Number 162 - 2nd August 2003


Nicholas Einhorn, seen here with his award for equal 2nd place in Micro Magic at FISM 2003, was just one of a number of successful British competitors at this year's congress in the Netherlands. The Great Nardini, representing Scotland, was awarded the Comedy Award and Etienne Pradier (on Secrets of Magic tonight), representing the UK, was placed equal third in the Card category. The Magic Circle were proud that four of its members triumphed in the competition with member Norbert Ferré (France) not only winning first prize for manipulation but also the Grand Prix for Stage Magic. President Michael Bailey said: "We can be proud of all our members who competed and did so well. To them, and the others who appeared during the FISM Congress, I send my heartiest congratulations." FISM takes place every three years - the next one in 2006 will be held in Stockholm. Visit:


Here are the competition results. 150 magic acts were judged by a panel of 12 international judges.


The Grand Prix winners
Close-up: Jason Latimer - USA
Stage: Norbert Ferré - France

1st Norbert Ferré - France
2nd Eun-Gyeol Lee - Republic of Korea
3rd Kenji Minemura - Japan

General Magic
1st Pat Perry & Archibald - Switzerland
2nd Simon Pierro - Germany
3rd Danny Cole - USA
3rd Mirko - Argentina

Stage Illusions
1st Not awarded
2nd Prince of Illusions - The Netherlands
3rd Doctor Marrax - Germany

Parlour Magic
1st Not awarded
2nd Ken Bardowicks - Germany
2nd Chris Joker - Germany
3rd Robert Jägerhorn - Finland

Mental Magic
1st Not awarded
2nd Aaron - Belgium
3rd Chris Joker - Germany

Micro Magic
1st Jason Latimer - USA
2nd Nicholas Einhorn - UK
2nd Shawn Farquhar - Canada
3rd Ferenc Galambos - Hungary

Card Magic
1st Magomigue - Spain
2nd Gregory Wilson - USA
2nd Inaki - Argentina
3rd Etienne Pradier - UK

Awards for Invention (no order)
Jason Latimer - USA
Jan Ditgen - Germany
Arséne Lupin - Poland

Award for Comedy
The Great Nardini - Scotland

Award for Most Original Act
Pat Berry & Archibald - Switzerland.


"Derren Brown: He shoots, he scores. The dapper magician is planning the TV stunt to end them all. He's going to play Russian roulette with a gun loaded by a volunteer. An illusion? Maybe, but his idea is right on target." says Paul Vallely in The Independent. Also, see the Channel 4 website: Channel 4. 2.8.03


Tonight's Secrets of Magic (TV Magic) is featured once again in the Radio Times, this time under Today's Choices "It's a world of sleight of hand, false bottoms, doppelgangers, distractions and general trickery, but even though we know all that, the illusions are absolutely baffling. Great Saturday-night TV for a change." Jane Rackham. 2.8.03


The Palace of Magic 2003 is a unique annual event held in the magical surroundings of Falkland, Scotland, that features four days of Magic, Mystery and Illusion. This year it runs from Thursday August 14th to Sunday August 17th. Expect to see Magicians, Fire Eaters, Jugglers and more over the four days. Just some of the magicians: Jay Scott Berry, Pavel, Flip, Ali Bongo, Mick Magic, Lewis Barlow, Jim Boyd, Jimmy Craig, Paul Dabek and John Fox. For more information visit the website: 2.8.03


Comedian Danny Buckler can be seen on BBC1 this evening, in a move that sees him returning to his roots, as one of four magicians on Secrets of Magic. Danny was a guest on the Sandy Toksvig show on LBC Radio on Monday when he provided a comedian's view of the latest news stories and tonight he is headlining at the Hampstead Comedy Club - the show starts at 9pm. Booking Office: 020 8299 2601. 2.8.03 are celebrating their fourth birthday this month, and would like to offer a free gift to all customers who visit their site via MagicWeek. When placing an order at enter the Promotion Code 'MAGICWEEK' when prompted (below your name and address details on the actual order form) to receive a free gift worth up to £12. The company have also recently introduced a couple of exclusive new items to their range. The long-awaited "10p Butter Coin" is now available, as is the "Learn Extreme Street Magic" video. Further details can be found at 2.8.03 are running a competition that spans three months and started in July (July entries have to be in by August 7th so there's still time to enter). First prize is all 24 scripts from Ron Bauer's Private Studies Series, kindly donated by Ron Bauer himself. This prize is worth well over £200. For more information visit MagicBunny: Click Here. If you're not a member then you'll need to join first. 2.8.03


International News: Tony Brook and his son Charles Brook have been invited by Steve Dacri to perform at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. They will be the first International magicians to guest on his show. The all new magic show is entitled, Xtreme Close-up Magic and opens on August 4th. Tony and Charles will perform from August 11th to 15th. Showtimes are Mondays to Fridays at 7pm and a matinee on Tuesdays at 4pm. Each show will be limited to 100 seats for optimum viewing. A roving camera will project the show onto 17 screens around the room. Other guests from August 21st include Mel Harvey, Ruairi Connor and James Fortune. For more information Click Here (for Tony and Charles Brook) and Click Here (for Steve Dacri). 2.8.03


Doctor Bondini goes on Tour in October, November and December. "A magic spectacular for all the family, featuring international illusionist Doctor Bondini and The Ladies of Mystery." See What's On for dates and venues. 2.8.03


The Tom Silver Institute present The 21st Century World MasterClass of 2003 - Advanced Scientific and Clinical Hypnotherapy Training and Techniques Seminar with Tom Silver and Ormond McGill, in October, 2003. This is the first opportunity to be personally trained by these two world-masters together, in the UK, so it is essential that you book early to be sure of a place. For more information visit: or contact: Richard Fisher, The Tom Silver Institute Ltd., Telephone: 01225 443020 2.8.03


And finally... here are some FISM links for everyone who wasn't there. First Richard Morrell's weblog covering lectures and close-up and secondly the Ellis and Webster FISM Scrapbook that reviews all the competition acts (link spotted on Richard's site) • Your magic news and reviews always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 2.8.03