the second time that Nick has won the competition, and this year the standard was higher than ever. So, many congratulations to Nick, and also to Fay Presto in second place and Etienne Pradier in third; all three professional magicians. Nick's newly published book, The Art of Magic and Sleight of Hand is now on special offer from (see last week's news). For information about booking Nick email: Also, Nick can be seen on RI:SE, on Channel 4 on Monday morning between 6.55am and 9am. 9.11.02


Duncan Trillo is the magic advisor on the upcoming series of Jonathan Creek starring Alan Davis. In this scene, shot in a large country house in Buckinghamshire, Creek has just explained how he managed to know the name of a chosen playing card... without actually giving anything away. "The script was just as clever as the magic - offering an explanation that made 'perfect sense' yet didn't involve the disclosure of the actual method." The series will air in the Spring on BBC1. 9.11.02


"Metroland offers the opportunity for new directors to bring original views of London to Carlton Television. Reflecting the diversity of the region and the interests and style of each director, Metroland provides a platform for fresh talent in documentary film making." The new series launches with Joanna Wolf's Making it Magic: "Mark is a fire investigator and Scott runs beauty parlours; both share a passion for magic. We follow their attempt to join The Magic Circle - a colourful and mysterious society that has allowed unique access into their world of secrets and illusions." At 7.30pm on Thursday 21st November on Carlton, ITV1. 9.11.02


Joe Pasquale and Wayne Dobson are live on stage tonight at the King's Theatre, Albert Road, Southsea PO5 2QJ. Box Office: 023 9282 8282. And Wayne Dobson lectures at The Sussex Magic Circle on Thursday, November 14th. Tickets are £7 each - contact Andy Hart on 01903 750677 or for lecture details. 9.11.02


Top Secret Magic are advertising on MagicWeek from today. Top Secret Magic can be found in Jack Cohen's Magic & Joke Shop in Plymouth. Jack Cohen founded the business in the early 1960's and retired in 1995 aged 86! The shop was taken over with Jacks blessing by the present owner Malcolm Norton, a professional magician. They specialise in close-up magic but also have mentalist, stage, cabaret and children's magic in stock. If there is something specific you that you are looking for then don't hesitate to contact them. Not listed but obtainable are… magic, books and videos from A1 Multimedia, Kauffman, L&L, Goshman, Eddie Gibson, Fantasio, Tenyo, Viking, Emerson & West, and Bicycle, Aviator, Tally Ho, and Piatnic cards. Visit them today! 9.11.02


Black Artefact's original effect, 'Power of The Tarot', has just had a facelift. "Power of The Tarot was the very first Bizarre Magick effect that I ever performed. It is still one of my favourite effects for close-up, séance and psychic readings... it follows all of the principles I love in Bizarre Magick: It is very simple to do and you can concentrate 100% on the presentation. It has a great effect on your audience. It is now an almost instant reset. After many years of performing this effect I managed to improve it! I have found a new Tarot card stock with really vibrant pictures which make the visual impact of this effect even greater. I honestly never thought that this effect could be improved until now." Said company boss, Keith Hart. More information and their full online catalogue at 9.11.02


Jon Allen was the hit of the close-up show at the recent French National Convention, held in Nancy, last weekend. Closing the show with his IBM act and sidekick 'Benson,' Jon received a standing ovation. And there were no language barriers either - thanks to translator Boris Wild (pictured with Jon). 9.11.02


An Audience with Paul Daniels - is on tonight at The Marina Theatre, The Marina, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR32 1HH. Box office: 01502 533200. 9.11.02


A stylish new website for card enthusiasts has just been launched, and there's another UK based website for card magicians nearing completion... details when we have them. 9.11.02


The Membership of Coventry Magic Circle together with invited guests will once again be presenting 'The Magic of Christmas' in conjunction with Nuneaton & Bedworth Council. The show will help to raise money for the Mayors appeal. It will be held on Tuesday 26th November at 7.30pm in The Abbey Theatre, Pool Bank Street, Nuneaton. Designed as a family style show with something for everyone, it incorporates two of Coventry Magic Circles major competitions, The Stage Magician of the Year and The Entertainer of the Year. The main purpose of the evening however is for the public to come along and enjoy some top quality live entertainment. Tickets: Adults £4, Children £2.50, Family ticket £10, available from John Parnell on 024 7638 7579 (between 6pm-7pm). 9.11.02


David Blaine works his magic in an online interview by Newsday staff writer David Behrens Click Here (to buy David Blaine's new book, discussed in the article, Click Here) • have Derren Brown's Pure Effect back in stock - this book is generally unavailable so hurry! • To date we have only had two problems with sellers advertising via our classified ads... if buying videos or DVD's please establish that you are buying originals and not copies, keep a record of who you are dealing with, and inform us immediately if any advertiser is trying to sell copies so that we can pass on their details to the authorised manufacturer. Also please let us know if anyone is using a false name or requesting payment to be made to a different name from the one that they were advertising under. Again... we've only had two "problem people" out of thousands that have used the ads to date but I do want to keep a tight check on it all - with your help • That's all for this week, your news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. (P.S. Don't forget to watch Alan Partridge on Monday night - Ah-ha!) 9.11.02