Number 169 - 20th September 2003


Secrets of Magic. The Magic Circle Council issued the following statement to MagicWeek on Monday, 15th September:


Indocilis Privata Loqui

The motto of The Magic Circle is a reflection of one of the most fundamental rules of our society - we do not disclose our secrets.

It is therefore not surprising that, when BBC1 broadcast "The Secrets of Magic" on August 2nd, The Magic Circle Council received dozens of complaints from members. In line with our disciplinary procedures, the members involved were duly asked to make representation to the Council to explain their involvement. Having considered those representations, the following course of action was agreed by a majority vote of The Council.

Resignations from Andrew O’Connor, Anthony Owen and Michael Vine were accepted. A request for Etienne Pradier to resign will be actioned with immediate effect. Andy Nyman, having detailed his involvement and assured The Council that he would not be part of any future programmes of this nature, will be suspended from membership for a period of six months with immediate effect. Richard Pinner also provided an explanation of his limited involvement and gave a similar assurance regarding future programmes. His explanation was accepted by the Council and no further action will be taken.

The Magic Circle Council wishes it to be known that this sad episode in our history is now closed and no further discussion on this matter will take place.

Richard Stupple, Chairman - The Magic Circle Council. 11th September 2003


I would like to make it quite clear that the Michael Vine referred to in our statement [above] is not to be confused with Michael Vine M.M.C. of Elstree, Herts, who is a member in good standing, a solicitor by profession and recently stood for election to The Magic Circle Council.

My apologies to Michael for any confusion that may have been caused.

Richard Stupple, Chairman - The Magic Circle Council. 18th September 2003


Legoland Windsor stole a little of David Blaine's thunder last week when they revealed their very own "Blaine in a box" (left) complete with a Lego blanket for the cold nights and a golfer on Tower Bridge taking pot-shots! In the model village version of the stunt David Blaine really is "above the below" as well! For more on the model and Legoland Click Here.


The press coverage for the real David Blaine continues to be nothing short of amazing - Houdini would have been proud. Here are some recent news links, taken from the hundreds that are out there:

MSN present Blaine Watch

• Groundswell of sympathy for starving illusionist - The Daily Telegraph, Monday

Blaine guards in scuffle - Evening Standard, Wednesday

Punters expect Blaine to fail - BBC, Thursday

Bad News Is Good News for Starving Magician Blaine - Reuters, Thursday

McCartney fires PR man after Blaine bust-up - The Guardian, Friday. 20.9.03


The Great Nardini ("Scotland's answer to David Blaine" The Sun) brings his award winning FISM act to The British Ring Convention this week (September 25th - 28th, Southport). Also lined up: Shoot Ogawa (Japan), Michael Bailey (UK), Stephen Bargatze (USA), Claus Wave (Germany), Craig Dickson (USA), Jeremy Pei (Singapore), Danny Archer (USA), Laurent Beretta (France), Chris de Rosa (UK), Frank Faver (France), Nicholas LePage (France), Loki (UK), Julie Llusion (UK), Peter Scarlett (UK), Rachael Wild & Tom Jones (USA), Simon Hart (Australia), Mirko (Argentina), Ward Allen (UK), Tr'espace (Switzerland), Sly Smith (UK), John Styles (UK), Jon Marshall (USA), Apollo (USA), Jason Latimer (USA), Michael Ammar (USA), Il Duo Luis (Italy), Paolo Giua (Italy), Theo Dari (France) and Simon Pierro (Germany). It should be an excellent convention. "Day registrations" are available for those who can't make it for the whole week, details on the website: Click Here. 20.9.03


Derren Brown Inside Your Mind is released on October 6th on both DVD and Video and is available on pre-order from with a 25% discount right now! To order the DVD Click Here To order the Video Click Here. 20.9.03


The Greatest Magic Tricks in the Universe… Ever the new six-part magic series from Objective Productions starts this Sunday. The Monkey Magic boys will present clips featuring some of the world's greatest magic and magicians. Meanwhile Alistair Cook left Gaby Roslyn and pop singer Louise in a state of shock during a guest appearance on The Terry and Gaby Show on Thursday morning. A follow-up interview featuring all the Monkey Magic boys is planned for the future. TV Magic. 20.9.03


The Order of the Magi presents, direct from the IBM Convention, a lecture by Shoot Ogawa at 8pm on Monday, 29th September, at The Irish World Heritage Centre, Queens Road, Cheetham Hill, Manchester. Bone fide magicians welcome, £5.00. Directions on their website: 20.9.03


Danny Archer presents his close-up lecture that is guaranteed to both amaze and amuse at the Norwich and District Magic Circle on Tuesday, October 14th at 7.30pm. Danny Archer is a professional magician who has lectured in lectured in Canada, the UK, New Zealand, and Australia. This year he will also be touring Spain and Italy. In addition, he has performed at a number of conventions including the A1 Convention at the Capital, Magic Spectrum in Montreal, The Blackpool Convention (the world's largest), FFFF in Buffalo and many, many more. In Denver, Danny specialises in the corporate magic creating his own original effects for both close-up and stand-up. His magic is both visual and dynamic. The Manchester Circle of Magicians have Danny lecturing for them at the Salford Masonic Hall, The Crescent, Salford, near Manchester on Tuesday 30th September at 8.00pm. Admission is £5 which includes six months membership to Manchester Circle of Magicians. For more details contact Derek Lever or phone 01253 810113. 20.9.03


Pete Firman is interviewed in Metro Cafe this week Click Here. Pete was also interviewed on Xfm's Drive Time show on Friday with Richard Bacon. Bacon is a big Monkey Magic fan and loved the first series. We'll let you have dates for the second series as soon as they are in, meanwhile look out for Pete on The Greatest Magic Tricks in the Universe… Ever tomorrow night. TV Magic. 20.9.03


The Ipswich Magical Society are holding their 16th Annual One Day Convention on Sunday 19th October at The Needham Market Community Centre, School Street, Needham Market, Suffolk. Doors open at 9.45 am with the official opening at 10.00am. Artists booked include: Loki - The Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year, Cosmik - British Magical Champions of Comedy, Ian Thom and Friends, Mike Austin, Andy Clockwise, Dezaar, The Coral Stebbings Dancers and compere - Richard Whymark. With magic dealers, lectures, close-up sessions, and a gala show at 7.15pm. Registration (including evening show) £20.00 Additional Show tickets £6.00 each. Under 14's show tickets £4.00 each. Free Parking. Registration forms from: Ken Brown, 5 Holst Mead, Chilton Hall, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP141TD Telephone: 01449613838 Email: 20.9.03


International News from Phil Temple: Thanks to the generous donations of magic superstars P.C. Sorcar, Jr., and Channing Pollock, together with monies received from the sale of magic collectables on, the Dante Memorial Fund balance now stands at over $9,400.00! During his recent appearance in the San Francisco Bay Area, India's most famous magician, P.C. Sorcar, Jr. visited the San Francisco Columbarium (Dante's final resting place), where he taped a segment for broadcasting in his country upon his return. He has also donated autographed photos and posters for auction on The total amount needed to complete the purchased of Dante's niche is $13,000.00. The Fund Board hopes to have the purchase completed and Dante's inurnment service completed before the end of the year. Donations may be sent to: The Dante Memorial Fund, c/oWestAmerica Bank, P.O. Box 47, Novato, CA 94948. (Photo: Sorcar Jr. and Phil Temple) 20.9.03


Chelmsford Man Plans Great Escape! On Saturday, September 27th, escapologist James Peters will attempt to set a world record for the greatest number escapes from a strait-jacket, in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care. The event will be held at the YMCA in Chelmsford between 9am and 5pm. James hopes to make 120 escapes. At his last attempt in April he escaped 100 times in under eight hours, despite pulling a muscle in his back. If you would like to sponsor James visit: and 20.9.03


The Tom Silver Institute are presenting a two day hypnosis seminar on the 25th and 26th of October with special guest Ormond McGill. For full details: Click Here. 20.9.03


Would anyone who purchased a "second hand" Martin Breese Magic disc from "Mark Rosz" via the free For Sale ads on MagicWeek please contact Martin Breese: - you may well not be aware that you bought a copy. A number of pirated discs were sold and Martin is, quite rightly, investigating. MagicWeek is no longer accepting private For Sale or Wanted ads for CDs, DVDs or videos (or e-books of course) - please read the Terms & Conditions before sending in an ad. 20.9.03


Uri Geller appears on Celebrities under Pressure today (Saturday) at 5.50pm on ITV1 (London and Border) playing giant dominoes!Next week: MagicWeek reviews Mind Magic by Marc Lemezma There's another in the series of articles from Kevin Gallagher this week: Prop Management Here's an update re Mandy Muden's next DreamFlight show at the Comedy Store on 22nd September at 8pm. Live on stage: Stewart Lee, Matt Lucas (aka MagicWeek favourite George Dawes), Stephen K Amos, John Maloney, Glen Wool, Jo Jo Smith, Scott Capurro, Marian Pashley, Mandy Muden, MC Arthur Smith. Tickets £15 available from the Comedy Store or Ticketmaster 08701 535353That's it for this week. Your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 20.9.03