Number 184 - 3rd January 2004


Paul Zenon's latest TV special White Magic with Paul Zenon shot in Sweden and shown there just a few days ago goes out tomorrow (Sunday 4th) at 12.30pm on ITV2. "Paul Zenon takes his own brand of street magic and humour to the streets of Sweden." TV Magic. 3.1.04


The Rise of the Indian Rope Trick by Peter Lamont is reviewed in The Observer by Michael Holland. "Peter Lamont has conjured up a magical read in his history of an unstoppable hoax, The Rise of the Indian Rope Trick. In essence, Lamont entertains us with lessons in how history can be invented. Using the example of the fabled Indian rope trick, Lamont aims to show, and largely succeeds, how people will believe a thing is true, despite all rational evidence to the contrary, indeed despite outright denials of its existence, if it is repeated that it is true often enough." To read the full review Click Here. To order a copy from (currently with 30% off the published price) Click Here. 3.1.04


The Gazzo Masterclass takes place in Bradford on the 7th, 8th and 9th of May 2004 - places are limited. As part of his UK tour Gazzo will be presenting his innovative workshop to just a small group of participants. It will focus on street magic and cover elements such as engaging a crowd, presentation and comedy. Not just about theory it will look at the practicalities of working on the street, including an opportunity for all participants to try some street performing for themselves and present a short act on the streets of Bradford, with Gazzo as their advisor. The Masterclass will be informal and friendly, offering a unique and innovative learning experience from one of the world's finest street workers. The fee is 150.00 and the event is aimed at the hobbyist through to the seasoned professional. For more information and a booking form email Simon Jackson 3.1.04 are now advertising on MagicWeek and as an opening offer anyone signing up to their mailing list by January 18th will be placed into a draw to win a pre-release Chameleon Deck (one of a new range of products that they will be introducing over the coming months). They offer fast delivery and all orders are 'post free' - visit today! 3.1.04


"David Blaine voted top 'loser' of 2003 - Illusionist David Blaine has been voted the biggest loser of 2003 in a poll, beating Eurovision failures Jemini and former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham. The illusionist, who spent 44 days suspended in a glass box with no food over the Thames, drew 24% of the vote." Full story form the BBC Click Here. 3.1.04 have given their website a new look for the New Year and have also added a brand new 'Downloads' section to the site. Pay them a visit! 3.1.04


The Magic Club, Birmingham, on Sunday, January 4th present Martin Cox (photo), Dave Silk, Keith Bennett, Saxon, Marc Dominic and Keith Trick at The Wharf Bar, The Quality Hotel, Walsall. Tickets: 5.00 in advance or 6.00 on the door (NUS discount on production of NUS Card). To book call Keith Bennett on 0121 628 9697. The show starts at 8.30pm and doors open at 7.30pm. For more information call Keith Bennett on 0121 628 9697 or Marc Dominic on 07887 656587. 3.1.04


Fabrice Delaure Productions have just re-released their classic Ten Little Giants. Featuring 'micro-electronics' and a new design it comes with a number of suggested routines but the creative performer will soon come up with more. Clever stuff. 3.1.04


Punch & Judy man and magician John Styles was awarded an MBE in this year's New Year's Honours List - congratulations John! 3.1.04


Paul Hallas lectures at The Surrey Society of Magicians on Thursday 8th January. The society meets at The Leatherhead Constitutional Club, 13 Linden Road, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 7JB and visiting magicians are welcome (5.00 admission - meetings start at 8pm). For more information visit 3.1.04


The Classic Royal Road to Card Magic by Jean Hugard has just been republished and includes a foreword by Michael Bailey. Available from with a 30% discount Click Here. 3.1.04


Safire are special guests on The Ken Dodd Laughter Show at The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, on January 4th and 5th Kevin Gallagher goes 'To Market' in the tenth in his series of articles for magicians, Click Here "Game In TV" has officially launched on Sky Digital channel 283. It broadcasts back-to-back game shows, comedy, magic, and documentaries Little Bunny's Card Trick by Bill Goldman is reviewed by Tom Lauten this week Click Here "Three million burnt-out Britons abandon their high-flying careers in a search for the good life. Such is the drudgery of life in the British workplace that next year 200,000 people will follow in the footsteps of one City trader, who surrendered a six-figure salary this year to become a magician, and downshift" wrote Cahal Milmo in the Independent on December 31st Your UK magic news is always welcomed, have a magic week, Duncan. 3.1.04