Number 188 - 31st January 2004


Blackpool Magic! Norbert Ferrι and Jason Latimer, the FISM 2003 Grand Prix Winners, are both performing at this year's convention, and are seen here on the cover of MAGIC magazine (reproduced with kind permission).

Here are some of this year's convention highlights:

• Over 100 dealers from all over the world will be exhibiting!

• British Magical Close-up Championships

• Lectures from Boris Wild, Henry Evans, Carl Cloutier, Rene Levand, Bob Fitch, Paul Gertner, Billy McComb, Vladimir and Franz Harary.

• Close-up from Henry Evans, Carl Cloutier, Rene Levand, Bob Fitch, Paul Gertner, Jason Latimer, Boris Wild, and Vladimir.

• Masterclass sessions with Henry Evans, Carl Cloutier, Paul Gertner and Boris Wild.

• Kidz r uz with David Ginn and Ron Popple.

• Comedy Cavalcade with Terry Seabrooke, Vladimir, Roger Drew, Billy McComb, Neville King and Melton Mowbray.

• After Show Party with Jupiter and Abba Magic

• UK Children's Entertainer of the Year Competition


Saturday Night - The Best Of British - Command Performance
Compere: Tony Stevens, Mirage Dancers, Chris North & Belinda, Terry Seabrooke, Roy Davenport, Sheer Magic, -Interval- Compere: Billy McComb, Mirage Dancers, Michael Pearse, Mark Raffles, John Archer, Mark Taylor -Interval- Compere: Tony Stevens, David Penn, Brian Sefton & Richard Williams, The Great Nardini, Christian, Wayne Dobson & Joe Tracini


Sunday Night  - Convention Gala Show

Mirage Dancers, Takamitsu Uchida, Yamagami Brothers, Roy Gardner & James, Jason Latimer, Vik & Fabrini, Joe Pasquale, Mirage Dancers, Norbert Ferrι, Ray Alan & Lord Charles, Valerie, Murray Award presentation, Ken Dodd Comedy Award presentation, Franz Harary.


Latest updates...

The After Show Party is now sold out... Billy McComb will be performing, compering and lecturing... The registration desk will be open at 2pm on the Friday and from 8.30am on both the Saturday and Sunday mornings... You are strongly advised to book in advance as seating for the Sunday night Gala show is now restricted and they expect to sell out... For more information and registration details visit: Don't miss this one!! 31.1.04


South Tyneside International Magic Week 2004. From 15th to 21st March 2004, South Tyneside will be hosting an International Magic Week, organised by South Tyneside Council's Events and Operations Unit, in conjunction with Martin Duffy, President of the Newcastle Magic Circle. The week will consist of performances by magicians in schools, residential homes for older people, and libraries concluding with a Magicians Convention, to be held at the Little Haven Hotel, Sea Road, South Shields from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st March. In addition, two Gala performances, which are open to convention delegates and members of the public, will be held in Jarrow CA on Friday 19th March and Saturday 20th March. Artistes booked to perform at the gala shows include Banacheck, Sylvester the Jester, Christian, Greg Wilson, Luke Jermay, Boris Wild and Marc Paul. For more information, and registration details, visit: 31.1.04


The Middlesbrough Circle of Magicians enjoyed its 50th anniversary on January 13th. Now, in their Jubilee year, they are planning a number of special events including a visit to The Magic Circle and a special annual dinner with "our most famous 'old boy' special guest Paul Daniels." At the AGM on Monday, January 5th, the following were elected to office: Dennis Templar - President, Steven Lewis - Vice President and Treasurer, and Edward Loughran - Secretary. Website: Click Here. 31.1.04


Magician Jason Fenn appears on BBC2's Working Lunch on Friday, February 6th, at 12 noon discussing the tax implications of being a part-time magician with one of the programme's financial experts. Jason will be performing some magic but is also happy to ask on air, on your behalf, any questions of a financial nature that you may have. Email 31.1.04


Dean Tavalouris, deck in hand, on the cover of the new League of Gentlemen DVD, and inside, where he gets down to some 'seriously dedicated' street magic. There'll be no stopping this boy now. Who does he remind you of?! Answers in an email titled 'MagicWeek Competition' to MagicWeek - the winner will receive £50+ worth of brand new magic goodies and will be announced next week... who 'Dean Tavalouris' reminds the winner of may also be revealed (I'll have to speak to my lawyers first!). Order the disc from 31.1.04


Mark Shortland and Kerry (Scorah) have just returned from a working trip to the States where they performed with Steve Dacri as guest performers for two nights in his show at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, before moving on to Hollywood where they appeared at The Magic Castle. Kerry performed 35 shows in the Close-up Gallery, and Mark 25 shows in the Parlour of Prestidigitation. 31.1.04 have just become the exclusive UK suppliers of two effects by Peter Loughran. "The Elevator" and his brand new "Bottle Twister" which is due for release at the beginning of March. The company is delighted to have been chosen as the sole UK stockists. Further details can be found on the 'Coming Soon...' section of their website 31.1.04


Mark Leveridge has just announced his new releases for 2004 which include close-up magic, children's magic and the publication of a hard backed book featuring his Master Routines. For more information Click Here. IMAGE, the unique magic workshop event which took place last Sunday in Bristol, is reviewed this week by Paul Preager, Click Here. We heard that the day was a great success. 31.1.04


Here's another update from the newly formed Liverpool Magic Circle. "Our next meeting will be on Thursday, February 12th, at 8pm - 'hands on magic'" The Venue is the Crown Inn, Leyfield Road, Liverpool L12 9HA Map. Anyone interested in joining should contact secretary, Richard Smith, 12 Thornhurst, Ribblers Lane, Southdene, Kirkby, Liverpool L32 7RW. Telephone 0151 548 6899 or 0797 9804823, email 31.1.04


David Penn, Sav and Chris Priest seen here at a recent and highly successful VW Golf launch. Chris and Sav performed close-up whilst David spent the evening levitating people and cars! 31.1.04


The Associated Wizards of the South are holding a One Day Convention on Sunday, March 7th, at the Colbury Memorial Hall, Hunters Hill (A35), Hounsdown, Totton, Hampshire SO40 7EL Map. With 10+ dealers and lectures by Marc Paul and Ali Cadabra, close-up performances from Jon Allen and Paul Gordon, and an evening show featuring Zane, Richard Griffin, Mel Mellors and Robin Maddy. Full day registrations (including gala show) in advance: £14.50, on the door: £17.50. Gala Show only: Adults £5.00, children (under 14) £3.00. Advanced bookings can only be made by post. Cheques should be made payable to "A.W.S." and sent, together with a stamped addressed envelope, to: Registration officer, Peter Masters, Thistledown Magic, 24 Burns Road, Southampton, SO19 6QL. 31.1.04


Starz 'n ur Ties kindly sent through a sample tie last week and for children's entertainers, (or indeed flamboyant magicians) these ties really are ideal. Available in a number of designs, or custom made from your own design. Visit for more information. 31.1.04


The Magic Club, Birmingham on Sunday, February 1st, present Paul Scott together with Saxon Tylney, Keith Bennett and Marc Dominic. Tickets: £5.00 in advance or £6.00 on the door (NUS discount on production of NUS Card). The show starts at 8.30pm (doors open at 7.30pm). For more information call Keith Bennett on 0121 628 9697 or Marc Dominic on 07887 656587. Venue: The Wharf Bar, Quality Boundary Hotel, Birmingham Road (A34), Walsall WS5 3AB. Map.


Last week was the worst on record for internet viruses. MagicWeek recommends, and uses, the industry standard: Norton Internet Security 2004 package which includes the following protection: AntiVirus, Firewall, AntiSpam, Privacy and Parental Control, available from Also see: Computer World, The Times and Zdnet • Peter Lamont (The Rise of the Indian Rope Trick) has been asked to do a reading and book-signing at the main Waterstone's in Edinburgh, Princes Street (West End), on Wednesday, February 4th at 6pm • Black Artefacts are currently running a book promotion. Any customer who purchases The Big Black Book will receive a free copy of The Ghost Illusion, worth £12.00. More details from • "Steve Wyrick has trouble getting any respect" writes Mike Weatherford in The Las Vegas Review Journal, Click Here • Keep an eye on the Cool Magic pages to see what the magic dealers are recommending • John Calvert lectures at the Bristol Society of Magic on Thursday February 5th. Tickets are £10.00 each, more information from Magical Mandy on 01225 429876 or 078 999 75753 • Thanks to all who send in UK magic news, which is always welcomed. See you next week, Duncan. 31.1.04