Number 127 - 30th November 2002


David Blaine's Vertigo has it's first showing on British television this Sunday at 9pm on Channel 4. Risk-taker Blaine stands on top of an 80 foot pillar for 35 hours without food, water, sleep or a good read... before jumping to safety in this spectacular endurance stunt. David talks to Barbara Davies about next year's death-defying London escape challenge from the depths of the River Thames in The Mirror Click Here. To order 'Mysterious Stranger' Click Here 30.11.02


The International Magic Convention takes place this weekend... at The Holiday Inn, 1 Kings Road, Bloomsbury WC1X 9HX Map. Starring: Chris Korn, The Buck Twins, Nathan Kranzo, Shoot Ogawa, Jeff Sheridan, Chris Power, and the Corinda interview with Andy Nyman. Tickets 35 per day or 55 for both days. Highly recommended. 30.11.02


50 Greatest Magic Tricks is being repeated this Sunday on Channel 4. Despite the glaring omission of the classic "pulling off the thumb" trick (how did they manage to miss that one?), and one or two very dodgy entries, the show is great fun and zips along at a roaring pace (look out for Adam & Joe's "escape from an exploding trunk!"). 10pm, Sunday 1st December, Channel 4. 30.11.02


Paul Daniels will both compere and perform at BBC Radio Nottingham's Family Concert in January. As part of the concert, with the Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra, Paul is going to recreate a moment from one of his television shows by singing a number called "Magic Meets Opera" first performed back in 1990. In the concert Paul will sing arias from shows like Figaro and Carmen while performing a range of tricks to suit the song lyrics. Originally performed on television with world-renowned conductor/composer Carl Davies at the piano, a new orchestral score is now being arranged by the NPO's regular conductor Jacques Harry Cohen. It will be one of the highlights of "Music of Myths and Magic" which includes the theme to the Harry Potter movies and classical pieces such as Mussorgsky's "Night on a Bare Mountain." Tickets for the concert, at 7.30pm on Saturday January 25th, are available from Nottingham's Royal Centre box office on 0115 989 5555. Prices range from 7 to 16 (Concessions 6-12). 30.11.02


Chris Priest, Phil Jay and Chris Dugdale have just returned from a triumphant week at the world famous Magic Castle, with 'congratulations' and an invitation to return from Billy McComb. The three came to be known as the 'Brit Pack.' Chris Priest's act stunned all that saw it including rock star Marilyn Manson who saw his unique nail illusion. Phil Jay's new double signed card in shoe and Chris Dugdale's latest version of Doggy Style had the audiences on their feet. Chris, together with girlfriend Jan, went on to Las Vegas meeting up with Lance Burton for a meal and Siegfried & Roy, "Siegfried was charming and looked after us like royalty, giving us his theatre box for the night and meeting up afterwards to discuss the Magic Castle and other business." Sounds like a great trip. 30.11.02


David Britland, who just completed work on the mammoth Mind & Magic of David Berglas, contributes a trick a week to Martin Breese's website Already they are up to number 16, with 52 routines planned in total. This week on the site, under 'Latest News', Martin turns the tables and writes about David Britland. 30.11.02


Talkback Productions are looking for single Men and Women to take part in a fun, new, primetime TV dating show on Channel 5. If you're aged 21-30, ready for a challenge, and are seriously looking for love then they want to hear from you. The producers contacted MagicWeek because "magicians are definitely what women want - magic is the new black!" Can't argue with that... contact Talkback for more information: email or telephone 020 7861 8146. Auditions and the recording of the show will take place in and around London. 30.11.02


Black Artefact's effect 'Pendulum' is now being produced with a specially engineered brass pendulum with a extra something that makes it even more versatile. The new extra secret gimmick is engineered into the pendulum itself. It allows the performer to add an intriguing finale to the presentation in the form of a prediction or 'mind control.' This exciting new addition to the Black Artefact's Pendulum will be appreciated by everyone who really wants to impress their audience with their 'psychic powers.' Pendulum Plus costs 27.50 and can be seen on the Black Artefacts website: 30.11.02


Johnathon Schaech stars as Houdini, in this 1988 made for TV movie being shown on Thursday December 12th on RTE. "The life of legendary magician and escapologist Harry Houdini. The story runs from his birth and emigration to the US, through poverty to the development of his extraordinary career - first and foremost as an escapologist but also as a debunker of fake mystics and spiritualists." TV Magic 30.11.02


Storm comes to The Barbican for Christmas. Created at, and by, The Circus Space, the UK's premier training ground for contemporary circus skills, Storm is an electrifying new experience featuring 25 of the world's most innovative young aerial performers and musicians. It follows a single day in the life of a group of disparate characters as an all-engulfing storm approaches their city. With a heady mix of technical wizardry and heart-stopping athleticism, the performers dive through the air in an electrifying display. Guaranteed to shake off those winter blues, Storm is a stunning assault on all the senses. It takes place above you, beneath you and all around you, a dazzling alternative to the traditional Christmas spectacle. "It achieves something very rare in circus arts: a fusion of the body and the heart." The Guardian. "Spectacular, sensational and arresting." The Observer. Dates: 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 27, 28, 30 December and 2, 3, 4 January 7.45pm (also 23 Dec 2.30pm 22 and 29 Dec 5pm), 70 minutes, no interval. Tickets: 5.00 - 26.00 Box Office telephone: 020 7638 8891. Family and student discounts available. Website: Click Here One day someone will do with magic what Cirque de Soleil did with circus... 30.11.02


Andrew Martin in The Guardian decided to check his sons' viewing habits in Oh my God, is this what they watch? - magic featured in the outcome, Click Here Magician Philip Haigh and his wife celebrate their golden wedding anniversary Click Here Your magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 30.11.02