Number 125 - 16th November 2002


David Blaine's back in Britain this week for a number of television and radio appearances. On Tuesday he will be in the studio with Chris Moyles on Radio 1 between 3pm and 6pm, and on Friday he is Jonathan Ross's special guest along with Jonathan Creek star Alan Davis. Expect to see some real magic! David Blaine's new book is doing very well and is available form (currently there's 20% off) within 24 hours. Also see TV Magic 16.11.02


Peter Wardell, International Magic's Close-up Magician of the Year for 2001, heads the line up at this year's Magic Circle Christmas Show which runs from December 27th - 30th. Also on the bill Roy Davenport, Brian Sefton, Guy Barrett, Rajan, and MC Terry Seabrooke. There will be two performances per day at 2.30pm and 7pm. Tickets are 17 for adults and 10 for children (6 to 12 years old - the show is not suitable for children under six years of age). The box office credit card phone line is open from 10am - 5pm, Monday to Friday, Telephone: 020 7388 6480. The Magic Circle is located in Euston, London: Street Map. 16.11.02


Joe Labero brings some magic and illusion to London for two nights only when he performs in Rhapsody in Rock at the Royal Albert Hall. Labero is Sweden's most famous magician and has just completed an extensive tour. "The Rhapsody in Rock show has become a worldwide success story, in which Robert Wells combines his classical piano skills with rock music in a musical extravaganza. In addition to illusions and magic, the 2002 Christmas Spectacular will also feature the Santa Symphony Orchestra, the Rhapsodettes dance group and special guest artists." Show details: The Royal Albert, London, Box office telephone: 020 7589 8212. Dates: 7.30 pm on Monday 25th November and at 7.30pm on Tuesday 26th November. Tickets: 20.00, 32.00, 39.00, 40.00, and 45.00 Royal Albert Hall


Our House, the new musical with a "Sliding Doors" style story line that features the music of Madness has now opened at the Cambridge Theatre, London and has received rave reviews. Many have focused on the magic and quick change effects designed by Paul Kieve. The Daily Telegraph declared them "A wonder to behold" and The Guardian, The Sunday Times and Time Out all chose the show as their "Critic's Choice" for the week. A segment will be included in this year's Royal Variety Performance on December 2nd. For a review Click Here. MagicWeek readers: Call the box office by November the 30th (020 7494 5567) and mention the "Time Out offer" to receive two tickets for the price of one on top price seats Monday to Thursday. Also visit: 16.11.02


Dominic Wood's Magic Box is in the shops right now and features 150 magic tricks. It can also be ordered online from 16.11.02


Escape from the Asylum takes place tomorrow and promises a full day of Mental Magic with David Berglas, Ali Bongo, Jack Delvin, John Gordon, Paul Hallas, Chris Hare, The Great Kovari, Spyros Melaris, Ian Rowland, and, from the USA, star lecturer, Banachek. 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. More details on their website: 16.11.02


"Fantastic!" declared Richard Whiteley having just seen Geoffrey Durham's latest little miracle on Channel Four's Countdown on Friday afternoon. Geoffrey just completed another successful week on the ever-popular show and saved the best for last with an impossible trick that had the whole audience guessing. 16.11.02 have assembled The Ultimate Magic Set featuring a collection of close-up magic that can be mastered by a beginner yet is of a professional nature. All the tricks are examinable as well. Visit:  16.11.02


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets has just opened across the UK and looks set to do as well as the first movie which took 618m at the box office worldwide. BBC Online reported that the Odeon cinema chain had sold around 350,000 advance tickets in the UK. Harry looks a little sinister in this picture though - I hope he's not taking the same path that a young Anakin took a long long time ago... 16.11.02 are having a major Blackstone sale - thanks to Darren King for this auction link Click Here  There's another article from Kevin Gallagher this week in his series that we've yet to find a name for, this time looking at Dress Sense  I've just finished work on a new website for Nicholas Einhorn, other recent clients include Andy Nyman and Daniel Nelson - if you'd like to have a custom designed website please email me for details, we also register domain names and offer fast, reliable, website hosting  Your news is always welcomed. That's it, see you next week, Duncan. 16.11.02