Number 161 - 26th July 2003


Klub Magic, a new, first Monday of the month, night of magic, has been launched by Mark Worgan MMC, at the Komedia Theatre, Brighton. Mark both hosts and produces the shows that feature comedy, illusion, the bizarre and the spectacular, with performers from all over the country. Featured performers so far have included: Loki, Wayne Dobson, Mark Shortland, Mandy Muden, Tim Shoesmith and Mike Cassidy with John Archer, Mel Harvey, Richard McDougall, Noel Britten and Andy Clockwise lined up for the future. Tickets are £10 and doors open at 7.00pm with the show starting at 8.00pm. The venue has recently been redesigned and seats 300 cabaret style, with food a drink. For upcoming dates and to book visit the website: 26.7.03


This week's Radio Times has devoted a whole page to Secrets of Magic: "Nick Knowles has produced a few miracles during his DIY SOS home improvement series (Thursdays BBC1) - but none involve piecing together dismembered body parts. Fear not, though. Knowle's rather fractured appearance is a piece of photographic illusion, conjured up by RT to celebrate his transition to magic-show host. Knowles presents a one-off special on BBC1 next week, Secrets of Magic, in which a group of illusionists do some spectacular set-piece tricks - and then explain how they're done. Although he watched them produce their trickery, Knowles admits to remaining mystified by the skill of the magicians. 'I was able to watch it, but I wasn't able to understand how they did it. There were things appearing and disappearing in front of my eyes.' Knowles appears in one illusion involving a giant truck, though he is spared the ordeal of being cut in half." Secrets of Magic, Saturday, August 2nd, 8.35pm on BBC1. TV Magic. 26.7.03


Paul Kieve has been working as a consultant to Edmond at the National Theatre. Written by David Mamet (writer of House of Games, The Spanish Prisoner and director of Ricky Jay's theatre shows) the play marks Kenneth Branagh's first London stage appearance in ten years and his debut at the National. "A fortune-teller’s teasing rumination sends Edmond lurching into New York City’s hellish underworld, his whole life abandoned in a searing quest for self-discovery and redemption. A furious, unflinching, whirlwind of a play." 26.7.03


Happy Birthday Abracadabra - 3000 today! Abra celebrates its 3000 issue by looking both back and forward. Edited by Donald Bevan Abra features news, tricks, reports, reviews, and lots more. For a sample issue send your name and address, together with three first class stamps, to: Abracadabra, Goodliffe Publications Ltd., 150 New Road, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire B60 2LG. Michael Colley has put together a website all about Abra, including its history and details of the Abra index: 26.7.03


Paul Andrews is in the process of producing a DVD of original material combined with the secrets of getting work for residencies, corporate events and private functions. The content will include ideas for dealing with every possible situation faced by a working magician. He is looking for your questions to answer as part of the film. Any burning issues concerning material, getting work, hints and so on, can be emailed to Paul: and the best will be featured in the DVD. 26.7.03


Paul Daniels Magic Shop has an exclusive offer for readers of MagicWeek. During August all orders placed online will be eligible for a 10% discount off the already low prices. To benefit from this discount, simply enter the password 'chopcup' when prompted to do so during the payment stage of the order. The range has just been fully updated, with almost 100 new products added this week alone. The website address is: Currently Paul Daniels is busy preparing for his month at the Edinburgh Festival, in which he'll be presenting two different shows a day. The first including his most famous routines and the second offering a fascinating insight into the magic of Max Malini. Full details from: 26.7.03


The Magic Club (Birmingham) present another evening of magic on August 3rd with: Sean Carpenter, juggler/comedian Dave Spiers and Tracie Hughes. Held at the Boundary Hotel, Walsall. Map. The doors open at 8pm. Website. 26.7.03


International News: Carl de Rome and Merete sent a very enthusiastic email from Florida: "We managed to see Darren Romeo doing his show live - if any people get the chance to see this show it is 'a must.' Our kids were so impressed with Darren that they made us drive back for a second time, one and a half hours away. Playing to packed audiences every night in an open theatre that seats around 1200 people, Darren Romeo enters centre stage and from that moment on it is non-stop magic and song." Darren Romeo is currently appearing at Busch Gardens, Florida: 26.7.03


The Osterlind Breakthrough Card System - 20th Anniversary Edition is now available from "Imagine being able to name a card a spectator has chosen without looking at the cards. You just look in their eyes and name it as if you were reading their minds! Or, imagine standing on a stage and allowing a spectator to choose a handful of cards from a jumbo deck and naming the cards he holds one at a time. They'll swear that you're even able to tell which one they're looking at. Or, imagine being able to tell which two cards a spectator has chosen and placed into two pockets... even though he doesn't even know what they are. What's more, you'll even be able to tell which card is in which pocket." 26.7.03 are currently featuring a 30 minute interview with David Copperfield, in which he answers a variety of questions. There's also a recent video clip: Click Here • Your magic reviews, views and news always welcomed. That's it for this week, see you next week, Duncan. 26.7.03