Number 146 - 12th April 2003


Shoot Ogawa is one of the stars lined up to appear at this year's IBM British Ring Convention in Southport (September 25th - 28th). Shoot, originally from Japan but now living in the States, was the 'stand out' performer at last year's International Weekend. Also booked already: David Williamson, Danny Archer, Michael Bailey, Steve Bargatze, John Carney, Frank Faver, Jeremy Pei and Craig Dickson. This is shaping up into a very strong line-up. We'll bring you more details nearer the time, but note the dates now: Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th September 2003, Southport. 12.4.03


Si Stebbins Unplugged has just been published by and guess what... they've done it again! Read the review in MagicWeek this week, Click Here. 12.4.03


David Redfearn is the hand double in "Spivs" which has just gone into production. "In his bespoke suit and flash Mercedes, Jack is cut from pure East End cloth, an aristocrat amongst confidence men. Never lost for words and living off his wits, playing the short con game has been good for him. With edgy, charming right-hand man Steve, Jack runs a formidable team of quick-witted and clever con artists. They all operate by the age old Spiv mantra: 'You can't cheat an honest man.'" David Redfearn performs the Three Card Monte and a Coin Roll in the movie. Release dates when we have them. 12.4.03


Tony Griffith presents his Creative Magic Lecture/Teach-In on Sunday July 6th at 33 Davids Road, Whitchurch, Bristol from 11 am to 4.30pm. Registration is 35 which includes morning coffee, buffet lunch and a light tea. Tony Griffith has considerable experience in the world of magic having presented his commercial magic at a whole variety of venues both in the UK and overseas. He has given 108 performances at the famous Magic Castle in Hollywood and is a Member of The Inner Magic Circle. The material presented in this Lecture/Teach-In places emphasis upon the importance of subtlety, routining and entertainment. Areas covered include Close-up Magic, After Dinner Speaking, Trade Shows, Promotion, Publicity and Organisation. Seating is limited to 12 persons. For more information telephone 01275 837017 or email 12.4.03


Studio 9 are now advertising with MagicWeek. Run by Jonathan and Tricia Neal, they have been trading from their Northamptonshire base for over five years. Jonathan was a professional illusionist and children's entertainer and spent many years building his own props; those skills have now been put to good use. Studio 9 also import a wide range of magic from the States and Europe. They operate a mail order business but particularly welcome visitors to their showroom where all of their stock is on display. They regularly hold 'Open Evenings' where new lines are demonstrated. They stock a vast array of magic from illusions to children's magic, including puppets and close-up. Visit their website for more information and opening times: 12.4.03


Anthony Owen's new publication Some Tricks get the thumbs up this week. To read the review Click Here. 12.4.03


Martin Breese opens a new Magic Business in the USA. Martin has just launched a new magic site based in California. The new website, designed and created by Peter Duffie, is packed with the very latest in magic from all over the world. There are around 1000 of the latest DVD's, tricks, videos, books and accessories and all are shipped on the day of the order from California to anywhere in the world. Each week David Britland features a new free trick and each trick is up on the site for just one week. See the new site which is offering The Digital Magic Wand and The Digital Stanyon's Magic both of which have just been released. 12.4.03


The Magic Circle have produced a new website specifically for their Centenary Celebrations when four exciting days of the world's finest magic are planned. The event will be held in London between the 20th and 23rd July, 2005. Magic Circle members have priority booking until 1st July 2003, from then registration will be open to magicians worldwide. For further information visit: 12.4.03


Jus' Like That! starring Jerome Flynn has been in the press all week. Here are a few links to online reviews and comment: The Guardian, The Mirror and ICWales. Jerome is one of Parkinson's guests tonight on BBC 1. 12.4.03


Uri Geller appears on digital channel F TN on Friday 18th in Spy School. "Ex-MI5 Officer David Shayler presents the new series reviewing the very best in undercover and underhand spy espionage. This edition examines remote viewing techniques with the help of Uri Geller." TV Magic 12.4.03


Levante Productions are currently looking for a magician / illusionist for a 1500 seater "Las Vegas style" venue in Spain. The contract will run for six months. Applicants are invited to send information about their acts, together with a video tape, as soon as possible to: Mail Box Etc, Levante Productions, Via Emilio Ortuno 30-262, 03503-Benidorm (Alicante) Spain. 12.4.03


Mark Leveridge's 8th British Close-up Magic Symposium is reviewed by Stuart Bowie, Click Here  Martin Sanderson recently performed to Rowan Atkinson, John Malkovich and Natalie Imbruglia at the premiere of Johnny English  Keep an eye on Cool Magic to see what's new  That's it for this week, your news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 12.4.03