Number 129 - 14th December 2002


Derren Brown joins Jonathan Ross on the Christmas edition of Friday Night with Jonathan Ross this Friday (20th) on BBC1. Ross is a big magic fan, has magic posters up on the walls at home, and had David Blaine as a guest just a few weeks ago. Derren Brown can be seen live on stage at the Bacon Theatre, Dean Close School, Cheltenham at 7.30pm on Friday 28th March 2003. Tickets: 12.50 (Concessions 10.50 - Friends of the theatre 9.50) Box Office: 01242 258002 Website: Click Here. 14.12.02


Marc Paul is one of Michael Parkinson's special guests on Parkinson at Christmas on Christmas eve, together with Tom Jones, Dame Edna Everage, Alistair McGowan and Martine McCutcheon, Nigel Havers, Benjamin Zephaniah and Mica Paris. Marc was awarded the title of 'World's Greatest Mind Reader' by his peers at the prestigious World Magic Awards in Las Vegas and is also one of the youngest performers to be awarded Gold Star membership of The Inner Magic Circle. 14.12.02


Criss Angel: Mindfreak has its first UK screening on Christmas eve. In this one-off TV special Chris Angel attempts to stay submerged in a tank of water for 24 hours, padlocked and restrained... all seems to be going well until problems set in... can he survive?! 14.12.02


Paul Zenon impressed on Friday evening in an appearance on Live with... Chris Moyles on Channel 5 performing a couple of bar stunts and talking about his upcoming book 100 Ways to Win a Tenner. 14.12.02


Alpha Magic International, who recently introduced The Puzzle have expanded their range of quality magic and are now advertising on MagicWeek. To see what's new visit: 14.12.02


The Card Collection are now advertising with MagicWeek. They have been selling playing cards since 1969 and now have over 400 different decks in stock - the largest range specifically for magicians in the UK, and possibly the world. They also stock over 100 different "gag cards" printed on Bicycle stock, and have a huge range of hard to find accessories, gimmicks and gadgets. I remember the first time that I saw their stand at a convention being amazed at the sheer variety of lines that they stocked. You'll visit this one time and time again: 14.12.02


Merlins of Wakefield have just produced a new Preview Catalogue in time for Christmas. Packed with over fifty great magical effects it is available free of charge by emailing Merlins, They are also taking bookings for Dealer Dems for 2003, so if you want a fun evening of magic at your society give them a call on 01924 339933. Keep an eye on MagicWeek for details of Merlin's new shop which will open in 2003. 14.12.02


The Amazing Magic Circle Christmas Show's line-up features both stage and close-up performers. On stage: Peter Wardell, Roy Davenport, Brian Sefton, Terry Seabrooke, and Guy Barret, and performing close-up magic: Mike Austin, Rajan, and Julian James. December 27th - 30th. Two performances per day at 2.30pm and 7pm. Tickets: 17 for adults, 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 14.12.02


Alistair Cook appeared on RI:SE on Channel 4 on Monday 9th. He was interviewed by Edith and Mark about magic, and the upcoming series Monkey Magic and a number of clips were shown. Monkey Magic is due to air January 2003 - exact dates when we have them. 14.12.02


The Blizzard Wizard is the latest production from Cahoots NI, and is now running twice a day at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, until December 28th. Cahoots NI are a professional theatre company based in Belfast that produce large-scale work for children that concentrates on the visual potential of theatre and capitalises upon the age-old popularity of magic and illusion as an essential ingredient in the art of entertaining. Their latest production has won critical and audience acclaim and features a healthy mixture of both new and old magic and illusion. To find out more visit To book tickets telephone the box office on 02890 381081. 14.12.02


Peter Pan - A Musical Adventure is on at the Royal Festival Hall from December 19th until January 12th. Scott Penrose was called in to perform some magic and is seen here levitating Peter Pan (James Gillan) in a casual on the London Eye. The Magic Circle's Christmas Show also received some publicity from the stunt. 14.12.02


Nottingham Guild of Magicians present An Evening of Magic and Illusion at the Bonington Theatre, Arnold, Nottingham on Sunday February 2nd. Featured acts include Bunny Neil, president Freddie Wilkinson, James Parker (photo) and new illusion act Enigma. The show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are 4 each, available in advance on 0115 9614551. 14.12.02


We now have more information re the upcoming Max Maven lecture in Belfast, mentioned last week, being staged by The Ulster Society of Magicians on Sunday January 19th. The lecture runs from 11.30am to 4.30pm with a break for lunch. The venue is the Lyric Theatre, Ridgeway Street, Belfast, one of the most popular theatres in the city, that offers excellent facilities, including tiered seating. The bar will be open in the morning, during lunch, and afterwards. Further information: email or telephone 028 90645795 or 07860 115611. Should be a great day. 14.12.02


Jean Hugard's classic Encyclopedia of Card Tricks has just been updated with a new foreword by Magic Circle president Michael Bailey - you can order it in time for Christmas (and right now there's 20% off!) from See what the dealers are featuring in Cool Magic and  Cool Magic 2 There's another in the series of articles from Kevin Gallagher this week, this time looking at close-up magic: Feature Magic Alistair McGowan impersonates Uri Geller on The Big Impression on Christmas Day at 8.25pm on BBC1 That's all for this week, see you next week, Duncan. 14.12.02