Number 154 - 7th June 2003


The unstoppable Paul Daniels will present two different shows at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The first his one man show, An Audience with Paul Daniels, and the second, a new show, The Magic of Max Malini "In Casablanca and Shanghai Max would entertain and hustle more than a living. Paul Daniels tells his story and reconstructs the magic that entertained presidents and kings, and anyone else who happened to be passing!" Keith Fields presents two different shows at the festival as well: m@gic.comedy and Not Another Kids Show? Steve Rawlings and Dave Brown are running a one hour Circus and Magic School workshop and will also be performing in the evenings and close-up magic returns to the Café Royal in Magic@CaféRoyal. Full details with relevant links under What's On, or visit the official website 7.6.03


"Television presenter-turned programme producer Andrew O'Connor has a lot on his mind. The one-time Young Magician of the Year now heads up one of the UK's fastest-growing independent production companies thanks to the success of his Channel 4 show featuring 'mind control' expert Derren Brown, who scooped a Silver at last month's Montreux television festival." To read the full story in The Guardian Click Here. 7.6.03


Geoffrey Durham's Little Miracles takes to the stage tonight at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield. The new show is bigger and more mind-boggling than ever before and features everything from stunning close-up magic to the levitation of a member of the audience! 7.6.03


Jamie Allan has just been awarded the contract for the new Cunard liner Queen Mary 2 which makes her maiden voyage on January 12th, 2004. Jamie plans a high-tech show featuring many custom made illusions including the vanish and reappearance of an R22 helicopter. 7.6.03


More Monkey Magic is in the pipeline - a second series has just been commissioned by five with plans for transmission early next year. Pete McCahon (aka Papa) also has another new role - as editor of The Magic Circular, The Magic Circle's house magazine. 7.6.03


Card College Volume 5 by Roberto Giobbi is now available from Everything is taught with the same clarity and attention to detail that has made the rest of the series so popular and this volume is the largest to date with 334 pages and hundreds of illustrations. Also in stock and available from Alakazam Mastering the Art of Pickpocketing on DVD with James Coats "An exclusive step-by-step guide to pickpocketing! This DVD will reveal for the first time anywhere the real secrets of street pickpockets and how they can be used to entertain." 7.6.03


Mike Austin lectures at the DownTown Magic Club in Ashford, Kent on June 12th. This promises to be a great evening and will include coins, cards, and sleights. As always visiting magicians are welcome and on presentation of another club's membership card will be admitted at special rates. For more details contact Miki Travis on 01233 620120 or e-mail 7.6.03


Four different magic events will be staged at this year's Inverurie Festival, just outside Aberdeen. The magic begins next Saturday morning with a family magic show by award winning magician Bill Duncan at 10.30am in the Town Hall. Between 2pm and 4pm the "Comagi Bunco Booth" will feature close-up and street magic for all ages. At 7.45pm you can sit back and enjoy an "Extreme Close-Up Magic Show" and this will be followed by walk-about magic at a number of local hotels. With the exception of the morning show, which is only £2.00, all the other events are free. So go along and enjoy the talents of Derry Bongo, Gareth Edwards, James Pell, Ewen McLean and Alan Innes (photo). For further information contact Alan Innes website: 7.6.03


Kent based magician Marc Lemezma helped make history this week at celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the Queen's coronation. His nimble fingers created literally hundreds of balloon animals for children attending a garden party at Buckingham Palace. "I don't think I've ever blown up so many balloons so fast, but the kids loved them. I was very honoured to be asked to take part and although I was thrilled when Her Majesty told me she was impressed with my balloons, what really mattered was that the children were too." More in The Sun. 7.6.03


Step by Step to Stand-up Comedy. "Essential for the aspiring comic or the working comedian interested in updating his or her comedy routine, Step by Step to Stand-up Comedy is the most comprehensive and useful book ever written on the art of the stand-up comedian." To order from MagicWeek in association with Click Here. 7.6.03


Derren Brown's show at the Palace Theatre on Sunday evening (tomorrow) in the heart of London's West End is now sold out • Pat Page's recent workshop at the Five of Hearts Magic Studio is reviewed this week by Ian Brodie, Click Here • "A stage show featuring Paul Daniels during the forthcoming Merlin, Magic and Mystery Festival in Carmarthen has been moved to a bigger venue for the second time." To read the full story from the BBC Click Here • Ali Bongo and Jack Delvin were involved in a car accident on Monday evening and Ali had to be cut out of the car - both were badly bruised with Ali suffering from a broken nose and black eyes and Jack torn ligaments. After an overnight stay in hospital the two are now in their respective homes, resting • There's another article in the Kevin Gallagher series this week, this time looking at originality Click Here • Granada Television are currently making a new series called "The Test" that will feature (amongst others) a magician as he strives to turn professional. The show follows people with an ambition from their early beginnings to their final "Test." Martyn Moore is the magician. Good luck. Transmission dates when we have them • International News: "Other teenagers hang pictures of rock stars on their bedroom walls, but Alex Gonzalez proudly displays posters of Houdini and Shimada." To read the full story in the Contra Costa Times Click Here • That's it for this week, your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 7.6.03