Number 140 - 1st March 2003


Eugene Burger heads a strong line up at this year's Bristol Day of Magic on Sunday 11th May. Eugene will lecture, and perform in the close-up session. Also lecturing award winning entertainer Paul Megram (aka Colonel Custard). Lined up alongside Eugene Burger for the close-up session: Mark Mason, Mark Shortland and John van der Put. On stage in the evening: Carl Dean & Claudine, Brian Sefton, John Archer, Obleo, Terry Herbert, Peter Wardell, the Daniel Dean Dancers and compere Noel Britten. In the afternoon, for young magicians, a special workshop organised by Mandy Davis, and throughout the day non-stop magic from 20 magic dealers all there to assist you with your profit and loss accounts. The Bristol Day is one of the very best, and highly recommended. Visit their excellent website, and print out a registration form right now! 1.3.03


Magic's all over the Radio Times again this week. We had quoted from the article (on Saturday), but have just received an email informing us that Paul Daniels was misquoted in it, so to set the record straight here's the first part of that email: "Paul was dismayed to read the current comment in MagicWeek regarding the Radio Times article. Sadly, once again, the media have presented mis-information and distorted comments to suit their own purpose. Anyone who knows Paul well, knows that he NEVER speaks out about any magician publicly, regardless of his personal views, which in this instance were not correctly relayed. The reality is that he respects what David Blaine has achieved with magic on TV, and thinks Derren Brown's programmes are excellent. Paul is often portrayed in the media as being bitter about the success of other popular magicians of today - this is absolutely untrue. Paul believes that there is room in magic for many different styles, and each has their own appeal to different audiences." Andrew Lock 2.3.01. The new series of Jonathan Creek started on Saturday evening on BBC 1. 3.3.03


Blackpool Rocked last weekend as thousands of magicians from all over the world descended on the town for two and a half days of total magic. Manuel Muerte combined superb misdirection with real comic talent in a brilliantly routined close-up set, Wayne Dobson was at his very best on Friday night in a new spot that included his classic vent routine (complete with 'assistance' from Joe Pasquali!), Noel Britten proved once again that he is the best magic emcee in the UK, and young Joe Tracini offered a hint of what's to come in his first ever magic convention performance... and won the Junior award in the process. Here are the results of all the competitions, British Magical Grand Prix Champion: Martyn James, British Magical Champion of Illusion: Martyn James, British Magical Champion of Comedy: Cosmik (Martin Cox and Kerry Scorah), British Magical Champion of General Magic: Rousseau, British Magical Champion Junior Category winner: Joe Trancini, British Magical Champion of Close-up: Sean Carpenter, United Kingdom Children's Entertainer of the Year: Mr Trix (John Dixon), And the special awards: The Murray to Alan Shaxon, The Ken Dodd Comedy Award to Joe Tracini, Blackpool Magicians' Club Life Membership to Derek Lever, Ian Ogilvy and John Todd, and Blackpool Magicians' Club special presentation to Geoffrey and Amanda Thompson. Many congratulations to them all, and to President Steve Eastham and organisers Ian Ogilvy and Derek Lever, who together with "the team" once again produced an excellent convention. In the photo: Competition winner Kerry Scorah finds out if Martin can bounce (he can't). 1.3.03


Paul Zenon joins Jeff Green, Mike Wilmot, and Pauline McGlynn on Shoot the Messenger on Wednesday, 12th March, on the Paramount Comedy Channel in the popular game show hosted by Bradley Walsh. TV Magic. 1.3.03


David Copperfield appears as himself on Scrubs at 10pm on Thursday 13th March on Sky One. "JD is riding high after correcting a misdiagnosis by Dr. Cox, but is soon jerked back to reality. Meanwhile Elliot is struggling personally and professionally as she is forced to relinquish all of the luxuries that her father had been financing. And Carla learns that sometimes it's better to keep her opinions to herself." 1.3.03


Manchester Circle of Magicians had a huge celebration on Monday 24th February as the total membership reached the incredible figure of 300. As part of the celebrations Aldo Colombini (photo) and David Acer each gave a one hour lecture to a capacity audience of 180 who gave them both a standing ovation. Members were also delighted to hear that their Magical Awards Convention has been booked for Sunday 31st August at Middleton Civic Hall, Middleton Near Manchester just off the M62. There will be a Dealers' Fair comprising 19 Dealers, North West Close Up Championships, King of Kids Entertainers Competition, Lectures, and a star Gala Show. Registration fee will be 20.00 but only 10.00 for members of Manchester Circle (details of membership can be found on The next meeting is on Monday 24th March with a star Lecture by Jay Sankey (members only) and the famous Jumbo Magic Auction is on Tuesday 15th April with professional Auctioneers Derek Lever and Mike Shepherd providing the action. 1.3.03


David and Angelique Diamond (aka Corporate Illusion) were delighted to have been selected to perform in front of 250 multi-millionaires at the recent Entrepreneurs Forum in Newcastle upon Tyne earlier this month. The event received excellent TV and press coverage and guest speaker (and magic fan) Sir Richard Branson was quick to join in with the magic - seen here, with David working the magic, "mid floatation." David and Angelique have some international contracts lined up, but can also be seen nearer to home at both Coombe Abbey and Lumley Castle where they'll present a mixture of illusion, close-up and stand-up magic throughout the year. 1.3.03


Our House (the West End musical with magic effects by Paul Keive) has just won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical, beating Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Lloyd Webber produced Bombay Dreams. The show has also just extended its run by six months. Set in present day Camden, this contemporary and fast moving musical features the hits of Madness including 'Our House', 'Baggy Trousers', 'It Must Be Love', 'House Of Fun', 'One Step Beyond' and 'My Girl', as well as two brand new songs. For more information visit the website: 1.3.03


The first in the new Derren Brown - Mind Control series went out on Friday evening on Channel 4 - we have a review from Matthew Blackwell Click Here Martin Breese has now increased his offer regarding the pirated Digital Pabular (mentioned last week) from 100 to 150. Please Click Here if you think that you may be able to help Merlins of Wakefield have moved to new premises, just three doors along from their old shop, and are now at: 15 The Springs, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1 1QE. The phone number remains unchanged: 01924 339933. The new larger shop stocks over 1000 magic effects to suit all... Email them for their latest March Preview... it's Free! The Joe Pasquali tour is now on - see What's On for dates That's it for this week, your UK magic news and reviews are always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 1.3.03