Number 155 - 14th June 2003


The Save Watersmeet Action Group are presenting a "Magic Spectacular" on Friday July 4th at 8pm at the Watersmeet Theatre, High Street, Rickmansworth. Monkey Magic's Jonathan Goodwin and Alfonso Rios head a line up that will feature seven magicians and Carlton TV Child Prodigy Award Winner Jessica Cornish. Tickets are 15 each from the Box Office: 01928 771542. Visit the SWAG website for more information: Click Here. 14.6.03


"The Black Country's Ian Saville is a rising star in the world of magic and is soon to appear in a major new TV show. He talks to Rob Davies." To read the full story in the Express & Star Click Here. Sav can be seen in ITV's Astounding Celebrities from Sunday June 29th. 14.6.03


B-Magic are now advertising with MagicWeek. They are currently offering two versions of the "Magic Square" one for stage work and the other for cabaret and close-up. For more information visit: today! 14.6.03


Shoot Ogawa has been booked to perform at the British Ring Convention in September, but for those who can't wait a video of his International lecture (recorded live in December) is now available from International Magic. Shoot really does perform state of the art close-up magic and this tape comes highly recommended. 14.6.03


The Order of the Magi, Manchester, held their Close-up Magic Competition on Tuesday evening. Philip Partridge and Harold Cataquet were the joint winners and Neil Drennan was the runner up. Ian Ball (photo) won the Sly Smith Shield for the best card trick. 14.6.03


The Oxford Stage Company presents The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov at the Riverside Studios, London and later at the Oxford Playhouse, Oxford. The Cherry Orchard contains some magic and Richard Leigh was the Magical Advisor - see What's On for details. 14.6.03


Become an instant street magician! With this street magic set that includes a set of Cups and Balls and a Street Magic back pack. Sacrilege! Whatever next? Produced by Hanky Panky Toys Click Here. 14.6.03


A campaign is underway to erect a huge bronze statue of Tommy Cooper to mark his links with his birth place, Caerphilly. The project has his daughters full support and is featured in an article from the BBC, Click Here. Meanwhile in London, Chiswick councilor Adrian Lee said "any monument deserved to be in the place that he chose to live" ... for that story visit Chortle. Jerome Flynn discusses his role in the West End Show Jus' Like That! on Blue Peter on BBC2 on Monday June 23rd. 14.6.03


Alex Crow, one of the stars of ITV's upcoming series Astounding Celebrities can also be seen on Kerrang and Sky's Scuzz channel. Alex is featured in the new single by Fallen To - Smoke & Mirrors, and can be seen smashing light bulbs, glasses and looking mean and moody. 14.6.03


Kovari Magic Productions have asked us to pass on their new address, phone and fax details: Kovari Magic Productions Limited, 27 St. Andrews Street, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire LU7 1DS, England. Telephone: 01525 852852 Fax: 01525 852600. 14.6.03


Paul Daniels' long time manager and agent, Mervyn O'Horan, passed away last Sunday. Paul said, "Sadly my time with Mervyn has come to a close. He passed away on Sunday morning and he will be sadly missed." Paul Daniels will now be managed and represented by Andrew Lock, who has been working with Paul for several years. Andrew can be emailed at: 14.6.03


Yesterday was Friday 13th - but that didn't bother Dr. Richard Wiseman, a psychologist at the University of Hertfordshire, and associate of The Inner The Magic Circle, Click Here to find out why. The Luck Factor: A Scientific Study of the Lucky Mind by Dr. Richard Wiseman is now available in paperback from "Reality magic is becoming increasingly fashionable, but television executives need to be honest about what they are actually delivering" writes Simon Singh in the Daily Telegraph, Click Here "Members of the exclusive Magic Circle gathered in Hampstead on Monday [2nd] to unveil a blue plaque commemorating their first president: 'the greatest British magician'". To read the report in the Hampstead & Highgate Express Click Here (Note: Michael Bailey is the president, and not the chairman as reported in the article) That's it for this week, your magic news and reviews are always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 14.6.03