Number 144 - 29th March 2003


Paul Daniels was admitted to St Mary's Hospital in Newport on the Isle of Wight on Tuesday after falling ill as he prepared to go on stage with his one-man show An Audience with Paul Daniels. Doctors have since carried out tests and he has now been diagnosed as suffering from an infection from which he is now steadily recovering. Doctors expect him to leave hospital on Sunday 30th. For more news visit the BBC Click Here. Paul Daniels is a real workaholic - his spokesman said the entertainer was feeling exhausted after a hectic touring schedule. As we go to press we understand that his public shows up until April 7th are being cancelled but the London Masterclass on Saturday April 5th will go ahead, as will the US Masterclass events. Two reviews of the Masterclass were submitted to MagicWeek during the week, so we've decided to run them both, Click Here. And from magicians everywhere, our best wishes to Paul for a swift return to full health. Masterclass website: Click Here. 29.3.03


Jus' Like That! opens at the Garrick Theatre, Charing Cross Road in London's West End on April 8th, with previews from April 3rd. Tommy Cooper died on stage at Her Majesty's Theatre in 1984 of a heart attack. Set on the night of his death, Jus' Like That! provides a behind-the-scenes insight into Tommy Cooper's world. Starring Jerome Flynn, written and created by John Fisher, directed by Simon Callow, magic direction by Geoffrey Durham. Tickets 15.00 - 37.50 Click Here. Joe Pike reviews Jus' Like That!, seen at The Oxford Playhouse just over a week ago prior to its London run, Click Here. 29.3.03


Prepare to be amazed by five of the finest magicians in the country in the intimate surroundings of one of London's top performance clubs on Friday May 2nd at 8.30pm in An Evening of Comedy Magic Illusion & Mentalism staring Andy Nyman, Pat Page, Chris Power, John Lenahan and Danny Buckler. Venue: Downstairs at The King's Head, 2 Crouch End Hill, Crouch End, London N8 8AA (Map). Nearest Tube: Finsbury Park (then jump on a W7 bus to Crouch End Broadway). Telephone 0208 340 1028 Email Tickets: 8 / 6 No pre-booking (first come - first served). 29.3.03


When The Mind & Magic of David Berglas was published at the end of last year it caused a real stir amongst mind readers (I guess they knew how good it was going to be!). Written by David Britland, published by Jim Steinmeyer and with introductions by Paul Daniels and Uri Geller, the 566 pages (including many in colour, plus hundreds of black and white diagrams and photographs) were quickly devoured by magicians everywhere. Limited to just 1000 copies it has becoming increasingly hard to actually find a copy. David Berglas now has a small quantity available direct, priced at 110 each including delivery. If requested David would be happy to personally sign your copy. For ordering information email David Berglas: 566 pages, 62 chapters, 8" x 10", printed on high quality paper, sewn binding, hard cover, quarter bound in satin, library fabric spine, gold-stamped cover, and very highly recommended! 29.3.03 are advertising with MagicWeek from today. Their aim is to supply the most comprehensive range of mentalist magic in the UK, stocking hard to find videos, books and tricks as well as many accessories. Run by Alakazam's Peter Nardi this specialist online store should prove to be very popular. Visit them today: 29.3.03


Objective Productions are keen to hear from any UK magicians who have illusions available for hire. They are particular interested in hearing about original or unique illusions and are not interested in "rip-offs" or unauthorised copies built without the creators' permission. Please send details of illusions available (ideally on VHS tape) and hire costs, to Anthony Owen, Objective Productions, Bickerton House, 25-27 Bickerton Road, Archway, London N19 5JT. 29.3.03


International News: FISM approaches. Frederic Denis sends an article from France with news of French Illusionists' Kamyleons who are set to enter FISM this year following a string of competitions successes. To read the article Click Here. 29.3.03


Stars of The Magic Circle are presenting A Night of Magic in aid of the Brackenbury School Playground scheme on Wednesday April 9th at 7.30pm (doors open at 6.45pm). Staring: John Archer, Andy Nyman, Nick Einhorn, Pete Wardell and Scott Penrose with close-up magic from Pete Firman and John Allen. No one under 12 admitted. Venue: Brackenbury School, corner of Brackenbury Road and Dalling Road, London W6. Tickets (7.50 each) are now limited and are available from the school or by emailing 29.3.03


Martin Daubney emailed to say that he'd managed to see Derren Brown on the 21st at the Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage, the first date in the current live tour: "If you like Derren Brown then you will like this live show. In fact if you have never heard of Derren Brown you'll still like it! Sure there was a loyal fan base at the first of his national tour in Stevenage tonight, but there were many who had never seen him on the box before, and really enjoyed the evening's entertainment... things happen, a couple get hypnotised for a short while, minds are read... in fact the very thing you might see on one of the television shows... but live and uncut." A lot of the dates are now SOLD OUT so if you haven't booked your tickets yet hurry! Click Here. 29.3.03


The replica "Houdini Water Torture" escape, as seen on television on The Paul Daniel's Magic Show, is now owned by of Merlins of Wakefield. Phil Peters and Mark Lee, who have recently moved into new premises, purchased it for their magic museum which they hope to open in June. The original Houdini Water Torture was destroyed in a fire, many years ago, and this is now believed to be the only one in the UK. We'll let you have more details of the museum in the near future. Contact Merlins on 01924 339933 email 29.3.03


Noel Britten's Bizarre Bath Comedy Walk begins its 12th season on April 1st. If you are going to Mark Leveridge's Day on Sunday April 6th or the Bristol Day of Magic on Sunday May 11th then why not 'walk the walk' on the Saturday night? "Bizarre Bath is weird and wonderful, poking fun at the more eccentric elements of the city, as well as using passers-by in an enormously entertaining piece of street theatre. It's the brainchild of entertainers Noel Britten and JJ who have taken their renowned acts all over the world, and who now provide an evening show that is unique to Bath. On the evening I was there, a group of about 50 people - comprising locals, tourists, day-trippers and passers-by - had assembled at the Huntsman Inn for the start of the walk. Not that you have to do much walking. It's more of a gentle stroll, interrupted by moments of lunacy. It is clear that the tour's great success depends much on the presenter's interplay with passers-by." Bath Evening Chronicle. Visit the website: 29.3.03


The 8th British Close Up Magic Symposium takes place on Sunday 6th April 2003. This year's line up includes: Jay Sankey, Joachim Solberg (photo), Richard Pinner, Lee Davis, Roger Curzon and Sean Carpenter. All the lectures and shows take place in a steeply tiered lecture theatre guaranteeing great visibility. Full details and online booking from 29.3.03


Joe Pasquale's 10th Anniversary Tour is currently playing to virtual sold-out audiences across the country. Tonight he's at the Pavilion Theatre, Weymouth with Special Guest Wayne Dobson. Box Office: 01305 783225 29.3.03


Clive Barker's Lord of Illusions (18) is now available on DVD from This is the Director's Cut which may be a good thing as the original was 'confused' to say the least. Featuring Billy McComb at The Magic Castle and a number of theatrically staged illusions Click Here  Steve Majes emailed to say that he'd recently spotted Geoffrey Durham as The Great Soprendo on some old Crackerjack repeats on the Challenge channel at 11.45pm on Saturday nights, and very good he was too!  Next week another in the series of articles from Kevin Gallagher  That's it for this week, your news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 29.3.03