Number 150 - 10th May 2003


An extra London date has now been confirmed for Derren Brown's sold out tour... A final West End date has been added on Sunday, June 8th, at the massive Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue. Les Miserables is having a night off to let Derren do his stuff. There'll be a lot of people trying to get tickets for this one... Call 020 7494 5554. 10.5.03


Keith Fields is presenting two completely different shows at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival. First m@gic.comedy - where you'll be taken on a trip to the edge of reality... magic happens, minds are read and bodies are mutilated - all for the sake of a good laugh! The show sold out at the London Comedy Festival last year, "Different, dramatic and very funny" The Magic Circular. m@gic.comedy is on at the Underbelly. The second show is NoT AnOTheR KidS ShOW? at the Pod. "An unmissable show of comedy magic for the whole family. This is not another kids show. It is so much more… magic, comedy, audience participation (and don't worry, the participation is strictly for the kids!)." We'll bring you more news of these shows and other magic related festival shows later in the year. 10.5.03


International Magic present an afternoon lecture from French coin man and magician David Stone at 4.30pm next Saturday, 17th May, at the Cittie of Yorke Pub, 22 High Holborn, London WC1. (See Map). This relaxed afternoon format is perfect for this type of event, which promises to be excellent. To be sure of your ticket (£10 each) it is best to telephone International Magic on 020 7405 7324. (Or email: 10.5.03


The Great Nardini was invited to perform at Les Anneaux Magiques (The Magic Rings) competition in Morges, Switzerland, last weekend and were delighted to have won the Silver Medal. The Gold went to Simon Pierro from Germany and the Bronze to Paolo Giua from Italy. There were two lectures during the day, from Ali Bongo and Martin Lewis, and an excellent show from Dani Lary, France's famous TV magician. Congratulations to them both... We'll be seeing a lot more of these guys in the future. 10.5.03


Merchant of Magic is advertising again on MagicWeek. Founded by Dominic Reyes, (who also edits The Coin Purse), the company supply an extensive range of coin related magic, and now close-up magic as well. Dominic also offers personal tuition in sleight of hand, "I think that so many people, who have their interest in magic sparked by purchasing a few 'dealer tricks', get totally frustrated and often give up trying to learn the basics of sleight of hand. The tuition is an attempt to get these people through the initial barrier." They are based near Winchester, Hampshire. Visit: 10.5.03


The Simpsons go to see a magic show on Tuesday evening on Sky and Bart buys a magic set as a souvenir. On the way home their car is hit by a fish from MIR, so to pay for the repairs Bart decides to perform some magic. When the magic business doesn't work out, Bart and Homer rip off the local townsfolk instead... see TV Magic. (Why can't all TV be this good?) 10.5.03


For the first time in the competition's history, and due to the high standard of its competitors, eight finalists have made it through to the final of The Magic Circle's Young Magician of the Year Competition: Edward Crafer (Norwich), Paul Dabek (Shropshire), Steve Dela (Shropshire), Tom Lyon (Reigate), Steven Levitt (Milton Keynes), Darren McDonald (Yorkshire), Robert Temple (Sunderland) and Joe Tracini (Rochester) will all compete at The Centre for the Magic Arts (The Magic Circle's HQ) on Sunday, July 13th. Tickets are available for the 3pm performance (£5 each), which isn't judged, and the 6.30pm final, which is (£12 each). Cheques should be made payable to "The Magic Circle" and sent, together with an SAE, to Janet Clare, 27 Dudley Lodge, Ferndale Close, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 3RR. Best of luck to all the competitors. 10.5.03 have a new catalogue out and it's available now, for details Click Here. Also news that Derren Brown's best selling Pure Effect is back in stock, Click Here and that they are now taking orders for Sean Fields's Flight 204 - a clever variation of a classic effect. 10.5.03


Manchester Circle of Magicians are expecting a packed house on Wednesday 21st May (note new date) for an exclusive lecture by Derek Lever called The World's Most Expensive Magical Apparatus Part Two at Salford Masonic Hall, The Crescent, Salford, near Manchester at 8pm. Over £8,000 worth of magical equipment will be on display as Derek shows the working of major illusions such as Girl Thru' Glass, Light Tubes Through Girl, Simplex Guillotine, Head Cremation, Suitcase Suspension, Chinese Idol Illusion an incredibly clever version of "Russian Roulette" using a razor sharp dagger, and more. Formulated specially for members of the Manchester Circle of Magicians this promises to be an excellent evening. No visitors allowed - however you can join the Club for just £10.00 per year and receive the bi-monthly magazine, The Magic Times, as well as admittance to many great lectures during the year. For membership details visit: or ring Derek Lever on 01253 810113. 10.5.03


Congratulations to Steve Dela for winning first prize in the Shropshire Magical Society's Close-up Competition last week. Steve was presented with the George Shinton Close-up Trophy for the second year in a row. 10.5.03


David Penn and special guest Mark Shortland are live on stage tonight at 8pm at the Civic Centre Theatre, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP20 1UF. Telephone 01296 486 009. Tickets: £12.50. 10.5.03


The Bristol Day of Magic is tomorrow. Eugene Burger heads a strong line up and 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. The Bristol Day is one of the very best, and highly recommended. 10.5.03


Lee Thompson is interviewed for Magic Profile this month • Andy Nyman's latest release The Hidden is reviewed in MagicWeek this week, Click Here • Here's news regarding a possible film version of Glenn David Gold's novel Carter Beats The Devil (thanks to Jonny Redman for the link) Click Here • Illusionist Philip Hitchcock is appearing at the Grand Theatre, Blackpool this summer in The Billy Pearce Laughter Show from Monday July 10th to Saturday 1st November 1st, Box Office telephone 01253 290190 • have now set up a 'Regional Magic Clubs' section for magic clubs around the world who have nowhere on the web to discuss things. Magic Clubs should apply at and they will be offered their own private forum, which only members of their club will be able to use • Magic forum Restaurant Magicians now has 25 members, for membership information Click Here • That's it for this week, your magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 10.5.03