Number 182 - 20th December 2003


Wayne Dobson, John Archer and Gazzo have been signed to both lecture and perform at next year's Irish Ring Convention. It will be held in the Clandeboye Lodge Hotel, Bangor, Co Down on Saturday and Sunday, 1st and 2nd May, 2004, hosted by the Ulster Society of Magicians. Although over four months away the headquarters hotel only has a few rooms left so it is essential that anyone planning to stay in the HQ hotel contacts them immediately. The Dealers Hall is also nearly full; any interested dealers should contact the organisers right now. The registration fee will be announced in January and further details can be found on the website 20.12.03


Paul Zenon has just finished recording a brand new hour-long special Paul Zenon's White Magic which is set in Sweden and Lapland and is being screened by SVT (Sweden's BBC) on New Year's Eve at 8.20pm (SVT Channel 1) and at 11.20pm on SVT Channel 2. ITV have bought the show for the UK and we'll let you have transmission dates as soon as we have them. Meanwhile Paul's previous TV specials can be seen over the Christmas period (see TV Magic). 100 Ways to Win a Tenner has just been reprinted for a third time (most shops have sold out in the run up to Christmas) so Paul is currently working on a follow-up to be published next year. To order from MagicWeek in association with Click Here. 20.12.03


Mentalist Gerry McCambridge performs mind-blowing stunts and feats on the streets of New York, using the power of his mind in Mental Magic on Sky One, on Tuesday 23rd December. 20.12.03


Merlins have just released a new Preview Catalogue containing over 70 effects - and it's free to MagicWeek readers. Just email your address to and they'll send you a copy. They're also distributors for the German Spiderflex Company who produce 'instant' backdrops that pack into a small holdall. Call Merlins on 01924 339933 for more information. 20.12.03


Criss Angel: Supernatural will be shown on Sky One at 10pm on Tuesday 23rd December TV Magic. "Filmed in New York City, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and at Universal Theme Park in Orlando, Florida, the special Criss Angel: Supernatural finds the provocateur creating extraordinary, all-new feats before live audiences who watch as he effortlessly walks up the side of a building, passes a quarter through his skin and, most amazingly, spontaneously combusts staying engulfed in flames for one full minute. Another large-scale illusion features an otherworldly creature leaping through his back and bursting out his chest. And viewers at home can participate in an unprecedented experiment, in which they will be able to feel Criss' hand right through the TV screen!" 20.12.03


Richard Busch's new book, Peek Encores is the follow-up to his hugely popular Peek Performances and are expecting it in on Monday, so can deliver in time for Christmas. They'll also be stocking Paul Harris' new effect One & Only from Monday. 20.12.03


Brett Sherwood has just released a new range of smooth cups to complement his beautiful engraved cups released earlier this the year. Available in Brass, Copper, Silver, Silver/Gold and Gold. For more information visit: 20.12.03


Luke Jermay's Building Blocks is reviewed by Tom Lauten this week, Click Here. 20.12.03


MagicWeek readers who perform manipulation, visual comedy or illusion professionally are invited to contact Lee Alex regarding the possibilities of appearing on Hokus Pokus for Turkish television. Lee is involved in the production and coordination of artistes for a thirteen week series that will feature, amongst others, Mask, Peter Marvey, Magic Unlimited, Pierre Ginnet, Stephane Vanel, Shahid Malik, Aaron Crow, Frack, Uhado's "Papillon", Jeff McBride, Emerson and Jayne, Ivan Netcheperenko, Loki and Lee Alex. 20.12.03


International News: The Vegas Ventriloquist Festival 2004 will take place at Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA from April 23rd - 25th 2004. For details about the convention and the International Ventriloquists' Association Click Here. 20.12.03


The Order of the Magi are running a children's magic colouring competition this Christmas for 5-11 year olds, with a magic set on offer for the winner. For full details and to download the drawing for colouring in Click Here. 20.12.03


Truth in Comedy - The Manual of Improvisation by Charna Halpern, Del Close and Kim Johnson with a foreword by Mike Myers is now available from Amazon. "Furnishes a comprehensive guide to improvisational techniques as used in stand-up comedy." Order from 20.12.03


Look out for Stuart Watkins over the Christmas period. First on Test the Nation (Monday, BBC1, 8.30pm) and then on The Weakest Link on New Years Eve at 5.20pm Grand Illusions - The Story of Magic is panned by DVD Talk, Click Here "Houdini Club Upset Over Revealing Secret" Click Here "Hypnotist faces jail term" Click Here. 20.12.03


To all our readers, contributors and advertisers, all over the world, from the MagicWeek team, left to right, Amelia, Keiko, Duncan and little Louis (Louis runs the complaints department and I've just put him in charge of tax returns as well) have a Happy Christmas and a Magic New Year! 20.12.03