Number 128 - 7th December 2002


Geoffrey Durham's Little Miracles, his all-new one man show, goes on tour in January starting with six nights of previews at the Wimbledon Studio Theatre (Box office 020 8540 0362). His last one man show was so popular that he is taking to the road again with a show that will be bigger and more mind-boggling than ever before, from stunning close-up magic to the levitation of a member of the audience! More dates will be added, but for current dates see What's On. Geoffrey was recently awarded The Maskelyne for services to British Magic, and is also the Magic Director on the upcoming COOPER! Not Like That Like This (see below). 7.12.02


The Ulster Society of Magicians is proud to announce that Max Maven will be lecturing in Belfast for them on Sunday, January 19th, 2003. This is the second Ted Oldham Memorial Lecture and will be Max's only lecture in Ireland. The cost is 20.00. The exact venue and time are to be announced, but it will be early enough for visitors to return home on the same day. For further details contact the Secretary George Bleeks on 028 906 45795, email or visit the website If you've never been to Belfast, why not make a weekend out of it? There are plenty of low-cost fares available, particularly if you book in advance. The last time I saw Max work was at the Opus IOM convention, where he was on top form. This one gets a definite "MagicWeek must see" recommendation. 7.12.02


COOPER! Not Like That, Like This opens at the Oxford Playhouse on Monday 17th March. "One of the nation's most beloved natural clowns is brought vividly to life in this remarkable celebration of the great Tommy Cooper. All the familiar trademarks are here - the fez, the laugh, the 'hats' routine, the bottle and the glass - just like that." The show provides a behind the scenes insight into a night in the working life of the manic magician. We meet the perfectionist and worrier whose energy and anger, and doubts and anxieties, were the driving force of the outwardly genial giant who died the most public of deaths on live television before an audience of millions in 1984. Since that day his popularity has never waned. Written by John Fisher, Directed by Simon Callow, Magic Director Geoffrey Durham, Choreography Lionel Blair, Starring Jerome Flynn. The show will also play at Malvern and Plymouth before opening in the West End later in the year. 7.12.02


Congratulations to Shoot Ogawa, the winner of the International Magic Close-up Magician of the Year Competition last Saturday in London. Shoot is pictured here with John Fealey who met Shoot whilst performing at the Magic Castle in LA recently, along with Richard McDougall, and managed to persuade Martin MacMillan to book him to lecture and perform at the convention. Excellent stuff. Shoot's magic was the undisputed "find" at this year's convention, and his lecture will be released next year on video by Shoot hails from the Wizards' Inn group, Tokyo. 7.12.02


Five of Hearts Magic Productions are now advertising with MagicWeek. Founded by professional magician Colin Rose in 1997 the company produce an exclusive range of high quality magic effects and accessories using only the finest materials. Each item is individually hand crafted in their Lincolnshire Workshop. Colin Rose is a real perfectionist, and his attention to detail shines through. Beautiful hand-made magic. Visit right now. 7.12.02


Safire are featured in Magic Profile for December. One of the UK's busiest illusion acts - next year, once again, they go on tour with the Chuckle Brothers. 7.12.02


David Penn presents Let The Magic Begin! at The Stables Theatre, Milton Keynes tonight. Box office telephone: 01908 280800. 7.12.02


Paul Kieve appeared on Blue Peter on Friday in the guise of a Victorian Magician called Mephisto for the "Blue Peter Quest" and very good he was too! More next Friday at 5.00pm on BBC1. 7.12.02


The Norwich and District Magic Circle are presenting a special magic show, Simsalabim! from the 2nd to the 4th of January. It's the only magic show in the Norfolk area this Christmas, with International Stage Magic, Close-up Magic and Live music. Tickets are available from 47 St. Giles Street, Norwich, or visit their website for more information, Click Here 7.12.02


Tony Russell AIMC was awarded Honourary Life Membership to The Magicians Of Basingstoke, for his lifelong services to magic and the society. Fay Presto presented the award which left Tony speechless, for once! Fay performed amazing close-up magic in the bar, and the evening was rounded off with a fantastic cabaret performance from Mike O'Brien. Tony runs 7.12.02


Case Discoveries: Volume 1 by Nathan Newman is due to be published shortly. The book takes a look at one of the most underestimated and unused pieces of apparatus in magic: the humble card case. A prop that comes free with every deck of cards and is "free of suspicion." The book features 12 simple effects that have a strong impact, has over 200 images, and is spiral bound for ease of use. Available from  and soon. 7.12.02


Alpha Magic International will be advertising with us from next week - their range is expanding... until then see Cool Magic 7.12.02


A new Magic Forum for Magicians and Mind readers has recently been launched: Already they have over 500 members and welcome new members. Ted Lesley is a frequent contributor and Thomas Schuchhardt is the forum Technician. 7.12.02


One of the pleasures of the internet is discovering new websites that are "just what you were looking for." Not magic, but of interest to Children's entertainers, UK based offer an excellent range of puppets, from traditional glove puppets through to larger "character" type puppets. I placed an order for some glove puppets for Christmas presents and they arrived in just three days; super quality and excellent value... Online ordering is fast and easy - pay them a visit: Felix Productions are looking for a young (under 28 year old) close-up magician (male or female) living in, or near, London who would be interested in appearing in a short film. For more information Email: telephone: 07968 798899 Daniel Nelson emailed us an interesting link to the world's first digital news archive where you can preview items from the entire 3,500 hour British Pathe Film Archive which covers news, sport, social history and entertainment from 1896 to 1970, including a lot of magic clips That's it for this week, see you next week, Duncan. 7.12.02