Number 137 - 8th February 2003


Dobson's Choice 2 has just been published. In the same format as last year's original, and highly successful, Dobson's Choice (see review), the new volume is of the same high standard and features 13 effects that all have, as Jerry Sadowitz calls it, "The Dobson Touch." I worked with Wayne for a number of seasons and virtually every day he'd ask "what do you think of this?" as he showed me what he'd been working on. And my answer was inevitably "great" because Wayne has the knack of seeing magic as an audience sees it, of stripping away anything that isn't necessary, and above all making it truly entertaining. This little book demonstrates just that, and features 13 effects that you will use. Highly recommended. To order send a cheque made payable to "Dtrik" (13.00 UK, 15.00 overseas, post paid) to Wayne Dobson, Apartment 1, Shottermill Park, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 1RT or email for more information. Wayne will also be at the Blackpool Convention, both performing and at his dealer stand. 8.2.03


Gallowglass, a new period comedy play, written by Crispin Dexter with illusions by Richard Leigh opens at the Barons Court Theatre on Tuesday 29th April and runs until Sunday 11th May (excluding Monday 5th May) nightly at 7.45pm (matinee performances on Saturdays and Sundays at 4.00pm). Venue: Barons Court Theatre, 'The Curtains Up', 28A Comeragh Road, West Kensington, London W14 9RH. 10.00 (Concessions 8.50) Box Office 020 8932 4747. 8.2.03


Paul Zenon appeared on This Morning last week talking about conmen in the wake of the new Leonardo DiCaprio movie Catch Me If You Can, and was also at the premier in the States in January. Paul's new book 100 Ways to Win a Tenner will be published in July by Carlton and will be available from MagicWeek in association with 8.2.03


What's all this?... Derren Brown's face on a pair of underpants? And all done with the power of the mind as well. All will be revealed... Click Here. 8.2.03


False Impressions present Illusion, the big theatrical illusion show, on Saturday 26th April at 5.00pm and 8.00pm at The Quay Theatre, Quay Lane, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2AN. Adults 8, Children 6.00. Family of four 24.00. Box Office 01787 374745. 8.2.03


Every six years Blackpool Magicians' Club holds a Command Performance Evening featuring six close-up magicians. On January 30th six award winning magicians from all over the country took part: Matthew McGurk, Kevin Gallagher, Ian Barradell, Tim Shoesmith, Trevor Dawson and Geoff Ray. Following the performances all were presented with a special trophy to commemorate the event. The evening was very popular and proved to be a great success. 8.2.03


Children's Magician Coz lectures at the Ace Magic Circle on Wednesday February 12th at 7.30pm (guest magicians 5.00). Coz is a full time professional entertainer from Cornwall. His lecture will cover entertaining children with magic, puppets and balloons. The full range of Cozmic balloons will also be on display. Ace Magic Circle, Haydock Cricket Club, Piele Road, Haydock, St. Helens (two minutes off junction 23 on the M6). 8.2.03


Safire will both produce and appear in The British Heart Foundation Variety Show at the Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl, on the May 22nd along with Tony Stevens, Mike Sealey, Mike King and supporting artistes. This is the fourth variety show that Safire have produced, with all previous shows selling out. The show starts at 7.30pm. Box office, telephone: 01745 330000. Safire can be seen live on stage tonight - see What's On. 8.2.03


The Bradford Magic Circle's annual Hey Presto Family Magic Show takes place at the Bingley Arts Centre at 7.30pm on Saturday 15th March. The event has been a favourite amongst magic lovers in the Bradford area for thirty years, and the show has been a sell out for the last four years. This year's strong line up features illusionists Safire, Yin and Yang, Steve Gore, Tony Parx, Stuart Brown, and compere Mark Shortland. Tickets are 6 (5 concessions) plus 60p p&p from Bradford Theatres Box Office, Morley Street, Bradford, BD7 1AJ. Cheques should be made payable to "Bradford Council" or telephone 01274 752000. Further details can be obtained from Ian White on 01943 603257. Website: Click Here. 8.2.03


Russ Styler and Sean Carpenter appeared on Bargain Hunt with David Dickinson on Friday afternoon, and put their Finger Chopper to good use! Here's a funny one, and I quote: "Illusionist Sergey Korablev from the Russian city of Oryol says he can arrange a show of a higher level than the greatest illusionist of our time David Copperfield on condition that he is provided with a sufficient sum of money." Read the full story! Click Here The Blackpool Convention is now just two weeks away, to print out a registration form, Click Here Your UK magic news and reviews always welcomed Next week we've got another article from Kevin Gallagher, that's it for this week, see you then, Duncan. 8.2.03