Number 149 - 3rd May 2003


The Magic Circle host their third Heritage Weekend at The Centre for Magic Arts, London, from Friday May 30th to Monday June 2nd. Here's the schedule:
Friday evening: Rare videos screened in The Magic Circle Theatre and a light supper.
Saturday morning: Lectures and talks. Hans Wittus Witt: SimSalaBim, Kalanag and Dante. Dany Trick: Magic Stamps from my Collection. Peter Lamont: The Wizard & The Psychic: John Henry Anderson and Daniel Dunglas Home. Jon Marshall: "You've got Bert's Scrapbook!" Ian Keable and Scott Penrose: Devant's Mysteries, A presentation assisted by Mike Austin, Nicholas Einhorn, Geoffrey Durham, Richard McDougall and Alan Shaxon.
Saturday evening: John Fisher will present an entertainment entitled The Magic of The Music Hall, featuring amongst others (subject to professional engagements) Larry Barnes, Julia Howson, Bertie Pearce, Mark Raffles, John Styles, and chairman Barry Cryer. More surprise names to be added. A buffet supper will be included.
Sunday morning: Mark Raffles will be interviewed by John Fisher. Mark's roots go back to the earliest days of the music hall.
Sunday afternoon: The Magic Circle is proud to offer for sale (by arrangement with the Jeffery Atkins Estate) The Jeffery Atkins Collection of magical props and apparatus, together with a small selection of choice items from other sources. This is a sale of interest to both collectors and working performers. All the major British dealers from the middle of the last century will be represented and most lots will be sold without reserve.
Monday morning: The English Heritage Blue Plaque to commemorate David Devant will officially be unveiled at the home of Devant at Ornan Court, Ornan Road, London NW3. Devant was the first President of The Magic Circle and appropriately is the first magician to be honoured in this way. All events are open to all magicians. Don't miss what promises to be another excellent Magic Circle Heritage weekend. (Thanks to for kind use of the David Devant "Bubbles" poster, above, taken from the Nielsen Poster Collection)
Registration: Admission just to the auction is 10.00/$20.00 (includes catalogue). The Heritage Weekend costs 65.00/$100.00 (and includes the auction). For further details, or to register, send your name and address together with a cheque (made payable to 'The Magic Circle' or your Visa or MasterCard details) to: Heritage Weekend Reservations, The Centre for the Magic Arts, 12 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD, UK. Telephone: 020 7388 6480 Fax: 020 7387 5114.


Mind Manipulator Derren Brown is featured in a one page article in the current Radio Times "Derren Brown reads minds, gets banned from casinos and baffles audiences. Now Rough Cut can reveal that Channel 4's psychological magic man is also a dab hand with a paintbrush." Derren's works are now valued at between 3,000 and 5,000 and will be exhibited later on in the year in London and then Miami. Last night we went to see Derren's live theatre show, mid-tour, at the Epsom Playhouse... can't say what he did, or how he did it... but if you can locate a theatre with an empty seat book it now! Last night's performance was sold out and I think that the rest of this tour is deservedly sold out as well. Derren is planning an extra date, in London, provisionally, on June 8th. For more information visit: 3.5.03


The Leeds Magical Association present their 7th Magic Convention on Sunday May 18th preceded by with their Annual President's Dinner and Cabaret, starring John Lenahan, Brian Sefton, Tony Rix and Katrina Davi on Saturday May 16th. The convention features 12 dealers and a 'dealer dem' Lectures from Tony Rix and John Lenahan, teaching sessions with Brian Sefton on manipulation and Graham Roe on dice stacking. A close-up session with Frederic Shark, Tony Stevens, Thomas Anthony and Shaun McCree (photo) and a cabaret show in the evening with Tony Stevens and Brian Sefton. Registration for the Sunday is just 15.00 if you book in advance (10 Under 14) and 17.50 (12.50 Under 14) after 5th May or on the day. The President's Dinner and Cabaret is just 22.50. For more information visit: or contact David Cockrem the Registration Officer on 0113 261 0945 or Jon Gordon the Secretary on 0113 237 0056. Should be a great convention. 3.5.03


Mike Danata's Magic Studio, mentioned just a couple of weeks ago in MagicWeek, is now advertising with us. The Studio in Bournemouth is packed solid with all the latest magic and is open from 8am - 1pm and 5pm - 7pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Mike is always there to demonstrate what's new and offer candid advice. They are also happy to order-in one-off magic products from the States for customers and run a busy mail order department as well. Visit for more information. 3.5.03


Dennis Patten, whose magic illustrations have appeared in so many publications over the years including the Gen, The Art of Illusion (Ganson), The Magic of Slydini, Malini and his Magic, Ron MacMillan's Magic Info, many magic catalogues and more, celebrated 50 years as a magic illustrator last month. Recent work includes the new Warlock book for Richard Kaufman and the Maurice Fogel book for Chris Woodward. In 1991 The Magic Circle presented him with The Magic Circle Literature Award for his services to the art of magic and his work on the Gen can now be seen on the newly released Digital Gen CD produced by Martin Breese. In April 1953 Dennis submitted an idea for a Jumbo fly producing Fly Swatter(!) to dealer publication "The Magic Magazine." The owner, Max Andrews, contacted Dennis and mentioned that if he had drawn his sketches in Indian ink rather than pencil they could have been used for the article. This he did, and as a result was offered the position of staff artist. One job led to another and the rest, as they say, is history! Congratulations Dennis. 3.5.03


Magician and funny man John Archer goes on tour in May and June with Tim Vine (see What's On) and can also be seen next week at the Bristol Day of Magic on Sunday May 11th. Later in the year he'll be performing at the Abbott's Get Together in Michigan, USA. And finally the second series of the BAFTA award winning Sketch Show, which John writes for, should be going out in June 3.5.03


Jon Allen has been invited to present his lecture at FISM (reported last week) where he'll also be launching a brand new effect that has been fooling everyone at The Magic Circle! This month he is booked to appear at the Washington DC Magi-Whirl Convention and, two days after his return, the Austrian national convention. 3.5.03


Watch Philip Partridge get the surprise of his life on BBC1 this evening (Saturday 2nd) at 6.30pm on Ian Wright's new show I'd Do Anything! Philip's performance for HRH The Prince of Wales (mentioned a couple of weeks ago) was featured on the BBC news and received some great press: Click Here and Click Here. 3.5.03


Julian James is now offering his Notions in Mystery lecture to Magic Societies - see the Lecturers page for full details Ian Rowland's lecture at the Guild of Magicians Nottingham on Thursday evening is reviewed this week by Freddie Wilkinson, Click Here David Penn's hand can be seen all next week in a commercial for The Independent. It will be seen doing a spot of acting, coin rolling and match lighting! The campaign is promoting the newspaper's Sunday supplement, which will feature a pull-out on the most influential movies of all time Magic Box magician Michael Murray was featured in an ic Newcastle article on Sunday, Click Here That's it - your news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 3.5.03