Number 185 - 10th January 2004


An Evening with Tim Vine & Associates is a one-off event to raise money for the charity Cry in the Dark featuring a host of leading names in light entertainment who have all generously donated their services. The show is on Friday, February 6th, at The Secombe Theatre, Cheam Road, Sutton, Surrey. The confirmed line up is: Tim Vine, host and compere (The Sketch Show), Harry Hill (Harry Hill's TV Burps), Wayne Dobson (A Kind of Magic), Peter McCahon (Monkey Magic), Jim Tavare (The Sketch Show), Cathy Burton (Singer songwriter), Steve Rawlings (Jongleurs and The Comedy Store). The evening promises to be a very special night - not to be missed! Box Office 020 8770 6990. Tickets: £12.50, concessions £10.00. 10.1.04


Celebration is just about to premier in the UK. The show is staged by ex Olympic Gold Medalist Robin Cousins and features a number of illusions. Paul Kieve was the magical advisor. It opened in November 2001 in Switzerland and has now been seen worldwide by over 2 million people. "Escape to a vibrant world of celebrations! From the glamour of an Oscar-style awards ceremony and the elegance of a Viennese Ball, to the tropical glory of the Earth Day and the throbbing splendour of a Rio Carnival. Celebration takes you on a voyage of fantasy around the world." Venues, dates and tickets: 10.1.04


The House of Illusion is a magic themed British owned bar in Spain. This Summer they are hoping to hire a number of young magicians to perform in the bar and in local hotels. Accommodation and a weekly wage are included. Sounds like an excellent opportunity for anyone starting out on a career in magic. For more information telephone 0207 6920552 or 0034 650 528395 or email: 10.1.04


Crafty Tricks of War on Tuesday 13th at 8pm on BBC 2 will see Paul Zenon talking about Jasper Maskelyne, complete with a miniature reconstruction of Maskelyne's camouflaging of the Suez Canal. TV Magic. 10.1.04


Jon Gordon lectures at the Bolton Magician's Club on Wednesday 14th January. "Close-up and Commercial" is the title and the venue is the Cotton Tree, Prince Street, Bolton. Visiting magicians are welcome . The lecture starts at 8.30pm. There will be an entrance fee of £3. Further information: or telephone Jim Hodgkiss: 01204 522651. 10.1.04


The Young Magicians' Club has relaunched its bimonthly magazine with a new look for the new year. Edited by Peter McCahon and now titled Secrets it is packed full of news, interviews, magic history and, of course, magic! The Young Magician's Club is one of the largest magic clubs in the world - for more information visit Peter McCahon will soon be back on television starring in a second series of Monkey Magic. 10.1.04


Kaymar Magic visit ACES in Lewes, East Sussex on Wednesday March 10th for a dealer dem. Visiting magicians are welcome. Visit for more information and directions. 10.1.04


Trevor Duffy is an award winning magician who has performed in the United States, England, Australia and parts of Africa and now lives in in Johannesburg, South Africa. Trevor will be in the UK for the Blackpool Convention next month and is available to lecture for magic societies around that time... "When you have finished your performance, do people go away saying, 'That was a nice show!' or do they say, 'That was unbelievable, what an experience… I'll never forget it!'" In his lecture Crossing the Fine Line Trevor offers valuable insights and ideas that are guaranteed to motivate any magician. Interested club secretaries should email Trevor for more information. 24.5.03


Mark is Harrow's New Year VIP. Zodiac Magical Society member Mark Derek MBE (Master Balloon Entertainer) was selected as a New Year's Day Parade Honour winner for the London Borough of Harrow on 1st January in recognition of the work that he does for disadvantaged children and for other charities. Harrow Times readers were asked to nominate 'someone special' and Mark came out on top combining magic and balloon modelling in his shows. 10.1.04


If you've ever fancied yourself in a custom designed magic tie then "Starz 'n urTies" have all the answers! Pay them a visit: 10.1.04


Brick Lane Music Hall to re-open. "One of the greatest theatrical comebacks ever is about to be staged in the East End. Brick Lane Music Hall will re-open its doors in December; this time in a fine Grade II listed Gothic building in Silvertown. The third time Vincent Hayes has created a music hall venue from scratch, he now believes he has found a permanent home for his popular theatre. The building is now fitted out with all the requirements of a modern theatre, including underfloor heating and space for 200 diners in smart restaurant-style seating, complete with 'nobs gallery', theatrical murals and much more. 'I'm thrilled with the work', says Hayes. 'There's nothing more pressing than a show opening to focus the mind.'" The Magic Circle held its annual Supper Party in the previous venue for a number of years. Read the full story by Paul Nelson in 10.1.04


Paul Derek, Jon Hicks, Neil Haywood and Tony Austin are among the acts on the bill for Nottingham Guild of Magician's President's Night on Sunday, February 1st. Hosted by outgoing President Freddie Wilkinson the show promises "Magic, Illusion & Variety". The venue is the Bonington Theatre, Arnold, Nottingham. Doors open at 7pm and the show begins at 7.30pm. Tickets and directions to the theatre from Freddie on 0115 9614551. 10.1.04


Mark Wilson's classic Complete Course in Magic (472 pages, hardback edition) is currently available for despatch within 24 hours from - with a 30% saving Click HereOld Tyme Music Hall, presented by members of the Sussex Magic Circle, ACES, and the South Downs Magicians, is reviewed by Paul Leacy this week, Click HereDavid Blaine meets his match Click Here and there's more... Click HereThe man behind Transferred, A.E. and The Meltchange, Peter Eggink, will be Sleight Geek's special guest from January 12th - 18th, your questions are welcomed, visit: It's sad to report that Jack Avis suffered a stroke and died on Thursday 8th January. He will be greatly missed by all his friends in magic Your UK magic news is always welcomed, that's it for this week, see you next week, Duncan. 10.1.04