Number 133 - 11th January 2003


The Joe Pasquale 10th Anniversary Tour with special guest Wayne Dobson starts in February and runs through to the end of June, taking in 46 theatres across the UK, starting with the Millfield Theatre, Edmonton, London (telephone 0208 807 6680). See What's On for dates - not to be missed! 11.1.03


Frenesim Entertainment are staging a "Young European Magician 2003" competition in Portugal in April 2003, sponsored by Lorenz Bell, a European IT company. The venue is the Grande Auditório Olga Cadaval (photo) and all finalists will receive the 'Lorenz Bell It's Magic' trophy, with the winner also receiving €5,000 (£3,250 approximately). To take part you must already have performed at a Magic Convention or Festival, or entered a magic competition, during the last three years. There are age restrictions, and entrants should submit a video of their act. For more information visit the website: 11.1.03


The Wessex Magical Association host their One Day Convention and Magic Fair on Sunday, March 2nd, at the Kinson Community Centre, Pelhams Park, Kinson, Bournemouth, Dorset. Doors open at 10am. The day features two main lecturers: Mike Austin, with a new stand-up stage lecture, and Peter Goodwin with his Children's Magic lecture (as presented partly at the recent IBM Convention). Illusionist Daniel Dean headlines the Gala show, supported by other acts. Dealers include: Kaymar Magic, Practical Magic, The Card Collection, Magic Books by Post, Pennywise Magic with more to be announced. Mike Stokes will be presenting a workshop, and additional teach-in sessions and close-up sessions are planed. Parking is both free and easy. Tickets are £17.50 (ladies and under 16's £8.00). Extra Gala Show seats are £7.50 each. For more information contact Ron Gilbert, 7 Woods View Road, Bournemouth, Dorset BH9 2LJ. Telephone 01202 517584 for Registration Forms. 11.1.03


Here's a final reminder that Max Maven will be lecturing on Sunday, January 19th, at the Lyric Theatre, Ridgeway Street, Belfast. George Bleeks emails: "We are hoping to have some form of informal get-together on the Saturday. The lecture venue is a fair size with very good visibility so there is no need to book in advance as there will be plenty of room, however if we do know travel arrangements we will do our best to arrange transport on our side of the water. We are also happy to arrange suitable accommodation for anybody if they let us know their requirements." Further information: email telephone 028 90645795 or 07860 115611 website 11.1.03


Paul Cooke (Labyrinth) acted as illusion consultant and supplied a number of illusions for the current series of Monkey Magic. Paul's wife, Wendy, can also be seen in the show, assisting Pete 'Papa' McCahon. Monkey Magic was reviewed by the Evening Standard last week. 11.1.03


Jay Scott Berry will be lecturing in Kent at the end of January. It will be a two day event and include workshop sessions. Numbers are being restricted to just 15, and tickets are £40.00 each (including refreshments). For more information, and to book a place, email Gary Sumpter  11.1.03


Uri Geller's Back from the Jungle and on tour in February, March and April Click Here for details and dates. 11.1.03


The MagicWeek Book Shop (in association with has a new section featuring books that have appeared in MagicWeek under 'News' during the past couple of years, complete with the original text that accompanied them, Click Here. 11.1.03


Magician AndyCadabra has developed one of the magical characters from his children's party shows into a story, which is now told at The Magic Phantom. Andy's main website is 11.1.03


Dream Concepts report that they had an excellent 2002, and are now expanding their operations as they start the new year. "2002 has been a phenomenal year for us but when the orders continued to flood in over Christmas we realised that we needed to expand, and fast, with 12 illusion orders ready to hit construction in the New Year there was no way we would have been able to cope otherwise!" They have added 800 square feet of workshop space and completely renovated and updated their current setup. 11.1.03


The Lincoln Society of Magicians would like to extend an invitation to Magic Dealers and Lecturers to visit their society and present an evening. They meet on the first Tuesday of every month and would like to fill dates throughout 2003. They aren't a large club so ask you to keep that in mind when working out your fee! You are invited to send your details to the treasurer and events manager, Geoff Darley, 6 Montaigne Close, Glebe Park, Lincoln LN2-4RS or email Telephone: 01522-859003. 11.1.03


Derren Brown's best selling Pure Effect is back in stock once again and available by return from • Don't know what a googlism is? You soon will! Click Here • We've decided to remove the 'Contact Page' from MagicWeek. We never had any problems with it, but felt that it was perhaps better to remove it as it wasn't possible to monitor it properly • That's it for this week, your magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 11.1.03